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No 18 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

The squadron was reformed at RAF Upper Heyford on 20 Oct 1931, equipped with Hawker Harts.

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

Hawker Hart of No 18 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Thomas C Luke 20 Oct 1931 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Wilfred J Pearson 20 Oct 1931  
Flt Lt

James L F Fuller-Good

10 Mar 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Asa F Lingard  2 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Samuel L Blunt 20 Oct 1931  
Fg Off George W Phillips  4 Apr 1932  
Fg Off George G Stead 17 May 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Montagu V M Clube 25 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Henry L M Glover  4 Jan 1932  
Plt Off Gordon L Best 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Jack Goddhart  8 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Reginald H E Emson 19 Dec 1931 later AM
Plt Off Leonard N Elsner 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Archibald M Doran 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off

Alfred T Monks

 8 Apr 1932 later AVM

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Thomas C Luke 20 Oct 1931 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Wilfred J Pearson 20 Oct 1931  
Flt Lt

James L F Fuller-Good

10 Mar 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Asa F Lingard  2 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Brian A Oakley 27 Feb 1933 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off George W Phillips  4 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Henry L M Glover  4 Jan 1932  
Plt Off James R Talbot 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Reginald H E Emson 19 Dec 1931 later AM
Plt Off Archibald M Doran 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Alexander N Spottiswoode 20 Jun 1932  
Plt Off

Alfred T Monks

 8 Apr 1932 later AVM

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3 Airmen Pilots

Warrant Officers
WO II Frederick C Sheppard 12 Aug 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Thomas C Luke 20 Oct 1931 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt James C Cunningham 31 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

James L F Fuller-Good

10 Mar 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt

Guy W Hayes

 1 Oct 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry L M Glover  4 Jan 1932  
Fg Off George E Watt 19 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Alexander J D Harding 21 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Laurence V Spencer  4 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Geoffrey J I Clennell 19 Oct 1933  
Plt Off George H Gatheral  1 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Conrad C Francis 16 Dec 1933  
Plt Off John B Ussher 16 Dec 1933  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Warrant Officer
WO II George S Currie 31 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Gerald S Shaw

 7 Jan 1935 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Guy W Hayes

 1 Oct 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt James C Cunningham 31 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Walter H Jones 18 Sep 1934  
Fg Off George E Watt 19 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Laurence V Spencer  4 Oct 1933  
Fg Off George H Gatheral  1 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Geoffrey J I Clennell 19 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Brian K Burnett  2 Mar 1935 later ACM
Plt Off Alan D Murray  4 Mar 1935  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Warrant Officers
WO II George S Currie 31 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
7 Jan 1936 Bircham Newton

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind (from Apr 1936) RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group

Hawker Hind of No 18 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles R Steele

 4 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt

Walter G Cheshire

27 Jan 1936 later ACM
Fg Off George E Watt 19 Mar 1934  
Fg Off A R G Bax  4 Jun 1936  
Plt Off Arthur J Young 14 Oct 1935  
Plt Off F M Smith 21 May 1935  
Plt Off C F Darbishire 17 Feb 1936  
APO J L Crisp 11 May 1936  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Warrant Officer
WO II George S Currie 31 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
7 Sep 1936 Upper Heyford

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upper Heyford Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E G C Stokes 30 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off F M Smith 21 May 1935  
Fg Off K Slater 28 Jun 1936  
Fg Off A A Dilnot 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J Compton 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off T E Syms 10 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J B Flowerdew 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D D Rogers 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E C le Mesurier 21 Feb 1937  
APO R G Wheldon 24 Apr 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upper Heyford Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr K W Niblett 16 May 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt R F Smith 22 Apr 1938  
Fg Off K Slater 28 Jun 1936  
Fg Off A A Dilnot 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off F M Smith 21 May 1935  
Plt Off T E Syms 10 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D D Rogers 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E C le Mesurier 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off R G Wheldon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off F R Jeffs  9 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D F Elliot  4 Oct 1937  
Plt Off B S Ambrose 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R Langebear  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off L T Wallis  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off V Rees 21 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Stanley 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C M P Kempster 19 Feb 1938  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upper Heyford Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr K W Niblett 16 May 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off K Slater 28 Jun 1936  
Fg Off A A Dilnot 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off T E Syms 10 Aug 1936  
Fg Off E C le Mesurier 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off D D Rogers 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off R G Wheldon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off F R Jeffs  9 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D F Elliot  4 Oct 1937  
Plt Off B S Ambrose 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R Langebear  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off L T Wallis  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off V Rees 21 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Stanley 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C M P Kempster 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C Bellis 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off G Howden  5 Nov 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upper Heyford Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr K W Niblett 16 May 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off H D Jones 27 Feb 1939  
Fg Off K Slater 28 Jun 1936  
Fg Off A A Dilnot 16 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off T E Syms 10 Aug 1936  
Fg Off E C le Mesurier 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off D D Rogers 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off R G Wheldon 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off F R Jeffs  9 Oct 1937  
Fg Off D F Elliot  4 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R Langebear  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off L T Wallis  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off V Rees 21 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Stanley 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C M P Kempster 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C Bellis 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off G Howden  5 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO S E Hearnden 18 Feb 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Bristol Blenheim I

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind

Bristol Blenheim I (from May 1939)

RAF Upper Heyford Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr K W Niblett 16 May 1938 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt K Slater 28 Jun 1936  
Act Flt Lt A A Dilnot 16 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off H D Jones 27 Feb 1939  
Fg Off T E Syms 10 Aug 1936  
Fg Off E C le Mesurier 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off D D Rogers 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off R G Wheldon 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off F R Jeffs  9 Oct 1937  
Fg Off D F Elliot  4 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R Langebear  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off L T Wallis  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off V Rees 21 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Stanley 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C M P Kempster 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C Bellis 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off G Howden  5 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO S E Hearnden 18 Feb 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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