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Number 22 (Training) Group History

Number 22 (Training) Group History

1918 - 1919

Due to be formed on 1 April 1918, the same day as the RAF was established, Number 22 (Training) Group was not activated until 1 July 1918. Originally activated at East Fortune in the RAF’s North Western Area, it moved its headquarters to Stirling. On 8 August 1918, it received the designation 'Operations', becoming No. 22 (Operations) Group. It controlled No. 78 Wing RAF, and stations at Auldbar, Chathill (airship station), Dundee, East Fortune, Kirkwall/Orkney, Longside (airship station), Luce Bay, RAF Machrihanish, Peterhead & Strathberg. With the post First World War RAF force reductions, No. 22 Group was disbanded on 30 May 1919.

1926 - 1940

The second incarnation began 12 April 1926 when the Group was re-formed from No 7 Group within Inland Area. The Group's designation was No. 22 (Army Co-operation) Group, responsible for controlling all Army Co-operation work, with its headquarters at South Farnborough. On 17 February 1936, the Group was transferred from the control of Inland Area to that of the Air Defence of Great Britain. From 1 May to 14 July 1936, the Group was raised to command status but was reduced to group status before becoming part of Fighter Command. The Group was once again disbanded on 1 Dec 1940 following the creation of Army Cooperation Command with Numbers 70 and 71 Groups.

1943 - 1972

3 years later, Numbers 72 and 20 Groups were combined and renamed Number 22 Group on 1 Aug 1943. From headquarters at Buntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton, the third incarnation of the Group was Technical Training Command. For 30 years the Group managed training functions including flying traiing, Officer training, Recruit training, University Air Squadrons and RAF Education Tests. Disbandment of the Group occurred on 31 January 1972.

2006 - Present

The current iteration of Number 22 (Training) Group began was established on 30 October 2006, encompassing the Training Group which it was replacing.

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