8 Anti-Aircraft Division

8 AA Div

 

The division was formed on 1 November 1940 by splitting 5 Anti-Aircraft Division, with the new formation taking responsibility for the City of Bristol and the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. This area included the Bristol Aeroplane Company factory and airfield at Filton, and the Royal Navy dockyards at Devonport (Plymouth) and Portland.

 

On re-organisation of Anti-Aircraft Command in October 1942, 8 Anti-Aircraft Division merged with 5 Anti-Aircraft Division into 3 Anti-Aircraft Group based at Bristol

 

HQ Bristol

 

Order of Battle 1939-40

 

46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Bristol
76 (Gloucestershire) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
23 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 5 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41
66 (Gloucestershire Regiment) Searchlight Regiment (part)
68 (Monmouthshire Regiment) Searchlight Regiment

 

55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Plymouth and Falmouth, Cornwall
56 (Cornwall) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
118 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (part) – new regiment raised in Dec 40; to 9 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41
58 (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – part deployed at Plymouth, part under 65 Anti-Aircraft Brigade at Southampton; left to join 11 Support Group in May 41
81 Searchlight Regiment – new unit formed in Nov 40 from existing Searchlight Battery of Cornwall Fortress Royal Engineers
82 Searchlight Regiment – new unit formed in Nov 40 from existing Searchlight Battery of Dorset Fortress Royal Engineers

 

60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Exeter, Yeovil and Portland
104 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
44 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
66 Searchlight Regiment (part)

 

64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Airfield sector layout
35 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
2 Searchlight Regiment
3 (Ulster) Searchlight Regiment – converted into 4 (Ulster) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in Jan 42
76 Searchlight Regiment
85 Searchlight Regiment – new unit raised in Jan 41

 

Divisional unit
9 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – formed by 8 Anti-Aircraft Division in Jan 41

 

Order of Battle 1941-42

 

46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
59 (Essex Regiment) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Dec 41; to War Office control as part of the field force Mar 42; later to Operation Torch
76 (Gloucestershire) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to the 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41
104 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 5 Anti-Aircraft Division in Dec 41
112 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 11 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41; to 9 Anti-Aircraft Division by Dec 41
116 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in Nov 40; to 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41
119 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 1 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41; to 64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41
133 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Sep 41
140 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Dec 41; to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by May 42
150 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Feb 42
165 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Jul 42
36 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 1 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41; to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41
47 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41; to Operation Torch 1942
133 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jul 42
66 Searchlight Regiment – to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41
68 Searchlight Regiment – to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41
1 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – from 1 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41, returned by Dec 41

 

55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
56 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment– left for India in Dec 41
79 (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 11 Anti-Aircraft Brigade for Jul 42
103 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 4 Anti-Aircraft Division May 42
116 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41
162 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Jun 42
166 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Aug 42
36 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41; left for India in Apr 42
44 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division Jan 42 (previously 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade ); left for India in Mar 42
46 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41
55 (Devonshire) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from War Office Reserve in Apr 42; later to Ceylon
137 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Feb 42
29 (Kent) Searchlight Regiment– from 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Jan 42; to 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
81 Searchlight Regiment – converted into unbrigaded 131 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in Mar 42
82 Searchlight Regiment – to 64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41
85 Searchlight Regiment – from 64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41; converted into 132 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in 5 Anti-Aircraft Division in Mar 42
9 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – from 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41

 

60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
108 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from Orkney and Shetland Defences (OSDEF) by Sept 42
12 (Finsbury Rifles) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 1 Anti-Aircraft Division by May 41; left Anti-Aircraft Command and joined War Office Reserve Jun 41, later to Persia and Iraq Command (PAIFORCE)
44 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 9 Anti-Aircraft Division by Dec 41; then to 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jan 42
67 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 3 Anti-Aircraft Division by Sept 42
29 (Kent) Searchlight Regiment – from 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
74 (Essex Fortress) Searchlight Regiment – from 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Jan 42
76 Searchlight Regiment – from 64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41; to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42
88 Searchlight Regiment – new unit formed in Mar 41
89 Searchlight Regiment – new unit formed in Mar 41; converted into 133 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Mar 42; to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade June 42
9 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – to 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41

 

64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Left August 1942
98 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 4 Anti-Aircraft Division May 42
119 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41; to 9 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 42
35 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left in Nov 41 for Singapore, where it was captured in Feb 42
75 (Middlesex) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from unbrigaded by Dec 41; left in Jul 42, later in invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky)
87 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Oct 41; to 9 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 42
127 (Queens) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment– converted from 63rd (Queens) Searchlight Regiment, joined Jul 42
2 Searchlight Regiment
3 Searchlight Regiment – to 69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41
76 Searchlight Regiment – to 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41
82 Searchlight Regiment – from 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41
85 Searchlight Regiment – to 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41

 

69 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – new formation joined June 1941
76 (Gloucestershire) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41; to Operation Torch by Nov 42
140 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by May 42
24 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 5 Anti-Aircraft Division; to India 1942
36 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade on formation; to 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41
47 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division on formation; to 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by Dec 41
72 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division May 42; left Jul 42, later in Operation Torch
83 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Aug 41, joined Dec 41; left Jun 42, later to Operation Torch
87 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division (previously 64 Anti-Aircraft Brigade) in Aug 42
133 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42, to 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jul 42
3 Searchlight Regiment – from 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41; converted into unbrigaded 4 (Ulster) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in Jan 42
66 Searchlight Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade on formation
68 Searchlight Regiment – from 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade on formation
76 Searchlight Regiment – from 60 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45