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No 54 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 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 on 15 January 1930 at RAF Hornchurch equipped with Siskin IIIAs.  Bulldogs arrived in April

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIDC

RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

Siskin IIA

Bulldog II of No 54 Squadron (Yellow markings)

Bulldog IIA of No 54 Squadron (Red markings)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Norman C Saward  8 May 1930  
Flt Lt Frederick W Moxham  7 May 1930
Fg Off Thomas B Byrne 20 Feb 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930  
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan 15 Jan 1930  
Plt Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Walter K Brett  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Kenneth D Knocker  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Noel C Singer  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre

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0 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt

Eric S Burns

20 Dec 1930 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall 19 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Lionel E P Mahon  6 Oct 1930  
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930  
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan 15 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Walter K Brett  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Kenneth D Knocker  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Noel C Singer  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Geoffrey E W Parish  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off William A J Satchell  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off James W C More 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Henry A V Hogan 20 Dec 1930 later AVM

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Sydney L G Pope

 7 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall 19 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Robert Duncanson 11 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey E W Parish  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off William A J Satchell  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Alexander A Adams 26 Sep 1931 later AVM
Plt Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Ronald J Bennett 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Richard E Barnett 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Alfred J Draper 20 Feb 1932  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ivor M Rodney  9 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt Robert Duncanson 11 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey E W Parish  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Ronald J Bennett 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932  
Plt Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 later MRAF
Plt Off William P Harvey 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Ian G MacKay 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Stephen E May 29 Nov 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ivor M Rodney  9 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding (Designate), DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off

George W P Grant

27 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 later MRAF
Plt Off Ian G MacKay 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Stephen E May 29 Nov 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

George B M Rhind

15 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt George F Whistondale 19 Feb 1934  
Fg Off

George W P Grant

27 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 later MRAF
Plt Off Cyril G B Lewis 30 Apr 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George J Langfield 22 Apr 1934  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

George B M Rhind

15 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George F Whistondale 19 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Cyril G R Lewis 30 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Aeneas R D MacDonell 28 Jul 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Ernest R Bitmead  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off John D C Joslin  4 Mar 1935  
       
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Albert E White 28 Feb 1935  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

 5 Feb 1936 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off Cyril G R Lewis 30 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Ernest R Bitmead  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off D O Finlay 16 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off G H J Feeny  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R A Milward 16 Mar 1936  
APO W Riley 11 May 1936  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Between August 1936 and May 1937 the squadron operated the Gloster Gauntlet

Gauntlet II of No 54 Squadron

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I (from Apr 1937) RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

Gladiator I of No 54 Squadron

Gladiator I of No 54 Squadron ('A' Flight)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

23 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Fg Off D O Finlay 16 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant  9 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K R Russell 21 Feb 1937  
APO S Gemmell 21 Feb 1937  
APO A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Fg Off D E C Eyres 24 Jan 1938  
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant  9 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K R Russell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off A F Sunderland-Cooper 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K R Russell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off T R T Carr-Ellison 21 Nov 1938  
Plt Off Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Spitfire I of No 54 Squadron

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I (until Apr 1939)

Supermarine Spitfire I (from Mar 1939)

RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J L Allen  5 Dec 1938  
Plt Off B H Way 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A R Butcher  2 Jan 1939  
Plt Off R H Smith 30 Jan 1939  
APO D G Gribble 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO H Cummings 17 Jan 1939  
WO H K Newton 11 Jan 1935  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Spitfire I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J L Allen  5 Dec 1938  
Plt Off B H Way 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A R Butcher  2 Jan 1939  
Plt Off R H Smith 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off D G Gribble 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO H Cummings 17 Jan 1939  
WO H K Newton 11 Jan 1935  

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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