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No 405 (Fleet Fighter)/(Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight


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This was formed on 31 May 1924 at RAF Base Leuchars for service with HMS Furious, equipped with six Flycatchers and some Plovers but the latter were soon withdrawn.

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

 

July 1925

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt William Jones 31 May 1924 Officer Commanding
Fg Off William C P Bullock 31 May 1924  
Fg Off Arthur Sattin 31 May 1924  

Source - Air Force List July 1925

Date Location
xx Oct 1925 RAF Donibristle

March 1926

 

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt William Jones 31 May 1924 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Arthur A R Chipper  8 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Eric S Burns 14 Aug 1924 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur Sattin 31 May 1924  
Fg Off Laurence C Sharman 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Roland C Allen 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Geoffrey H Birley 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt William Jones 31 May 1924 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Arthur A R Chipper  8 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Eric S Burns 14 Aug 1924 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur Sattin 31 May 1924  
Fg Off Laurence C Sharman 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Roland C Allen 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Geoffrey H Birley 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C Giles  6 Apr 1926 Lt, RM

Source - Air Force List July 1926

Date Location
16 Sep 1926 HMS Furious
 1 Nov 1926 RAF Base Gosport

December 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Frank E Bond 18 Aug 1926 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Arthur A R Chipper  8 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Arthur Sattin 31 May 1924  
Fg Off Laurence C Sharman 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Roland C Allen 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Geoffrey H Birley 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alexander B F Foulerton  6 Apr 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C Giles  6 Apr 1926 Lt, RM

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
14 Jan 1927 HMS Furious
28 Mar 1927 RAF Base Gosport
29 Mar 1927 RAF Donibristle
17 May 1927 HMS Furious
29 Jun 1927 RAF Base Gosport (Detachment?)
11-15 Jul 1927 RAF Base Gosport (Detachment?)

July 1927

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Frank E Bond 18 Aug 1926 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Arthur A R Chipper  8 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Laurence C Sharman 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Roland C Allen 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Geoffrey H Birley 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alexander B F Foulerton  6 Apr 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C Giles  6 Apr 1926 Lt, RM

Source - Air Force List July 1927

Date Location
25 Jul 1927 RAF Base Leuchars
 1 Sep 1927 HMS Furious
21 Oct 1927 RAF Donibristle
 8 Jan 1928 HMS Furious
 2 Apr 1928 RAF Base Gosport
30 Apr 1928 HMS Furious
 4 Jun 1927 RAF Donibristle
xx Jun 1928 Novar
14 Jun 1928 RAF Northolt
 3 Jul 1928 RAF Base Gosport

July 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Donibristle/HMS Furious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Frank E Bond 18 Aug 1926 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Maurice V Ward 21 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Ian R Grant  1 Jan 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off John H F Burroughs  1 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Laurence C Sharman 14 Nov 1925 Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Roland C Allen 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1928

September 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Donibristle/HMS Furious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice V Ward 21 Jul 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John H F Burroughs  1 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Laurence C Sharman 14 Nov 1925 Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Roland C Allen 14 Nov 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John P G Bryant  1 Sep 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles A Kingsley-Rowe  2 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Francis W Bourne 27 Jun 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Peter D Heinemann 24 Jun 1928 Sub-Lt, RN
Plt Off Reginald David 21 Jun 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Date Location
 5 Sep 1928 HMS Furious
26 Oct 1928 RAF Donibristle
xx xxx 1928 HMS Furious
 1 Jan 1929 RAF Base Gosport
10 Jan 1929 HMS Furious
 6 Apr 1929 Shore based
13 May 1929 HMS Furious
10 Jun 1929 RAF Base Gosport
13-17 Jun 1929 RAF Hendon
xx Jul 1929 RAF Donibristle

July 1929

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Donibristle/HMS Furious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice V Ward 21 Jul 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Cyril B Tidd  8 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Kenneth Hunt 27 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off John P G Bryant  1 Sep 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Gerald W Dennis  1 Jan 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Peter D Cracroft  1 Nov 1928 later AVM

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
22 Aug 1929 RAF Base Gosport
 3 Sep 1929 HMS Furious
 5 Nov 1929 RAF Donibristle
27 Dec 1929 RAF Base Gosport
17 Jan 1930 HMS Furious
29 Mar 1930 RAF Base Gosport
26 May 1930 HMS Glorious
29 May 1930 RAF Base Gosport
3-19 Jun 1930 HMS Furious (Detachment carried out deck landing trials on various types)
24 Jun 1930 HMS Glorious
 4 Jul 1930 RAF Hal Far

July 1930

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Base Malta/HMS Glorious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice V Ward 21 Jul 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John H F Burroughs  5 Dec 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off John P G Bryant  1 Sep 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Gerald W Dennis  1 Jan 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur G Poe 26 May 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off David J Waghorn 19 Aug 1929 later A/Cdre

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
25 Nov 1930 HMS Glorious
30 Jan 1931 RAF Hal Far
 6 Mar 1931 HMS Glorious
27 May 1931 RAF Hal Far

July 1931

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey Flycatcher RAF Base Malta/HMS Glorious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cyril R Smythe 29 Nov 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John H F Burroughs  5 Dec 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Gerald W Dennis  1 Jan 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Norman S Luard 24 May 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur G Poe 26 May 1930 Lt, RN

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
10 Sep 1931 HMS Glorious
26 Oct 1931 RAF Hal Far
 6 Jan 1932 HMS Glorious
29 Jan 1932 RAF Hal Far
 9 Mar 1932 HMS Glorious
22 Apr 1932 RAF Hal Far
23 Jun 1932 HMS Glorious

July 1932

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cyril R Smythe 29 Nov 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Gerald W Dennis  1 Jan 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Norman S Luard 24 May 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur G Poe 26 May 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Dennis R F Cambell 10 Oct 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off William V L Spendlove 14 Aug 1931  
Fg Off Francis E C Judd 13 May 1932 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
16 Aug 1932 RAF Hal Far
 1 Sep 1932 HMS Glorious
16-24 Sep 1932 RAF Aboukir (Detachment)
10 Nov 1932 RAF Netheravon

Ospreys began to arrive in December 1932 but had not completely replaced the Flycatchers by the time it was absorbed into No 803 Squadron on 3 April 1933.  On 2 January 1933 it was redesignated No 405 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight.

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

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