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Training Command - March 1939

Units administered directly by Command HQ

Unit Location/Administered by
Central Examination Board RAF Grantham

No 21 (Training) Group

Unit Location/Administered by
RAF College RAF Cranwell
No 1 Electrical and Wireless School RAF Cranwell
RAF Station Cranwell Cranwell, Lincolnshire
RAF Hospital RAF Cranwell
Equipment Training School (Airmen) RAF Cranwell
No 2 Electrical and Wireless School RAF Yatesbury
No 8 Flying Training School RAF Montrose

No 23 (Training) Group

Unit Location/Administered by
Central Flying School RAF Upavon
No 1 Flying Training School RAF Netheravon
No 2 Flying Training School RAF Brize Norton
No 3 Flying Training School RAF South Cerney
No 5 Flying Training School RAF Sealand
No 6 Flying Training School RAF Little Rissington
No 7 Flying Training School RAF Peterborough
No 9 Flying Training School RAF Hullavington
No 10 Flying Training School RAF Tern Hill
No 11 Flying Training School RAF Shawbury
RAF Station Grantham Grantham, Lincolnshire
School of Air Navigation RAF Manston

No 24 (Training) Group

Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Cardington Cardington, Bedfordshire
Balloon Development Establishment RAF Cardington
No 2 RAF Depot RAF Cardington
No 1 Balloon Training Unit (a) RAF Cardington
No 2 School of Technical Training (Apprentices) RAF Cosford
School of Photography RAF Farnborough
Station HQ RAF Halton
No 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices) RAF Halton
School of Cookery RAF Halton
Princess Mary's Hospital RAF Halton
RAF Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine (b) RAF Halton
Medical Training Depot (b) RAF Halton
Home Aircraft Depot RAF Henlow
RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering RAF Henlow
Equipment Training School (Officers) RAF Kidbrooke
Central Medical Establishment (b) London
Inspector of Recruiting (c) London
School of Clerks, Accounting RAF Lympne
Station HQ RAF Manston
No 3 School of Technical Training (Men) RAF Manston
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment RAF Martlesham Heath
No 2 Balloon Training Unit Rollestone Camp
Record Office (c) Ruislip
No 4 School of Technical Training (Men) RAF St Athan
No 1 RAF Depot RAF Uxbridge
RAF Officers' Hospital RAF Uxbridge
RAF Central Band RAF Uxbridge
School of Physical Training RAF Uxbridge
Service Police HQ and Training Centre RAF Uxbridge
Anti-Gas School RAF Uxbridge
Reception Depot RAF West Drayton
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Debden
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Dishforth
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Driffield
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Finningley
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Scampton
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF South Cerney
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Upwood
Recruits Sub-Depot RAF Usworth

(a) Under No 30 (Barrage Balloon) Group for training administration.

(b) Directly under Director of Medical Services for technical (medical) administration.

(c) Directly under Director of Personal Services for technical administration.

No 25 (Armament) Group

Unit Location/Administered by
No 1 Air Armament School RAF Manby
RAF Station Eastchurch Eastchurch, Kent
No 2 Air Armament School RAF Eastchurch
Station Flt RAF Eastchurch
No 1 Air Observers School RAF North Coates
No 1 Armament Training Station RAF Catfoss
No 2 Armament Training Station RAF Aldergrove
RAF Station Aldergrove Aldergrove, Northern Ireland
No 3 Armament Training Station RAF Sutton Bridge
Temporary Armament Training Station RAF Leuchars
No 4 Armament Training Station RAF West Freugh
No 5 Armament Training Station RAF Penrhos
No 6 Armament Training Station RAF Warmwell
No 7 Armament Training Station RAF Acklington
No 8 Armament Training Station RAF Evanton
Temporary Air Observers School RAF Leconfield
Wainfleet Sands Bombing Range RAF Manby

No 26 (Training) Group*

Unit Location/Administered by
No 1 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School Hatfield
No 2 ERFTS Filton
No 3 ERFTS Hamble
No 4 ERFTS Brough
No 5 ERFTS Hamworth
No 6 ERFTS Sywell
No 7 ERFTS Desford
No 8 ERFTS Reading
No 9 ERFTS Ansty
No 10 ERFTS RAF Yatesbury
No 11 ERFTS Perth
No 12 ERFTS Prestwick
No 13 ERFTS White Waltham
No 14 ERFTS Castle Bromwich
No 15 ERFTS Redhill
No 16 ERFTS Shoreham
No 17 ERFTS Barton
No 18 ERFTS Fairoaks Woking
No 19 ERFTS Gatwick
No 20 ERFTS Gravesend
No 21 ERFTS Stapleford Tawney
No 22 ERFTS Cambridge
No 23 ERFTS Rochester
No 25 ERFTS Grimsby
No 26 ERFTS Oxford
No 27 ERFTS Tollerton
No 28 ERFTS Meir
No 29 ERFTS Luton
No 30 ERFTS Derby
No 31 ERFTS Gloucester & Cheltenham
No 33 ERFTS Whitchurch, Bristol
No 34 ERFTS Southend-on-Sea
RAFVR Town Centre Birmingham
RAFVR Town Centre Brighton
RAFVR Town Centre Bristol
RAFVR Town Centre Cambridge
RAFVR Town Centre Coventry
RAFVR Town Centre Glasgow
RAFVR Town Centre Grimsby
RAFVR Town Centre Hull
RAFVR Town Centre Leicester
RAFVR Town Centre London
RAFVR Town Centre Manchester
RAFVR Town Centre Northampton
RAFVR Town Centre Nottingham
RAFVR Town Centre Oxford
RAFVR Town Centre Perth
RAFVR Town Centre Reading
RAFVR Town Centre Rochester
RAFVR Town Centre Southampton
RAFVR Town Centre Stoke on Trent

*Directly responsible to the Air Ministry for the administration and elementary training of pilots for the RAF, for the training of officers and airmen pilots of the RAF Reserve and the RAF Volunteer Reserve and for the administration of the RAFO and RAFVR

Source - March 1939 Air Force List

County names used are those in use at the time

This page was last updated on 08/07/19 using FrontPage 2003

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