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Bases and Landing Grounds


This section covers a range of airfields, bases, landing grounds and airfield support units not covered in other sections of the site.

No 25 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 28 March 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Cochin, being transferred to No 222 Group in March 1945 and disbanded on 30 April 1945.

No 26 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 3 August 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Coconada, being transferred to No 222 Group in March 1945.  It relocated to Penang on 17 September, later returning to Coconada before going to Madras on 4 January 1946 and finally to Butterworth on 28 January but may have become the Marine Craft Section at Butterworth on 30 November 1945.

No 27 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 28 March 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Trombay, being transferred to No 222 Group in March 1945 on Care and Maintenance and disbanded on 30 September 1945.

No 28 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed from an un-numbered unit on 17 April 1944 under the control of No 222 Group at Addu Attol and disbanded on 16 June 1945.

No 29 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed from an un-numbered unit on 17 April 1944 under the control of No 222 Group at Diego Garcia and disbanded on 19 June 1945.

No 30 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 22 October 1943 under the control of No 222 Group at Kelai, Maldives and disbanded on 25 May 1945.

No 31 (Advanced) Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 1 April 1945 under the control of No 222 Group at Bally, near Calcutta, being transferred to No 222 Group in March 1945.  It relocated to Madras on 6 September before moving to Kai Tak later that month and disbanded on 30 November 1945.

Advanced Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 6 July 1942 under the control of No 226 Group at Karachi and disbanded on 23 April 1943 with its personnel being allocated to Nos 25 and 27 AFBB.

Advanced Flying Boat Base

This was formed on by January 1944 under the control of No 2 (Indian) Group at Redhill Lakes and disbanded on 1 August 1946.

Advanced Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 28 February 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Korangi Creek and disbanded on in October 1943.

Advanced Flying Boat Base

This was formed on by 1 May 1948 as a detachment of RAF Changi at Labuan and disbanded on 1 July 1950.

Advanced Flying Boat Base

This was formed on 1 October 1950 as a detachment of RAF Negombo at China Bay/Trincomalee and transferred to the Royal Ceylon Air Force on 30 November 1957.

Advanced General Reconnaissance Base

This was formed on 25 September 1941 under the control of No 201 Group at Fuka Satellite and disbanded on in January 1942.

No 1 Aerodrome Party

This was formed in 1922 at Uxbridge, moving to Constantinople on 28 September and disbanded on 22 September 2023.

Camouflage Flight

This was formed on behalf of the Home Office 9 October 1939 at Baginton and was redesignated No 1 Camouflage Unit on 3 November 1939.

No 1 Camouflage Unit

This was formed from the Camouflage Flight on 3 November 1939 at Baginton to advise on aerial camouflage measures to both military and industrial units and establishments.  It moved to Cosford on 27 September 1940, then to Hendon on 8 November under the control of No 20 Group (later No 44 Group), where it worked with No 24 Squadron.  On 1 June 1942 it moved to Stapleford Tawney, being detached to Bagington from 4 October to February 1943 and disbanded on 1 October 1944.

No 2 Camouflage Unit

See section on Photographic units

No 1 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Agartala and disbanded on 31 December 1945.

No 2 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Alipore, moving to Charra in May 1943 and disbanded in November 1943.

It reformed on in May 1944 at Dalbumgargh and disbanded in December 1945.

No 3 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Asansol and disbanded in July 1944.

No 4 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Cuttack and disbanded in June 1945.

No 5 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed in September 1944 at Dambulla and disbanded in April 1945.

No 6 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Jessore, moving to Dhubalia in July 1943 and disbanded in November 1944.

No 7 Care and Maintenance Party/Unit

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Madhaighanj and disbanded in November 1943.

It reformed in September 1944 at Ulunderpet and disbanded in April 1946.

No 8 Care and Maintenance Party/Unit

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Salbani, moving to Ranchi in July 1943, harra in December 1944 and disbanded on 30 November 1945.

No 9 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Baigachi, moving to Dudkhundi by November 1943 and disbanded in April 1944.

No 10 Care and Maintenance Party/Unit

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Arkonam and disbanded on 30 November 1945.

No 11 Care and Maintenance Party/Unit

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Chettinad and disbanded in October 1945.

No 12 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Cholavaram and disbanded in May 1944.

No 13 Care and Maintenance Party/Unit

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Kayattar and disbanded on 31 December 1945.

No 14 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Madura and disbanded in December 1944.

No 15 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Santa Cruz, moving to Kajamalai by May 1944 and disbanded in September 1944.

No 16 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at St Thomas Mount and disbanded in January 1945.

No 17 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Cochin and disbanded on 15 June 1945.

No 19 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Miranshah and disbanded on 27 July 1943.

No 20 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Phaphamau, moving to Raipur in November 1944 and disbanded in January 1945.

No 21 Care and Maintenance Party/Unit

This was formed on 7 May 1943 at Quetta, moving to Samungli in December and disbanded in November 1947.

No 22 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Tanjore and disbanded on 31 December 1945.

No 23 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Yelahanka and disbanded on in May 1944.

No 24 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Redhills Lake and disbanded on in March 1944.

No 25 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Kolar and disbanded on in May 1944.

No 26 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 7 May 1943 under the control of No 225 Group at Trichinopoly (Kajamalai) and disbanded on 7 October 1943.

It reformed in May 1946 at Baroda and disbanded in November 1947.

No 27 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 16 August 1943 under the control of No 221 Group at Kalaikundah and disbanded on in January 1944.

No 29 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 22 August 1943 under the control of No 222 Group at Kalametiya and disbanded on in April 1945.

No 30 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 22 August 1943 under the control of No 222 Group at Komariya and disbanded on in April 1945.

No 31 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 19 May 1945 under the control of No 231 Group at Rampur Hat but its fate is unknown.

No 32 Care and Maintenance Party

This was formed on 19 May 1945 under the control of No 222 Group at Mawatagama but its fate is unknown.

No 1 Concealment and Decoy Unit

This was formed on 1 January 1944 at Gatwick but its fate is unknown.

No 2 Concealment and Decoy Unit

This was formed on 1 January 1944 at Croydon but its fate is unknown.

No 3 Concealment and Decoy Unit

This was formed on 1 January 1944 at Sawbridgeworth but its fate is unknown.

No 4 Concealment and Decoy Unit

This was formed on 1 January 1944 at North Weald but its fate is unknown.

No 1 Emergency Landing Ground Party

This was formed on an unknown date at an unknown location but by 27 March 1919 was at Maisers before moving to Tourigines in 91 Wing, where it disbanded into No 1 Detached Landing and Salvage Party on 30 April 1919.

No 2 Emergency Landing Ground Party

This was formed on an unknown date at an unknown location but by 27 March 1919 was at Ans, where it disbanded into No 3 Detached Landing and Salvage Party on 11 June 1919.

No 3 Emergency Landing Ground Party

This was formed on an unknown date at an unknown location but by 27 March 1919 was at Franc West, moving to Nivelles in 91 Wing, after which its fate is unknown.

No 4 Emergency Landing Ground Party

This was formed on an unknown date at an unknown location but by 27 March 1919 was at Frost (9 Brigade), where it and disbanded into No 4 Detached Landing and Salvage Party on 30 May 1919.

No 5 Emergency Landing Ground Party

This was formed on an unknown date at an unknown location but by 27 March 1919 was at Sart (2 Brigade), where it and disbanded into No 4 Detached Landing and Salvage Party on 30 May 1919.

Guided Weapons Range Unit

This was formed on 1 July 1958 under the control of No 11 Group at Aberporth and disbanded on 19 March 1965.

Hawk Support Flight

This was formed on 1 September 1995 under the control of No 4 FTS at Chivenor to administer weapons detachments from the school and disbanded when the station closed in 1996/7.

Joint Concealment Centre (RAF Element)

This was formed from VISTRE Flight on 15 January 1952 under the control of No 62 Group at Netheravon, to provide 'Q' lighting sets and dummy aircraft.  It was transferred to No 27 Group on 22 February 1954, then to No 22 Group on 28 July 1958 and disbanded on 31 October 1958.

No 1 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 232 Group at Agartala and disbanded on 15 January 1946.

No 2 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 232 Group at Lalaghat and disbanded on 25 October 1945.

No 3 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Joari and disbanded on 21 November 1945.

No 4 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Double Moorings and disbanded on 15 November 1945.

No 5 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Ramree and disbanded on 31 December 1945.

No 6 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 28 May 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Akyab, being transferred to No 232 Group on 13 June and disbanded into RAF Akyab on 31 December 1945.

No 7 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Akyab, being transferred yo No 232 Group on 13 June and disbanded on 15 November 1945.

No 8 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Ramu II and disbanded on 30 November 1945.

No 9 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Cox's Bazaar and disbanded on 30 August 1945.

No 10 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Kaxir, moving to Tanjore between 19 May and 1 September, where it came under No 904 Wing and disbanded on 20 October 1945.

No 11 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 224 Group at Ratnap ('George') and disbanded on 15 November 1946.

No 12 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Ondaw and disbanded on 15 November 1946.

No 13 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Sadaung and disbanded on 15 November 1946.

No 14 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 907 Wing, No 221 Group at Sinthe, moving to Magwe on 1 May then to Gannavaram on 17 May.  On 1 September it moved to No 60 PTC at Tambaram, embarking on the RMS Highland Monarch on 12 September for Hong Kong, arriving at Kai Tak on 29 September and disbanded on 30 November 1945.

No 15 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Sinthe and disbanded on 25 October 1945.

No 16 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Kumbhirgram and disbanded on 25 October 1945.

No 17 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Kumbhirgram and disbanded on 25 October 1945.

No 18 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Ywadon and disbanded on 25 October 1945.

No 19 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Meiktila and disbanded on 15 November 1945.

No 20 Satellite Airfield HQ

This was formed on 12 April 1945 under the control of No 221 Group at Thazi and disbanded on 31 December 1945.

Transport Command Base Unit

This was formed on 27 August 1943 under the control of No 44 Group at Weston Zoyland, to provide administrative services to transport squadrons using the station from time to time.  It moved to Lyneham on 5 February 1944 and disbanded on 7 February 1944.

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