The Bomber Command Order of Battle

April 1945

 

The Order of Battle was a list of all the squadrons in Bomber Command, by Group, that were available for active service at any given time during the war. The list was constantly updated, and here we present the Order of Battle for April 1945, just before the war in Europe's cessation. They Order is broken down into Group order, and includes the types being operated as at April 1945. The codes in the last two columns can be translated thus:-

"S.E." - The nominal amount of aircraft allotted to that squadron by HQ Bomber Command

"A.E." - The actual number of aircraft held on charge by that squadron.


1 Group. Headquarters - Bawtry Hall, Bawtry, Yorkshire.

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRFAT TYPE OPERATED

S.E

A.E

12

Wickenby

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

23

100

Elsham Wolds

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

21

101

Ludford Magna

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

45

103

Elsham Wolds

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

21

150

Hemswell

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

21

153

Scampton

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

19

166

Kirmington

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

33

170

Hemswell

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

20

300 (Polish)

Faldingworth

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

21

460 (RAAF)

Binbrook

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

37

550

North Killingholme

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

30

576

Fiskerton

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

31

625

Scampton

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

19

626

Wickenby

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

22


3 Group. Headquarters - Exning, Suffolk.

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRAFT TYPE OPERATED

S.E.

A.E

15

Mildenhall

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

24

75

Mepal

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

33

90

Tuddenham

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

26

115

Witchford

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

33

138

Tuddenham

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

22

149

Methwold

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

32

186

Stradishall

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

34

195

Wratting Common

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

35

218

Chedburgh

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

30

514

Waterbeach

Lancaster Mks. I and III

30

39

622

Mildenhall

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

23


4 Group. Headquarters - Heslington Hall, York.

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRAFT TYPE OPERATED

S.E.

A.E

10

Melbourne

Halifax Mk.III

20

30

51

Leconfield

Halifax Mk.III

20

32

76

Holme

Halifax Mks.III and VI

30

13 (III) 29(VI)

77

Full Sutton

Halifax Mks.III and VI

20

1 (III) 24 (VI)

78

Breighton

Halifax Mks.III and VI

20

34 (III) 11 (VI)

102

Pocklington

Halifax Mks.III and VI

20

1 (III) 21 (VI)

158

Lissett

Halifax Mks.III and VI

30

31 (III) 10 (VI)

346 (FFAF)

Elvington

Halifax Mks.III and VI

20

12 (III) 19 (VI)

347 (FFAF)

Elvington

Halifax Mks.III and VI

20

15 (III) 18 (VI)

466 (RAAF)

Driffield

Halifax Mk.III

20

23

640

Leconfield

Halifax Mks.III and VI

20

6 (III) 19 (VI)


5 Group. Headquarters - Morton Hall, Swinderby, Lincolnshire

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRAFT TYPE OPERATED

S.E.

A.E.

9

Bardney

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

19

44

Spilsby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

22

49

Fulbeck

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

20

50

Skellingthorpe

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

23

57

East Kirkby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

15

61

Skellingthorpe

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

22

83*

Coningsby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

97*

Coningsby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

23

106

Metheringham

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

189

Bardney

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

22

207

Spilsby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

227

Strubby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

463 (RAAF)

Waddington

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

19

467 (RAAF)

Waddington

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

617

Woodhall Spa

Lancaster Mks.I and III;

Mosquito Mk.VI

30

N/K

25

1

619

Strubby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

627*

Woodhall Spa

Lancaster Mks.I and III;

Mosquito Mks.IV, XX, XXV

N/K

20

1

27

630

East Kirkby

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

*
Note: 83, 97, and 627 Squadrons were ostensibly part of No.8 Group (Pathfinder Force) but in April 1945 were on-loan to 5 Group.


6 Group. Headquarters - Allerton Park, Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

This Group was the Royal Canadian Air Force Group, and included all of the Canadian squadrons that had entered Bomber Command service during the war. Predominantly flying the Halifax, several of the squadrons were in the process of converting to the Lancaster, with the Canadian-built Mk.Xs equipping many of these. The conversion to the Lancaster would not be complete by the end of the war, and many of the squadrons went back to Canada and continued to fly the Lancaster for several years.

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRAFT TYPE OPERATED

S.E.

A.E.

408

Linton-on-Ouse

Halifax Mk.VII

20

20

415

East Moor

Halifax Mks.III and VII

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20 (all types)

16 (III)

5 (VII)

1 Lanc (unknown Mk.)

419

Middleton St. George

Lancaster Mk.X

20

27

420

Tholthorpe

Lancaster Mks.I, III, and X

Halifax Mk.III

20 (all types)

Lanc X-2 Lanc III-1 Hal III-19

424

Skipton-on-Swale

Lancaster Mks. I and III

20

23

425

Tholthorpe

Halifax Mk.III

20

19

426

Linton-on-Ouse

Halifax Mk.VII

20

20

427

Leeming

Lancaster Mks.I and III

Halifax Mk.III

20 (all types)

21 Lancs

1 Halifax

428

Middleton St. George

Lancaster Mk.X

20

25

429

Leeming

Lancaster Mks.I and III

Halifax Mk.III

20 (all types)

23 Lancs

3 Halifax

431

Croft

Lancaster Mk.X

20

25

432

East Moor

Halifax Mk.VII

20

22

433

Skipton-on-Swale

Lancaster Mks.I and III

Halifax Mk.III

20 (all types)

21 Lancs

1 Halifax

434

Croft

Lancaster Mk.X

20

22


8 Group. Headquarters - Castle Hill House, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

8 Group had been formed in August 1942 as a specialist target-marking force. Although formed of 20 squadrons at the time of this Battle Order, three of them (83, 97, and 627) were "on loan" to 5 Group, and thus don't appear in the listing for 8 Group. Readers should refer to the listing for 5 Group where they will be found.

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRAFT TYPES OPERATED

S.E.

A.E.

7

Oakington

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

35

Graveley

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

25

105

Bourn

Mosquito Mks.IX and XVI

30

31

109

Little Staughton

Mosquito Mks.IX and XVI

30

31

128

Wyton

Mosquito Mk.XVI

20

24

139

Upwood

Mosquito Mks.XVI, XX, XXV

20

11 (XVI) 8 (XX & XXV)

142

Gransden Lodge

Mosquito Mk.XXV

20

20

156

Upwood

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

21

162

Bourn

Mosquito Mks.XX and XXV

20

20

163

Wyton

Mosquito Mk.XXV

20

18

405 (RCAF)

Gransden Lodge

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

22

571

Oakington

Mosquito Mk.XVI

20

21

582

Little Staughton

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

22

608

Downham Market

Mosquito Mks.XVI, XX, and XXV

20

16 (XVI) 10 (XX & XXV)

635

Downham Market

Lancaster Mks.I and III

20

20

692

Graveley

Mosquito Mk.XVI

20

28


100 Group. Headquarters - Bylaugh Hall, Swanton Morley, Norfolk.

100 Group was formed on November the 23rd 1943, and operated for the rest of the war in the "Bomber Support" role. Chiefly their duties were to confuse the enemy ground and air defences with a mix of electronic coutermeasures and direct combat with Luftwaffe nightfighters by the Group's intruder aircraft.

SQN

AIRFIELD

AIRCRAFT TYPE OPERATED

S.E.

A.E.

23

Little Snoring

Mosquito Mk.VI

18

21

85

Swannington

Mosquito Mk.XXX

18

17

141

West Raynham

Mosquito Mk.XXX

18

15

157

Swannington

Mosquito Mks.XIX and XXX

18

10 (XIX) 9 (XXX)

169

Great Massingham

Mosquito Mks.VI, XIX, and XXX

18

16 (XIX) 3 (VI) 1(XXX)

171

North Creake

Halifax Mk.III

24

20

192

Foulsham

Halifax Mk.III


Mosquito Mks.IV and XVI

17


7

18


1 (IV) 8(XVI)

199

North Creake

Halifax Mk.III

24

19

214

Oulton

Flying Fortress Mk.III

20

22

223

Oulton

Flying Fortress Mk.III

Liberator

16 (all types)

2 Fortress

16 Lib

239

West Raynham

Mosquito Mk.XXX

18

16

462 (RAAF)

Foulsham

Halifax Mk.III

20

23

515

Little Snoring

Mosquito Mk.VI

18

20

BSDU*

Swanton Morley

Mosquito Mk.II


Mosquito Mk.VI
Mosquito Mk.XIX
Mosquito Mk.XXX

nil


4
2
3

1


5
2
4

*BSDU - The Bomber Support Development Unit. The BSDU was an operational unit, but also undertook development of new electronic countermeasures and tactics, testing them in combat situations.

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