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Royal Air Force 1
Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)


   
1LVGCTL CLO 576 Objbewpel [KL] NAK NORTHAG-TWOATAF 587 Objbewpel [KL] KMANAK AFCENT 586 Objbewpel [KL] MOCNMNAK SHAPELSSLSKLSASZ 564 Objbewpel [KL]    
Unit Location Peace Strength War Strength
Air Force Staff [a] Den Haag ?
?
Air Force Staff Corps [b] Den Haag ?
?
   
Tactical Air Force Command
Zeist ?
?
Administrative Squadron Zeist
Zeist
?
?
Logistic and Training Command Zeist ?
?
   
1 Air Force Signal Group [c] Alphen en Riel (± 120?) ?
   
Netherlands Administrative Corps SHAPE [d] Casteau (BE) ? ?
Netherlands Administrative Corps AFCENT [d] Brunssum ? ?
Netherlands Administrative Corps NORTHAG/TWOATAF [d] Rheindahlen (GE) ? ?
   
Air Force Staff School Ypenburg ? ?
Royal Military Academy [e] Breda ? ?
   
564 Object Security Platoon [Royal Army] [f] 1/4/33 (38)
576 Object Security Platoon [Royal Army] [f] 1/4/33 (38)
   
Mobilisation Centre Nijmegen [g] (Nijmegen) ?
586 Object Security Platoon [Royal Army] [h] 1/4/33 (38)
587 Object Security Platoon [Royal Army] [h] 1/4/33 (38)

Notes


a. Headed by Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force (Bevelhebber der Luchtstrijdkrachten, BDL) who was also Chief of Staff of the Air Force (Chief of the Air Force Staff) (Chef Luchtmachtstaf, CLS). BDL/CLS and his staff were responsible for the policies concerning (the preparation for) combat operations and for the operational effectiveness of the units and installations of the Royal Air Force. The Air Force Staff (Luchtmachtstaf, LS) comprised the Staff Group, the Air Force Staff Cabinet, the Staff Group Legal Affairs and, under the Deputy Chief of Staff, eight divisions grouped under a Subchief Operations (Souschef Operatiën) and a Subchief Plans (Souschef Plannen). 'Operations' comprised four divisions: Operational Control; Intelligence and Security; Flight and Operational Safety; Signals. 'Plans' also comprised four divisions: Plans; Operational Needs; Organisation; Command and Provision of Information. Sub 'Operations' the Head of the Intelligence and Security Division (Afdeling Inlichtingen en Veiligheid) was also Head of the Air Force Intelligence Service (Luchtmacht Inlichtingendienst, LUID) which was part of the Air Force Staff administratively but fell directly under the Minister of Defence.2 
b. Comprised all military personnel working at the headquarters of the Air Force Staff; at least this was the case in 1953 when the corps was established. It appears that by 1985 the corps also provided administrative and service support to the various staff elements.3  
c. Operated a listening post at Kamp 'De Kiek' in Alphen-Riel, gathering signals intelligence (SIGINT) through the interception, decoding and analysis of high-frequency (HF) radio traffic from Warsaw Pact countries. Providing early warning of an enemy attack was an important part of this. Personnel worked in shifts. Other tasks were monitoring all Royal Air Force communications to ensure procedures were observed and to improve communications security in general; and to check communication equipment and computers for unintended signal leakage. This task included periodically carrying out 'debugging' sweeps at locations where classified information was processed or discussed. The group reported to the Air Force Intelligence Service (see note a), under whose operational control they fell. In 1973 personnel strength was 123 (77 military and 46 civilians).4
d. See also Royal Army, Part V.
e. See also Royal Army, Part III.
f.Filled by mobilisable personnel from 16 Armoured Infantry Battalion (RIM) after their fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period in that unit had expired, up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation.5
g.Would be established on mobilisation and most likely disbanded once mobilisation would be completed.
h To be assigned further after mobilisation.6 Filled by mobilisable personnel from 14 Armoured Infantry Battalion (RIM) after their fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period in that unit had expired, up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation.5

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1. Organisation: NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nr. 663, Concept krijgsmachtdeelplan Koninklijke Luchtmacht 1987-1996 d.d. 20 december 1985, 88-89. NIMH 430, inv. nr. 54 (Slagorde KL stand 1 juli 1985), Blad S2. NIMH 723, inv. nr. 75, Organisatie en organisatieschema's m.b.t. de KLu d.d. 1 augustus 1984, 22. Ibid., two undated organisation charts (± 1970-1980). HTK 1983-1984, kamerstuknr. 18169 ondernr. 2 (Defensienota 1984-1993), 133.
2. NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nr. 663, op.cit., 85-86. NIMH 430, inv. nr. 54, loc. cit. NIMH 723, inv. nr. 75, Organisatie en organisatieschema's m.b.t. de KLu d.d. 1 augustus 1984, 23. Intelligence and Security Division of the Air Force Staff and Air Force Intelligence Service: Kluiters, De Nederlandse, 225. There was a large overlap between the two, i.e. many personnel worked for both organisations. Kluiters, loc. cit. The 1986-1987 intelligence reports of the LUID are explored in Van Bavel en Pronk, Een goede vlucht.
3. NL-HaNA, Archiefinventaris 2.13.113, passim. Officiële mededelingen van het Ministerie van Oorlog uit de Legerorders, nr.9, in Militaire Spectator nr. 3, 1953, 124. An internet search shows the corps also acted as a printer and publisher of both internal and external air force related publications. 
4. Kluiters, De Nederlandse, 227. Van Loo, Crossing, 135-136. Kwisthout, Van Luisterdienst, 27. Debugging: scanning for hidden eavesdropping devices.
5.NIMH 205A/10, Aflossing van mobilisabele eenheden en -aanvullingen d.d. 11 november 1983. 
6. NIMH 430, inv. nr. 54, loc.cit.