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    fiskerton Guest

    Default numbering of bomber command sqns

    hi all
    what method did bomber command use to decide the numbering
    of command sqns?
    in the case of my uncles sqn 576 ( a no1 group mainforce sqn) how did the command
    come to calling the sqn 576 when it was formed from 103 sqn and 101 sqn ( both no 1 group sqns)

    regards
    dave

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    Hi Dave

    Bomber Command generally had no say in the allocation of numbers, this was done by the Air Ministry, probably the Directorate of Organisation (Establishments).

    1-200 - ex RFC units
    200+ - initially ex RNAS with remainder allocated to newly formed units in WW2
    300 series - European air forces
    400 series - Commonwealth 'Article XV' squadrons
    500-504 - ex Special Reserve, Aux AF
    other 500+ allocated as required as the war progressed (some of these were allocated to OTUs as 'shadow' designations)
    600-616 - AuxAF
    617+ - allocated as required as the war progressed
    700 & 800 series - FAA
    900 - Balloon sqns

    103 and 101 were not so called because they were in No 1 Group.

    Malcolm

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    fiskerton Guest

    Default numbering of bomber command sqns

    hi malcolm
    thanks for the quick reply
    i will pass your comments on to my uncle
    regards
    dave

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