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No 823 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Formed on 3 April 1933 from Nos 441 and  448 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flights aboard HMS Glorious in the Mediterranean equipped with 12 Fairey IIIFs.

Movement Date Location
27 Apr 1933 Hal Far
26 Jun 1933 HMS Glorious

July 1933

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Glorious RAF Mediterranean

Fairey IIIF oif No 823 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 26 May 1933 DFC
Flt Lt

Arthur P Revington

27 May 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John H F Burroughs 20 Apr 1932 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Norman Kennedy 27 Dec 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Trevenen P Coode  7 May 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off

John Constable-Roberts

19 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John de F Jago 30 May 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Thomas W T Blackwell 30 May 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off John M Waddell 19 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Lionel C B Ashburner 13 May 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard V McIntyre  1 Nov 1932  
Fg Off Robert C H Crosthwaite 11 Nov 1932  
Fg Off John D Stead 15 Oct 1932 Sub-Lt, RN

Dates prior to 3 April 1933 are appointment dates to 442 or 449 Flights.

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
17 Aug 1933 Hal Far
30 Aug 1933 HMS Glorious
13-23 Sep 1933 Aboukir (detachment)
23 Oct 1933 Hal Far
20 Nov 1933 HMS Glorious

January 1934

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Courageous

Shore station - Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril B Tidd 18 Aug 1933 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 26 May 1933 DFC
Flt Lt

Arthur P Revington

27 May 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John H F Burroughs 20 Apr 1932 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Norman Kennedy 27 Dec 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Trevenen P Coode  7 May 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off

John Constable-Roberts

19 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John de F Jago 30 May 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off John M Waddell 19 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Lionel C B Ashburner 13 May 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C H Crosthwaite 11 Nov 1932  
Fg Off John D Stead 15 Oct 1932 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off Donald H Elles 10 Jun 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Dermod D O'Brien  9 Jun 1933 Lt, RN

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
25 Jan 1934 Hal Far
2 Mar 1934 HMS Glorious
11 Apr 1934 Hal Far
23 Apr 1934 HMS Glorious
1 May 1934 Upavon
2 May 1934 Donibristle
Jul 1934 HMS Courageous

July 1934

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Courageous

Shore station - Upavon

Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril B Tidd 18 Aug 1933 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 26 May 1933 DFC
Flt Lt

Arthur P Revington

27 May 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John H F Burroughs 20 Apr 1932 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Norman Kennedy 27 Dec 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Trevenen P Coode  7 May 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off John de F Jago 30 May 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Lionel C B Ashburner 13 May 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off Robert C H Crosthwaite 11 Nov 1932  
Fg Off John D Stead 15 Oct 1932 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off Donald H Elles 10 Jun 1933 Lt, RN
Plt Off Philip H Robinson  3 Feb 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
25 Jul 1934 Upavon
26 Jul 1934 Donibristle
11 Aug 1934 Leuchars
3 Sep 1934 Novar
26 Oct 1934 HMS Courageous
5 Nov 1934 Donibristle
7 Jan 1935 HMS Courageous
25 Mar 1935 Gosport (transit)
26 Mar 1935 Donibristle
7 May 1935 HMS Courageous
2 Jul 1935 Gosport

July 1935

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Seal (from Dec 1934) HMS Glorious

Shore station - RAF Donibristle

Coastal Area

Fairey Seal of No 823 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 26 May 1933 DFC
Flt Lt Charles R V Pugh 15 Apr 1935 Lt-Cdr, RN
Fg Off Antony F Hall  4 Jan 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off John C H Price  4 Jan 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off

William D Disbrey

18 Sep 1934 later AVM
Fg Off George E Peacock 20 Sep 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

From August 1935 to February 1936 the squadron operated as two separate flights as shown below: -

'A' Flight 'B' Flight
Movement Date Location Movement Date Location
    21 Aug 1935 HMS Glorious
29 Aug 1935 HMS Courageous 28 Aug 1935 Hal Far
2 Oct 1935 Aboukir 2 Sep 1935 HMS Glorious
10 Oct 1935 HMS Courageous 5 Sep 1935 Aboukir
17 Oct 1935 HMS Glorious 17 Oct 1935 HMS Glorious
22 Nov 1935 Aboukir 5 Nov 1935 HMS Glorious
4 Dec 1935 HMS Glorious 6 Dec 1935 Aboukir
18 Dec 1935 Amriya 16 Dec 1935 HMS Glorious
7 Jan 1936 HMS Glorious 18 Dec 1935 Amriya
    21 Dec 1935 HMS Glorious
    24 Dec 1935 - 1 Jan 1936 Hal Far (detachment)
    27 Feb 1936 10 Mar 1936

The two flight were recombined on 10 March 1936 aboard HMS Glorious

Movement Date Location
10 Mar 1936 HMS Glorious
19 Mar 1936 Aboukir
31 Mar 1936 HMS Glorious
3 Apr 1936 Amriya
15 Apr 1936 HMS Glorious
8 May 1936 Aboukir
18 Jun 1936 HMS Glorious

July 1936

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Seal HMS Glorious

Shore station - RAF Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Godfrey C Dickens 30 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 26 May 1933 DFC
Flt Lt Charles R V Pugh 15 Apr 1935 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt

George F W Heycock

30 Aug 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John C H Price  4 Jan 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frank W Brown 21 Aug 1935 Lt, RM
Fg Off

William D Disbrey

18 Sep 1934 later AVM
Fg Off George E Peacock 20 Sep 1934  
Fg Off E D G Lewin 23 Jan 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off G F L Scott 27 Feb 1936  
Fg Off E A Greenwood  5 May 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off John R Jeudwine 30 Aug 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
27 Jul 1936 Hal Far
20 Sep 1936 HMS Glorious
30 Oct 1936 Hal Far
30 Jan 1937 HMS Glorious
23 Mar 1937 Hal Far
23 Apr 1937 HMS Glorious
5 May 1937 Gosport
24 Jun 1937 HMS Glorious
15 Jul 1937 Hal Far

July 1937

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I (from Nov 1936) HMS Glorious

Shore station - RAF Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

Swordfish I floatplane of No 823 Squadron HMS Glorious 1937 - 1938)

Swordfish I of No 823 Squadron (HMS Glorious 1938)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D W McKendrick 21 May 1937 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt R A Kilroy 19 Aug 1936 Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt

George F W Heycock

30 Aug 1935 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

William D Disbrey

18 Sep 1934 later AVM
Fg Off John C H Price  4 Jan 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frank W Brown 21 Aug 1935 Lt, RM
Fg Off E D G Lewin 23 Jan 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off G F L Scott 27 Feb 1936  
Fg Off E A Greenwood  5 May 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off John R Jeudwine 30 Aug 1935  
Fg Off D H S Rusher 16 Jan 1937  
Fg Off D W Compton 24 May 1937 Lt, RN
Plt Off E L Wurtele 27 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
18 Jul 1937 HMS Glorious
20 Aug 1937 Hal Far
2 Sep 1937 Aboukir
9 Sep 1937 HMS Glorious
19 Oct 1937 Hal Far
7 Feb 1938 HMS Glorious
27 Mar 1938 Hal Far
16 May 1938 HMS Glorious
31 May 1938 Hal Far

July 1938

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

Shore station - RAF Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A Kilroy 19 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt

William D Disbrey

18 Sep 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt G F L Scott 27 Feb 1936  
Flt Lt J L Hallewell 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt John R Jeudwine 30 Aug 1935  
Fg Off A R H Barton  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off D H S Rusher 16 Jan 1937  
Fg Off J C Reed  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off P W Compton 24 May 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R H Furlong 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off E L Wurtele 27 May 1938  
Fg Off J R Fishwick 17 Jan 1938  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
18 Jul 1938 HMS Glorious
9 Sep 1938 Hal Far
? HMS Glorious
9 Nov 1938 Hal Far

January 1939

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

Shore station - RAF Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A Kilroy 19 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt G F L Scott 27 Feb 1936  
Flt Lt J L Hallewell 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt John R Jeudwine 30 Aug 1935  
Flt Lt D H S Rusher 16 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt P W Compton 24 May 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off A R H Barton  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off J C Reed  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R H Furlong 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off E L Wurtele 27 May 1938  
Fg Off J R Fishwick 17 Jan 1938  
Fg Off R W Slater 16 Jul 1938 Lt, RN

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
23 Jan 1939 HMS Glorious
30 Jan 1939 Dekhelia
14 Feb 1939 HMS Glorious
20 Feb 1939 Hal Far
23 Feb 1939 HMS Glorious
20 Mar 1939 Hal Far
13 Apr 1939 HMS Glorious
18 Apr 1939 Hal Far

April 1939

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

Shore station - RAF Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A Kilroy 19 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt J L Hallewell 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt P W Compton 24 May 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off A R H Barton  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off J C Reed  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R H Furlong 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off E L Wurtele 27 May 1938  
Fg Off J R Fishwick 17 Jan 1938  
Fg Off R W Slater 16 Jul 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off A J G Lydekker  4 Feb 1939 Act Lt, RN

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Movement Date Location
25 Apr1939 HMS Glorious
14 May 1939 Hal Far

May 1939

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

Shore station - RAF Hal Far

RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A Kilroy 19 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr RN
Flt Lt J L Hallewell 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt P W Compton 24 May 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off A R H Barton  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off J C Reed  1 Oct 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R H Furlong 17 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off E L Wurtele 27 May 1938  
Fg Off J R Fishwick 17 Jan 1938  
Fg Off R W Slater 16 Jul 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off A J G Lydekker  4 Feb 1939 Act Lt, RN

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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

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