Royal Air Force Germany

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name = Royal Air Force Germany


caption = Royal Air Force Germany crest
dates = 1 January 1959 - 1993
country = Germany
allegiance = United Kingdom
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The former Royal Air Force Germany (RAFG) was a command of the Royal Air Force and part of British Forces Germany, consisting of those units based in Germany initially as part of the occupation following World War II, and later as part of the RAF's commitment to the defence of Europe during the Cold War.

The command was formed on 1 January 1959 by renaming the RAF's Second Tactical Air Force (2TAF). RAF Germany was disbanded as a separate command in 1993 as part of the reduction of British military presence in Europe at the cessation of the Cold War. The remaining RAF forces in Germany ceased to be a separate command and instead became No. 2 Group RAF, part of RAF Strike Command (now RAF Air Command).

RAFG bases

* RAF Ahlhorn
* RAF Blankensee
* RAF Brüggen - now a British Army Garrison, called "Elmpt Station, Javelin Barracks"
* RAF Bückeburg
* RAF Butzweilerhof
* RAF Celle
* RAF Fassberg
* RAF Fuhlsbüttel
* RAF Gatow
* RAF Geilenkirchen
* RAF Goch
* RAF Gütersloh - now a British Army Garrison, called "Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh", (AAC Gütersloh)
* RAF Hambühren
* RAF Hehn
* RAF Hustedt
* RAF Husum - a remote radar station on the coast near Husum, Schleswig-Holstein
* RAF Jever
* RAF Laarbruch - now a Civilian Airport Airport Weeze
* RAF Lübeck
* RAF Lüneburg
* RAF Oldenburg
* RAF Plantlünne
* RAF Rheindahlen - now occupied by the British Army, as HQ United Kingdom Support Command (Germany) (HQ UKSC(G))
* RAF Schleswigland
* RAF Sundern
* RAF Sylt
* RAF Uetersen
* RAF Wahn
* RAF Hospital Wegberg - now occupied by the British Army, as HQ British Forces Germany Health Service (BFGHS)
* RAF Wildenrath
* RAF Winterberg
* RAF Wunstorf

Commanders

*1 January 1959 - Air Marshal Sir John Edwardes-Jones
*7 January 1961 - Air Marshal Sir John Grandy
*25 June 1963 - Air Marshal Sir Ronald Lees
*6 December 1965 - Air Marshal Sir Denis Spotswood
*16 July 1968 - Air Marshal Christopher Foxley-Norris
*10 November 1970 - Air Marshal Harold Brownlow Martin
*4 April 1973 - Air Marshal N Maynard
*19 January 1976 - Air Marshal Sir Michael Beetham
*25 July 1977 - Air Marshal Sir John Stacey
*30 April 1979 - Air Marshal Sir Peter Terry
*2 February 1981 - Air Marshal Sir Thomas Kennedy
*9 April 1983 - Air Marshal Sir Patrick Hine
*1 July 1985 - Air Marshal Sir David Parry-Evans
*13 April 1987 - Air Marshal Sir Anthony Skingsley
*14 April 1989 - Air Marshal Sir Roger Palin
*22 April 1991 - Air Marshal Sir Andrew Wilson

External links

* [http://www.raf.mod.uk/structure/stations.cfm RAF Stations] official web page listing current RAF stations
* [http://www.ukcoldwar.org.uk/rafbases.htm Current functions of RAF bases]
* [http://www.servicepals.com/index.cfm/pcms/site.gallery.view_tag/tag/Germany gallery of images of Germany] , from [http://www.servicepals.com/ ServicePals.com]

ee also

*Royal Air Force
*List of Royal Air Force commands
*Royal Air Force station
**List of RAF stations
*RAF Regiment
**List of RAF Regiment squadrons

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