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No 3 Armament Training Camp/Station Personnel and locations


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

This was formed on 1 January 1932 at RAF Sutton Bridge under the control of the Air Armament School.   The camp was usually open from March until October allowing squadrons to spend a week at a time  carrying out live bombing or firing practices, using the ranges in the Wash.

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Inland Area/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 Hoyland 16 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Laurence M Hooper 15 Mar 1932  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Philip D Barling 24 Mar 1932 MB, ChB

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Inland Area/Air Armament School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William Sowrey

28 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Mathew C Dick  1 Mar 1933  
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 Officers
WO John  Sullivan 31 Mar 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Inland Area/Air Armament School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Civilian Stores Officer
Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Control was transferred to Armament Group on 1 February 1934

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Inland Area/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Frederick Sowrey 19 Mar 1934 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Vyvian Q Blackden  7 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt Charles E St J Beamish  4 Mar 1934 Armament duties
Flt Lt Wilfred P J Thomson 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 Armament duties
Fg Off Leslie E B Stonhill 29 Jan 1934  
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr Thomas V O'Brien 10 Mar 1934 MB, ChB
Civilian Stores Officer
Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles Stonebridge  2 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Inland Area/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

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 18 Feb 1935 Armament duties
Fg Off Cedric 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 Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George J Langfield 19 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Harry A Smith 19 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Duncan B McGill 28 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt

John Marson

 3 Jun 1935 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt John R Palmer 28 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt C H B Bullock 27 Feb 1936 Armament duties

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5 Airmen Pilots

Medical Branch
Fg Off A S Amsdon  1 Mar 1936 MRCS, LRCP
Civilian Assistant
Fg Off M J Wyatt   RAFO
Civilian Stores Officer
Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George J Langfield 19 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Training Command/Armament Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Harry A Smith 19 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding,
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
Fg Off M W Hamlyn 26 Apr 1937  
Plt Off S M Bird 12 Apr 1937  
Fg Off R P Smillie   late RAF

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6 Airmen Pilots

Medical Branch
Flt Lt D G Smith 12 Jan 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 BSc
Equipment Officer
Fg Off (Ret) F Barnshaw    

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Control was transferred to No 25 (Armament) Group on 1 December 1937

It was redesignated No 3 Armament Training Station on 1 April 1938 and was now open all year.

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr E G Granville 11 Apr 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt J B S Monypenny 23Aug 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

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5 Airmen Pilots

Medical Branch
Fg Off J R McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 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

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
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  
Fg Off R P Smillie   late RAF
Medical Branch
Fg Off J R McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 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 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
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  
Fg Off R P Smillie   late RAF
Medical Branch
Fg Off J R McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, ChB
Commissioned Armament Officer
Fg Off R H Howse  7 Jan 1939  
Education Officer
Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 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 1938  
WO W T Innocent 27 Jan 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hosted visiting aircraft RAF Sutton Bridge Training Command/No 25 (Armament) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  5 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
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  
Fg Off R P Smillie   late RAF
Medical Branch
Fg Off J R McWhirter  9 Sep 1937 MB, ChB
Commissioned Armament Officer
Fg Off R H Howse  7 Jan 1939  
Education Officer
Mr A A McGregor  9 Nov 1936 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 1938  
WO W T Innocent 27 Jan 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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