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No 52 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Reformed at Abingdon on 18 January 1937 from 'B' Flight of No 15 Squadron

Movement Date Location
1 Mar 1937 Upwood

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

Hawker hind of No 52 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L C Bennett  3 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W N Ash  1 Apr 1937  
Fg Off G J I Clennell 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off V E Marshall 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off B O Huxtable 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J H McMichael 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off R M Blennerhassett 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off D O Butler 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J A F Mertens 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off G W Parsons 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off S G Cooper 22 Mar 1937  
APO W J Smith 22 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I (from Nov 1937) RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

Battle I of No 52 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L C Bennett  3 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt G J I Clennell 18 Jan 1937  
Fg Off V E Marshall 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off B O Huxtable 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J H McMichael 18 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J A F Mertens 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off S G Cooper 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off W J Smith 22 May 1937  
Plt Off H R A de Belleroche  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J W E Leighton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off M R Atkinson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off T H Kilroy 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A Chalmers 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off A P Phillipson  8 Jan 1938  
APO L H Folkard  7 May 1938  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L C Bennett  3 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt F W L Wild  4 Jul 1938  
Fg Off V E Marshall 18 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off B O Huxtable 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J H McMichael 18 Jan 1937  
Fg Off J A F Mertens 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off W J Smith 22 May 1937  
Plt Off H R A de Belleroche  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J W E Leighton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off M R Atkinson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off T H Kilroy 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A Chalmers 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off A P Phillipson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L H Folkard  7 May 1938  
Plt Off K F Vare  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M Coupland 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off F J Knight  9 Jul 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Anson I

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I

Avro Anson I (from Feb 1939)

RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L C Bennett  3 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr W S P Simonds 11 Jan 1939  
Flt Lt F W L Wild  4 Jul 1938  
Fg Off J A F Mertens 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off B O Huxtable 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off W J Smith 22 May 1937  
Plt Off H R A de Belleroche  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J W E Leighton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off M R Atkinson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off A Chalmers 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off A P Phillipson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L H Folkard  7 May 1938  
Plt Off K F Vare  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M Coupland 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off F J Knight  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off E E Morton 28 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO H Vatcher  6 Jan 1939 MBE

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I

Avro Anson I

RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L C Bennett  3 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr W S P Simonds 11 Jan 1939  
Flt Lt F W L Wild  4 Jul 1938  
Fg Off J A F Mertens 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off B O Huxtable 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off W J Smith 22 May 1937  
Plt Off H R A de Belleroche  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J W E Leighton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off M R Atkinson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off A Chalmers 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off A P Phillipson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L H Folkard  7 May 1938  
Plt Off K F Vare  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M Coupland 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off F J Knight  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off E E Morton 28 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO R J V Hadley 31 Mar 1937  

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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