List of Royal Air Force ferry units

This is a List of Royal Air Force ferry units.

Flights

UnitFormed atFormed onDisbanded atDisbanded onNotes
No. 1 Ferry Training Flight RAFLynehamMarch 1942Lyneham3 November 1942[1]
No. 2 Ferry Training Flight RAFLynehamMarch 1942Filton17 July 1942[1]
No. 3 Ferry Training Flight RAFLynehamMarch 1942Lyneham20 May 1942[1]
10 (Polish) Ferry FlightKington
Langley
27 March 1941Kington
Langley
27 July 1941Absorbed by the Headquarters, Service Ferry Training Squadron.[2]
11 (Service) Ferry FlightDumfries4 April 1941DumfriesJune 1941Absorbed by the Headquarters, Service Ferry Pools.[3]
1427 (Ferry Training) FlightThruxton13 December 1941Stradishall1 April 1943Absorbed by No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF.[4]
1428 (Ferry Training) FlightHorsham St. Faith
and Oulton
29 December 1941Oulton6 June 1942The Ferry Training section being absorbed by No. 1444 (Ferry Training) Flight.[4]
1442 (Ferry Training) FlightBicester21 January 1942Bicester1 August 1942[5]
1443 (Ferry Training) FlightHarwell21 January 1942Harwell30 April 1943Became No. 310 Ferry Training Unit.[5]
1444 (Ferry Training) FlightHorsham St. Faith21 January 1942Lyneham3 November 1942Merged with No. 1445 (Ferry Training) Flight and the Ferry Training Unit to become 'B' Flight of No. 301 Ferry Training Unit.[5]
1445 (Ferry Training) FlightLyneham27 February 1942Lyneham3 November 1942Merged with No. 1444 Ferry Training) Flight and the Ferry Training Unit to become 'C' Flight of No. 301 Ferry Training Unit.[5]
1446 (Ferry Training) FlightBassingbourn23 March 1942Moreton-in-Marsh1 May 1943Became No. 311 Ferry Training Unit.[5]
Catalina Ferry FlightDar es Salaam,
Tanganyika
June 1945Mombasa,
Kenya
July 1946[6]
East African Ferry FlightMombasa,
Kenya
?Mombasa,
Kenya
31 May 1946[7]
Ferry Convoy FlightAllahabad,
India
21 June 1944Mauripur,
India
25 December 1944[8]
Ferry Flight, Cardington RAFCardingtonJanuary 1939Cardington16 January 1939Became No. 1 Ferry Pilot Pool and No. 2 Ferry Pilot Pool.[9]
Ferry Flight, Santa CruzSanta Cruz,
India
7 May 1944Santa Cruz,
India
29 June 1945[9]
Ferry Flight, TrichinopolyTrichinopoly,
India
27 April 1944Trichinopoly,
India
28 February 1946[9]
Ferry Training Flight, BicesterBicester24 October 1941Bicester21 January 1942Became No. 1442 (Ferry Training) Flight.[1]
Ferry Training Flight, DockingDockingAugust 1943[1]
Ferry Training Flight, Dorval RAFDorval,
Canada
5 November 1941Dorval,
Canada
5 July 1944Merged with No. 2 Ferry Crew Pool, the Civilian Aircrew Pool and the Allied Aircrew Pool to become No.6 Ferry Unit.[1]
Ferry Training Flight, HarwellHarwellNovember 1941Harwell21 January 1942Became No. 1443 (Ferry Training) Flight.[1]
Ferry Training Flight, Horsham St. FaithHorsham St. FaithDecember 1941Horsham St. Faith21 January 1942Became No. 1444 (Ferry Training) Flight.[1]
Ferry Training Flight, NassauNassau?Nassau3 August 1943Merged with part of the Service Aircrew Pool, Dorval to become No. 3 Ferry Crew Pool.[1]
Ferry Transport FlightBenson30 December 1954Benson16 April 1956[10]

Units

UnitFormed atFormed onDisbanded atDisbanded onNotes
1 Ferry UnitPershore16 March 1944Manston17 May 1948Became No. 1 (Overseas) Ferry Unit.[10]
1 (Overseas) Ferry UnitPershore17 May 1948Abingdon17 November 1952Became No. 1 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit
and No. 3 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit.[11]
1 (Long-Range) Ferry UnitAbingdon17 November 1952Benson1 February 1953Became No. 147 Squadron RAF.[12]
2 Ferry UnitLG.23723 September 1944Cairo West1 December 1945Absorbed by No. 5 Ferry Unit.[10]
2 (Home) Ferry UnitAston Down7 February 1952Aston Down1 February 1953Became No. 187 Squadron RAF.[13]
3 Ferry UnitOujda,
Morocco
23 September 1944Blida14 January 1946[10]
3 (Long-Range) Ferry UnitAbingdon17 November 1952Abingdon1 February 1953Became No. 167 Squadron RAF.[12]
4 Ferry UnitCatania,
Sicily
23 September 1944Capodichino,
Italy
14 January 1946[10]
4 (Home) Ferry UnitHawarden7 February 1952Hawarden1 February 1953Became No. 173 Squadron RAF.[13]
5 Ferry UnitHeliopolis,
Eqypt
23 September 1944Cairo West,
Eqypt
15 March 1946[10]
6 Ferry UnitDorval,
Canada
5 July 1944Dorval,
Canada
30 November 1945[10]
7 Ferry UnitNassau,
Bahamas
5 July 1944Nassau,
Bahamas
1 October 1945[10]
8 Ferry UnitMauripur,
India
1 September 1944Drigh Road,
India
18 June 1945[10]
9 Ferry UnitBamhrauli,
India
1 September 1944Bamhrauli,
India
20 June 1945[14]
10 Ferry UnitNagpur,
India
1 September 1944Trichinopoly,
India
16 June 1945[14]
11 Ferry UnitTalbenny8 September 1944Dunkeswell15 August 1945Merged No. 3 Aircraft Preparation Unit
to become No. 16 Ferry Unit.[14]
12 Ferry UnitMelton
Mowbray
9 October 1944Melton
Mowbray
7 November 1945[14]
14 Ferry UnitAgartala,
India
20 March 1945Hathazari,
India
13 July 1945Absorbed by No. 209 Staging Post.[14]
15 Ferry UnitFilton1 July 1945Filton10 October 1945[14]
16 Ferry UnitDunkeswell15 August 1945St Mawgan15 November 1946[14]

Crew pools

UnitFormed atFormed onDisbanded atDisbanded onNotes
1 Ferry Crew PoolLyneham3 August 1943Lyneham16 March 1944Merged with 301 Ferry Training Unit to become 1 Ferry Unit.[9]
2 Ferry Crew PoolDorval, Canada3 August 1943Dorval5 July 1944Merged with the Civilian Aircrew Pool, Allied Aircrew Pool and Ferry Training Flight, Dorval to become 6 Ferry Unit.[9]
3 Ferry Crew PoolNassau, Bahamas3 August 1943Nassau5 July 1944Became 7 Ferry Unit.[9]

Pilots pools

UnitFormed atFormed onDisbanded atDisbanded onNotes
1 Ferry Pilots PoolHucknall16 January 1939Hucknall10 May 1940[9]
2 Ferry Pilots PoolFilton16 January 1939CardiffApril 1940Disbanded to become
4 Ferry Pilots Pool.[9]
4 Ferry Pilots PoolCardiffApril 1940Kemble7 November 1940Disbanded to become
Headquarters Service Ferry Pools.[9]
7 (Service) Ferry Pilots PoolKemble5 November 1940Kemble20 February 1941Absorbed by
Headquarters Service Ferry Pools.[3]
9 (Service) Ferry Pilots PoolHawarden1 November 1940Hawarden20 February 1941Absorbed by
Headquarters Service Ferry Pools.[3]

Pools

UnitFormed atFormed onDisbanded atDisbanded onNotes
1 Ferry PoolWhite
Waltham
3 December 1945White
Waltham
31 March 1946[9]
2 Ferry PoolAston
Down
1 December 1945Aston
Down
7 February 1952Became 2 (Home) Ferry Unit.[9]
3 Ferry PoolLichfield30 November 1945Henlow10 September 1947[9]
4 Ferry PoolHawarden30 November 1945Hawarden7 February 1952Became 4 (Home) Ferry Unit.[9]
5 Ferry PoolSilloth15 October 1945Silloth25 May 1950[9]
8 (Service) Ferry PoolKington
Langley
1 November 1940Kington
Langley
27 March 1941Became 10 (Polish) Ferry Flight.[3]

Training units

UnitFormed atFormed onDisbanded atDisbanded onNotes
301 Ferry Training UnitLyneham3 November 1942Lyneham16 March 1944Merged with No. 1 Ferry Crew Pool to become No. 1 Ferry Unit.[1]
302 Ferry Training UnitLoch Erne30 September 1942Alness1 April 1946[1]
303 Ferry Training UnitStornoway30 September 1942Talbenny8 September 1944Became No. 11 Ferry Unit.[1]
304 Ferry Training UnitPort Ellen31 December 1942Melton
Mowbray
9 October 1944Merged with No. 4 Aircraft Preparation Unit to become No. 12 Ferry Unit.[1]
305 Ferry Training UnitErrol14 December 1942Errol30 April 1944[1]
306 Ferry Training UnitTempleton31 December 1942Melton
Mowbray
15 January 1944Absorbed by No. 304 Ferry Training Unit.[10]
307 Ferry Training UnitBicester24 December 1942Melton
Mowbray
15 January 1944Absorbed by No. 304 Ferry Training Unit.[10]
308 Ferry Training UnitPembroke
Dock
22 March 1943Oban12 January 1944Absorbed by No. 302 Ferry Training Unit.[10]
309 Ferry Training UnitBenson21 April 1943Benson17 September 1945[10]
310 Ferry Training UnitHarwell30 April 1943Harwell17 December 1943Absorbed by No. 311 Ferry Training Unit.[10]
311 Ferry Training UnitMoreton-in-Marsh1 May 1943Moreton-in-Marsh1 May 1944[10]
312 Ferry Training UnitWellesbourne
Mountford
24 April 1943Wellesbourne
Mountford
17 December 1943[10]
313 Ferry Training UnitNorth Bay,
Canada
1 March 1944North Bay,
Canada
18 October 1945[10]

Other units

See also

References

Citations

  1. Lake 1999, p. 68.
  2. Lake 1999, p. 158.
  3. Lake 1999, p. 184.
  4. Lake 1999, p. 88.
  5. Lake 1999, p. 89.
  6. Lake 1999, p. 42.
  7. Lake 1999, p. 58.
  8. Lake 1999, p. 66.
  9. Lake 1999, p. 67.
  10. Lake 1999, p. 69.
  11. Lake 1999, p. 154.
  12. Lake 1999, p. 135.
  13. Lake 1999, p. 131.
  14. Lake 1999, p. 70.

Bibliography

  • Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
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