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HQ No 8 Group Personnel, locations and units


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

This Group was originally formed on 1 April 1918 within No 2 Area at 1 Cumberland Place in Southampton becoming No 8 (Training) Group on 8 August 1918, disbanding on 15 May 1919.

It reformed on 1 September 1941 at Brampton Grange in Huntingdonshire as No 8 (Light Day Bomber) Group but this role was taken over by the USAAF and it disbanded on 28 January 1943.

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Brampton Grange, Huntingdon Bomber Command
  • SHQ RAF Chelveston

  • SHQ RAF Thurleigh

  • SHQ RAF Molesworth

  • SHQ RAF Polebrook

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Francis J Fogarty  8 Sep 1941 Air Officer Commanding (Act A/Cdre?), DFC, AFC; later ACM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr P A Gilchrist 11 Mar 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer
Flt Lt D M B Pitt 15 Sep 1941 MBE
Fg Off E M Summers 20 Sep 1941 MM
Fg Off S A Hargrove  8 Nov 1941  
Fg Off B B Hick  1 Dec 1941  
Fg Off A S Withers  1 Dec 1941  
Fg Off R G Netting 12 Dec1941  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr F C B Saville  5 Sep 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Fg Off J L E Rees 30 Sep 1941 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Fg Off C R Gaffney 19 Jan 1942  
Fg Off C G Atherton  5 Sep 1941  
Plt Off I Ste C Rose 27 Dec 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Signals
Fg Off R V Leitch 25 Oct 1941  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J P Hinks  4 Sep 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr J C Smyth 12 Sep 1941 Senior Medical Officer, LRCP & S, LM, LDS
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off E M MacLeod 23 Mar1942 WAAF
RAF Regiment
 Mar J C Hargreaves 23 Feb 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Plt Off E A Culff  1 Dec 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

It reformed as No 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group on 15 August 1942 at RAF Wyton before moving to Castle Hill House, Huntingdon on 15 May 1943.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Castle Hill House, Huntingdon Bomber Command
  • SHQ RAF Marham

    • No 105 Squadron

    • No 109 Squadron

    • No 1655 Mosquito Training Flight

  • SHQ RAF Oakington

    • No 7 Squadron

    • No 627 Squadron

    • No 1409 Flight

  • SHQ RAF Wyton

    • No 83 Squadron

    • No 139 Squadron

    • No 8 Group Communications Flight

  • No 1499 Flight - Ipswich

  • No 35 Squadron - Graveley

  • No 97 Squadron - Bourn

  • Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit - Warboys

  • No 156 Squadron - Warboys

  • No 405 Squadron RCAF - Gransden Lodge

  • No 1507 (Beam Approach Training) Flight - Gransden Lodge

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Donald C T Bennett 13 Jan 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt Clayton D C Boyce 18 Feb 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, later AVM
Wg Cdr T G Mahaddie 20 Mar 1943 DSO, DFC, AFC
Wg Cdr G H Womersley 27 Apr 1943 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr R A Wellington 25 Jul 1943 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr W J R Shepherd 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr G F Georgeson 25 Jan 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr H G Travers  7 Sep 1943 DSC
Sqn Ldr L L Thomas 23 Sep 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr D F Allen  6 Mar 1943 GM, BEM
Sqn Ldr A P Cranswick 20 Oct 1943 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr G F Grant  2 Nov 1943 DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Francis R D Swain 11 Oct 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr F B Taylor 28 Jan 1943 Personnel
Sqn Ldr L E Berry  1 Feb 1943 Organisation
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Wg Cdr A G S Cousens 23 Aug 1943 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr H C Mitchell 26 Aug 1943 DFC
Armament
Sqn Ldr W Rathbone 10 Feb 1943  
Engineer
Wg Cdr C F Sarsby  1 Feb 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr E Swinney 12 Oct 1943 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr N I B Harrison  1 Jun 1943  
Equipment
Wg Cdr J C Rose 27 Jul 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Photography
Sqn Ldr H W Lees  1 Jul 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr J C MacGowen 10 Feb 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MD, ChB
Meteorological
Mr M J Thomas   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off E M Carr 18 May 1943 WAAF
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr B W Finn 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr M A Smith 25 Jan 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr F Metcalfe 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr G A L Elliot 10 Jun 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr T M Jones  1 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr N S Sellers 15 Jun 1943  

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Castle Hill House, Huntingdon Bomber Command
  • RAF Station - Bourn

    • No 105 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Downham Market

    • No 635 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Graveley

    • No 35 Squadron

    • No 692 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Gransden Lodge

    • No 405 Squadron RCAF

    • No 1696 Flight

  • RAF Station - Little Staughton

    • No 109 Squadron

    • No 582 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Marham

  • RAF Station - Oakington

    • No 7 Squadron

    • No 571 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Upwood

    • No 139 Squadron

    • No 156 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Warboys

    • Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit

    • No 1655 Mosquito Training Flight

  • RAF Station - Wyton

    • No 1409 Flight

    • No 8 Group Communications Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Donald C T Bennett 13 Jan 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt Clayton D C Boyce 18 Feb 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, later AVM
Wg Cdr T G Mahaddie 20 Mar 1943 DSO, DFC, AFC
Wg Cdr G F Grant  2 Nov 1943 DFC
Wg Cdr E W Deacon  8 Mar 1944 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr W J R Shepherd 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr H G Travers  7 Sep 1943 DSC
Sqn Ldr C P C De Wesselow  7 Apr 1944 DC
Sqn Ldr C A J Smith 20 Oct 1943 DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt H McC White 15 May 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Sqn Ldr P L Burley 26 Nov 1943 Personnel
Sqn Ldr L E Berry  1 Feb 1943 Organisation
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Wg Cdr E H Bagnold 20 Mar 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr L R Hastings 26 Aug 1943 DFC
Engineer
Wg Cdr C F Sarsby  1 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr N S Sellers 15 Jul 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr E L T Barton 20 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr N I B Harrison  1 Jun 1943  
Armament
Wg Cdr W Rathbone 10 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr L G Johnson  6 Mar 1943 DFC
Equipment
Wg Cdr J C Rose 27 Jul 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Photography
Sqn Ldr H W Lees  1 Jul 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr J C MacGowen 10 Feb 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MD, ChB
Meteorological
Mr M J Thomas   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off M J G Buchanan 21 Feb 1944 WAAF
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr B W Finn 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr M A Smith 25 Jan 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr F Metcalfe 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr G A L Elliot 10 Jun 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr T M Jones  1 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr G J Newman  1 Dec 1943  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
Castle Hill House, Huntingdon Bomber Command
  • RAF Station - Bourn

    • No 105 Squadron

    • No 162 Squadron

    • No 9 RAF Instructors' School (EVT)

    • No 1696 Flight

  • RAF Station - Downham Market

    • No 608 Squadron

    • No 635 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Gransden Lodge

    • No 142 Squadron

    • No 405 Squadron RCAF

  • RAF Station - Graveley

    • No 35 Squadron

    • No 692 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Little Staughton

    • No 109 Squadron

    • No 582 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Oakington

    • No 7 Squadron

    • No 571 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Upwood

    • No 139 Squadron

    • No 156 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Warboys

    • Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit

    • No 1323 Flight

  • RAF Station - Wyton

    • No 128 Squadron

    • No 163 Squadron

    • No 1409 Flight

    • No 8 Group Communications Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John R Whitley 21 May 1945 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, AFC; later AM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Clayton D C Boyce 18 Feb 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE; later AVM
Gp Capt O R Donaldson 25 Feb 1945 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr E W Deacon  8 Mar 1944 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr W J R Shepherd 25 Jan 1943 OBE
Wg Cdr Hubert P Connolly  1 Mar 1945 DFC, AFM; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr K H Burns 26 Oct 1944 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr B W McMillan 10 Nov 1944 AFC
Sqn Ldr H G Travers  7 Sep 1943 DSC
Sqn Ldr C A J Smith 20 Oct 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr R G St C Wadsworth 25 Jan 1945 DFC
Sqn Ldr R C Walker 14 Nov 1944  
Sqn Ldr L S Thorpe 20 Oct 1944 DFC, DFM
Sqn Ldr W H Robinson 18 Jan 1945 DFC, DFM
Sqn Ldr J P Crump  7 Jan 1945  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt H McC White 15 May 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Sqn Ldr F Vernon  1 Feb 1943 Organisation
Sqn Ldr R M Snow 18 Nov 1944 Personnel
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Wg Cdr H C Mitchell  1 Jan 1945 DSO
Sqn Ldr L R Hastings 26 Aug 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr W H Jones 22 Oct 1944  
Engineer
Gp Capt C F Sarsby  1 Feb 1943  
Wg Cdr A J Carver 28 Oct 1944  
Sqn Ldr E Dracup 11 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr F J Pacey 16 Mar 1945  
Signals
Wg Cdr E L T Barton 20 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr N I B Harrison  1 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr W A E Howard 27 Jan 1944  
Armament
Wg Cdr W Rathbone 10 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr L G Johnson  6 Mar 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr M B Whitbread  5 May 1944 DFC
Equipment
Wg Cdr J C Rose 27 Jul 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer, MBE
Photography
Sqn Ldr H W Lees  1 Jul 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr J C MacGown 10 Feb 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MD, ChB
Educational
Mr G Ross  5 Feb 1945 MA, RAFVR
Meteorological
Wg Cdr M J Thomas 11 Sep 1944 Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off M J G Shaw 21 Feb 1944 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col A C Wood  5 May 1943
Miscellaneous Appointments
Wg Cdr B W Finn 25 Jan 1943  
Wg Cdr G A L Elliot 10 Jun 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr M A Smith 25 Jan 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr F Metcalfe 25 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr G J Newman  1 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr D G Barnes  1 Jun 1944  
Sqn Ldr G N W Macfarlane  8 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr D H Palmer  8 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr L Vincent  8 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr L R Blackmore 12 Aug 1944  
Sqn Ldr E R Fisher 25 Sep 1944  
Sqn Ldr W Green 12 Aug 1944  
Sqn Ldr C E Milner 25 Sep 1944  
Sqn Ldr P R Smith  1 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr G F Caldwell 10 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr B W Le Sueur 13 Mar 1945  
Sqn Ldr E A Brain  1 Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr G B Masters 22 Feb 1945  

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

It disbanded on 15 December 1945.

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