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No 23 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Mar 1926 | Jul 1926 | Dec 1926 | Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

 

Reformed on 1 July 1925 at RAF Henlow equipped with Sopwith Snipes, which were replaced in April 1926 with Gloster Gamecocks

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow Inland Area

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt Percy J Clayson  9 Jul 1925 MC, DFC
Fg Off Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Basil J Finn  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edward H Fielden  9 Jul 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Richard L R Atcherley 26 Oct 1925 later AM
Plt Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925  

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1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 17 Nov 1925 later AVM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry Crowther 21 Jan 1926  
Under Instruction
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925

 

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow ADGB/Fighting Area

Gamecock of No 23 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt Percy J Clayson  9 Jul 1925 MC, DFC
Fg Off Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Basil J Finn  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edward H Fielden  9 Jul 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Richard L R Atcherley 26 Oct 1925 later AM
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 17 Nov 1925 later AVM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry Crowther 21 Jan 1926  
Under Instruction
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Harold C G Dauncey 30 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Percy H Jackson 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925 Armament duties
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Harold C G Dauncey 30 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Percy H Jackson 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
6 Feb 1927 Kenley

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off William A Andrews 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Francis H S Searl  5 Apr 1928  
Plt Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off William A Andrews 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Francis H S Searl  5 Apr 1928  
Fg Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Fg Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Flt Lt Victor Croome 20 Feb 1929  
Flt Lt

Francis R D Swain

 1 Mar 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Signals duties, killed in a flying accident - 14 Aug 1929
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Fg Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928  
Fg Off Reginald S Collins  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929  
Plt Off John Addison  2 Apr 1929  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Henry W Woollett 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Victor Croome 20 Feb 1929  
Flt Lt

Richard L R Atcherley

 9 Dec 1929 later AM
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Reginald S Collins  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Duncan S McDougall  3 Sep 1929
Fg Off Peter B Rogers  3 Oct 1929
Plt Off Anthony J Tunnard  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off George W Phillips  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Hilary R L Hood 27 Jul 1929  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog (from Jul 1931)

Hawker Hart Fighter (from Jul 1931)

RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

Bulldog IIA of No 23 Squadron

Hart Fighter

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Henry W Woollett 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Harry M A Day 21 Jun 1930 AM
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Patrick W Lowe-Holmes  2 May 1931  
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Anthony J Tunnard  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George W Philips  1 Apr 1930
Fg Off Hilary R L Hood 27 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Neill Daunt  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Arthur P Glenny  8 Mar 1931
Plt Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Plt Off Arthur E Dobell  7 Apr 1931  
Plt Off Geoffrey Stephenson 26 Jul 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Douglas R S Bader 26 Jul 1930  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog

Hawker Demon (from Jul 1932)

RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

Demon of No 23 Squadron (pre 1938)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Anthony L Paxton

28 Dec 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harry M A Day 21 Jun 1930 AM
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt William L Bateman 16 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off George E B Nixon  8 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Denis G Singleton 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1932  
Plt Off James A Dixon 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932
Plt Off Gut L Menzies 23 Dec 1931  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
17 Sep 1932 Biggin Hill

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 27 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt John V Yonge 13 Jan 1933  
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Peter S H Ross 27 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers
WO II Arthur A Simpson 16 Oct 1939  
WO II Walter Robinson 28 Jun 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 27 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt Victor Croome 26 Feb 1934  
Flt Lt Humphrey M Whittle 19 Jan 1934  
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Desmond P McKeown 21 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Gordon J Grindell 28 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Robert G Prier 16 Dec 1933  
Warrant Officers
WO I William McCarthy  6 Dec 1930  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Humphrey M Whittle 19 Jan 1934
Flt Lt

Alfred C H Sharp

 1 Oct 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt

Alexander H Montgomery

  3 Aug 1934 MBE; later A/Cdre
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932
Fg Off Desmond P McKeown 21 Aug 1933
Fg Off Gordon J Grindell 28 Aug 1933
Fg Off Harold B Hurley 21 Nov 1934
Plt Off Alan F Bandidt 14 Sep 1934
Plt Off Douglas H S Rusher 15 Dec 1934

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt P W Johnson 18 May 1936
Lt L A Wilmot 12 Sep 1935 attached from SAAF

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
21 Dec 1936 Northolt

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Plt Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off A B Greenaway 10 Aug 1936
Plt Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Plt Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
APO H T J Anderson 24 Apr 1937
APO M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
APO C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937

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1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
16 May 1938 Wittering

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Demon of No 23 Squadron (camouflage scheme)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Plt Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938

-

7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IF (from Dec 1938)

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Blenhim IF of No 23 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Fg Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938
Plt Off A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off J B Raven  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 later A/Cdre
APO H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938 RAFO

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IF

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Fg Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Fg Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938
Plt Off A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off J B Raven  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938
APO A M Cooper-Key 14 Jan 1939
Warrant Officer
WO J C Jones 27 Feb 1939 DCM, MM

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IF

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Act Flt Lt B P King  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Fg Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Fg Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938
Plt Off A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off J B Raven  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938
APO A M Cooper-Key 14 Jan 1939
Warrant Officer
WO J C Jones 27 Feb 1939 DCM, MM

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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