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Royal Air Force Beach Units

List of Units

For those seeking information on a particular R.A.F. beach unit, this page provides direct links to each one (where information is currently available).

There were differences between units formed at different times and in different places. R.A.F. beach units were continually evolving and changing as a result of experience gained and the requirements of different operations. Units were disbanded and reformed into new units or, in some cases, simply renamed. This can cause confusion at times (see ‘Confusion, confusion! When is a beach unit not a Beach Unit?’).

Similar units have therefore been grouped together and information is provided at the group level that is general to the units in that group.


U.K. Beach Units, Spring 1943

No. 68 R.A.F. Beach Unit

No. 69 R.A.F. Beach Unit

No. 70 R.A.F. Beach Unit

No. 71 R.A.F. Beach Unit

No. 76 R.A.F. Beach Unit

No. 77 R.A.F. Beach Unit

Middle East Beach Bricks 1943

31 Beach Brick, R.A.F. Component

32 Beach Brick, R.A.F. Component

33 Beach Brick, R.A.F. Component

34 Beach Brick, R.A.F. Component

35 Beach Brick, R.A.F. Component

36 Beach Brick, R.A.F. Component

U.K. Beach Units, late 43/early 44

No. 1 R.A.F. Beach Unit
101 Beach Section
102 Beach Section

No. 2 R.A.F. Beach Unit
103 Beach Section
104 Beach Section

No. 3 R.A.F. Beach Unit
105 Beach Section
106 Beach Section

No. 4 R.A.F. Beach Unit
107 Beach Section
108 Beach Section

U.K. Beach Units, Apr. 44 - Aug. 44

No. 1 R.A.F. Beach Squadron
101 Beach Flight
102 Beach Flight

No. 2 R.A.F. Beach Squadron
103 Beach Flight
104 Beach Flight

No. 3 R.A.F. Beach Squadron
105 Beach Flight
106 Beach Flight

No. 4 R.A.F. Beach Squadron
107 Beach Flight
108 Beach Flight

North African Beach Units,
Jun-Aug 1943

No. 1 Auxiliary Embarkation Unit
No. 2 Auxiliary Embarkation Unit

No. 3 Auxiliary Embarkation Unit

North African Beach Units,
Aug-Oct 1943

No. 81 Auxiliary Embarkation Unit
No. 82 Auxiliary Embarkation Unit

No. 83 Embarkation Unit

Mediterranean Beach Units
end of 1943

R.A.F. Beach Group,
81 Brick
82 Brick
83 Brick

Mediterranean Beach Units 1944

No. 5 R.A.F. Beach Unit
109 Beach Section
110 Beach Section
111 Beach Section

India & South-East Asia Beach Units

No. 6 R.A.F. Beach Unit

No. 7 R.A.F. Beach Squadron

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