Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation


Home Page

Main Menu

Quick Menu

Members' Area

What New?

About this site

Reunions

Help Needed?

Glossary

Bibliography

Sign Guest Book

View Guest Book

Link to Amazon

Online Store

Contact Me


No 441 (Fleet Reconnaissance) 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 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932]

This was formed on 1 April 1923 at RAF Base Leuchars from No 203 Squadron, equipped with Parnell Panthers.

July 1923

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Parnell Panthers RAF Base Leuchars Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcraft 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Fg/Obs Off Walter E Swann  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Sidney T Tipper  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Alexander Lees  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Frank W Foster 21 May 1923 DFC, DSM
Fg/Obs Off Robert H Rose  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Edward A Slater  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Arthur D Drysdale  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Charles Douglas  1 Apr 1923  
Plt Off Cecil Guppy  1 Apr 1923  

Source - Air Force List July 1923

The Panthers were withdrawn in June 1924 to be replaced by Fairey IIIDs the following month.

Date Location
17 Jul 1923 RAF Base Gosport
xx Jul 1924 HMS Argus
26 Jul 1923 RAF Base Gosport
27 Aug 1923 RAF Base Leuchars

January 1924

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcraft 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Flt Lt Colin Boumphrey 25 Oct 1923 DFC
Flt Lt George S N Johnston 21 Nov 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Walter E Swann  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off James F Meighan 25 Oct 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Wilfred W Bradford 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off Frank W Foster 21 May 1923 DFC, DSM
Fg/Obs Off Arthur A R Chipper 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off Geoffrey C L Dalley 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off Arthur D Drysdale  1 Apr 1923  
Plt Off Cecil Guppy  1 Apr 1923  

Source - Air Force List January 1924

Date Location
 8 Mar 1924 RAF Donibristle
 8 Mar 1924 HMS Hermes
28 May 1924 RAF Base Leuchars
 8 Mar 1924 HMS Hermes
28 May 1924 RAF Base Leuchars

May 1924

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcraft 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC
Flt Lt Colin Boumphrey 25 Oct 1923 DFC
Flt Lt George S N Johnston 21 Nov 1923  
Fg/Obs Off James F Meighan 25 Oct 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Wilfred W Bradford 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off Frank W Foster 21 May 1923 DFC, DSM
Fg/Obs Off Arthur A R Chipper 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off Geoffrey C L Dalley 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off Arthur D Drysdale  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Cecil Guppy  1 Apr 1923  

Source - Air Force List May 1924

Date Location
13 Nov 1924 HMS Hermes
 4 Dec 1924 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana

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
10 Mar 1925 HMS Hermes
23 Mar 1925 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 Base Malta, Calafrana
18 May 1925 HMS Hermes
28 May 1925 RAF Base Gosport

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

Date Location
12 Jun 1925 HMS Hermes
26 Jun 1925 RAF Base Malta, Calafrana

July 1925

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIDs RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward S Moulton-Barrett 25 Mar 1925 Officer Commanding
Fg/Obs Off Wilfred W Bradford 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off William F Davenport 14 May 1924  
Fg/Obs Off Richard F Overbury 30 Sep 1924  
Fg/Obs Off William H Philips  1 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Cecil Guppy  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Stephen Richardson 27 May 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Edward A A Gibbon 27 May 1925 Lt, RN
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Cdr John A Garland  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Geoffrey C Askew  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Percy K Healey  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Henry S M Smith  2 Sep 1924  

Source - Air Force List July 1925

Date Location
15 Jul 1925 HMS Hermes
12 Aug 1925 Kowloon (Detachment)
 1 Feb 1926 HMS Hermes

March 1926

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIDs RAF Base Malta RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward S Moulton-Barrett 25 Mar 1925 Officer Commanding
Fg/Obs Off Wilfred W Bradford 21 Nov  1923  
Fg/Obs Off William F Davenport 14 May 1924  
Fg/Obs Off Richard F Overbury 30 Sep 1924  
Fg/Obs Off William H Philips  1 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Cecil Guppy  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Stephen Richardson 27 May 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Edward A A Gibbon 27 May 1925 Lt, RN
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Cdr John A Garland  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Cdr Eric W Woodruff 15 Jul 1925  
Lt Geoffrey C Askew  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Percy K Healey  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Lachlan D Mackintosh 15 Jul 1925 DSC
Lt Henry S M Smith  2 Sep 1924  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
24 Mar 1926 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana
16 Jun 1926 HMS Eagle

July 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward S Moulton-Barrett 25 Mar 1925 Officer Commanding
Fg/Obs Off Wilfred W Bradford 21 Nov  1923  
Fg Off Herbert G Brookman 10 Apr 1926  
Fg/Obs Off Richard F Overbury 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Cecil Guppy  1 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Stephen Richardson 27 May 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Edward A A Gibbon 27 May 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frederick G Wynne 15 Mar 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frank H G Oliphant 15 Mar 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alan G Warren 150 Apr 1926 Lt, RM
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Cdr John A Garland  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Cdr Eric W Woodruff 15 Jul 1925  
Lt Geoffrey C Askew  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Lachlan D Mackintosh 15 Jul 1925 DSC
Lt Percy K Healey  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Henry S M Smith  2 Sep 1924  

Source - Air Force List July 1926

Date Location
26 Jul 1926 RAF Calafrana
21 Sep 1926 HMS Eagle
29 Sep 1926 RAF Base Gosport
16 Oct 1926 HMS Eagle
27 Oct 1926 RAF Calafrana

December 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward S Moulton-Barrett 25 Mar 1925 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Robert H Rose  5 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Frederick G Wynne 15 Mar 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frank H G Oliphant 15 Mar 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alan G Warren 150 Apr 1926 Lt, RM
Fg Off Richard F B Cecil  1 Oct 1926 Lt, RN
Naval Observer Officers employed with unit
Lt Cdr John A Garland  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Cdr Eric W Woodruff 15 Jul 1925  
Lt Percy K Healey  2 Sep 1924  
Lt Lachlan D Mackintosh 15 Jul 1925 DSC
Lt Henry S M Smith  2 Sep 1924  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
 8 Feb 1927 HMS Argus
21 Mar 1927 RAF Base Kai Tak
23 Mar 1927 HMS Argus
13 Apr 1927 Shanghai Racecourse
28 May 1927 HMS Argus

July 1927

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Godfrey E Wildman-Lushington 11 Dec 1926 Officer Commanding, Capt, RM
Fg Off Albert G Thackray 17 Jan 1927  
Fg Off Frederick G Wynne 15 Mar 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frank H G Oliphant 15 Mar 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Edward O F Price 11 Jan 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Philip Jones 17 Jan 1927 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Richard F B Cecil  1 Oct 1926 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1927

Date Location
 5 Sep 1927 Shanghai Racecourse
22 Oct 1927 HMS Argus
 6 Nov 1927 RAF Base Kai Tak
20 Mar 1928 HMS Argus
 4 May 1928 RAF Base Gosport/RAF Lee-on-Solent

July 1928

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Edward O F Price 11 Jan 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles N Lentaigne 23 Aug 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard F B Cecil  1 Oct 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off John St C Arbuthnott  9 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Douglas W Mackendrick  9 Sep 1927 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1928

Date Location
15 Aug 1928 HMS Argus

September 1928

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Edward O F Price 11 Jan 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles N Lentaigne 23 Aug 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard F B Cecil  1 Oct 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Douglas W Mackendrick  9 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Bernard W Barton 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Albert R Ward 22 Jun 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Date Location
27 Nov 1928 RAF Lee-on-Solent
 7 Jan 1929 HMS Argus
20 Jan 1929 Gibraltar
 1 Mar 1929 HMS Argus
 6 Apr 1929 RAF Lee-on-Solent
30 Apr 1929 HMS Argus
 4 Jun 1929 RAF Lee-on-Solent
 6 Jul 1929 HMS Argus

Fairey IIIFs replaced the IIIDs in May 1929.

July 1929

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Argus Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edgar H D Spence 19 Nov 1928 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Wilmot S Lea 12 Jun 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Douglas W Mackendrick  9 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Bernard W Barton 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Douglas J T Haynes  7 Jan 1929  

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
23 Jul 1929 RAF Lee-on-Solent
 9 Sep 1929 HMS Argus
29 Nov 1929 RAF Lee-on-Solent
10 Jan 1930 HMS Argus
20 Jan 1930 Gibraltar
21 Feb 1930 HMS Argus
31 Mar1930 RAF Lee-on-Solent
22 Apr 1930 RAF Base Gosport
25 Apr 1930 HMS Glorious
28 May 1930 RAF Base Gosport
24 Jun 1930 HMS Glorious

July 1930

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Glorious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Norman Young 27 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John B Heath 26 Aug 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Douglas W Mackendrick  9 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Douglas J T Haynes  7 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Duncan R C Hodson 22 Mar 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off David J Hughes-Morgan  7 Aug 1929  

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
 4 Jul 1930 RAF Hal Far
 8 Dec 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 IIIF RAF Base Malta/HMS Glorious RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Norman Young 27 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Wilmot S Lea 21 Apr 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Norman Kennedy 27 Dec 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Cyril G Davies 19 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Walter S North  7 Feb 1931 Lt, RM

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
11 Sep 1931 HMS Glorious
26 Oct 1931 RAF Hal Far
 6 Jan 1932 HMS Glorious
29 Jan 1932 RAF Hal Far
22 Feb 1932 HMS Glorious
22 Apr 1932 RAF Hal Far

July 1932

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Norman Young 27 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Wilmot S Lea 21 Apr 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Norman Kennedy 27 Dec 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Cyril G Davies 19 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Walter S North  7 Feb 1931 Lt, RM
Fg Off John Constable-Roberts 19 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Lionel C B Ashburner 13 May 1932 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
1 Sep 1932 HMS Glorious
16 Sep 1932 RAF Aboukir
24 Sep 1932 HMS Glorious
25 Oct 1932 RAF Hal Far
 7 Mar 1932 HMS Glorious

It was redesignated No 823 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

[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 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932]

This page was last updated on 15/01/18

         [Top of Page]