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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[]

Refresher Flying Units[]

  • No. 1 (Pilots) Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 2 (Pilots) Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 1 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 2 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 3 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 4 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 5 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 6 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 7 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 8 Refresher Flying Unit
  • No. 9 Refresher Flying Unit

Advanced Flying Units[]

Observers[]

  • No. 1 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 2 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 3 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 4 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 6 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 7 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 8 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 9 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 10 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit

Pilots[]

  • No. 2 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 3 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 5 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 6 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 7 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 9 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 11 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 12 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 14 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 15 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 17 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 18 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 19 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 20 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit
  • No. 21 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit

Anti-aircraft units[]

  • No. 1 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 2 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 3 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 3/4 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 4 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 5 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, IAFVR
  • No. 2 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, IAFVR
  • No. 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, IAFVR
  • No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit,Indian Air Force
  • No. 2 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit,Indian Air Force
  • No. 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit,Indian Air Force
  • No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 2 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 4 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 5 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 6 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 7 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 8 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 9 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 21 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 22 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 23 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 24 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit Planned but cancelled.
  • No. 25 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • No. 26 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

Command units[]

  • Bomber Command Development Unit
  • Bomber Command Experimental Unit
  • Coastal Command Development Unit
  • Coastal Command Fighter Affiliation Training Unit
  • Coastal command Fighter Circus
  • Fighter Command Trials Unit
  • Transport Command Aircrew Examining Unit
  • Transport Command Development Unit
  • Transport Command Examining Unit

Ferry units[]

  • No. 1 Ferry Unit
  • No. 2 Ferry Unit
  • No. 3 Ferry Unit
  • No. 4 Ferry Unit
  • No. 5 Ferry Unit
  • No. 6 Ferry Unit
  • No. 7 Ferry Unit
  • No. 8 Ferry Unit
  • No. 9 Ferry Unit
  • No. 10 Ferry Unit
  • No. 11 Ferry Unit
  • No. 12 Ferry Unit
  • No. 13 Ferry Unit
  • No. 14 Ferry Unit
  • No. 15 Ferry Unit
  • No. 16 Ferry Unit
  • No. 1 Ferry Crew Pool Unit
  • No. 2 Ferry Crew Pool Unit
  • No. 3 Ferry Crew Pool Unit
  • No. 1 Ferry Pilots Pool
  • No. 2 Ferry Pilots Pool
  • No. 3 Ferry Pilots Pool
  • No. 1 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit
  • No. 3 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit
  • No. 1 (Overseas) Ferry Unit
  • No. 2 (Home) Ferry Unit
  • No. 4 (Home) Ferry Unit
  • No. 7 (Service) Ferry Pilots Pool
  • No. 8 (Service) Ferry Pool
  • No. 9 (Service) Ferry Pilots Pool
  • No. 1 Ferry Pool, Royal Air Force
  • No. 2 Ferry Pool, Royal Air Force
  • No. 3 Ferry Pool, Royal Air Force
  • No. 4 Ferry Pool, Royal Air Force
  • No. 5 Ferry Pool, Royal Air Force
  • No. 301 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 302 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 303 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 304 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 305 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 306 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 307 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 308 Ferry Training and Test Flying Unit
  • No. 308 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 309 Ferry Training and Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No. 309 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 310 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 311 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 312 Ferry Training Unit
  • No. 313 Ferry Training and Conversion Unit
  • No. 313 Ferry Training Unit
  • Ferry Crew pool Unit
  • Ferry Training and Despatch Unit
  • Ferry Training Unit
  • Overseas Ferry Unit
  • Service Ferry Pilots Pool

Other Units[]

  • 'Q' Unit
  • 'Z' Unit, British Somaliland
  • No. 1 (Middle East) Pilots and Aircrew Pool
  • No. 1 Air Ambulance Unit RAAF
  • No. 1 Air-Sea Rescue Unit (North Africa)
  • No. 1 Aircraft Delivery Unit
  • No. 1 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 1 British Airways RepAir Unit (Middle East)
  • No. 1 British Airways RepAir Unit (Middle East)
  • No. 1 British Airways RepAir Unit
  • No. 1 Camouflage Unit
  • No. 1 Civilian Fighter Control Co-operation Unit
  • No. 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Unit
  • No. 1 Delivery Unit
  • No. 1 Engine Consumption Unit
  • No. 1 Engine Control Demonstration Unit
  • No. 1 Fighter Support Training Unit
  • No. 1 General Reconnaissance Unit
  • No. 1 Grading Unit (Airwork)
  • No. 1 Group Pool
  • No. 1 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No. 1 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF
  • No. 1 Practice Flying Unit
  • No. 1 Pupil Pilots Pool
  • No. 1 Royal Air Force Film Production Unit
  • No. 1 Tactical Exercise Unit
  • No. 1 Tactical Weapons Unit
  • No. 1 Torpedo Training Unit
  • No. 11 (Landplane) Aircraft Preparation and Modification Unit
  • No. 11 (Landplane) Preparation and Modification Unit
  • No. 11 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 11 Group Pool
  • No. 12 (Flying Boat) Aircraft Preparation and Modification Unit
  • No. 12 (Flying Boat) Preparation and Modification Unit
  • No. 12 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 12 Group Pool
  • No. 13 Aircraft Modification Unit
  • No. 13 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 2 (Middle East) Pilots and Aircrew Pool
  • No. 2 Aircraft Delivery Unit
  • No. 2 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 2 British Airways RepAir Unit (Middle East)
  • No. 2 Camouflage Unit
  • No. 2 Civilian Fighter Control Co-operation Unit
  • No. 2 General Reconnaissance Unit
  • No. 2 Grading Unit (Airwork)
  • No. 2 Group Pool
  • No. 2 Group Support Unit
  • No. 2 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No. 2 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 2 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF
  • No. 2 Pupil Pilots Pool
  • No. 2 Tactical Exercise Unit
  • No. 2 Torpedo Training Unit
  • No. 201 Crew Training Unit
  • No. 202 Crew Training Unit
  • No. 203 Crew Training Unit
  • No. 204 Crew Training Unit
  • No. 3 Aircraft Delivery Unit
  • No. 3 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 3 Civilian Fighter Control Co-operation Unit
  • No. 3 Fighter Support Training Unit
  • No. 3 General Reconnaissance Unit
  • No. 3 Group Pool
  • No. 3 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No. 3 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF (India)
  • No. 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF
  • No. 3 Pupil Pilots Pool
  • No. 3 Tactical exercise Unit
  • No. 3 Tactical Exercise Unit
  • No. 4 Aircraft Delivery Unit
  • No. 4 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 4 Group Pool
  • No. 4 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No. 4 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 4 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF
  • No. 4 Tactical Exercise Unit
  • No. 5 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 5 Group Pool
  • No. 5 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No. 5 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF
  • No. 6 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 7 Aircraft Preparation Unit
  • No. 83 Group Support Unit
  • No. 84 Group Support Unit
  • No. 88 Group Support Unit
  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Air Sea Rescue Unit
  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Development Unit
  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Support Unit
  • Advanced Flying Training Unit
  • Advanced Flying Unit, Sétif
  • Air Combat Development Unit (Middle East)
  • Air Command Southeast Asia Communication Unit
  • Air Defence Co-operation Unit
  • Air Defence Unit, Tanganyika
  • Air Fighting Development Unit
  • Air Fighting Training Unit
  • Air Gunnery Training Unit
  • Air Ministry Servicing Development Unit
  • Air Movements Development Unit
  • Air Photographic Development Unit
  • Air Pilotage Unit
  • Air Transport Development Centre (India)
  • Air Transport Development Unit
  • Air Transport Tactical Development Unit
  • Air-Sea Rescue Training Unit
  • Air-Sea warfare Development Unit (ACSEA)
  • Air-Sea warfare Development Unit
  • Airborne Forces Research Centre (India)
  • Airborne Forces Tactical Development Unit
  • Aircraft Delivery Unit
  • Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit
  • Aircrew Testing and Grading Unit
  • Aircrew Transit Pool
  • Airwork Grading Unit
  • Allied Tactical Air Intelligence Unit, Southeast Asia
  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
  • Armament and Instrument Experimental Unit
  • Armament Experimental Station
  • Army Co-operation Development Unit
  • Beam Approach Development Unit
  • Blind Approach Training and Development Unit
  • Blind Landing Detachment
  • Blind Landing Experimental Unit
  • Bomb Ballistic and Blind Landing Experimental Unit
  • Bomb Ballistic Unit
  • Bomber Development Unit
  • Bomber Support Development Unit
  • Bombing Development Unit
  • Bombing Trials Unit
  • Bombing Trials Unit
  • British Airways RepAir Unit (Middle East)
  • British Airways Training Unit
  • Civilian Fighter Control Co-operation Unit
  • Coast Defence Development Unit
  • Electronic Warfare and Avionics Unit
  • Enemy Aircraft Storage and Servicing Unit
  • Engine Consumption Unit
  • Experimental Air Ambulance Service
  • Experimental Co-operation Unit
  • Far East Tactical Development Unit
  • Far East Training Squadron
  • Fighter Affiliation Training Unit
  • Fighter Armament Trials Unit
  • Fighter Interception Development Unit
  • Fighter Interception Unit
  • Fleet Requirements Unit
  • Floatplane Training Unit
  • Flying Boat Practice Camp
  • GEE (TR1335) Training Unit
  • Glider Exercise Unit
  • Glider Pilot Exercise Unit
  • Glider Training Unit
  • Gransden lodge NavigationTraining Unit
  • Gremlin Task Force - Japanese aircraft and crew transport operations [1]
  • Ground Attack Training Unit
  • Gunnery Research Unit
  • Habbaniya Air Striking Force
  • Helicopter Development Unit
  • Home Command Examining Unit
  • India Detachment, Chinese Air Force Cadet School
  • Instant Readiness Reserve Unit
  • Joint Concealment Centre (Royal Air Force Component)
  • Joint Experimental Helicopter Unit
  • Jungle Target Research Unit
  • Long-Range Desert Group[Clarification needed]
  • Long-Range Development Unit
  • LORAN Training Unit
  • Majunga Detachment Support Unit
  • Marine Aircraft Experimental Section
  • Marine Aircraft Experimental Unit
  • Merchant Ship Fighter Unit
  • Middle East Advanced Crew Training Unit
  • Navigation Training Unit
  • Night Fighter Unit, Malta
  • Night Ground Attack Trials Unit
  • Operational and Refresher Training Unit
  • Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit, Kemble and Portreath
  • Overseas Experimental Unit
  • Parachute Test Unit
  • Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit
  • Photographic Development Unit
  • Photographic Reconnaissance Development Unit
  • Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
  • Pilot Refresher Training Unit
  • Pilot Training Unit and ReinForcement Pool
  • Pilotless Aircraft Section
  • Pilotless Aircraft Unit
  • Pilots and Aircrew Pool
  • Pilots ReinForcement and Reserve Pool
  • Pool of Pilots, Joyce Green
  • Pool of Pilots, Manston
  • Pupil Pilots Pool
  • Radar Research Flying Unit
  • Radio Engineering Unit
  • RAF Element, Air Transport Development Centre
  • ReinForcement and Reserve Pool
  • ReinForcement and Reserve Pool
  • Research and Development Unit
  • Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – 'The Red Arrows'
  • Royal Air Force Detachment, Perth
  • Royal Air Force Element, Allied Tactical Air Intelligence Unit, Southeast Asia
  • Royal Air Force Element, Helicopter Development Unit
  • Royal Air Force Film Production Unit
  • Royal Air Force Film Unit
  • Royal Air Force Instructional Mission, South Russia
  • Royal Air Force Liaiason Office, Chinese Elementary Flying Training School
  • Royal Air Force Training Mission, South Russia
  • Signals Development Unit
  • Signals Flying Unit
  • Special Duties (Radio) Development Unit
  • Special Installation Unit
  • Staff Pilot Training Unit
  • Strategic Reconnaissance Unit
  • Strike /Attack Operational Evaluation Unit
  • Strike Command Development Unit
  • Survival and Rescue Training Unit
  • Tactical and Weapon Development Unit
  • Tactical Weapons Unit
  • Target Towing Section, Shallufa
  • Torpedo Development Section
  • Torpedo Development Unit
  • Torpedo Training Unit
  • Training Unit and Reserve Pool
  • Transport Support Practice Camp (BAFO)
  • Transport Support Practice Camp
  • Transport Support Training Unit
  • Tropical Experimental Unit
  • Wireless Development Unit
  • Wireless Intelligence Development Unit
  • Wireless Testing Park

Communication Units[]

  • Aden Communication Unit
  • Air Headquarters Bengal Communication Unit
  • Bengal Communication Unit
  • Communication Unit, Desert Air Force
  • Communication Unit, Helioopolis
  • Communication Unit, Western Desert
  • Mediterranean Air Command Communication Unit

Communications Wings[]

  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Communication Wing

Armament Practice and Training Units[]

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.

  • No. 11 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 12 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 13 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 14 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 15 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 16 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 17 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 18 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 20 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 21 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 22 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 23 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 24 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 25 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 26 Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 27 Armament Practice Camp
  • Armament Practice Camp, Butterworth
  • Armament Practice Camp (Middle East Air Force)
  • Armament Practice Camp, Sylt
  • Armament Practice Station, Lübeck
  • Armament Practice Station, Spilsby
  • Armament Practice Station, Sylt
  • No. 1 Armament Practice Station
  • No. 2 Armament Practice Station
  • No. 3 Armament Practice Station
  • No. 1 Armament Training Camp, Kuantan
  • No. 1 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 2 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 3 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 4 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 5 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 6 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 7 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 8 Armament Training Camp
  • No. 1 Armament Training Station
  • No. 1 Armament Training Station (France)
  • No. 2 Armament Training Station
  • No. 3 Armament Training Station
  • No. 4 Armament Training Station
  • No. 5 Armament Training Station
  • No. 6 Armament Training Station
  • No. 7 Armament Training Station
  • No. 8 Armament Training Station
  • No. 9 Armament Training Station
  • No. 1 Armament Training Unit
  • Fighter Command Missile Practice Camp
  • No. 15 Group Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 16 Group Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 18 Group Armament Practice Camp
  • No. 19 Group Armament Practice Camp
  • Middle East Air Force Armament Practice Camp
  • Temporary Armament Training Camp, Aldergrove
  • Temporary Armament Training Camp, Flimstone
  • Temporary Armament Training Camp, Leuchars
  • Temporary Armament Training Camp, North Coates Fitties
  • Temporary Armament Training Station, Leuchars
  • Temporary Armament Training Station, North Coates Fitties

Training Wings[]

  • No. 1 Combat Training Wing
  • No. 2 Combat Training Wing

Establishments[]

Foreign Air Arms[]

  • Burmese Volunteer Air Force
  • Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force
  • Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force (Air Component)
  • Kenya Auxiliary Air Unit
  • Kenya Pool
  • Malayan Volunteer Air Force
  • Norwegian Training Base
  • Polish Fighting Team (Skalski's Circus), attached to 145 Squadron
  • Polish Training Unit
  • Rhodesian Air Unit
  • Rhodesian Air Unit of the Territorial Forces
  • Southern Rhodesian Air Force
  • Straits Settlements Volunteer Air force
  • Yugoslav Holding Unit

See also[]

References[]

Citations[]

Bibliography[]

  • 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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