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No 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight


[Jul 1923 | Jan 1924 | May 1924 | Jan 1925 | Feb 1925 | Mar 1925 | Apr 1925 | May 1925 | Jun 1925 | Jul 1925 | Mar 1926 | Jul 1926 | Dec 1926 | Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Sep 1928]

This was formed on 1 April 1923 at RAF Base Gosport equipped with Westland Walruses, but re-equipped with Blackburn Blackburn Is in June.

July 1923

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Balckburn Blackburn I RAF Base Gosport Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday  1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg/Obs Off George H Russell  1 Apr 1923 DFC
Fg/Obs Off James MacG Fairweather  1 Apr 1923 DFC
Fg/Obs Off Claude McL Reid  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Henry W Beck  1 Apr 1923  
Plt Off Miles H Garnons-Williams  1 Apr 1923  
Plt Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  

Source - Air Force List July 1923

January 1924

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Balckburn Blackburn I RAF Base Gosport Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday 20 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg/Obs Off George H Russell  1 Apr 1923 DFC
Fg/Obs Off Edward C K Kingston 21 Nov 1923  
Fg/Obs Off William A Thompson  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Cecil G Hancock 21 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Claude McL Reid  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Miles H Garnons-Williams  1 Apr 1923  
Plt Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Attached from Royal Navy
Lt Cdr Patrick Butter  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Rupert de H Burton  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Gerald M B Langley  1 Aug 1923  
Lt James F W C Hawkins  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Edward J S Knocker  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Alec E Dodington  1 Aug 1923  

Source - Air Force List January 1924

Date Location
 4 Mar 1924 HMS Eagle
15 May 1924 RAF Base Gosport
31 May 1924 HMS Eagle

May 1924

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Balckburn Blackburn I RAF Base Gosport Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday 20 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg/Obs Off Edward C K Kingston 21 Nov 1923  
Fg/Obs Off William A Thompson  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Cecil G Hancock 21 Nov 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Ernest C Moon 17 Jan 1924  
Fg/Obs Off Charles H Brill 17 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Claude McL Reid  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Attached from Royal Navy
Lt Cdr Patrick Butter  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Rupert de H Burton  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Gerald M B Langley  1 Aug 1923  
Lt James F W C Hawkins  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Edward J S Knocker  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Alec E Dodington  1 Aug 1923  

Source - Air Force List July 1924

Date Location
 9 Jun 1924 RAF Hal Far (Detachment)
 2 Jul 1924 HMS Eagle
 8 Jul 1924 RAF Hal Far
17 Jul 1924 HMS Eagle
20 Aug 1924 RAF Hal Far
 8 Sep 1924 HMS Eagle
20 Oct 1924 RAF Hal Far

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
 1 Mar 1925 HMS Eagle
23 Mar 1924 RAF Hal Far

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
27 Apr 1925 HMS Eagle

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
 2 May 1925 RAF Hal Far

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
 2 Jun 1925 HMS Eagle

July 1925

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Blackburn I HMS Eagle RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday 20 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Hon Flt Lt Rowley Kennedy 20 May 1924  
Fg Off Cecil G Hancock 21 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Ernest C Moon 17 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Charles H Brill 17 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Claude McL Reid  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Cdr John G H Steedman 10 Feb 1925  
Lt Rupert de H Burton  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Alec E Dodington  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Gerald M B Langley  1 Aug 1923  

Source - Air Force List July 1925

Date Location
27 Jul 1925 RAF Hal Far
 5 Aug 1925 HMS Eagle
 2 Aug 1925 RAF Hal Far
26 Oct 1925 HMS Eagle
31 Oct 1925 RAF Hal Far
19 Feb 1926 HMS Eagle
 5 Mar 1926 HMS Furious

Blackburn IIs began to replace Blackburn Is in February 1926, which had been completely withdrawn by May.

March 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Blackburn II HMS Eagle RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday 20 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg Off Charles H Brill 17 Jan 1924  
Fg Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Edward J O Ellison 18 Jul 1925 Capt, RM
Fg Off Henry L St J Fancourt 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard A Peyton 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Ernest E Blackwell 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec A Murray 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Rupert de H Burton  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Alec E Dodington  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Gerald M B Langley  1 Aug 1923 OBE

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
30 Mar 1926 RAF Base Gosport

July 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Blackburn II HMS Eagle RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday 20 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Edward J O Ellison 18 Jul 1925 Capt, RM
Fg Off Henry L St J Fancourt 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard A Peyton 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Ernest E Blackwell 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec A Murray 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Rupert de H Burton  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Alec E Dodington  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Gerald M B Langley  1 Aug 1923 OBE

Source - Air Force List July 1926

December 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Blackburn II HMS Eagle RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Richard B Munday 20 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Edward J O Ellison 18 Jul 1925 Capt, RM
Fg Off Henry L St J Fancourt 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard A Peyton 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Ernest E Blackwell 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec A Murray 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Rupert de H Burton  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Alec E Dodington  1 Aug 1923  
Lt Gerald M B Langley  1 Aug 1923 OBE

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

The Blackburn IIs were replaced by Fairey IIIDs in January 1927 for service aboard HMS Argus on the China Station.

Date Location
27 Jan 1927 HMS Argus
30 Jun 1927 Wei-hai-Wei

July 1927

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIID HMS Argus China Station

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Eustace J L Hope 24 Jan 1927 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off William C Venmore  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Edward J O Ellison 18 Jul 1925 Capt, RM
Fg Off Henry L St J Fancourt 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard A Peyton 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Ernest E Blackwell 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec A Murray 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1927

Date Location
17 Sep 1927 HMS Argus
 6 Nov 1927 RAF Base Kai Tak
20 Mar 1928 HMS Argus
 4 May 1928 RAF Base Gosport

Blackburn IIs replaced the Fairey IIIDs in May 1928.

July 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Blackburn II HMS Argus Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Eustace J L Hope 24 Jan 1927 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off Richard A Peyton 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec A Murray 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John W Hawkins  7 Mar 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Douglas M L Neame  6 May 1928 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1928

Date Location
17 Aug 1928 HMS Argus
 8 Sep 1928 Novar

September 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Blackburn II HMS Argus Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Eustace J L Hope 24 Jan 1927 Officer Commanding, AFC
Fg Off Richard A Peyton 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec A Murray 18 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off John W Hawkins  7 Mar 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Douglas M L Neame  6 May 1928 Lt, RN
Plt Off Samuel Hatton 18 Jun 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Date Location
19 Oct 1928 HMS Argus
16 Nov 1928 RAF Base Gosport
10 Jan 1929 HMS Argus
 6 Apr 1929 RAF Base Gosport

It was redesignated No 450 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight on 26 April 1929.

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

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