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No 450 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight


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

This was formed on 26 April 1929 at RAF Base Gosport by re-numbering No 422 Flight equipped with Blackburn Blackburns for service in HMS Argus.

Date Location
26 Apr 1929 RAF Base Gosport
30 Apr 1929 HMS Argus
xx May 1929 Novar
 2 Jun 1929 RAF Base Leuchars
13 Jun 1929 RAF Catterick
14 Jun 1929 RAF Base Gosport

July 1929

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 Geoffrey R F T Cooper 24 Nov 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Count Andrea D R Metaxa 20 May 1929 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
 8 Jul 1929 HMS Argus
23 Jul 1929 RAF Base Gosport
10 Sep 1929 HMS Argus
xx Oct 1929 Novar
23 Oct 1929 HMS Argus
25 Nov 1929 RAF Base Gosport
 7 Jan 1930 HMS Argus
31 Mar 1930 RAF Base Gosport
 2 Jun 1930 HMS Furious
19 Jun 1930 RAF Base Gosport

July 1930

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Henry L St J Fancourt  4 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Sidney T Morgan 26 Dec 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Casper John 28 Oct 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off George F Whistondale 15 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Kenneth C T Marshall 15 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Stacey W D Colls 29 Mar 1930 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
16 Sep 1930 HMS Courageous
 4 Nov 1930 RAF Base Gosport
19 Jan 1931 HMS Courageous
 1 Apr 1931 RAF Base Gosport
28 Apr 1931 HMS Courageous
 4 Jun 1931 RAF Base Leuchars
15 Jun 1931 RAF North Coates Fitties
 6 Jul 1931 RAF Base Leuchars

The Blackburns were replaced by Fairey IIIFs in November 1930

July 1931

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Henry L St J Fancourt  4 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Francis W N Bassett  6 Dec 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Anthony C G Ermen  9 Jul 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off George F Whistondale 15 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Stacey W D Colls 29 Mar 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C Jonas 15 Sep 1930 later A/Cdre

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
12 Aug 1931 RAF Base Gosport
30 Sep 1931 HMS Courageous
 1 Dec 1931 RAF Base Gosport
 4 Jan 1932 HMS Courageous
16 Jan 1932 RAF Hal Far
19 Jan 1932 HMS Courageous
11 Feb 1932 RAF Hal Far
22 Feb 1932 HMS Courageous
13 Mar 1932 RAF Base Gosport
21 Apr 1932 HMS Courageous
 2 May 1932 Novar
27May 1932 HMS Courageous
23 Jun 1932 RAF Base Gosport
27 Jun 1932 RAF Catfoss (No 1 ATC)

July 1932

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Matthew S Slattery  8 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Alan Brock  7 Jul 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off James E Fenton  5 Apr 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Stacey W D Colls 29 Mar 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C Jonas 15 Sep 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Douglas McI Russell  4 Sep 1931 Lt, RN
Plt Off Norman E Morrison 25 Apr 1932  

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
 7 Jul 1932 HMS Courageous
14 Jul 1932 RAF Base Gosport
30 Aug 1932 HMS Courageous
17 Oct 1932 RAF Manston
xx Dec 1932 RAF Base Gosport
 2 Jan 1933 HMS Courageous
24 Mar1933 RAF Base Gosport

It was absorbed into No 820 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

This page was last updated on 26/05/17 using FrontPage 2003

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