List of Royal Air Force Glider units

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This is a list of Royal Air Force glider units.

Gliding Schools

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Name Formed Location Aircraft Disbanded at Disbanded Fate
1 Gliding School December 1942 RAF Strathaven Slingsby Cadet TX.1
Slingsby Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Dumfries 1 September 1955 Reformed as 661 Gliding School
2 Gliding School 25 October 1942 RAF East Fortune No aircraft Dumfries Unknown Reformed as 2 Gliding School
2 Gliding School 1 November 1947 RAF Grangemouth Falcon IV
Grunau Baby
Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.3
Grangemouth 1 September 1955 Disbanded
3 Gliding School March 1944 RAF Macmerry Cadet TX.1/TX.2 RAF Drem 1 September 1947 Disbanded
4 Gliding School December 1943 RAF Paisley Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Grangemouth 1952 Absorbed by 2 Gliding School
5 Gliding School October 1944 RAF Fordoun Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Edzell 1 September 1955 662 Gliding School
6 Gliding School January 1945 RAF Grangemouth Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Grunau Baby IIB
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Grangemouth Late 1955 Absorbed by 2 Gliding School
7 Gliding School March 1946 RAF Dalcross Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Dalcross 1 September 1955 Disbanded
8 Gliding School May 1944 RAF Ayr Cadet TX.1/TX.2 RAF Creetown 1947 Disbanded
9 Gliding School June 1945 RAF Errol Kite
Cadet TX.1
RAF Scone December 1946 Disbanded
10 Gliding School 25 May 1945 RAF Turnberry Cadet TX.1 Unknown Unknown Disbanded
21 Gliding School July 1943 Chester-Le-Street Cadet TX.1 Chester-le-Street 1946 Disbanded
22 Gliding School June 1942 Kirbymoorside Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey 1 September 1955 643 Gliding School
23 Gliding School May 1943 Yeadon Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Rufforth 1 September 1955 642 Gliding School
24 Gliding School September 1943 Netherthorpe Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Lindholme 1 September 1955 Disbanded
25 Gliding School September 1943 Hull Cadet TX.1 Leconfield Late 1947 Disbanded
26 Gliding School October 1943 Greatham Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Middleton St George 1 September 1955 Disbanded
27 Gliding School October 1943 Woolsington Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Ouston 1 September 1955 Merged with 31 Gliding School to become 641 Gliding School
28 Gliding School January 1945 Firbeck Cadet TX.1/TX.2 RAF Linton-on-Ouse 1950 Disbanded
29 Gliding School May 1944 Sheffield Cadet TX.1 Spitalgate 1 September 1955 Merged with 44 Gliding School to become 644 Gliding School
30 Gliding School May 1944 Sherburn-in-Elmet Cadet TX.1 Sherburn-in-Elmet January 1946 Disbanded
31 Gliding School April 1944 Usworth Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3 Usworth 1 September 1955 Merged with 27 Gliding School to become 641 Gliding School
41 Gliding School July 1942 Knowle Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Honiley April 1953 Disbanded
41 Gliding School May 1953 Pembrey Pembrey 1 September 1955 Disbanded
42 Gliding School October 1943 Loughborough Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Cosford 1 September 1955 633 Gliding School
43 Gliding School October 1943 Walsall Airport Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Lichfield 1 September 1955 Disbanded
44 Gliding School October 1943 Rearsby Cadet TX.1/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Spitalgate 1 September 1955 Merged with 29 Gliding School
45 Gliding School August 1942 Meir Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Meir 1 September 1955 632 Gliding School
47 Gliding School April 1945 Camphill Cadet TX.1/TX.2 Hucknall 1 September 1955 Disbanded
48 Gliding School October 1943 Bretford Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.11
Lichfield November 1955 Disbanded
49 Gliding School June 1945 Burnaston Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Newton 1 September 1955 Disbanded
50 Gliding School April 1944 Hereford Cadet TX.1/TX.2 Pershore 1 June 1948 Disbanded
51 Gliding School - Long Mynd Cadet TX.1 - Probably became a detachment of 45 Gliding School[citation needed]
61 Gliding School October 1943 Abergavenny Cadet TX.1 Abergavenny March 1946 Disbanded
62 Gliding School October 1943 Cardiff Cadet TX.1 Pengam Moors 4 August 1948 Disbanded
63 Gliding School October 1943 Tal-y-cafn Cadet TX.1/TX.2 Valley 31 March 1948 Disbanded
64 Gliding School May 1944 Merthyr Cadet TX.1 Unknown 1945 Disbanded
65 Gliding School May 1944 Rhoose Kirby Cadet Cardiff March 1947 Disbanded
66 Gliding School around August 1944 - [citation needed]
67 Gliding School around August 1944 - [citation needed]
68 Gliding School December 1944 Bridgend Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
St Athan 1 September 1955 634 Gliding School
69 Gliding School Cadet TX.1
70 Gliding School August 1944 Pennard Cadet TX.1/TX.2 Fairwood Common Disbanded
72 Gliding School June 1944 Newport Cadet TX.1 1947 Disbanded
80 Gliding School August 1951 Halesland Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Halesland 1 September 1955 Disbanded
81 Gliding School October 1943 Yeovil Cadet TX.1 Yeovilton July 1948 Disbanded
82 Gliding School October 1943 Roborough Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
St Merryn 1 September 1955 Disbanded
83 Gliding School May 1944 Moreton Valance Cadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Aston Down September 1955 Disbanded
84 Gliding School August 1944 Haldon Moor Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Exeter 1955 624 Gliding School
86 Gliding School May 1944 Cadet TX.1
87 Gliding School July 1943 Locking Cadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Locking 1 September 1955 621 Gliding School
88 Gliding School July 1944 Wroughton Cadet TX.1 Hullavington May 1948 Disbanded
89 Gliding School March 1944 Christchurch Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Christchurch 1 September 1955 662 Gliding School
92 Gliding School January 1944 Yate Cadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Colerne 1 September 1955 Disbanded
94 Gliding School June 1945 Yate Cadet TX.1 Yate 20 February 1948 Disbanded
95 Gliding School April 1945 Perranporth Cadet TX.1 St Eval 31 January 1950 Disbanded
102 Gliding School June 1943 Hethersett Cadet TX.1/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
103 Gliding School October 1943 Westley Cadet TX.1/TX.2
104 Gliding School October 1944 Ipswich Airport Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
105 Gliding School May 1945 Cambridge Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
106 Gliding School June 1944 Henlow Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
107 Gliding School September 1942 Lincoln Cadet TX.1/TX.2
108 Gliding School June 1945 Corby Cadet TX.1
121 Gliding School August 1942 Wembley Stadium Cadet TX.1
122 Gliding School October 1942 Northwick Park Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
123 Gliding School October 1942 White Waltham Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
124 Gliding School August 1943 Elstree Cadet TX.1/TX.2
125 Gliding School August 1943 Denham Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
126 Gliding School August 1943 Booker Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
127 Gliding School August 1943 Panshangar Cadet TX.1
128 Gliding School August 1943 Theale Cadet TX.1
129 Gliding School September 1943 Romney Marsh Cadet TX.1/TX.2
130 Gliding School October 1944 Cowley Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
141 Gliding School October 1942 Kidbrooke Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
142 Gliding School October 1943 Bulphan Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
143 Gliding School October 1942 Hamsey Green Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
144 Gliding School 1943 Hounslow Heath Cadet TX.1/TX.2
145 Gliding School 1944 Birch Cadet TX.1
146 Gliding School May 1944 Shenfield Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1B
Prefect TX.1
147 Gliding School January 1945 Laindon Cadet TX.1
148 Gliding School November 1943 Rochford Cadet TX.1
149 Gliding School November 1942 Cadet TX.1
161 Gliding School August 1942 Burgess Hill Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
162 Gliding School October 1943 Hamsey Green Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
163 Gliding School October 1943 Portsmouth Cadet TX.1/TX.2
166 Gliding School October 1943 Westwell Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
167 Gliding School October 1944 Cadet TX.1
168 Gliding School January 1945 Rochester Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
180 Gliding School November 1951 Warton Cadet TX.1/TX.2
181 Gliding School August 1943 Stanley Park Cadet TX.1/TX.2
182 Gliding School May 1945 Salmesbury Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
183 Gliding School March 1944 Wimslow Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
184 Gliding School March 1944 Wimslow Cadet TX.1
185 Gliding School March 1944 Barton Cadet TX.1
186 Gliding School June 1944 Speke Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
187 Gliding School March 1944 Manchester Cadet TX.1
188 Gliding School February 1944 Cark Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
189 Gliding School June 1945 Kingstown Cadet TX.1/TX.2
190 Gliding School May 1945 Cranage Cadet TX.1
192 Gliding School July 1944 Little Sutton Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
201 Gliding School May 1843 Lisburn Cadet TX.1/TX.2
202 Gliding School October 1943 Northern Ireland
203 Gliding School October 1943 Northern Ireland Cadet TX.1/TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
611 Gliding School Renamed 611 Volunteer Gliding School
612 Gliding School Renamed 612 Volunteer Gliding School
613 Gliding School Renamed 613 Volunteer Gliding School
614 Gliding School MDP Wethersfield Renamed 614 Volunteer Gliding School
615 Gliding School Renamed 615 Volunteer Gliding School
616 Gliding School Renamed 616 Volunteer Gliding School
617 Gliding School Renamed 617 Volunteer Gliding School
618 Gliding School Renamed 618 Volunteer Gliding School
621 Gliding School Renamed 621 Volunteer Gliding School
622 Gliding School Renamed 622 Volunteer Gliding School
623 Gliding School 1 September 1955 White Waltham Cadet TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
White Waltham 1 May 1963 Reformed as 623 Gliding School at Tangmere
623 Gliding School 1 July 1963 Tangmere Cadet TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Tangmere November 1974 Disbanded
624 Gliding School Renamed 624 Volunteer Gliding School
625 Gliding School Renamed 625 Volunteer Gliding School
626 Gliding School Renamed 626 Volunteer Gliding School
631 Gliding School Renamed 631 Volunteer Gliding School
632 Gliding School Renamed 632 Volunteer Gliding School
633 Gliding School Renamed 633 Volunteer Gliding School
634 Gliding School Renamed 634 Volunteer Gliding School
635 Gliding School Renamed 635 Volunteer Gliding School
636 Gliding School Renamed 636 Volunteer Gliding School
637 Gliding School Renamed 637 Volunteer Gliding School
641 Gliding School 1 September 1955 Usworth Cadet TX.2/TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Dishforth Disbanded
642 Gliding School Renamed 642 Volunteer Gliding School
643 Gliding School Renamed 643 Volunteer Gliding School
644 Gliding School Renamed 644 Volunteer Gliding School
645 Gliding School Renamed 645 Volunteer Gliding School
661 Gliding School Renamed 661 Volunteer Gliding School
662 Gliding School Renamed 662 Volunteer Gliding School
663 Gliding School Renamed 663 Volunteer Gliding School
671 Gliding School 1 September 1955 Long Kesh Cadet TX.3
Sedbergh TX.1
Bishops Court October 1962 Disbanded

Volunteer Gliding Schools

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Name Formed Location Aircraft Renamed Unit became
611 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Regal TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Venture T.1 & T.2
Viking TX.1
2005 611 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
612 Volunteer Gliding School October 1978 Benson Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
613 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Swallow TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 613 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
614 Volunteer Gliding School January 1979 MDP Wethersfield Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005 614 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
615 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005 615 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
616 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 616 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
617 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 617 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
618 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Vanguard TX.1
Valiant TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 618 Volunteer Gliding Squadron?
621 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Grasshopper TX.1
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 621 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
622 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow
Viking TX.1
2005 622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
624 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
625 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Viking TX.1
2005 625 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
626 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
631 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 631 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
632 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 632 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
633 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant t.1
2005 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
634 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 634 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
635 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 635 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
636 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005 636 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
637 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Grasshopper TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 637 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
642 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.2
Vigilant T.1
2005 642 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
643 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Viking TX.1
2005 643 Volunteer Gliding Squadron?
644 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Venture T.1 & T.2
2005 644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron?
645 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Vanguard TX.1
Valiant TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
661 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
662 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Grasshopper TX.1
Viking TX.1
2005 662 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
663 Volunteer Gliding School 1978 Unknown Sedbergh TX.1
Cadet TX.3
Prefect TX.1
Swallow TX.1
Vigilant T.1
2005 663 Volunteer Gliding Squadron
664 Volunteer Gliding School February 1987 Bishop's Court Venture T.1 October 1990 664 Volunteer Gliding School
664 Volunteer Gliding School 1 November 1995 Belfast City Airport Vigilant T.1 2005 664 Volunteer Gliding Squadron

Other Glider units

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Name Formed Location Aircraft Location Current status
Glider Flight, Cranwell Cranwell Cadet TX.1/TX.2
Prefect TX.1
Sedbergh TX.1
Kranich II
Viking TX.1
Cranwell Active as of 1993
Glider Flight, Halton 17 March 1945 Halton Cader TX.1/TX.2
Sedbergh TX.1
Venture T.2
Viking TX.1
Halton Active as of 1993
Glider Instructors Flight 1 February 1943 Shobdon Master II
Hotspur
Albemarle VI
Hockley Heath Disbanded 31 January 1945 and
absorbed by 3 Glider Training School
as the Glider Instructors School.
Glider Instructors School 25 August 1942 Thame Hind
Hector
Master II
Hotspur II
Oxford I
Thame Disbanded 31 January 1943 to be
replaced by the Glider Instructors
Flight within 5 Glider Training School
Glider Instructors School 31 January 1945 Culmhead Master
Hotspur
Culmhead Disbanded 1945
Glider Pick-up Training Flight 8 January 1945 Zeals Dakota III/IV
Hadrian
Ramsbury Disbanded 15 November 1945
Glider Pilot Exercise Unit 12 August 1942 Netheravon Hart
Hind
Hector
Tiger Moth
Master
Hotspur
Hengist
Horsa
Thruxton Disbanded 1 December 1943 to become
Operational and Refresher Training Unit
Glider Test and Ferry Flight, Cosford 14 October 1942 Cosford Whitley V Cosford Disbanded August 1945
Glider Test and Ferry Flight, Kemble 1943 Kemble Whitley V Kemble Disbanded 15 April 1944
Glider Test and Ferry Flight, Wroughton March 1943 Wroughton Whitley V
Albermarle
Hudson
Wroughton Disbanded August 1945
1 Glider Training School 1 December 1941 Thame Croughton Disbanded 23 March 1943
1 Glider Training School 1 November 1944 Croughton Croughton Disbanded 19 June 1946
2 Glider Training School 1 December 1941 Weston-on-the-Green Weston-on-the-Green Disbanded 23 March 1943
3 Glider Training School 21 July 1942 Stoke Orchard Wellesbourne Mountford Disbanded 3 December 1947
4 Glider Training School 13 July 1942 Kidlington Kidlington Disbanded 23 March 1943
5 Glider Training School 30 June 1942 Kidlington Shobdon Disbanded 15 November 1945
Glider Training Squadron 22 September 1940 Ringway Thame Disbanded 1 December 1940
Glider Training Unit 1 June 1942 Abu Sueir Abu Sueir Disbanded 9 December 1942
1 Gliding Centre 31 March 1959 Hawkinge Swanton Morley Disbanded 9 August 1971
2 Gliding Centre 31 March 1959 Newton Spitalgate Disbanded 9 August 1971

See also

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lake 1999, p. 111.
  2. Lake 1999, p. 112.
  3. Lake 1999, p. 113.
  4. Lake 1999, p. 114.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lake 1999, p. 115.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lake 1999, p. 116.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lake 1999, p. 117.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Lake 1999, p. 110.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Lake 1999, p. 130.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Lake 1999, p. 129.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Jefford 1988, p. 103.

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