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HQ No 81 Group Personnel, locations and units


[Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958]

This Group was formed on 16 December 1940 at RAF Sealand as part of Fighter Command to control the command's Operational Training Units.  It moved to Tallow Hall/Municipal Homes, Autumn Avenue, Worcester on 19 February 1941

June 1941

Location Command Controlled
Tallow Hall/Municipal Homes, Autumn Avenue, Worcester Fighter Command
  • SHQ RAF Aston Down

  • SHQ RAF Crosby

    • No 59 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Hawarden

    • No 57 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Sutton Bridge

    • No 56 Operational Training Unit

  • No 55 Operational Training Unit - Usworth

  • No 52 Operational Training Unit - Debden*

  • No 53 Operational Training Unit - Heston

  • No 54 Operational Training Unit - Church Fenton**

  • No 58 Operational Training Unit - Grangemouth

  • No 60 Operational Training Unit - Leconfield

* Station in No 11 Group

** Station in No 13 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Francis J Vincent 16 Dec 1940 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Air Staff
Gp Capt Guy L Carter 16 Dec 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Maurice W S Robinson 11 Jan 1941 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt E R Bullimore  4 Jan 1941  
Flt Lt H W Taylor  1 Mar 1941  
Flt Lt R LBateman 21 Apr 1941  
Flt Lt W G Greenaway 14 Jan 1941 MC
Fg Off R H Budworth 14 Jan 1941  
Plt Off R B Hamilton    
Administrative Staff
Flt Lt R H Spencer   Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Flt Lt G M Auger 10 Mar 1941  
Fg Off C E Ruault  6 Jan 1941  
Plt Off E D Renwick 16 Dec 1940  
Plt Off H W Merckel 19Feb 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt N J Starr  6 Mar 1941  
Engineer
Wg Cdr F E Stokes 27 Dec 1940  
Signals
Wg Cdr I B Nebigging  8 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr G E Horne 27 Dec 1940  
Fg Off E W Braendle 28 Feb 1941  
Armament
Wg Cdr Michael H Dwyer 28 Dec 1940 later AVM
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J A Couch 27 Dec 1940  
Medical
Sqn Ldr W D Peock 20 Jan1941 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Physical Training
Plt Off F W C Smith  5 Feb 1941  
Miscellaneous Appointments
Flt Lt W J Gibson    
Fg Off J M Barwick    
Plt Off J R R-C Foulerton 21 Apr 1941  
Plt Off R Follett    

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to Avening Court, Avening, near Stroud, Gloucestershire on 22 December 1941.

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Tallow Hall/Municipal Homes, Autumn Avenue, Worcester Fighter Command
  • SHQ RAF Annan

    • No 55 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Aston Down

    • No 52 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Charter Hall

    • No 54 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Crosby-on-Eden

    • No 59 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Cranfield

    • No 51 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Hawarden

    • No 57 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Llandow

    • No 53 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Rednal

    • No 61 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Tealing

    • No 56 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Usworth

    • No 62 Operational Training Unit

  • No 58 Operational Training Unit - Grangemouth

  • No 60 Operational Training Unit - East Fortune

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Francis J Vincent 16 Dec 1940 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Maurice W S Robinson  7 Mar1942 Senior Air Staff Officer; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr C A L Cheatle 16 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt Roderick A Chisholm 30 Mar 1942 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T F Neil 12 May 1942  
Flt Lt E R Bullimore  4 Jan 1941  
Flt Lt E A Williamson 19 Jul 1941  
Flt Lt R H Budworth 14 Jan 1941  
Capt S G Rix-Hill 20 Oct 191  
Fg Off S N Linsell 27 Jun 1941  
Fg Off J A H B Somerville 16 Oct 1941  
Fg Off G Lord 20 Feb 1942  
Plt Off S S Moore 22 May 1941  
Plt Off J Cooksley 28 Mar 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr R L Edward 23 Mar 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr D McLaren 6 Feb 1942  
Fg Off W H Bragg  3 Feb 1942  
Fg Off H W Merckel 19 Feb 1941  
Plt Off D Munro 15 Jul 1941  
Plt Off F B Sykes 20 Nov 1941  
Plt Off C F Walters 28 Feb 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt K G Davis 22 Apr 1942  
Engineer
Wg Cdr J C Bevan  7 Jul 1941  
Sqn Ldr J J Y Scarlett  7 Oct 1941  
Sqn Ldr R J Hibberd  8 Dec 1941  
Signals
Wg Cdr B H Chacksfield 10 Nov 1941  
Armament
Wg Cdr Michael H Dwyer 28 Dec 1940 later AVM
Photography
Fg Off N Jenkins  1 Sep 1941  
Equipment
Flt Lt C W S Collins  6 Feb 1942  
Medical
Sqn Ldr E Donovan 29 Nov 1941 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Flt Lt J C Hatrick  1 Feb 1942 MD, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG
Physical Training
Fg Off M E Colgan 15 Sep 1941  
WAAF Staff Officers
Flt Off V H Hunter 29 Aug 1941 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Maj E McC Henderson 23 Feb 1942
Flt Lt J W E Murray  8 Mar 1942  
Fg Off J Kennedy  8 Mar 1942  
Miscellaneous Appointments
Fg Off J M Barwick    

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

It disbanded on 15 April 1943 with its units being transferred to No 9 Group.

The Group reformed on 1 January 1952 at 63 Somerton Road, Belfast as No 81 (Operational Training) Group to control all training units in Fighter Command.  On 16 June 1952 the Group moved to Rudloe Manor near Box, Wiltshire. 

1952

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Leslie W C Bower  1 Jan 1952 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later AM
Air Staff
Gp Capt Christopher J Mount   Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt E B C Davies   Senior Officer i/c Administration

Technical Staff

Wg Cdr E A Harrop   Senior Technical Staff Officer, OBE, AFRAeS

Source - April 1952 Air Force List

1953

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Leslie W C Bower  1 Jan 1952 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later AM
Air Staff
Gp Capt Christopher J Mount   Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Air Traffic Control
Sqn Ldr G C Gilbert    
Navigation
Sqn Ldr W E Pettifer    
Operations
Sqn Ldr J E Ryan    
Signals
Sqn Ldr G Ryder   GM
Weapons
Sqn Ldr A Gilchrist   DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt R H Young 23 Mar 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration, CBE, DSO, DFC
Organisation
Wg Cdr W A Laurie   DFC
Personnel
Sqn Ldr J N MacKenzie   DFC

Technical Staff

Engineer
Wg Cdr E A Harrop 25 Feb 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, OBE, AFRAeS
Armament
Sqn Ldr R J White    

Source - October 1953 Air Force List

1954

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Henry A V Hogan  2 Apr 1954 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt J Etkins 30 Jan 1952 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Alick Foord-Kelcey 11 Jan 1954 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later AVM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt R H Young 23 Mar 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration, CBE, DSO, DFC

Technical Staff

Wg Cdr E A Harrop 25 Feb 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, OBE, AFRAeS

Source - April 1954 Air Force List

 

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Henry A V Hogan  2 Apr 1954 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt J P S O'Mahony  1 Feb 1954 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Alick Foord-Kelcey 11 Jan 1954 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later AVM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G R Howie  3 Sep 1954 Senior Officer i/c Administration

Technical Staff

Wg Cdr E A Harrop 25 Feb 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, OBE, AFRAeS

Source - October 1954 Air Force List

1955

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Henry A V Hogan  2 Apr 1954 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt J A Mansell  1 Nov 1954 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Alick Foord-Kelcey 11 Jan 1954 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later AVM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G R Howie  3 Sep 1954 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO

Technical Staff

Gp Capt A A Fletcher 13 Apr 1955 Senior Technical Staff Officer, BSc, DIC, ARCS, AFRAeS

Source - October 1955 Air Force List

1956

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Roger C Mead 15 Aug 1955 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC, AFC, ADC
Flt Lt D A Toon  7 Nov 1955 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt R F Watts 22 Jul 1955 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J A C Stratton 30 Apr 1956 Senior Officer i/c Administration, CBE

Technical Staff

Gp Capt A A Fletcher 13 Apr 1955 Senior Technical Staff Officer, BSc, DIC, ARCS, AFRAeS

Source - April 1956 Air Force List

1957

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Roger C Mead 15 Aug 1955 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC, AFC, ADC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt D A Toon  7 Nov 1955 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt R F Watts 22 Jul 1955 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr W A Griffiths  2 Aug 1955 DFC
Sqn Ldr B Beard  9 May 1955 AFC
Sqn Ldr D C Furse 13 Aug 1956 DFC
Air Traffic Control
Sqn Ldr R C G Harman 28 Nov 1955 AFC, AFM
Navigation
Sqn Ldr G T Desmond 11May 1957  
Weapons
Sqn Ldr F Bowen-Easley  8 Feb 1955  
Sqn Ldr A M Young  1 Jan 1957  
Control and Reporting
Sqn Ldr J Tinsley 21 Jan 1957 DFM
Signals
Sqn Ldr W W Fuller 31 Dec 1956  
Flight Safety
Sqn Ldr B N Byrne  1 Aug 1956  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J A C Stratton 30 Apr 1956 Senior Officer i/c Administration, CBE
Sqn Ldr S H Braithwaite 21 No 1956 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Staffs of the Staff (Administrative Staff)
Medical
Wg Cdr R Maycock  4 Jun 1956 Senior Medical Officer, AFC, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Technical Staff
Gp Capt W S Reed 20 May 1957 Senior Technical Staff Officer,
Armament
Sqn Ldr C Deane 27 Feb 1957  
Engineers
Sqn Ldr R A B James  1 Dec 1955  
Radio
Sqn Ldr D G Evans 31 Dec 1956  
Miscellaneous Appointment
Fg Off M T Rogers 18 Mar 1957 General Statistics Officer

Source - April & July 1957 Air Force List

1958

Location Command  
RAF Rudlow Manor, Box, Wiltshire Fighter Command  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Roger C Mead 15 Aug 1955 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC, AFC, ADC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt D A Toon  7 Nov 1955 ADC to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt R J Gosnall  9 Sep 1957 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr D C Furse 13 Aug 1956 DFC
Sqn Ldr W J Ives  1 Oct 1957  
Air Traffic Control
Sqn Ldr R C G Harman 28 Nov 1955 AFC, AFM
Navigation
Sqn Ldr G T Desmond 11May 1957  
Weapons
Sqn Ldr F Bowen-Easley  8 Feb 1955  
Sqn Ldr B D Hanafin  5 Aug 1957 DFC
Control and Reporting
Sqn Ldr J Tinsley 21 Jan 1957 DFM
Signals
Sqn Ldr W W Fuller 31 Dec 1956  
Flight Safety
Sqn Ldr B N Byrne  1 Aug 1956  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt W G Moseby 24 Aug 1957 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr T P D La Touche 21 Oct 1957 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Staffs of the Staff (Administrative Staff)
Medical
Wg Cdr T N N Brennan  6 Aug 1957 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh
Technical Staff
Gp Capt W S Reed 20 May 1957 Senior Technical Staff Officer,
Armament
Sqn Ldr C Deane 27 Feb 1957  
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R A B James  1 Dec 1955  
Radio
Sqn Ldr D G Evans 31 Dec 1956  
Miscellaneous Appointment
Fg Off M T Rogers 18 Mar 1957 General Statistics Officer

Source - January 1958 Air Force List

 It disbanded on  31 May 1958.

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