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No 15 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None To form at Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None To form at Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 3 Group

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None To form at Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 3 Group

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

Reformed 20 March 1924 as a trials unit at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
No Personnel listed yet

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

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with DH9As

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 3 Group

DH 9A

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Percy C Sherran 20 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

John W Jones

 1 Apr 1925 later ACM
Flt Lt Arthur M Wray 20 Mar 1924 MC, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William N Plenderleith 31 Mar 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) George Anderson 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Brian H Cook 10 Apr 1924  
Fg Off David F Anderson 16 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Roger P Mollard 23 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Colin L Lowe 20 Mar 1924 DFC
Fg Off Alexander K Bamber  1 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Frank H Watts  8 May 1924  
Fg Off Campbell Mackenzie-Richards 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Terrence R Wheatley 14 Jul 1924  

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2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward A Burridge   later A/Cdre

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with DH9As

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Percy C Sherran 20 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

John W Jones

 1 Apr 1925 later ACM
Flt Lt William N Plenderleith 31 Mar 1925  
Flt Lt Robert L McK Barbour 22 Jan 1926 DFC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) George Anderson 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Brian H Cook 10 Apr 1924  
Fg Off David F Anderson 16 Mar 1925  
Fg Off George E Newton 22 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Archibald H H MacDonald 12 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Roger P Mollard 23 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Colin L Lowe 20 Mar 1924 DFC
Fg Off Campbell Mackenzie-Richards 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Terrence R Wheatley 14 Jul 1924  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off William F Langdon  1 Feb 1926 later A/Cdre

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with DH9As

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Percy C Sherran 20 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

John W Jones

 1 Apr 1925 later ACM
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William N Plenderleith 31 Mar 1925  
Flt Lt Robert L McK Barbour 22 Jan 1926 DFC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) George Anderson 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Brian H Cook 10 Apr 1924  
Fg Off David F Anderson 16 Mar 1925  
Fg Off John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Fg Off George E Newton 22 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Archibald H H MacDonald 12 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Roger P Mollard 23 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Colin L Lowe 20 Mar 1924 DFC
Fg Off Maxwell C W C Flint 28 May 1926  
Fg Off Terrence R Wheatley 14 Jul 1924  

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3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William F Langdon  1 Feb 1926  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with DH9As

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Percy C Sherran 20 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Norman H Jenkins

15 Nov 1926 OBE, DFC, DSM
Flt Lt

John W Jones

 1 Apr 1925 later ACM
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William N Plenderleith 31 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Brian H Cook 10 Apr 1924  
Fg Off David F Anderson 16 Mar 1925  
Fg Off John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Fg Off George E Newton 22 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Archibald H H MacDonald 12 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Miles H Garnons-Williams 20 Jul 1926 Armament Duties
Fg Off Terrence R Wheatley 14 Jul 1924  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Geoffrey L Worthington 23 Jun 1926 later AVM

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys (re-equipped Oct 1926)

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

Horsley

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Percy C Sherran 20 Mar 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Norman H Jenkins

15 Nov 1926 OBE, DFC, DSM
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William N Plenderleith 31 Mar 1925  
Flt Lt David F Anderson 16 Mar 1925 DFC
Fg Off John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Fg Off George E Newton 22 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Archibald H H MacDonald 12 Aug 1925  
Fg Off Miles H Garnons-Williams 20 Jul 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Terrence R Wheatley 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Ernest R H Combes 15 Dec 1926  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles E H James  7 Nov 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Fg Off Charles H A Stevens  1 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Charles E N Guest  1 Jul 1927 later AM
Fg Off Terence R Wheatley 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Ernest R H Combes 15 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Leslie Dalton-Morris  3 Oct 1927 later AM

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles E H James  7 Nov 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles E N Guest  1 Jul 1927 later AM
Fg Off Charles H A Stevens  1 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Ernest R H Combes 15 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Leslie Dalton-Morris  3 Oct 1927 later AM

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles E H James  7 Nov 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles H A Stevens  1 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Frederick B Tomkins 15 Jan 1929  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Gilbert H Maringell  1 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt John Bradbury 22 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles F H Grace  5 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Hugh M G Parker 12 May 1930  
Fg Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Robert C Greenhaigh 15 Apr 1930  

-

4 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

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Gilbert H Maringell  1 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Gordon H Vasse

 1 Nov 1930 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cecil Feather 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Arthur H Owen  2 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Robert C Greenhaigh 15 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Peter W M Wright 18 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Colin E V L'E Feasey 27 Jan 1931  
Plt Off Francis L White 20 May 1931  

-

0 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Gilbert H Maringell  1 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr Charles Crawford 25 Feb 1932  
Sqn Ldr Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury 25 May 1926 DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Gordon H Vasse

 1 Nov 1930 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cecil Feather 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Peter W M Wright 18 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Edward M Morris 25 Feb 1932  
Plt Off Francis L White 20 May 1931  

-

0 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert M Foster

27 Apr 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Alwyn J Warwick 19 Aug 1932  
Flt Lt Chester W McK Thompson  1 Jul 1933  
Flt Lt Cecil Feather 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Haliburton H Leech  3 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Arthur N I Worger-Slade 20 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Edward G Granville 23 May 1933  
Fg Off Cedric R Crow 17 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Francis L White 20 May 1931  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

As required by trials but in the event of mobilisation it would have operated in the bombing role, equipped with Horsleys

RAF Martlesham Heath Inland Area/No 21 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert M Foster

27 Apr 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Alwyn J Warwick 19 Aug 1932  
Flt Lt Cecil Feather 27 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt

Edward D MacL Hopkins

23 Oct 1933 Armament Duties, later A/Cdre
Fg Off Edward G Granville 23 May 1933  
Fg Off Cedric R Crow 17 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Kenneth Lea-Cox  2 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Follett B Bristow  6 Nov 1933  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

The squadron disbanded on 31 May 1934 but was reformed the following day in the light bomber role at RAF Abingdon, equipped with Hawker Harts.

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hart

RAF Abingdon ADGB/Central Area

Hawker Hart of No 15 Squadron -  C Flight

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Thomas W Elmhirst

 1 Jun 1934 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AM
Plt Off Joscelyne F H du Boulay  2 Jun 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hart

RAF Abingdon ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Thomas W Elmhirst

 1 Jun 1934 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr Charles H Cahill 21 Jun 1934 AFC
Flt Lt Frank G A Robinson 20 Jul 1934 DFC
Flt Lt Herbert G Fisher 22 Aug 1934  
Fg Off Patric B Coote 14 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Walter N Ash  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Joscelyne F H du Boulay  2 Jun 1934  
Fg Off Philip C Lawrence 19 Sep 1934  
Plt Off John B Ussher 14 Sep 1934  
Plt Off Owen H D Blomfield 14 Sep 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hind (from Mar 1936)

RAF Abingdon ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group

Hawker Hind of No 15 Squadron - 'C' Flight Commander

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cyril D Adams

 5 Feb 1936 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter N Ash  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off J G Slater 25 May 1936 Adjutant
Plt Off Samuel C Elworthy  3 Mar 1936 later MRAF
Plt Off V E R Williams  5 Feb 1936  
Plt Off H L Dawson 30 May 1936  
Plt Off F R McAllister 27 Apr 1936  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hind

RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cyril D Adams

 5 Feb 1936 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E S Lockett  1 Apr 1937 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Samuel C Elworthy  3 Mar 1936 later MRAF
Plt Off S Hook  1 Jun 1937  
Plt Off C E Johnson  5 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J P M Woolley 13 Jul 1936  
Plt Off M C Wells 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J A Coltart 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off P G Chapman 25 Oct 1936  
Plt Off J A W Lawrence 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off P F Webster 10 Jan 1937  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey Battle I (from Jun 1938)

RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

Battle I of No 15 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J G Llewelyn  2 May 1938 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Charles E S Lockett  1 Apr 1937 later A/Cdre
Fg Off J P M Woolley 13 Jul 1936 Navigation duties
Plt Off P G Chapman 25 Oct 1936  
Plt Off J A W Lawrence 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off P F Webster 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off A R Oakeshott 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P N Douglass 19 Feb 1938  
APO P F Eames 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

-

3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey Battle I

RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J G Llewelyn  2 May 1938 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Charles E S Lockett  1 Apr 1937 later A/Cdre
Fg Off P G Chapman 25 Oct 1936  
Fg Off H Y Lawrence 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off P F Webster 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off A R Oakeshott 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P N Douglass 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off T G Bassett 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P F Eames 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A E Oakley  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off L H Trent  6 Sep 1938 later Gp Capt, VC
Plt Off P Shennan 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off W H George 19 Nov 1938  
Plt Off F G Quick  5 Nov 1938  
APO R B G E Clark 11 Jun 1938  
APO C H Robinson 129 Oct 1938 RAFO

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey Battle I

RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J G Llewelyn  2 May 1938 Officer Commanding
Fg Off P G Chapman 25 Oct 1936  
Fg Off H Y Lawrence 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off P F Webster 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off A R Oakeshott 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off F D D Jones 17 Feb 1939  
Plt Off P N Douglass 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off T G Bassett 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P F Eames 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A E Oakley  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off L H Trent  6 Sep 1938 later Gp Capt, VC
Plt Off P Shennan 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off W H George 19 Nov 1938  
Plt Off F G Quick  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off R B G E Clark 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off K J Drabble 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off C R Frankish 28 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO F Bedson 11 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey Battle I

RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John L Wingate

20 Mar 1939 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr J G Llewelyn  2 May 1938  
Fg Off P G Chapman 25 Oct 1936  
Fg Off H Y Lawrence 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off P F Webster 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off A R Oakeshott 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off F D D Jones 17 Feb 1939  
Plt Off P N Douglass 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off T G Bassett 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P F Eames 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A E Oakley  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off L H Trent  6 Sep 1938 later Gp Capt, VC
Plt Off P Shennan 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off W H George 19 Nov 1938  
Plt Off F G Quick  5 Nov 1938  
APO R B G E Clark 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off K J Drabble 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off C R Frankish 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off C H Robinson  7 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO F Bedson 11 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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