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Practice Camp/No 1 Armament Training Camp/Station, Catfoss - Personnel and locations


[Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Practice Camps were temporary units usually set up in March/April each year to permit operational squadrons to carry out live firing and bombing practices on nearby ranges.  They usually closed around October/November, this continuing until the early 1930s

July 1929

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Alexander McR Moffatt  8 May 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt John L Wingate  8 May 1929 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Gerard Combe  8 May 1929 Armament duties; later AVM
Fg Off Isaac Hodgson 25 Mar 1929  
Plt Off Reginald Dashwood-Tandy 16 May 1929  

Medical Branch

Fg Off Thomas A Edwards 13 May 1929  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr John K Wells  8 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Wilfred Wynter-Morgan  8 Mar 1930 Armament duties, MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Cyril M Heard 28 Mar 1930 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Donald J R Hylton  8 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Dennis M Harrison 22 Mar 1930  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Patrick J Nyhan 26 Mar 1930  

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward L Tomkinson 12 Mar 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO, AFC
Flt Lt Cyril M Heard 10 Mar 1931 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Thomas M Abraham 10 Mar 1931 Armament duties

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Gerald P O'Connell  2 Apr 1931 MB, BCh

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

It was redesignated No 1 Armament Training Camp on 1 January 1932 under the control of the Air Armament School.

July 1932

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Air Armament School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Geoffrey H Bowman  1 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Christopher N H Bilney  5 Mar 1932 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Patrick W Lowe-Holmes  6 Mar 1932 Armament duties
Fg Off Noel F V Henkel 16 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth 12 Mar 1932  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Charles G Harold 24 Mar 1932 MB, BCh

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Air Armament School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Percy C Sherran 28 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Leonard de V Chisman  1 Mar 1933 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Howard E E Weblin 24 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Claude M Champion de Crespigny  3 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Edmund C Hudleston  3 Mar 1933 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Frank B H Hayward 11 Mat 1933  
Fg Off Alister W S Matheson 20 Mar 1933  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Robert R W Fisher 21 Mar 1933  

Civilian Stores Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Inland Area/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Percy C Sherran 27 Feb 1934 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Edward R Openshaw 26 Feb 1934 Armament duties, AFC
Flt Lt Charles Snow 11 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt Roy J O Bartlett  28 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Claude M Champion de Crespigny  28 Feb 1934 Armament duties
Fg Off Howard Ford  28 Feb 1934 Armament duties; later AVM
Fg Off Frank B H Hayward  26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Thomas A Jefferson 17 Mar 1934  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Harold S Barber 14 Mar 1934 MB, BCh

Civilian Stores Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Inland Area/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward B Rice 25 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Wilfred R Cox 24 Feb 1935 Armament duties, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Duncan B McGill 28 Feb 1935  
Flt Lt John N Baxter  4 Mar 1935 Armament duties
Fg Off John R Palmer 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Anthony R Collins 28 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Frederick J Manning 17 Dec 1934 Marine Craft detachment, Bridlington? later A/Cdre

Medical Branch

Flt Lt George M Anderson  3 May 1935 MB ChB

Civilian Stores Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E C Emmett 16 Feb 1936 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Cedric E V Porter 10 Feb 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Alfred C H Sharp  1 Aug 1935 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Anthony R Collins 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off E M Lewis 20 Nov 1935  
Plt Off Frederick J Manning 17 Dec 1934 Marine Craft detachment, Bridlington? later A/Cdre

-

2 Airman Pilots

Medical Branch

Flt Lt H E Bellringer  1 Mar 1936 MB ChB

Civilian Assistant

Flt Lt H C V Jolleff   RAFO

Civilian Stores Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E C Emmett 16 Feb 1936 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr F H Whitmore 27 Sep 1936 MBE, DSC
Flt Lt D W Baird  6 Aug 1936  
Flt Lt F W Dixon-Wright 16 Dec1936 Armament duties
Plt Off G B Andrews  3 Feb 1937  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off A M Davison 22 Mar 1937  

-

Fg Off S J Gilbert   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

-

2 Airman Pilots

Medical Branch

Flt Lt R M Outfin  4 Jan 1937  

Equipment Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Education Officer

Mr R L Smith 19 Jan 1937 Grade III, BSc

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

It was redesignated No 1 Armament Training Station on 1 April 1938.

July 1938

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C T Anderson 17 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr G C Stemp  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Flt Lt George A Walker 21 Dec 1937 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off P A M Stickney 22 Jun 1937  
Plt Off H A A Webster 16 Aug 1937  
APO F T Knight  7 May 1938  
APO A L V Barnes  7 May 1938  
APO A M Ross  7 May 1938  

-

Fg Off S J Gilbert   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

-

2 Airman Pilots

Medical Branch

Flt Lt R M Outfin  4 Jan 1937  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off A M Davison 22 Mar 1937  

Equipment Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Education Officer

Mr R L Smith 19 Jan 1937 Grade III, BSc

Warrant Officer

WO H W Biggs  9 Jun 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C T Anderson 17 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr G C Stemp  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Flt Lt H M T Eversfield 15 Aug 1938 Armament duties
Fg Off J R Henderson 14 Jun 1938  
Fg Off P A M Stickney 22 Jun 1937  
Fg Off H A A Webster 16 Aug 1937  
Plt Off F T Knight  7 May 1938  
Plt Off A L V Barnes  7 May 1938  
Plt Off A M Ross  7 May 1938  
Plt Off G D Firmin 17 Sep 1938  
APO C G Christophers 17 Sep 1938  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off B T Procter  1 Oct 1938  

-

Flt Lt S C Harker   Adjutant, RAFO

Medical Branch

Flt Lt R M Outfin  4 Jan 1937  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off E W Walker  1 Sep 1938  

Equipment Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Education Officer

Mr R L Smith 19 Jan 1937 Grade III, BSc

Warrant Officer

WO H W Biggs  9 Jun 1937  
WO J V Saunders 21 Mar 1936  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C T Anderson 17 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr G C Stemp  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Sqn Ldr D J P MacNair 19 Dec 1938 Armament duties
Fg Off T M Lockyer  6 Feb 1939  
Fg Off J G Priest 17 Dec 1938 Armament duties
Fg Off J R Henderson 14 Jun 1938  
Fg Off H A A Webster 16 Aug 1937  
Plt Off F T Knight  7 May 1938  
Plt Off A M Ross  7 May 1938  
Plt Off A L V Barnes  7 May 1938  
Plt Off G D Firmin 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off C G Christophers 17 Sep 1938  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off B T Procter  1 Oct 1938  

-

Flt Lt S C Harker   Adjutant, RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off E C Easson 15 Feb 1939  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off E W Walker  1 Sep 1938  

Equipment Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Education Officer

Mr R L Smith 19 Jan 1937 Grade III, BSc

Warrant Officer

WO H W Biggs  9 Jun 1937  
WO J V Saunders 21 Mar 1936  
WO A E Clark 18 Feb 1939  
WO G Beattie 23 Jan 1939  
WO D L Diment 19 Feb 1935  
WO B L Croucher 17 Feb 1936  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Location Command/Group
Catfoss, East Yorkshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C T Anderson 17 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr D J P MacNair 19 Dec 1938 Armament duties
Fg Off T M Lockyer  6 Feb 1939  
Fg Off J G Priest 17 Dec 1938 Armament duties
Fg Off J R Henderson 14 Jun 1938  
Fg Off H A A Webster 16 Aug 1937  
Plt Off G D Firmin 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off C G Christophers 17 Sep 1938  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off B T Procter  1 Oct 1938  

-

Flt Lt S C Harker   Adjutant, RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off E C Easson 15 Feb 1939  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off E W Walker  1 Sep 1938  

Equipment Officer

Flt Lt (Ret) R G Sims    

Education Officer

Mr R L Smith 19 Jan 1937 Grade III, BSc

Warrant Officer

WO H W Biggs  9 Jun 1937  
WO J V Saunders 21 Mar 1936  
WO A E Clark 18 Feb 1939  
WO G Beattie 23 Jan 1939  
WO D L Diment 19 Feb 1935  
WO B L Croucher 17 Feb 1936  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

It disbande on 3 September 1939, its personnel being transferred to No 3 Air Observer School at Aldergrove.

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