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Flight Histories 1500 Series


Third series

At the beginning of WW2 it became necessary to form a number of units for specific operational and non-operational duties which did not require a unit of squadron size and so began the formation of what would eventually become a large number of independent numbered flights.  Initially these flights were numbered from 400 as it had been decided to allocate the 300 series to squadrons to be composed of European personnel.  However, on 1 March 1941 these numbered flights had 1000 added to their designation to avoid confusion with the Article XV Commonwealth squadron that were beginning to form in the UK.

Flights in this series were originally numbered from No 1 as Blind Approach Training Flights but in October 1941 they has 1500 added to their numbers and their titles changed to Beam Approach Training Flights.  Further flights were added to this series as the war progressed with roles other than Beam Approach Training.

No 1500 (Target Towing) Flight

This was formed at North Front in Gibraltar on 4 May 1943 equipped with Lysanders, to provide target towing facilities to RAF units at Gibraltar.  It later acquired Martinets and disbanded on 25 January 1946.

No 1 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1501 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 1 Group as No 1 Blind Approach Training Flight at Abingdon on 9 December 1940 equipped with Whitleys and was affiliated to No 10 OTU.  Its designation was changed to No 1501 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Stanton Harcourt on 18 April 1943 and disbanding on 15 November 1943.

Aircraft used by No 1 BAT Flt: -

 

Whitley III

K8937, K8949, K8954, K8979, K8990,

Aircraft used by No 1501 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

X6748,

Whitley III

K8979, K8994,

No 2 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1502 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group as No 2 Blind Approach Training Flight at Linton-on-Ouse on 9 December 1940 equipped with Whitleys.  It moved to Driffield on 14 April 1941, where its designation was changed to No 1502 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Leconfield on 23 July 1943 and disbanding on 15 August 1943.

Aircraft used by No 2 BAT Flt: -

 

Whitley V

N1471, N1477, N1504, P4988,

Aircraft used by No 1502 BAT Flt: -

 

Gladiator II

N5717,

Oxford I

AT767,

Wellington I

L4219, L4229, L4344,

Whitley V

N1469, P4969, P4988, T4214, Z9307,

No 3 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1503 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 3 Group as No 3 Blind Approach Training Flight at Mildenhall on 9 December 1940 equipped with Wellingtons and was affiliated to No 10 OTU.  Its designation was changed to No 1503 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Holme-on-Spalding Moor (No 1 Group) on 5 September 1942 and Lindholme on 3 January 1943, disbanding there on 6 August 1943.

Aircraft used by No 3 BAT Flt: -

 

Wellington I

L4274, L4330,

Wellington IA

N2898, N2960,

Wellington IC

R1528,

Aircraft used by No 1503 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4146,

Wellington IC

R1253, R1456, R1528, R1605, R1793, R1799, R3233, T2835, X9741, X9941, Z1085,

No 4 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1504 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 3 Group as No 4 Blind Approach Training Flight at Wyton on 9 December 1940 equipped with Wellingtons.  Its designation was changed to No 1504 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Graveley on 4 August 1942, Honington on 14 August and Newmarket on 3 November 1942, where it disbanded on 6 August 1943.

Aircraft used by No 4 BAT Flt: -

 

Wellington I

L4277, L4329, N2752,

Wellington IA

N2868, N2869,

Wellington IC

P9280,

Aircraft used by No 1504 BAT Flt: -

 

Hurricane I

Z6998,

Wellington IC

L7889, N2752, R1498, R1527, R1531, W5716, X3176,

No 5 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1505 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 3 Group as No 5 Blind Approach Training Flight at Honington on 9 December 1940 equipped with Wellingtons.  Its designation was changed to No 1505 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Mildenhall on 5 September 1942 and Upper Heyford on 20 December, where it disbanded on 3 February 1943.

Aircraft used by No 5 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

R6027,

Oxford II

N4776,

Wellington I

L4341,

Wellington IA

N2906, N2960,

Wellington IC

L7851, R1453,

Aircraft used by No 1505 BAT Flt: -

 

Wellington I

L4293,

Wellington IC

L7817, L7851, R1225, R1409, R1601, R1649, W5717, X9825, X9831,

No 6 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1506 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 5 Group as No 6 Blind Approach Training Flight at Waddington on 9 December 1940 equipped with Blenheims, Ansons and Hampdens.  Its designation was changed to No 1506 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Fulbeck on 9 February 1943 and Skellingthorpe on 23 August, where it disbanded on 6 August 1943.

Aircraft used by No 6 BAT Flt: -

 

Boston I

AE457,

Hampden I

AD837, AD859,

Oxford I

V3995, V3996, V4033, V4034, V4041, AS146, AS147, AT664, AT665,

Blenheim I

L1294, L1304, L6646, L6738,

Aircraft used by No 1506 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4042, AT653, AT664, AT665, AT760, AT767, AT778, AT779,

Wellington IC

Z1093,

No 7 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1507 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 5 Group as No 7 Blind Approach Training Flight at Finningley on 9 December 1940 equipped with Blenheims, Ansons and Hampdens.  Its designation was changed to No 1507 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Warboys on 13 March 1943 and Gransden Lodge on 17 June, disbanding there on 27 November 1943.

Aircraft used by No 7 BAT Flt: -

 

Hampden I

AD858, AD860,

Oxford I

V4016, V4017, V4035, V4036, V4043, V4044, AR970, AS170, AT652,

Blenheim I

L1203, L1285, L6680,

Aircraft used by No 1507 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4035, V4044, V4198, AT652, AT654,

No 8 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1508 Beam Approach Training/(Gee Training) Flight

This was formed in No 2 Group as No 8 Blind Approach Training Flight at Wattisham on 9 December 1940 equipped with Blenheims and Wellingtons, moving to Ipswich on 15 February 1941, Horsham St Faith on 4 April, where its designation was changed to No 1508 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941.  It moved again, to Watton on 20 December, back to Horsham St Faith on 19 January 1942, Attlebridge on 34 April 1943 and to Swanton Morley 29 August, where its designation changed again, this time to No 1508 (Gee Training) Flight, finally transferring to Ouston in No 9 Group, where it disbanded into No 62 OTU as 'C' Flight on 8 August 1944.

Aircraft used by No 8 BAT Flt: -

 

Blenheim I

L1204, L1289, L1294, L1304, L6646, L6774, L6806,

Aircraft used by No 1508 BAT Flt: -

 

Blenheim I

L6646, L6774,

Oxford I

R6323, V4044, V4204, V4237, AT685, AT723, AT726, AT777, AT789, AT797, AT798,

Oxford II

P6809, R6353, X6943,

Wellington IC

R1529,

No 9 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1509 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 16 Group as No 9 Blind Approach Training Flight at Thornaby on 9 December 1940 equipped with Wellingtons and later Oxfords.  It moved to Dyce and No 17 Group in July 1941where it became No 1509 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, disbanding on 14 August 1944 to expand No 1510 Flight.

Aircraft used by No 9 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V3991, V3992, V4018, V4019, V4037, V4038, V4045, V4046, AT666,

Wellington I

L4219, L4261, L4272, L4319,

Wellington IC

R1529, R1652,

Aircraft used by No 1509 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4045, X6650, AT666,

No 10 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1510 Flight

This was formed in No 18 Group as No 10 Blind Approach Training Flight at Leuchars on 9 December 1940 equipped with Wellingtons.  Its designation was changed to No 1510 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941 and it transferred to No 17 Group on 19 May 1942.   On 25 December 1941 it re-equipped with Oxfords and three ASV/BS equipped Ansons becoming No 1510 (BABS) Flight but on 6 June the (BABS) was dropped for security reasons.  It moved to Squires Gate on 15 August 1944 until 31 August 1945 when it moved to Melbourne in No 4 Group, Transport Command, reverting to No 1510 (BABS) Flight at the same time.  A move to Bramcote on 16 July 1946 was followed by a return to Coastal Command (No 17 Group) at Bircham Newton on 22 November 1946 as No 1510 (Radio Aids Training) Flight.  It was redesignated No 1510 (BABS) Flight on 9 August 1947  and transferred to No 4 Group on 25 August until 2 February 1948 when it was transferred to No 38 Group.  It was finally disband on 15 September 1948, with its personnel being transferred to No 240 Operational Conversion Unit.

Aircraft used by No 10 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V3993, V3994, V4020, V4021, V4039, V4040, V4047, V4048,

Wellington I

L4229, L4284, L4344,

Wellington IC

R1526, R1666,

Aircraft used by No 1510 BAT Flt: -

 

Anson I

N5105, N5343, N9641, N9989, AX119,

Oxford I

V4039, AT799,

No 11 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1511 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 92 Group as No 11 Blind Approach Training Flight at Upwood on 22 September 1941, its designation changing to No 1511 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941.  It moved to Greenham Common on 28 April 1943, transferred to No 21 Group and became affiliated to No 21 (P) AFU.  A further move took place on 29 September 1943, to Wheaton Aston, where it disbanded on 31 July 1945.

Aircraft used by No 11 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4061, V4062, V4063, V4064, V4065, V4097, V4098, V4099, V4100, V4101, V4102, V4129, V4130,

Aircraft used by No 1511 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4097, V4098, V4099, V4100, V4101, V4102, V4129, V4130,

No 12 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1512 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 6 Group as No 12 Blind Approach Training Flight at Dishforth on 22 September 1941 but operating from Linton-on-Ouse.  Its designation changing to No 1512 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941 and it moved to Banff on 25 May 1943, transferred to No 21 Group and became affiliated to No 14 (P) AFU, where it disbanded on 30 August 1944.

Aircraft used by No 12 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4081, V4083, V4084, V4131, V4132,

Oxford II

AP465,

Aircraft used by No 1512 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4079, V4080, V4081, V4082, V4083, V4084, V4131, V4132,

No 13 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1513 Beam Approach/Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 3 Group as No 13 Blind Approach Training Flight at Honington on 22 September 1941 but operating from Marham.  Its designation was changed to No 1513 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941 and a year later it moved to Bramcote and No 93 Group becoming affiliated to No 14 (P) AFU.  It was transferred to No 44 Group on 11 May 1944 and then No 4 Group on 1 June 1945.  A further change in designation occurred on 15 September 1945 to No 1513 Radio Aids Training Flight and on 13 May 1946 it moved to Valley (No 44 Group).  It also moved from Radio Range training to Rebecca/BABS training at the same time.  Its final move was on 31 August 1946 to Bramcote, where it disbanded on 1 December 1946.

Aircraft used by No 1513 BAT Flt: -

 

Anson I

N9989

Oxford I

T1266, V4085, V4086, V4087, V4088, V4089, V4090, V4133, V4134, V4225, V4237, X6645, X6648, X6653,

Oxford II

T1198,

No 14 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1514 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 3 Group as No 14 Blind Approach Training Flight at Coningsby on 22 September 1941 equipped with Oxfords.  Its designation was changed to No 1514 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941 being based at Woodhall Spa during runway construction at Coningsby from March 1943 until August.  It moved to Fiskerton on 2 January 1944, where it disbanded on 9 January 1945.

Aircraft used by No 1514 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4091, V4092, V4093, V4094, V4095, V4096, V4135, V4136, AT767,

No 15 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1515 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 2 Group as No 15 Blind Approach Training Flight at Swanton Morley on 22 September 1941 equipped with Oxfords.  Its designation was changed to No 1515 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941 and in May 1942 was affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU.  It's affiliation was changed to No 20 (P) AFU on 15 April 1943 but on moving to Poulton on 1 November 1943 it joined No 21 Group, becoming affiliated to No 21 (P) AFU.  Further moves took it to Peplow on 30 January 1945 and finally Coleby Grange on 28 February, where it disbanded on 1 June 1945.

Aircraft used by No 15 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4060, V4061, V4062, V4063, V4064, V4065, V4137, V4138,

Aircraft used by No 1515 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4060, V4061, V4062, V4063, V4064, V4065, V4137, V4138, AT777,

No 16 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1516 Beam Approach/Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed as No 16 Blind Approach Training Flight at Topcliffe on 22 September 1941 equipped with Oxfords.  Its designation was changed to No 1516 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941 moving to Middleton St George on 17 November, Croft on 18 September 1942 and then back to Middle St George on 14 October.  It was transferred to No 91 Group on 12 December 1941, moving to Hampstead Norris and being affiliated to No 6 (P) AFU at the same time.  Further moves between stations and Groups began on 13 April 1943 to Pershore (No 44 Group) and Odiham (No 23 Group) on 17 September 1944.  It was transferred to No 4 Group, whilst still at Odiham, in June 1945 but moved to Snaith in that Group on 1 September 1945, where it was redesignated No 1516 Radio Aids Training Flight.  It finally disbanded on 11 May 1946.

Aircraft used by No 16 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4126,

Aircraft used by No 1516 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4103, V4124, V4125, V4126, V4127 [E], V4128, V4139, V4140, V4193, V4225, X6779, X6861, AT652,

Oxford II

W6626,

No 17 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1517 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed as No 17 Blind Approach Training Flight at Wattisham in October 1941 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 6 (P) AFU.   Its designation was changed to No 1510 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Ipswich on 4 November, back to Wattisham on 19 May 1942 and then to Chipping Norton on 14 November.  It remained at Chipping Norton until 22 May 1945 when it moved to Wheaton Aston, where it became affiliated to No 21 (P) AFU, disbanding on 17 December 1945.

Aircraft used by No 17 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4144 [F], V4145, V4146, AT654, AT655, AT656, AT657, AT658,

Aircraft used by No 1517 BAT Flt: -

 

1517

Oxford I

V4144, V4145, V4146, AT655,

No 1518 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 5 Group at Scampton on 3 November 1941 equipped with Oxfords and also operated from Dunholme Lodge at times.  It moved to Edzell and No 21 Group on 14 June 1943 being affiliated to No 14 (P) AFU, disbanding on 30 August 1944.

Aircraft used by No 1518 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4043, AT586, AT587, AT602, AT604, AT659, AT660, AT661, AT662, AT663, AT795,

No 1519 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at South Cerney in November 1941 equipped with Oxfords and being affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU.  It moved to Feltwell in December 1942 and was transferred to No 3 Group on 15 April 1943, also changing affiliation to No 20 (P) AFU.  Its affiliation reverted to No 3 (P) AFU on 22 May 1945 and at the same time it was transferred back to No 23 Group, disbanding on  July 1945.

Aircraft used by No 1519 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

AT679, AT680, AT681, AT724, AT725, AT727,

No 20 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1520 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 1 Group as No 20 Blind Approach Training Flight at Breighton on 10 October 1941 equipped with Oxfords but operating from Holme-on-Spalding Moor.  Its designation was changed to No 1520 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941, moving to Leconfield and No 4 Group on 6 June 1944.  It was transferred to No 1 Group at Sturgate on 18 September 1944 being affiliated to No 20 (P) AFU, disbanding on 29 May 1945.

Aircraft used by No 20 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4141, V4142, V4143, V4147, AT604, AT619, AT620, AT621, AT651,

Aircraft used by No 1520 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4142, V4143, V4149, V4260, X6799, AT619, AT620, AT621, AT651,

No 21 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1521 Beam Approach/Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 3 Group as No 21 Blind Approach Training Flight at Stradishall in October 1941 equipped with Oxfords, its designation being changed to No 1521 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941.  It moved to Finningley in No 93 Group on 15 March 1943, becoming affiliated to No 11 (P) AFU at the same time.  It moved to Wymeswold on 23 April 1943, Castle Donington on 30 May and back to Wymeswold, where it was re-affiliated to No 20 (P) AFU.  The flight was transferred to No 44 group on 15 October 1944 and then to No No 4 Group on 7 June 1945.  On 20 October 1945 it moved to Longtown and was redesignated No 1521 Radio Aids Training Flight, disbanding on 1 April 1946.

Aircraft used by No 1521 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4192, AT684, AT685, AT727, AT764, AT765, AT786, AT787, AT788, AT791,

Stirling I

R9322,

No 22 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1522 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed as No 22 Blind Approach Training Flight at Docking in October 1941 equipped with Oxfords, its designation being changed to No 1522 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941.  It moved to Watchfield around 16 April 1942, where it was absorbed into the establishment of the Beam Approach School.

No 23 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1523 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group as No 23 Blind Approach Training Flight at Little Rissington in October 1941 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 6 (P) AFU.  Its designation was changed to No 1523 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941.  It operated from Upper Heyford during January 1942 and Kelmscott in November and December 1942, finally disbanding on 17 December 1945.

Aircraft used by No 1523 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

AT762, AT763, AT766, AT780,

No 24 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1524 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 5 Group as No 24 Blind Approach Training Flight at Bottesford in October 1941 equipped with Oxfords, its designation being changed to No 1521 Beam Approach Training Flight on 31 October 1941.  Its HQ moved to Newton on 14 November 1941 but it continued to operate from Bottesford.  On 8 April 1942 it was transferred to No 21 Group and on 8 October 1943 was affiliated to No 11 (P) AFU.  It moved back to Bottesford on 10 December 1943 and then Tollerton on 3 January 1944, disbanding on 9 January 1945.

Aircraft used by No 24 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4171, V4172, V4173, V4192, V4193, V4194, V4195, V4196,

Aircraft used by No 1524 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

T1013, V4193, V4195, X6653, AT780,

No 1525 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at Brize Norton on 1 November 1941 equipped with Oxfords.  It moved to No 16 Group and Bircham Newton on 13 July 1942, but operated from Docking.  On 23 March 1944 it was transferred to No 23 Group and was affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU, disbanding on 26 June 1945.

Aircraft used by No 1525 BAT Flt: -

 

Liberator II

AL522,

Oxford I

AT729, AT742,

No 26 Blind Approach Training Flight/No 1526 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed as part of No 42 OTU in No 70 Group as No 24 Blind Approach Training Flight at Andover on 3 October 1941 equipped with Ansons and Blenheims, its designation being changed to No 1521 Beam Approach Training Flight on 2 November 1941.  It moved to Thruxton on 11 November 1941 where it received three Oxfords and from 13 September 1943 began conducting GEE training.  On 15 December 1943 it was transferred to No 38 Group and on 26 February 1944 it moved to Hampstead Norris, disbanding on 9 November 1944.

Aircraft used by No 26 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V4210, V4211,

Aircraft used by No 1501 BAT Flt: -

 

Anson I

N9779, N9781,

Magister I

P2458,

Oxford I

V4212, V4213,

Oxford II

V3776, AB656, AS670,

No 1527 Beam Approach Training Flight/Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 44 Group at Prestwick on 29 October 1941 equipped with three Hudson and an Oxford but in January 1942 the Hudsons were replaced by more Oxfords.  It was transferred to No 4 Group on 15 September 1945 and was redesignated No 1527 Radio Aids Flight, disbanding on 28 February 1946.

Aircraft used by No 1527 BAT Flt: -

 

Hudson III

V9112, V9114, V9118, V9123,

Oxford I

R6130, V4135, V4136, V4147, V4196, V4197, V4217,

No 1528 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 13 Group at Drem on 7 November 1941, but operating from West Malling,  equippedwith Masters to train fighter pilots in the use of VHF beam approach.  It moved to West Malling on 14 April 1942, disbanding on 7 December 1942.

It was reformed at Valley on 1 November1944 under the control of No 44 Group with six Oxfords, moving to Blakehill Farm on 17 December 1945 and Fairford on 1 February 1946, where it was disbanded with its personnel and aircraft going to No 1555 Radio Aids Training Flight on 4 March 1946.

Aircraft used by No 1528 BAT Flt: -

 

Master II

AZ318, AZ367, AZ535, AZ537, AZ538, AZ540, AZ545, AZ555, AZ556, AZ557, AZ559,

No 1529 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 12 Group at Wittering on 7 November 1941 equipped with Masters to train fighter pilots in the use of VHF beam approach.  It moved to Collyweston on 7 December 1942, disbanding on 7 December 1942.

It was to have reformed at St Mawgan  on 1 November1944 under the control of No 44 Group with six Oxfords as No 1700 Flight but was changed as this fell within the block of numbers allocated to the FAA.  By August 1945 it had been transferred to No 4 Group, moving to Fairford on 27 January 1946, where it was disbanded on 16 February 1946.

Aircraft used by No 1529 BAT Flt: -

 

Master II

AZ360, AZ529, AZ534, AZ535, AZ536, AZ548, AZ549, AZ550, AZ586, AZ733, AZ803,

Oxford I

V3909, X6748, AT587,

Oxford II

V3732,

No 1530 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 11 Group at Hunsdon on 14 August 1942 equipped with Oxfords, moving to Collyweston on 3 January 1943 and Wittering on 19 January, where it disbanded on 1 August 1944.

Aircraft used by No 1530 BAT Flt: -

 

Oxford I

V3909,

Oxford II

P8920, R6352, W6584, X7194, X7231, X7232, X7233, X7234, X7235, X7240, X7241, X7248, AS899,

Tiger Moth II

T7416,

No 1531 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group at Cranage on 20 July 1942 equipped with Oxfords, affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU.  It initially operated from Sealand and in September 1942 became a double-sized flight with 12 aircraft.  On 21 March 1944 it was re-affiliated to No 11 (P) AFU and then to No 12 (P) AFU on 7 February 1945.  From 6 January 1945, half of the flight was affiliated to No 18 (P) AFU and it disbanded on 29 May 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

L9680, N6418,

No 1532 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at Hullavington on 5 October 1942 equipped with Oxfords, affiliated to No 15 (P) AFU but using the facilities at Babdown Farm, moving there on 13 Marchl 1943.  At Babdown Farn it became affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU but in August was re-affiliated to Coastal Command and later No 15 (P) AFU, disbanding on 15 June 1945.

No 1533 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at Church Lawford on 27 October 1942 from the Beam Approach Training Flight of No 1 Flying Instructors School, (Advanced) (FIS (A)), when it disbanded.  Equipped with Oxfords it was  affiliated to No 18 (P) AFU, moving to Elmdon in March 1943.  It had moved to Snitterfield by September 1943 but was back at Church Lawford by May 1944, where it disbanded on 3 April 1945.

No 1534 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group at Shawbury on 17 December 1942 equipped with Oxfords, affiliated to No 11 (P) AFU.  It was re-affiliated to No 21 (P) AFU on 21 March 1944 and by the following June had been transferred to No 25 Group, eventually being disbanded on 29 May 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford II

V3841,

No 1535 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group at Middle St George on 15 December 1942 equipped with Oxfords.  It was transferred to No 6 (RCAF) Group on 1 January 1943 and moved to Dalton two days later, where it disbanded on 6 August 1943.

No 1536 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group at Grantham on 8 March 1943 equipped with Oxfords, affiliated to No 15 (P) AFU.  It was re-affiliated to No 11 (P) AFU on 8 October 1943, No 12 (P) AFU on 21 March 1944 and finally No 18 (P) AFU on 7 February 1945.  It disbanded on 8 May 1945.

No 1537 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed from 'E' Flight, No 7 FIS (A) in No 23 Group at Upavon on 4 May 1943 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 7 FIS (A).  It moved to Little Rissington in May 1946, where it disbanded on 4 April 1947.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

V4029,

No 1538 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at Croughton on 15 April 1943 equipped with Oxfords, affiliated to No 20 (P) AFU, disbanding on 18 October 1944.

No 1539 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at South Cerney on 15 April 1943 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU,  It moved to Bibery on 13 July 1943 and then back to South Cerney on 15 November 1944, where it disbanded on 1 June 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

V4267, AT680, AT742,

No 1540 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 23 Group at Lulsgate Bottom on 15 April 1943 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to 3 (P) AFU and No 3 FIS (A).  It moved to Weston Zoyland on 6 February 1945, where it was re-affiliated to No 6 ()P AFU and disbanded on 17 December 1945.

No 1541 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group at Stracathro on 7 May 1943 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 2 FIS (A).  It disbanded on 11 July 1945.

No 1542 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group at Dallachy on 8 July 1943 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 14 (P) AFU.  It disbanded on 3 November 1943.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

V4206,

No 1543 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was to have been formed in No 41 Group at Edzell on 8 June 1943 but this was cancelled and No 1518 BAT Flight was relocated from Scampton.

No 1544 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 21 Group at Errol on 21 January 1943 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to No 14 (P) AFU.  It moved to Spitalgate in March 1944, where it disbanded on 30 August 1944.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

V4131,

No 1545 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 25 Group at Wheaton Aston on 14 February 1944 equipped with Oxfords and affiliated to 21 (P) AFU.  It was re-affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU on 21 March and moved to Halfpenny Green on 25 April 1944.  On 16 January 1945 it was re-affiliated to No 21 (P) AFU and disbanded on 17 December 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

AT655,

No 1546 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed in No 1 Group at Faldingworth on  23 May 1944 equipped with Oxfords, replacing No 1513 BAT Flight, which had been transferred to Transport Command.  It disbanded on 1 January 1945.

No 1547 Beam Approach Training Flight

This was formed at Watchfield on 1 June 1945 equipped with Oxfords provided by No 1 Beam Approach School, affiliated to No 6 (P) AFU.  It was re-affiliated to No 3 (P) AFU on 26 April and then No 21 (P) AFU on 4 December 1945, disbanding on 1 January 1947.

No 1551 Beam Approach Calibration Flight

This was formed in No 26 Group from the Beam Approach Calibration Flight at Bicester on 20 November 1942 equipped with Ansons, Oxfords and Masters.  It was disbanded on 15 April 1943 on being absorbed into the Signals Development Unit.

Aircraft used: -

 

Beaufighter IF

T4642,

Oxford I

V4026, V4027,

No 1552 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group at Melbourne on 15 September 1945 equipped with Ansons and Oxfords to provide support to all Transport Command Groups.  As a result it was quite large consisting of nine sections, which began at Melbourne but the moves to different locations as follows: -

 

Section Location Date
1 Holmsley South  8 Dec 1945
1 Stoney Cross  5 Mar 1945
1 Snaith 13 Apr 1945
1 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 disbanded 26 Aug.
2 Stradishall 15 Jan 1946
2 Wratting Common xx Mar1946
2 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 (number-plate basis)
3 Merryfield  9 Feb 1946
3 Oakington 13 May 1946
3 Melbourne xx May 1946
3 St Mawgan  5 Jun 1946
3 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 (number-plate basis)
4 Upwood  4 Mar 1946
4 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 and closed down
5 Membury  7 Mar 1946
5 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 and closed down
6 (Mobile) Waterbeach 11 Mar 1946
6 (Mobile) Lyneham xx Jul 1946
6 (Mobile) Full Sutton 24 Oct 1946 and disbanded
7 (Mobile) Bassingbourn 19 Mar 1946
7 (Mobile) Full Sutton 24 Oct 1946 and disbanded
8 Snaith  9 Apr 1946
8 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 and closed down
9 Valley  8 May 1946
9 Full Sutton 29 Jul 1946 and closed down

The Flight disbanded on 24 October 1946.

Aircraft used: -

 

Anson I

N9989, AX119,

Oxford I

V4099, X6648, X6655,

No 1553 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group at Melbourne on 15 September 1945 equipped with four Oxfords and disbanded on 1 October 1945.

No 1554 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group at Melbourne on 15 September 1945 equipped with four Oxfords and disbanded on 1 October 1945.

No 1555 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group at Fairford on 15 September 1945, taking over the personnel and Oxfords of No 1528 BAT Flight on 4 March 1946, moving to Blakehill Farm on 30 April but back to Fairford on 19 July 1946.  It was transferred to No 46 Group on 1 October 1946, moving to Bassingbourn on 31  October and then Bircham Newton on 19 March 1947, where it disbanded on 31 August 1947 on being merged into No 1510 Flight..

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

X6645,

Oxford II

P1959,

No 1556 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 4 Group at Stradishall on 15 September 1945, taking over the personnel and Oxfords of No 1529 RAF Flight,  It moved to Fairford in December 1945, where it disbanded on 1 April 1946.

Aircraft used: -

 

Oxford I

AT587,

Oxford II

T1198, T1256,

No 1557 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was was to have been formed at Fairford on 20 September 1945 equipped with eight Oxfords but formation never actually occurred.

No 1558 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was was to have been formed at Fairford on 20 September 1945 equipped with eight Oxfords but formation never actually occurred.

No 1559 Radio Aids Training Flight

This was formed in No 47 Group at Oakington on 1 October 1946 equipped with three Oxfords, moving to Bircham Newton on 9 August 1947, where it disbanded on 9 August 1947.

No 1560 Meteorological Flight

This was formed in No 298 Wing as a Ground Meteorological Observation unit on 6 December 1942 at Maiduguri in Nigeria with two Gladiators.  In April 1944 it re-equipped with Hurricanes and disbanded on 1 November 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Gladiator II

N5622, N5625, N5631, N5682,

No 1561 Meteorological Flight

This was formed in No 298 Wing on 1 May 1943 at Ikeja in West Africa with two Gladiators, re-equipping in April 1944 with Hurricanes.  Its personnel returned to the UK in late 1945 and it reformed at Langham (Coastal Command) on 17 December 1945 with four Spitfires.  It disbanded on 11 February 1946.

Aircraft used: -

 

Gladiator II

N5593, N5648, N5703,

No 1562 Meteorological Flight

This was formed in No 297 Wing on 3 February 1943 at Waterloo in Sierra Leone with two Gladiators, re-equipping in April 1944 with Hurricanes.  Its personnel returned to the UK in late 1945 and it reformed at Langham (Coastal Command) on 17 December 1945 with four Spitfires.  It disbanded on 11 February 1946.

Aircraft used: -

 

Gladiator II

N5593, N5622, N5631, N5702, N5703,

No 1563 Flight

This was formed on 22 December 1942 as No 1563 Meteorological Flight at No 23 PTC, Helwan before moving to Benina on 25 January 1943 as part of No 212 Group.  Hurricanes replaced its original Gladiators in September1943 and these in turn were replaced by Spitfires in June 1945.  It disbanded on 30 May 1946.

It reformed as No 1563 (Helicopter) Flight on 1 August 1963 from the disbanding 103 Squadron at Nicosia, equipped with seven Sycamore HR 14s.  The Sycamores were replaced by two Whirlwind HAR 10s on 1 November1963, which were used for SAR duties both at sea and in the mountains of Cyprus as well as VIP transport, photography and light transport duties.  It moved to Akrotiri on 4 November1967, where it was redesignated No 84 Squadron on 17 January 1972.

It reformed once again on 1 November1983 from the Belize Puma Flight at Belize International Airport under the control of No 1 Group.  It operated on tactical support to local ground forces and in 1985 provided two aircraft to support disaster relief operations in Colombia following a volcanic eruption.  It disbanded on 31 July 1994.

Its final incarnation began on 12 December 2003 when it reformed at Basrah from crews proved by Nos 33 and 230 Squadrons to operate Pumas in Iraq in support of ground forces in the area and probably disbanded sometime in 2009.

Aircraft used: -

 

Gladiator I

K8003, K8027,

No 1564 Flight

This was formed on 1 February 1943 as No 1564 Meteorological Flight at Mellaha, Tripoli as part of No 212 Group equipped with Hurricanes.  It was transferred to No 214 Group on 1 May and moved to Castel Benito on 14 December 1943, from where it began night flights in June 1944.  It re-equipped with Spitfires in July 1945, before moving to Istres on 14 January 1946, where it disbanded on 15 June 1946.

It reformed as No 1564 (Helicopter) Flight on 14 August 1963 from the disbanding 103 Squadron at El Adem, equipped with two Sycamore HR 14s.  The Sycamores were replaced by two Whirlwind HAR 10s on 1 November1963, disbanding on 31 December 1966.

It was reformed again from 'D' Flight, No 22 Squadron (Manston) on 1 May 1969 at El Adem equipped with two Whirlwind HAR 10s for SAR duties, moving to Cyprus in January 1970, where it disbanded on 31 March of the same year.

Its fourth and so far final incarnation began on 20 August 1983 when it was reformed at Stanley in the Falkland Islands to provide SAR cover as well as providing tactical support to local forces, using Sea Kings.  It was disbanded on 22 May 1986 when together with No 1310 Flight it was absorbed into No 78 Squadron.

Aircraft used: -

 

Hurricane I

Z4042, X4855,

Spitfire VC

AR595,

No 1565 Meteorological Flight

This was formed in No 259 Wing on 1 February 1943 at Nicosia Main with two Gladiators.  In May 1944 it re-equipped with Hurricanes, moving from Limassol to Lakatamia on 27 September and re-equipped with Spitfires in August 1945 before returning to Nicosia Main on 10 November 1945, where it disbanded on 30 April 1946.

Aircraft used: -

 

Gladiator I

K7914, K7932, K7988,

No 1566 Meteorological Flight

This was formed on 1 February 1943 at Khormaksar, Aden with Gladiators, before moving to Hiswa on 25 March 1944, by which time it was operating four Hurricanes and a single Argus.  It returned to Khormaksar on 4 September 1944 and re-equipped with Spitfires in August 1945 before disbanding on 30 April 1946.

No 1567 Meteorological Flight

This was formed in No 216 Group on 15 June 1943 at Khartoum, Sudan with four Hurricanes, moving to El Genina on 27 October, where it re-equipped with Spitfires in August 1945.  It disbanded on 30 April 1946.

Aircraft used: -

 

Hurricane X

AG105, AG258,

No 1568 Meteorological Flight

This was formed on 1 February 1944 at Diego Suarez, Madagascar with Hurricanes and Lysanders.  It operated from both Tulear, Arrachart and from 1 April, Andrakaka before disbanding on 15 January 1946.

This was formed on

No 1569 Meteorological Flight

This was formed on 10 March 1944 at Eastleigh, Kenya with Hurricanes, moving to Plaisance, Mauritius on 2 May 1944, where it disbanded on 20 July 1945.

No 1571 Ground Gunnery Flight

This was formed in No 222 Group on 18 July 1943 at Ratmalana with six Vengeances, four Harvards and four Hurricanes.  Its task was to provide gunnery practice facilities for fighter and bombers crews in Ceylon.  It was redesignated No 20 Armament Practice Camp on 30 January 1944.

Aircraft used: -

 

Vengence II

AN769,

No 1572 Ground Gunnery Flight

This was formed in No 225 Group on 10 July 1943 at St Thomas Mount with six Vengeances and four Harvards.  Its task was to provide gunnery practice facilities for fighter and bombers crews in Southern India.  It was redesignated No 21 Armament Practice Camp on 30 January 1944.

Aircraft used: -

 

Blenheim IV

Z7508, Z9591,

Vengence II

AN655, AN657, AN660, AN692, AN783,

No 1573 Ground Gunnery Flight

This was formed in No 231 Group on 1 October 1943 at Amarda Road with six Vengeances and Blenheims.  Its task was to provide gunnery practice facilities for fighter and bombers crews in the Bengal Area.  It was redesignated No 22 Armament Practice Camp on 30 January 1944.

No 1574 Flight

This was to have formed in India in 1943 but was instead redesignated No 21 Armament Practice Camp.

It was eventually formed from the Target Towing Flight at Changi as No 1574 Target Facilities Flight on 1 May 1964 equipped with Meteors, disbanding on 30 March 1971.

No 1575 (Special Duties) Flight

This was formed from a detachment of No 138 Squadron on 28 May 1943 at Tempsford to carry out supply dropping and other sorties on behalf of the SOE/SIS.  It arrived at Maison Blanche on 11 June 1943, moving to Blida on 25 June, from where it conducted operations over Italy, Corsica and Sardinia but was redesignated No 624 Squadron on 22 September 1943.

Aircraft used: -

 

Ventura II

AE881, AE948,

No 1576 (Special Duties) Flight

This was formed in No 184 Wing at Chaklala on 1 September 1943 to carry out supply dropping and other sorties to guerrillas in Burma.  It was initially equipped with Hudsons but later received three Liberators and on 26 January 1944 was transferred to No 185 Wing but disbanded on 1 February on being redesignated No 357 Squadron.

No 1577 Flight

This was formed as a Trials and Transport Flight at Llandow on 9 August 1943 tasked with conducting test on Halifaxes and Lancasters under Indian conditions.  Moving to Lyneham on 1 September, it returned to Llandow three days later before setting off for India.  It reached Cairo on 29 September and Mauripur on 5 October before arriving at Salbini on 12 October.  Here it joined No 184 Wing as No 1577 Heavy Bomber Flight (Special Duties) with two Lancasters and two Halifax Vs. 

Moving to Chakeri on 4 March 1944, the Lancasters were converted for glider towing and on 25 April it was redesignated No 1577 (Glider Development) Flight.  It returned to Mauripur on 7 May 1944, where it remained until 1 June 1945 when it moved to Chaklala, joining No 238 Group in the process.  In August 1945 it was redesignated again as No 1577 (Airborne Experimental) Flight.  It was transferred to BAFSEA on 12 September 1945, moving to Dhamial on 6 December 1945, where it disbanded on 1 June 1946.

No 1578 Calibration Flight

This was formed from the RDF Calibration Flight at Blida on 25 September 1943 equipped with Beaufighters and Blenheims.  It was tasked with calibrating radars along the North African coast and later Southern Italy.  It received Baltimores in March 1944, moving to Reghaia on 1 May 1944, where it disbanded into the MACAF Communication Flight on 15 June 1944.

Aircraft used: -

 

Baltimore III

AH152,

No 1579 Calibration Flight

This was formed in No 222 Group at Ratmalana in July 1943 with two Vengeances to undertake calibration of radar units in Ceylon as well as carrying out target towing duties.  Some Blenheims were received in September and on 19 April 1944 it moved to Sigiriya, followed by Vavuniya on 7 July and back to Ratmalana on18 September, where it disbanded on 10 October 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Vengence I

AN890, AN895, AN908, AN925, AP133,

Vengence II

AN666, AN681, AN690, AN752, AN763, AN769,

No 1580 Calibration Flight

This was formed as No 1580 Calibration Flight in No 225 Group from an existing calibration unit, formed in October 1942 without aircraft, at Bangalore on 13 September 1943 with Vengeances to undertake calibration of radar units in Southern India.  Some Blenheims were received in October and from April 1944 operated a detachment at Trichinopoly.  It moved to Cholavarum on 4 August 1944, where it disbanded on 10 October 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Vengence I

AN912, AN919, AN936, AN962, AN121,

Vengence II

AN728, AN819, AN832,

No 1581 Calibration Flight

This was formed in No 180 Wing at Alipore on 25 August 1943 with Blenheims to undertake calibration of radar units in the Bengal area.  Some Vengeances were received in March 1944 and on 12 April 1944 it moved to Baigachi, followed by Dalbhumgarh on 25 July 1945, where it disbanded on 15 November 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Blenheim V

AZ925,

Vengence II

AN725, AN785, AN821,

No 1582 Calibration Flight

This was formed in No 168 Wing at Kumbhirgram on 25 August 1943 with Blenheims to undertake calibration of radar units and photography.  On 15 January 1944 it moved to Tulihal, joining No 170 Wing and then on 24 March to Silchar, where it joined No 189 Wing and received some Vengeances in April.   It moved back to Kumbhirgram on 7 June, then to Imphal on 5 November 1944 followed by further moves to Kalemyo (9 Feb 1945), Monywa (27 Feb 1945), Meiktila (5 May 1945) and Mingaladon on 24 May 1945.  Here it began to carry out anti-aircraft co-operation duties as the need for calibration reduced.   Moves continued with it going to Ramree on 25 August 1945, Alipore (28 Aug 1945) and finally Dalbhumgarh on 29 August, where it disbanded on 15 November 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Vengence I

AN885, AN998,

Vengence II

AN648, AN728,

No 1583 Calibration Flight

This was formed in No 182 Wing at Chittagong from the Bengal Calibration Flight on 25 August 1943 with Blenheims and Vengeances to undertake calibration of radar units in the Bengal area.  On 1 March 1944 it moved to Dohazari, followed by moves to Chittagong (1 Jun 1944), Maunubyin (5 Feb 1945), Akyab Main (1-3 May 1945), Sambre (xx Aug 1945) until arriving at Trinchinopoly sometime later, where it disbanded on 15 November 1945.

Aircraft used: -

 

Blenheim V

AZ995, AZ997,

Vengence I

AN916, AN930, AN939, AN943, AN955, AN994, AP107,

Vengence II

AN808, AN822,

No 1584 Heavy Bomber Conversion Flight

This was formed from an existing un-numbered Heavy Bomber Conversion Unit at Salbini on 23 July 1943 to train crews on Liberators for units in India but was redesignated No 1584 Heavy Bomber Conversion Unit on 9 November 1943.

No 1586 Special Duties Flight

This was formed from the Polish Flight of No 138 Squadron on 25 October 1943 at Tempsford and moved to the Middle East, arriving at Sidi Amor on 14 November 1943.  Equipped with three Halifaxes and three Liberators, its Polish crews began supply flights to partisans in northern Italy, Poland and Yugoslavia.  It moved to Brindisi on 1 January 1944, where it was redesignated No 302 Squadron on 7 November 1944.

No 1587 (AOP Refresher) Flight

This was formed in No 227 Group at Deolali on 20 August 1944 equipped with Austers to provide refresher training to Army AOP pilots.  It was disbanded into No 659 Squadron as 'A' Flight on 31 December 1945.

No 1588 Heavy Freight Flight

This was formed in No 108 Wing from 'K' Flight at Santa Cruz on 10 October 1945 equipped with Stirlings.  Its task was to transport spares for stranded aircraft on the ACSEA trunk routes, disbanding on 20 May 1946.

No 1589 Heavy Freight Flight

This was formed in from 'J' Flight at  Cairo West on 10 October 1945 equipped with Stirlings but these were replaced by Dakotas when the former proved unreliable.  Its task was to transport spares for stranded aircraft on the Middle East trunk routes, disbanding on 30 April 1946.

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