1 Anti-Aircraft Division

1 AA Div

 

The 1st Anti-Aircraft Division became independent, leaving 1st Anti-Aircraft Corps and coming directly under Anti-Aircraft Command, during April 1942. Like the other Anti-Aircraft Corps and Divisions, it was disbanded and replaced on 1 October 1942 by a new Anti-Aircraft Group structure. London was covered by the 1st Anti-Aircraft Group.

 

HQ Hillingdon House, RAF Uxbridge

 

Order of Battle 1939

 

26 (London) Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Brompton Road, London SW3
53 (City of London) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
86 (Honourable Artillery Company) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
88 Anti-Aircraft Regiment

 

38 Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Duke of York’s Headquarters, Chelsea
26 (London Electrical Engineers) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers(TA)
27 (London Electrical Engineers) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers(TA)
75 (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment

 

48 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Lewisham
54 (City of London) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
60 (City of London) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
97 (London Scottish) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
99 (London Welsh) Anti-Aircraft Regiment

 

49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, RA(TA), Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1
51 (London) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
52 (London) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
84 (Middlesex, London Transport) Anti-Aircraft Regiment

 

Order of Battle 1941-42

 

26 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – part of London Inner Artillery Zone
4 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left in Jun 41 for West Africa Command
52 (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left Summer 41 for 9 Anti-Aircraft Division
86 (Honourable Artillery Company) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – rejoined by Feb 41,
to 49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade late 41
119 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Dec 40, left by May 41 for 8 Anti-Aircraft Division
62 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Oct 40, left Jun 42 for 9 Anti-Aircraft Division
6 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – formed Sep 40
88 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – rejoined from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41, left Jun 41 for Middle East Forces
105 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 26 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41, returned Autumn 41
84 (Middlesex, London Transport) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Summer 41, left Winter 41 for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division
120 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Jan 41, joined Summer 41
132 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment –formed Sep 41
156 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Apr 42

 

38 Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade – London Searchlight layout
26 (London Electrical Engineers) Searchlight Regiment
35 (First Surrey Rifles) Searchlight Regiment – to 5 Anti-Aircraft Division Summer 41
75 (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment – converted to 75 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Feb 41, joined 8 Anti-Aircraft Division
79 Searchlight Regiment – formed Oct 40
63 (Queens) Searchlight Regiment – joined autumn 41 from 5 Anti-Aircraft Division, converted to 127 (Queens) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Mar 42

 

48th AA Brigade– part of London Inner Artillery Zone
54 (City of London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
97 (London Scottish) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
Autumn 41
105 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Sep 40, to 26 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41, returned Autumn 41
53 (City of London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – rejoined from 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Feb 41 as a mobile regiment, left in Oct 41 to India
109 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41, to 26 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by May 42
1 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – formed Sep 40
14 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – formed Sep 41
141 (M) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Dec 41, to 49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jan 42

 

49th Anti-Aircraft Brigade – part of London Inner Artillery Zone
84 (Middlesex, London Transport) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment– to 26 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41
109 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Sep 40, to 48 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41, returned Jun 42
11 (City of London Yeomanry) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – transferred to War Office Reserve Summer 41
36 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 8 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41
42 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 11 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41
70 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Jan 41
53 (City of London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – rejoined Jul 40, left for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Oct 40
73 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA)– formed Feb 41
57 (Wessex) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from Anti-Aircraft Division Autumn 41, to 11 Anti-Aircraft Division Jan 42
97 (London Scottish) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 48 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
Autumn 41
141 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 48 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jan 42
86 (Honourable Artillery Company) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 26 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Mar 42

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45