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Old 3rd March 2019, 19:48
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RAF Fighter Sqdn structure - 1940

Please can anybody advise the RAF fighter squadron standard structure in 1940, I believe it was CO = S/Ldr, then "A" and "B" Flights led by a Flight Lt with each flight comprising 2 sections of three pilots/aircraft - so a total of 6 per flight (12 or 13 per squadron).

Did the S/Ldr lead one flight and a Flight Lt lead the other or would there be a Flight Lt for each flight of 6 aircraft plus the CO's aircraft.

Was there a standard where particular colours (such as Red or Yellow Section) were with a particular flight ?

Did squadron's have their own groundcrew or were they shared across the Wing? Did each squadron have its own Adjutant, Intell Officer, Engineering officer, etc ?

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Old 4th March 2019, 22:27
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Re: RAF Fighter Sqdn structure - 1940

I would agree with your suggestion for organisation, but there would be extra aircraft and even more pilots in the establishment. Each flight would have its own leader, usually a Flight Lt.

It was usual that the same section colours were applied to the Flights - I cannot say it was universal.

There was no Wing organisation at this time. All squadrons did indeed possess their own ground crew and ground staff: the adjutant was in many ways the backbone of the unit, as he would normally serve much longer with the unit than any of the flying staff.
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Old 5th March 2019, 02:39
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Re: RAF Fighter Sqdn structure - 1940

On Aug. 2 1940, there was 13 squadrons with 16 Spitfires and 6 squadrons with 20 Spitfires.

More info, https://www.scribd.com/document/8561...ommands-AIR-22
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Old 7th March 2019, 15:25
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Re: RAF Fighter Sqdn structure - 1940

Thank you. Does anybody know which Section colours applied to which flights A or B please/
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Old 7th March 2019, 15:36
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Re: RAF Fighter Sqdn structure - 1940

There is a discussion here that gets into the colours:

https://forums.ubi.com/showthread.ph...n-Organisation
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Old 8th March 2019, 13:40
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Re: RAF Fighter Sqdn structure - 1940

thank you
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