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                        The making of 24th Missile Regiment RA  

Brief History from 1947 to Date

Title 1938-47                             33rd Field Regiment Royal Artillery

Regimental Titles                     

Apr 1947 24th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment RA
? Amalgamated with 59th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment RA as 24th Medium Regiment RA

Jun 1960 24th Missile Regiment RA
31 Mar 1977 Suspended Animation


Apr 1947 51 Bty, 2 Bty & 128 Bty
Jan 1958 76 Bty from 30 Regt (Equipment and Troops from 128 Bty)
128 Bty into Suspended Animation
Jan 1959 - HQ Bty formed
Aug 1960 34 Bty from 12 Regt
Jul 1972 2 Bty to JLRRA
Nov 1972 19 Bty from 39 Regt
34 Bty to 45 Regt
Feb 1977 51 Bty to 50 Regt
76 Bty to 26 Regt

Mar 1977 19 Bty to 50 Regt



Apr 1947
1955 - 25 pdr
Jul 1955 5.5 gun
Jun 1960 Honest John (76 Bty & 51 Bty)
8" Howitzer (2 Bty & 34 Bty)
M110 (2 Bty & 34 Bty)

Apr 1947 ?
Sheernes ( Bks) 51 Bty (There 1953)
Gillingham (Hoath Lane Camp) 2 Bty (There 1953)
1955 Carlisle (Durranhill Camp) (Temporary Camp)
Jan 1956 Luneburg (Wyvern Bks)
Neinburg (Assaye Bks) (There in 1961)
1962 Paderborn (Barker Bks)
Nov 1972 Dortmund (Ubique Bks)

See bottom of page for photo's and details of the Guns & Missile.

24 Missile Regiment RA (BAOR) - 1960/61 to 1977
In 1956, the 24 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery moved from Carlisle to Luneburg, Germany and then to Nienburg (Assaye Bks), Germany.

In June 1960 the Regiment was redesignated as 24th Missile Regiment RA.
In 1960 the Regiment began its conversion to a nuclear role with Honest John. This was completed by 1961.

Initial organization of 24th Msl Regt RA:
Hq Bty
2 Bty (8" gun)
34 Bty (8" gun)
51 Msl Bty (Honest John)
76 Msl Bty (Honest John)

The 24th Missile Regiment moved to Paderborn (Barker Bks) in 1962 and then to Dortmund (Ubique Bks) in 1972.

In Jul 1972 - 2 Bty transferred to JLRRA
Nov 1972 - 19 Bty transferred from 39th Missile Regt to 24th Missile Regiment and 34 Bty transferred to 45th Regt

In February 1977, 24th Missile Regiment disbanded in Dortmund
In Feb 1977 - 51 Bty transferred to 50th Msl Regt; 76 Bty transferred to 26th Regt; in Mar 1977, 19 Bty transferred to 50th Msl Regt
15th US Army Missile Detachment  
The 24th Missile Regiment was supported by the 15th US Army Missile Detachment.

Constituted 14 December 1960 in the Regular Army as the 15th United States Army Missile Detachment
Activated 11 February 1961 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Inactivated 15 September 1966 in Germany

Reactivated 1 May 1969 in Germany
Reorganized and redesignated 12 September 1970 as the 15th United States Army Artillery Detachment
Inactivated 15 October 1988 in Germany

(Source: Email from John C. Calhoun, 15th USAFAD, 1974-75)

I served with the 15th USAFAD which was part of the 570th Artillery Group, 59th Ordnance Brigade (SASCOM).

The 15th USAFAD was operationally attached to NORTHAG - BAOR - 1st British Corps - 1st Division - Division Artillery - 45 (pronounced FOUR FIVE) Medium Regiment Royal Artillery. This unit was stationed at Barker Barracks (the Germans called it Panzer Kaserne) in Paderborn, FRG. It supported M109A1 and M110 self propelled howitzers on the Northern Plain & Harz Mountains "AO."

Also on the kaserne was the Queens Royal Irish Hussars, a Chieftain Tank armour unit. Tenant units were a medical clinic and REME workshoppes. I was stationed there in 1974 & 1975.

The commanding officer (OC to our British partners) was a Cpt Dullaghan. It was interesting as he was a conscript, native of Ireland, who attended OCS after Vietnam. He was particularly disliked (behind his back) by the British because of his ancestory. This artillery unit did two Northern Ireland six month tours while I was there. Our unit was approximately 31 men - 1 captain; 2 lieutenants, one E-7 first sergeant; one E-4 admin clerk; one E-6 supply sergeant; one E-4 supply clerk; one E-6 Crypto sgt.; one E-4 Crypto clerk; one E-7 mess sergeant; one E-5 cook; one E-4 cook; one E-3 cook; 3 sets of Artillery MOS teams made up of one E-6 sergeant; an E-5 sergeant; two E-4 specialists and two E-3 batterymen. (One Artillery Team supported each firing battery in the 45.)

The firing batteries in the 45 were:
52 NIAGRA BATTERY (155 M109A1)
170 IMJIN BATTERY (155 M109A1)

* 170 Battery was one of the few foreign military units to win the US Presidential Unit Citation (in Korea). They had a special ceremony every year celebrating this award on St. George's Day.

Today, the 45 and 34 have had their colours retired. 52 and 170 have been amalgamated into other units. All these units changed throughout the 1980's until their re-alignment in the early 1990's.

I understand that the 15th (now the 15th Artillery Detachment) was brought back in the late 1990's and serves in Germany but is part of our American corps stationed there.

The 570th Artillery Group was headquartered in Münster on a British kaserne. I knew of the following detachments (besides the 15th USAFAD) in the 570th in 1974:
1st USAFAD stationed in Wesel and supporting the Dutch.
22nd USAFAD stationed in Sennelager 12 miles from Paderborn and supporting the British 39 Regiment RA.
69th USAFAD supported the British Missile (part 8 inch part Honest John).

The 5th Artillery Group was located near Paderborn in Büren (20 minutes away) and was really much closer to us than the 570th. The 5th supported Belgian units.

As you know these were all custodial units. The 15th and 22nd USAFAD were so close to each other that we shared a common custodial site which relieved much of the guard duty burden which became acute when the last draftees left the Army in 1974. Because of the lack of security clearances some draftees had to involuntarily extend and I know of some who violated rules so they had their clearances pulled and were eligible to be sent home.

Oh yeah, I was the Group S-4's little secret. I didn't have a TO&E position. It was my job to go around to different units prior to and after IG inspections "to help them out." As you know we had sensitive missions and keeping track of sensistive property and information was closesly looked at.

Later, after finishing college, I commanded my own unit in the 9th Infantry Division.


                                         25 Pounder Gun.
In British divisions, the 25-pdr was deployed in batteries of eight guns, which were composed of sections of two guns each. For transport, the gun was attached to its limber and towed by a Morris Commercial C8 FAT (Quad). Ammunition was carried in the limbers (32 rounds each) as well as in the Quad. In addition, each section possessed a third Quad which towed two ammunition limbers. Upon arriving at its destination, the 25-pdr's firing platform would be lowered and the gun towed onto it. This provided a steady base for the gun and allowed the crew to rapidly traverse it 360°.
                            5.5 Inch Field Gun (Howitzer).


5.5 Inch Field Gun (Howitzer)
The 5.5 was one of the best guns ever used by Commonwealth forces. It began to reach troops in 1941 and by the end of the Second World War it had served in every major battle area. It required a crew of nine and could shoot an 82-lb High Explosive shell 18,200 yards.
            M110 8' Self-Propelled Howitzer.


The self-propelled M-110 8-inch [203 mm] howitzer first entered service with the US Army in 1963. The vehicle itself transports only two projectiles and five men, while the remainder of the ammunition and the crew is on board a tracked M548. The M-110 Howitzer fired a 200-pound projectile out to almost 17 kilometers (16,800-meters).

Designed to be part of a common family of weapons utilising the same chassis components, the M107 and M110 were essentially the same vehicle mounting different barrels. The hull of the M110 is identical to that of the M107 and is made of all-welded armour and high-tensile alloy steel with the driver at the front of the hull on the left, the engine to his right and the main armament at the rear.

The M107 self-propelled 175-mm. gun and the M110 8-inch howitzer had identical carriages but different tubes. The 175-mm. gun fired a 174-pound projectile almost 33 kilometers. This impressive range made it a valuable weapon for providing an umbrella of protection over large areas. The 8-inch howitzer fired a 200-pound projectile almost 17 kilometers, plus being the most accurate weapon in the field artillery. The 8-inch howitzer was found with most division artilleries, and both the 8-inch howitzer and 175-mm. gun were with field force artillery. At field force the proportion of 8-inch and 175-mm. weapons varied. Since the weapons had identical carriages, the common practice was to install those tubes that best met the current tactical needs. One day a battery might be 175�mm.; a few days later it might be half 175-mm. and half 8-inch.

Versions of the M110 with the longer barrel are the M110A1 (no muzzle brake) and the M110A2 (fitted with muzzle brake). In 1977, the first M110A1s entered service; these were armed with the longer 8" howitzer M201. The M201 allowed greater range over the shorter M2A2 howitzer.

M110 self propelled howitzer

The M110 can stop and fire the first round from travelling within one minute.

This artillery system carries no defensive armament, except individual weapons carried by the crew.

This self-propelled howitzer has a crew of 13, however only 5 men are carried by the M110. Support crew of 8 men are carried by an escorting armored personnel carrier, which also transports ammunition for this SPH.

The M110 can stop and fire the first round from travelling within one minute.

This artillery system carries no defensive armament, except individual weapons carried by the crew.

This self-propelled howitzer has a crew of 13, however only 5 men are carried by the M110. Support crew of 8 men are carried by an escorting armored personnel carrier, which also transports ammunition for this SPH.

                           The 30 inch (762 mm) Honest John


The 30 inch (762 mm) Honest John was a tactical ballistic artillery rocket with a 35 km range that could be equipped with a conventional high explosive, chemical or nuclear warhead.


The Honest John was a long-range artillery rocket capable of carrying an atomic or high explosive warhead. It was a free-flight rocket as opposed to a guided missile. The rocket was 27 feet long, 30 inches in diameter, weighed 5,800 pounds, used a solid propellant and had a range of 12 miles. It was first fired at White Sands in 1951. In the Spring of 1954 the Honest John was deployed as an interim system.

This was the first US tactical nuclear weapon. The Basic (M31) HONEST JOHN system was first deployed in 1954. It was replaced by the Improved (M50) HONEST JOHN in 1961 which reduced the system's weight, shortened its length, and increased its range. Between 1960 and 1965, a total of 7,089 improved HONEST JOHN rockets, less warheads, were produced and delivered. In July 1982, all HONEST JOHN rocket motors, launchers, and related ground equipment items were type classified obsolete.