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Wessex Bombing Area Personnel, units and locations


[Jul 1926 | Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933]

July 1926

Formed on 12 April 1926 from No 7 Group

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defences of Great Britain
  • SHQ RAF Andover

  • No 12 (Bombing) Squadron - Andover

  • Staff College - Andover

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

  • No 11 (Bombing) Squadron  - Netheravon

  • SHQ Spittlegate

  • No 100 (Bombing) Squadron - Spittlegate

  • No 39 (Bombing) Squadron - Spittlegate

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron - Bircham Newton

  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron - Bircham Newton

  • No 9 (Bombing) Squadron - Manston

  • No 207 (Bombing) Squadron - Eastchurch

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John M Steel 12 Apr 1926 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CMG, CBE; later ACM
Gp Capt

Hon John D Boyle

12 Apr 1926 CBE, DSO; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Malcolm Spicer 12 Apr 1926  
Sqn Ldr Claud W Mackay 12 Apr 1926  
Sqn Ldr

Hon Ralph A Cochrane

12 Apr 1926 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

Geoffrey A H Pidcock

12 Apr 1926 later AVM
Flt Lt Sylvester L Quine 12 Apr 1926 MC
Flt Lt James Lawson 12 Apr 1926  
Flt Lt John Bussey 12 Apr 1926  
Flt Lt William G E Hayman 12 Apr 1926  
Fg Off Henry F V Battle 12 Apr 1926 later A/Cdre
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Harry T Foxon 12 Apr 1926

 

Flt Lt Ernest D Galloway 12 Apr 1926

 

Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr John T T Forbes  1 Jun 1926  
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Francis  W Squair 28 Apr 1926 MB, TD
Education Officers
Capt Charles W Pollock  1 Jun 1926 Grade III, MA
Maj Benson Steel 12 Apr 1926 Grade III, MC, BA

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ RAF Andover

  • No 12 (Bombing) Squadron - Andover

  • Staff College - Andover

  • SHQ, Worthy Down

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

  • No 11 (Bombing) Squadron  - Netheravon

  • SHQ Spittlegate

  • No 100 (Bombing) Squadron - Spittlegate

  • No 39 (Bombing) Squadron - Spittlegate

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron - Bircham Newton

  • No 9 (Bombing) Squadron - Manston

  • No 207 (Bombing) Squadron - Eastchurch

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Sir John M Steel 12 Apr 1926 Air Officer Commanding, KBE, CB, CMG; later ACM
Gp Capt

Ulrick J D Bourke

22 Nov 1922 CMG
Wg Cdr Malcolm Spicer 12 Apr 1926  
Sqn Ldr William W J Guilfoyle 27 Jul 1926 OBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Claud W Mackay 12 Apr 1926  
Sqn Ldr

Hon Ralph A Cochrane

12 Apr 1926 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

Geoffrey A H Pidcock

12 Apr 1926 later AVM
Flt Lt Sylvester L Quine 12 Apr 1926 MC
Flt Lt James Lawson 12 Apr 1926  
Flt Lt Frederick H Isaac  2 Nov 1926 DFC
Flt Lt William G E Hayman 12 Apr 1926  
Fg Off Henry F V Battle 12 Apr 1926 later A/Cdre
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

 

Flt Lt Leonard H Vernon 15 Sep 1926

 

Medical Branch
Wg Cdr Frank N B Smartt 13 May 1927 MB, BA
Fg Off Maurice O'Regan 25 Jan 1927  
Education Officers
Capt Charles W Pollock  1 Jun 1926 Grade III, MA

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bombing) Squadron - Andover

  • Staff College - Andover

  • SHQ Bicester

    • No 100 (Bombing) Squadron - Bicester

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

    • No 39 (Bombing) Squadron - Bircham Newton

    • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron - Bircham Newton

  • No 207 (Bombing) Squadron - Eastchurch

  • No 9 (Bombing) Squadron - Manston

  • No 11 (Bombing) Squadron  - Netheravon

  • SHQ Upper Heyford

    • No 10 (Bombing) Squadron - Upper Heyford

    • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron - Upper Heyford

    • Station Flight - Upper Heyford

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

    • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Sir John M Steel 12 Apr 1926 Air Officer Commanding, KBE, CB, CMG; later ACM
Gp Capt

Ulrick J D Bourke

22 Nov 1922 CMG
Wg Cdr Horace Gordon-Dean  6 Sep 1927 AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Wilfred A McClaughry 22 Feb 1928 DSO, MC, later AVM
Sqn Ldr Claud W Mackay 12 Apr 1926  
Sqn Ldr

Arthur W F Glenny

30 Jul 1927 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Geoffrey A H Pidcock

12 Apr 1926 later AVM
Flt Lt Sylvester L Quine 12 Apr 1926 MC
Flt Lt James Lawson 12 Apr 1926  
Flt Lt Frederick H Isaac  2 Nov 1926 DFC
Flt Lt Henry E Farrow  1 Mar 1928  
Flt Lt Henry F V Battle 12 Apr 1926 later A/Cdre
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

later AVM

Flt Lt Leonard H Vernon 15 Sep 1926

 

Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Oswald K Griffin 19 Mar 1928  
Medical Branch
Wg Cdr William A S Duck  4 Jun 1928 OBE
Education Officers
Capt Charles W Pollock  1 Jun 1926 Grade III, MA

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bombing) Squadron - Andover

  • Staff College - Andover

  • Communication Flight - Andover

  • No 100 (Bombing) Squadron - Bicester

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

    • No 35 (Bombing) Squadron - Bircham Newton

    • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron - Bircham Newton

  • No 207 (Bombing) Squadron - Eastchurch

  • No 9 (Bombing) Squadron - Manston

  • No 33 (Bombing) Squadron  - Netheravon

  • SHQ Upper Heyford

    • No 10 (Bombing) Squadron - Upper Heyford

    • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron - Upper Heyford

    • Station Flight - Upper Heyford

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

    • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron - Worthy Down

  • Oxford University Air Squadron - Oxford

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Sir John M Steel 12 Apr 1926 Air Officer Commanding, KBE, CB, CMG; later ACM
Gp Capt John T Cull  7 Jan 1929 DSO
Wg Cdr Horace Gordon-Dean  6 Sep 1927 AFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Wilfred A McClaughry 22 Feb 1928 DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

George H F Padley

29 Apr 1929 Engineer duties
Sqn Ldr

Arthur W F Glenny

30 Jul 1927 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Robert H M S Saundby

17 Dec 1928 MC, DFC, AFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr

John K Summers

 5 Apr 1929 MC
Sqn Ldr

Benjamin J Silly

17 Dec 1928 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Sylvester L Quine 12 Apr 1926 MC
Flt Lt James Lawson 12 Apr 1926  
Flt Lt Henry E Farrow  1 Mar 1928 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Gilbert L Ormerod

17 Sep 1928 Armament duties
Flt Lt Reginald V M Odbert  2 Mar 1929 Armament duties
Flt Lt Herbert T Herring 26 Apr 1929  
Fg Off John R Brown  4 Mar 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off Francis G Cator 15 Dec 1928 Photographic duties
Fg Off Alan P Bett xx Aug 1928 later A/Cdre
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

later AVM

Flt Lt Leonard H Vernon 15 Sep 1926

 

Fg Off Maurice H Jenks  6 Nov 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Oswald K Griffin 19 Mar 1928  
Medical Branch
Wg Cdr William A S Duck  4 Jun 1928 OBE
Education Officer
Capt Charles W Pollock  1 Jun 1926 Grade III, MA
Works and Buildings Directorate
Mr A H Matheson   Superintending Civil Engineer (Acting), AMICE

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bomber) Squadron - Andover

    • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron - Bircham Newton

    • Station Flight

  • Staff College - Andover

  • No 100 (Bomber) Squadron - Bicester

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

    • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron - Bircham Newton

    • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron - Bircham Newton

  • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron - Manston

  • No 33 (Bomber) Squadron  - Eastchurch

  • SHQ Upper Heyford

    • No 10 (Bomber) Squadron - Upper Heyford

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron - Upper Heyford

    • Station Flight - Upper Heyford

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron - Worthy Down

    • No 58 (Bomber) Squadron - Worthy Down

  • Oxford University Air Squadron - Oxford

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Sir John M Steel 12 Apr 1926 Air Officer Commanding, KBE, CB, CMG; later ACM
Gp Capt John T Cull  7 Jan 1929 DSO
Wg Cdr Horace Gordon-Dean  6 Sep 1927 AFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Wilfred A McClaughry 22 Feb 1928 DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

George H F Padley

29 Apr 1929 Engineer duties
Sqn Ldr

Arthur W F Glenny

30 Jul 1927 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Robert H M S Saundby

17 Dec 1928 MC, DFC, AFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr

John K Summers

 5 Apr 1929 MC
Sqn Ldr

Benjamin J Silly

17 Dec 1928 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Thomas S Ivens 22 Sep 1929 Armament duties
Flt Lt Guy Y Tyrrell 16 Sep 1929 Photographic duties, MC
Flt Lt

Allan L A Perry-Keene

 3 Mar 1930 later AVM
Flt Lt Alwyn J Warwick  1 Aug 1929  
Flt Lt William D Gardiner 27 Apr 1930 DFC
Flt Lt William S Allen 22 Sep 1929 Signals duties
Flt Lt

David W F Bonham-Carter

12 Aug 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John R Brown  4 Mar 1929 Signals duties, DFC
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

later AVM

Flt Lt Leonard H Vernon 15 Sep 1926

 

Fg Off Alexander H Allan 21 Sep 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Oswald K Griffin 19 Mar 1928  
Medical Branch
Wg Cdr William A S Duck  4 Jun 1928 OBE, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Education Officer
Capt Charles W Pollock  1 Jun 1926 Grade III, MA
Works and Buildings Directorate
Mr A H Matheson   Superintending Civil Engineer (Acting), AMICE

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • Staff College - Andover

  • No 33 (Bomber) Squadron  - Bicester

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

    • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Boscombe Down

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 10 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Upper Heyford

    • No 40 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 58 (Bomber) Squadron

  • Oxford University Air Squadron - Oxford

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM

Cyril L N Newall

 6 Feb 1931 Air Officer Commanding, CMG, CBE, AM; later MRAF
Gp Capt John T Cull  7 Jan 1929 DSO
Wg Cdr George E M Reid 20 Dec 1930 DSO, MC
Wg Cdr George W Williamson 22 Sep 1930 OBE, MC
Sqn Ldr

John K Summers

 5 Apr 1929 MC
Sqn Ldr

Benjamin J Silly

17 Dec 1928 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Thomas S Ivens 22 Sep 1929 Armament duties
Sqn Ldr Edward A Beaulah 23 Apr 1931  
Sqn Ldr Alban S Ellerton  5 Aug 1930 OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Guy Y Tyrrell 16 Sep 1929 Photographic duties, MC
Flt Lt

Allan L A Perry-Keene

 3 Mar 1930 later AVM
Flt Lt Alwyn J Warwick  1 Aug 1929  
Flt Lt William D Gardiner 27 Apr 1930 DFC
Flt Lt

David W F Bonham-Carter

12 Aug 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

William E G Mann

 1 Nov 1930 Signals duties, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Percy E Gwyer  9 Feb 1931 Engineer duties
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

later AVM

Flt Lt Alexander H Allan 21 Sep 1929

 

Fg Off Hugh J Young  8 Sep 1930 MBE
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr

Reginald Byrne

 9 Jul 1930 MC; later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Wg Cdr William A S Duck  4 Jun 1928 OBE, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Education Officer
Capt Sydney Brew  1 Sep 1930 Grade II, FRAeS
Works and Buildings Directorate
Capt H T Huntress   Superintending Civil Engineer (Acting), OBE

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • Staff College - Andover

  • No 33 (Bomber) Squadron  - Bicester

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

    • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Boscombe Down

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 10 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 57 (Bomber) Squadron - Netheravon

  • SHQ Upper Heyford

    • No 18 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 40 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 58 (Bomber) Squadron

  • Oxford University Air Squadron - Oxford

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM

Sir Tom I Webb-Bowen

26 Sep 1931 Air Officer Commanding, KCB, CMG
Gp Capt

John S T Bradley

 8 Nov 1931 OBE; later AM
Wg Cdr Robert D Oxland 20 Dec 1931 OBE; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Edward A Beaulah 23 Apr 1931  
Sqn Ldr

John J Breen

 2 Jan 1932 later AM
Sqn Ldr

John K Summers

 5 Apr 1929 Navigation duties, MC
Sqn Ldr

Ernest J D Townesend

23 Feb 1932 Engineer duties; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Alban S Ellerton  5 Aug 1930 OBE; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Eric B Grenfell

 1 Feb 1932 Armament duties, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert J Rodwell 15 Aug 1931 Engineer duties
Flt Lt

Allan L A Perry-Keene

 3 Mar 1930 later AVM
Flt Lt

William E G Mann

 1 Nov 1930 Signals duties, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William D Gardiner 27 Apr 1930 DFC
Flt Lt Edward M Drummond  7 Jul 1931 Signals duties
Flt Lt

David W F Bonham-Carter

12 Aug 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

James Silvester

11 Feb 1932 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Frederick C Rowland  5 Apr 1932 Engineer duties
Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

later AVM

Flt Lt Alexander H Allan 21 Sep 1929

 

Fg Off Montague W Keey 27 Oct 1931  
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr

Reginald Byrne

 9 Jul 1930 MC; later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Wg Cdr Frank N B Smartt 18 Jan 1932 MB, BCh
Education Officer
Capt Sydney Brew  1 Sep 1930 Grade II, FRAeS
Works and Buildings Directorate
Capt H T Huntress   Superintending Civil Engineer (Acting), OBE

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Abingdon

    • No 40 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

    • Air Pilotage School

  • Staff College - Andover

  • No 33 (Bomber) Squadron  - Bicester

  • SHQ Bircham Newton

    • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Boscombe Down

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 10 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Upper Heyford

    • No 18 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 57 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 58 (Bomber) Squadron

  • Oxford University Air Squadron - Oxford

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM

Sir Tom I Webb-Bowen

26 Sep 1931 Air Officer Commanding, KCB, CMG
Air Staff
Gp Capt

John S T Bradley

 8 Nov 1931 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE; later AM
Wg Cdr

John J Breen

 2 Jan 1932 later AM
Sqn Ldr Edward A Beaulah 23 Apr 1931  
Sqn Ldr

Eric B C Betts

 8 Aug 1932 DSC, DFC; later AVM
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr Alban S Ellerton  5 Aug 1930 OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John A Gray

17 Dec 1932 DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Sidney N Webster

 5 Jul 1932 AFC, later AVM
Equipment Staff
Wg Cdr Frederick W Stent  1 Nov 1932 Senior Equipment Staff Officer, MC
Engineer Section
Sqn Ldr Victor R Scriven  5 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt William G Campbell 12 Mar 1933  
Stores Section
Wg Cdr William C Clark 30 Jan 1933  
Sqn Ldr Walter Thorne 25 May 1927

later AVM

Flt Lt Alexander H Allan 21 Sep 1929

 

Attached to the Staff
Armament
Wg Cdr

Patrick Huskinson

 1 Apr 1933 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John L Wingate

 9 Jan 1933 later A/Cdre
Navigation
Flt Lt Cecil B Riddle 16 Dec 1932  
Photography
Flt Lt James B Barrett 26 Jan 1933  
Services
Signals
Flt Lt

William E G Mann

 1 Nov 1930 Signals duties, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

26 Sep 1932 later AVM
Accountant
Sqn Ldr

Reginald Byrne

 9 Jul 1930 MC; later A/Cdre
Medical
Wg Cdr Arthur S Glynn 13 Jan 1933 Principal Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Educational
Major Benson Steel  1 Sep 1932 Grade II, MC, BA
Works
Mr S Dexter   Superintending Engineer
Warrant Officer
WO II Alexander Callander 30 May 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Renamed Western Area on 1 October 1933

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