RAF Home Command
RAF Home Command was the Royal Air Force command that was responsible for the maintenance and training of reserve organisations from formation on 1 February 1939 as RAF Reserve Command with interruptions until it ceased to exist on 1 April 1959.
|Active||1 February 1939–27 May 1940|
1 May 1946–1 April 1959
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Wantage Hall, University of Reading|
The Command was formed as RAF Reserve Command on 1 February 1939. It was absorbed into RAF Flying Training Command on 27 May 1940 but reformed again on 1 May 1946. It was then renamed RAF Home Command on 1 August 1950 and absorbed into RAF Flying Training Command again on 1 April 1959.
The command's communications squadron, the Home Command Communication Squadron, was formed on 1 August 1950 at RAF White Waltham and disestablished on 1 April 1959, still at White Waltham, becoming the Flying Training Command Communication Squadron RAF.
Air Officer Commanding-in-ChiefEdit
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief included:
RAF Reserve Command
- 1 February 1939 Air Marshal Sir Christopher Courtney
- 28 August 1939 Air Chief Marshal Sir John Steel
- 22 April 1940 Air Vice Marshal Sir William Welsh
- Note: The Command was not in existence from May 1940 to May 1946
- 1 May 1946 Air Commodore E D H Davies (Temporary)
- 20 May 1946 Air Marshal Sir Alan Lees
- 1 October 1949 Air Marshal Sir Robert Foster
RAF Home Command
- Pine, L.G. (1983). A dictionary of mottoes (1 ed.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 226. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X.
- John D. Rawlings, 'The History of the Royal Air Force,' Temple Press Aerospace, Feltham, Middlesex, 1984, p.180
- Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - RAF Home Commands formed between 1939 - 1957 Archived 11 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine