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No 481 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flight - Personnel and locations


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This was formed on 1 August 1923 from the flight of No 267 Squadron serving on board HMS Ark Royal, moving to Calafrana on 28 August.

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Harry Stewart  1 Aug  1923  
Flt Lt Matthew A Simpson  1 Aug  1923  
Flt Lt Albert Durston  1 Aug  1923 later AM
Flt Lt John A Sadler 28 Aug 1923  
Flt Lt Victor R Scriven  1 Aug  1923 AFC
Flt Lt Frederick A Norton 28 Aug 1923  
Flt Lt David V Carnegie  1 Aug  1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Edmund S Ades 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Edward S Moulton-Barrett  1 Aug  1923  
Fg Off William V Simons  1 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Edmund F Waring  1 Aug  1923  later A/Cdre
Fg Off James F V Sugars 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Isaac Hodgson 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Herbert Hackney 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Kenneth C Mackenzie 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Alexander F Adams 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Herbert J White 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Rene G Mollard 28 Aug  1923  
Fg Off Victor H Clift 28 Aug  1923  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Matthew A Simpson  1 Aug  1923  
Flt Lt John A Sadler 28 Aug 1923  
Flt Lt David V Carnegie  1 Aug  1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Edmund S Ades 28 Aug  1923  
Flt Lt Edward S Moulton-Barrett  1 Aug  1923  
Flt Lt Herbert Hackney 28 Aug 1923  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

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 Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John A Sadler 28 Aug 1923  
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcroft  25 Mar 1925 DSC
Flt Lt Herbert Hackney 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off James C Stevens 23 Dec 1923  
Fg Off William J Brown 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Ernest C Usher 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Isaac Hodgson 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Kenneth C McKenzie 28 Aug 1923 MBE
Fg Off Alexander F Adams 28 Aug 1923 DFC
Fg Off Herbert J White 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Rene G Mollard 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Henri J M Berthon  1 Feb 1925  

NB: Some of the Flying Officers may have been Observer Officers

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Thomas H Newton 23 Jan 1926 DSC
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcroft  25 Mar 1925 DSC
Flt Lt Ernest C Usher 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off James C Stevens 23 Dec 1923  
Fg Off William J Brown 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Isaac Hodgson 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Kenneth C McKenzie 28 Aug 1923 MBE
Fg Off Alexander F Adams 28 Aug 1923 DFC
Fg Off Rene G Mollard 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Victor H Clift  1 Sep 1925  
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Henri J M Berthon  1 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1926  

NB: Some of the Flying Officers may have been Observer Officers

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Thomas H Newton 23 Jan 1926 DSC
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcroft  25 Mar 1925 DSC
Flt Lt Ernest C Usher 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off William J Brown 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Isaac Hodgson 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Kenneth C McKenzie 28 Aug 1923 MBE
Fg Off Alexander F Adams 28 Aug 1923 DFC
Fg Off Victor H Clift  1 Sep 1925  
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Charles H Brill 25 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1926  

NB: Some of the Flying Officers may have been Observer Officers

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Thomas H Newton 23 Jan 1926 DSC
Flt Lt Edward G Hopcroft  25 Mar 1925 DSC
Flt Lt Ernest C Usher 11 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Isaac Hodgson 28 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Alexander F Adams 28 Aug 1923 DFC
Fg Off Victor H Clift  1 Sep 1925  
Fg Off George C Lugg  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Charles H Brill 25 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Humphrey M Whittle 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1926  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ernest C Usher 11 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Alexander F Adams 28 Aug 1923 DFC
Fg Off Victor H Clift  1 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Henry L Beatty 20 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Charles H Brill 25 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Humphrey M Whittle 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Maurice C Pascoe 20 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Reginald F Francis  4 Jan 1927  
Fg Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1926 AFC
Fg Off Alfred H Willetts 22 Mar 1927  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Colin Boumphrey 12 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Henry L Beatty 20 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Humphrey M Whittle 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Maurice C Pascoe 20 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Reginald F Francis  4 Jan 1927  
Fg Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1926 AFC
Fg Off Alfred H Willetts 22 Mar 1927  
Fg Off John Constable-Roberts 17 Sep 1927 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William C McNeil 30 Mar 1928  
Plt Off Geoffrey Francis 17 Sep 1927  
Plt Off Clifton W Grannum 30 Mar 1928  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID RAF Base, Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Colin Boumphrey 12 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Henry L Beatty 20 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Humphrey M Whittle 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Maurice C Pascoe 20 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Reginald F Francis  4 Jan 1927  
Fg Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1926 AFC
Fg Off Alfred H Willetts 22 Mar 1927  
Fg Off John Constable-Roberts 17 Sep 1927 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William C McNeil 30 Mar 1928  
Plt Off Geoffrey Francis 17 Sep 1927  
Plt Off Clifton W Grannum 30 Mar 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

It was redesignated No 202 Squadron on 1 January 1929.

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