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No 463 (Fleet Torpedo)/(Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Flight


[Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932]

This was formed on 1 September 1927 at RAF Base Gosport equipped with six Blackburn Darts

Date Location
 1 Sep 1927 RAF Base Gosport
15 May 1928 HMS Courageous

July 1928

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Adrian H Paull  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John M Fuller 19 Apr 1928 Lt, RM
Fg Off Ronald J Berry  1 Sep 1927 Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off John Nicholson  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Dennis J Margetts 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur M N David  1 Sep 1927  

Source - Air Force List July 1928

Date Location
 6 Jul 1928 RAF Hal Far
20 Jul 1928 HMS Courageous
30 Oct 1928 RAF Hal Far
28 Nov 1928 HMS Courageous
30 Nov 1928 RAF Hal Far
12 Mar 1929 HMS Courageous
 3 May 1929 RAF Hal Far
14 Jun 1929 HMS Courageous

September 1928

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Adrian H Paull  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John M Fuller 19 Apr 1928 Lt, RM
Fg Off Ronald J Berry  1 Sep 1927 Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off Dennis J Margetts 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur M N David  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off James B Buckley 28 Jul 1928 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

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 Courageous Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Adrian H Paull  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John M Fuller 19 Apr 1928 Lt, RM
Fg Off Dennis J Margetts 22 Dec 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur M N David  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off John Brett  7 Dec 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off James B Buckley 28 Jul 1928 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
21 Aug 1929 RAF Hal Far
26 Aug 1929 HMS Courageous
30 Aug 1929 Gaza
 9 Sep 1929 HMS Courageous
28 Sep 1929 RAF Aboukir
 8 Oct 1929 HMS Courageous
 1 Nov 1929 RAF Hal Far
20 Jan 1930 HMS Courageous
30 Jan 1930 RAF Base Gosport
xx Mar 1930 HMS Furious
xx 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 Dart RAF Base Gosport/HMS Furious Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony P Colthurst 17 Nov 1925 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur M N David  1 Sep 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off John Brett  7 Dec 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off James B Buckley 28 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Duncan B McGill 28 Jul 1928  

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
23 Sep 1930 HMS Courageous
17 Nov 1930 - 19 Jan 1931 RAF Base Gosport (Detachment)
 5 Jun 1931 RAF Base Gosport

July 1931

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edmund W Anstice  4 Nov 1930 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off James B Buckley 28 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Duncan B McGill 28 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Robert V Redpath 17 Nov 1930  
Fg Off Kenneth Willliamson  7 Oct 1930 Lt, RN

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
29 Sep 1931 HMS Courageous
 1 Dec 1931 RAF Base Gosport
 4 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
11 Jun 1932 RAF Base Gosport
xx xxx 1932 HMS Courageous

July 1932

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

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edmund W Anstice  4 Nov 1930 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN
Fg Off James B Buckley 28 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Kenneth Willliamson  7 Oct 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Wilfrid H G Saunt  8 Jun 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Eugene Esmonde 25 Oct 1931 later Lt Cdr, RN VC
Fg Off George B S Coleman  4 Jan 1932  

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
20 Jul 1932 RAF Base Gosport
30 Aug 1932 HMS Courageous
18 Oct 1932 RAF Base Gosport
 2 Jan 1933 HMS Courageous

It was absorbed into No 810 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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