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No 461 (Fleet Torpedo)/(Fleet Torpedo Bomber)  Flight


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This was formed on 1 April 1923 at RAF Base Gosport equipped with six Blackburn Darts.

July 1923

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Richard G Gardner

 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Siegfried R Watkins  1 Apr 1923 AFC
Hon Flt Lt Geoffrey C L Dalley  1 Apr 1923  
Fg/Obs Off Thomas A Warne-Browne  1 Apr 1923 DSC; later AM
Fg/Obs Off William D Gairdner  1 Apr 1923 DFC

Source - Air Force List July 1923

Date Location
17 Jul 1923 RAF Base Leuchars
xx xxx xxxx RAF Base Gosport

January 1924

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Richard G Gardner

 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Siegfried R Watkins  1 Apr 1923 AFC
Fg Off Adrian H Paull 17 Sep 1923  
Fg/Obs Off William D Gairdner  1 Apr 1923 DFC

Source - Air Force List January 1924

May 1924

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Richard G Gardner

 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 19 Feb 1924  
Fg Off Frederick W W Wilson  1 Feb 1924  
Fg Off Adrian H Paull 17 Sep 1923  
Fg Off George S Brown  1 Feb 1924  
Fg Off Richard F Overbury  1 Feb 1924  
Fg Off Harold S Davidson  1 Feb 1924  

Source - Air Force List May 1924

In December 1924 and January 1925 it conducted tests with the Handley Page Hendon.

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
Blackburn Dart RAF Base Gosport Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Richard G Gardner

 1 Apr 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 19 Feb 1924  
Fg Off Frederick W W Wilson  1 Feb 1924  
Fg Off Alexander H J Howlett 11 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Robert R Graham 13 Jun 1925 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1925

Date Location
 6 Nov 1925 HMS Furious
xx xxx 1925 RAF Base Gosport
12 Jan 1926 HMS Furious

March 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 19 Feb 1924 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Frank E Bond 15 Sep 1925  
Fg Off William D Gairdner  4 Sep 1925 DFC
Fg Off Archibald G Elliott 13 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert R Graham 13 Jun 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alan B F Alcock 30 Jul 1925 Capt, RM, DSC
Fg Off Alfred B Woodhall  1 Jan 1926 Lt, RM
Fg Off Ronald J Berry 17 Nov 1925 Lt, RM

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
30 Mar 1926 RAF Base Gosport
11 Jun 1926 HMS Furious
15 Jul 1926 RAF Base Gosport

July 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 19 Feb 1924 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Frank E Bond 15 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Archibald G Elliott 13 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert R Graham 13 Jun 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alan B F Alcock 30 Jul 1925 Capt, RM, DSC
Fg Off Alfred B Woodhall  1 Jan 1926 Lt, RM
Fg Off Ronald J Berry 17 Nov 1925 Lt, RM

Source - Air Force List July 1926

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

December 1926

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 19 Feb 1924 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Frank E Bond 15 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Archibald G Elliott 13 Jul 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert R Graham 13 Jun 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alan B F Alcock 30 Jul 1925 Capt, RM, DSC
Fg Off Alfred B Woodhall  1 Jan 1926 Lt, RM
Fg Off Ronald J Berry 17 Nov 1925 Lt, RM
Fg Off George V T Thomson  3 Sep 1926 Armament duties

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Date Location
14 Jan 1927 HMS Furious
28 Mar 1927 RAF Base Gosport
17 May 1927 HMS Furious

July 1927

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Dart RAF Base Gosport/HMS Furious Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 19 Feb 1924 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Robert R Graham 13 Jun 1925 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alan B F Alcock 30 Jul 1925 Capt, RM, DSC
Fg Off Alfred B Woodhall  1 Jan 1926 Capt, RM
Fg Off Ronald J Berry 17 Nov 1925 Lt, RM
Fg Off John E Vallance  1 Jun 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off George V T Thomson  3 Sep 1926 Armament duties

Source - Air Force List July 1927

Date Location
25 Jul 1927 RAF Base Gosport
27 Aug 1927 HMS Furious
24 Nov 1927 RAF Base Gosport
 8 Jan 1928 HMS Furious
 2 Apr 1928 RAF Base Gosport
30 Apr 1928 HMS Furious

July 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Dart RAF Base Gosport/HMS Furious Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony M Kimmins  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Vallance  1 Jun 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Christopher W Phillips  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Burstall 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Plt Off Reginald J D Brown 22 Aug 1927  

Source - Air Force List July 1928

Date Location
19 Jul 1928 RAF Base Gosport
 7 Sep 1928 HMS Furious

September 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Dart RAF Base Gosport/HMS Furious Coastal Area/No 10 Group

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony M Kimmins  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Vallance  1 Jun 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Christopher W Phillips  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Burstall 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Plt Off Reginald J D Brown 22 Aug 1927  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Date Location
xx Sep 1928 RAF Base Leuchars
26 Oct 1928 HMS Furious
 1 Jan 1929 RAF Base Gosport
10 Jan 1929 HMS Furious
14 Jun 1929 RAF Base Gosport

Around May 1929 it was redesignated as a Fleet Torpedo Bomber flight.

July 1929

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Dart RAF Base Gosport/HMS Furious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Frederick W H Clarke 15 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off John E Vallance  1 Jun 1926 Lt, RN
Fg Off Christopher W Phillips  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Burstall 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Peter Bethell 18 Feb 1929 Lt, RN
Plt Off Reginald J D Brown 22 Aug 1927  

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
 4 Sep 1929 HMS Furious
17 Oct 1929 RAF Base Leuchars
 5 Nov 1929 HMS Furious
 7 Nov 1929 RAF Base Gosport (Detachment)
14 Nov 1929 RAF Base Gosport
13 Jan 1930 HMS Furious
29 Mar 1930 RAF Base Gosport
19 May 1930 HMS Glorious
28 May 1930 RAF Base Gosport
24 Jun 1930 HMS Glorious
 4 Jul 1930 RAF Hal Far

It re-equipped with Blackburn Ripons in December 1929

July 1930

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Ripon RAF Base Gosport/HMS Glorious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Archibald G Elliot 25 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Miles Cursham  9 Oct 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Burstall 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Peter Bethell 18 Feb 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Patrick A Booth 25 May 1930 Sub-Lt, RN
Plt Off William R Worstall 25 Nov 1929 later A/Cdre

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
xx Oct 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
Blackburn Ripon RAF Base Malta/HMS Glorious RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Archibald G Elliot 25 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Godfrey C Dickins  5 Nov 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off John E Burstall 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Patrick A Booth 25 May 1930 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off William R Worstall 25 Nov 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Nigel R M Skene  5 Jun 1931 Lt, RM

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
10 Sep 1931 HMS Glorious
26 Nov 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
24 May 1932 HMS Glorious

July 1932

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Blackburn Ripon RAF Hal Far/HMS Glorious RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony P Colthurst  8 Nov 1931 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Robert H S Rodger 29 Apr 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Godfrey C Dickins  5 Nov 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Patrick A Booth 25 May 1930 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off William R Worstall 25 Nov 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Nigel R M Skene  5 Jun 1931 Lt, RM
Fg Off Charles P Wade  5 Jan 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Antony F Hall 13 May 1`932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Donald A Cameron 11 Jun 1932 Lt, RN
Plt Off Robert T Cazalet 11 Jun 1932  

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
 1 Sep 1932 HMS Glorious
16 Sep 1932 RAF Aboukir (Detachment)
16 Sep 1932 RAF Heliopolis (Detachment)
19 Sep 1932 RAF Ismailia (Detachment)
21 Sep 1932 RAF Abu Sueir (Detachment)
23 Sep 1932 RAF Aboukir (Detachment)
24 Sep 1932 HMS Glorious
25 Oct 1932 RAF Hal Far
23 Jan - 1 Feb 1933 HMS Courageous (Detachment)
13 Feb 1933 HMS Glorious
16 Feb 1933 RAF Hal Far
27 Feb 1933 HMS Glorious

It flew ashore to RAF Aboukir on 16 September 1932 where it formed a composite squadron with Nos 460 and 462 Flights for a tour of RAF stations in Egypt.

From 23 January to 1 February 1933 it formed a composite flight with No 461 Flight for service aboard HMS Courageous.

It was amalgamated with No 462 Flight to form No 812 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

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