> Units and Formations
Updated: 17 Aug 04
Formed: 14 Jul 1936 at RAF Bentley Priory
Disbanded: 30 Apr 1968
Group. In 1939 there were 3 groups in Fighter Command: 11 Group, 12 Group and 13 Group. However this soon changed (see below).
Station. Each station was a separate airbase from which flying squadrons could generate flying sorties. Stations were commanded by a Group Captain. Each station usually hosted 2 flying squadrons.
Squadron. Each squadron was commanded by a Wing Commander and normally comprised 2 or 3 Flights.
Flight. A Flight would normally be equipped with 8 aircraft and have a Squadron Leader as Officer in Charge.
In May 1943, Bomber Command's 2 Gp day bombers were transfered to Fighter
There were a variety of colourful names given to the missions types flown in air defence, armed reconnaissance and ther modes.
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