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RAF Station Commanders - Yorkshire

[Bawtry | Bircotes | Blyton | Breighton | Burn | Catfoss | Catterick | Church Fenton | Croft | Dishforth | Driffield | Doncaster | East Moor | Elvington | Finningley | Full Sutton | Fylingdales | Holme on Spalding Moor | Howden | Hutton Cranswick | Leconfield | Leeming | Lindholme | Linton-on-Ouse | Lissett | Marston Moor | Melbourne | Middle St George | Patrington | Pocklington | Rufforth | Sandtoft | Skipton on Swale | Snaith |Staxton Wold | Sutton on Hull | Tholthorpe | Thornaby | Topcliffe | Wombleton | Yeadon]

RAF Bawtry

See Bircotes


RAF Breighton

xx xxx 1941                             Flt Lt H P White*

17 Apr 1942                            Flt Lt W Wilson*

xx xxx 1942                             Gp Capt B A J Crummy

xx Oct 1942                            Gp Capt L W Dickens?

 6 Jun 1943                             Gp Capt A H Seymour Lucas

17 Jul 1943                             Gp Capt H H Brookes

xx xxx 1943:                            Gp Capt I C Bird

*Camp Commandant


RAF Burn

xx xxx 1943                             Gp Capt N W D Marwood-Elliot (captured 22 Mar 1944)


RAF Catfoss

From 1929 - 1935, was only open for about six months each year

 8 May 1929                            Sqn Ldr A McR Moffatt*

 8 Mar 1930                            Wg Cdr J K Wells*

12 Mar 1931                           Wg Cdr E L Tomkinson*

 1 Mar 1932                            Wg Cdr G H Bowman**

28 Feb 1933                           Wg Cdr P C Sherren**

27 Feb 1934                           Wg Cdr P C Sherren**

25 Feb 1935                           Wg Cdr E B Rice**

It became a full time station station from October 1935

16 Feb 1936                           Wg Cdr E C Emmett**

31 Jan 1938                            Wg Cdr C T Anderson**

11 Sep 1939                           Sqn Ldr T W S Brown

31 Jul 1940                             Sqn Ldr J H Tanner

17 Aug 1940                           Sqn Ldr J M Clarke

27 Oct 1940                           Wg Cdr/Gp Capt E F Haylock***

27 Apr 1942                           Gp Capt N V Moreton***

 8 Jul 1943                              Gp Capt C W Busk***

27 Aug 1943                           Gp Capt C P Gabriel***

26 Jan 1944                            Wg Cdr ?***

24 Feb 1944                           Gp Capt M H Dwyer****

 1 Aug 1945                            Gp Capt E S Butler****

xx Nov 1945                           Flt Lt Lund (OC, C & M Party)

* OC, RAF Practice Camp, Catfoss

** OC, No 1 Armament Training Camp, Catfoss

***OC, No 2 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit

****OC, Central Gunnery School


RAF Catterick

11 Oct 1927                            Sqn Ldr R L Stevenson (OC, No 26 Sqn)

31 Jan 1931                             Sqn Ldr P B Hunter (OC, No 26 Sqn)

22 Aug 1932                            Sqn Ldr G R A Deacon (OC, No 26 Sqn)

14 Feb 1934                            Sqn Ldr C H Stilwell (OC, No 26 Sqn)

 2 Oct 1935                             Sqn Ldr C P Brown (OC, No 26 Sqn)

 1 Mar 1937                             Wg Cdr F L B Hebbert

30 Aug 1937                            Sqn Ldr C P Brown

11 Apr 1938                            Wg Cdr C L King

21 Nov 1938                           Sqn Ldr J S L Adam

12 Dec 1938                            Sqn Ldr R K Brougham

15 Dec 1938                            Wg Cdr G L Carter

16 Dec 1940                            Wg Cdr T L E B Guinness       

 5 Mar 1941                             Gp Capt R Y Eccles

 5 May 1941                             Wg Cdr G F Wood

xx xxx xxxx                               ?

1945                                        Gp Capt J H Butler

xx xxx xxxx

xx xxx 1955                             Gp Capt A B Riall

 1 Apr 1959                             Gp Capt A G Douglas

18 Oct 1961                            Gp Capt H Sullivan

21 Oct 1963                            Gp Capt J T O’Sullivan

xx xxx xxxx

22 Jul 1968                              Gp Capt D A Pocock

27 Apr 1970                            Gp Capt G E S Bumstead

 4 Dec 1972                             Gp Capt P Hutchins

11 Nov 1974                           Gp Capt  K M Oliver

21 Nov 1977                           Gp Capt D Bolton

xx Jan 1980                             Gp Capt M Witherow

22 Nov 1982                           Gp Capt K Reyner

 9 Jul 1984                               Gp Capt M K Batt


RAF Church Fenton

19 Apr 1937                            Wg Cdr W E Swann

 5 May 1938                            Wg Cdr G T Richardson

 1 - 16 Nov 1939                     Sqn Ldr J Heber-Percy (Temporary)

29 Apr 1940                            Gp Capt C F Horsley

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt C M Wight-Boycott

22 Jan 1945                             Gp Capt J G Hawtrey

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt G T Tomlinson

xx Jun 1945                             Gp Capt E W Whitley

xx Nov 1945                           Gp Capt E Plumtree

xx xxx 1960                             Gp Capt G D Sise

 8 Mar 1961                            Wg Cdr J E J Sing

12 Mar 1962                           Gp Capt D R Stubbs

18 Sep 1964                            Gp Capt C C M Baker

27 Feb 1967                            Gp Capt G J South

 6 Jun 1969                              Gp Capt J W Foster

16 Jul 1971                              Gp Capt W G Abel

24 Aug 1973                            Gp Capt G F Palmer

xx xxx xxxx                 

xx Apr 1979                             Gp Capt J A Bell   

24 Dec 1980                            Gp Capt D R Briggs

10 Jun 1983                             Gp Capt R Humphrey

19 Jul 1985                              Gp Capt C J Sturt


RCAF Croft

xx xxx 1943                         Gp Capt N S MacGregor


RAF/RCAF Dishforth

 7 Jan 1937                             Gp Capt R G Parry

18 Jul 1938                             Gp Capt E G Hopcraft

 4 Apr - Jul 1940                    Wg Cdr W E Staton (Temporary)

xx Jul 1940                             Gp Capt K E Ward

 3 Sep 1941                            Gp Capt V B Bennett (Temporary)

xx Jan 1942                            Gp Capt R Grice

xx May 1943                          Gp Capt J L Plant

xx Dec 1943                           Gp Capt R E Burney RCAF

xx Apr 1944                           Gp Capt E L Wurtele

xx Nov 1944                          Gp Capt A J Lewington RCAF

xx Jan 945                              Gp Capt G A McKenna RCAF

xx Jul 1945                             Gp Capt M G Doyle RCAF

xx Oct 1945                           Gp Capt K W Niblett

xx Nov 1945                          Gp Capt D J Scott

xx Jun 1946                            Gp Capt E A Hodgson

xx Apr 1950                           Gp Capt R R Nash

xx Jul 1953                             Gp Capt T W Piper

xx Oct 1955                           Gp Capt R J Oxley

xx Feb 1958                           Gp Capt F M Osborn

15 Aug 1960                          Gp Capt J J McKay

xx Feb 1962                           Wg Cdr R J Sage

xx Nov 1962                           Wg Cdr H T Brown

15 Feb 1965                           Wg Cdr K R Penry


RAF Doncaster

23 Oct 1939                           Plt Off O Gradon (OC, C & M Party)

20 Dec 1939                          Flt Lt Wynyard Wright      

28 Mar 1940                          Wg Cdr W J Millen  (also OC, No 271 Sqn)

 1 Jan 1941                            Wg Cdr C F Le Poer Trench


RAF Driffield

xx xxx xxxx                              Maj ? Murray

xx xxx xxxx

 1 Sep 1936                             Sqn Ldr J Potter

19 Sep 1936                            Gp Capt G W Murlis-Green

 5 Feb 1938                             Gp Capt A Lees

30 Sep 1939                            Gp Capt H J F Hunter

20 Apr - 7 May 1940              Wg Cdr E Burton (Temporary)

 4 Sep 1940                             Sqn Ldr P H Wilcox (Care & Maintenance)

 4 Oct 1940                             Sqn Ldr H C House

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt Wilson

20 Jul 1941                              Wg Cdr W S P Simonds

xx xxx xxxx

xx xxx 1946                             Wg Cdr D M Strong

xx xxx 1949                             Gp Capt R S Ryan

xx xxx 1951                             Gp Capt E A Warfield

xx Jul 1954                              Gp Capt G N Amison

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt A F Shelfoon

xx xxx 1955                             Gp Capt W G Moseby

xx xxx 1957                             Gp Capt R D Elliott

xx xxx 1958                             Wg Cdr T W C Fazan (during re-construction )

 6 May 1959                            Gp Capt R T Frogley

 8 Jan 1962                              Gp Capt K W T Pugh


RAF East Moor

21 Jun 1943                             Gp Capt H M Carscallan RCAF

xx May 1944                            Gp Capt H H C Rutledge RCAF

xx Apr 1945                           


RAF Elvington

18 Dec 1942                             Wg Cdr A E Lowe


RAF Finningley

21 Aug 1936                           Gp Capt A N Gallahawk

27 Jan 1937                            Gp Capt H J F Hunter

15 Jun 1939                            Wg Cdr D S Allan (Temporary)

 7 Aug 1939                            Gp Capt F O Foden

23 Sep 1939                           Placed on Care and Maintenance

20 Oct 1939                           Wg Cdr G R Montgomery (OC No 106 Sqn and C & M Party)

26 Oct 1939                           Ceased to be on Care and Maintenance

26 Oct 1939                           Wg Cdr G R Montgomery (OC No 106 Sqn)

 1 Feb 1940                            Gp Capt R B Maycock

28 Jul 1940                             Gp Capt J C Foden

30 Dec 1941                           Gp Capt J N Boothman

10 Jun 1942                            Gp Capt R G Harman

19 Jan 1943                            Sqn Ldr R C van der Ben

 1 Apr 1943                            Gp Capt H M K Brown

29 Nov 1944                          Gp Capt R H Young

26 Sep 1945                           Gp Capt D I Eayrs

xx Nov 1946                           Gp Capt H E Nowell*

 2 Apr 1947                            Gp Capt D N Roberts

xx xxx xxxx

xx xxx 1951                            Gp Capt J Cox

xx xxx xxxx

28 Sep 1959                            Gp Capt A W Heward

29 Dec 1961                            Gp Capt J Miller

 4 Nov 1963                            Gp Capt J A C Aiken

30 Nov 1964                           Gp Capt J A G Jackson

xx xxx xxxx

 6 May 1970                            Gp Capt M E H Dawson

18 Jun 1971                             Gp Capt J F W Pembridge

14 Dec 1973                            Gp Capt D F Miller

xx xxx xxxx                               Wg Cdr M J-C Burton (acting)

 9 Jan 1976                              Gp Capt R G Ashford

16 Dec 1977                            Gp Capt L W F Wheeler

xx xxx 1979                             Gp Capt B Higgs

16 Oct 1981                            Gp Capt A J McCreery

14 Oct 1983                            Gp Capt A C Tolhurst

xx xxx 1985                             Gp Capt W McC Rae

 2 Oct 1987                             Gp Capt G R Pitchfork

19 Aug 1989                            Gp Capt D J Phillips

xx xxx 1993                              Gp Capt D J G Wilby

xx xxx xxxx

xx xxx 1994                             Gp Capt J D Kennedy

*Also OC , No 21 OTU


RAF Full Sutton

xx xxx xxxx                             Sqn Ldr D B Smith (1945)

12 Dec 1945                           Gp Capt Shannon

 9 May 1946                           Wg Cdr C E S Lockett 

xx xxx 1951                            Gp Capt L M E Jarman


RAF Fylingdales

30 Dec 1964                            Gp Capt A R Wright

xx xxx xxxx

 4 Jul 1969                               Gp Capt M P Stanton

18 Jun 1971                             Gp Capt J S W Bell

13 Jul 1973                              Gp Capt R D Hillary

 1 Aug 1975                             Gp Capt R Neil/Nell

27 May 1977                           Gp Capt D N Galpin

xx xxx 1979                              Gp Capt Dalton

14 Aug 1981                            Gp Capt D MacLennen

12 Aug 1983                            Gp Capt R Sweatman

xx xxx 1985                               Gp Capt N J G Hodnett

xx xxx 1986                               Gp Capt M Monks

xx xxx xxxx

xx xxx xxxx                                Wg Cdr Todd

xx xxx xxxx                                Wg Cdr Cox

xx xxx xxxx                                Wg Cdr Knapman

xx xxx xxxx (2007)                     Wg Cdr N Loveday

xx xxx 2011                                Wg Cdr R Owen


RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor

 2 Jul 1941                             Gp Capt F E Nuttall

13 Jan 1942                           Gp Capt A R Combe

 3 Jun 1942                            Gp Capt R S Blucke

15 Jun 1943                           Gp Capt D E L Wilson RAAF (shot down 22 Jun 1943 and made PoW)

24 Jun 1943                            Gp Capt-A/Cdre G S Hodson (A/Cdre from 1 Dec 1943)

15 Apr 1944                           Gp Capt J E Pelly-Fry

16 Aug 1945                           Gp Capt R H Harris

25 Oct 1945                           Placed on Care & Maintenance

28 Oct 1945                           Sqn Ldr R Vollum


RAF Airship Base Howden

xx xxx xxxx                              A/Cdre E M Maitland


RAF Hutton Cranswick

xx xxx xxxx (1942)                   Wg Cdr K Holden

xx xxx xxxx (1943)                   Wg Cdr C Pritchard

xx xxx xxxx                              Wg Cdr/Gp Capt White

xx xxx 1944                             Wg Cdr H D U Dennison


RAF Leconfield

 3 Jan 1937                              Wg Cdr J L Vachell

26 Jul 1937                              Gp Capt P Huskinson

 7 Mar 1938                             Gp Capt A W Mylne

xx xxx 1939                             Gp Capt T W Elmhirst

10 Nov 1939                           Wg Cdr C Bayley

11 Dec 1939                            Wg Cdr S E Toomer

xx May 1940                           Wg Cdr F J Nixon

11 Feb 1942                            Sqn Ldr J M Wells (SAO, No 15 (P) AFU)

22 Feb 1942                            Gp Capt W V Strugnell

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt Waterhouse

12 Nov 1945                           Gp Capt E S Butler

xx xxx 1952                             Gp Capt H W Mermagen

xx Mar 1954                            Gp Capt C E S Lockett

xx xxx 1955                             Gp Capt C T Weir

xx Jul 1956                               Gp Capt R D Elliott

29 Jun 1959                             Gp Capt G D Sise

23 May 1960                           Gp Capt R H N Courtney

 3 Dec 1962                             Gp Capt D Crowley-Milling

 6 Apr 1964                             Gp Capt E W Wootten

14 Jan 1966                             Gp Capt J A Hemingway

23 Sep 1968                            Gp Capt G A Crabb

 1 Mar 1971                             Gp Capt E S Baddeley

12 Feb 1973                            Gp Capt G B Tyler

29 Sep 1975                            Gp Capt P J Goulthorpe

 7 May 1976                            Gp Capt K F Sanderson


RAF Leeming

 3 Jun 1940                        Wg Cdr K E Ward

10 Jul 1940                         Wg Cdr-Gp Capt W E Staton

13 Mar-19 Apr 1941          Wg Cdr S O Bufton (Also OC, No 10 Sqn - until 12 Apr and OC, No 76 Sqn - 12 Apr -xx xxx)

19-24 Apr 1941                 Wg Cdr V B Bennett (Temp)

24 Apr 1941                       Gp Capt W E Staton

 5 Jan 1942                         Wg Cdr J N H Whitworth (Temp)

19 Jan 1942                        Gp Capt S Graham

 2 Jan 1943                        Gp Capt C R Dunlap RCAF

 7 May 1943                       Gp Capt H M Carscallan RCAF

21 Jun 1943                        Gp Capt J L Plant RCAF   

23 Nov 1943                      Gp Capt J G Bryans RCAF

 5 Jun 1944                        Gp Capt W F M Newson RCAF (arrived 20 Jun 1944)

 9 Oct 1944                       Gp Capt J B Millward RCAF

xx Apr 1945                       Gp Capt A C Hull

xx May 1945                      Gp Capt E C Evans

xx Jul 1946                         Gp Capt R S Ryan

xx Jan 1948                        Gp Capt M Lowe

xx Feb 1950                       Gp Capt A E Clouston

xx Jul 1950                         Gp Capt R V McIntyre

xx Jan 1953                        Gp Capt P J Saunders

xx May 1955                      Gp Capt J E Innes-Crump

xx Mar 1957                       Gp Capt J M Thompson

xx Nov 1958                       Gp Capt K P Smales

 1 May 1961                       Gp Capt E James

24 Sep 1962                        Gp Capt D F Hyland-Smith

xx Mar 1964                        Gp Capt R S Radley

16 Sep 1966                        Gp Capt J W Allen

xx Jul 1967                          Gp Capt S J Rawlins

xx Jan 1970                         Gp Capt G W W Waddington

12 Mar 1971                        Gp Capt R J Carson

xx Jun 1973                          Gp Capt J M A Parker

xx May 1975                        Gp Capt M J Hardy

xx Nov 1976                        Gp Capt P C Vangucci

xx Nov 1978                        Gp Capt J M Curry

xx Nov 1980                        Gp Capt G C Batt

12 Aug 1983                        Gp Capt R G Curry

xx Oct 1984                         Wg Cdr D L Bates

xx Dec 1987                         Wg Cdr D C Smith

xx Apr 1988                         Gp Capt J E Rooum

xx Jun 1990                          Gp Capt R S Peacock-Edwards

xx Jun 1992                          Gp Capt P W Roser

xx Aug 1994                         Gp Capt E J Black

xx Feb 1997                         Gp Capt B P Doggett

xx Mar 1999                         Gp Capt J A Cliffe

xx xxx 2001                          Gp Capt A G Walton

20 Sep 2002                         Gp Capt B L Bates

 6 Sep 2004                          Gp Capt I C Morrison

xx xxx xxxx(2007)                 Gp Capt E J Stringer

xx xxx xxxx                            Wg Cdr P Wilkins

xx xxx 2008                           Gp Capt W R Gibson

15 Sep 2010                          Gp Capt A J Innes

xx Dec 2012                          Gp Capt S E Reeves

xx Dec 2014                          Gp Capt D G Bradshaw

xx Dec 2016:                         Gp Capt D S Arthurton

xx Nov 2018                         Gp Capt J B Crawford

xx Nov 2021                         Gp Capt G Prendergast

xx Sep 2023                         Gp Capt P T Hamilton


RAF Lindholme

 1 Jun 1940                             Gp Capt E F Waring

xx Aug 1941                            Gp Capt A P Davidson

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt Garland (1942)

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt S J Skarzynski

xx xxx xxxx:                             Gp Capt L W Dickens

xx xxx xxxx                             Gp Capt B A J Crummy

 9 Sep 1945                            Gp Capt R V McIntrye

 1 Dec 1945                           Gp Capt R Cleland

xx xxx 1947

xx Mar 1957                            Gp Capt S W B Menaul

xx xxx 1959                             Gp Capt L D Mavor

 7 Jun 1961                              Gp Capt D Bower

14 Sep 1964                            Gp Capt R C Haine

30 Sep 1966                            Gp Capt L G Holmes

 7 Mar 1969                             Gp Capt A C Hollingsworth

 7 May 1971                            Gp Capt R B Phillips


RAF Linton-on-Ouse

13 May 1937                       Flt Lt C L Dook

29 Jul 1937                          Flt Lt G F M Warner

20 Apr 1938                       Wg Cdr A D Pryor

xx Jun 1940                        Gp Capt R Ivelaw-Chapman

xx xxx 1941                        Gp Capt F M F Garraway (killed in bombing raid 10 May 1941)

xx xxx 1941                        Gp Capt J R Whitley (shot down and evaded)

xx xxx 1943                        Gp Capt D E L Wilson RAAF

15 Jun 1943                        Gp Capt D M Edwards RCAF

xx xxx 1943                        Gp Capt W A Jones RCAF

xx xxx 1944                        Gp Capt A L Annis RCAF

xx xxx 1945                        Gp Capt W P Pleasance

xx xxx 1946                        Gp Capt H J Maguire

xx xxx 1947                        Wg Cdr H B Johnson

xx xxx 1948                        Gp Capt F L White

xx xxx 1948                        Gp Capt A C P Carver

xx xxx 1949                        Gp Capt F S Stapleton

xx xxx 1950                        Gp Capt A F Anderson

xx xxx 1952                        Gp Capt M G F Pedley

xx xxx 1954                        Gp Capt D F Spotswood

xx xxx 1956                        Gp Capt W Pitt-Brown

xx xxx 1957                        Gp Capt W C J Brain

xx xxx 1957                        Gp Capt L W G Gill

23 May 1960                      Gp Capt J L W Ellacombe

xx xxx 1962                        Gp Capt R L Fuller

28 Feb 1965                       Gp Capt R H Compton

xx xxx 1967                        Gp Capt J H Lewis

 1 May 1970                      Gp Capt R G Price

28 Apr 1972                      Gp Capt J L W Towler

xx xxx 1974                        Gp Capt R J Bannard

xx xxx 1976                        Gp Capt R B Gubbins

xx xxx 1977                        Gp Capt B J Westoby

xx xxx 1979                        Gp Capt R H Wood

xx xxx 1981                        Gp Capt D I  Oakden

xx xxx 1983                        Gp Capt P J Kemp

xx xxx 1985                        Gp Capt G H Rolfe

xx xxx 1988                        Gp Capt J A Prideaux

xx xxx 1990                        Gp Capt P J Gooding

xx xxx 1992                        Gp Capt T Eeles

xx xxx 1994                        Gp Capt D H Milne Smith

xx xxx 1996:                       Gp Capt R M Thomas

xx Jul 1998                        Gp Capt G H Edge

xx xxx 2000                        Gp Capt K L Cornfield

 6 Dec 2002                        Gp Capt D I Harrison

xx xxx 2005                        Gp Capt A Sudlow

 1 Dec 2006                        Gp Capt M W G Hopkins

 xx xxx 2009                        Gp Capt M Longstaff

xx Aug 2010                        Gp Capt T W Jones

22 Jun 2012                         Gp Capt D G Cooper

xx Dec 2014                        Gp Capt I Laing

xx Dec 2016:                        Gp Capt K D Taylor

 1 Nov 2019:                        Wg Cdr H C Newbould


RAF Lissett

xx xxx 1943                              Wg Cdr T R Hope

 5 Aug 1943                             Gp Capt A H Seymour Lucas

15 Sep 1943                             Gp Capt J R Whitley

10 Apr 1944                             Gp Capt A V Sawyer

15 Mar 1945                            Gp Capt R J Gosnell

28 Aug 1945                             Sqn Ldr Vollum

 1 Sep 1945                              Placed on Care & Maintenance


RAF Marston Moor

xx xxx xxxx                                Gp Capt J Bradbury

xx Dec 1942

xx Mar 1943                              Gp Capt G L Cheshire

xx Nov 1943


RAF Melbourne

xx xxx 1942                                 Sqn Ldr W T Young*

xx Oct 1945                                Gp Capt R H Harris

*Camp Commandant


RAF Middleton St George

xx xxx 1941                             Gp Capt T C Traill

xx xxx xxxx                              Gp Capt Ross

xx Jul 1945                             Gp Capt G J C Paul

xx xxx xxxxx 

xx xxx 1950                             Gp Capt W E Coles

xx May 1954                            Gp Capt H S Darley

xx Feb 1957                             Gp Capt J Barraclough

 1 Oct 1958                             Gp Capt A V R Johnstone

28 Nov 1960                           Gp Capt F Rothwell

20 May 1963                           Gp Capt E W Wootten


RAF Patrington

xx xxx 1947                              Sqn Ldr Neilson

xx xxx xxxx                               Wg Cdr W J Rye

xx Feb 1958                             Wg Cdr A C Rawlinson

xx Sep 1958                             Gp Capt P P Hanks

 8 Aug 1961                             Gp Capt T Balmforth

xx xxx xxxx

 8 Jul 1966                               Gp Capt J D Ford

 1 Jan 1969                              Gp Capt J H Walton

12 Feb 1971                            Gp Capt G S Cooper

23 Nov 1972                           Gp Capt P G Peacock


RAF Pocklington

xx Jun 1941                             Gp Capt S O Bufton

 1 Nov 1941                            Gp Capt W A D Brook

18 May 1942                           Gp Capt E J Corbally

22 Mar 1943                            Gp Capt N Carter

 8 Aug 1944                             Gp Capt R H Russell

 7 Feb 1945                             Gp Capt D O Young

 2 Sep 1945                             Gp Capt J Bradbury

30 Nov 1945                            Gp Capt A C Brown

15 Jan 1946                              Wg Cdr C E S Lockett 

 9 May 1946                             Sqn Ldr R Baron


RAF Rufforth

xx xxx xxxx                               Gp Capt D O Young? (1943)

xx xxx 1953                              Wg Cdr Thomas

xx xxx 1956                              Wg Cdr Randell

xx Feb 1958                             Wg Cdr E J Brooks

xx Jan 1959                              ?


RAF Sandtoft

12 Feb 1944                           Gp Capt P Haynes (posted in from 9 Feb 1944)

23 Mar 1944                           Gp Capt B A J Crummy

 2 Sep 1944                            Gp Capt J D Nelson

 3 Dec 1945                            Flt Lt R C J Waters


RAF Skipton-on-Swale

23 Aug 1943                         Gp Capt J G Bryans RCAF

 7 Dec 1943                          Gp Capt L E Wray RCAF (in hospital at Leeming until 12 Dec, MIA - 19 Mar 1944)

xx Apr1944                           Gp Capt F R Miller RCAF


RAF Snaith

xx Jul 1941                                Gp Capt A Hesketh

23 Sep 1941                             Gp Capt E B Webb (KIA 2 Apr 1942)

xx Apr 1942

17 Jul 1943                                Gp Capt R B Jordan


RAF Staxton Wold

29 Aug 1969                            Wg Cdr D Salkeld*

28 Jun 1971                             Wg Cdr M W S Grigson*

 2 Apr 1973                             Wg Cdr N N Thomas*

14 Apr 1975                            Wg Cdr B Coggan

 6 Dec 1976                             Wg Cdr P C Phillips

 2 Jan 1979:                             Wg Cdr J M Brown

 3 Aug 1981                             Wg Cdr I H Campbell

17 Oct 1983                            Wg Cdr P T West

*subordinate to RAF Patrington


RAF Sutton on Hull

17 May 1939                          Wg Cdr J M Brickman*

28 May 1940                          Wg Cdr K D F McCaskill*

 1 Dec 1941                            Wg Cdr H F Luck*

 9 Oct 1942                            Wg Cdr S J Palmer*

17 Jul 1944                             Sqn Ldr J Hardy

xx Aug 1944                           Sqn Ldr J A Booker

20 Oct 1945                           Sqn Ldr R W Flegg

 1 Sep 1947                            Sqn Ldr J E G Hancock

 8 Nov 1947                           Wg Cdr G F Milne

 9 Feb 1951                            Wg Cdr H F Bishop

 7 Jan 1953                             Wg Cdr W R Beaman

 9 Feb 1953                            Wg Cdr D I Eyres

xx Sep 1954                            Wg Cdr F I Ratcliffe

xx Mar 1956                           Wg Cdr W B Flemming

xx Feb 1958                            Wg Cdr G Packe

*OC, No 17 Balloon Centre (until 15 Oct 1942)


RAF Tholthorpe

xx xxx 1943                             Gp Capt Gordon RCAF


RAF Thornaby

 2 Mar 1936                             Gp Capt C H Elliott-Smith*

 1 Jun 1937                              Wg Cdr J Leacroft

12 May 1938                           Gp Capt E O Grenfell

28 Jul 1938                              Gp Capt S P Simpson

xx Apr 1942                             Gp Capt E F Haylock

*Cmdt, No 9 FTS


RAF/RCAF Topcliffe

xx xxx 1940                              Sqn Ldr P H Wilcox

 5 Sep 1940                             Gp Capt H J F Hunter

xx Feb 1942                            Gp Capt R Grice

xx Sep 1942                            Gp Capt E I Bussell

xx Jun 1943                             Gp Capt F A Sampson RCAF

xx Jun 1944                             Gp Capt J G Kerr RCAF

xx Oct 1944                            Gp Capt A F Avant RCAF

xx Apr 1945                            Gp Capt A V McKenna RCAF

xx Aug 1945                            Gp Capt N W Timmerman RCAF

xx Sep 1946                            Gp Capt A V Hammond

xx Aug 1947                            Gp Capt K S Brake

xx Aug  1950                           Gp Capt J A C Stratton

xx Oct 1953                             Gp Capt J G Davis

xx Dec 1954                             Gp Capt K V Garside

xx Jan 1957                              Wg Cdr J J K Fleetwood

xx May 1957                            Gp Capt E A Johnston

 7 Aug 1959                             Gp Capt R D Stubbs

24 Jan 1962                             Gp Capt A M Ruston

24 Aug 1964                            Gp Capt B W Parsons

11 Aug 1966                            Gp Capt P R Casement

27 May 1968                           Gp Capt N Poole

16 Oct 1970                            Gp Capt B W Plenderleith

15 Sep 1972                            Gp Capt W C Milne

From October 1973 the Station HQ closed but the airfield became a Relief Landing Ground administered by No 3 FTS and then No 1 FTS with the station coming under the command of the following: -

xx Oct 1973                            Gp Capt J M A Parker (OC, No 3 FTS, RAF Leeming)

xx May 1975                           Gp Capt M J Hardy (OC, No 3 FTS, RAF Leeming)

xx Nov 1976                           Gp Capt P C Vangucci (OC, No 3 FTS, RAF Leeming)

xx Dec 1978                            Gp Capt J M Curry (OC, No 3 FTS, RAF Leeming)

xx Dec 1980                            Gp Capt B B Batt (OC, No 3 FTS, RAF Leeming)

12 Aug 1983                           Gp Capt R G Curry (OC, No 3 FTS, RAF Leeming)

xx Apr 1984                            Gp Capt P J Kemp (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx May 1985                           Gp Capt G H Rolfe (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx Jun 1988                             Gp Capt J A Prideaux (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx Jan 1990                             Gp Capt P J Gooding (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx Jan 1992                             Gp Capt T Eeles (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx Jun 1994                             Gp Capt D H Milne-Smith (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx Nov 1997                           Gp Capt R M Thomas (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)

xx Jul 1998                              Gp Capt G H Edge (OC, No 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse)


RCAF Wombleton

31 Oct 1943                          Wg Cdr P T Langdon (Acting)

19 Nov 1943                         Gp Capt N S MacGregor


RAF Yeadon

27 Aug 1939                        Flt Lt R Burges

28 Dec 1939                        Fg Off J H Smith

 9 Mar 1940                         Plt Off R W Hemsley

23 Aug 1940:                       Flt Lt A J Sayers

Officers shown in Italics either never reached Air Rank or were not in the General Duties Branch when they did so

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