Swift To Attack

About this Group

No 1 Group coordinates all of the RAF's frontline, fast-jet force elements and the Intelligence Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) work.

The 8,500 personnel in No 1 Group are ready to meet any emerging threats to the UK or UK interests around the globe, including:

  • protecting UK airspace 24/7 365 days a year with the Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft
  • continued air defence of the Falkland Islands
  • exercising with NATO partners

Achieving No 1 Group's mission

The Group has to ensure the RAF stays one step ahead in an uncertain world. It does this by:

  • evolving the RAF's tactics
  • realistic training and exercises in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the United States
  • exploiting the RAF's equipment

Lightning Force

The near term mission for the Lightning Force (LF) is to establish the foundations of Lightning capability by training the initial cadre of LF personnel and developing the process to generate and sustain the Force at RAF Marham. This is to bring the LF to initial operating capability.

Typhoon Force

To generate, operate and sustain effective Combat Air power in all tasked roles and environments.


To deliver battle-winning knowledge and effect to commanders at every level.

Red Arrows

To operate the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), better known as the Red Arrows.

Air Officer Commanding

Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid CB OBE MA RAF

Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid joined the Royal Air Force in 1986.  After completing flying training, he was posted to RAF Laarbruch in Germany to fly the Harrier GR5.  He served 7 years in Germany completing tours with both 4 (AC) Squadron and 3 (F) Squadron, and graduated as a Qualified Weapons Instructor.  During this period Duguid flew operational missions over Northern Iraq well as missions in support of the United Nations and NATO over the Balkans.

Staff tours followed at RAF Strike Command and MoD Directorate of Air Operations and Directorate of Strategic Plans.  On completion of ACSC in September 2005 he returned to flying the Harrier.  He spent two and a half years in command of 4 (AC) Squadron, principally leading it through four operational tours of Operation HERRICK.

On completion of HCSC 11, he deployed to Regional Command Southwest (Camp Leatherneck), Afghanistan, working with the US Marine Corps and was responsible for the coordination and integration of operational effects across Helmand and Nimruz provinces.  On return to the UK, Duguid was appointed as Deputy Head Air Capability for the UK’s F- 35B programme.  In December 2012 he was appointed as the Head of Defence Operational Capability within the MoD, providing operational risk management assurance across Defence.  In March 2015, he assumed command of the Typhoon Force and in October 2018 he was promoted Air Vice- Marshal and appointed as Air Officer Commanding Number 11 Group.  He assumed command of Number 1 Group in November 2021.  He is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (09) and Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (21).

Key dates

1918 - 1936

No 1 Group first formed to perform air defence in the South East of England against German zeppelin and Gotha Raids. It continued in the air defence role until renumbered as 6 Group in 1924 but was reformed the same day at a new location at which it operated until 1926. 1 Group was reactivated the next year, again in the air defence role which it continued until 1936 when it was again renumbered as 6 Group, 1 Group becoming a light bomber group.

1936 - 1945

As a light bomber group 1 Group went to France in 1939 as the Advanced Air Striking Force. An advance arm of Bomber Command rather than, as often thought, an army cooperation unit. The 1 Group designation was used briefly in 1939 by Bomber Command, but stood up permanently in June 1940 and has been active ever since. Largely based in North Yorkshire, the Group carried out more bombing raids than any other over the course of the War.

1946 - 1999

After the War, 1 Group stayed active. It took control of US loaned Thor ballistic missiles for a period between 1958 and 1963, and in 1968 transitioned in to Strike Command.


The Group again took command of air defence within the UK and responsibility for the RAF's offensive air power on operations.

Contact details

1 Group, RAF High Wycombe, Walter's Ash, HP14 4UE