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Air Observers' School/No 1 Air Observers School Personnel and locations


[Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

It was originally formed at RAF North Coates Fitties as the Air Observers' School on 1 January 1936.

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace RAF North Coates Fitties Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E W Broadberry 10 Feb 1936 MC
Sqn Ldr J D S Denholm 23 Dec 1935 Armament duties
Flt Lt P de C Festing Smith  2 May 1936  
Flt Lt J Coverdale 20 Jan 1936  
Flt Lt E J P Davy 17 Feb 1936  
Flt Lt E Foster 23 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt A Threapleton 23 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt R Hanson 23 Dec 1935  
Fg Off P S Salter 13 Jan 1936  
Fg Off A H Fear  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties
Plt Off J D C Joslin 23 Dec 1935  
Plt Off N W Wright 14 Apr 1936  
Plt Off J W S Forbes 14 Apr 1936  

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11 Airmen Pilots

Commissioned Armament Officer
Fg Off L A Bett 18 Mar 1936  
Civilian Assistant
Flt Lt S C Harker   RAFO
Warrant Officers
WO I A Worden 11 Jan 1936  
WO I R Hollingworth 27 Jan 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace RAF North Coates Fitties Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J D S Denholm 23 Dec 1935 Armament duties
Flt Lt E J P Davy 17 Feb 1936  
Flt Lt E Foster 23 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt A Threapleton 23 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt A H Fear  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties
Flt Lt R H Shaw 29 May 1937 Armament duties
Fg Off D R Shore 18 Dec 1936  
Fg Off C F Newcombe 17 Nov 1936  
Fg Off J D C Joslin 23 Dec 1935  
Fg Off K C Gill  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off N W Wright 14 Apr 1936  
Plt Off M V Peters Smith  7 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K L Ashfold  7 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J W S Forbes 14 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W H R N Newton-Howes 19 Apr 1937  
Plt Off H M Crump 19 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P W Hartley 26 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Wedgwood 15 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt S C Harker   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO

-

11 Airmen Pilots

Commissioned Armament Officer
Fg Off L A Bett 18 Mar 1936  
Warrant Officers
WO I A Worden 11 Jan 1936  
WO I R Hollingworth 27 Jan 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

It was disbanded into No 1 Air Armament School on 1 December 1937.  On 1 March 1938 No 1 Air Observer School was formed at North Coates within No 25 (Armament) Group.

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
  RAF North Coates Fitties Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Geoffrey A H Pidcock

19 Jul 1937 Officer Commanding; later AVM
Sqn Ldr M C Dick 21 Jul 1937 AFC
Sqn Ldr J D S Denholm 23 Dec 1935 Armament duties
Flt Lt E J P Davy 17 Feb 1936  
Flt Lt E G Thompson  1 Feb 1938  
Flt Lt D R Shore 18 Dec 1936  
Flt Lt H W Dean 18 Dec 1938 Armament duties
Fg Off J W S Forbes 14 Apr 1936  
Fg Off M V Peters Smith  7 Jan 1937  
Fg Off K L Ashfold  7 Jan 1937  
Fg Off P W Hartley 26 Apr 1937  
Plt Off N W Wright 14 Apr 1936  
Plt Off G K Buckingham  6 Jan 1938 Navigation duties
Plt Off J H Wedgwood 15 Apr 1937  
Plt Off G C Kain 30 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L H W Parkin 25 Jan 1938  
Plt Off M A Snowball  3 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A E Brian  1 Mar 1938  
Plt Off P A L Farrell  3 Mar 1938  
Plt Off P B Sentance  3 Mar 1938  
Plt Off G Robinson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J R H Lewis 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C G Miles 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A B Lennie 26 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt B B Dowling   Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off O D Norwood   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF
Flt Lt S C Harker   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO

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15 Airmen Pilots

Equipment Officers
Flt Lt (Ret) E A Tottle    
Sqn Ldr (Ret) C E H C MacPherson    
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr G W Lynn  7 Aug 1936  
Fg Off R G P Jaggard 14 Jun 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt R S Peill  7 Jan 1936 MB, ChB
Commissioned Engineer Officer
Fg Off H L Millyard 29 Jul 1937  
Commissioned Armament Officer
Fg Off L A Bett 18 Mar 1936  
Education Officer
Mr J L Smith  1 Jan 1936 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO W Cooke 13 Jul 1936  
WO A Worden 11 Jan 1936  
WO W Higgs 26 Apr 1938  
WO B H Dodge 30 Mar 1936  
WO D J Munro 16 Mar 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
  RAF North Coates Fitties Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J D S Denholm 23 Dec 1935 Armament duties
Sqn Ldr J B S Monypenny  8 Nov 1938
Flt Lt E G Thompson  1 Feb 1938  
Flt Lt H W Dean 18 Dec 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt D R Shore 18 Dec 1936  
Act Flt Lt J W S Forbes 14 Apr 1936  
Act Flt Lt M V Peters Smith  7 Jan 1937  
Plt Off G C Kain 30 Jan 1938  
Plt Off M A Snowball  3 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A E Brian  1 Mar 1938  
Plt Off P A L Farrell  3 Mar 1938  
Plt Off P B Sentance  3 Mar 1938  
Plt Off G Robinson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J R H Lewis 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C G Miles 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A B Lennie 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J G Boyle 15 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I K C Palmer 15 Aug 1938  
Plt Off W C Turner 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J P Redmond 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R B Vaux 17 Sep 1938  
Flt Lt B B Dowling   Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off O D Norwood   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF
Equipment Officers
Flt Lt (Ret) E A Tottle    
Shpt Lt (Ret) E J Cole   RN
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr G W Lynn  7 Aug 1936  
Plt Off W J Mather 10 Nov 1938  
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr G H J Williams  5 Nov 1938 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Engineer Officer
Fg Off H L Millyard 29 Jul 1937  
Education Officer
Mr J L Smith  1 Jan 1936 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO W Cooke 13 Jul 1936  
WO S T Rainsbury 13 Jun 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
  RAF North Coates Fitties Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr T S Ivens  6 Feb 1939
Sqn Ldr J B S Monypenny  8 Nov 1938
Flt Lt E G Thompson  1 Feb 1938  
Flt Lt D R Shore 18 Dec 1936  
Flt Lt

Donald B Hatfield

 6 Jan 1939 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R H Shaw  7 Feb 1939 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt J W S Forbes 14 Apr 1936  
Act Flt Lt M V Peters Smith  7 Jan 1937  
Fg Off G C Kain 30 Jan 1938  
Fg Off G L G Henderson 27 Feb 1939 Navigation duties
Plt Off G Robinson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J R H Lewis 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C G Miles 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A B Lennie 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J G Boyle 15 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I K C Palmer 15 Aug 1938  
Plt Off W C Turner 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J P Redmond 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R B Vaux 17 Sep 1938  
APO H N Tamblyn 14 Jan 1939  
APO J Waddington 14 Jan 1939  
APO E A Cummings 14 Jan 1939  
APO A G Davies 14 Jan 1939  
APO A N Constantine  4 Mar 1939  
APO A A Cookson  4 Mar 1939  
APO D de C C Gower  4 Mar 1939  
APO G T R Johns  4 Mar 1939  
APO D N Robinson  4 Mar 1939  
APO T T Wright  4 Mar 1939  
Flt Lt B B Dowling   Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off O D Norwood   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF
Fg Off F W Marshall   Sqn Adjutant, RAFO
Equipment Officers
Flt Lt (Ret) E A Tottle    
Shpt Lt (Ret) E J Cole   RN
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr G W Lynn  7 Aug 1936  
Plt Off W J Mather 10 Nov 1938  
Medical Branch
Fg @Off G James 23 Feb 1939 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Engineer Officer
Fg Off H L Millyard 29 Jul 1937  
Education Officer
Mr J L Smith  1 Jan 1936 BSc
Mr I C T Lupton  1 Apr 1937 Temporary
Warrant Officers
WO W Cooke 13 Jul 1936  
WO S T Rainsbury 13 Jun 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
  RAF North Coates Fitties Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr T S Ivens  6 Feb 1939
Sqn Ldr J B S Monypenny  8 Nov 1938
Sqn Ldr C J Giles  7 Feb 1939 Armament duties
Sqn Ldr R H Shaw  7 Feb 1939 Navigation duties
Flt Lt E G Thompson  1 Feb 1938  
Flt Lt

Donald B Hatfield

 6 Jan 1939 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt J W S Forbes 14 Apr 1936  
Act Flt Lt M V Peters Smith  7 Jan 1937  
Fg Off G C Kain 30 Jan 1938  
Fg Off G L G Henderson 27 Feb 1939 Navigation duties
Plt Off G Robinson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J R H Lewis 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C G Miles 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A B Lennie 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J G Boyle 15 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I K C Palmer 15 Aug 1938  
Plt Off W C Turner 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J P Redmond 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R B Vaux 17 Sep 1938  
APO H N Tamblyn 14 Jan 1939  
APO J Waddington 14 Jan 1939  
APO E A Cummings 14 Jan 1939  
APO A G Davies 14 Jan 1939  
APO A N Constantine  4 Mar 1939  
APO A A Cookson  4 Mar 1939  
APO D de C C Gower  4 Mar 1939  
Flt Lt B B Dowling   Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off O D Norwood   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF
Fg Off F W Marshall   Sqn Adjutant, RAFO
Equipment Branch
APO W D Symes 27 Mar 1939  
APO D C Walker 27 Mar 1939  
Flt Lt (Ret) E A Tottle    
Shpt Lt (Ret) E J Cole   RN
Accountant Branch
Sqn Ldr G W Lynn  7 Aug 1936  
Plt Off W J Mather 10 Nov 1938  
Medical Branch
Fg @Off G James 23 Feb 1939 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Engineer Officer
Fg Off H L Millyard 29 Jul 1937  
Education Officer
Mr J L Smith  1 Jan 1936 BSc
Mr I C T Lupton  1 Apr 1937 Temporary
Warrant Officers
WO W Cooke 13 Jul 1936  
WO S T Rainsbury 13 Jun 1938  
WO J A Smith 27 Feb 1939  
WO G S Morris 24 Dec 1935  
WO J R McCombe 14 Jan 1936  
WO R C Tucker 26 May 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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