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    Default RAF Strength 1921-1939

    Does anyone have, or can anyone point me in the direction of a source of, the annual strength of the RAF during 1921-1939 in terms of the number of squadrons, please?

    For clarity, I am not seeking estimates or expansion plan targets, nor am I seeking manpower or numbers of aircraft.

    I am hoping to find data that indicates what the actual RAF squadron strength was each year during those years. It may be as of 31 December of each year, or as at 1 July, for example, but in any case an actual annual total (i.e. one total, to include home defence and overseas, all squadron types, regular, AuxAF & UAS), as opposed to estimates.

    I note that annual Air Estimates in early March of each year generally talk about additional squadrons planned to be created but not the number that existed at that time. I tried Hansard directly, too, in the hope it may contain something, but there do not appear to be any consolidated or otherwise consistent details on RAF strength.

    As a point of reference, I did find an article in the Telegraph of 10 Dec 1930, which provides the following figures:

    1921 - 33 squadrons
    1922 - 32 squadrons
    1923 - 42.5 squadrons
    1924 - 52 squadrons
    1925 - 54 squadrons
    1926 - 61 squadrons
    1927 - 63 squadrons
    1928 - 69 squadrons
    1929 - 75 squadrons
    1930 - 78 squadrons

    However, there's no indication of the source of the data, so [and far be it from me to suggest that the newspapers make mistakes in their reporting!] I would like to corroborate the figures with a secondary source. If I ultimately need to rely on these figures (i.e. if no other evidence is available), it would be good to at least find similar figures for 1931 to 1939, inclusive.

    That said, I did find consolidated manpower figures for 1920-1968. For those interested in such data, you can find the list here: https://api.parliament.uk/historic-h...anned-strength

    Any help/guidance/suggestions on squadron strength for 1921 to 1939 would be appreciated.

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    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Brew; 7th September 2022 at 09:37.
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    Default Re: RAF Strength 1921-1939

    Malcolm's site rafweb.org should help

    BTW Royal Air Force Squadron Losses: 1st January 1921 - 31st December 1930

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Air-F...s=books&sr=1-2


    has a list each year 1921 to 1930 - but surely the most accurate way is to count them! the Sqn Losses books only goes up to 1930 - we working on 1930 to 1939

    34 Sqns 1921

    1 Squadron
    2 Squadron
    3 Squadron
    4 Squadron
    5 Squadron
    6 Squadron
    8 Squadron
    12 Squadron
    14 Squadron
    20 Squadron
    24 Squadron
    25 Squadron
    27 Squadron
    28 Squadron
    30 Squadron
    31 Squadron
    39 Squadron
    45 Squadron
    47 Squadron
    55 Squadron
    56 Squadron
    60 Squadron
    70 Squadron
    84 Squadron
    100 Squadron
    202 Squadron
    203 Squadron
    205 Squadron
    207 Squadron
    208 Squadron
    210 Squadron
    216 Squadron
    238 Squadron
    267 Squadron

    70 Sqns for 1930


    1 Squadron
    2 Squadron
    3 Squadron
    4 Squadron
    5 Squadron
    6 Squadron
    7 Squadron
    8 Squadron
    9 Squadron
    10 Squadron
    11 Squadron
    12 Squadron
    13 Squadron
    14 Squadron
    XV Squadron
    16 Squadron
    17 Squadron
    19 Squadron
    20 Squadron
    22 Squadron
    23 Squadron
    24 Squadron
    25 Squadron
    26 Squadron
    27 Squadron
    28 Squadron
    29 Squadron
    30 Squadron
    31 Squadron
    32 Squadron
    33 Squadron
    35 Squadron
    36 Squadron
    39 Squadron
    41 Squadron
    43 Squadron
    45 Squadron
    47 Squadron
    54 Squadron
    55 Squadron
    56 Squadron
    58 Squadron
    60 Squadron
    70 Squadron
    84 Squadron
    99 Squadron
    100 Squadron
    101 Squadron
    111 Squadron
    201 Squadron
    202 Squadron
    203 Squadron
    204 Squadron
    205 Squadron
    207 Squadron
    208 Squadron
    209 Squadron
    216 Squadron
    501 Squadron
    502 Squadron
    503 Squadron
    504 Squadron
    600 Squadron
    601 Squadron
    602 Squadron
    603 Squadron
    604 Squadron
    605 Squadron
    607 Squadron
    608 Squadron

    32 Sqns total 1922
    39 Sqns total 1923
    43 Sqns Total 1924
    45 Sqns Total 1925
    52 Sqns Total 1926 (AAF Sqns Added)
    54 Sqns Total 1927
    57 Sqns Total 1928
    65 Sqns Total 1929

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    Last edited by paulmcmillan; 7th September 2022 at 10:37.

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    Default Re: RAF Strength 1921-1939

    Hey Paul, just covering off from this angle, too. Thanks again for your e-mails and above data.

    Steve
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