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HQ No 50 Group Personnel, units and locations


[Apr 1939 | May 1939 | Dec 1939 | Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

Reformed as No 50 (Training) Group on 1 February 1939 within Reserve Command at Hendon, moving to Tavistock Place on 3 April 1939

April 1939

Location Command Controlled
11 Tavistock Place, London WC1 Reserve Command
  • No 1 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Hatfield

  • No 2 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Filton

  • No 3 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Hamble

  • No 5 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Hanworth

  • No 8 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Reading

  • No 9 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Ansty

  • No 10 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Yatesbury

  • No 13 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - White Waltham

  • No 14 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Castle Bromwich

  • No 15 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Redhill

  • No 16 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Shoreham

  • No 18 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Fairoaks

  • No 19 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Gatwick

  • No 20 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Gravesend

  • No 21 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Stapleford Tawney

  • No 23 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Rochester

  • No 24 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Belfast

  • No 26 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Oxford

  • No 29 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Luton

  • No 31 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Gloucester and Cheltenham

  • No 33 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Whitchurch

  • No 34 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Southend on Sea

RAF Volunteer Reserve Town Centres
  • Belfast

  • Birmingham

  • Brighton

  • Bristol

  • Coventry

  • Gloucester and Cheltenham

  • London

  • Luton

  • Oxford

  • Reading

  • Rochester

  • Southampton

  • Southend on Sea

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Horace G Bowen

 1 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Inspector of RAFVR Flying Training
Wg Cdr T B Bruce 21 Jan 1939 MC
Chief Flying Examining Officers
Sqn Ldr C W M Ling  1 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr S E R Shepard  1 Feb 1939  
Flying Examining Officers
Flt Lt

David J P Lee

 1 Feb 1939 later ACM
Flt Lt M Hastings  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt C S Bryam  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt T G Lovell Gregg  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt R M Bradley  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt W M Graham  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt R C Tillard  1 Feb 1939 Lt, RN
Flt Lt D P Hanafin  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt J E C G F Gyil-Murray  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt D A Pemberton  1 Feb 1939  
Armament Examining Officers
Sqn Ldr C J Giles  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt E C Harding  1 Feb 1939  
Navigation Examining Officers
Sqn Ldr J H McN Campbell  1 Feb 1939  
Fg Off E E M Angell  1 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Sqn Ldr J W Mitchell  1 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R B Brown  1 Feb 1939  
Fg Off D Stacey  1 Feb 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO J Addison 25 Apr 1938 Administrative
WO W J Elvin  7 Jul 1938 Engineer
WO L W Elsey 25 Jan 1938 Armament
WO T H Lucas  3 Sep 1938 Photographer
WO J R Moir  1 Dec 1938 Armament

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Location Command Controlled
11Tavistock Place, London WC1 Reserve Command
  • No 1 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Hatfield

  • No 2 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Filton

  • No 3 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Hamble

  • No 5 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Hanworth

  • No 8 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Reading

  • No 9 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Ansty

  • No 10 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Yatesbury

  • No 13 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - White Waltham

  • No 14 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Castle Bromwich

  • No 15 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Redhill

  • No 16 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Shoreham

  • No 18 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Fairoaks

  • No 19 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Gatwick

  • No 20 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Gravesend

  • No 21 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Stapleford Tawney

  • No 23 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Rochester

  • No 24 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Belfast

  • No 26 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Oxford

  • No 29 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Luton

  • No 31 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Gloucester and Cheltenham

  • No 33 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Whitchurch

  • No 34 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School - Southend on Sea

RAF Volunteer Reserve Town Centres
  • Belfast

  • Birmingham

  • Brighton

  • Bristol

  • Coventry

  • Gloucester and Cheltenham

  • London

  • Luton

  • Oxford

  • Reading

  • Rochester

  • Southampton

  • Southend on Sea

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Horace G Bowen

 1 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Inspector of RAFVR Flying Training
Wg Cdr T B Bruce 21 Jan 1939 MC
Chief Flying Examining Officer
Sqn Ldr S E R Shepard  1 Feb 1939  
Flying Examining Officers
Flt Lt M Hastings  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt C S Bryam  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt T G Lovell Gregg  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt R M Bradley  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt W M Graham  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt R C Tillard  1 Feb 1939 Lt, RN
Flt Lt D P Hanafin  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt J E C G F Gyil-Murray  1 Feb 1939  
Armament Examining Officer
Flt Lt E C Harding  1 Feb 1939  
Navigation Examining Officer
Fg Off E E M Angell  1 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Sqn Ldr J W Mitchell  1 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R B Brown  1 Feb 1939  
Fg Off D Stacey  1 Feb 1939  
Fg Off E G Palmer 13 Mar 1939  
Fg Off C R Kelaher 13 Mar 1939  
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr C F Goatcher  3 Apr 1939  
Supernumerary
Gp Capt Leslie O Brown  3 Apr 1939 DSC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr

G T H Pack

 3 Apr 1939  
Wg Cdr R S Booth  3 Apr 1939  
Wg Cdr A H Stradling  3 Apr 1939  
Wg Cdr

Basil E Embry

 3 Apr 1939 DSO, AFC; later ACM
Wg Cdr

Eric L Ridley

 3 Apr 1939 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr J A Dixon  3 Apr 1939  
Sqn Ldr R L Wilkinson  3 Apr 1939  
Sqn Ldr W H Jones  3 Apr 1939  
Sqn Ldr

George W P Grant

 3 Apr 1939 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Robert S Blucke

 3 Apr 1939 later AVM
Sqn Ldr A H Seymour-Price  3 Apr 1939  
Sqn Ldr

Henry A V Hogan

 3 Apr 1939 later AVM
Sqn Ldr C H B Bullock  3 Apr 1939  
Flt Lt

Duncan F Macdonald

 3 Apr 1939 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R H Niven  3 Apr 1939  
Fg Off A M Davidson  3 Apr 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO J Addison 25 Apr 1938 Administrative
WO W J Elvin  7 Jul 1938 Engineer
WO L W Elsey 25 Jan 1938 Armament
WO T H Lucas  3 Sep 1938 Photographer
WO J R Moir  1 Dec 1938 Armament

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

This Group moved its HQ to Sambourne, The Avenue, Sneyd Park, Bristol on 27 August 1939.

December 1939

Location Command Controlled
Sambourne, The Avenue, Sneyd Park, Bristol Reserve Command
  • No 1 Elementary Flying Training School - Hatfield

  • No 2 Elementary Flying Training School - Filton

  • No 3 Elementary Flying Training School - Hamble

  • No 1 Supplementary School of W/T Training - Hamble

  • No 11 Air Observer Navigation School - Hamble

  • No 5 Elementary Flying Training School - Hanworth

  • No 8 Elementary Flying Training School - Reading

  • No 10 Elementary Flying Training School - Yatesbury

  • No 2 Air Observer Navigation School - Yatesbury

  • No 15 Elementary Flying Training School - Redhill

  • No 18 Elementary Flying Training School - Fairoaks

  • No 6 Air Observer Navigation School - Gloucester and Cheltenham

  • No 5 Air Observer Navigation School - Weston-Super-Mare

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Horace G Bowen

 1 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Air Staff
Sqn Ldr R A Sprague  3 Apr 1939  
Flt Lt

Duncan F Macdonald

 3 Apr 1939 later A/Cdre
Fg Off B E R Bowden 22 Aug 1939  
Inspector of RAFVR Flying Training
Wg Cdr T B Bruce 21 Jan 1939 MC
Flying Examining Officers
Sqn Ldr M Hastings  1 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R M Bradley  1 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr D P Hanafin  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt T G Lovell Gregg  1 Feb 1939  
Flt Lt R C Tillard  1 Feb 1939 Lt, RN
Flt Lt D C R Macdonald 24 Oct 1939  
Engineering Examining Officer
Sqn Ldr B H Becker 14 Aug 1939  
Navigation Examining Officer
Fg Off E E M Angell  1 Feb 1939  
Signals Examining Officer
Fg Off W E Wendon  2 May 1930  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr A J Currie    
Lt G Barfoot-Saunt   Code and Cypher Duties
Accountant Branch
Act Flt Lt H S Maurice-Jones  5 Jun 1939  
Fg Off S M MacIldowie 18 Aug 1939  
Miscellaneous
Plt Off J Hogan 29 Sep 1939 Camp Commandant

Source - December 1939 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to on 'Sylvesters', Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire on 1 May 1940 and was transferred to Flying Training Command on 27 May.

June 1941

Location Command Controlled'
Sylvesters', Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Flying Training Command
  • SHQ RAF Cambridge

    • No 22 Elementary Flying Training School

    • No 4 (Supplementary) Flying Instructors School

  • SHQ RAF Elstree

    • Central Link Trainer School

  • SHQ RAF Fairoaks

    • No 18 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Hatfield

    • No 1 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Luton

    • No 24 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Peterborough

    • No 13 Elementary Flying Training School

  • Franco-Belgian Air training School - Odiham*

  • SHQ RAF Reading

    • No 8 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Staverton

    • No 2 Elementary Flying Training School

    • No 6 Air Observer Navigation School

  • SHQ RAF Sywell

    • No 6 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Watchfield

    • No 3 Elementary Flying Training School

    • No 11 Air Observer Navigation School

    • Blind Approach School

  • SHQ RAF Weston-Super-Mare

    • No 10 Elementary Flying Training School

* Station in Army Co-operation Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Horace G Bowen

 1 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MBE
Air Staff
Gp Capt M H Ely 10 Feb 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr W H Jones 27 May 1941  
Sqn Ldr G H W Selby-Lowndes  7 Nov 1940  
Fg Off B E R Bowden 22 Aug 1939  
Fg Off A E Dale 28Sep 1939 DFM
Fg Off B W Noble 16 Nov 1940 OBE
Fg Off H V Rabagliati 27 May 1941  
Plt Off T B Olive 27 May 1941 MC
Navigation Examining Officer
Fg Off L H Carey  4 Oct 1940  
Administrative Staff
Flt Lt E V Hughes 20 May 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Fg Off BG Blampied 28 Jan 1941  
Plt Off F J Davey 13 Nov 1940  
Plt Off E A Wood 28 Jan 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J A G Gordon 17 Mar 1941  
Photography
Plt Off A Smith  1 Apr 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr R G Freeman  2 Jun 1940 Senior Medical Officer, LRCP & S
Miscellaneous
Sqn Ldr (Ret) A J Currie  1 Jun 1940  
Fg Off A J Graham-Wigan  1 Jun 1940 MBE
Plt Off A Smith  1 Apr 1940  
Plt Off T J Norton 29 Jul 1940  
Plt Off D Nicholson  5 Sep 1940  
Plt Off L B W Palmer    

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command Controlled'
Sylvesters', Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Flying Training Command
  • SHQ RAF Booker

    • No 21 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Cambridge

    • No 22 Elementary Flying Training School

    • No 4 (Elementary) Flying Instructors School

  • SHQ RAF Fairoaks

    • No 18 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Hatfield

    • No 1 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Staverton

    • No 6 Air Observer Navigation School

  • SHQ RAF Sywell

    • No 6 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Watchfield

    • Blind Approach School

    • School of Flying Control

  • No 3 Elementary Flying Training School - Shellingford

  • No 8 Elementary Flying Training School - Reading

  • No 10 Elementary Flying Training School - Stoke Orchard

  • No 26 Elementary Flying Training School - Theale

  • No 29 Elementary Flying Training School - Clyffe Pypard

  • No 2 Pupil Pilots Pool

  • Central Link Trainer School - Elstree

  • No 6 (Elementary) Flying Instructors School - Worcester

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Horace G Bowen

 1 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MBE
Air Staff
Gp Capt E A C Britton  3 Jan 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Sqn Ldr A R T Coke  2 Dec 1941  
Fg Off A E Dale 28 Sep 1939 DFM
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr E Y Hughes 20 May 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, AFC
Flt Lt BG Blampied 28 Jan 1941  
Fg Off W F Heywood-Jones 23 Mar 192  
Fg Off P P Pryse  9 Apr 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt P Harris  9 Mar 1942  
Armament
Plt Off A H E Godfrey 21 May 1942  
Medical
Sqn Ldr J G L Brown 18 Dec 1941 Senior Medical Officer, OBE, MD ChB, MRCS, LRCP
Flt Lt T Fenwick 28 Jan 1942 MB BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Fg Off L Ross 30 Jan 1942 MB MRCS, LRCP
Physical Training
Plt Off B W Clarke  1 Aug 1941  
Education
Mr C M Officer  6 May 1942 Group Education Officer, MA, RAFVR
WAAF Staff Officers
SO D M Barrett 10 Mar 1941 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col C A L Coutts 23 Feb 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A M Butt 13 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr (Ret) A J Currie  1 Jun 1940  
Flt Off H V Rabagliati 27 May 1941  
Fg Off G H gray 27 May 1941  
Fg Off R C Cary 19 Dec 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command Controlled'
Sylvesters', Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Flying Training Command
  • SHQ RAF Booker

    • No 21 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Cambridge

    • No 22 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Fairoaks

    • No 18 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Sywell

    • No 6 Elementary Flying Training School

  • SHQ RAF Watchfield

    • Airfield Controllers' School

    • Blind Approach School

    • School of Flying Control

  • No 1 Elementary Flying Training School - Panshanger

  • No 2 Elementary Flying Training School - Worcester

  • No 3 Elementary Flying Training School - Shellingford

  • No 26 Elementary Flying Training School - Theale

  • No 29 Elementary Flying Training School - Clyffe Pypard

  • Central Link Trainer School - Elstree

  • No 10 (Elementary) Flying Instructors School - Woolley

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Clarence E W Lockyer 15 Sep 1943 Air Officer Commanding, later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt E A C Britton  3 Jan 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Sqn Ldr A F Merritt  5 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr J G Giddins 22 Oct 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr E Y Hughes 20 May 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr BG Blampied 20 May 1940  
Staffs of the Services
Medical
Wg Cdr D F Cameron 15 May 1943 Senior Medical Officer,MB, ChB
Education
Mr F J O Taylor 14 Apr 1943 Grade II, BSc, RAFVR
RAF Regiment
Lt Col C A L Coutts 23 Feb 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Wg Cdr A M Butt 13 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr (Ret) A J Currie  1 Jun 1940  
Sqn Ldr F G Steel  6 Jan 1943  

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled'
Sylvesters', Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Flying Training Command
  • No 1 Elementary Flying Training School - Panshanger

  • No 2 Elementary Flying Training School - Worcester

  • No 3 Elementary Flying Training School - Shellingford

  • No 6 Elementary Flying Training School - Sywell

  • No 10 (Elementary) Flying Instructors School - Woolley

  • No 18 Elementary Flying Training School - Fairoaks

  • No 21 Elementary Flying Training School  - Booker

  • No 22 Elementary Flying Training School  - Cambridge

  • No 26 Elementary Flying Training School - Theale

  • No 29 Elementary Flying Training School - Clyffe Pypard

  • Airfield Controllers' School - Watchfield

  • Blind Approach School - Watchfield

  • School of Flying Control - Watchfield

  • Central Link Trainer School - Elstree

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre James J Williamson   Air Officer Commanding, AFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt E A C Britton  3 Jan 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Sqn Ldr J G Giddins 22 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr P S James  7 Dec 1943 DFC
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr E Y Hughes 20 May 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr BG Blampied 20 May 1940  
Staffs of the Services
Medical
Wg Cdr J M Ritchie  3 Dec 1943 MB, ChB
Educational
Mr A F Jones 28 Feb 1944 BSc, RAFVR
RAF Regiment
Wg Cdr C E Harvey 13 Oct 1943
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr (Ret) A J Currie  1 Jun 1940  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled'
Sylvesters', Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Flying Training Command
  • No 1 Elementary Flying Training School - Panshanger

  • No 2 Elementary Flying Training School - Worcester

  • No 3 Elementary Flying Training School - Shellingford

  • No 6 Elementary Flying Training School - Sywell

  • No 10 (Elementary) Flying Instructors School - Woolley

  • No 18 Elementary Flying Training School - Fairoaks

  • No 21 Elementary Flying Training School  - Booker

  • No 22 Elementary Flying Training School  - Cambridge

  • No 26 Elementary Flying Training School - Theale

  • No 29 Elementary Flying Training School - Clyffe Pypard

  • Airfield Controllers' School - Watchfield

  • Beam Approach School - Watchfield

  • School of Flying Control - Watchfield

  • Central Link Trainer School - Elstree

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre James J Williamson   Air Officer Commanding, AFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt E J Laine 13 May 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Sqn Ldr J G Giddins 22 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr F H Connor  4 Jul 1944  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr E Y Hughes 20 May 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr BG Blampied 20 May 1940  
Staffs of the Services
Medical
Wg Cdr J M Ritchie  3 Dec 1943 MB, ChB
Educational
Mr A F Jones 28 Feb 1944 BSc, RAFVR
RAF Regiment
Wg Cdr P J Faulkner  2 Feb 1945
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr (Ret) A J Currie  1 Jun 1940  

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

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