Friday, June 02, 2006

RAF organization change in the Mediterranean area

At Admiral Cunningham's request, No. 201 Group RAF was reformed as No.201 Naval Cooperation Group RAF. Air Commodore Slater's primary responsibility was to cooperate with the fleet. This change happened on 20 October 1941. The squadrons involved initially were:

Two General Reconnaissance Squadrons RAF
One Greek General Reconnaissance Squadron
One Flying Boat Squadron (Sunderlands)
One Yugoslav Flying Boat Squadron
Two Long-Range Fighter Squadrons RAF

As of 21 October 1941, Admiral Cunningham had the increased responsibility for the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, as far east as Aden. The command had to contend with FW-200 Condors and He-111's flying from Crete, which had successfully bombed the Georgic on 24 July 1941, near Suez. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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