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No 810 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1933 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939]

Formed on 3 April 1933 from Nos 463 and 464 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Flights at Gosport equipped with 12 Darts.

Movement Date Location
8 May 1933 HMS Courageous

July 1933

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Dart HMS Courageous Coastal Area

Blackburn Dart of No 810 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edmund W Anstice  2 May 1933 Officer Commanding, Cdr RN
Flt Lt Rene J M de St Leger  8 May 1933  
Flt Lt Miles Cursham  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Christopher W Phillips  2 May 1933  
Fg Off Duncan B McGill  2 May 1933  
Fg Off Wilfred H G Saunt  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Philip H Cardew  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Benjamin H Jones  2 May 1933  
Fg Off Mervyn Johnstone  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Eric W Lawson  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Richard J Cooper  6 May 1933 Lt RN
Plt Off Leonard N Elsner  6 May 1933  
Plt Off Rupert H A Leigh  6 May 1933  

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 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
17 Jul 1933 Gosport
18 Sep 1933 HMS Courageous
25 Sep 1933 Gosport
10 Oct - 7 Nov 1933 Leuchars (detachment)
20 Feb 1934 HMS Courageous
13 Apr 1934 Gosport
14 May 1934 Leuchars
25 Jun 1934 HMS Courageous
11 Jul 1934 Gosport

July 1934

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Ripon II (from Sep 1933)

Blackburn Baffin (from Jul 1934)

HMS Courageous Coastal Area

Blackburn Ripon of No 810 Squadron

Blackburn Baffin of No 810 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George H Boyce

 7 Feb 1934 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Rene J M de St Leger  8 May 1933  
Flt Lt Godfrey C Dickins 15 Aug 1933 Lt-Cdr, RN
Fg Off Robert E Gunston 17 Jun 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Wilfred H G Saunt  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Philip H Cardew  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Mervyn Johnstone  2 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off Richard J Cooper  6 May 1933 Lt RN
Fg Off William J Lucas 21 Feb 1934 Lt RN
Fg Off James O Willis 21 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Leonard N Elsner  6 May 1933  
Fg Off Rupert H A Leigh  6 May 1933  
Fg Off Bernard W de Courcy-Ireland 19 May 1934 Lt RM

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
1 Aug 1934 HMS Courageous
16 Aug 1934 Gosport
4 Sep 1934 HMS Courageous
15 Sep 1934 Leuchars
8 Oct 1934 HMS Courageous
6 Nov 1934 Gosport
5 Jan 1935 HMS Courageous
25 Mar 1935 Upavon
7 May 1935 HMS Courageous
13 Jun 1935 Gosport
16 Jun 1935 North Coates Fittes
6 Jul 1935 Gosport

July 1935

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Baffin HMS Courageous

Shore station - Gosport

Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George H Boyce

 7 Feb 1934 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Godfrey C Dickins 15 Aug 1933 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt John E Burstall  7 Sep 1934 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Moray V Ridgeway  5 Jan 1935  
Fg Off John W A Hunnard 29 Nov 1934  
Fg Off James O Willis 21 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Rupert H A Leigh  6 May 1933  
Fg Off Bernard W de Courcy-Ireland 19 May 1934 Lt RM
Fg Off Geoffrey S Lamb 28 Mar 1935 Lt RN
Fg Off Gerald A L Woods  7 Sep 1934 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off Peter M Gregory  7 Sep 1934 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off George R Brown  9 May 1935 Lt RN

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
29 Aug 1935 HMS Courageous
16 Sep 1935 Aboukir
18 Sep 1935 HMS Courageous
2-10 Oct 1935 Aboukir (detachment)
15 Dec 1935 Hal Far
21 Dec 1935 HMS Courageous
17 Jan 1936 Aboukir
20 Feb 1936 HMS Courageous
28 Feb 1936 Gosport
23 May 1936 Catfoss (No 1 ATC)
20 Jun 1936 Gosport

July 1936

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Baffin HMS Courageous

Shore station - RAF Gosport

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt H M Mellor  5 May 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt John E Burstall  7 Sep 1934 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Moray V Ridgeway  5 Jan 1935  
Flt Lt William G C Stokes 16 Aug 1935 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt James O Willis 21 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Geoffrey S Lamb 28 Mar 1935 Lt RN
Fg Off Gerald A L Woods  7 Sep 1934 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off Peter M Gregory  7 Sep 1934 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off George R Brown  9 May 1935 Lt RN
Fg Off Robert J H Stephens 30 Aug 1935 Lt RN
Plt Off A J Wheeler  1 Mar 1936  
Plt Off W A A de Freitas  1 Mar 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
13 Jul 1936 HMS Courageous
17 Nov 1936 Gosport
17 Jan 1937 HMS Courageous
22 Mar 1937 Gosport
28 May 1937 HMS Courageous
 6 Jun 1937 Evanton (APC)
1 Jul 1937 Gosport
7 Jul 1937 HMS Courageous
9 Jul 1937 Gosport
13 Jul 1937 Souhampton

July 1937

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Shark II (from Apr 1937) HMS Courageous

Shore station - RAF Gosport

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H M Mellor  5 May 1936 Officer Commanding, MVO
Flt Lt John E Burstall  7 Sep 1934 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Moray V Ridgeway  5 Jan 1935  
Flt Lt William G C Stokes 16 Aug 1935 Lt-Cdr, RN
Fg Off George R Brown  9 May 1935 Lt RN
Fg Off R W Little 17 Aug 1936 Lt RN
Fg Off J A Goldsmith 29 Sep 1936 Lt RN
Fg Off Robert J H Stephens 30 Aug 1935 Lt RN
Fg Off A V Sawyer 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off H H Bracken 17 Aug 1936 Lt RN
Fg Off A J Wheeler  1 Mar 1936  
Fg Off W A A de Freitas  1 Mar 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
27 Jul 1937 Gosport
20 Aug 1937 North Coates Fitties
1 Sep 1937 Gosport
17 Sep 1937 Evanton
30 Sep 1937 HMS Courageous
1 Nov 1937 Gosport
10 Jan 1938 HMS Courageous
29 Mar 1938 Southampton
10 May 1938 HMS Courageous
13 May 1937 Evanton
9 Jul 1937 Southampton

July 1938

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I (from Sep 1937) HMS Courageous

Shore station - RAF Gosport

Coastal Command

Swordfish I of No 810 Squadron (HMS Ark Royal 1938 - 1939)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H M Mellor  5 May 1936 Officer Commanding, MVO
Flt Lt N Kennedy 28 Jul 1937 Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt H J F Lane 28 Jul 1937 Lt RN
Flt Lt A V Sawyer 30 Sep 1936
Fg Off A P Boddam-Wheetham 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off A S Kennard 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off P D Gick 25 May 1938 Lt RN
Fg Off B Willoughby 27 May 1938 Lt RN
Fg Off D F Godfrey-Faussett 25 May 1938 Sub-Lt RN
Fg Off N R Corbet-Millward 25 May 1938 Act Lt RN
Fg Off W A A de Freitas  1 Mar 1936  
Fg Off C F Herington  1 Sep 1937  
Fg Off W A L Davis 25 Sep 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
18 Jul 1938 HMS Courageous
23 Jul 1938 Southampton
26 Jul 938 Roborough
6 Aug 1938 Southampton
6 Sep 1938 HMS Courageous
17 Sep 1938 Old Sarum
27 Oct 1938 Southampton

January 1939

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I HMS Courageous

Shore station - RAF Gosport

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H M Mellor  5 May 1936 Officer Commanding, MVO
Flt Lt A V Sawyer 30 Sep 1936
Flt Lt F W Brown 15 Aug 1938 Lt, RM
Flt Lt E R C Morris  6 Dec 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off A P Boddam-Wheetham 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off A S Kennard 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off P D Gick 25 May 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off D F Godfrey-Faussett 25 May 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off N R Corbet-Millward 25 May 1938 Act Lt, RN
Fg Off W A L Davis 25 Sep 1937  
Fg Off A A Pardoe 10 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off A W Stewart 30 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
11 Jan 1939 HMS Ark Royal
30 Jan 1939 Dekheilia
14 Feb 1939 Aboukir
16 Feb 1939 HMS Ark Royal
24 Mar 1939 Southampton

April 1939

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I HMS Ark Royal

Shore station - RAF Southampton

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N R M Skene  9 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding, Capt, RM
Flt Lt F W Brown 15 Aug 1938 Capt, RM
Fg Off A P Boddam-Wheetham 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off A S Kennard 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off P D Gick 25 May 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off D F Godfrey-Faussett 25 May 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off N R Corbet-Millward 25 May 1938 Act Lt, RN
Fg Off W A L Davis 25 Sep 1937  
Fg Off A A Pardoe 10 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off A W Stewart 30 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Movement Date Location
27 Apr 1939 HMS Ark Royal

May 1939

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I HMS Ark Royal

Shore station - RAF Southampton

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N R M Skene  9 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding, Capt, RM
Flt Lt F W Brown 15 Aug 1938 Capt, RM
Fg Off A P Boddam-Wheetham 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off A S Kennard 24 Aug 1937 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off P D Gick 25 May 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off D F Godfrey-Faussett 25 May 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off N R Corbet-Millward 25 May 1938 Act Lt, RN
Fg Off W A L Davis 25 Sep 1937  
Fg Off A A Pardoe 10 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off A W Stewart 30 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

 | Apr 1939 | May 1939

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

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