Coastal Command

A map showing Coastal Command areas during WW2


Formed in 1936, Coastal Command was the RAF's maritime arm, responsible for protecting allied shipping and various supply routes into the UK. It also had an offensive capability, attacking German shipping carrying war materials into Germany.  Bircham Newton and its satellites were heavily involved in the operations against German convoys carrying war materials from Scandinavia into Germany and against E-boats which were responsible for attacks on allied ships. Other wartime operations included mine laying and the rescue of airmen who had ditched in the North Sea.

During World War II the Command was organised in Groups as shown on this map. Bircham Newton and its satellites operated within No. 16 Group, which was responsible for the southern North Sea and eastern Channel areas.

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