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No 51 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Reformed at Driffield on 15 March 1937 from 'B' Flight of No 58 Squadron

Movement Date Location
24 Mar 1937 Boscombe Down

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X

Avro Anson I

RAF Boscombe Down Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

Virginia X

Anson I

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr R A A Cole  7 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt G P Marvin 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E C G F Gyll-Murray  1 Jun 1937  
Fg Off C A Wood 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
APO P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
APO T K Milne 22 May 1937  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
20 Apr 1938 Linton-on-Ouse

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II (from Feb 1938) RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr K H R Elliot 23 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr F C Sturgis 31 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt G P Marvin 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off G M Scott  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off E D J R L Whatley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A M Mackinnon 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C S E Lea  8 Jan 1938  

-

12 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III (from Aug 1938)

RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

Whitley III of No 51 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr K H R Elliot 23 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr F C Sturgis 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938  
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J M Brockbank 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938  
Plt Off A H C Roberts 10 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938  
APO W Surtees 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

27 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner  6 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin   9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938  
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J M Brockbank 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938  
Plt Off A H C Roberts 10 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W Surtees 29 Oct 1938  
APO D C Nicholl  4 Mar 1939 RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO J E Brown 10 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

27 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner  6 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin   9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938  
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J M Brockbank 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938  
Plt Off A H C Roberts 10 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W Surtees 29 Oct 1938  
APO D C Nicholl  4 Mar 1939 RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO J E Brown 10 Jan 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

[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

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