List of Royal Air Force Glider units

This is a list of Royal Air Force glider units.

Gliding Schools

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NameFormedLocationAircraftDisbanded atDisbandedFate
1 Gliding SchoolDecember 1942RAF StrathavenSlingsby Cadet TX.1
Slingsby Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Dumfries1 September 1955Reformed as 661 Gliding School
2 Gliding School25 October 1942RAF East FortuneNo aircraftDumfriesUnknownReformed as 2 Gliding School
2 Gliding School1 November 1947RAF GrangemouthFalcon IV
Grunau Baby
Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.3
Grangemouth1 September 1955Disbanded
3 Gliding SchoolMarch 1944RAF MacmerryCadet TX.1/TX.2RAF Drem1 September 1947Disbanded
4 Gliding SchoolDecember 1943RAF PaisleyCadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Grangemouth1952Absorbed by 2 Gliding School
5 Gliding SchoolOctober 1944RAF FordounCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Edzell1 September 1955662 Gliding School
6 Gliding SchoolJanuary 1945RAF GrangemouthCadet TX.1/TX.2
Grunau Baby IIB
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF GrangemouthLate 1955Absorbed by 2 Gliding School
7 Gliding SchoolMarch 1946RAF DalcrossCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Dalcross1 September 1955Disbanded
8 Gliding SchoolMay 1944RAF AyrCadet TX.1/TX.2RAF Creetown1947Disbanded
9 Gliding SchoolJune 1945RAF ErrolKite
Cadet TX.1
RAF SconeDecember 1946Disbanded
10 Gliding School25 May 1945RAF TurnberryCadet TX.1UnknownUnknownDisbanded
21 Gliding SchoolJuly 1943Chester-Le-StreetCadet TX.1Chester-le-Street1946Disbanded
22 Gliding SchoolJune 1942KirbymoorsideCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey1 September 1955643 Gliding School
23 Gliding SchoolMay 1943YeadonCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Rufforth1 September 1955642 Gliding School
24 Gliding SchoolSeptember 1943NetherthorpeCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Lindholme1 September 1955Disbanded
25 Gliding SchoolSeptember 1943HullCadet TX.1LeconfieldLate 1947Disbanded
26 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943GreathamCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Middleton St George1 September 1955Disbanded
27 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943WoolsingtonCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Ouston1 September 1955Merged with 31 Gliding School to become 641 Gliding School
28 Gliding SchoolJanuary 1945FirbeckCadet TX.1/TX.2RAF Linton-on-Ouse1950Disbanded
29 Gliding SchoolMay 1944SheffieldCadet TX.1Spitalgate1 September 1955Merged with 44 Gliding School to become 644 Gliding School
30 Gliding SchoolMay 1944Sherburn-in-ElmetCadet TX.1Sherburn-in-ElmetJanuary 1946Disbanded
31 Gliding SchoolApril 1944UsworthCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3Usworth1 September 1955Merged with 27 Gliding School to become 641 Gliding School
41 Gliding SchoolJuly 1942KnowleCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
HonileyApril 1953Disbanded
41 Gliding SchoolMay 1953PembreyPembrey1 September 1955Disbanded
42 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943LoughboroughCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Cosford1 September 1955633 Gliding School
43 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943Walsall AirportCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Lichfield1 September 1955Disbanded
44 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943RearsbyCadet TX.1/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Spitalgate1 September 1955Merged with 29 Gliding School
45 Gliding SchoolAugust 1942MeirCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Meir1 September 1955632 Gliding School
47 Gliding SchoolApril 1945CamphillCadet TX.1/TX.2Hucknall1 September 1955Disbanded
48 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943BretfordCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.11
LichfieldNovember 1955Disbanded
49 Gliding SchoolJune 1945BurnastonCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Newton1 September 1955Disbanded
50 Gliding SchoolApril 1944HerefordCadet TX.1/TX.2Pershore1 June 1948Disbanded
51 Gliding School-Long MyndCadet TX.1-Probably became a detachment of 45 Gliding School
61 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943AbergavennyCadet TX.1AbergavennyMarch 1946Disbanded
62 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943CardiffCadet TX.1Pengam Moors4 August 1948Disbanded
63 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943Tal-y-cafnCadet TX.1/TX.2Valley31 March 1948Disbanded
64 Gliding SchoolMay 1944MerthyrCadet TX.1Unknown1945Disbanded
65 Gliding SchoolMay 1944RhooseKirby CadetCardiffMarch 1947Disbanded
66 Gliding Schoolaround August 1944-
67 Gliding Schoolaround August 1944-
68 Gliding SchoolDecember 1944BridgendCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
St Athan1 September 1955634 Gliding School
69 Gliding SchoolCadet TX.1
70 Gliding SchoolAugust 1944PennardCadet TX.1/TX.2Fairwood CommonDisbanded
72 Gliding SchoolJune 1944NewportCadet TX.11947Disbanded
80 Gliding SchoolAugust 1951HaleslandCadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Halesland1 September 1955Disbanded
81 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943YeovilCadet TX.1YeoviltonJuly 1948Disbanded
82 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943RoboroughCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
St Merryn1 September 1955Disbanded
83 Gliding SchoolMay 1944Moreton ValanceCadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Aston DownSeptember 1955Disbanded
84 Gliding SchoolAugust 1944Haldon MoorCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Exeter1955624 Gliding School
86 Gliding SchoolMay 1944Cadet TX.1
87 Gliding SchoolJuly 1943LockingCadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Locking1 September 1955621 Gliding School
88 Gliding SchoolJuly 1944WroughtonCadet TX.1HullavingtonMay 1948Disbanded
89 Gliding SchoolMarch 1944ChristchurchCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Christchurch1 September 1955662 Gliding School
92 Gliding SchoolJanuary 1944YateCadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Colerne1 September 1955Disbanded
94 Gliding SchoolJune 1945YateCadet TX.1Yate20 February 1948Disbanded
95 Gliding SchoolApril 1945PerranporthCadet TX.1St Eval31 January 1950Disbanded
102 Gliding SchoolJune 1943HethersettCadet TX.1/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
103 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943WestleyCadet TX.1/TX.2
104 Gliding SchoolOctober 1944Ipswich AirportCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
105 Gliding SchoolMay 1945CambridgeCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
106 Gliding SchoolJune 1944HenlowCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
107 Gliding SchoolSeptember 1942LincolnCadet TX.1/TX.2
108 Gliding SchoolJune 1945CorbyCadet TX.1
121 Gliding SchoolAugust 1942Wembley StadiumCadet TX.1
122 Gliding SchoolOctober 1942Northwick ParkCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
123 Gliding SchoolOctober 1942White WalthamCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
124 Gliding SchoolAugust 1943ElstreeCadet TX.1/TX.2
125 Gliding SchoolAugust 1943DenhamCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
126 Gliding SchoolAugust 1943BookerCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
127 Gliding SchoolAugust 1943PanshangarCadet TX.1
128 Gliding SchoolAugust 1943ThealeCadet TX.1
129 Gliding SchoolSeptember 1943Romney MarshCadet TX.1/TX.2
130 Gliding SchoolOctober 1944CowleyCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
141 Gliding SchoolOctober 1942RAF KidbrookeCadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
142 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943BulphanCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
143 Gliding SchoolOctober 1942Hamsey GreenCadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
144 Gliding School1943Hounslow HeathCadet TX.1/TX.2
145 Gliding School1944BirchCadet TX.1
146 Gliding SchoolMay 1944ShenfieldCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1B
Prefect TX.1
147 Gliding SchoolJanuary 1945LaindonCadet TX.1
148 Gliding SchoolNovember 1943RochfordCadet TX.1
149 Gliding SchoolNovember 1942Cadet TX.1
161 Gliding SchoolAugust 1942Burgess HillCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
162 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943Hamsey GreenCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
163 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943PortsmouthCadet TX.1/TX.2
166 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943WestwellCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
167 Gliding SchoolOctober 1944Cadet TX.1
168 Gliding SchoolJanuary 1945RochesterCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
180 Gliding SchoolNovember 1951WartonCadet TX.1/TX.2
181 Gliding SchoolAugust 1943Stanley ParkCadet TX.1/TX.2
182 Gliding SchoolMay 1945SalmesburyCadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
183 Gliding SchoolMarch 1944WimslowCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
184 Gliding SchoolMarch 1944WimslowCadet TX.1
185 Gliding SchoolMarch 1944BartonCadet TX.1
186 Gliding SchoolJune 1944SpekeCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
187 Gliding SchoolMarch 1944ManchesterCadet TX.1
188 Gliding SchoolFebruary 1944CarkCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
189 Gliding SchoolJune 1945KingstownCadet TX.1/TX.2
190 Gliding SchoolMay 1945CranageCadet TX.1
192 Gliding SchoolJuly 1944Little SuttonCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
201 Gliding SchoolMay 1843LisburnCadet TX.1/TX.2
202 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943Northern Ireland
203 Gliding SchoolOctober 1943Northern IrelandCadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
611 Gliding SchoolRenamed 611 Volunteer Gliding School
612 Gliding SchoolRenamed 612 Volunteer Gliding School
613 Gliding SchoolRenamed 613 Volunteer Gliding School
614 Gliding SchoolMDP WethersfieldRenamed 614 Volunteer Gliding School
615 Gliding SchoolRenamed 615 Volunteer Gliding School
616 Gliding SchoolRenamed 616 Volunteer Gliding School
617 Gliding SchoolRenamed 617 Volunteer Gliding School
618 Gliding SchoolRenamed 618 Volunteer Gliding School
621 Gliding SchoolRenamed 621 Volunteer Gliding School
622 Gliding SchoolRenamed 622 Volunteer Gliding School
623 Gliding School1 September 1955White WalthamCadet TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
White Waltham1 May 1963Reformed as 623 Gliding School at Tangmere
623 Gliding School1 July 1963TangmereCadet TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
TangmereNovember 1974Disbanded
624 Gliding SchoolRenamed 624 Volunteer Gliding School
625 Gliding SchoolRenamed 625 Volunteer Gliding School
626 Gliding SchoolRenamed 626 Volunteer Gliding School
631 Gliding SchoolRenamed 631 Volunteer Gliding School
632 Gliding SchoolRenamed 632 Volunteer Gliding School
633 Gliding SchoolRenamed 633 Volunteer Gliding School
634 Gliding SchoolRenamed 634 Volunteer Gliding School
635 Gliding SchoolRenamed 635 Volunteer Gliding School
636 Gliding SchoolRenamed 636 Volunteer Gliding School
637 Gliding SchoolRenamed 637 Volunteer Gliding School
641 Gliding School1 September 1955UsworthCadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
DishforthDisbanded
642 Gliding SchoolRenamed 642 Volunteer Gliding School
643 Gliding SchoolRenamed 643 Volunteer Gliding School
644 Gliding SchoolRenamed 644 Volunteer Gliding School
645 Gliding SchoolCatterick|Renamed 645 Volunteer Gliding School
661 Gliding SchoolRenamed 661 Volunteer Gliding School
662 Gliding SchoolRenamed 662 Volunteer Gliding School
663 Gliding SchoolRenamed 663 Volunteer Gliding School
671 Gliding School1 September 1955Long KeshCadet TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Bishops CourtOctober 1962Disbanded

Volunteer Gliding Schools

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NameFormedLocationAircraftRenamedUnit became
611 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Regal TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Venture T.1 & T.2
Viking TX.1
Vigilant T.1
2005611 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
612 Volunteer Gliding SchoolOctober 1978BensonSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
613 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Swallow TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005613 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
614 Volunteer Gliding SchoolJanuary 1979MDP WethersfieldSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005614 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
615 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005615 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
616 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005616 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
617 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005617 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
618 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Vanguard TX.1
Valiant TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005618 Volunteer Gliding Squadron?
621 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Grasshopper TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
622 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow
Viking TX.1
2005622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
624 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
625 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Viking TX.1
2005625 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
626 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
631 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005631 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
632 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005632 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
633 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant t.1
2005633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
634 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005634 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
635 Volunteer Gliding School1978RAF BurtonwoodSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005635 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
636 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005636 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
637 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
Viking TX.1
2005637 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
642 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005642 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
643 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005643 Volunteer Gliding Squadron?
644 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.1 & T.2
2005644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron?
645 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Vanguard TX.1
Valiant TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
661 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
662 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005662 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
663 Volunteer Gliding School1978UnknownSedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Vigilant T.1
2005663 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
664 Volunteer Gliding SchoolFebruary 1987Bishop's CourtVenture T.1October 1990664 Volunteer Gliding School
664 Volunteer Gliding School1 November 1995Belfast City AirportVigilant T.12005664 Volunteer Gliding Squadron

Other Glider units

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NameFormedLocationAircraftLocationCurrent status
Glider Flight, CranwellCranwellCadet TX.1/TX.2
Prefect TX.1
Sedbergh TX.1
Kranich II
Viking TX.1
CranwellActive as of 1993
Glider Flight, Halton17 March 1945HaltonCader TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
Venture T.2
Viking TX.1
HaltonActive as of 1993
Glider Instructors Flight1 February 1943ShobdonMaster II
Hotspur
Albemarle VI
Hockley HeathDisbanded 31 January 1945 and
absorbed by 3 Glider Training School
as the Glider Instructors School.
Glider Instructors School25 August 1942ThameHind
Hector
Master II
Hotspur II
Oxford I
ThameDisbanded 31 January 1943 to be
replaced by the Glider Instructors
Flight within 5 Glider Training School
Glider Instructors School31 January 1945CulmheadMaster
Hotspur
CulmheadDisbanded 1945
Glider Pick-up Training Flight8 January 1945ZealsDakota III/IV
Hadrian
RamsburyDisbanded 15 November 1945
Glider Pilot Exercise Unit12 August 1942NetheravonHart
Hind
Hector
Tiger Moth
Master
Hotspur
Hengist
Horsa
ThruxtonDisbanded 1 December 1943 to become
Operational and Refresher Training Unit
Glider Test and Ferry Flight, Cosford14 October 1942CosfordWhitley VCosfordDisbanded August 1945
Glider Test and Ferry Flight, Kemble1943KembleWhitley VKembleDisbanded 15 April 1944
Glider Test and Ferry Flight, WroughtonMarch 1943WroughtonWhitley V
Albermarle
Hudson
WroughtonDisbanded August 1945
1 Glider Training School1 December 1941ThameCroughtonDisbanded 23 March 1943
1 Glider Training School1 November 1944CroughtonCroughtonDisbanded 19 June 1946
2 Glider Training School1 December 1941Weston-on-the-GreenWeston-on-the-GreenDisbanded 23 March 1943
3 Glider Training School21 July 1942Stoke OrchardWellesbourne MountfordDisbanded 3 December 1947
4 Glider Training School13 July 1942KidlingtonKidlingtonDisbanded 23 March 1943
5 Glider Training School30 June 1942KidlingtonShobdonDisbanded 15 November 1945
Glider Training Squadron22 September 1940RingwayThameDisbanded 1 December 1940
Glider Training Unit1 June 1942Abu SueirAbu SueirDisbanded 9 December 1942
1 Gliding Centre31 March 1959HawkingeSwanton MorleyDisbanded 9 August 1971
2 Gliding Centre31 March 1959NewtonSpitalgateDisbanded 9 August 1971

See also

References

Citations

  1. Lake 1999, p. 111.
  2. Lake 1999, p. 112.
  3. Lake 1999, p. 113.
  4. Lake 1999, p. 114.
  5. Lake 1999, p. 115.
  6. Lake 1999, p. 116.
  7. Lake 1999, p. 117.
  8. Lake 1999, p. 110.
  9. Lake 1999, p. 130.
  10. Lake 1999, p. 129.
  11. Jefford 1988, p. 103.

Bibliography

  • Jefford, C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  • Sturtivant, Ray (2007). RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Air-Britain. ISBN 0-85130 365 X.
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