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No 7 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Reformed on 1 June 1923 at RAF Bircham Newton from 'D' Flight, No 100 Squadron

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

Vimy

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt David A Stewart  1 Jun 1923 MC, DFC, AFC

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cecil H Hayward  5 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John S Holloway  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt David A Stewart  1 Jun 1923 MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Tom O Clogstoun  1 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edward L Barrington 17 Sep 1923 MC, DFC
Fg Off Allan L A Perry-Keene  9 Jul 1923 later AVM
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Charles A Horn  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off John B H Rogers  8 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Bernard C Duke  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Robert B Fleming  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Harry W Pierce  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Dental
Fg Off Harry J Henderson 17 Oct 1923  
Under Instruction
Fg Off Francis E W Davis  5 Dec 1923  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Frank W Mundy 16 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Nick P C Mellor 15 Oct 1923  
Plt Off Francis N Lines  5 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Francis F W Hall 15 Aug 1923  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cecil H Hayward  5 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John S Holloway  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt Victor A Gibbs 17 Feb 1924 DSC
Flt Lt David A Stewart  1 Jun 1923 MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Edward L Barrington 17 Sep 1923 MC, DFC
Flt Lt Allan L A Perry-Keene  9 Jul 1923 later AVM
Fg Off John B H Rogers  8 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Harry W Pierce  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923  
Plt Off Francis N Lines  5 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Owen R Pigott  1 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Charles F Roupell  4 Jan 1924  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Under Instruction
Fg Off Arthur H C Derby 28 Mar 1924  
Plt Off Nick P C Mellor 15 Oct 1923  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

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 Virginia II, V and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

Virginia II

Virginia IV

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr John R Howett  6 Jan 1925
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson  1 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt William M Fry 10 Sep 1924 MC
Flt Lt Allan L A Perry-Keene  9 Jul 1923 later AVM
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 14 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 17 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Francis N Lines  5 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Owen N Pigott  1 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Adrian H W J Cocks 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Gerald J Handy 28 May 1925  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II V and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr John S T Bradley 19 Nov 1925 later AM
Sqn Ldr John R Howett  6 Jan 1925
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson  1 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off James Eaton 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off William M C Kennedy 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Arnold W A Ricks 18 Oct 1925  
Plt Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Under Instruction
Plt Off Leslie Dalton-Morris 12 Oct 1925 later AM
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Plt Off Ronald J Stevens 12 Oct 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

12 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr John R Howett  6 Jan 1925
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson  1 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Flt Lt Gordon Archer 18 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Fg Off William H O Rumfitt 13 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Patrick V Williams 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off James Eaton 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off William M C Kennedy 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Arnold W A Ricks 18 Oct 1925  
Plt Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Williamson R Reith 26 Apr 1926 MD, AM
Fg Off Ernest J Jenkins 24 Feb 1926  
Under Instruction
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens 12 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

12 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Leslie F Forbes 11 Oct 1926 MC
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Flt Lt Gordon Archer 18 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Fg Off William H O Rumfitt 13 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Patrick V Williams 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off William M C Kennedy 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Arnold W A Ricks 18 Oct 1925  
Plt Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ronald J Wishlade 19 Aug 1926  
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Williamson R Reith 26 Apr 1926 MD, AM
Under Instruction
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens 12 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
7 Apr 1927 Worthy Down

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

Virginia VII of No 7 Squadron ('A' Flight)

Virginia VII of No 7 Squadron ('A' Flight)

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

11 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Leslie F Forbes 11 Oct 1926 MC
Flt Lt Charles F Toogood  1 May 1927  
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Victor G A Hatcher 14 Dec 1926  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Under Instruction
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII & IX RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

Virginia IX

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

11 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Francis H Coleman 27 Jan 1928 DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Francis R Alford  7 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Edward P M Davis 15 Apr 1928 AFC, AM
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett 30 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923 Signals duties
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Fg Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Plt Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928  
Plt Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Plt Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Plt Off John H Lindell  2 May 1928  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII & IX RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

11 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Francis H Coleman 27 Jan 1928 DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Francis R Alford  7 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Edward P M Davis 15 Apr 1928 AFC, AM
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett 30 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923 Signals duties
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Plt Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928  
Plt Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Plt Off Harold Box 26 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Plt Off John H Lindell  2 May 1928  
Plt Off Arnold Wall 28 Jul 1928  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Edye R Manning

 1 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Francis H Coleman 27 Jan 1928 DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E H C MacPherson 10 Apr 1929  
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

10 Dec 1928 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923 Signals duties
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett 30 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Francis W Field 10 Sep 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Fg Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Fg Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928  
Fg Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Fg Off John H Lindell  2 May 1928  
Plt Off John D Richardson  9 Dec 1928  
Plt Off Arnold Wall 28 Jul 1928  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Under  Instruction

Plt Off Robert V Redpath 12 Feb 1929  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

15 Dec 1929 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

Lionel G S Payne

21 Feb 1930 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E H C MacPherson 10 Apr 1929  
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

10 Dec 1928 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Robert A Whyte  3 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Morris A Platts 15 Feb 1930  
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Fg Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Fg Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928 Killed in a flying accident - 19 Jan 1931
Fg Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Fg Off John D Richardson  9 Dec 1928  
Fg Off Frederick C Edney Hayter 23 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Cedric R Crow 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Walter S Monroe 14 Dec 1929 Killed in a flying accident - 19 Jan 1931
Plt Off Eric D Bishop 12 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Edward A Cooke 12 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Albert E Smith  1 Apr 1930  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Gregory

26 May 1931 Officer Commanding, MBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Lionel G S Payne

21 Feb 1930 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 10 Feb 1931 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

17 Mar 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Richard H Barlow 13 Apr 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties;
Flt Lt John R Brown 10 Nov 1930 DFC
Fg Off Morris A Platts 15 Feb 1930  
Fg Off William T Walton 16 Oct 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Fg Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Fg Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Fg Off Patrick J J Cullinan 18 May 1931  
Fg Off Cedric R Crow 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Edward A Cooke 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Eric D Bishop 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Albert E Smith  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Richard J R H Makgill 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off George A C Foster  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off William Halmshaw  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Donald M T MacDonald  8 Mar 1931 later AVM
Plt Off Ronald G E Catt  7 Apr 1931  
Plt Off George G Stead 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Ian G Ross 25 May 1931  

-

10 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Gregory

26 May 1931 Officer Commanding, MBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 10 Feb 1931 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

17 Mar 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Richard H Barlow 13 Apr 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties;
Flt Lt John R Brown 10 Nov 1930 DFC
Fg Off Morris A Platts 15 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Patrick J J Cullinan 18 May 1931  
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan  1 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Cedric R Crow 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Eric D Bishop 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off George A C Foster  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Richard J R H Makgill 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Frederic R Newell 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Edward R Berry 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Follett B Bristow 17 Nov 1931  

-

10 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Gregory

26 May 1931 Officer Commanding, MBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 10 Feb 1931 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt John R Brown 10 Nov 1930 DFC
Flt Lt Reginald J D Drummond 23 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George R Montgomery 12 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Eugene Esmonde 10 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Lionel W V Jennens  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Joseph J Zwarenstein 19 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Follett B Bristow 17 Nov 1931  
Plt Off

Stanley J Marchbank

23 Jul 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lloyd Coulson 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Ridley L Bradford 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest E Holmes 21 May 1931  

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9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur A B Thomson

 2 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  9 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

John F Titmas

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Bertram H Ashton 27 Sep 1933  
Fg Off Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George R Montgomery 12 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Eugene Esmonde 10 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Lionel W V Jennens  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Joseph J Zwarenstein 19 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Roy Faville 16 Sep 1933 later AVM
Plt Off

Stanley J Marchbank

23 Jul 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Arthur H Jarrand 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Lloyd Coulson 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest E Holmes 21 May 1931  

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8 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

 2 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, MC, later AVM
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  9 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

John F Titmas

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Lionel W V Jennens  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off

Stanley J Marchbank

23 Jul 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Roy Faville 16 Sep 1933 later AVM
Plt Off Arthur H Jarrand 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Patrick S Foss  1 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Alexander V Sawyer  9 May 1934  
Plt Off Percival C Hilton 12 Feb 1934  
Plt Off John C Northey 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Peter A McWhannell 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off

George P Seymour-Price

11 Mar 1934 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO George Currie 29 May 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest E Holmes 21 May 1931  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X

Handley Page Heyford II (from Mar 1935)

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

Handley Page Heyford

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

 2 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, MC, later AVM
Sqn Ldr Charles W Attwood 12 Sep 1934  
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  9 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

John F Titmas

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert C Savery 21 Aug 1934 DFC
Fg Off Roy Faville 16 Sep 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Patrick S Foss  1 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Percival C Hilton 12 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Peter A McWhannell 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off

George P Seymour-Price

11 Mar 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off John E C G F Gyil-Murray  2Sep 1934  
Plt Off John R Stephenson 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off Michael Hallam 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Gradon T Gilbert  4 Mar 1935  
Warrant Officers
WO George Currie 29 May 1934  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Heyford II

Handley Page Heyford III (from Mar 1936)

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  8 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr Strang Graham 15 Apr 1936 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert C Savery 21 Aug 1934 DFC
Flt Lt A Lewis 14 Apr 1936 attached from RCAF
Fg Off Patrick S Foss  1 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Peter A McWhannell 18 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Terence B Morton 24 Jul 1935  
Fg Off F W Hilton  8 Jun 1936  
Plt Off C E Slee 25 May 1936  
Plt Off Michael Hallam 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Lawrence R Stewart 27 Jul 1935  
Plt Off W P Whitworth  2 Mar 1936  
Plt Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
APO P H Rebbeck 11 May 1936  
APO R K Wildey 11 May 1936  
Warrant Officers
WO George Currie 29 May 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
3 Sep 1936 Finningley

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Heyford II

Handley Page Heyford III

Vickers Wellesley (from Apr 1937)

RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

Wellesley

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  8 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr F C Rowland  5 May 1937  
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt Robert C Savery 21 Aug 1934 DFC
Fg Off W P Whitworth  2 Mar 1936  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Plt Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D L England 10 Jan 1937  
APO P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
APO T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
APO P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  

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8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II (from Mar 1938) RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

Whitley II of No 7 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William E Theak

 4 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
Plt Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reid  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  

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11 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III (from Nov 1938) RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

Whitley III

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William E Theak

 4 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
Plt Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reed  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R F Tonge 11Jun 1938  
Plt Off R C Cobbe 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off C J Callingham 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off C A Weeks 17 Sep 1938  
APO G W Stanhope 29 Oct 1938  
APO CP L Wilcock 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Anson I

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

Avro Anson I (from Mar 1939)

RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
Fg Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reed  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R F Tonge 11Jun 1938  
Plt Off R C Cobbe 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off C J Callingham 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off C A Weeks 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R Turner 30 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO G Bottomley 10 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Hampden I

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

Avro Anson I (from Mar 1939)

Handley Page Hampden (from Apr 1939)

RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L G Nixon 24 Mar 1939 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off F A Willan 10 Jan 1939  
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Fg Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reed  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R F Tonge 11Jun 1938  
Plt Off R C Cobbe 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R Turner 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off G T Rhodes 10 Jan 1939  
Plt Off W G Taylor 10 Apr 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO G Bottomley 10 Jan 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Re-equipment and movement dates are based on those shown in 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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