Air Defence of Great Britain

The Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB) refers to two different components of the RAF depending on the time period in question.

1925 to 1936

The first ADGB was created in 1925 as the command responsible for home defences, both fighters and bombers. It was divided into two areas controlling regular squadrons, the Wessex Bombing Area and the Fighting Area. In 1936 ADGB was abolished with the Bombing Area becoming Bomber Command and the Fighting Area becoming Fighter Command.

Air Officer Commanders-in-Chief

*1 January 1925, Air Vice Marshal Sir John Salmond
*26 May 1928, Air Vice Marshal F R Scarlett (temporary appointment)
*1 January 1929, Air Marshal Sir Edward Ellington
*5 September 1931, Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Salmond
*17 January 1933, Air Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham
*1 August 1935, Air Marshal Sir John Steel

1943 to 1944

The second use for the name came when it was adopted for the rump of Fighter Command dedicated to the defence of the United Kingdom after the formation of the Second Tactical Air Force in 1943. It was Fighter Command in all but name, and this was finally reflected in 1944 with a return to the previous name.


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