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Fighter Command - July 1942

[Command HQ | No 9 Group | No 10 Group | No 11 Group | No 12 Group | No 13 Group | No 14 Group | No 60 Group | No 81 Group | No 82 Group]

Command HQ - Bentley Priory, Stanmore, Middlesex

Units administered directly by Fighter Command HQ

Unit Location/Address Notes
Air Fighting Development Unit RAF Duxford


No 9 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Andreas Andreas, Isle of Man  
No 93 Sqn RAF Andreas  
RAF Station Atcham Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
RAF Station High Ercall High Ercall, Wellington, Shropshire  
No 1530 (BAT) Flt RAF High Ercall  
No 257 Sqn RAF High Ercall  
RAF Station Honiley Honiley, nr Kenilworth, Warwickshire  
No 452 Sqn RAAF RAF Honiley  
No 255 Sqn RAF Honiley  
No 1456 Flt RAF Honiley  
RAF Station Speke Speke Aerodrome, Liverpool 10, Lancashire  
Merchant Ship Fighter Unit RAF Speke
RAF Station Valley Valley, Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales  
No 275 Sqn RAF Valley  
No 256 Sqn RAF Valley  
No 456 Sqn RAF Valley  
No 1486 (Gunnery) Flt RAF Valley  
RAF Station Woodvale Woodvale, nr Formby, Lancashire  
No 315 (Polish) Sqn RAF Woodvale  
RAF Station Wrexham Wrexham, Denbighshire, South Wales
No 96 Sqn RAF Wrexham
No 285 Sqn RAF Wrexham
No 232 Sqn Llanbedr airfield

No 10 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Rudloe Manor, Box, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Church Stanton Whitewall Corner, Culmhead, nr Taunton,  Somerset  
RAF Station Colerne Colerne, Bath, Wiltshire  
No 264 Sqn RAF Colerne
No 1454 Flt RAF Colerne  
RAF Station Exeter Exeter Air Port, Honiton Clyst, Devon  
No 307 (Polish) Sqn RAF Exeter
No 310 (Czechoslovak) Sqn RAF Exeter  
RAF Station Fairwood Common nr Swansea, Glamorganshire  
No 125 Sqn RAF Fairwood Common
No 421 Sqn RCAF RAF Fairwood Common  
RAF Station Harrowbeer Harrowbeer, Yelverton, Devon  
No 276 Sqn RAF Harrowbeer
No 312 (Czech) Sqn RAF Harrowbeer  
RAF Station Ibsley Ibsley, Ringwood, Hampshire  
No 66 Sqn RAF Ibsley  
No 118 Sqn RAF Ibsley
No 501 Sqn RAF Ibsley  
RAF Station Middle Wallop Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire  
No 604 Sqn RAF Middle Wallop  
No 245 Sqn RAF Middle Wallop
No 1458 (Turbinlite) Flt RAF Middle Wallop  
RAF Station Portreath Nancekuke, Redruth, Cornwall
No 234 Sqn RAF Portreath  
No 19 Sqn RAF Portreath  
No 1449 Flt RAF Portreath  
RAF Station Warmwell Warmwell, Dorchester, Dorset  
No 175 Sqn RAF Warmwell  
No 1487 (Gunnery) Flt RAF Warmwell  
RAF Station Zeals Zeals, Wiltshire  
No 286 Sqn RAF Zeals
No 600 Sqn Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 1457 Flt Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 130 Sqn Perranporth, Cornwall.  
No 87 Sqn Charmy Down, Somerset  
No 263 Sqn Angle, Pembrokeshire.  
Telecommunications Flying Unit Hurn, nr Christchurch, Bournemouth, Hampshire

No 11 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Uxbridge, Middlesex

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Biggin Hill Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent  
No 72 Sqn RAF Biggin Hill  
No 133 (Eagle) Sqn RAF Biggin Hill  
RAF Station Castle Camps Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire
No 157 Sqn RAF Castle Camps  
RAF Station Debden Saffron Walden, Essex  
No 65 Sqn RAF Debden  
No 71 (Eagle) Sqn RAF Debden  
No 111 Sqn RAF Debden  
No 350 (Belgian)  Sqn RAF Debden  
RAF Station Ford Ford, Arundel, Sussex  
No 23 Sqn RAF Ford  
No 605 Sqn RAF Ford  
Fighter Interception Unit RAF Ford  
RAF Station Gravesend Gravesend, Kent  
No 124 Sqn RAF Gravesend  
No 401 Sqn RCAF RAF Gravesend  
RAF Station Hawkinge Hawkinge, nr Folkestone, Kent  
No 91 Sqn (b) RAF Hawkinge  
RAF Station Hornchurch Hornchurch, Essex  
No 64 Sqn RAF Hornchurch  
No 81 Sqn RAF Hornchurch  
No 122 Sqn RAF Hornchurch  
RAF Station Hunsdon Hunsdon, nr Ware, Hertfordshire  
No 3 Sqn RAF Hunsdon  
No 85 Sqn RAF Hunsdon  
No 1451 Flt RAF Hunsdon  
RAF Station Kenley Whyteleafe, Surrey  
No 485 Sqn RNZAF RAF Kenley  
No 611 Sqn RAF Kenley  
RAF Station Manston Manston, nr Ramsgate, Kent
No 174 Sqn RAF Manston
RAF Station Martlesham Heath Martlesham Heath, Woodbridge, Suffolk
RAF Station Northolt Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex
No 317 (Polish) Sqn RAF Northolt  
No 306 (Polish) Sqn RAF Northolt  
RAF Station North Weald North Weald, Epping, Essex  
No 222 Sqn RAF North Weald  
No 331 (Norwegian) Sqn RAF North Weald  
No 412 Sqn RCAF RAF North Weald  
RAF Station Redhill Redhill, Surrey  
No 402Sqn RCAF RAF Redhill  
No 602 Sqn RAF Redhill  
RAF Station Southend Southend-on-Sea, Essex  
No 121 (Eagle) Sqn RAF Southend  
No 1488 (Gunnery) Flt RAF Southend  
RAF Station Tangmere Tangmere, Chichester, Sussex  
No 1 Sqn RAF Tangmere  
No 131 Sqn RAF Tangmere  
No 219 Sqn RAF Tangmere  
No 340 Sqn RAF Tangmere  
No 1455 Flt RAF Tangmere  
RAF Station West Malling Maidstone, Kent  
No 29 Sqn RAF West Malling  
No 32 Sqn RAF West Malling  
No 1452 Flt RAF West Malling  
No 1528 (BAT) Flt RAF West Malling  
No 277 Sqn Stapleford Tawney, Epping, Essex  
No 116 Sqn Heston, Middlesex  
No 302 (Polish) Sqn Heston, Middlesex  
No 316 (Polish) Sqn Heston, Middlesex  
No 1422 Flt Heston, Middlesex  
No 41 Sqn Westhampnett, Chichester, Sussex  
No 129 Sqn Westhampnett, Chichester, Sussex  
No 287 Sqn Croydon  
No 418 Sqn Bradwell Bay, Essex  
No 411 Sqn RCAF RAF Digby (a)  
No 313 (Czech) Sqn RAF Church Stanton (b)  
No 1 Camouflage Flt Stapleford Tawney, Epping, Essex  

(a) Station under the control of No 12 Group

(b) Station under the control of No 10 Group

No 12 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Watnall, Nottinghamshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Church Fenton Church Fenton, nr Tadcaster, West Yorkshire  
No 25 Sqn RAF Church Fenton  
No 457 Sqn RAAF RAF Church Fenton  
RAF Station Coltishall Scottow, Norwich, Norfolk  
No 278 Sqn RAF Coltishall  
No 68 Sqn RAF Coltishall  
No 610 Sqn RAF Coltishall  
No 1489 (Gunnery) Flt RAF Coltishall  
RAF Station Digby Digby, Lincolnshire  
No 228 Sqn RAF Digby  
RAF Station Duxford Duxford, Cambridgeshire  
No 266 Sqn RAF Duxford  
No 609 Sqn RAF Duxford  
No 1426 Flt RAF Duxford  
RAF Station Hibaldstow Hibaldstow, Redbourne, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  
No 253 Sqn RAF Hibaldstow  
No 1459 Flt RAF Hibaldstow  
RAF Station Hutton Cranswick Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, East Yorkshire  
No 308 (Polish) Sqn RAF Hutton Cranswick  
RAF Station Kirton in Lindsey Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  
No 303 (Polish) Sqn RAF Kirton in Lindsey  
RAF Station Wittering Wittering, Peterborough, Northamptonshire  
No 151 Sqn RAF Wittering  
No 486 Sqn RNZAF RAF Wittering  
No 1453 Flt RAF Wittering  
No 1529 Flt RAF Wittering  
No 616 Sqn King's Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire  
No 137 Sqn Matlaske, Norwich, Norfolk  
No 409 Sqn RCAF Coleby Grange, Coleby, Lincolnshire  
No 56 Sqn Snailwell, nr Newmarket, Suffolk  

No 13 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Blakelaw Estate, Ponteland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Acklington Acklington, Morpeth, Northumberland  
No 43 Sqn RAF Acklington  
No 141 Sqn RAF Acklington  
No 1460 Flt RAF Acklington  
No 1490 Flt RAF Acklington  
RAF Station Ayr Ayr, Heathfield, Ayrshire  
No 165 Sqn RAF Ayr  
No 410 Sqn RCAF RAF Ayr  
RAF Station Catterick Catterick, Richmond, North Yorkshire  
No 332 (Norwegian) Sqn RAF Catterick  
No 403 Sqn RCAF RAF Catterick  
RAF Station Drem Gullane Drem, East Lothian  
No 242 Sqn RAF Drem  
RAF Station Ouston Stamfordham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland  
No 243 Sqn RAF Ouston  
No 281 Sqn RAF Ouston  
No 1423 Flt RAF Ouston  
RAF Station Turnhouse Edinburgh 12, Midlothian  
No 289 Sqn RAF Turnhouse  
No 23 Wing Servicing Unit RAF Balleyhalbert (a)  
No 167 Sqn RAF Castledown (b)  
No 406 Sqn RCAF Scorton, North Yorkshire  

(a) Station under the control of No 82 Group

(b) Station under the control of No 14 Group

No 14 (Fighter) Group

HQ - RAF Inverness

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Castletown Thurso, Caithness  
No 54 Sqn RAF Castletown  
RAF Station Inverness RAF Longman, Inverness, Inverness-shire  
RAF Station Peterhead Peterhead, Aberdeenshire  
No 416 Sqn RCAF RAF Peterhead  
No 1479 (AAC) Flt RAF Peterhead  
RAF Station Skeabrae Kirkwall, Orkneys  
No 164 Sqn RAF Skeabrae
No 132 Sqn RAF Skeabrae
RAF Station Tain Tain, Ross-shire
No 1491 (Gunnery) Flt RAF Tain

No 60 (Signals) Group

HQ - 'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
No 70 (Signals) Wing Bunchrew House, Inverness  
No 71 (Signals) Wing Bucksburn House, Springfield Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen  
No 72 (Signals) Wing Dollarbeg House, Dollar, Clackmannashire  
No 73 (Signals) Wing Easthorpe Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire  
No 74 (Signals) Wing Leighton, Trumpington Road, Cambridge  
No 75 (Signals) Wing Heathfield House, Keston, Kent  
No 76 (Signals) Wing Hillend, Henbury, Bristol  
No 77 (Signals) Wing 'High Lea' Woolton, Liverpool
No 78 (Signals) Wing Holne Park, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon
No 79 (Signals) Wing Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland

No 81 Operational Training Group

HQ - Avening Court, Avening, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Annan Chapelcross, Annan, Dumfrieshire  
No 55 OTU RAF Annan  
RAF Station Aston Down Aston Down, Chalford, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire  
No 52 OTU RAF Aston Down  
RAF Station Charter Hall Carter Hall, nr Duns, Berwickshire  
No 54 OTU RAF Charter Hall  
RAF Station Crosby on Eden Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, Cumberland  
No 59 OTU RAF Crosby on Eden
RAF Station Cranfield Cranfield, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
No 51 OTU RAF Cranfield
RAF Station Hawarden Hawarden, Saltney Ferry, Flintshire
No 57 OTU RAF Hawarden
RAF Station Llandow Llandow, Cowbridge, Glamorganshire
No 53 OTU RAF Llandow
RAF Station Rednal Rednal, nr Oswestry, Shropshire
No 61 OTU RAF Rednal
RAF Station Tealing Tealing, Dundee, Angus
No 56 OTU RAF Tealing
RAF Station Usworth Usworth, Sunderland, Co. Durham
No 62 OTU RAF Usworth
No 58 OTU Central Scotland Airport, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
No 60 OTU East Fortune, East Lothian

No 82 (Fighter) Group

HQ - RAF Home Forces, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Ballyhalbert Ballyhalbert, County Down, Northern Ireland  
No 153 Sqn RAF Ballyhalbert  
RAF Station Newtownards Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland  
No 1480 (AAC) Flt RAF Newtownards  
No 1493 (TT) Flt RAF Newtownards  
RAF Station St Angelo Lough Erne, County Fermanagh  
No 152 Sqn Eglinton, Londonderry, Northern Ireland  
No 504 Sqn Kirkistown, County Down, Northern Ireland
No 96 Wing Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

County names used are those in use at the time

[No 9 Group | No 10 Group | No 11 Group | No 12 Group | No 13 Group | No 14 Group | No 60 Group | No 81 Group | No 82 Group]

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