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HQ No 60 Group Personnel, locations and units 1939 - 1945


[Dec 1939 | Sep 1940 | Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

This Group was formed on 23 March 1940 at 'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard to control all the Radar stations (AMES) in Fighter Command.

June 1941

Location Command Controlled
'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard Fighter Command
  • No 2 installation Unit - Kidbrooke

  • No 70 (Signals) Wing - Inverness

  • No 71 (Signals) Wing - Aberdeen

  • No 72 (Signals) Wing - Stirling

  • No 73 (Signals) Wing - Tadcaster

  • No 74 (Signals) Wing - Cambridge

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing - Biggin Hill

  • No 76 (Signals) Wing - Bristol

  • No 77 (Signals) Wing - Liverpool

  • No 78 (Signals) Wing - Bristol

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Arthur L Gregory 23 Feb 1940 Air Officer Commanding, MBE, MC
Plt Off E A Powell 23 May 1941 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Colin P Brown

 1 Mar 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer,  DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr Richard K Hamblin  1 Mar 1940 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T A Scarff 15 Mar 1940  
Fg Off J K Hankinson 15 Jun 1940  
Fg Off J D Sumner  2 Feb 1941  
Fg Off L W E Neale 17 May 1941  
Plt Off G R S Charles 17 May1941  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Francis H E Reeve  1 Mar 1940 Senior Administrative Staff Officer; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr A R C Cooper  5 Nov 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Flt Lt O D Freeman 22 Apr 1940 Senior Organisation Staff Officer
Flt Lt J H Truscott 16 Sep 1940  
Fg Off L C Munn 16 Dec 1940  
Fg Off A I Bray 16 Dec 1940  
Fg Off T H Bridgewater 25 Jan 1941  
Plt Off E W Seward  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off E Fennessy  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off R C Cole 17 Apr 1940  
Plt Off G D Jenkins 29 Nov 1940  
Plt Off T H Wilson 31 Jan 1941 Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
Plt Off J Wicks 28 Mar 1941  
Plt Off R E Whyard  1 Dec 1940  
Staffs of the Services
Signals
Sqn Ldr W P Wilson 31 Jan 1941 Chief Engineer
Flt Lt P H Dort  1 Mar 1940  
Fg Off W H A Bourne 10 Jun 1940  
Plt Off K W Pearson  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off C Tinker  1 Apr 1940  
Plt Off J A Lawrence 21 Sep 1940  
Plt Off G T Kelsey 12 Oct 1940  
Plt Off R G Enticknap  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off A F Shaw  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off W S Ball  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off J B Heard  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off H J Thwaites  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off A R Taylor  1 Feb 1941  
Equipment
Wg Cdr J E Reynolds 23 Mar 1940 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Fg Off T H C Hampton 23 Jun 1940  
Plt Off J W Townsend 25 Nov 1940  
Plt Off R T Berger 10 Feb 1941  
Plt Off A W Cunliffe 10 Feb 1941  
Plt Off F G C Godbeer 16 May 1940  
Accountant
Wg Cdr W R Donkin 18 Jan 1941 Group Accountant Officer
Fg Off J W Hartzig 30Mar 1940  
Plt Off H A M Norton 29 Nov 1940  
Medical
Wg Cdr G P O'Connell 29 Mar1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh
Sqn Ldr H Bannerman  5 Sep 1940 MB, BS
Educational
Maj H T R Hendin 24 Apr 1941 Group Education Officer, MC, BSc
Miscellaneous Appointments
Flt Lt M J du Cray 21 Nov 1940  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard Fighter Command
  • No 2 Installation Unit - Kidbrooke

  • No 70 (Signals) Wing - Inverness

  • No 71 (Signals) Wing - Aberdeen

  • No 72 (Signals) Wing - Dollar

  • No 73 (Signals) Wing - Malton

  • No 74 (Signals) Wing - Cambridge

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing - Keston

  • No 77 (Signals) Wing - Liverpool

  • No 78 (Signals) Wing - Ashburton

  • No 79 (Signals) Wing - Portadown

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Robert S Aitken 27 Mar 1942 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, MC, AFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Plt Off S G S Pennick 15 Apr 1942 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Colin P Brown

 1 Mar 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer,  DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr W J Millen 10 Oct 1941  
Flt Lt T A Scarff 15 Mar 1940  
Fg Off J K Hankinson 15 Jun 1940  
Fg Off J D Sumner  2 Feb 1941  
Fg Off W T Sanderson 22 Jul 1941  
Fg Off P E Axon 31 Oct 1941  
Plt Off A F Shaw  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off A G Morton 15 Sep 1941  
Plt Off D S Farrow 14 Nov 1941  
Plt Off C H Loder 29 Jan 1942  
Plt Off G L Barnes 20 Apr 1942  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Francis H E Reeve  1 Mar 1940 Senior Administrative Staff Officer; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr A R C Cooper  5 Nov 1940 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Flt Lt E M Nicol 14 Nov 1941 Senior Organisation Staff Officer
Flt Lt A W H Longstaff 18 May 1942  
Flt Lt E T Laverack 27 Jan 1942  
Fg Off B Drew 24 Oct 1941  
Fg Off R C Cole 17 Apr 1940  
Plt Off M B C Winter  3 Jan 1942  
Plt Off A J Morelli 10 Feb 1942  
Plt Off W D Miller 21 Jan 1942  
Engineer Radio Staff
Wg Cdr W P Wilson 31 Jan 1941 Chief Engineer
Sqn Ldr W A E Featherstone 21 Jul 1941  
Sqn Ldr P H Dort  1 Mar 1940  
Flt Lt C I Orr-Ewing 22 Aug 1941  
Flt Lt P D Walters  9 Feb 1942  
Flt Lt B F Blakemore  1 Apr 1942  
Flt Lt E Fennessy  1 Dec 1940  
Flt Lt C Tinker  1 Apr 1940  
Fg Off W A Wales 29 Jan 1942  
Fg Off N Best 30 Apr 1941  
Fg Off R E Young 16 Dec 1940  
Fg Off A I Bray 16 Dec 1940  
Fg Off G W R Larkby 16 Dec 1940  
Fg Off R W Fraser 12 Dec 1940  
Fg Off J H Bond 27 Mar 1942  
Fg Off G T Kelsey 12 Oct 1940  
Fg Off R E Whyard  1 Dec 1940  
Fg Off G P Kendall 18 Oct 1941  
Fg Off K D U Rogers 18 Oct 1941  
Fg Off J A Lawrence 21 Sep 1940  
Plt Off K W Pearson  1 Dec 1940  
Plt Off D C Mason 31 Oct 1941  
Plt Off L C Hoskins 20 Mar 1942  
Plt Off E Eastwood 16 Mar 1942  
Plt Off E Davies  1 Apr 1942  
Plt Off C L Barber 26 May 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Equipment
Wg Cdr J E Reynolds 23 Mar 1940 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Flt Lt G Robinson 24 Apr 1942  
Fg Off T H C Hampton 23 Jun 1940  
Fg Off L T Gygax  3 Nov 1941  
Plt Off R T Berger 10 Feb 1941  
Plt Off T A Fraser 20 Jan 1942  
Plt Off A MacLean  8 Apr 1942  
Accountant
Wg Cdr W R Donkin 18 Jan 1941 Group Accountant Officer
Fg Off J W Hartzig 30 Mar 1940  
Plt Off R S Buckle 15 May 1942  
Medical
Wg Cdr G P O'Connell 29 Mar1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh
Sqn Ldr J H Cullinan  2 Sep 1941 MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr H A Stokes 29 Dec 1941 Group Education Officer, MA, RAFVR
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off C J Rowley 14 Jan 1942 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Fg Off H N Robinson 27 Feb 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Plt Off F Blenkiron 15 Jun 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard Air Defence of Great Britain
  • No 70 (Signals) Wing - Inverness

    • No 526 Squadron

  • No 72 (Signals) Wing - Dollar

    • Detachment - Portadown

    • Equipment Section - Paisley

  • No 73 (Signals) Wing - Malton

    • Detachment - Cambridge

    • No 527 Squadron

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing - Keston

    • No 529 Squadron

    • Equipment Section - Tonbridge

  • No 77 (Signals) Wing - Liverpool

  • No 78 (Signals) Wing - Ashburton

    • No 528 Squadron

    • Equipment Section - Haycastle Cross

  • No 84 (Signals) Wing - Cambridge

  • No 21 Signals Training Unit - Renscombe Down

  • RAF Detachment - TRE Malvern

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Robert S Aitken 27 Mar 1942 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, MC, AFC; later AVM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Francis H E Reeve  9 Oct 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE
Wg Cdr W E F Jennings 18 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr D P Furneaux  4 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr R F Tothhill  1 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr E Eastwood 16 Mar 1942  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt RReay-Jones 17 Mar 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Wg Cdr E M Nicol 14 Nov 1941 Senior Organisation Staff Officer
Wg Cdr H L Bosworth  5 Aug 1942 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr P J W Kilpatrick  1 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr R C Cole 17 Apr 1941  
Sqn Ldr C S Watkinson 23 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr A J Morelli 17 Aug 1943  
Engineer Radio Staff
Gp Capt W P Wilson 20 Dec 1940 Chief Engineer, CBE
Wg Cdr P H Dort  1 Apr 1940  
Wg Cdr E Fennessy  8 Sep 1942  
Wg Cdr W E Knowlden 27 May 1943  
Wg Cdr G T Kelsey 12 Oct 1940  
Sqn Ldr B F Blakemore  1 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr N Best 30 Apr 1941  
Sqn Ldr K D U Rogers 16 Jul 1942  
Sqn Ldr J A Lawrence 21 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr H R Cheese 27 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr R R Poole  8 Jun 1942  
Sqn Ldr L H Thomas 12 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr T H Bridgewater  2 Nov 1942  
Sqn Ldr J H Bond  1 Dec 1942  
Sqn Ldr J Scott-Taggart 19 Dec1942  
Sqn Ldr R J Keir 21 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr J Ree 19 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr A G Morton 22 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr C L Lacey 22 Apr 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Equipment
Gp Capt J Davidson 29 Sep 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Wg Cdr G Robinson  1 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr E F Watkins 17 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr C R Iliffe 23 Aug 1943  
Accountant
Wg Cdr W R Donkin 18 Jan 1941 Group Accountant Officer
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  1 May 1943  
Medical
Gp Capt C P Barber  7 Jun 1943 Senior Medical Officer, LMSSA
Sqn Ldr R F T Finn 14 Dec1942 LMSSA
Educational
Dr A C Williams 23 Sep 1943 Group Education Officer, MSc, PhD, RAFVR
Works
Mr W J Cozens   Works Liaison Officer
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off D M L Jones 24 Apr 1943 WAAF
Sqn Off K F Carr 15 Nov 1943 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Col G M Giles  9 Jun 1942 Group Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr H Bryant 16 Nov 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr H P Blakely  4 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr L T Gygax  3 Nov 1941  

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard Air Defence of Great Britain
  • No 70 (Signals) Wing - Inverness

    • No 526 Squadron

  • No 72 (Signals) Wing - Dollar

    • Detachment - Portadown

    • Equipment Section - Paisley

  • No 73 (Signals) Wing - Malton

    • No 527 Squadron - Digby

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing - Keston

    • No 529 Squadron - Halton

    • Equipment Section - Tonbridge

  • No 78 (Signals) Wing - Ashburton

    • No 528 Squadron - Digby

    • Equipment Section - Haycastle Cross

  • No 84 (Signals) Wing - Cambridge

  • No 21 Signals Training Unit - Renscombe Down

  • RAF Detachment - TRE Malvern

  • Radar Operators School - Worth Matravers

  • No 60 Group Communication Flight - Halton

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM William E Theak   Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Francis H E Reeve  9 Oct 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE
Wg Cdr W E F Jennings 18 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr D P Furneaux  4 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr E Eastwood 16 Mar 1942  
Sqn Ldr J E Morrah 17 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr J C K lethbridge 29 Sep 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J G Cardale 20 Apr 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr E M Nicol 14 Nov 1941 Organisation
Wg Cdr H L Bosworth  5 Aug 1942 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr P J W Kilpatrick  1 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr A J Morelli 17 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr R N R Fraser 15 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr I M Bryan 12 Sep 1943  
Signals Radar Staff
Gp Capt W P Wilson 20 Dec 1940 Chief Engineer, CBE
Wg Cdr P H Dort  1 Apr 1940  
Wg Cdr E Fennessy  8 Sep 1942  
Wg Cdr G T Kelsey 12 Oct 1940  
Wg Cdr J C Martin 27 Jan 1944  
Sqn Ldr B F Blakemore  1 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr N Best 30 Apr 1941  
Sqn Ldr K D U Rogers 16 Jul 1942  
Sqn Ldr J A Lawrence 21 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr H R Cheese 27 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr R R Poole  8 Jun 1942  
Sqn Ldr L H Thomas 12 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr T H Bridgewater  2 Nov 1942  
Sqn Ldr R J Keir 21 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr J Ree 19 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr A G Morton 22 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr C L Lacey 22 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr W T Sanderson 16 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr G P Kendall  2 Jan 1944  
Sqn Ldr J E F Voss  1 Jan 1944  
Sqn Ldr R E Young 14 Feb 1944  
Sqn Ldr R W Fraser  6 Mar 1944  
Sqn Off M I Brown 17 Aug 1943 WAAF
Staffs of the Services
Equipment
Gp Capt J Davidson 29 Sep 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Wg Cdr G Robinson  1 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr E F Watkins 17 Aug 1942  
Accountant
Wg Cdr H E Cardwell  1 Dec 1943 Group Accountant Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr F E Lilley 24 Apr 1944  
Medical
Gp Capt C P Barber  7 Jun 1943 Senior Medical Officer, LMSSA
Sqn Ldr R F T Finn 14 Dec1942 LMSSA
Educational
Dr A C Williams 23 Sep 1943 Group Education Officer, MSc, PhD, RAFVR
Works
Mr R J Cranna    
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off D M L Jones 24 Apr 1943 WAAF
Sqn Off N M Salmon  9 Mar 1944 WAAF
Flt Off E B McLaren 14 Oct 1942 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Col G M Giles  9 Jun 1942 Group Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr H Bryant 16 Nov 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr H P Blakely  4 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr L T Gygax  3 Nov 1941  
Sqn Ldr A E Staner 13 Dec 1943  
Sqn Off E M Gibbons  3 Dec 1943 WAAF

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard Fighter Command
  • No 70 (Signals) Wing - Inverness

    • Detachment - Greystones

    • Equipment Section - Loth

    • Equipment Section - Paisley

  • No 73 (Signals) Wing - Boston Spa

    • No 527 Squadron - Digby

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing - Broadstairs

    • No 529 Squadron - Henley

    • Equipment Section - Tonbridge

  • No 78 (Signals) Wing - Ashburton

    • Equipment Section - Haycastle Cross

  • No 21 Signals Training Unit - Renscombe Down

  • RAF Detachment - TRE Malvern

  • Radar Navigational Aids Control - Cambridge

  • Radar Operators School - Worth Matravers

  • No 60 Group Communication Flight - Henley

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM William E Theak 24 Feb 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Francis H E Reeve  9 Oct 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE
Wg Cdr W E F Jennings 18 Apr 1943 OBE
Sqn Ldr D P Furneaux  4 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr E Eastwood 16 Mar 1942  
Sqn Ldr A W Bowyer  5 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr J E Mattah 17 Aug 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J G Cardale 20 Apr 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr E M Nicol 14 Nov 1941 Organisation, DSM
Wg Cdr H L Bosworth  5 Aug 1942 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr A J Morelli 17 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr R N R Fraser 15 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr W R Vaughan 28 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr R C Cole 15 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr J M Barber 12 Feb 1945  
Signals Radar Staff
Gp Capt W P Wilson 20 Dec 1940 Chief Engineer, CBE
Wg Cdr P H Dort  1 Apr 1940  
Wg Cdr E Fennessy  8 Sep 1942  
Wg Cdr G T Kelsey 12 Oct 1940  
Wg Cdr J C Martin 27 Jan 1944  
Wg Cdr C Tinker 10 Aug 1944  
Sqn Ldr K D U Rogers 16 Jul 1942  
Sqn Ldr H R Cheese 27 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr L H Thomas 12 Sep 1942  
Sqn Ldr T H Bridgewater  2 Nov 1942  
Sqn Ldr J Ree 19 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr A G Morton 22 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr C L Lacey 22 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr W T Sanderson 16 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr J M R Sutton  4 Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr J E F Voss  1 Jan 1944  
Sqn Ldr R W Fraser  6 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr S H Phillips 24 Jun 1944  
Sqn Ldr C H Robinson 29 Aug 1944  
Sqn Ldr R E Young 14 Feb 1944  
Sqn Off M I Brown 17 Aug 1943 WAAF
Sqn Off J C K Lethbridge 29 Sep 1943 WAAF
Staffs of the Services
Equipment
Gp Capt J Davidson 29 Sep 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer, OBE
Wg Cdr G Robinson  1 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr E F Watkins 17 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr P S Stewart  2 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr W H F Luck 22 Aug 1944  
Sqn Ldr J W Townsend 11 Sep 1944  
Accountant
Wg Cdr H E Cardwell  1 Dec 1943 Group Accountant Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr P N Cantrill 23 Jul 1944  
Medical
Gp Capt C P Barber  7 Jun 1943 Senior Medical Officer, LMSSA
Sqn Ldr A G Edwards 14 Feb 1945 MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG
Educational
Dr A C Williams 23 Sep 1943 Group Education Officer, MSc, PhD, RAFVR
Works
Mr R J Cranna  1 Feb 1944  
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off F H Hanbury 25 Sep 1944 MBE, WAAF
Sqn Off N M Salmon  9 Mar 1944 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr W E Howles 23 Sep 1944
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr H P Blakely  4 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr L T Gygax  3 Nov 1941  
Sqn Ldr A E Staner 13 Dec 1943  
Sqn Off E M Gibbons  3 Dec 1943 WAAF

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

It disbanded into No 90 (Signals) Group on 25 April 1946

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