Station Structure in 1938

Air Force List 1938

Shown left is The Air Force List dated January 1938. This publication of 648 pages listed the personnel and rank of all the Units under the umbrella of the Royal Air Force.

Below is the extract for RAF Cardington. It is a very useful point of reference for us as it shows the structure of the station at the time - also naming those individuals in charge.

Snapshot 1937 Air Force List

The list starts of course with Group Captain Thomson who was the Station Commander. More details about the CO's can be found in the Photo Gallery section.

RAF Cardington was formed in December 1936 and from this list we can watch the station grow as new branches were created. March 1937 saw the creation of the Medical branch, followed by the Dental and Chaplains branches.

Next came the equipment branch in August followed by the Education and Accountant branches.

At the base of the list we learn that the station was made up of No 1 Balloon Training Unit, No 2 R. A. F. Depot
and the Royal Airship Works.

Please take a look at the names shown and see if you recognise anyone.

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