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HQ No 9 Group Personnel, locations and units


[Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

Originally formed on 1 April 1918 at Mount Wise, Devonport in No 2 Area.  Control was transferred to South-Western Area on  8 May 1918 and in June it moved to Warsash, Southampton, becoming No 9 (Operations) Group on  8 August 1918 but disbanded on 15 May 1919, with its units being transferred to No 10 Group.

This Group was reformed on 9 August 1940 at Barton Hall, near Preston, Lancashire

June 1941

Location Command Controlled
Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire Fighter Command
  • SHQ RAF Baginton

    • No 308 (Polish) Squadron

    • No 403 (RCAF) Squadron

  • SHQ RAF High Ercall

    • No 68 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Speke

    • No 315 (Polish) Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Valley

    • No 615 Squadron

  • No 605 Squadron - Ternhill*

  • No 96 Squadron - Squires Gate**

  • No 256 Squadron

  • No 312 (Czech) Squadron - Jurby***

* Station in No 21 Group

** Station in No 17 Group

*** Station in No 25 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Wilfred A McClaughry 16 Sep 1940 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt George M Lawson  1 Feb 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Gp Capt Alexander Gray 21 Dec 1940 MC, later AVM
Wg Cdr P H Smith 23 Nov 1940  
Wg Cdr E J George 13 Dec 1940  
Wg Cdr J O W Oliver 14 Aug 1940 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr S F Godden  6 Sep 1940  
Wg Cdr W A J Satchell  4 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr L S Thompson 16 Aug 1940  
Sqn Ldr D R Scott  7 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr J M Watson 11 Aug 1940  
Sqn Ldr E Gillam  1 Mar 1941 DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr G C Tomlinson 18 Mar 1941 DFC
Flt Lt W Foulsham 11 Aug 1940 MC
Flt Lt E Swale 12 Aug 1940 DFC
Flt Lt R E G Wendt  1 Feb 1941  
Flt Lt W S J Scruby  9 Feb 1941 OBE
Flt Lt A Eyre 28 Apr 1941 DFC
Fg Off D C James 12 Aug 1940 OBE
Fg Off R A Bradford 16 Aug 1940  
Fg Off E C rogers 25 Sep 1940  
Fg Off J H Over  2 Oct 1940  
Plt Off A H Rose  9 Aug 1940  
Plt Off I C  D Clowes 12 Aug 1940  
Plt Off A Cairns 22 Aug 1940  
Plt Off H Massingham 22 Aug 1940  
Plt Off H Haywood-Jones 22 Aug 1940  
Plt Off H J G Hare  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off G E Brice  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off B J Griffith  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off L H Wilson  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off F S Pratt  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off E S Hayward  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off J D Marvin  2 Sep 1940  
Plt Off H H Goddard 13 Sep 1940  
Plt Off M W N Bancroft 19 Sep 1940  
Plt Off S J Davies 23 Sep 1940  
Plt Off D H Tingey 22 Aug 1940  
Plt Off C A Redgrove 22 Aug 1940  
Plt Off P J A Scott 29 Aug 1940  
Plt Off B F Savage  8 Oct 1940  
Plt Off E L Turner 24 Oct 1940  
Plt Off S R Jeffries  5 Nov 1940  
Plt Off R H Cholmondley  5 Dec 1940  
Plt Off J M Barton  5 Dec 1940  
Plt Off R D Lloyd  6 Dec 1940  
Plt Off J K Young 13 Dec 1940  
Plt Off J W Warrington 10 Jan 1941  
Plt Off D H Banks  9 Feb 1941  
Plt Off G T Teasdale  9 Feb 1941  
Plt Off Lord Chesham  9 Feb 1941 MC
Plt Off J S G Eyre  9 Feb 1941  
Plt Off D S Reid 24 Feb 1941  
Plt Off W E Clegg  3 Mar 1941  
Plt Off H C Mayall 22 Mar 1941  
Plt Off G A Stillingfleet  2 Apr 1941  
Plt Off J J P F Warner  3 Apr 1941  
Plt Off J B Cookson 25 Apr 1941  
Plt Off H E Fried 25 Apr 1941  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr F H Bickerton  9 Aug 1940  
Sqn Ldr J E McComb 12 Dec 1940 Organisation Duties
Flt Lt H S Paynter 17 Aug 1940 Personnel Duties
Plt Off W P Gill 16 Feb 1941  
Plt Off F S Lamping 18 Feb 1941  
Plt Off G F M P Thompson 17 Apr 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Flt Lt H Preston 21 Aug 1940  
Signals
Wg Cdr E C Passmore  4 Sep 1940 Chief Signals Officer
Wg Cdr N D Gilbert-Smith  5 Aug 1940  
Flt Lt H Allen 11 Nov 1940  
Armament
Sqn Ldr R G Prier  5 Nov 1940  
Photography
Fg Off S E Swaine  5 Apr 1941  
Equipment
Fg Off G L W Boswell  6 Aug 1941  
Plt Off H S Tardrew 18 Apr 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr P J McNally  1 Oct 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DHH
Fg Off L W Aldridge 14 Feb 1941 MB, ChB
Meteorological
Mr G G Macdonald   MA
Miscellaneous Appointments
Plt Off C W Corless 18 Aug 1940  
Plt Off S McAughey 20 Dec 1940  
Plt Off E J Carroll  9 May 1941  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire Fighter Command
  • SHQ RAF Andreas

    • No 93 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Atcham

    • No 308 (Polish) Squadron

  • SHQ RAF High Ercall

    • No 257 Squadron

    • No 1530 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ RAF Honiley

    • No 255 Squadron

    • No 452 Squadron RAAF

    • No 1456 Flight

  • SHQ RAF Speke

    • Merchant Ship Fighter Unit

  • SHQ RAF Valley

    • No 256 Squadron

    • No 275 Squadron

    • No 456 Squadron

    • No 1486 (Gunnery) Flight

  • SHQ RAF Woodvale

    • No 315 (Polish) Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Wrexham

    • No 96 Squadron

    • No 6285 Squadron

  • No 232 Squadron - Llanbedr

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Act AVM Leonard H Slatter  3 May 1942 Air Officer Commanding, CB, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off C R Hurton 17 May 1942 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
A/Cdre William F Dickson 17 May 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE, DSO, AFC; later MRAF
Wg Cdr E S Finch 18 Dec 1941  
Wg Cdr D G H Spencer  3 Nov 1941 MBE
Wg Cdr C R Hancock 15 Jan 1942 OBE, DFC
Sqn Ldr J M Watson 11 Aug 1940  
Sqn Ldr D F B Sheen  4 Nov 1941 DFC
Flt Lt E Swale 12 Aug 1940 DFC
Flt Lt D C James 12 Aug 1940 OBE
Flt Lt J H Over  2 Oct 1940  
Flt Lt C E Gray  8 Mar1942 DFC
Flt Lt J W Rayner 26 Feb 1942  
Flt Lt G T Teasdale  9 Jan 1942  
Flt Lt A A Gawith  4 Feb 1942 DFC
Flt Lt V F Crosthwaite 23 Feb 1942  
Flt Lt A J Harvey  5 Jun 1941  
Flt Lt R J Bunning 10 May 1942  
Flt Lt E E Ives 30 May 1942  
Fg Off H H Wood 21 Apr 1941  
Fg Off C A Redgrove 22 Aug 1940  
Fg Off G E Brice  2 Sep 1940  
Fg Off B J Griffith  2 Sep 1940  
Fg Off M W N Bancroft 19 Sep 1940  
Fg Off J B Cookson 25 Apr 1941  
Fg Off H H Goddard 13 Sep 1940  
Fg Off H E Fried 25 Apr 1941  
Fg Off S R Jeffries  5 Nov 1940  
Fg Off D Meinertzhagen 23 Jan 1942  
Fg Off J S Greening  2 Feb 1942  
Fg Off M C Tebbitt  1 may 1941  
Fg Off F E Nasmith 31 Aug 1941  
Fg Off W E Clegg  3 Mar 1941  
Fg Off T S Brayshaw 15 Mar 1942  
Fg Off B Horlington 13 Jan 1942  
Fg Off E P Bedwell  9 Feb 1942  
Fg Off H T Worlock 13 Mar 1942  
Fg Off R E Bland 19 Mar 1942  
Fg Off S E Brown 28 May 1942  
Lt R H Holmes    
Plt Off W Y Duckworth 24 Feb 1942  
Plt Off O Skillbeck 14 Feb 1942  
Plt Off C J Williams 17 Jun 1941  
Plt Off W F K Elliott 19 Dec 1941  
Plt Off H D Gregson  31 Mar 1942  
Plt Off A Vose 7 Apr 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr P H Smith  9 May 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr R G Beaumont    
Flt Lt H S Paynter 17 Aug 1940 Personnel Duties
Flt Lt H A V Gibbs 12 Apr 1942  
Fg Off G F M P Thompson 17 Apr 1941  
Fg Off H Massingham 22 Aug 1940  
Fg Off A Message 28 Jan 1942  
Fg Off P D Childs 18 Aug 1941  
Fg Off P S Huggett 13 Apr 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt P R Godby  8 Feb 1942  
Engineer
Fg Off E J Gribben 25 Aug 1941  
Signals
Wg Cdr E C Passmore  4 Sep 1940 Chief Signals Officer, OBE
Fg Off R T Read 30 Mar 1942  
Fg Off F Baird  5 May 1942  
Armament
Sqn Ldr A A Leslie 22 Apr 1942  
Equipment
Flt Lt J R Turnbull 14 Jul 1941  
Fg Off L H Whitlamsmith 10Apr 1942  
Accountant
Fg Off J O Wheeler  9 Jul 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr P J McNally  1 Oct 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DHH
Fg Off T A Hale monro 29 Sep 1941 MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Mr M J Thomas   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Flt Off H M Laborde  4 Sep 1941 WAAF
RAF Regiment
 Maj G E Hickson 23 Feb 1942
 Flt Lt N W B B Thoms 27 Feb 1942

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ RAF Annan

    • No 55 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Aston Down

    • No 52 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Bicester

    • No 13 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Charter Hall

    • No 54 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Cranfield

    • No 51 Operational Training Unit

    • No 3501 Servicing Unit

  • SHQ RAF Eshott

    • No 57 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Hawarden

    • No 41 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF High Ercall

    • No 60 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Honiley

    • No 63 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey

    • No 53 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Milfield

    • No 59 Operational Training Unit

    • No 1 Specialised Low Attack Instructors' School

  • SHQ RAF Ouston

    • No 62 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Rednall

    • No 61 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Speke

  • SHQ RAF Tealing

    • No 1 Tactical Exercise Unit

  • SHQ RAF Valley

    • No 275 Squadron

    • No 1256 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Woodvale

    • No 322 Squadron

  • No 2 Tactical Exercise Unit - Grangemouth

  • No 12 Armament Practice Camp - Llanbedr

  • No 13 Armament Practice Camp - Llanbedr

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Donald F Stevenson  7 Dec 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, MC; later AVM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Cecil A Stevens 15 Feb 2943 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC; later AVM
Gp Capt Charles G Lott 20 Apr 1943 DSO, DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr J R Pattisson 25 Jul 1943  
Wg Cdr W Foulsham 28 Aug 1942 MC
Wg Cdr J H Over  2 Oct 1940  
Wg Cdr C W Wight-Boycott 20 Apr 1943  
Wg Cdr H L I Brown    
Wg Cdr R T Mark   MC
Sqn Ldr R H Holmes 10 Dec 1941  
Maj R H Budworth 20 Apr 1943  
Flt Lt D H H Gathercole   DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt D O Mulholland 20 Apr 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, CBE, AFC
Sqn Ldr W H Bragg 20 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr D H Mills 14 Oct 1942  
Flt Lt C F Walters 20 Apr 1943  
Flt Lt C R Horton    
Staffs of the Services
Signals
Wg Cdr G E Horne   Chief Signals Officer,
Armament
Sqn Ldr M L Haigh   MBE
Equipment
Sqn Ldr S Campling 20 Apr 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr E Donovan 30 Apr 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Meteorological
Mr C D Stewart   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off F A J Wreford 27 Apr 1943 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col D S Marchant 16 Dec 1942 MC
Sqn Ldr W W Hammond  5 Sep 1942

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ RAF Annan

    • No 3 Tactical Exercise Unit

  • SHQ RAF Aston Down

  • SHQ RAF Bicester

    • No 13 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Charter Hall

    • No 54 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Cranfield

    • No 51 Operational Training Unit

    • No 3501 Servicing Unit

  • SHQ RAF Eshott

    • No 57 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Hawarden

    • No 41 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF High Ercall

    • No 60 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey

    • No 53 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Milfield

    • Fighter Leader School

  • SHQ RAF Ouston

    • No 62 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Rednall

    • No 61 Operational Training Unit

  • SHQ RAF Speke

  • SHQ RAF Tealing

    • No 1 Tactical Exercise Unit

  • SHQ RAF Valley

  • SHQ RAF Woodvale

  • No 2 Tactical Exercise Unit - Grangemouth

  • No 12 Armament Practice Camp - Llanbedr

  • Communication Flight - Salmesbury

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Donald F Stevenson  7 Dec 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, MC; later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt Charles G Lott 20 Apr 1943 DSO, DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr J R Pattisson 25 Jul 1943  
Wg Cdr D L Clackson  7 Dec 1943  
Wg Cdr J H Over  2 Oct 1940  
Wg Cdr H L I Brown 25 Aug 1943  
Wg Cdr R T Mark  1 Jul 1943 MC
Sqn Ldr R H Budworth 20 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr J E Rayner 26 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr V F Crosthwaite 23 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr H G O'Neill 11 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr E A Spencer-Edwards 15 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr C H A A A Hankey  1 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr H H Goddard 13 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr G W Phillips  1 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr J Stubbs  2 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr S M Linsell 20 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr P L Kitchen 11 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr G W Butcher  1 Dec 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt D O Mulholland 20 Apr 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, CBE, AFC
Wg Cdr D Gilley  1 Oct 1943 Personnel, DFC
Sqn Ldr W H Bragg 20 Apr 1943 Organisation
Sqn Ldr D H Mills 14 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr C F Walters 20 Apr 1943  
Flt Lt C R Horton 20 Aug 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J F Hayes  2 Sep 1943  
Engineer
Wg Cdr F E Stokes  15 Sep 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr G E Horne 13 Sep 1943 Chief Signals Officer,
Armament
Sqn Ldr M L Haigh 22 Aug 1943 MBE
Medical
Wg Cdr E Donovan 30 Apr 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Sqn Ldr B W Sanderson 28 Jul 1943 MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr H T Jarman  8 Apr 1944 MA
Meteorological
Mr C D Stewart   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off F A J Wreford 27 Apr 1943 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col D S Marchant 16 Dec 1942 MC
Sqn Ldr W W Hammond  5 Sep 1942

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

Its operational element was transferred to No 12 Group on 4 August 1944 but retained control of OTUs and TEUs but disbanded into No 12 Group on 17 September 1944.

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