1       Introduction

 

This is a listing of units that have operated Bloodhound and Thunderbird systems.

2       Bloodhound Mk. I

2.1  RAF

All with BRH / AEI Type 83 “Yellow River” radar.


21 Wing Lindholme -

94 Sqn Misson

112 Sqn Breighton – 1959 -65

247 Sqn Carnaby – 1960-63
 
24 Wing Watton –

242 Sqn Marham, October 1959 to September 1964 – 32 launchers

263 Sqn Watton.

266 Sqn Rattlesden
 
148 Wing North Coates -

161 Sqn Dunholme Lodge (? 141 Squadron, RAF Dunholme Lodge)

222 Sqn Woodhall Spa - May 1960 –July 64

264 Sqn North Coates -  Jul 1958- ? , first BH deployment – 24 launcher pads
 
151 Wing North Luffenham –

62 Sqn Woolfox Lodge

257 Sqn Warboys

 

2.2  RAAF

 

30 Sqn RAAF Williamtown Jan. 1961 - 1968

 

39 Sqn RAAF Williamtown from Jan.30 1963 ?

 

(There is some conflict here, an RAAF source says that only 30 Sqn. had bloodhound.)

 

2.3  Sweden

 

Details unknown, Ferranti source suggest Mk 1 exports as well as Mk 2

 

2.4  Switzerland

 

Details unknown, Ferranti source suggest Mk 1 exports as well as Mk 2

3       Bloodhound Mk. II

 

3.1  RAF

Note:  type 87 = AEI Blue Anchor radar

type 86 = Ferranti Indigo Corkscrew radar

 

25 Sqn - Oct 1963-70

North Coates

Type 87 radar and Type 86 radar

 

25 Sqn -1971-83

Bruggen(A flight & HQ), Laarbruch (C flight) and Wildenrath(B flight) (Germany)

Type 86 radar only (T87 in storage)

 

25 Sqn - March 1983- Aug. 89

Barkston Heath (A flight), Wyton (B&D flight &HQ), Wattisham (C flight)

Type 87 radar and Type 86 radar

 

25 Sqn – Malta, 1969- ?

Type 86 radar


33 Sqn –
1/3/1965-31/1/1970

Butterworth (Penang, Malaya)

Type 87 radar.


33 Sqn –
1/3/1966-

Kuching (Malaya)

Type 87 radar

 

41 Sqn - Sept 1965 – Sept. 1970

West Raynham

Type 87 radar and Type 86 radar (three of each)

 

41 Sqn - 1967-68, 1 section

El Adem (Libyia)

Type 86 radar

 

41 Sqn –1969- ?, 1 section

Cyprus

Type 86 radar

65 Sqn - 1964-73

Seletar (Singapore)

Type 87 radar and Type 86 radar, two of each

(T87 systems transferred to Singapore on withdrawal)

 

85 Sqn – 1975-93

West Raynham plus North Coates, Bawdsey, Coltishall, Wyton, Barkston Heath and Wattisham

Type 87 radar and Type 86 radar

(West Raynham, 3 x T87 2 x T86 until 1986 then 5 x T86)


112 Sqn - 1968 - 1975

Paramali (Cyprus)

Type 87 radar.

 

Other UK locations to have seen Bloodhound –

Aberporth, Donna Nook, RAF Newton, Edinburgh

3.2  Sweden

 

Swedish system designation RB68, Bloodhound II with Ferranti Firelight AD10 radar.

 

12 systems

1964-72

Six radars retained for surveillance until 1974 (Fenix).

Nine radars then returned to UK for conversion and replacement of Type 87 radars.

3.3  Switzerland

 

Swiss system designation BL64, Bloodhound II with AEI Scorpion type 87 radar.

1965 - 1999

3.4  Singapore

 

Bloodhound II with AEI Blue Anchor type 87 radar.

2 sections, 1973 - 1998

3.5  Burma

 

Singapore rumoured to have handed over at least one system in 1998. It would be a remarkable feat to get a venerable and complex analogue system like this into effective service.

4       Thunderbird

4.1  Royal Artillery

 

Thunderbird I details unknown, believed to use BRH / AEI Type 83 “Yellow River” radar.

 

Thunderbird II with Ferranti Firelight AD10 radar. Ten radars purchased.

Five “Green Ginger” surveillance systems purchased from AEI / Marconi.

 

36 Regiment 1965- 1976 ?

 

457 Heavy Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery ?

 

UK locations to have seen Thunderbird include–

Aberporth, Stevenage, Ty Croes, Manorbier

4.2  Libya

 

Ten Thunderbirds sections ordered in 1966, cancelled in 1968 when King Idris overthrown. Some radars were built and later used in the UK.