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No 45 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Reformed on 1 April 1921 at RAF Helwan, it moved to Almaza on 11 July.

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A,

Vickers Vimy

Almaza, Egypt Egyptian Group

DH 9A of No 45 Squadron

Vimy

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric M Murray SO 23 Mar 1921 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Cecil C Clark A 23 Mar 1921  
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson A 23 Mar 1921 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Richard T Nevill T 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Garth R O'Sullivan A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off

Cyril N Ellen

A  1 Apr 1921 DFC
Fg Off Charles D Pyne A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off James K A Jeekes A & S 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robin F Wallas A 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell A 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick J Islip A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off George Bowen T 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Gordon Archer A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Harold J Bradley A & S 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Maurice C Trench A  1 Apr 1921  
Fg Off William J McDonough A & S 20 May 1921

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

Branches: A = Aeroplane, A & S = Aeroplane and Seaplane, Ad = Administrative, Med = Medical, O = Observer, T = Technical

Movement Date Location
14 Mar 1922 Basrah
20 Apr 1922 Hinaidi

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq RAF Iraq

Vernon of No 45 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric M Murray 23 Mar 1921 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Hon Ralph A Cochrane  7 Jan 1922 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson 23 Mar 1921 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Alfred L Messenger 23 Mar 1921 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Fg Off John F Horsey 24 Nov 1921  
Fg Off William H Markham 14 May 1921  
Fg Off Garth R O'Sullivan 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Colin Bousfield 17 Feb 1922  
Fg Off

Cyril N Ellen

 1 Apr 1921 DFC
Fg Off Charles D Pyne 20 May 1921  
Fg Off James K A Jeekes 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robin F Wallas 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick J Islip 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Gordon Archer 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Harold J Bradley 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Maurice C Trench  1 Apr 1921  
Fg Off Sidney W Smith 24 Feb 1921
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Richard J Aherne  3 Mar 1922 MC

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Hon Ralph A Cochrane  7 Jan 1922 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas H Newton 23 Feb 1923 DSC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Robert F L Dickey 13 Dec 1922 DSC
Flt Lt William A K Dalzell 30 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off James K A Jeekes 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Gordon Archer 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Sidney W Smith 24 Feb 1921
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Robert F L Dickey 13 Dec 1922 DSC
Flt Lt William A K Dalzell 30 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield

14 Sep 1923

 
Plt Off Anthony Malone 23 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Walter H Ryder 23 Nov 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Accountant
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt William A K Dalzell 30 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield

14 Sep 1923

 
Plt Off Anthony Malone 23 Nov 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Accountant
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
26 May 1924 Kingerban
29 May 1924 Hinaidi

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

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Flt Lt John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Wilfred Underhill  9 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt Charles M Laing 23 Feb 1923  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Frederick W Barkley 18 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Albert E Connelly  5 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Anthony Malone 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Ralph Barrett 30 Sep 1924  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Lawrence H Miller  5Dec 1924
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Freeman  2 Sep 1924

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Evelyn R Whitehouse 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Flt Lt Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Guy G H Du Boulay 19 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Oswald K Stirling Webb 29 Jan 1926 Killed in a flying accident - 26 Jul 1926
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett  4 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Francis W L C Beaumont 12 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Frank E North  3 Oct 1925  
Plt Off John E Davies  3 Oct 1925  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 22 Sep 1925
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Freeman  2 Sep 1924

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Evelyn R Whitehouse 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Andrew A Ward 21 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Flt Lt Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Guy G H Du Boulay 19 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Oswald K Stirling Webb 29 Jan 1926 Killed in a flying accident - 26 Jul 1926
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett  4 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Gerard L Gandy 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Cecil G C B Woledge 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Francis W L C Beaumont 12 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Frank E North  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off John E Davies  3 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George P Mee 12 Mar 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 22 Sep 1925
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Freeman  2 Sep 1924

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

On 1 November 1926 it was reduced to a single flight, parented by No 70 Squadron. 

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Sqn Ldr Evelyn R Whitehouse 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Kenneth E Ward  1 Jun 1926  
Flt Lt Andrew A Ward 21 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Flt Lt Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Frank E North  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off John E Davies  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Geoffrey M E Shaw 28 Apr 1926  
Fg Off George P Mee 12 Mar 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 22 Sep 1925

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

It was reduced to cadre on 11 January 1927, which moved to Heliopolis on 11 February, where it was parented by No 47 Squadron.  It was re-established at Heliopolis on 25 April 1927, equipped with DH9As.

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

De Havilland DH9A

Heliopolis RAF Middle East

DH 9A of No 45 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 25 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Cecil G C B Woledge 15 May 1927  
Fg Off John V Kelly 25 Apr 1927
Fg Off John W New 25 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 25 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Patrick R Stroud 15 May 1927  
Fg Off Claude Warsow 15 May 1927

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
21 Oct 1927 Helwan

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

De Havilland DH9A

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 25 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Vincent Buxton 23 Nov 1927 OBE
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 28 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 22 Jul 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Sidney C Black 18 Nov 1927 Signals duties, MM
Fg Off James E Preston  1 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson 27 Sep 1927 Photographic duties
Fg Off Hubert L Patch 30 Mar 1928 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Claude Warsow 15 May 1927
Fg Off Murray M Restell-Little 25 Aug 1927  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harold D Giblett  1 Mar 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 16 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William D McKeown  6 Mar 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev Arthur W Brown  9 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 25 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 28 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 22 Jul 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Sidney C Black 18 Nov 1927 Signals duties, MM
Fg Off James E Preston  1 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson 27 Sep 1927 Photographic duties
Fg Off Hubert L Patch 30 Mar 1928 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Claude Warsow 15 May 1927
Fg Off Murray M Restell-Little 25 Aug 1927  
Plt Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Plt Off George Fachiri  2 Jul 1928  
Plt Off George E E Singleton 10 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Leslie M Woolveridge  3 Jun 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harold D Giblett  1 Mar 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 16 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William D McKeown  6 Mar 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev Arthur W Brown  9 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

De Havilland DH9A

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald H Carter  1 Sep 1928  
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 28 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 22 Jul 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off

Thomas B Prickman

27 Oct 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Christopher C Edwards  9 Feb 1929  
Fg Off Guy N J Stanley-Turner 12 May 1929
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson 27 Sep 1927 Photographic duties
Fg Off Charles A C Patton  3 Nov 1928  
Fg Off Hubert L Patch 30 Mar 1928 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Fg Off George Fachiri  2 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Duncan Menzies 28 Oct 1928  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Hector B S Ballantyne 22 Apr 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 16 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William D McKeown  6 Mar 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev Arthur W Brown  9 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF (from Sep 1929)

Helwan RAF Middle East

Fairey IIIF

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John E L Drabble  1 Nov 1929
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

27 Oct 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Photographic duties
Fg Off Philip A Moritz 17 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Fg Off George Fachiri  2 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Charles V Howes 12 Jun 1929

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Albert E Connolly  9 Oct 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Collinson 11 Apr 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 29 Mar 1930 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Henry E Walker

 6 Oct 1930 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William H Poole 23 Mar 1931 AFC, MM
Flt Lt Cyril R Greet 15 Apr 1930
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Photographic duties
Fg Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Francis P Hewitt 12 Sep 1930  
Fg Off George S King  4 Jul 1930  
Fg Off James  R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930
Plt Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Plt Off Austin F McKenna 13 May 1931

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Ernest W Lawrence 16 Oct 1930  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Collinson 11 Apr 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 29 Mar 1930 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Acting Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Photographic duties
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing-Smith  1 Nov 1931 Armament duties
Fg Off James  R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Austin F McKenna 13 May 1931
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Plt Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Plt Off William S Reed 13 Apr 1932  
Plt Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Plt Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil J Nobbs  9 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Sidney C Wyatt  7 Oct 1931
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 29 Mar 1930 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Thomas J Desmond 25 Nov 1932
Flt Lt Ivor G E Dale 18 Feb 1933
Flt Lt Harold H Martin  1 Aug 1932
Fg Off James  R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Jack B Sims 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Plt Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 later ACM

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Arthur W Rule 20 Jul 1932  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Lambie 15 Feb 1933
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  5 Feb 1933 LMSSA
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO II Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
WO II William Squires 22 Dec 1931  
WO II Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO II Francis H Pearson 28 Oct 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Donald M Fleming 29 Dec 1933
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 14 Apr 1934
Flt Lt Charles H Tighe 10 Oct 1933
Fg Off Herbert R Dale 21 Jun 1933
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Jack B Sims 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 later ACM
APO Sidney G Birch 19 Apr 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Lambie 15 Feb 1933
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  5 Feb 1933 LMSSA
Education Officer
Mr Henry H Mayoh 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc (also No 47 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO I Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO I Harry E Hawkins  9 Apr 1934  
WO II Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
WO II Robert Kyle 10 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Donald M Fleming 29 Dec 1933
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 14 Apr 1934
Flt Lt George R Beamish 12 Nob 1934 later AM
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 later ACM
Fg Off Clair S Byram 26 Apr 1935
Plt Off Conrad C Francis  9 Apr 1935 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Plt Off Sidney G Birch 19 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Derek D Atkinson 18 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Cosme L Gomm  1 Oct 1934

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann  5 Dec1934
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 17 May 1934 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Henry H Mayoh 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO I Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO I Harry E Hawkins  9 Apr 1934  
WO I Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
WO II Robert Kyle 10 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

'D' Flight was formed to operate Hawker Harts from September 1935 to January 1936, when the flight was transferred to No 6 Squadron.

Hart Fighter

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vincent (from Nov 1935)

Fairey Gordon II ('B' Flt from Jan 1936)

Helwan

'B' Flt - Eastleigh, Kenya

RAF Middle East

 

Vincent

Gordon

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

24 Aug 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George R Beamish 12 Nob 1934 later AM
Flt Lt

John G Franks

 8 Jan 1936 later AVM
Flt Lt Victor C F Streatfield  7 Sep 1935
Flt Lt

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Clair S Byram 26 Apr 1935
Fg Off Ronald H Young  7 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Sidney G Birch 19 Apr 1934
Fg Off Derek D Atkinson 18 Jun 1934
Plt Off Cosme L Gomm  1 Oct 1934
Plt Off George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935
Plt Off F J O Lasbrey  8 Jan 1936  
Plt Off W I Collett  8 Jan 1936
Plt Off G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Plt Off E C Eaton 18 Feb 1936  
Plt Off A L Bocking  1 Feb 1936  
APO H F Bromwich 20 Apr 1936  
APO J R Henderson 20 Apr 1936  

-

11 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann 28 Mar 1936
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 17 May 1934 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO I Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933  
WO I J Jarmin  9 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vincent

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Gerald B Keily

 2 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt W J H Ekins  9 Dec 1936
Fg Off G L Cruickshanks 23 May 1937
Fg Off George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935  
Plt Off G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Plt Off H F Bromwich 20 Apr 1936
Plt Off J R Henderson 20 Apr 1936
APO R N Belgrove 10 Apr 1937  
APO R T Collier 10 Apr 1937
APO E H Dally 10 Apr 1937  
APO H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
APO P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  

-

10 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off H W C Springham 10 Oct 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann  5 Dec1934
Medical Branch
Flt Lt A B Marshall 24 Jun 1936 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Capt H A M d'Este 16 Sep 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO I F Walton 18 Dec 1936  
WO I Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933  
WO I D McLaren  9 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley (from Nov 1937)

Helwan RAF Middle East

Wellesley I of No 45 Squadron - August 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935  
Fg Off G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Plt Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
APO W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
APO C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
APO G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
APO J O Gainford 27 May 1938  
APO C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
APO D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
APO E G Rands 27 May 1938
APO A S Smith 27 May 1938  
APO S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
APO R J Willitts 27 May 1938  

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9 Airman Pilots

Education Officer
Capt H A M d'Este 16 Sep 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO I P J Cains  9 Apr 1936  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Act Fg Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Act Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
Plt Off C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
Plt Off D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
Plt Off E G Rands 27 May 1938
Plt Off A S Smith 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Willitts 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J E Dennant 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off P A Ostle 10 Sep 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO C Herbert 24 Nov 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
16 Jan 1939 Ismailia

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Ismailia RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt E B Webb  4 Feb 1939  
Act Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Fg Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
Plt Off C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
Plt Off D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
Plt Off E G Rands 27 May 1938
Plt Off A S Smith 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Willitts 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J E Dennant 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off P A Ostle 10 Sep 1938  
APO R W A Gibbs 21 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C Herbert 24 Nov 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Ismailia RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E B Webb  4 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Fg Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
Plt Off C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
Plt Off D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
Plt Off E G Rands 27 May 1938
Plt Off A S Smith 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Willitts 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J E Dennant 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off P A Ostle 10 Sep 1938  
APO R W A Gibbs 21 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO C Herbert 24 Nov 1937  
WO S C Mounsey xx Nov 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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