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No 43 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Reformed on 1 July 1925 at RAF Henlow equipped with Sopwith Snipes.

Snipe

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I (from Apr 1926) RAF Henlow Fighting Area

Gamecock I of No 43 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Arthur F Brooks  1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Alfred C Collier

20 Jul 1925 later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas Rose  7 Aug 1925 DFC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) William F R Gough 22 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edmund A C Britton  6 Apr 1926 DFC
Fg Off Bertram W T Hare  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Ernest J H Wright  9 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Norman A P Pritchett  1 Jul 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John A T Ryde 13 Jul 1925  
Plt Off James R Addams  3 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Donald S Green 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Donald C Shaw 15 Dec 1925  

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3 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Fred B Ludlow 13 Feb 1926 OBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur L Derry 21 Jan 1926  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Joseph P Hederman  1 Jun 1926  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
12 Dec 1926 Tangmere

July 1927

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Arthur F Brooks  1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Alfred C Collier

20 Jul 1925 later AVM
Flt Lt Cyril R Smythe 24 Dec 1926  
Flt Lt Edmund A C Britton  6 Apr 1926 DFC
Fg Off Bertram W T Hare  1 Jul 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Carlos G H E Lumsden 12 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Norman A P Pritchett  1 Jul 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Cyril W Byas 13 Dec 1926 Lt RN
Fg Off James R Addams  3 Jul 1925  
Plt Off William E P Johnson 11 May 1927  
Plt Off Philip G Lucas 11 May 1927  
Plt Off Brian C Yarde 30 Jul 1926 later AVM

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA (from Jun 1928) RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

Siskin IIIA of No 43 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril N Lowe 25 Dec 1927 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt

Alfred C Collier

20 Jul 1925 later AVM
Flt Lt Edmund A C Britton  6 Apr 1926 DFC
Fg Off Chester W McK Thompson 15 Jun 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Carlos G H E Lumsden 12 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Norman A P Pritchett  1 Mar 1927 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Brian C Yarde 30 Jul 1926 Signals duties; later AVM
Fg Off Harold H Martin  7 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Herbert C D Hayter 22 Aug 1927  
Plt Off Haliburton H Leech 17 Dec 1927  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril N Lowe 25 Dec 1927 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Chester W McK Thompson 15 Jun 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Cyril R Cubitt 22 Oct 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Brian C Yarde 30 Jul 1926 Signals duties; later AVM
Fg Off Leonard W Howard  1 Sep 1928  
Plt Off Noel F V Henkel  1 Sep 1928  
Plt Off Haliburton H Leech 17 Dec 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Plt Off Charles P Hanlon  5 Mar 1929  
Plt Off John B W Pugh  5 Mar 1929  
Plt Off Frank R Jones  2 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Herbert R Dale 28 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Herbert J Pringle 28 Jul 1928  

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4 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril N Lowe 25 Dec 1927 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Edward Thornton  9 Nov 1929  
Flt Lt Christopher T Walkington 29 Aug 1929  
Flt Lt

Ian E Brodie

11 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Brian C Yarde 30 Jul 1926 later AVM
Fg Off John B W Pugh  5 Mar 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off Frank R Jones  2 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Eugene Esmonde  3Mar 1930  
Plt Off Ronald F Fletcher  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Eric R Simonds 27 Jul 1927  
Plt Off George R A Elsmie 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off John Heber Percy 14 Dec 1929  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I (from May 1931) RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

Fury I of No 43 Squadron (original colour scheme)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Leonard H Slatter 13 Nov 1930 Officer Commanding, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter  9 Sep 1930 AFC
Flt Lt Edward F Haylock 17 May 1931  
Fg Off

Robert F Gandy

30 Jan 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ronald F Fletcher  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Sydney D Slocum  9 Sep 1930  
Fg Off Charles H Williams  8 Oct 1930  
Plt Off John Heber Percy 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Ralph I G MacDougall  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Richard T S Morris  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Ernest Dawson  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Patric B Coote 26 Jul 1930  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert H Hanmer 13 Jun 1932 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter  9 Sep 1930 AFC
Flt Lt

John G Hawtrey

15 Jul 1931 later AVM
Flt Lt Cyril K J Coggle 26 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Sydney D Slocum  9 Sep 1930  
Fg Off Ralph I G MacDougall  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Ernest Dawson  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Richard T S Morris  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Herbert W Mermagen 23 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Patrick J Polglase  8 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Phillip A de G Tettenborn 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off John D Miller 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off William J Hickey 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off John O W Oliver 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Richard C Reynell  8 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Colin C McMullen 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert H Hanmer 13 Jun 1932 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

John G Hawtrey

15 Jul 1931 later AVM
Flt Lt Richard E Bain  6 Feb 1933  
Flt Lt Cyril K J Coggle 26 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Ralph I G MacDougall  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Ernest Dawson  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Herbert W Mermagen 23 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Patrick J Polglase  8 Sep 1931  
Fg Off John D Miller 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Richard C Reynell  8 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Colin C McMullen 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO II George F Paice  2 Jul 1930  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert H Hanmer 13 Jun 1932 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Theodore N McEvoy

15 Jan 1934 later ACM
Flt Lt Richard E Bain  6 Feb 1933  
Flt Lt Cyril K J Coggle 26 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Ralph I G MacDougall  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off John D Miller 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Dudley G Lewis

18 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off John V C Badger 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Antony C P Carver 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Geoffrey C Eveleigh 16 Dec 1933 later AVM
Warrant Officers
WO I James C Green 15 Dec 1937  
WO II George F Paice  2 Jul 1930  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur M Wray

15 Apr 1935 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Walter K Beisiegel 15 Apr 1935 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Geoffrey K Fairtlough 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off Benjamin H Jones 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off Ralph I G MacDougall  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off John Whitehead 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off James W C More 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off John D Miller 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Dudley G Lewis

18 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Norman E Morrison 15 Apr 1935  
Plt Off Norman D Ashton 23 Apr 1935  
Plt Off Patrick S Hutchinson 23 Apr 1935  
Warrant Officers
WO II George F Paice  2 Jul 1930  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Bryan V Reynolds 24 Feb 1936 later AM
Flt Lt Ralph I G MacDougall  8 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt James W C More 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off

Dudley G Lewis

18 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J J E Coats  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off P J G Davies  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off J Greenhaigh  4 Mar 1936  
APO Frederick E Rosier 11 May 1936 later ACM

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R E Bain 10 Dec 1936 Officer Commanding,
Plt Off Frederick E Rosier 11 May 1936 later ACM
Plt Off C B Hull  5 Aug 1936  
Plt Off T E J Fitton 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D E C Eyres  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J W C Simpson 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off J L Sullivan 11 Oct 1936  
APO A W Pennington-Legh 11 Oct 1936  
APO C A Rotherham 22 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I RAF Tangmere Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R E Bain 10 Dec 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt A C P Carver 23 Jan 1938  
Fg Off Frederick E Rosier 11 May 1936 later ACM
Fg Off C B Hull  5 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J W C Simpson 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off J L Sullivan 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off C A Rotherham 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P A N Cox 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off A W Pennington-Legh 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off P Folkes  3 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M K Carswell  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J I Kilmartin  8 Jan 1938  
APO L R G Mitchell  7 May 1938  
APO G P Christie  7 May 1938  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Fury I (until Jan 1939)

Hawker Hurricane I (from Dec 1938)

RAF Tangmere Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

Fury I of No 43 Squadron (camouflage scheme)

Hurricane I of No 43 Squadron (1939 - coded NQ)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R E Bain 10 Dec 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt A C P Carver 23 Jan 1938  
Fg Off Frederick E Rosier 11 May 1936 later ACM
Fg Off C B Hull  5 Aug 1936  
Fg Off P W Townsend 10 Jun 1936  
Fg Off J W C Simpson 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A W Pennington-Legh 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off J L Sullivan 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off C A Rotherham 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P A N Cox 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P Folkes  3 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M K Carswell  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J I Kilmartin  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G P Christie  7 May 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hurricane I

RAF Tangmere Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R E Bain 10 Dec 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt P W Townsend 10 Jun 1936  
Fg Off Frederick E Rosier 11 May 1936 later ACM
Fg Off C B Hull  5 Aug 1936  
Fg Off J L Sullivan 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A W Pennington-Legh 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off J W C Simpson 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C A Rotherham 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P Folkes  3 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M K Carswell  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J I Kilmartin  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G P Christie  7 May 1938  
Plt Off W C Wilkinson 27 Jan 1939  
APO C A Woods-Scawen 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO F F W Chitty 25 Feb 1936  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hurricane I

RAF Tangmere Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R E Bain 10 Dec 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt P W Townsend 10 Jun 1936  
Act Flt Lt C B Hull  5 Aug 1936  
Fg Off Frederick E Rosier 11 May 1936 later ACM
Fg Off J L Sullivan 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A W Pennington-Legh 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off J W C Simpson 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C A Rotherham 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P Folkes  3 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M K Carswell  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J I Kilmartin  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G P Christie  7 May 1938  
Plt Off W C Wilkinson 27 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J M Hayward 10 Apr 1939  
APO C A Woods-Scawen 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO F F W Chitty 25 Feb 1936  

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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