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Wing Nos 1 - 50


This list does not include Initial Training Wings, which will be listed separately

Wing Formation/Disbandment Function Notes

 

1

 

(a) 29/11/14 - 5/3/19

(b) 15/5/19 - ?

(c) 1/1/26 - 12/4/26

(d) 23/9/37 - 15/12/37

(e) 9/5/39 - 9/5/39

(f) 25/8/39 - 22/9/39

(g) 24/1/40 - 24/6/40

(h) ?/10/58 - ?/9/61

(Corps)

(Yatesbury)

(Army Co-operation)

(General Reconnaissance)

(General Reconnaissance)

(Bomber)

(Balloon Barrage)

(Signals)

(c) Controlled 4 & 13 Sqn in 7 Group.

(d) Controlled 209 &210 Sqns during Spanish Civil War

(f) Controlled 30 & 55 Sqn in Egypt

(g) Controlled Balloon units in France

1 (Indian) 10/7/20 - ?/6/38   Formed by re-designating No 3 (Indian) Wing

Further details of units assigned to this Wing are contained in the Members Area.

2 (a) 29/11/14 - 12/9/19

(b) 15/5/19 - ?/4/20

(c) 25/8/39 - 21/9/39

(d) 3/11/41 - ?/11/41

(Corps)

(Plymouth)

(Bomber)

 

(b) Controlled No 238 Sqn

(c) Served in Egypt

(d) Controlled 112 Sqn  & 3 Sqn RAAF

2 (Indian) 10/7/20 - ?/4/40

1/12/41 - ?/6/42

  Further details of units assigned to this Wing are contained in the Members Area.
2 (SAAF) (a) 1/2/41 - 1/7/42

(b) 24/4/44 - 15/12/45

   
3 (a) 1/3/15 - 5/1/18

(b) 1/8/18 - 13/6/19

(Corps)

(Training)

 
3 (Indian) (a) 1/4/20 - 10/7/20

(b)?/?/28 - ?/?/35

(c) 6/1/36 - 25/4/38

(d) 1/6/47 - 15/8/47

  (a) Formed by re-designating No 52 (Corps) Wing
3 (SAAF) 11/11/41 - ?/?/45    
4 (a) 29/11/14 - 23/8/16

(b) 10/1/17- 15/5/19

(c) 2/10/35 - 24/8/36

(Training)

(Reserve)

(Flying Boat)

(c) Controlled 204 & 230 Sqns during Abyssinian crisis
4 (Indian) 15/7/46 - 1/10/46    
5 (a) 29/11/14 - 1/4/20

(b) 1/4/23 - ?/4/24

(c) 26/10/35 - 14/8/36

(d) 13/12/39 - 6/7/40

(e) 1/4/53 - ?/9/66

(Corps)

 

 

(Signals)

(Signals)

(a)

(b) Controlled all fighter squadrons north of the Thames

(c) Controlled No's 3, 35, 47 & 207 Sqns during Abyssinian crisis

(d) Controlled radar unit in France

6 (a) 20/8/15 - 22/11/19

(b) 31/1/16 - ?/7/18

(Training)

 

(b) Controlled No 26 Sqn in East Africa, existed at same time as (a)
7 (a) 8/11/15 - 12/9/18

(b) 18/10/19 - 9/7/20

(Training)

(Training)

Details of personnel serving at HQ No 7 Wing: -

[Apr 1920 |

7 (SAAF) 12/8/42 - 11/9/45    
8 (a) 15/11/18 - 30/6/19

(b) 18/10/19 - 27/4/20

(Training)

(Training)

Details of personnel serving at HQ No 8 Wing: -

[Apr 1920 |

8 (SAAF) 24/6/44 - 24/10/45    
9 (a) 6/5/16 - 30/7/19

18/10/19 - ?

(HQ)

(Training?)

 
10 (a) 30/1/16 - 5/3/19

(b) 18/10/19 7/2/20

(Army)

(Training?)

 

11

(a) 10/2/16 - 9/9/19

(b) ?/4/20 - 15/1/23

(Army)

(Irish)

(b) controlled all units in Ireland
12 (a) 30/1/16 - 20/2/19

(b) 2/6/22 - 7/2/23

(Army)

(Irish?)

 

(b) took over control of units in Ireland

13 (a) 10/3/16 - 1/3/19 (Army  
14 (a)1/4/16 - 14/3/19 (Army)  
15 (a)21/6/16 - 20/3/19

(b) 15 Aug 1943 - 12 Jul 1944

(Reserve Army)

(Fighter)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers,

16 (a) 25/6/16 - 29/7/16

(b) 20/9/16 - 14/11/19

(c) 5 Jul 1943 - 20 Apr 1944

(d) 8/3/46 - 3/6/46

(Home Defence)

(Corps)

(Mobile)

 

 

(c) Wing Commanding Officers

17 (a) 9/8/16 - 12/8/18

(b) 28/9/18 - 14/5/19

(c) 4 Jul 1943 - 12 Jul 1944

(Training)

 

(Fighter)

 

(b) controlled units in Malta

(c) Wing Commanding Officers

18 (a) 25/3/16 - 1/10/19

(b) ?/12/43 - 12/5/44

(Training)/(Home Defence)

(Fighter)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

19 (a) 1/5/16 - 25/3/19

(b) ?/12/43 - 12/5/44

(Training)

(Fighter)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

20 (a) 25/7/16 - 22/7/19

(b)?/12/43 - 12/5/44

(Reserve)

(Fighter)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

21 (a) 9/8/16 - 18/2/19

(b) 1/1/44 - 12/5/44

(c) 1/5/60 - 31/8/63

(Training)

(Base Defence)

(Air Defence Missile)

(b) Wing Commanding Officers
22 (a) 14/9/16 - 20/5/19

(b) 9/1/44 - 12/5/44

(Army)

(RCAF)(Fighter)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

23 (a) 13/11/16 - 31/5/19

(b) 20/1/44 - 20/4/44

(Training)

(Fighter)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

24 (a) 25/9/16 - 8/4/19

(b) 16/2/44 - 12/5/44

(c) 1/4/59 - 31/8/63

(Training)

(Base Defence)

(Air Defence Missile)

(b) Wing Commanding Officers
25 (a) 18/9/16 - 1/7/18

(b) 1/3/44 - 12/5/44

(Training)

(Base Defence)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

26 1/5/17 - 4/4/19  (Training)  
27 (a) 5/5/17 - 1/4/19

(b) 1946

(Training)

(Maritime Strike)

 
28 15/5/17 - 15/5/19 (Training)  
29 1/6/17 - 9/4/19 (Training)  
30 (a) 1/6/17 - ?/10/18

(b) 22/3/41 - 2/7/41

(Training)

(Coastal)

(b) Became RAF Iceland
31 (a) 5/6/17 - ?/1/20

(b) 15/4/41 - 15/12/41

(HQ)/(Corps)

 

(a) Became Mesopotamia Wing

(b) Became RAF Long Kesh

32 (a) 5/11/17 -22/7/19

(b) 19/8/41 - 1/7/43

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)

 
33 (a) 30/8/17 - 15/5/19

(b) 15/8/41 - 1/7/43

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)

 

 

34 (a) 8/9/17 - 12/10/18

(b) 22/8/41 - 30/9/45

 

(c) 1/4/53 - 1/1/60

(d) 1 Apr 2006 - Current

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)/(Strategic Reconnaissance)

(Reconnaissance)

Expeditionary Air Wing - RAF Waddington

 

 

 

(c) Wing Commanding Officers

(d) Role - ISTAR

35 (a) 22/9/17 - 9/4/19

(b) 22/8/41 - 22/6/46

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)/ (Reconnaissance)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

36 (a) 8/10/17 - 23/6/18

(b) 15/8/41 - 16/7/43

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)

 
37 (a) 15/10/17 - 9/4/19

(b) ?/8/41 - 28/7/43

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)

 
38 (a) 9/11/17 - 15/4/19

(b) 19/1/42 - 11/10/43

(c) 1 Apr 2006 - Current

(Training)

(Army Co-operation)

Expeditionary Air Wing - RAF Lyneham

(b) Raised to Group status as No 38 Group.

(c) Role - AT/ACSSU

39 (a) 27/10/17 - 4/4/19

(b) 3/12/42 - 7/8/45

(Training)

(RCAF) (Reconnaissance)

 

(b) Wing Commanding Officers

40 5/10/17 - 1/4/20 (Army) Formed in Palestine
41 11/10/17 - 15/2/19   Became part of Independent Force
42 ?/10/17 - ?/?/19 (Training) Formed in Canada
43 ?/10/17 - ?/?/19 (Training) Formed in Canada
44 ?/10/17 - ?/?/19 (Training) Formed in Canada
45 (a) 1917

(b) 15/2/46 - 15.6.46

(Training)

(Transport)

(a) Originally to form in Canada, but not activated

(b) Formed from 45 Gp

46 29/10/17 - 6/3/19 (Home defence)  
47 29/10/17 -13/6/19 (Home Defence)  
48 1/2/18 - 13/6/19 (Home Defence)  
49 29/10/17 - 13/6/19 (Home Defence)  
50 (a) 29/10/17 - 22/5/19

(b) 11/1/37 - 6/8/40

(c) 21/4/41 - 21/11/42

(Home Defence)

(Army Co-operation)

(Maintenance)

 

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