List of Royal Air Force groups

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This is a list of Royal Air Force groups. The group is a formation just below command level.

There are currently only 5 groups in operation - No. 1 Group RAF, No. 2 Group RAF, No. 22 Group RAF, No. 38 Group RAF and No. 83 Group RAF

Group Dates active Notes
No. 1 Group RAF 1918–1926
1927–1939
1940–present
No. 2 Group RAF 1918-1920
1936–1947
1948–1958
1993–1996
2000–present
No. 3 Group RAF 1918-1921
1923-1926
1936-1967
2000-2006
No. 4 Group RAF 1918–1919
1937–1948
No. 5 Group RAF 1918–1919
1937–1945
No. 6 Group RAF 1918
1924-1926
1936-1939
1942-1945
No. 7 Group RAF 1918–1919
1919–1926
1940–1942
1944–1945
No. 8 Group RAF 1918-1919
1941-1942
1943-1945
No. 9 Group RAF 1918–1919
1940–1944
No. 10 Group RAF 1918-1932
1940-1945
No. 11 Group RAF
No. 12 Group RAF
No. 13 Group RAF
No. 14 Group RAF
No. 15 Group RAF
No. 16 Group RAF
No. 17 Group RAF Formed Apr 1918 in No 4 Area. Transferred to North-Eastern Area, 8 May 1918. (Training) added, 8 Aug 1918. Disbanded 18 Oct 1919. Reformed 1 Dec 1936 as No 17 (Training) Group in RAF Coastal Command. Order of battle 6 JUne 1944, including Nos 4,5,6,7,9, 131, 132 OTUs and No 1674 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF. [1]. Disbanded 1 Sep 1945.
No. 18 Group RAF
No. 11/18 Group RAF
No. 19 Group RAF
No. 20 Group RAF
No. 21 Group RAF The group was formed on 1 April 1918 at Montrose within No 5 Area, but disbanded on being absorbed into No. 20 Group RAF on 1 July 1918. It reformed as No 21 (Training) Group, on 12 April 1926 when No 1 Group was renamed. Part of Inland Area, it disbanded on 1 February 1934. Reformed as No 21 (Training) Group within Training Command and based at Cranwell. It was transferred to RAF Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940 and was responsible for the RAF College and the Service Flying Training Schools from the Midlands northwards. In 1947 and 1953, absorbed No. 91 Group RAF and No. 54 Group RAF before disbanding in 1955.[1]
No. 22 Group RAF
No. 23 Group RAF No. 23 Group was reformed as No 23 (Training) Group in Inland Area on 12 Apr 1926 by re-numbering No. 3 Group RAF. It was transferred to RAF Training Command on 1 May 1936. It was then transferred again to Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940. It was reabsorbed into Training Command in 1968 and disbanded on 2 May 1975.[2]
No. 24 Group RAF
No. 25 Group RAF
No. 26 Group RAF
No. 27 Group RAF
No. 28 Group RAF
No. 29 Group RAF
No. 30 Group RAF Headquartered at Chessington, near Surbiton, Surrey (RAF Balloon Command)
No. 31 Group RAF Balloon Barrage group
No. 32 Group RAF Headquartered at Claverton Manor, Claverton, near Bath, Somerset (Balloon Barrage group)
No. 33 Group RAF Headquartered at Parkhead House, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, Yorkshire (Balloon Barrage group)
No. 34 Group RAF Headquartered at Tor House, Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh (Balloon Barrage group)
No. 38 Group RAF Headquartered at Netheravon, Wiltshire
No. 40 Group RAF Formed 3 January 1939 within RAF Maintenance Command. Responsible for all equipment except bombs and explosives. Disbanded 28 July 1961. Last AOC Acting AVM V H B Roth.
No. 41 Group RAF
No. 42 Group RAF No. 42 Group was formed on 1 January 1939 as part of RAF Maintenance Command. The group assumed responsibility on 17 April 1939 for ammunition and fuel depots. It was disbanded on 2 January 1956.[3] See also RAF munitions storage during World War II
No. 43 Group RAF
No. 44 Group RAF
No. 45 Group RAF Redesignation of RAF Ferry Command, from 25 March 1943. No 45 (Atlantic Ferry) Group from that date. Renamed No 45 (Transport) Group, Jun 1944. Reduced to wing status 1945-46.
No. 46 Group RAF
No. 47 Group RAF
No. 48 Group RAF
No. 50 Group RAF Flying training group, RAF Reserve Command/RAF Flying Training Command
No. 51 Group RAF Flying training group
No. 52 Group RAF
No. 53 Group RAF
No. 54 Group RAF Flying training group
No. 60 Group RAF Formed 23 March 1940 in Fighter Command to control RDF (Radar) Stations and other Radio units. Amalgamated with No. 26 Group to form No. 90 (Signals) Group, 25 April 1946.[4]
No. 61 Group RAF
No. 62 Group RAF
No. 63 Group RAF
No. 64 Group RAF
No. 65 Group RAF
No. 66 Group RAF
No. 67 Group RAF
No. 70 Group RAF Army air cooperation training. Order of battle 1 June 1944, mostly target towing Hurricanes, [2]
No. 71 Group RAF
No. 72 Group RAF
No. 81 Group RAF Reformed as part of Fighter Command in January 1952 to control the command's training units. Disbanded in 1957.[5]
No. 82 Group RAF
No. 83 Group RAF
No. 84 Group RAF
No. 85 Group RAF
No. 87 Group RAF
No. 88 Group RAF
No. 90 Group RAF No 26 Group and No 60 Group were amalgamated to form No 90 Group on 25 April 1946. The group was disbanded in 1973.[6]
No. 91 Group RAF Operational training group, RAF Bomber Command, Second World War
No. 92 Group RAF Operational training group, RAF Bomber Command, Second World War
No. 93 Group RAF Operational training group, RAF Bomber Command, Second World War
No. 100 Group RAF Second World War only. Electronic warfare.
No. 106 Group RAF In June 1943, No. 1 PRU was formed into No 106 Wing, with five squadrons (Nos. 540 to 544 inclusive) and an Operational Training Unit.[7] The Wing was elevated to Group status in April 1944, with two Mosquito and two Spitfire Squadrons (No. 543 Squadron having been disbanded when the aircraft strength per Squadron was increased).
No. 200 Group RAF
No. 201 Group RAF
No. 202 Group RAF
No. 203 Group RAF
No. 204 Group RAF
No. 205 Group RAF
No. 206 Group RAF
No. 207 Group RAF
No. 210 Group RAF
No. 211 Group RAF
No. 212 Group RAF No. 212 (Fighter) Group was subordinate to AHQ Egypt in the last days of the Second World War. Disbanded 31 January 1946.
No. 213 Group RAF
No. 214 Group RAF
No. 215 Group RAF
No. 216 Group RAF
No. 217 Group RAF
No. 218 Group RAF
No. 219 Group RAF
No. 221 Group RAF Based in Burma and India
No. 222 Group RAF
No. 223 Group RAF
No. 224 Group RAF
No. 225 Group RAF
No. 226 Group RAF
No. 227 Group RAF
No. 228 Group RAF
No. 229 Group RAF
No. 230 Group RAF
No. 231 Group RAF
No. 232 Group RAF
No. 233 Group RAF
No. 238 Group RAF
No. 241 Group RAF
No. 242 Group RAF
No. 246 Group RAF
No. 247 Group RAF
No. 300 Group RAF
No. 333 Group RAF
Air Defence Group RAF
Armament Group RAF
Experimental Group RAF
Firth of Forth Group RAF
Technical Group RAF
Training Group RAF 1994 - 2006
No. 1 (Indian) Group RAF Part of Royal Air Force, India
No. 3 (Indian) Group RAF

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Air of Authority
  2. ^ Air of Authority
  3. ^ Air of Authority, Groups 30 - 48, accessed October 2011
  4. ^ Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation, Groups 50-67, accessed 24 May 2008
  5. ^ John D. Rawlings, 'The History of the Royal Air Force,' Temple Press Aerospace, 1984, p.206-207
  6. ^ Air of Authority, accessed 24 May 2008
  7. ^ http://www.rafweb.org/Grp06.htm