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Coastal Command - June 1942

[Command HQ | No 15 Group | No 16 Group | No 17 Group | No 18 Group | No 19 Group]

Command HQ - Eastbury Park, Northwood, Middlesex

Satellite airfields are shown in brackets and some units shown at the main station may have been based at the Satellite and are as such if known.

Units administered directly by Command HQ

Unit Location/Address Notes
HQ RAF Iceland
No 269 Sqn Kaldadarnes, Iceland Hudson
No 330 (Norwegian) Sqn Reykjavik, Iceland Northrop
No 612 Sqn Reykjavik, Iceland Whitley, detchment(s) at other station(s)
No 1407 (Meteorological) Flt Reykjavik, Iceland Long Range Hudson
AMES Grotta, Iceland
AMES Olfus, Iceland
AMES Vik, Iceland
HQ RAF Gibraltar
No 202 Sqn Gibraltar Catalina/Sunderland
Merchant Ship Fighter Unit Gibraltar Hurricane

No 15 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Derby House, Exchange Buildings, Liverpool

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Aldergrove Aldergrove RAF Station, Home Forces  
No 206 Sqn RAF Aldergrove Hudson
No 311 (Czechoslovak) Sqn RAF Aldergrove Wellington
No 1402 (Meteorological) Flt RAF Aldergrove Gladiator/Spitfire/Hudson
No 1 Armament Practice Camp RAF Aldergrove Lysander
RAF Ballykelly Ballykelly, RAF Station, Home Forces No Station HQ?
RAF Benbecula   No Station HQ?
Coastal Command Development Unit RAF Ballykelly Beaufort/Hudson
RAF Station Hooton Park Hooton Park, Little Sutton, Wirral, Cheshire  
No 15 Group Communications Flt RAF Hooton Park Various
RAF Station Islay Isle of Islay, Argyllshire Care & Maintenance
RAF Bowmore Isle of Islay, Argyllshire  
RAF Port Ellen Isle of Islay, Argyllshire  
RAF Limavady   No Station HQ?
No 143 Sqn RAF Limavady Blenheim
RAF Lough Erne Lough Erne, No Station HQ?
No 119 Sqn RAF Lough Erne Catalina
No 201 Sqn RAF Lough Erne Sunderland
No 422 Sqn RCAF RAF Lough Erne Catalina
RAF Station Nutts Corner Crumlin, Northern Ireland  
No 120 Sqn RAF Nutts Corner Liberator
No 220 Sqn RAF Nutts Corner Hudson/Fortress
RAF Station Oban Dungalion House, Oban, Argyll  
No 228 Sqn RAF Oban Sunderland
RAF Station Stornoway Stornoway, Isle of Lewis  
No 500 Sqn RAF Stornoway Hudson, detchment(s) at other station(s)
RAF Station Tiree (Connell) Isle of Tiree, Argyllshire  
No 224 Sqn RAF Tiree Hudson
No 304 (Polish) Sqn RAF Tiree Wellington

No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Black Lion Fields, Gillingham, Kent

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Benson (Mount Farm) Benson, Oxfordshire  
No 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF Benson Various, detchment(s) at other station(s)
RAF Station Bircham Newton (Docking & Langham) Bircham Newton, King's Lynn, Norfolk  
No 279 Sqn RAF Bircham Newton Hudson
No 320 (Dutch) Sqn RAF Bircham Newton Hudson
No 407 Sqn RCAF RAF Bircham Newton Hudson
No 1401 (Meteorological) Flt RAF Bircham Newton Gladiator/Spitfire/Hudson
RAF Station Detling (Penshurst) Detling, nr Maidstone, Kent  
No 16 Group Communications Flt RAF Detling Various
No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Flt (Operational Section) RAF Detling Spitfire
No 280 Sqn RAF Detling Anson
RAF Station Felixstowe Felixstowe, Suffolk Care & Maintenance
RAF Station North Coates (Donna Nook) North Coates, Grimsby, Lincolnshire  
No 59 Sqn RAF North Coates Hudson
No 2 Mobile Torpedo Base RAF North Coates  
RAF Station Thorney Island Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire  
No 233 Sqn RAF Thorney Island Hudson, detchment(s) at other station(s)
No 415 Sqn RCAF RAF Thorney Island Hampden
No 489 Sqn RNZAF RAF Thorney Island Hampden
No 2 Armament Practice Camp RAF Thorney Island Lysander
No 236 Sqn RAF Wattisham (a) Beaufighter

(a) Station under the control of No 2 Group, Bomber Command


No 17 (Training) Group

HQ - 58 Melville Street, Edinburgh 3

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Abbotsinch Abbotsinch, Paisley  
Torpedo Training Unit RAF Abbotsinch Beaufort
No 1441 Flt RAF Abbotsinch Lysander/Anson, Combined Operations Unit
RAF Station Calshot Calshot Spit, Hampshire  
Marine Craft Repair Section RAF Calshot  
Marine Craft Section RAF Calshot  
Marine Training School RAF Calshot  
Flying Boat Repair Section RAF Calshot  
RAF Station Catfoss (Lissett) Catfoss, Nr Hull, East Yorkshire  
No 2 OTU RAF Catfoss Blenheim/Beaufighter
RAF Station Gosport Gosport, Hampshire  
No 2 AACU RAF Gosport Various, detchment(s) at other station(s)
Torpedo Development Unit and Instructional Section RAF Gosport Various
FAA Maintenance Unit RAF Gosport  
RAF Station Greenock Greenock, Renfrewshire  
Flying Boat Major Maintenance RAF Greenock  
Flying Boat Repair Section RAF Greenock  
RAF Station Invergordon Invergordon, Ross-shire  
No 102 Wing (SS Batvier) RAF Invergordon  
No 4 OTU RAF Invergordon Various
RAF Station Silloth Silloth, Carlisle, Cumberland  
No 1 (Coastal) OTU RAF Silloth Various
RAF Station Squire's Gate (Warton) Squire's Gate, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire  
No 3 School of General Reconnaissance RAF Squire's Gate Botha
RAF Station Stranraer Stranraer, Wigtownshire  
RAF Station Thornaby (West Hartlepool) Thornaby, North Yorkshire  
No 6 OTU RAF Thornaby Various
RAF Station Turnberry   No Station HQ
No 5 OTU RAF Turnberry Beaufort
No 7 OTU Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Wellington, Station in No 15 Group
No 3 OTU RAF Cranwell (a) Whitley/Wellington

(a) Station under the control of No 27 Group, Technical Training Command


No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Pitreavie Castle, Rosyth, Dunfermline

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Dyce Dyce, Aberdeen  
No 254 Sqn RAF Dyce Beaufighter
No 404 Sqn RCAF RAF Dyce Blenheim
No 1509 Flt RAF Dyce Wellington
RAF Station Helensburgh Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire  
Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment RAF Helensburgh Various
RAF Station Leuchars (Dunino) Leuchars, Fife  
No 42 Sqn RAF Leuchars Beaufort, detchment(s) at other station(s)
No 144 Sqn RAF Leuchars Hampden
No 217 Sqn RAF Leuchars Beaufort
No 455 Sqn RAAF RAF Leuchars Hampden
'C' Flt, No 1 PRU RAF Leuchars Spitfire/Blenheim
No 1510 (BAT) Flt RAF Leuchars Wellington
No 3 Armament Practice Camp RAF Leuchars Lysander
RAF Station Sullom Voe (Scatsta) Sullon Voe, Shetlands  
No 210 Sqn RAF Sullom Voe Catalina
RAF Floating Dock RAF Sullom Voe  
RAF Station Sumburgh (Skitten) Sumburgh,  
No 235 Sqn RAF Sumburgh Beaufighter
RAF Station Wick Wick, Caithness  
No 48 Sqn RAF Wick Hudson
No 86 Sqn RAF Wick Beaufort
No 608 Sqn RAF Wick Hudson
No 1406 (Meteorological) Flt RAF Wick Spitfire/Hudson

No 19 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Mount Wise, Plymouth

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Carew Cheriton Carew Cheriton, Milton Tenby, Pembrokeshire  
No 254 Sqn RAF Carew Cheriton Blenheim
No 4 Armament Practice Camp RAF Carew Cheriton Lysander
RAF Station Chivenor Chivenor, Barnstable, Devon  
No 77 Sqn RAF Chivenor Whitley
No 172 Sqn RAF Chivenor Wellington
No 51 Sqn RAF Chivenor Whitley
RAF Falmouth (Administered by Mount Batten) Falmouth, Cornwall Care & Maintenance, for operational use by Flying Boat detachments
RAF Mount Batten Plymouth, Cornwall No Station HQ?
No 10 Sqn RAAF RAF Mount Batten Sunderland
RAF Station Pembroke Dock Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire  
Flying Boat Major Maintenance RAF Pembroke Dock Lerwick/Sunderland
RNAS Roborough Plymouth, Devon FAA Station
No 19 Group Communications Flt RNAS Roborough  
RAF Station St Eval St Eval, nr Wadebridge, Cornwall  
No 53 Sqn RAF St Eval Hudson
No 502 Sqn RAF St Eval Whitley
'B' Flt, No 1 PRU RAF St Eval Spitfire/Blenheim
No 1404 (Meteorological) Flt RAF St Eval Hudson
No 1 Mobile Torpedo Base RAF St Eval  
RAF Talbenny (Dale) Talbenny No Station HQ?
No 58 Sqn RAF Talbenny Whitley

Units on 'number only' basis

The following units of Coastal Command have been reduced to a a 'number only' basis until it becomes practical to re-form them: -

No 102 Wing                No 1403 (Meteorological) Flt                No 1405 (Meteorological) Flt                    No 1408 (Meteorological) Flt

Squadrons proceeding overseas: -

No 22 Sqn                    No 209 Sqn                    No 240 Sqn                    No 413 Sqn RCAF

Source - June 1942 SD161

County names used are those in use at the time

[Command HQ | No 15 Group | No 16 Group | No 17 Group | No 18 Group | No 19 Group]

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

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