Catalogue description Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Ferry Command and successors: Records

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Reference: AIR 38
Title: Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Ferry Command and successors: Records

Records of the Atlantic Ferry Organization (ATFERO), Ferry Command and Transport Command are included in this series. Policy files, minutes of committee meetings, orders of battle and route books are included.

Date: 1940-1978

Records are arranged by Command and Group.

Related material:

The Command was also responsible for the Joint Air Transport Establishment, whose reports and drawings are in:

AIR 66

AIR 67

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Air Ministry, Ferry Command, 1941-1943

Air Ministry, Transport Command, 1943-1964

Ministry of Aircraft Production, Atlantic Ferry Organisation, 1940-1941

Ministry of Defence, Air Support Command, 1967-1972

Ministry of Defence, Transport Command, 1964-1967

Physical description: 462 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1970 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

In July 1940 the Atlantic Ferry Organisation (ATFERO) was formed to ferry aircraft across the Atlantic. On 20 July 1941 ATFERO was transferred to the RAF and from it Ferry Command was formed. Ferry Command was renamed Transport Command on 25 March 1943. During the Second World War the main responsibilities of the Command became the transport of aircraft across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom and from the UK to the Middle East and beyond. Passenger and freight services were developed initially between Canada and Britain, but later throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India. Aircraft from Transport Command also towed gliders and dropped paratroops during the Normandy and Arnhem landings. After the War the Command became increasingly engaged in providing tactical and strategic mobility for the Services. Transport Command was renamed Air Support Command on 1 August 1967, a title which more accurately described its wide-ranging activities. Five years later, however, on 1 September 1972 it was absorbed by Strike Command.

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