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HQ No 61 Group - Principal Personnel


[Oct 1949 | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959]

Originally formed on 6 July 1940 at RAF Aldergrove, it moved to Dunlambert Hotel, Fort William Park, Belfast  and was redesignated RAF Northern Ireland on 1 August.

This Group as No 61 (Eastern Reserve) Group was reformed on 2 May 1946 at 'Charlbury', Chorley Wood Road, Rickmansworth moving to RAF Kenley on 1 August.

October 1949

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Reserve Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Theodore N McEvoy  3 Jan 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE; later ACM
Air Staff
Gp Capt R J Gosnell 22 Aug 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt P W D Heal 12 Sep 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, AFC

Technical Staff

Gp Capt L F Jennings  9 May 1949 Senior Technical Staff Officer,

Source - October 1949 Air Force List

1950

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Reserve Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Theodore N McEvoy  3 Jan 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE; later ACM
Air Staff
Gp Capt R J Gosnell 22 Aug 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt P W D Heal 12 Sep 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, AFC

Technical Staff

Wg Cdr L F Jennings  9 May 1949 Senior Technical Staff Officer,

Source - April 1950 Air Force List

The title 'Reserve' was dropped on 1 August 1950 when Reserve Command was renamed Home Command.

It absorbed No 65 Group on 1 February 1951.

1951

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Walter J Seward 12 Feb 1951 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Charles W Gore  1 Mar 1951 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE
Administrative Staff
A/Cdre John H T Simpson 16 Apr 1951 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO, AFC

Technical Staff

Wg Cdr L F Jennings  9 May 1949 Senior Technical Staff Officer,

Source - October 1951 Air Force List

1952

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Walter J Seward 12 Feb 1951 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Charles W Gore  1 Mar 1951 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J E G H Thomas 19 Jul 1951 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DFC

Source - October 1952 Air Force List

1953

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Walter J Seward 12 Feb 1951 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Donald L Thomson 23 Feb 1953 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J E G H Thomas 19 Jul 1951 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DFC

Source - October 1953 Air Force List

1954

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Francis J St G Braithwaite  3 May 1954 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Donald L Thomson 23 Feb 1953 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Horace Waring 22 Dec 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration; later A/Cdre

Source - April & October 1954 Air Force List

1955

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Francis J St G Braithwaite  3 May 1954 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Donald L Thomson 23 Feb 1953 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Horace Waring 22 Dec 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration; later A/Cdre

Technical Staff

Sqn Ldr P Lamey 12 Oct 1954 MBE

Source - October 1955 Air Force List

1956

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Francis J St G Braithwaite  3 May 1954 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt D C Mitchell 26 Apr 1956 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
A/Cdre John M Cohu  1 Sep 1955 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE; later AVM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt A F Anderson  1 Aug 1955 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO*, DFC

Technical Staff

Sqn Ldr P Lamey 12 Oct 1954 MBE

Source - January 1956 Air Force List

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John M Cohu  2 Apr 1956 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt D C Mitchell 26 Apr 1956 ADC to AOC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt A F Anderson  1 Aug 1955 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO*, DFC

Technical Staff

Sqn Ldr P Lamey 12 Oct 1954 MBE

Source - April 1956 Air Force List

It absorbed No 62 Group and was redesignated No 61 (Southern) Group on 1 January 1957

1957

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Edward J Corbally 1 Apr 1957 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J G Fielding  4 Jun 1956 ADC to AOC,
Air Staff
A/Cdre Harold P Broad  6 May 1957 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, DFC
Wg Cdr W M Collins  8 Apr 1957 DFC
Sqn Ldr A W Hannaford  2 Nov 1954  
Sqn Ldr M W Huggins 13 Jun 1956 DFC
Sqn Ldr V K Jacobs  3 Apr 1956  
Sqn Ldr J P Trant 14 Mar 1955  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G P S Pollard 14 Jan 1957 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, CBE
Sqn Ldr N White 26 Mar 1956 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE
Staffs of the Staff (Administrative Staff)
Medical
Gp Capt G H Stuart** 28 May 1957 Senior Medical Officer, MD, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Wg Cdr R S B McClean  7 May 1954 MB, ChB
Technical Staff
Engineer
Sqn Ldr E L Baines 15 Oct 1956  

** Also shown in No 64 Group

Source - April & July 1957 Air Force List

1958

Changes between April 1957 and April 1958

Air Staff
Sqn Ldr G C Nicols  7 Oct 1957 DFC

Source - January 1958 Air Force List

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Edward J Corbally 1 Apr 1957 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J G Fielding  4 Jun 1956 ADC to AOC,
Air Staff
Gp Capt J S Kennedy  6 Aug 1957 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC*
Wg Cdr W M Collins  8 Apr 1957 DFC
Sqn Ldr William E Hedley 13 Jan 1958 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr M W Huggins 13 Jun 1956 DFC
Sqn Ldr V K Jacobs  3 Apr 1956  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G P S Pollard 14 Jan 1957 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, CBE
Sqn Ldr N White 26 Mar 1956 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE
Staffs of the Staff (Administrative Staff)
Medical
Gp Capt G H Stuart 28 May 1957 Senior Medical Officer, MD, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Wg Cdr J P Brazil  1 Oct 1957 MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Technical Staff
Engineer
Sqn Ldr E L Baines 15 Oct 1956  

Source - April 1958 Air Force List

1959

Location Command Controlled
RAF Kenley, Surrey Home Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Edward J Corbally 1 Apr 1957 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J G Fielding  4 Jun 1956 ADC to AOC,
Air Staff
Wg Cdr W M Collins  8 Apr 1957 DFC
Sqn Ldr G C Nichols  7 Oct 1957 DFC
Sqn Ldr J J Woods  1 Oct 1958 DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G P S Pollard 14 Jan 1957 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, CBE
Sqn Ldr N White 26 Mar 1956 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE
Staffs of the Staff (Administrative Staff)
Medical
Gp Capt G H Stuart 28 May 1957 Senior Medical Officer, MD, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Technical Staff
Engineer
Sqn Ldr E L Baines 15 Oct 1956  

Source - January 1959 Air Force List

It disbanded on 31 March 1959

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