Tuesday, May 1, 2018

RFC Airfield Locations and AOB Pt 1 1914-1915

RFC Airfield Locations and Air Order of Battle (AOB) on the Western Front, 1914 and 1915.

1914

Aug-14
Service Brigade Wing Squadron Location Aircraft Type Number
RFC 2 BE2a 12
RFC 3 Bleriot XI 7
RFC 3 Henry Farman 4
RFC 3 Bleriot Parasol 1
RFC 4 BE2a 12
RFC From Sep 1914 4 Maurice Farman 4
RFC Wireless Flt BE2a 3
RFC 5 Henry Farman 8
RFC 5 Avro 504 3
RFC 5 BE8a 1
RFC From Oct 1914 6 BE2a 2
RFC From Oct 1914 6 BE2b 4
RFC From Oct 1914 6 Henry Farman 4
RFC From Oct 1914 6 BE8a 2

A detailed review of the RFC's deployment to France in August 1914 and its subsequent AOB up to December 1914 can be found on the 'airhistory.org.uk' website under 'Facts & Fiction': The Departure of the Royal Flying Corps Expeditionary Force.

1915

Neuve Chapelle

Service Brigade Wing Squadron Location Aircraft Type Number
RFC - 1 2 Merville BE 2 7
RFC - 1 2 Merville BE 2c 5
RFC - 1 2 Merville Maurice Farman MF1 Shorthorn 2
RFC - 1 3 Chocques Morane L 'Parasol' 9
RFC - 1 3 Chocques Bleriot Parasol 3
RFC - 1 3 Chocques Avro 504 1
RFC - 1 3 Chocques SE 2 1
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Voisin LA 2
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Vickers FB5 1
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Bleriot Parasol 1
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue BE 2c 4
RFC - 2 5 Bailleul Avro 504 4
RFC - 2 5 Bailleul Bleriot Parasol 3
RFC - 2 5 Bailleul Martinsyde S1 2
RFC - 2 5 Bailleul Henri Farman F20 1
RFC - 2 4 (flight) Bailleul Voisin LA 4
RFC - 2 6 Poperinghe BE 2 7
RFC - 2 6 Poperinghe BE 2c 4
RFC - 3 1 St-Omer BE 8 'Bloater' 4
RFC - 3 1 St-Omer Avro 504 8
RFC - 3 4 St-Omer BE 2 6
RFC - 3 4 St-Omer Martinsyde S1 1
RFC - HQ 9 (flight) St-Omer Maurice Farman MF1 Shorthorn 5


Aubers Ridge, 2nd Ypres and Festubert

Service Brigade Wing Squadron Location Aircraft Type Number
RFC - 1 2 Merville BE 2a 3
RFC - 1 2 Merville BE 2b 4
RFC - 1 2 Merville BE 2c 5
RFC - 1 3 Chocques Bleriot Parasol 1
RFC - 1 3 Chocques Morane L 'Parasol' 13
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue BE 2a 1
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue BE 2c 3
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Voisin LA 3
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Maurice Farman 4
RFC - 2 5 Abeele Avro 504 6
RFC - 2 5 Abeele Vickers FB5 5
RFC - 2 5 Abeele Martinsyde S1 1
RFC - 2 6 Abeele BE 2 5
RFC - 2 6 Abeele BE 2c 5
RFC - 2 6 Abeele Martinsyde S1 1
RFC - 2 8 Abeele BE 2c 6
RFC - 3 1 Bailleul BE 8 2
RFC - 3 1 Bailleul Avro 504 2
RFC - 3 1 Bailleul Morane L 'Parasol' 3
RFC - 3 1 Bailleul Caudron GIII 4
RFC - 3 1 Bailleul Martinsyde S1 1
RFC - 3 4 Bailleul BE 2 6
RFC - 3 4 Bailleul BE 2c 2
RFC - 3 4 Bailleul Voisin LA 3
RFC - 3 4 Bailleul Caudron GIII 2
RFC - 3 4 Bailleul Bristol scout 1
RFC - 3 7 St-Omer RE 5 7
RFC - 3 7 St-Omer Voisin LA 4
Aviation Militaire - I Corps 40e Compagnie d'Aerostiers (French) Chocques Balloon 1


Loos

Service Brigade Wing Squadron Location Aircraft Type Number
RFC - 1 2 Hesdigneul BE 2c 12
RFC - 1 2 Hesdigneul Bristol scout 1
RFC - 1 3 Auchel Morane L 'Parasol' 13
RFC - 1 3 Auchel Morane LA 1
RFC - 1 10 Chocques BE 2c 12
RFC - 1 10 Chocques Bristol scout 1
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Maurice Farman MF11 Shorthorn 6
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue BE 2c 7
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue BE 9 1
RFC - 1 16 La Gorgue Bristol scout 1
RFC - 1 11 (flight) Vert Galand Vickers FB5 4
RNAS - 1 6 KBS Lestrem Balloon 1
RNAS - 1 8 KBS Bethune Balloon 1
RFC - 2 1 Bailleul Avro 504 4
RFC - 2 1 Bailleul Morane L 'Parasol' 8
RFC - 2 1 Bailleul Caudron GIII 1
RFC - 2 5 Abeele Avro 504 3
RFC - 2 5 Abeele Vickers FB5 4
RFC - 2 5 Abeele BE 2c 5
RFC - 2 5 Abeele Bristol scout 1
RFC - 2 6 Abeele BE 2c 8
RFC - 2 6 Abeele FE 2b 4
RFC - 2 6 Abeele Bristol scout 1
RFC - 2 7 Droglandt BE 2c 8
RFC - 2 7 Droglandt RE 5 2
RFC - 2 7 Droglandt Bristol scout 1
RNAS - 2 2 KBS Locre Balloon 1
RNAS - 2 4 KBS Steenwerck Balloon 1
RFC - 3 4 Baizieux BE 2a 1
RFC - 3 4 Baizieux BE 2b 2
RFC - 3 4 Baizieux BE 2c 11
RFC - 3 4 Baizieux Morane LA 1
RFC - 3 8 Marieux BE 2a 1
RFC - 3 8 Marieux BE 2b 2
RFC - 3 8 Marieux BE 2c 11
RFC - 3 8 Marieux Bristol scout 2
RFC - 3 11 Villers-Bretonneux Vickers FB5 11


The physical location of the airfields listed above can be found on the following Google Maps page: RFC/RAF WW1 Airfields on the Western Front 1914-1918. (Please note that the Google Maps page is 'work in progress'.)

Part 2 - 1916 (The Somme)

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