List of Royal Air Force ferry units

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This is a List of Royal Air Force ferry units.

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Flights

Unit Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
No. 1 Ferry Training Flight RAF Lyneham March 1942 Lyneham 3 November 1942 [1]
No. 2 Ferry Training Flight RAF Lyneham March 1942 Filton 17 July 1942 [1]
No. 3 Ferry Training Flight RAF Lyneham March 1942 Lyneham 20 May 1942 [1]
10 (Polish) Ferry Flight Kington
Langley
27 March 1941 Kington
Langley
27 July 1941 Absorbed by the Headquarters, Service Ferry Training Squadron. [2]
11 (Service) Ferry Flight Dumfries 4 April 1941 Dumfries June 1941 Absorbed by the Headquarters, Service Ferry Pools. [3]
1427 (Ferry Training) Flight Thruxton 13 December 1941 Stradishall 1 April 1943 Absorbed by No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF. [4]
1428 (Ferry Training) Flight Horsham St. Faith
and Oulton
29 December 1941 Oulton 6 June 1942 The Ferry Training section being absorbed by No. 1444 (Ferry Training) Flight. [4]
1442 (Ferry Training) Flight Bicester 21 January 1942 Bicester 1 August 1942 [5]
1443 (Ferry Training) Flight Harwell 21 January 1942 Harwell 30 April 1943 Became No. 310 Ferry Training Unit. [5]
1444 (Ferry Training) Flight Horsham St. Faith 21 January 1942 Lyneham 3 November 1942 Merged with No. 1445 (Ferry Training) Flight and the Ferry Training Unit to become 'B' Flight of No. 301 Ferry Training Unit. [5]
1445 (Ferry Training) Flight Lyneham 27 February 1942 Lyneham 3 November 1942 Merged with No. 1444 Ferry Training) Flight and the Ferry Training Unit to become 'C' Flight of No. 301 Ferry Training Unit. [5]
1446 (Ferry Training) Flight Bassingbourn 23 March 1942 Moreton-in-Marsh 1 May 1943 Became No. 311 Ferry Training Unit. [5]
Catalina Ferry Flight Dar es Salaam,
Tanganyika
June 1945 Mombasa,
Kenya
July 1946 [6]
East African Ferry Flight Mombasa,
Kenya
? Mombasa,
Kenya
31 May 1946 [7]
Ferry Convoy Flight Allahabad,
India
21 June 1944 Mauripur,
India
25 December 1944 [8]
Ferry Flight, Cardington RAF Cardington January 1939 Cardington 16 January 1939 Became No. 1 Ferry Pilot Pool and No. 2 Ferry Pilot Pool. [9]
Ferry Flight, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz,
India
7 May 1944 Santa Cruz,
India
29 June 1945 [9]
Ferry Flight, Trichinopoly Trichinopoly,
India
27 April 1944 Trichinopoly,
India
28 February 1946 [9]
Ferry Training Flight, Bicester Bicester 24 October 1941 Bicester 21 January 1942 Became No. 1442 (Ferry Training) Flight. [1]
Ferry Training Flight, Docking Docking August 1943 [1]
Ferry Training Flight, Dorval RAF Dorval,
Canada
5 November 1941 Dorval,
Canada
5 July 1944 Merged with No. 2 Ferry Crew Pool, the Civilian Aircrew Pool and the Allied Aircrew Pool to become No.6 Ferry Unit. [1]
Ferry Training Flight, Harwell Harwell November 1941 Harwell 21 January 1942 Became No. 1443 (Ferry Training) Flight. [1]
Ferry Training Flight, Horsham St. Faith Horsham St. Faith December 1941 Horsham St. Faith 21 January 1942 Became No. 1444 (Ferry Training) Flight. [1]
Ferry Training Flight, Nassau Nassau ? Nassau 3 August 1943 Merged with part of the Service Aircrew Pool, Dorval to become No. 3 Ferry Crew Pool. [1]
Ferry Transport Flight Benson 30 December 1954 Benson 16 April 1956 [10]

Units

Unit Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
1 Ferry Unit Pershore 16 March 1944 Manston 17 May 1948 Became No. 1 (Overseas) Ferry Unit. [10]
1 (Overseas) Ferry Unit Pershore 17 May 1948 Abingdon 17 November 1952 Became No. 1 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit
and No. 3 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit. [11]
1 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit Abingdon 17 November 1952 Benson 1 February 1953 Became No. 147 Squadron RAF. [12]
2 Ferry Unit LG.237 23 September 1944 Cairo West 1 December 1945 Absorbed by No. 5 Ferry Unit. [10]
2 (Home) Ferry Unit Aston Down 7 February 1952 Aston Down 1 February 1953 Became No. 187 Squadron RAF. [13]
3 Ferry Unit Oujda,
Morocco
23 September 1944 Blida 14 January 1946 [10]
3 (Long-Range) Ferry Unit Abingdon 17 November 1952 Abingdon 1 February 1953 Became No. 167 Squadron RAF. [12]
4 Ferry Unit Catania,
Sicily
23 September 1944 Capodichino,
Italy
14 January 1946 [10]
4 (Home) Ferry Unit Hawarden 7 February 1952 Hawarden 1 February 1953 Became No. 173 Squadron RAF. [13]
5 Ferry Unit Heliopolis,
Eqypt
23 September 1944 Cairo West,
Eqypt
15 March 1946 [10]
6 Ferry Unit Dorval,
Canada
5 July 1944 Dorval,
Canada
30 November 1945 [10]
7 Ferry Unit Nassau,
Bahamas
5 July 1944 Nassau,
Bahamas
1 October 1945 [10]
8 Ferry Unit Mauripur,
India
1 September 1944 Drigh Road,
India
18 June 1945 [10]
9 Ferry Unit Bamhrauli,
India
1 September 1944 Bamhrauli,
India
20 June 1945 [14]
10 Ferry Unit Nagpur,
India
1 September 1944 Trichinopoly,
India
16 June 1945 [14]
11 Ferry Unit Talbenny 8 September 1944 Dunkeswell 15 August 1945 Merged No. 3 Aircraft Preparation Unit
to become No. 16 Ferry Unit. [14]
12 Ferry Unit Melton
Mowbray
9 October 1944 Melton
Mowbray
7 November 1945 [14]
14 Ferry Unit Agartala,
India
20 March 1945 Hathazari,
India
13 July 1945 Absorbed by No. 209 Staging Post. [14]
15 Ferry Unit Filton 1 July 1945 Filton 10 October 1945 [14]
16 Ferry Unit Dunkeswell 15 August 1945 St Mawgan 15 November 1946 [14]

Crew pools

Unit Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
1 Ferry Crew Pool Lyneham 3 August 1943 Lyneham 16 March 1944 Merged with 301 Ferry Training Unit to become 1 Ferry Unit. [9]
2 Ferry Crew Pool Dorval, Canada 3 August 1943 Dorval 5 July 1944 Merged with the Civilian Aircrew Pool, Allied Aircrew Pool and Ferry Training Flight, Dorval to become 6 Ferry Unit. [9]
3 Ferry Crew Pool Nassau, Bahamas 3 August 1943 Nassau 5 July 1944 Became 7 Ferry Unit. [9]

Pilots pools

Unit Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
1 Ferry Pilots Pool Hucknall 16 January 1939 Hucknall 10 May 1940 [9]
2 Ferry Pilots Pool Filton 16 January 1939 Cardiff April 1940 Disbanded to become
4 Ferry Pilots Pool. [9]
4 Ferry Pilots Pool Cardiff April 1940 Kemble 7 November 1940 Disbanded to become
Headquarters Service Ferry Pools. [9]
7 (Service) Ferry Pilots Pool Kemble 5 November 1940 Kemble 20 February 1941 Absorbed by
Headquarters Service Ferry Pools. [3]
9 (Service) Ferry Pilots Pool Hawarden 1 November 1940 Hawarden 20 February 1941 Absorbed by
Headquarters Service Ferry Pools. [3]

Pools

Unit Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
1 Ferry Pool White
Waltham
3 December 1945 White
Waltham
31 March 1946 [9]
2 Ferry Pool Aston
Down
1 December 1945 Aston
Down
7 February 1952 Became 2 (Home) Ferry Unit. [9]
3 Ferry Pool Lichfield 30 November 1945 Henlow 10 September 1947 [9]
4 Ferry Pool Hawarden 30 November 1945 Hawarden 7 February 1952 Became 4 (Home) Ferry Unit. [9]
5 Ferry Pool Silloth 15 October 1945 Silloth 25 May 1950 [9]
8 (Service) Ferry Pool Kington
Langley
1 November 1940 Kington
Langley
27 March 1941 Became 10 (Polish) Ferry Flight. [3]

Training units

Unit Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
301 Ferry Training Unit Lyneham 3 November 1942 Lyneham 16 March 1944 Merged with No. 1 Ferry Crew Pool to become No. 1 Ferry Unit. [1]
302 Ferry Training Unit Loch Erne 30 September 1942 Alness 1 April 1946 [1]
303 Ferry Training Unit Stornoway 30 September 1942 Talbenny 8 September 1944 Became No. 11 Ferry Unit. [1]
304 Ferry Training Unit Port Ellen 31 December 1942 Melton
Mowbray
9 October 1944 Merged with No. 4 Aircraft Preparation Unit to become No. 12 Ferry Unit. [1]
305 Ferry Training Unit Errol 14 December 1942 Errol 30 April 1944 [1]
306 Ferry Training Unit Templeton 31 December 1942 Melton
Mowbray
15 January 1944 Absorbed by No. 304 Ferry Training Unit. [10]
307 Ferry Training Unit Bicester 24 December 1942 Melton
Mowbray
15 January 1944 Absorbed by No. 304 Ferry Training Unit. [10]
308 Ferry Training Unit Pembroke
Dock
22 March 1943 Oban 12 January 1944 Absorbed by No. 302 Ferry Training Unit. [10]
309 Ferry Training Unit Benson 21 April 1943 Benson 17 September 1945 [10]
310 Ferry Training Unit Harwell 30 April 1943 Harwell 17 December 1943 Absorbed by No. 311 Ferry Training Unit. [10]
311 Ferry Training Unit Moreton-in-Marsh 1 May 1943 Moreton-in-Marsh 1 May 1944 [10]
312 Ferry Training Unit Wellesbourne
Mountford
24 April 1943 Wellesbourne
Mountford
17 December 1943 [10]
313 Ferry Training Unit North Bay,
Canada
1 March 1944 North Bay,
Canada
18 October 1945 [10]

Other units

Ferry Training Unit is a former Royal Air Force unit which operated between 1952 and 1958 to train ferry flight pilots. The unit was formed by a series of replacements, disbandments and mergers dating back to 1939.

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