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RAF Middle East - January 1939

Directly Administered by Command HQ*

Unit Location Officer Commanding
RAF Depot, Middle East RAF Aboukir Gp Capt A L Gregory
Meteorological Station RAF Depot, Middle East  
Port Detachment RAF Depot, Middle East  
No 4 Flying Training School RAF Abu Sueir Gp Capt G S M Insall VC
RAF Station Heliopolis Heliopolis, Egypt Gp Capt R Collishaw
No 113 (Bomber) Sqn RAF Heliopolis Sqn Ldr F G Cator
No 208 Sqn RAF Heliopolis Sqn Ldr W A D Brook
No 216 (Bomber Transport) Sqn RAF Heliopolis Wg Cdr G C Gardiner
Meteorological Station RAF Heliopolis  
Communications Flt RAF Heliopolis  
RAF Station Helwan Helwan, Egypt Wg Cdr W R Cox
No 45 (Bomber) Sqn RAF Helwan Sqn Ldr N V Morton
No 211 (Bomber) Sqn (1 Flt) RAF Helwan Sqn Ldr S H Ware
RAF Station Ismailia Ismailia, Egypt Wg Cdr W E G Mann
No 33 (Fighter) Sqn RAF Ismailia Sqn Ldr H D McGregor
No 80 (Fighter) Sqn RAF Ismailia Sqn Ldr Paul S Blockey
Inter Command Wireless Station RAF Ismailia  
Meteorological Station RAF Ismailia  
No 47 (Bomber) Sqn RAF Khartoum Sqn Ldr G R C Spencer
RAF Station Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya Wg Cdr G S Shaw
No 223 (Bomber) Sqn RAF Nairobi Flt Lt D P Frost

*The AOC is also responsible for the administration and training of RAF units under the operational command of the GOC, British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan.

British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan*

RAF in Palestine and Trans-Jordan

Unit Location Officer Commanding
RAF Station Amman Amman, Trans-Jordan A/Cdre D Harries
No 14 (Bomber) Sqn RAF Amman Sqn Ldr A D Selway
Meteorological Station RAF Amman  
RAF Station Ramleh Ramleh, Palestine Wg Cdr A H Flower
No 6 (Bomber) Sqn RAF Ramleh Sqn Ldr N C Singer
No 211 (Bomber) Sqn (HQ and 2 Flts) RAF Ramleh Sqn Ldr S H Ware
No 2 Armoured Car Company (less 1 section) RAF Ramleh Sqn Ldr C H Stilwell
Meteorological Station RAF Ramleh  
No 2 Armoured Car Company (1 section) RAF Ma'an  
RAF Detachment RAF Ma'an  
Combined Supply Depot RAF Sarafand Sqn Ldr F D D Gaussen
RAF General Hospital RAF Sarafand  

Trans-Jordan Frontier Force#

Unit Location
1 x Mechanised Company Zerka
1 x Cavalry Sqn Zerka
1 x Mechanised Company Ma'an
0.5 x Cavalry Sqn Semakh
0.5 x Cavalry Sqn Roshpina
0.5 x Cavalry Sqn Jisr el Mejamie
0.5 x Cavalry Sqn Beisan

* Responsibility for the defence of the region was temporarily transferred to the War Office on 15 September 1936 when a GOC was appointed.  The AOC is directly responsible to the GOC for the general conduct of operations by all units in the command.  For the administration and training of the RAF units in his command he comes under the AOC, RAF Middle East.

# This force is under the combined GHQ for operations and under the RAF HQ for administration

The 211 Sqn ORB however, indicates that the unit had moved as a whole to Helwan but was operating detachments to Palestine.

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

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