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Practice Camp/No 3 Armament Training Camp/Station, Sutton Bridge - Personnel and locations


[Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | 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 1927

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Anthony R Arnold  1 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt John D S Denholm  1 Apr 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Cyril H Roberts  1 Apr 1927  

Medical Branch

Fg Off Richard G Freeman  1 Apr 1927  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William Sowrey  8 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John D S Denholm 28 Mar 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Ian W C Mackenzie 14 Apr 1928  
Fg Off Cyril H Roberts 29 Mar 1928  

Medical Branch

Fg Off Gerard T O'Brien 29 Mar 1928  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William Sowrey  8 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John D S Denholm 28 Mar 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Ralph H W Empson 18 Jun 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Cyril H Roberts 29 Mar 1928  

Medical Branch

Fg Off Gerard T O'Brien 29 Mar 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cyril B Cooke

25 Mar 1929 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt Charles Crawford 20 Mar 1929  
Fg Off John Parsons 20 Mar 1929  
Fg Off Eric M Thompson  4 Jun 1929  

Medical Branch

Fg Off Nigel M Jerram  1 May 1929  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Dermott L Allen  8 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Clifford W Busk  8 Mar 1930 Armament duties, MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alexander H Montgomery  5 Mar 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Colin E V L'E Feasey  2 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Charles H R Little  8 Mar 1930  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Leslie I Hyder 30 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Kenneth C Buss 12 Mar 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Edward D MacL Hopkins 10 Mar 1931 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Gerald E F Procter 10 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Douglas C Harrison 25 Mar 1931  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Gerald W McAleer  2 Apr 1931 MB, ChB

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

It was redesignated No 3 Armament Training Camp on 1 January 1932 under the control of the Air Armament School.

July 1932

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Air Armament School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr William Sowrey  1 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Sylvanus G Connolly  5 Mar 1932 Armament duties
Fg Off George F Hales 16 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Michael T M Hyland 16 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Laurence M Hooper 15 Mar 1932  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Philip C Barling 24 Mar 1932  

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Air Armament School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr William Sowrey 28 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Matthew C Dick  1 Mar 1933 Armament duties, AFC
Flt Lt Joseph C C Slater  2 Mar 1933 Armament duties
Flt Lt Ronald W M Clark 20 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Michael T M Hyland 24 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Richard M Messiter 25 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Richard T S Morris 20 Mar 1933  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Alfred E Vawser 21 Mar 1933 LMSSA

Civilian Stores Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officer

WO John Sullivan 31 Mar 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Frederick Sowrey 19 Mar 1934 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Vyvian Q Blackburn  7 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt Charles E St J Beamish  4 Mar 1934 Armament duties
Flt Lt Wilfred P J Thompson 17 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Raymond W P Collings 10 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Lionel R S Freestone  1 Mar 1934 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off John N Baxter 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Leslie E B Stonhill 29 Jan 1934  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Thomas V O'Brien 10 Mar 1934 MB, ChB

Civilian Stores Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officer

WO II Charles Stonebridge  2 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Inland Area/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles L King 18 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing Smith 20 Feb 1935  
Flt Lt John Marson  3 Jun 1935 Armament duties; later AVM
Fg Off Ronald Hanson  5 Jun 1935  
Fg Off Charles M Windsor  3 Jun 1935  
Fg Off William F C Hobson 28 Feb 1935 Armament duties
Fg Off Cederic W Williams 20 Feb 1935  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt Ogilvie M Fraser  1 Mar 1935 MB, ChB

Civilian Stores Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officer

WO II George J Langfield 19 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Harry A Smith 19 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Duncan B McGill 28 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt John Marson  3 Jun 1935 Armament duties; later AVM
Fg Off John R Palmer 28 Oct 1935  
Fg Off C H B Bullock 27 Feb 1936 Armament duties

-

5 Airman Pilots

Medical Branch

Fg Off A S Amsden  1 Mar 1936 MRCS, LRCP

Civilian Assistant

Fg Off M J Wyatt   RAFO

Civilian Stores Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officer

WO II George J Langfield 19 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Harry A Smith 19 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Noel H Fresson 22 Jun 1936 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt J A H Louden 30 Mar 1937 Armament duties
Flt Lt F A A H Strath 11 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt F C de la P Beresford-Peirse 18 Dec 1936 Armament duties
Plt Off M W Hamlyn 26 Apr 1937  
Plt Off S M Bird 12 Apr 1937  

-

Fg Off R P Smillie   late RAF

-

6 Airman Pilots

Medical Branch

Flt Lt D G Smith 12 Jan 1937 MB, ChB

Education Officer

Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 Grade III, BSc

Equipment Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

It was redesignated No 3 Armament Training Station on 1 April 1938.

July 1938

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr E G Granville 11 Apr 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt J B S Monypenny 23 Aug 1937  
Flt Lt A Golding  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Flt Lt D E B Wheeler 21 Dec 1937 Armament duties
Plt Off F Harrison 25 Oct 1937  
Plt Off S M Bird 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off M T Kirkwood  4 May 1938  
APO B Ruffell  7 May 1938  
APO R B Whittington  7 May 1938  

-

Fg Off R P Smillie   late RAF

-

5 Airman Pilots

Medical Branch

Fg Off J McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, BCh

Education Officer

Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 Grade III, BSc

Equipment Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officers

WO J R Stone  6 Jul 1937  
WO C E Edge 14 Jan 1938  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr E G Granville 11 Apr 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt A Golding  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Flt Lt D E B Wheeler 21 Dec 1937 Armament duties
Fg Off F Harrison 25 Oct 1937  
Plt Off M T Kirkwood  4 May 1938  
Plt Off B Ruffell  7 May 1938  

-

Flt Lt R P Smillie   Adjutant, RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off J McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, BCh

Education Officer

Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 Grade III, BSc

Equipment Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officers

WO J R Stone  6 Jul 1937  
WO C E Edge 14 Jan 1938  
WO T C Power 12 Sep 1936  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr E G Granville 11 Apr 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt A Golding  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Plt Off M T Kirkwood  4 May 1938  
Plt Off B Ruffell  7 May 1938  
APO R T Sturgess 17 Dec 1938  

-

Flt Lt R P Smillie   Adjutant, RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off J McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, BCh

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off R H Howse  7 Jan 1939  

Education Officer

Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 Grade III, BSc

Equipment Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officers

WO J R Stone  6 Jul 1937  
WO C E Edge 14 Jan 1938  
WO T C Power 12 Sep 1936  
WO W T Innocent 27 Jan 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Location Command/Group
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr E G Granville 11 Apr 1938 Armament duties
Sqn Ldr A Golding  3 Jul 1937 Armament duties
Plt Off M T Kirkwood  4 May 1938  
Plt Off B Ruffell  7 May 1938  
Plt Off R T Sturgess 17 Dec 1938  

-

Flt Lt R P Smillie   Adjutant, RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off J McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, BCh

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off R H Howse  7 Jan 1939  

Education Officer

Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 Grade III, BSc

Equipment Officer

Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Warrant Officers

WO J R Stone  6 Jul 1937  
WO C E Edge 14 Jan 1938  
WO T C Power 12 Sep 1936  
WO W T Innocent 27 Jan 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

It was disbanded into No 4 Air Observer School on 3 September 1939.

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