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HQ No 44 Group Personnel, locations and units


[Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

This Group was formed on 15 August 1941 at Eastern Avenue, Barnwood, Gloucester to all non-operational aircraft leaving or approaching to UK to the south and west.

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Eastern Avenue, Barnwood, Gloucester Ferry Command
  • SHQ RAF Filton

    • Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • HQ RAF Hendon

    • No 24 Squadron

  • HQ RAF Kemble

  • HQ RAF Lyneham

    • No 1444 Flight

    • No 1445 Flight

    • Air Despatch and Reception Unit

  • HQ RAF Prestwick

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Reception

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Control

    • No 1527 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • No 1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit - Portreath

  • No 2 Overseas Air Despatch Unit - Trebulzue

  • Overseas Aircraft Control - Gloucester

  • Ferry Training Unit - Honeybourne

  • No 1425 (Communication) Flight -Honeybourne

  • No 271 Squadron - Doncaster

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Edgar J Kingston-McClaughry

 1 Jun 1941 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later AVM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr A Franklyn  3 Jan 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr J A G Haslam  6 May 1942  
Wg Cdr W J Pickard 11 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr W P Copinger  6 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr Harry Burton 22 Oct 1941 DSO; later AM
Fg Off C W A Brown  1 Dec 1941  
Fg Off G N Bales 15 Aug 1941  
Plt Off F N Maskell 18 Feb 1942  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt R H Greville  4 Apr 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE, MC
Sqn Ldr W H Demel 15 Aug 1941 DFC
Sqn Ldr A H Renny 26 Apr 1942  
Flt Lt J Duncan 27 Aug 1941  
Flt Lt O P E Williams 29 Aug 1941  
Fg Off B M Davison 25 Aug 1941  
Fg Off H W Badger 25 Sep 1941  
Fg Off E H Sharpe 26 Sep 1941  
Fg Off S F Childs 23 Oct 1941  
Fg Off R G Greaves  5 Nov 1941  
Fg Off J W Buchanan 27 Nov 1941  
Fg Off S G Fidoe 23 Jan 1942  
Plt Off H W Eldred 24 Jan 1942  
Plt Off R P Curtis 20 Jan 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt C T Kimber 26 Sep 1941 DFC
Engineers
Wg Cdr G J D Greaves  6 Apr 1942  
Fg Off A R Clark  1 Jan 1942  
Fg Off G W A Dunn  9 Apr 1942  
Plt Off A A Young  1 Jan 1942  
Plt Off S Allard 19 Mar 1942  
Signals
Wg Cdr G R A Deacon 15 Aug 1941 Chief Signals Officer, MC
Sqn Ldr F L C Butcher 25 Nov 1941  
Fg Off H P Jefferies 15 Aug 1941  
Fg Off H C W Miles 15 Aug 1941  
Fg Off O Q Wolsey  5 Nov 1941  
Fg Off J Andrews 23 Apr 1942  
Plt Off S I Johnson 28 Feb 1942  
Armament
Flt Lt L W Allen 17 Nov 1941  
Fg Off J S McInnernly  5 Dec 1941  
Equipment
Wg Cdr L L Bray  4 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr I C Lawrence  4 Sep 1942  
Fg Off C Everitt 13 Dec 1941  
Plt Off S S Parker  4 May 1941  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr J L Armstrong  6 Sep 1941  
Flt Lt H J Cuff 22 Apr 1942  
Medical
Sqn Ldr J R Cellars 26 May 1942 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Educational
Mr H B Walker  4 May 1942 Group Education Officer, BSc, RAFVR
RAF Regiment
Lt Col A V P Pigot 22 Apr 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr E H Spence  1 Jan 1942  
Fg Off P S Patterson 23 Mar 1942  
Fg Off W E Stone 11 May 1942  
Fg Off A J W Giles 21 May 1942  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

It was transferred to the control of Transport Command on 25 March 1943.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Eastern Avenue, Barnwood, Gloucester Transport Command
  • HQ RAF Bramcote

    • No 105 Operational Training Unit

  • HQ RAF Doncaster

    • No 271 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Filton

    • No 2 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • HQ RAF Hendon

    • No 24 Squadron

    • No 510 Squadron

    • No 512 Squadron

  • HQ RAF Kemble

    • No 1 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • HQ RAF Llandow

  • HQ RAF Lyneham

    • No 301 Ferry Training Unit

    • No  511 Squadron

    • Air Despatch and Reception Unit

    • No 1 Ferry Crew Pool

  • HQ RAF Melton Mowbray

    • No 4 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

    • No 304 Ferry Training Unit

    • No 305 Ferry Training Unit

  • HQ RAF Nutts Corner

    • No 104 Operational Training Unit

  • HQ RAF Prestwick

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Reception

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Control

    • No 1527 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • HQ RAF St Mawgan

    • No 2 Overseas Air Despatch Unit

  • HQ RAF Talbenny

    • No 303 Ferry Training Unit

  • No 1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit - Portreath

  • No 3 Overseas Air Despatch Unit - Hurn

  • No 3 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit - Llandow

  • Overseas Aircraft Control - Gloucester

  • No 305 Ferry Training Unit - Errol

  • No 307 Ferry Training Unit - Finmere

  • No525 Squadron - Weston Zoyland

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Edgar J Kingston-McClaughry

 1 Jun 1941 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt J A G Haslam  6 May 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr J N Glover  8 Jun 1943  
Wg Cdr R W M Hall  4 Aug 1943  
Wg Cdr W P Copinger  6 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr G N Bales 15 Aug 1941  
Sqn Ldr C N McVeigh  4 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr P H M S Hunt  4 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr H W Badger 11 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr G R Leatherbarrow 28 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr D S M Scott 25 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr J Lamplough  7 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr C W A Brown  2 Sep 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J McFarlane  8 Sep 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, MC, DFC
Wg Cdr W H Demel 15 Aug 1941 Organisation, DFC
Wg Cdr J Duncan 27 Aug 1941 Personnel
Sqn Ldr T D Atkinson 13 Sep 1942 MC
Sqn Ldr E H Sharpe 16 Jul 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J A Sproule 16 Jan 1943  
Engineers
Wg Cdr M Q Candler  2 Sep 1943 Chief Engineer Officer
Sqn Ldr G W A Dunn  9 Apr 1942  
Signals
Wg Cdr G R A Deacon 15 Aug 1941 Chief Signals Officer, MC
Sqn Ldr H P Jefferies 15 Aug 1941  
Sqn Ldr H C W Miles 16 Jun 1943  
Armament
Flt Lt J S McInnerny  5 Dec 1941  
Equipment
Wg Cdr L L Bray  4 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr C Everitt 24 May 1943  
Medical
Sqn Ldr R L Scott 27 Jul 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Meteorological
Mr S F Witcombe   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off J E Oulton 16 Dec 1942 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr A H Renny 26 Apr 1942 MC

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Eastern Avenue, Barnwood, Gloucester Transport Command
  • HQ RAF Bramcote

    • No 105 Operational Training Unit

    • No 1513 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • HQ RAF Doncaster

  • SHQ RAF Filton

    • No 2 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • HQ RAF Hendon

    • No 24 Squadron

  • HQ RAF Kemble

    • No 1 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • HQ RAF Llandow

    • No 3 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • HQ RAF Lyneham

    • No  511 Squadron

    • No  525 Squadron

    • Air Despatch and Reception Unit

  • HQ RAF Melton Mowbray

    • No 4 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

    • No 304 Ferry Training Unit

  • HQ RAF Nutts Corner

  • HQ RAF Prestwick

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Reception

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Control

    • No 1527 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • No 1680 Flight

  • HQ RAF St Mawgan

    • No 2 Overseas Air Despatch Unit

  • HQ RAF Stornoway

  • HQ RAF Talbenny

    • No 303 Ferry Training Unit

  • HQ RAF Valley

  • No 1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit - Portreath

  • No 3 Overseas Air Despatch Unit - Hurn

  • Transatlantic Aircraft Reception - Iceland

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre George R Beamish 23 Dec 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, ADC; later AM
Air Staff
Gp Capt J N Glover  8 Jun 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr J Alexander  5 Apr 1944  
Wg Cdr W P Copinger  6 Feb 1942  
Wg Cdr G R Leatherbarrow 28 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr G N Bales 15 Aug 1941  
Sqn Ldr H W Badger 11 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr D S M Scott 25 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr C W A Brown  2 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr L J Watt 18 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr E C Brown 21 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr I N Roome 21 Feb 1944  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt W E Purdin 30 Nov 1943 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr W H Demel 15 Aug 1941 Organisation, DFC
Wg Cdr N W R Mawle  8 Apr 1944 Personnel, DFC
Sqn Ldr P A V Charlesworth  8 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr E H Sharpe 16 Jul 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr R F Wyness 27 Nov 1943  
Engineers
Wg Cdr M Q Candler  2 Sep 1943 Chief Engineer Officer
Sqn Ldr G W A Dunn  9 Apr 1942  
Signals
Wg Cdr G A Richmond 30 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr H P Jefferies 15 Aug 1941  
Sqn Ldr H C W Miles 16 Jun 1943  
Armament
Flt Lt J S McInnerny  5 Dec 1941  
Equipment
Wg Cdr L L Bray  4 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr C Everitt 24 May 1943  
Medical
Sqn Ldr R L Scott 27 Jul 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Meteorological
Mr S F Witcombe   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off M E Clancy 14 Jan 1944 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr A H Renny 26 Apr 1942 MC

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
Eastern Avenue, Barnwood, Gloucester Transport Command
  • HQ RAF Bramcote

    • No 105 Operational Training Unit

    • No 1513 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • HQ RAF Crosby-on-Eden

    • No 109 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Filton

    • No 2 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • SHQ RAF Llandow

    • No 3 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit

  • SHQ RAF Melton Mowbray

    • No 12 Ferry Unit

  • SHQ RAF Nutts Corner

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Terminal

  • SHQ RAF Ossington

    • No 6 Lancaster Finishing School

  • SHQ RAF Pershore

    • No 1 Ferry Unit

  • SHQ RAF Portreath

    • No 1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit

  • SHQ RAF Prestwick

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Terminal

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Control

    • No 1527 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ RAF Riccall

    • No 1332 Conversion Unit

  • SHQ RAF St Mawgan

    • No 2 Overseas Air Despatch Unit

    • No 1 Air Traffic School

    • No 1529 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Terminal

  • SHQ RAF Talbenny

    • No 11 Ferry Unit

  • SHQ RAF Valley

    • No 1528 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • Transatlantic Aircraft Terminal

  • SHQ RAF Wymeswold

    • No 108 Operational Training Unit

  • Overseas Aircraft Control - Gloucester

  • Bomb Disposal School - Doncaster

  • Bomb Disposal Wing - Doncaster

  • No 44 Group Communication Flight - Staverton

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre George R Beamish 23 Dec 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, ADC; later AM
Air Staff
Gp Capt J N Glover  8 Jun 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr J Alexander  5 Apr 1944 DFC
Wg Cdr G R Leatherbarrow 28 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr B G Dewsbury  7 Sep 1944  
Sqn Ldr P H Rolf 10 Jun 1944  
Sqn Ldr C H A Farnan 1 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr A J Douch 22 Sep 1944  
Sqn Ldr J R King 28 Oct 1944  
Sqn Ldr J F B Pomeroy 19 Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr A E Jones 24 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr K A MacKay 11 Mar 1945  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G N J Stanley-Turner  2 Oct 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr S H Bell 30 Dec 1944  
Wg Cdr H A B Robb 19 Feb 1945 MC, AFC
Sqn Ldr E H Sharpe 16 Jul 1942  
Sqn Ldr A G Morkill 24 Jun 1944  
Sqn Ldr J C Walter 11 Sep 1944  
Sqn Ldr A B Smith 18 Apr 1944  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr C L Trickett  1 Oct 1944 DFC
Engineers
Wg Cdr M Q Candler  2 Sep 1943 Chief Engineer Officer
Sqn Ldr S C V Chiswell 17 Dec 1944  
Signals
Wg Cdr G A Richmond 30 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr H C W Miles 16 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr W C Horder  8 Aug 1944  
Armament
Flt Lt F G Hawkins  2 Jun 1944  
Equipment
Wg Cdr R F Rowell 15 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr J L Westall 15 Mar 1945  
Medical
Wg Cdr C B MacGibbon 15 Mar 1945 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Meteorological
Mr S F Witcombe   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off M E Clancy 14 Jan 1944 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr C M Rounding 28 Dec 1944

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

[Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

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