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No 33 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Aug 1930 | Sep 1930 | Oct 1930 | Nov 1930 | Dec 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Reformed at RAF Netheravon on 1 March 1929 equipped with Hawker Horsleys

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley RAF Netheravon ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

Horsley of No 33 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis P Don

10 Apr 1929 Officer Commanding; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 22 Apr 1929 Signals duties
Plt Off Robert V Griffin  6 Jun 1929  

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2 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward F Smith  1 Mar 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
14 Sep 1929 Eastchurch

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart (from Feb 1930) RAF Eastchurch ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

Hawker Hart of No 33 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John J Breen 27 Oct 1929 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt Reginald J Sanceau 21 Dec 1929  
Flt Lt Stanley J Smetham  1 Apr 1930  
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 22 Apr 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off William J P Sloan  3 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor 23 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Conrad S John 13 Jan 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off Robert V Griffin  6 Jun 1929  
Fg Off John O H Lobley  3 Oct 1929  
Plt Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Alfred C Larmuth  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Louis McHardy  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Elias C W S Smith 15 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Roland E de T Vintras 27 Jul 1929 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre

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0 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward F Smith  1 Mar 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929

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

Movement Date Location
5 Nov 1930 Bicester

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William H de W Waller 15 Dec 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John F A Day 21 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason  3 Aug 1930  
Flt Lt Douglas E L Wilson  2 Mar 1931 attached from RAAF
Fg Off William J P Sloan  3 Oct 1929  
Fg Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Louis McHardy  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Elias C W S Smith 15 Jul 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Eric C Bates 26 Aug 1930 later AVM
Plt Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Plt Off Arthur W R Lawson 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Gerald S Barrett  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Henry B Wrigley 26 Jul 1930 later AVM
Plt Off Morgan B Edwards 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off Reginald C Gaskell 20 Dec 1930  

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0 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John C E A Johnson  6 Sep 1931  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Edward J George 12 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Bertram A J Crummy  7 Mar 1932  
Fg Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930  
Fg Off

Guy Bearne

16 Nov 1931 later AVM
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off

John A Tester

 8 Sep 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Plt Off William E Coope 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Maynard D C Biggie  8 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Cyril J Giles 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off William H Mitchell  1 Mar 1932  

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7 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  9 Jan 1933  
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt Howard W Taylor  8 Aug 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth 15 May 1933  
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Plt Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off William H Mitchell  1 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1932  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E L P Morgan
Warrant Officers
WO Harry S A Pitt  8 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William Scott  9 Jul 1930  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Nov 1933 Officer Commanding (Designate), MC, DFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  9 Jan 1933  
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth 15 May 1933  
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Edward J P Davy 30 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Eric M Lewis 29 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Godfrey A V Knyvett 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Denis H Spencer 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off John S Leslie 28 Aug 1933  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Fg Off Charles A Profitt  1 Oct 1933
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E L P Morgan
Warrant Officers
WO Harry S A Pitt  8 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William Scott  9 Jul 1930  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Nov 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Charlton Hallawell  9 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Edward J P Davy 30 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Godfrey A V Knyvett 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Denis H Spencer 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off John S Leslie 28 Aug 1933  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles A Profitt  1 Oct 1933
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E L P Morgan
Warrant Officers
WO Harry S A Pitt  8 Feb 1933  
WO John C Steadman 18 Nov 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George F Dell 29 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
27 Nov 1934 Upper Heyford

July 1935

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

12 Jan 1935 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Douglas W R Ryley 25 Apr 1935 later AVM
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt Patrick J R King 21 Dec 1934  
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Plt Off Herbert C Vickery 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off Frederick M Smith 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off John E Thornton  4 Mar 1935  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Warrant Officers
WO Arthur J Richardson  5 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George F Dell 29 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
 4 Oct 1935 en-route to Egypt
13 Oct 1935 Aboukir
 25 Oct 1935 Mersa Matruh

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart  Mersa Matruh (detached from Upper Heyford) RAF Middle East (temporarily detached from No 1 (Bomber) Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury 23 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun 23 Sep 1935  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 21 Sep 1935 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Fg Off William G Bannister 27 Jul 1935  
Plt Off H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Plt Off J B W Smith  6 Mar 1936  
APO H W Bloingbroke 20 Apr 1936  

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9 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt John T Riggs 24 Sep 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J McGovern 31 Jan 1936
Warrant Officers
WO Edward Gough  4 Oct 1935  
WO W Jenkins 13 Oct 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
13 Jul 1936 Amman
10 Aug 1936 Gaza
14 Nov 1936 Ismailia

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart  RAF Ismailia RAF Middle East (temporarily detached from No 1 (Bomber) Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  4 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S Sabine  6 Aug 1936  
Plt Off H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Plt Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Plt Off J B W Smith  6 Mar 1936  
Plt Off H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  

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9 Airmen Pilots

Warrant Officers
WO T L Mann 13 Oct 1935  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

The role of the squadron changed in February 1938 from Bomber to Fighter when it re-equipped with Gloster Gladiators

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I (from Feb 1938) RAF Ismailia RAF Middle East

Gladiator of No 33 Squadron

Gladiator I of No 33 Squadron (coded SO)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  4 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935  
Fg Off A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Fg Off J B W Smith  6 Mar 1936  
Fg Off H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
APO M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
APO C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
APO H C Down 27 May 1938  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
APO A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
APO H G Hudson 27 May 1938  
APO J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
APO M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
29 Sep 1938 Heliopolis
3 Oct 1938 Ismailia
21 Oct 1938 Ramleh

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Ramleh RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 3 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AM
Fg Off A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Fg Off H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
Plt Off A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H C Down 27 May 1938  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO W J Macken  7 May 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
24 Apr 1939 Helwan

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 3 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AM
Act Flt Lt A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Act Flt Lt G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Act Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
Plt Off A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H C Down 27 May 1938  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO J McIntosh 21 Nov 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 3 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AM
Act Flt Lt A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Act Flt Lt G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Act Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
Plt Off A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H C Down 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R A Couchman 12 Mar 1939  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO W J Malin 11 Jul 1938  

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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