List of Royal Air Force units & establishments

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There have been many Units with various tasks in the Royal Air Force and they are listed here. A unit is an administrative body, which can be larger or smaller than a Flight or Squadron, is given a specific mission, but does not warrant the status of being formed as a formal Flight or Squadron.

Aircraft training units[edit]

Refresher Flying Units[edit]

Advanced Flying Units[edit]

Observers

Pilots

Anti-aircraft units[edit]

Beach units[edit]

Memorial to 1, 2 and 4 Beach Sqns RAF at Arromanches, Normandy

Command level units[edit]

Ferry units[edit]

Maintenance Units[edit]

Signals Units[edit]

Operational Training Units (OTU)[edit]

OTUs were created during World War II to take the pressure off Operational squadrons, which previously would have had training Flights. Post war they became OCUs

Conversion Units[edit]

The RAF have now granted all OCUs Reserve squadron status.[1]

Operational Conversion Units (OCU)

Numbered Operational Conversion Units (OCU)

Numbered Conversion Units
Other Conversion Units

Aircraft units[edit]

Other Units[edit]

Communications[edit]

Units

Wings

Armament Practice and Training Units[edit]

Unit Previous name Formed at Formed Aircraft Disbanded Disbanded at History
No. 1
Armament
Practice Camp
No. 15 Group
Armament
Practice Camp
RAF Aldergrove 5 November 1941 Westland Lysander II/III/IIIA
Fairey Battle
Miles Master
Miles Martinet
de Havilland Dominie I
1 September 1945 RAF Aldergrove
No. 2
Armament
Practice Camp
No. 16 Group
Armament
Practice Camp
RAF Thorney Island 5 November 1941 Westland Lysander III/IIIA
Miles Martinet
1 September 1945 RAF Bradwell Bay Absorbed by the Armament Practice Station, Spilsby.
No. 3
Armament
Practice Camp
No. 18 Group
Armament
Practice Camp
RAF Leuchars 5 November 1941 Westland Lysander II/III/IIIA
Fairey Battle
Miles Martinet
1 September 1945 RAF Leuchars
No. 4
Armament
Practice Camp
No. 19 Group
Armament
Practice Camp
RAF Carew Cheriton 5 November 1941 Westland Lysander IIIA
Fairey Battle
Miles Master II
Miles Martinet I
1 September 1945 RAF Talbenny

To hone aircrew weapons skills armament practice camps and stations have been used and these are listed here.

Training Wings[edit]

Establishments[edit]

Foreign Air Arms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Lake, Alan. "Flying Units of the RAF".Airlife Publishing. Shrewsbury. 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6

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