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No 402 (Fleet Fighter) Flight


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This was formed on 1 April 1923 at RAF Base Leuchars for service with HMS Eagle, equipped with Fairey Flycatchers.

Date Location
 1 Apr 1923 RAF Base Leuchars

July 1923

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Base Leuchars Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Thomas Brewin  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Ian C G Simpson  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off John M Burd  1 Apr 1923 MC
Plt Off

Leonard K Barnes

 1 Apr 1923 later A/Cdre

Source - Air Force List July 1923

January 1924

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off

Cyril B Wincott

 1 Aug 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John M Burd  1 Apr 1923 MC
Fg Off Anthony E B Bateman 20 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Maurice Wiblin  1 Aug 1923  
Plt Off

Leonard K Barnes

 1 Apr 1923 later A/Cdre

Source - Air Force List January 1924

Date Location
 4 Mar 1924 HMS Eagle
10 May 1924 RAF Base Gosport
31 May 1924 HMS Eagle
 9 Jun 1924 RAF Hal Far

May 1924

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off

Cyril B Wincott

 1 Aug 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John M Burd  1 Apr 1923 MC
Fg Off Anthony E B Bateman 20 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Maurice Wiblin  1 Aug 1923  

Source - Air Force List May 1924

Date Location
17 Jul 1924 HMS Eagle
30 Aug 1924 RAF Hal Far
 8 Sep 1924 HMS Eagle
20 Oct 1924 RAF Hal Far
10 Dec 1924 HMS Eagle
20 Dec 1924 RAF Base Gosport
25 Dec 1924 RAF Base Leuchars

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
 9 Feb 1925 RAF Base Gosport
21 Feb 1925 HMS Eagle
 1 Mar 1925 RAF Hal Far

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
10 Mar 1925 HMS Eagle
24 Mar 1925 RAF Hal Far

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
27 Apr 1925 HMS Eagle
 1 May 1925 RAF Hal Far

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
 2 Jun 1925 HMS Eagle

July 1925

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off

Cyril B Wincott

 1 Aug 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Maurice Wiblin  1 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Anthony E B Bateman 20 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Gilbert E Nicholetts  5 Sep 1924 AFC; later AM
Fg Off Henry R Hancox 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Cyril B Tidd 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Hugh Ditton 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John Y Mills 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1925

Date Location
27 Jul 1925 RAF Hal Far
 5 Aug 1925 HMS Eagle
 2 Oct 1925 RAF Hal Far
xx Feb 1926 HMS Eagle

March 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Maurice Wiblin  1 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Anthony E B Bateman 20 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Cyril B Tidd 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Hugh Ditton 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John Y Mills 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Owen C Jones  9 Jan 1926 Lt, RM
Fg Off George F Renwick  9 Jan 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard H Langton  5 Dec 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Gut Willoughby   9 Jan 1926  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
25 Mar 1926 RAF Hal Far

July 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Maurice Wiblin  1 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Anthony E B Bateman 20 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Cyril B Tidd 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Hugh Ditton 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John Y Mills 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard H Langton  5 Dec 1925 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1926

Date Location
19 Aug 1926 HMS Eagle
18 Sep 1926 RAF Hal Far
21 Sep 1926 HMS Eagle
29 Sep 1926 RAF Base Gosport
 6 Oct 1926 HMS Eagle
27 Oct 1926 RAF Hal Far

December 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Thomas M Williams  1 Oct 1926 Officer Commanding (Designate), MC, DFC; later AM
Fg Off Cyril B Wincott 15 Oct 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Anthony E B Bateman 20 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Cyril B Tidd 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Hugh Ditton 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John Y Mills 28 Apr 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John D Ainger 18 Sep 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard H Langton  5 Dec 1925 Lt, RN

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
25 Feb 1927 HMS Eagle
 7 Apr 1927 RAF Hal Far
24 Jun 1927 HMS Eagle

July 1927

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Rupert St A Malleson 16 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Cyril B Wincott 15 Oct 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John D Ainger 18 Sep 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard H Langton  5 Dec 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles L Keighley-Peach 15 Feb 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off John A T Ryde 20 Apr 1927 Armament duties

Source - Air Force List July 1927

Date Location
18 - 21 Aug 1927 RAF Hal Far (Detachment)
25 Oct 1927 RAF Hal Far
16 Jan 1928 HMS Eagle
 2 Feb 1928 RAF Hal Far
 7 Mar 1928 HMS Eagle
24 Apr 1928 RAF Hal Far
24 May 1928 HMS Eagle
25 May 1928 RAF Hal Far
19 Jun 1928 HMS Eagle

July 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Rupert St A Malleson 16 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Flt Lt Cyril B Wincott 15 Oct 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John D Ainger 18 Sep 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard H Langton  5 Dec 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles L Keighley-Peach 15 Feb 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off John A T Ryde 20 Apr 1927 Armament duties

Source - Air Force List July 1928

Date Location
24 Aug - 4 Sep 1928 RAF Hal Far (Detachment)

September 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Rupert St A Malleson 16 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Flt Lt Cyril B Wincott 15 Oct 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John D Ainger 18 Sep 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard H Langton  5 Dec 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles L Keighley-Peach 15 Feb 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off John A T Ryde 20 Apr 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Robert A Kilroy 22 Jun 1928 Lt, RN

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

 
Date Location
11 Sep 1928 RAF Aboukir
11 Sep 1928 RAF Heliopolis
12 Sep 1928 RAF Abu Sueir
18 Sep 1928 Gaza
18 Sep 1928 RAF Ramleh
20 Sep 1928 HMS Eagle
30 Oct 1928 RAF Hal Far
12-14 Dec 1928 HMS Eagle (Detachment)
10 Jan 1929? HMS Eagle
 1 Feb 1929 RAF Hal Far
27 Feb 1929 HMS Eagle
 1 Mar 1929 RAF Hal Far
15 Mar 1929 HMS Eagle
 5 Apr 1929 RAF Base Gosport
19 Jun 1929 HMS Eagle

July 1929

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Bryan V Reynolds  1 Jun 1928 Officer Commanding; later AM
Fg Off Cyril W Byas  8 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off John A T Ryde 20 Apr 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Robert A Kilroy 22 Jun 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles A Kingsley-Rowe  6 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Harry D Barlow 30 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur P F M Berkeley  1 Feb 1929  

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
20 Aug 1929 RAF Hal Far
10 Sep 1929 HMS Eagle
24 Oct 1929 RAF Hal Far
 5 Jan 1930 HMS Eagle
31 Jan 1930 RAF Hal Far
 3 Mar 1930 HMS Eagle
25 Apr 1930 RAF Hal Far
26 Jun 1930 HMS Eagle

July 1930

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Eagle/RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Bryan V Reynolds  1 Jun 1928 Officer Commanding; later AM
Fg Off Cyril W Byas  8 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert A Kilroy 22 Jun 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles A Kingsley-Rowe  6 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Harry D Barlow 30 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur P F M Berkeley  1 Feb 1929  

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
20 Aug 1930 RAF Hal Far
 3 Sep 1930 HMS Eagle
30 Sep 1930 RAF Aboukir
11 Oct 1930 HMS Eagle
31 Oct 1930 RAF Hal Far
19 Jan 1931 HMS Eagle
 8 May 1931 RAF Base Gosport

July 1931

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Base Gosport Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Bryan V Reynolds  1 Jun 1928 Officer Commanding; later AM
Fg Off Cyril W Byas  8 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert A Kilroy 22 Jun 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Harry D Barlow 30 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur P F M Berkeley  1 Feb 1929  

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
30 Aug - 1 Sep 1931 HMS Courageous (Detachment)
29 Jan 1932 RAF Netheravon
 2 Mar 1932 HMS Furious
14 Mar 1932 RAF Base Gosport
21 Apr 1932 HMS Courageous
11 Jun 1932 ?
 1 Jul 1932 RAF Base Gosport

July 1932

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher HMS Courageous Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Tom O Bulteel  1 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Donald G F W Macintyre 21 Apr 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Vivian D Gask 18 Dec 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles L G Evans 18 Dec 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Geoffrey K Fairtlough 27 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Charles H Williams  9 Jan 1932  

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
15 Jul 1932 RAF Netheravon
10 Sep 1932 No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge
21 Sep 1932 Novar
22 Sep 1932 HMS Courageous
17 Oct 1932 RAF Netheravon
 2 Jan 1933 RAF Base Gosport
 3 Jan 1933 HMS Courageous
24 Mar 1933 RAF Netheravon

It re-equipped with Hawker Nimrods in July 1932 but the last Flycatcher wasn't retired until October 1932.

It was disbanded by being absorbed into No 800 Fighter Squadron on 3 April 1933.

Re-equipment and movement dates are based on those shown in 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' by Ray Sturtivant

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