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Night Flying Flight - Personnel and locations


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This was formed on 1 July 1923 within No 1 Group, at Biggin Hill.  Its role was to train personnel in the art of night flying and air pilotage (navigation) in conjunction with the Anti-Aircraft Defence School and No 56 Squadron, also located at Biggin Hill. 

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Inland Area/No 1 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Robert Halley 23 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off George W Higgs 22 Aug 1923  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Inland Area/No 1 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Robert Halley 23 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Thomas S Horry  1 Feb 1924 DFC
Fg Off Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924  
Fg Off George W Higgs 22 Aug 1923  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

It was transferred to No 6 Group on 1 May 1924.

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
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Inland Area/No 6 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Robert Halley 23 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Thomas S Horry  1 Feb 1924 DFC
Fg Off George W Higgs 22 Aug 1923  
Plt Off William Von R Nicholl 21 May 1925  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Inland Area/No 6 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Thomas S Horry  1 Feb 1924 DFC
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 18 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 15 Feb 1926  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

It was transferred to Fighting Area on 20 May 1926.

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 18 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero 24 May 1926  
Plt Off Leslie Dalton-Morris 25 Feb 1926 later AM

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Alfred P Maurice 22 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 18 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero 24 May 1926  
Fg Off Leslie Dalton-Morris 25 Feb 1926 later AM

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Alfred P Maurice 22 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 18 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Herbert Hollick-Kenyon 22 Jun 1927  
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero 24 May 1926  
Fg Off Leslie Dalton-Morris 25 Feb 1926 later AM

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Alfred P Maurice 22 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924
Fg Off William Von R Nicholl 27 Jan 1928  
Fg Off Paul S Blockey 29 Sep 1927 later AVM
Fg Off Frederick B G Walker  5 Mar 1928  

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1 Airmen Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Henry M S Dawes 11 Oct 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Alfred P Maurice 22 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 29 Mar 1924
Fg Off Paul S Blockey 29 Sep 1927 later AVM
Fg Off Frederick B G Walker  5 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Joseph H Pool 24 Jul 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Henry M S Dawes 11 Oct 1927  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Alfred P Maurice 22 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Jack Cottle 18 Feb 1929 MBE, DFC
Fg Off Paul S Blockey 29 Sep 1927 later AVM
Fg Off Edgar C G Badcock 30 Aug 1927  
Fg Off Nicholas A Pearce 26 Jan 1929  
Plt Off Eric J Brighton 12 Feb 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Leslie W Park 25 Jan 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harold D Connor 14 Jan 1928  

Medical Branch

Fg Off Ronald J I Bell 12 Dec 1928  

Education Officer

Lt Bernard A Bird 15 Jun 1927 Grade IV

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley

Bristol F2B

RAF Biggin Hill Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril B Cooke  1 Nov 1929 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt Geoffrey R C Spencer  9 Nov 1929 later AVM
Fg Off Herbert J Brown 21 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Cyril R Mason 12 Aug 1929 Signal duties
Fg Off John St C Arbuthnott 10 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Nicholas A Pearce 26 Jan 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Leslie W Park 25 Jan 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest L G Le Dieu 18 Oct 1929 later A/Cdre

Medical Branch

Fg Off Ronald J I Bell 12 Dec 1928 MRCS, LRCP

Education Officer

Capt Francis C Heath  1 Jan 1930 Grade III, MA

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

It was supposedly redesignated Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight on 22 October 1931 but the July 1931 edition shows it already under the new designation so it was perhaps redesignated on 22 October 1930.

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