79 (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA)

79 Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA(TA) was formed in November 1938 by expansion of 343 (Watford) Field Battery RA(TA). It was re-designated as 79 Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in January 1939 and as 79 (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in July 1939. In June 1940 it was re-designated as Heavy Anti-Aircraft. The Regiment was placed in suspended animation in March 1945 and reconstituted as 479 (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in January 1947.

Sep 39 37 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 6 Anti-Aircraft Division South East airfields, UK
Nov 39 Anti-Aircraft Command Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK
Mar 40 3 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Le Havre, France
Jun 40 37 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Cherbourg, France
Jul 40 45 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 5 Anti-Aircraft Division South Wales, UK
Nov 40 61 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 9 Anti-Aircraft Division Swansea, Glamorgan, UK
Apr 42 11 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK
Jun 42 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Cornwall, UK
Oct 42 War Office Reserve Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK
Feb 43 1 Army Algeria
Feb 43 66 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Philippeville, Algeria
Mar 44 52 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Foggia, Italy
Jun 44 Regiment diluted with Basuto’s from the
African Pioneer Corps
Foggia, Italy
Aug 44 Allied Force HQ – US 5 Corps Leghorn, Italy
Oct 44 12 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 8 Army Rimini, Italy
Mar 45 Suspended animation  

Batteries

Sep 39 246 (1st Watford), 247 (2nd Watford), 248 (Welwyn)
Mar 41 246, 247, 248, 398
Aug 41 246, 247, 398, 437
Jun 42 246, 247, 398

Gun Sites Occupied

246 Battery

Date Gun Site Gun Defended Area
Feb 41 N2 Neath (4 guns)
S Mumbles (2 guns)
Swansea

247 Battery

Date Gun Site Gun Defended Area
Feb 41 U Morriston (4 guns)
N3 Jersey Marine (4 guns)
Swansea

248 Battery

Date Gun Site Gun Defended Area
Feb 41 T Sketty Swansea

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45