Squadrons and other Units

 

        R.A.F. Squadrons associated with

                    and operating from

       R.A.F. Harrowbeer     1941 - 1950

 

No.    Code     Arrived    Departed     Aircraft           From                To

   1      JX        20/6/44      22/6/44      Spitfire IX      Predannack        Detling

 

   2      XV       10/4/44      12/4/44       Mustang         Gatwick          Gatwick

   2      XV         1/5/45       4/5/45        Mustang         Gatwick          Gatwick   

 

 16      UG        31/8/41      31/8/41       Mustang      Weston Zoyland   

                                                                                                Weston Zoyland

 16      UG        28/5/42      28/5/42       Mustang      Weston Zoyland    

                                                                                                Weston Zoyland

 16      UG        23/6/42      28/6/42       Mustang      Weston Zoyland   

                                                                                                Weston Zoyland

 16      UG        31/8/42      31/8/42       Mustang      Weston Zoyland   

                                                                                                Weston Zoyland

 

 19      RM        22/6/42      22/6/42      Spitfire           Perranporth     Perranporth

 19      RM        3/10/42      8/10/42      Spitfire           Perranporth     Perranporth

 

 26      XC          7/1/45      22/1/45      Mustang IV        Exeter         North Weald

 26      XC          3/4/45      13/4/45      Spitfire XIV    North Weald       Cognac

 26      XC          1/5/45      23/5/45      Spitfire XIV       Cognac          Chilbolton

 

 41       EB          7/6/44       7/6/44      Spitfire            Bolt Head          Bolt Head

 

 64      SH        22/6/44      30/8/44      Spitfire VB       Deanland        Bradwell Bay

                                                        Spitfire IX

 

 65      YT          4/4/43       ?  ?          Spitfire            Perranporth      Perranporth

 

126      5J          3/7/44      29/8/44      Spitfire IX        Culmhead       Bradwell Bay

 

129     DV        15/3/43      18/3/43      Spitfire VB         Ibsley               Ibsley

129     DV        19/3/43      19/3/43      Spitfire VB         Ibsley               Ibsley

 

130     PJ        25/10/41    30/11/41      Spitfire II         Portreath        Perranporth

 

131     NX        24/3/44      24/5/44      Spitfire VII       Colerne           Culmhead

 

165     GT        20/6/44      22/6/44      Spitfire IX      Predannack          Detling

 

175     HH       10/10/42     9/12/42       Hurricane IIb   Warmwell          Gatwick

 

183     HF           5/6/43      4/8/43       Typhoon Ia      Colerne             Tangmere

 

193     DP       18/12/42     17/8/43       Typhoon Ib   ( Formed )          Gravesend

193     DP         17/9/43     20/2/44       Typhoon Ib    Gravesend            Fairlop

 

197     OV         29/4/44     30/4/44      Typhoon Ib   Needs Oar Point    

                                                                                                Needs Oar Point

 

257     FM         29/3/44     30/4/44      Typhoon Ib   Needs Oar Point   

                                                                                                Needs Oar Point

 

263     HE         20/2/43      15/3/43      Whirlwind       Warmwell         Warmwell

263     HE           9/4/43        9/4/43      Whirlwind       Warmwell         Warmwell

263     HE         19/3/44      19/6/44      Typhoon         Warmwell          Bolt Head

 

266     ZH         21/9/43       7/3/44      Typhoon Ib        Exeter             Bolt Head

( Rhodesia )

266     ZH         12/3/44     15/3/44       Typhoon Ib     Bolt Head         Acklington

( Rhodesia )

 

275     PV         10/1/45      14/2/45      Walrus              Exeter         ( Disbanded )

( Air Sea Rescue Squadron )                 Spitfire

                                                         Anson

 

276     AQ       21/10/41       3/4/44      Lysander         ( Formed )         Bolt Head 

( Air Sea Rescue Squadron )                Defiant                                 and Portreath

                                                        Spitfire II

                                                        Walrus

                                                         Anson

 

277     BA         26/9/42      30/9/42      Defiant         Martlesham          Shoreham 

( Air Sea Rescue Squadron )                Walrus

 

279     OS           9/6/43    14/12/43     Hudson II    Davidstow Moor     

( Air Sea Rescue Squadron )                                                     Bircham Newton

 

286     NW         1/5/42       26/5/42     Defiant            Lulsgate             Colerne

                                                         Master

                                                         Oxford

                                                         Spitfire

286     NW         1/8/42       31/8/43     Defiant            Colerne             Exeter

                                                         Oxford

                                                         Hurricane

 

302     WX      11/10/41      26/4/42      Spitfire VB        Ibsley            Warmwell

( Polish )                       &  7/5/42        Hurricane

( Most of 302 Squadron was sent to R.A.F. Warmwell on an air firing practice  course. They left there on the 6/5/42 for R.A.F. Heston. The rest of the Squadron left R.A.F. Harrowbeer for R.A.F. Heston on 7/5/42. )

 

306      UZ       21/10/42       ?  ?          Spitfire VB       Northolt               ?  ?

( Polish )

            ( Thirteen aircraft landed to carry out an offensive operation as escort. )

            ( The Squadron returned in December, dates unknown at present. )

 

310     NN         7/11/42       ?  ?          Spitfire               ?  ?                 ?  ?

( Czechoslovakia )

  ( Twelve Spitfires arrived during the morning and took part in an attack on Brest. )

 

312     DU          2/5/42     10/10/42     Spitfire VB    Fairwood Common       

( Czechoslovakia )                               Hurricane                            Churchstanton

 

313      RY      13/10/42     13/10/42     Spitfire       Churchstanton           

(Czechoslovakia )                                                                           Churchstanton

            ( Six aircraft carried out convoy patrols. )

     ( The Squadron returned in December 1942 and January 1943, exact dates        

                                                                                        unknown at present. )

 

329     5A         25/5/45      16/6/45      Spitfire IX       Skaebrae              Dreux

( Free French )

329     5A         19/6/45      14/7/45      Spitfire IX       Dreux    Fairwood Common

( Free French )

 

340     GW        10/3/44      12/3/44      Spitfire IX     Perranporth       Perranporth

( Free French )

 

401     YO        26/9/42      27/9/42       Spitfire             Bolt Head           Bolt Head

( Canadian )                      ( Three aircraft landed ? )

 

414     RU        25/5/43        4/6/43      Mustang Ib     Middle Wallop      Portreath

( Canadian )                                       Tomahawk IIB

                                                         Master III

                                                         Tiger Moth

  

456     RX          ?  ?           ?  ?           Mosquito            ?  ?                    ?  ?

( Australian )                        ( Still to be confirmed )

 

486     SA           8/2/44       8/2/44      Typhoon          Beaulieu             Beaulieu

( New Zealand )

486     SA          24/2/44      24/2/44     Typhoon          Beaulieu             Beaulieu

( New Zealand ) 

 

500      MK        15/9/41    30/10/41     Blenheim     Bircham Newton        ?  ?

( 'B' Flight )

 

501      SD        31/7/42      31/7/42      Spitfire VB         Ibsley               Ibsley

 

504     TM        15/3/43      17/3/43      Spitfire VB          Ibsley              Ibsley

504     TM        19/3/43      19/3/43      Spitfire VB          Ibsley              Ibsley

504      TM         8/4/43        8/4/43      Spitfire VB          Ibsley              Ibsley

 

602      LO          8/3/43       8/3/43      Spitfire           Perranporth       Perranporth

602      LO          4/4/43       4/4/43      Spitfire           Perranporth       Perranporth

 

610     DW        24/5/44       2/7/44      Spitfire XIV      Bolt Head       West Malling

 

611      FY        23/6/44       3/7/44      Spitfire VB LF       Deanland          Predannack

 

616      YQ        15/3/43     17/3/43      Spitfire              Ibsley                Ibsley

616      YQ        19/3/43     19/3/43      Spitfire              Ibsley                Ibsley

 

691      5S        21/2/45       1/8/45      Oxford           Roborough             Exeter

                                                        Vengeance

                                                        Barracuda

                                                        Defiant

                                                        Hurricane

 

834 FAA          14/4/43      15/4/43      Fairey Swordfish    ?  ?                 ?  ?

( Royal Navy )              ( Seconded to Coastal Command on night patrols. )

 

838 FAA          20/4/44       8/8/44       Fairey Swordfish   Machrihanish

( Royal Navy )                                                                             Worthy Down

          ( This Squadron was used on operations in the English Channel to seek out

            enemy U-boats and E-boats. )

          ( It was a General Reconnaissance Wing which was formed at Knightstone

            House on 22/4/44 under the control of No.19 Group. 839 FAA  Squadron

            was joined to No.156 Wing Coastal Command. )

 

No.19 Group Communications Flight

          G2        15/12/47    29/7/48      Dominie          Roborough           St. Eval

                                                        Anson

         ( Not sure they were actually stationed at Harrowbeer as I can only find

                               mentions in the Operation Record Books of routine landings. )

 

No.78 Signals Wing Calibration Flight

          EY        11/10/41      9/6/43   Blenheim IVL  ( Reformed )  Davidstow Moor

                                                     Hornet Moth

  (Coastal Command set the Flight up in September 1941 from No.500 Squadron. )

 

No.1697 Flight  A.D.L.S.

                       16/5/44      23/6/44      Hurricane II      Northolt            Northolt

            ( Air Despatch Letter Service for internal mail flights. )

            ( Not stationed at Harrowbeer, only mail flights in and out. )

 

No.82 Gliding School

                       19/2/48      16/8/50      Cadet             Roborough      ( Disbanded )

                                                         Sedbergh

                                                         Prefect

            ( Used by the Air Training Corps. )

 

United States Navy / Army Air Force

                      ? / ? /42      ? / ? / ?      PBY5A                ?  ?                     ?  ?

                                                        Oxford

                                                        Spitfire

 

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     Aircraft that flew into Harrowbeer

                   for various reasons

 

No.1 Ferry Unit - Pershore

                      22/5/44      ? / ? / ?       Wellington X - 521

                                 ( This aircraft made a forced landing ) 

 

135 Force Signals

                       20/2/45      ? / ? / ?

                                 ( Mentioned in the Station O.R.B. - no other details )

 

144      PL        19/5/44      19/5/44      Beaufighter    Davidstow Moor     ?  ?

                                 ( The aircraft had to make a forced landing. )

 

173      ? ?        22/4/44        ?  ?         Wellington

                                 ( Landed on a familiarisation flight. )

 

234      AZ or FX   19/8/44      19/8/44        ?  ?         Predannack        Polebrook

                                 ( Four aircraft from Predannack were used to escort the

                                   Duke of Gloucester from Pembroke to Mount Batten.

                                   The escort waited at Harrowbeer for the onward journey

                                   to Polebrook. )  

 

304     NZ          6/12/42        ?  ?         Wellington

( Polish )                     ( The aircraft landed after a submarine sweep ? )

 

331     ? ?          17/5/43       ?  ?               ?  ?                  ( Still researching )

( Norwegian )

 

332     ? ?           17/5/43       ?  ?              ?  ?                   ( Still researching )

( Norwegian )

 

453                  19/8/43       19/8/43     Spitfire            Perranporth      Perranporth

                          ( One aircraft landed at 1755 hours with fuel tank trouble )

453                  9/10/43      10/10/43     Spitfire            Perranporth      Perranporth

       ( Five aircraft landed after an operation due to weather conditions and stayed overnight ) 

 

849                   27/4/44        ?  ?          Avenger

                                  ( Landed on a familiarisation flight. )

 

 

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            Other Units at Harrowbeer

 

229 M.U.                25/9/42      19/4/43      Maintenance Unit      Quedgely           Brasted

 

 

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                                                          Michael