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No 447 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight


[Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936]

This was formed on 26 April 1929 at Chickerell by re-numbering No 421 Flight equipped with six Fairey IIIFs for service in HMS Furious.

Date Location
26 Apr 1929 Chickerell
 3 May 1929 RAF Base Gosport
13 May 1929 HMS Furious
14 Jun 1929 RAF Base Gosport
28 Jun 1929 RAF Base Leuchars
 3 Jul 1929 RAF Base Gosport

July 1929

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIF HMS Furious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Lewin B Duggan  9 Jul 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt Harry M Mellor 26 Jan 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Robert M Giddy 22 Jul 1925 Lt, RM
Fg Off John W M Healing  9 Jun 1929 Lt , RN
Fg Off Frederick G Wynne  1 Jan 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Humphrey P Madden 26 Sep 1928 Lt , RN
Fg Off Patrick W Humphreys 13 May 1929 Lt , RN

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
13 May 1929 HMS Furious
 7 Nov 1929 RAF Base Gosport
xx Nov 1929 HMS Furious
29 Nov 1929 RAF Base Gosport
10 Jan 1930 HMS Furious
29 Mar 1930 RAF Base Gosport
25 Apr 1930 HMS Glorious
28 May 1930 RAF Base Gosport
24 Jun 1930 HMS Glorious
28 - 20 Aug Jun 1930 1st Cruiser Squadron

In April 1930 it was transferred to HMS Glorious.

From 28 June to 20 August 1930 it began providing aircraft for HMS London, HMS Shropshire and HMS Sussex of the 1st Cruiser Squadron.

July 1930

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Lewin B Duggan  9 Jul 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC
Fg Off Frederick G Wynne  1 Jan 1929 Lt , RN
Fg Off Edward J E Burt 26 Nov 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur O Watson   8 Jun 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Humphrey P Madden 26 Sep 1928 Lt , RN
Fg Off Anthony R Baines 25 May 1930 Lt , RN
Fg Off Alaister Le R S Upton 20 Aug 1929  

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
 4 Jul 1930 RAF Hal Far
28 Oct 1930 HMS Glorious
30 Jan 1931 RAF Hal Far
 6 Mar 1931 HMS Glorious
27 May 1931 RAF Hal Far
28 Jun 1931 1st Cruiser Squadron

From June 1931 it began providing aircraft for HMS London, HMS Shropshire and HMS Sussex of the 1st Cruiser Squadron as well as for HMS Glorious.

July 1931

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John B Heath 19 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur O Watson   8 Jun 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Humphrey P Madden 26 Sep 1928 Lt , RN
Fg Off Alaister Le R S Upton 20 Aug 1929  
Fg Off Henry Wright 31 Jan 1931 Lt , RN
Plt Off Richard V McIntyre 26 Feb 1931  

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
20 Aug 1931 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana
1 Sep - 10 Nov 1931 1st Cruiser Squadron (Detachment)
10 Sep 1931 HMS Glorious
26 Oct 1931 RAF Hal Far
1 - 29 Jan 1932 1st Cruiser Squadron (Detachment)
 6 Jan 1932 HMS Glorious
29 Jan 1932 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana
7 Mar - 22 Apr 1932 1st Cruiser Squadron (Detachment)
13 - 15 May 1932 HMS Sussex (Detachment)
21 Jun 1932 1st Cruiser Squadron

From June 1932 it was allocated solely to the 1st Cruiser Squadron.

July 1932

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John B Heath 19 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur O Watson   8 Jun 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Humphrey P Madden 26 Sep 1928 Lt , RN
Fg Off Henry Wright 31 Jan 1931 Lt , RN
Fg Off Richard V McIntyre 26 Feb 1931  

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
18 Aug 1932 RAF Hal Far
31 Aug 1932 1st Cruiser Squadron
25 Oct 1932 RAF Calafrana
10 Jan 1933 1st Cruiser Squadron
 1 Feb 1933 RAF Calafrana
14 Mar 1933 1st Cruiser Squadron
27 Apr 1933 RAF Calafrana
24 Jun 1933 1st Cruiser Squadron
21 Jun 1932 1st Cruiser Squadron

July 1933

Aircraft operated Naval Command Command/Group
Fairey IIIF 1st Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean

Mediterranean Fleet Capital Ships

RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edwin B Carnduff  3 Nov 1932 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Simon Borrett 25 Nov 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Ernest H Shattock 25 Nov 1932 Lt , RN
Fg Off Stacey W D Colls 22 Apr 1932 Lt , RN
Fg Off Henry Wright 31 Jan 1931 Lt , RN

Source - Air Force List July 1933

Date Location
17 Aug 1933 RAF Calafrana
30 Aug 1933 HMS Glorious
 5 Sep 1933 1st Cruiser Squadron
10 Oct 1933 HMS Glorious
23 Oct 1933 RAF Hal Far
 8 Jan 1934 HMS Glorious
25 Jan 1934 RAF Hal Far
 2 Mar 1934 HMS Glorious
xx xxx 1934 1st Cruiser Squadron
 8 Jun 1934 RAF Hal Far
25 Jun 1934 1st Cruiser Squadron

From October 1933 until March 1934 part of the flight served aboard HMS Glorious.

In February 1934 it added HMS Devonshire (1st Cruiser Squadron) to its responsibilities.

July 1934

Aircraft operated Naval Command Command/Group
Fairey IIIF   RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edwin B Carnduff  3 Nov 1932 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Flt Lt John W Hale  9 Apr 1934 Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Simon Borrett 25 Nov 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Ernest H Shattock 25 Nov 1932 Lt , RN
Fg Off Donald G F W Macintyre  9 Feb 1934 Lt , RN
Fg Off Stacey W D Colls 22 Apr 1932 Lt , RN
Fg Off Thomas W T Blackwell 20 Jun 1933 Lt , RN

Source - Air Force List July 1934

Date Location
15 Aug 1934 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana
27 Aug 1934 1st Cruiser Squadron/1st Battle Squadron
15 Oct 1934 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana
5 - 18 Jan 1935 HMS Furious (Detachment)
 7 Jan 1935 1st Cruiser Squadron/1st Battle Squadron
25 Jan 1935 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana
26 Feb 1935 1st Cruiser Squadron/1st Battle Squadron
xx Jul 1935 RAF Hal Far/Calafrana

In September 1934 it added HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Ramillies (1st Battle Squadron) to its tasking.

Some Ospreys were received in January 1935

July 1935

Aircraft operated Naval Command Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Hawker Osprey III

1st Cruiser Squadron & 1st Battle Squadron RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John W Hale  9 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Simon Borrett 25 Nov 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Lionel J S Ede 14 Nov 1934 Lt , RN
Fg Off Henry Wright 11 Sep 1934 Lt , RN
Fg Off Geoffrey N Torry  6 Nov 1934 Lt , RN
Fg Off Charles L G Evans 26 Jul 1934 Lt , RN

Source - Air Force List July 1935

Date Location
29 Aug 1935 1st Cruiser Squadron/1st Battle Squadron

In August 1935 HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Ramillies (1st Battle Squadron) were transferred to No 444 Flight but regained HMS Ramillies in November before it reverted to No 444 Flight in January 1936.

Also in August 1935 it took over responsibility for HMS Barham and HMS Valiant (1st Battle Squadron).

In June 1936 the Seagull V aircraft from HMAS Sydney and HMAS Australia were attached to the flight whilst these two ships served with the 1st Cruiser Squadron.

July 1936

Aircraft operated Naval Command Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Hawker Osprey III

1st Cruiser Squadron & 1st Battle Squadron RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony C G Ermen 30 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Geoffrey N Torry  6 Nov 1934 Lt , RN
Flt Lt P G O Sydney-Turner 12 May 1936 Lt , RN
Fg Off D D O'Brien 15 Apr 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off E G Clutton 20 Dec 1935 Lt , RN
Fg Off Henry Wright 11 Sep 1934 Lt , RN
Fg Off Charles L G Evans 26 Jul 1934 Lt , RN
Fg Off E R C Morris 16 Mar 1936 Lt , RN

Source - Air Force List July 1936

It was disbanded into Nos 701 and 711 Catapult Flights on 15 July 1936.

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

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