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HQ No 83 Group Personnel, locations and units


[Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958]

This Group was formed at RAF Redhill on 19 March 1943 as No 83 (Composite) Group before moving to Gatton Park, Reigate on 23 April 1943.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Gatton Park, Reigate 2nd Tactical Air Force
  • Unable to list units at the moment

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM William F Dickson   Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO, AFC; later MRAF
Act A/Cdre Alexander H Montgomery 26 Apr 1943 Air Officer i/c Administration, MBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Dermot A Boyle 17 May 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later MRAF
Gp Capt Leslie W Cannon 19 Mar 1943 Deputy Senior Air Staff Officer, later AVM
Wg Cdr H P Shallard 19 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr A C Bartley  9 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr A C Cumming  1 Apr 1943  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr E V J Moloney 19 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr L B Petley  9 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr John C Wickham 24 May 1943 later A/Cdre
Staffs of the Services
Signals
Wg Cdr G A Richmond 26 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr E H Sillince 19 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr S H Phillips 22 Mar 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E M Sopwith 19 Mar 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr R G James  1 Apr 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr J Bell  8 May 1943 Meteorological Officer
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr Kenneth W Godfrey 19 Mar 1943 later AVM

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Gatwick 2nd Tactical Air Force

Squadrons: -

  • No 4 Squadron

  • No 19 Squadron

  • No 65 Squadron

  • No 132 Squadron

  • No 168 Squadron

  • No 174 Squadron

  • No 175 Squadron

  • No 181 Squadron

  • No 182 Squadron

  • No 184 Squadron

  • No 245 Squadron

  • No 247 Squadron

  • No 400 Squadron RCAF

  • No 401 Squadron RCAF

  • No 403 Squadron RCAF

  • No 411 Squadron RCAF

  • No 412 Squadron RCAF

  • No 414 Squadron RCAF

  • No 416 Squadron RCAF

  • No 421 Squadron RCAF

  • No 430 Squadron RCAF

  • No 438 Squadron RCAF

  • No 439 Squadron RCAF

  • No 440 Squadron RCAF

  • No 441 Squadron RCAF

  • No 442 Squadron RCAF

  • No 443 Squadron RCAF

  • No 453 Squadron RAAF

  • No 602 Squadron

  • No 652 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 653 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 658 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 659 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 662 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 5137 (Bomb Disposal) Squadron*

    • No 6220 (Bomb Disposal) Flight

    • No 6225 (Bomb Disposal) Flight

Other units: -

  • No 6019 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6065 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6122 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6132 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6168 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6174 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6175 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6181 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6182 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6184 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6245 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6247 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6400 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6401 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6411 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6403 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6411 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6412 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6414 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6416 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6421 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6430 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6438 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6439 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6440 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6441 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6442 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6443 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6453 Servicing Echelon

  • No 6602 Servicing Echelon

  • No 2 Air Despatch Letter Service Traffic Office

*Under No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Alexander H Montgomery 26 Apr 1943 Air Officer i/c Administration, MBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Dermot A Boyle 17 May 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later MRAF
Gp Capt Edward G Jones 24 May 1943 DSO, DFC; later AM
Gp Capt Viscount Acheson 18 Feb 1944  
Gp Capt I A Bertram  6 Jan 1944  
Gp Capt S H V Harris 28 Feb 1944  
Wg Cdr R F Begg  5 Jul 1943  
Wg Cdr G H Doble 20 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr L W M Gilmour 11 Oct 1943 DFC, DFM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt P H Smith 24 May 1943 Assistant AOA
Wg Cdr John C Wickham 24 May 1943 later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr E V N Bell 13 Jul 1943 Organisation
Wg Cdr E J Ellis 18 Feb 1944 Personnel
Sqn Ldr H W Shuker 22 Jun 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr D W Williams 10 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr W B Boggs 15 Nov 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr

Peter H Holmes

23 Aug 1943 later AVM
Sqn Ldr E H Sillince 19 Mar 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr L W Peart 29 Mar 1943 MBE
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E M Sopwith 19 Mar 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr J G Wigley 29 Dec 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr R G James  1 Apr 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr J Bell  8 May 1943 Meteorological Officer
RAF Regiment
Col R L Preston 19 Mar 1943
Sqn Ldr Kenneth W Godfrey 19 Mar 1943 later AVM
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A F O'Connor  4 Oct 1943  
Sqn Ldr D M Smith  3 Jan 1944  
Flt Lt S H Mumford   Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
c/o British Liberation Army 2nd Tactical Air Force
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Harry Broadhurst 25 Mar 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, DFC, AFC; later ACM
A/Cdre William J Crisham 22 Feb 1945 Air Officer i/c Administration, CBE; later AVM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Harold A Fenton 26 Apr 1945 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC
Gp Capt Edward G Jones 24 May 1943 DSO, DFC; later AM
Gp Capt S H V Harris 28 Feb 1944  
Wg Cdr R F Begg  5 Jul 1943  
Wg Cdr G H Doble 20 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr L W M Gilmour 11 Oct 1943 DFC, DFM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt P H Smith 24 May 1943 Assistant AOA
Wg Cdr E V N Bell 13 Jul 1943 Organisation
Sqn Ldr H W Shuker 22 Jun 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr D W Williams 10 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr W B Boggs 15 Nov 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr

Peter H Holmes

23 Aug 1943 later AVM
Sqn Ldr E H Sillince 19 Mar 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr L W Peart 29 Mar 1943 MBE
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E M Sopwith 19 Mar 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr J G Wigley 29 Dec 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr R G James  1 Apr 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr W Bainbridge  8 Apr 1945 MSc
Meteorological
Wg Cdr J Bell  8 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr L H Shave 12 May 1944  
RAF Regiment
Col R L Preston 19 Mar 1943
Sqn Ldr Kenneth W Godfrey 19 Mar 1943 later AVM
Miscellaneous Appointments
Wg Cdr L P R Roche 12 Jan 1945 Deputy Provost Marshal
Sqn Ldr A F O'Connor  4 Oct 1943  
Sqn Ldr D M Smith  3 Jan 1944  

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

It reformed on 9 July 1952 at RAF Wahn to control the southern area of 2nd Tactical Air Force.

1953

Location Command Controlled
RAF Wahn, West Germany 2nd Tactical Air Force  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Ronald B Lees  8 Sep 1952 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DFC*; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P E G Moore 14 Oct 1952 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Col M G L Donnet 29 Dec 1952 Senior Air Staff Officer, Belgian Air Force
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt E A Douglas-Jones 12 Sep 1952 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE; later AVM

Technical Staff

Gp Capt D O Finlay 31 Dec 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, DFC, AFC, AFRAeS

Source - October 1953 Air Force List

1954

Location Command Controlled
RAF Wahn, West Germany 2nd Tactical Air Force  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Ronald B Lees  8 Sep 1952 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DFC*; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P E G Moore 14 Oct 1952 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Col M G L Donnet 29 Dec 1952 Senior Air Staff Officer, Belgian Air Force
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt E A Douglas-Jones 12 Sep 1952 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE; later AVM

Technical Staff

Gp Capt D O Finlay 31 Dec 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, DFC, AFC, AFRAeS

Source - April & ctober 1954 Air Force List

1955

Location Command Controlled
RAF Wahn, West Germany 2nd Tactical Air Force  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Ronald B Lees  8 Sep 1952 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DFC*; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P E G Moore 14 Oct 1952 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Col M G L Donnet 29 Dec 1952 Senior Air Staff Officer, Belgian Air Force
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt E A Douglas-Jones 12 Sep 1952 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE; later AVM

Technical Staff

Gp Capt D O Finlay 31 Dec 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, DFC, AFC, AFRAeS

Source - October 1955 Air Force List

1956

Location Command Controlled
RAF Wahn, West Germany 2nd Tactical Air Force  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Henry A V Hogan 22 Aug 1956 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DFC
Personal Appointment
Fg Off W J Milner  1 Sep 1955 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Col M G L Donnet 29 Dec 1952 Senior Air Staff Officer, Belgian Air Force
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt

Richard I Jones

30 Apr 1955 Senior Officer i/c Administration, AFC; later AVM

Technical Staff

Gp Capt D O Finlay 31 Dec 1952 Senior Technical Staff Officer, DFC, AFC, AFRAeS

Source - January & April 1956 Air Force List

1957

Location Command Controlled
RAF Wahn, West Germany 2nd Tactical Air Force  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Henry A V Hogan 22 Aug 1956 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DFC
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P M C Welply  1 Mar 1957 ADC to AOC,
Air Staff
Col J G F Renier  5 Dec 1955 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, Belgian Air Force
Gp Capt R P R Powell 31 Oct 1955 DFC
Lt Cdr R De Wever  7 Mar 1955 Belgian Air Force
Wg Cdr J S Owen  1 Sep 1956  
Sqn Ldr A W Allison 14 Feb 1956 DFC
Sqn Ldr C O Beck 14 Mar 1956  
Sqn Ldr H Bennett 15 Jan 1955 AFC
Sqn Ldr J Curd  4 Jul 1956  
Sqn Ldr L R Scholfield  8 Jan 1956  
Sqn Ldr R C Schuster  1 Sep 1956 AFC
Sqn Ldr G Wrigley  7 May 1954  
Maj P Hallet  7 Mar 1955 Belgian Air Force
Policy Plans (Air)
Sqn Ldr R B Hesselyn  9 May 1956 MBE, DFC, DFM
Intelligence
Sqn Ldr G Strange  3 Mar 1955  
Signals
Wg Cdr I E Hill 13 Apr 1955  
Ground Defence
Wg Cdr P M Gosse  1 Aug 1956 Senior Ground Defence Staff Officer, MC
Staffs of the Staff (Air Staff)
Meteorological
Mr P E Phillips 15 Oct 1956 BSc
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G M Robinson 23 Nov 1956 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DFC
Maj A Bikkems 20 Jun 1955 Belgian Air Force
Sqn Ldr P G Farley 14 Aug 1956 MBE
Sqn Ldr T James 10 Nov 1956  
Technical Staff
Gp Capt A P Chamberlain 26 Nov 1956 Senior Technical Staff Officer, BSc, DIC
Armament
Sqn Ldr C W Layton 14 Mar 1955 MBE
Engineer
Sqn Ldr J C Dixon 29 Feb 1956  
Radio
Sqn Ldr C Sinclair 12 Feb 1955  
Miscellaneous Appointment
Mr M T Vogel Statistical Officer, BSc (Econ), FSS

Source - April & July 1957 Air Force List

1958

Location Command Controlled
RAF Wahn, West Germany 2nd Tactical Air Force  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Henry A V Hogan 22 Aug 1956 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DFC
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P M C Welply  1 Mar 1957 ADC to AOC,
Air Staff
Col J G F Renier  5 Dec 1955 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, Belgian Air Force
Lt Cdr R De Wever  7 Mar 1955 Belgian Air Force
Wg Cdr J S Owen  1 Sep 1956  
Sqn Ldr A W Allison 14 Feb 1956 DFC
Sqn Ldr C O Beck 14 Mar 1956  
Sqn Ldr H Bennett 15 Jan 1955 AFC
Sqn Ldr J Curd  4 Jul 1956  
Sqn Ldr L R Scholfield  8 Jan 1956  
Sqn Ldr R C Schuster  1 Sep 1956 AFC
Sqn Ldr G Wrigley  7 May 1954  
Maj P Hallet  7 Mar 1955 Belgian Air Force
Policy Plans (Air)
Sqn Ldr R B Hesselyn  9 May 1956 MBE, DFC, DFM
Intelligence
Sqn Ldr G Strange  3 Mar 1955  
Ground Defence
Wg Cdr P M Gosse  1 Aug 1956 Senior Ground Defence Staff Officer, MC
Staffs of the Staff (Air Staff)
Meteorological
Mr P E Phillips 15 Oct 1956 BSc
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G M Robinson 23 Nov 1956 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DFC
Maj A Bikkems 20 Jun 1955 Belgian Air Force
Sqn Ldr P G Farley 14 Aug 1956 MBE
Technical Staff
Gp Capt A P Chamberlain 26 Nov 1956 Senior Technical Staff Officer, BSc, DIC
Armament
Sqn Ldr C W Layton 14 Mar 1955 MBE
Engineer
Sqn Ldr J C Dixon 29 Feb 1956  
Radio
Sqn Ldr C Sinclair 12 Feb 1955  
Miscellaneous Appointment
Mr M T Vogel Statistical Officer, BSc (Econ), FSS

Source - April 1958 Air Force List

It disbanded on 16 June 1958.

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