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No 55 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Reformed on 1 February 1920 at Suez by redesignating No 142 Squadron equipped with DH9s.

July 1920

It sailed for Turkey on 8 July 1920 on board the SS Tambov, arriving at Maltepe on 12 July 1920.

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9 (until Mar 1921)

De Havilland DH9A (from Jun 1920)

Maltepe, Turkey Middle East Area/Palestine Group

DH 9

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles H Elliott-Smith A  3 Aug 1919 Flight Commander (Acting OC?) AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Roy M Drummond A 15 May 1920 Flight Commander, DSO, MC; later AM
Capt Frank K Tomlinson Med 30 Jan 1920 Attached to RAF from RAMC
Fg Off Charles B S Spackman A 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Carpenter A  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Godfrey C O'Donnell A 15 May 1920 DFC
Fg Off Reginald J P Grebby A  1 May 1920 DFC
Fg Off Rowland Hood A  6 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Victor E Groom A 22 May 1920 DFC; later AM
Fg Off Dudley L Evans A 28 Feb 1920 MC, DFC
Fg Off William I Hannon A 19 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Geoffrey Robinson A 15 May 1920 MC
Fg Off William E French T 20 Oct 1919  
Fg Off James Silvester A 24 Apr 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ian C Slater A 28 Feb 1920  
Fg Off James W Mitchell T 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Reginald C Pretty A & S 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Harry N V  Le V Noel A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Bruce G Drake O 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Ernest Bird A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off John B Prouse O  2 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Ernest R Stafford A & S 15 May 1920  

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

It departed Turkey for Iraq on board HMS Ark Royal on 3 September 1920, arriving at Basrah on 23 September 1920 before moving to Baghdad West on 30 September.

Movement Date Location
20 Mar 1921 Mosul

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Middle East Area/Mesopotamian Group

DH 9A of No 55 Squadron

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn A & S 26 Jan 1921 DSC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Charles H Nicholas A 24 Jun 1920 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Reginald S Maxwell A 25 Jun 1920 MC, DFC
Flt Lt Tom F Hazell A  4 May 1921 DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt John W B Grigson S  1 Jun 1920 DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Hugh B Hammond A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Charles B S Spackman A 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Carpenter A  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Hugh S P Walmsley A 11 Feb 1921 MC; later AM
Fg Off Horace W Westaway A 22 Dec 1920 MC
Fg Off Roland Hood A  6 Jan 1920  
Fg Off

Andrew MacGregor

A  5 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off Cyril H Teagle A  7 Sep 1920  
Fg Off Victor E Groom A 22 May 1920 DFC; later AM
Fg Off Dudley L Evans A 28 Feb 1920 MC, DFC
Fg Off Cyril D Spiers A & S  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off James Silvester A 24 Apr 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick K Damant A 6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off John M Wyer T  5 Jul 1920 DSM
Obs Off Rodney T Carter O 25 Jun 1920
Fg Off Reginald C Pretty A & S 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Ernest Bird A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off John T A Lochner A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Percy W Lingwood A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Edward C Durrant A  6 Jan 1921  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Alexander H Allan Stores  4 Sep 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas J X Canton Med  5 Mar 1921 MB

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq RAF Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn 26 Jan 1921 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC
Flt Lt Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Tom F Hazell  4 May 1921 DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Charles B S Spackman 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank W W Wilson 24 Apr 1921  
Fg Off Frank Carpenter  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Hugh S P Walmsley 11 Feb 1921 MC; later AM
Fg Off Horace W Westaway 22 Dec 1920 MC
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Cyril D Spiers  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Aubrey Ledger 16 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Frederick K Damant 6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Percy W Lingwood 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Ralph de H Hutchinson 15 Sep 1921  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Cecil J Stone  9 Mar 1922
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas J X Canton  5 Mar 1921 MB

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Tom F Hazell 21 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Cyril J Truran 23 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson 22 Nov 1922 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Herbert S Broughall 18 Dec 1922 MC
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Humphrey W Baggs 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Aubrey Ledger 16 Apr 1922 Killed - 4 Dec 1923
Fg Off Humphrey G Sullivan 23 Fen 1923  
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off John E V Lindsey 11 May 1923  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Francis J C Rybot 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Henry A Anson 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 23 Nov 1923 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Benjamin J Silly 14 Sep 1923 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt David S Earp 14 Sep 1923 DFC
Flt Lt Sydney L G Pope 24 Sep 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off George S Hodson 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Henry A Anson 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Plt Off John O Barnes 14 Sep 1923  
Plt Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Plt Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Fg Off John McCarthy 14 Sep 1923  
accountant
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 23 Nov 1923 Officer Commanding, DSO
Flt Lt Benjamin J Silly 14 Sep 1923 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt David S Earp 14 Sep 1923 DFC
Flt Lt Sydney L G Pope 24 Sep 1923 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Humphrey W Baggs 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off George S Hodson 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Officer
Fg Off Trevlyn L Grey 23 Nov 1923  
accountant
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
19 May 1924 Hinaidi
26 May 1924 Kingerban
29 May 1924 Hinaidi
19 Sep 1924 Mosul
 1 Nov 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
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 23 Nov 1923 Officer Commanding, DSO
Flt Lt Benjamin J Silly 14 Sep 1923 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

Somerled D Macdonald

 3 Mar 1925 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off George S Hodson 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off James P Huffam  5 Mar 1924 VC
Fg Off Henry P F Fagan  5 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Plt Off Cyril H W Boldero 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Trevlyn L Grey 23 Nov 1923  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cecil G Prior  9 Oct 1924  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt George E Ranson 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Charles H Flinn

18 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off James P Huffam  5 Mar 1924 VC
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off William O Du Port 22 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 1 Sep 1926
Plt Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Horncastle 10 Nov 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Charles H Flinn

18 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off James P Huffam  5 Mar 1924 VC
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Edward B Forster 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off William O Du Port 22 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 1 Sep 1926
Plt Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alfred R Feather 19 Mar 1926  
Plt Off James McGuinness 26 Mar 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Horncastle 10 Nov 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Hon Flt Lt Ulric C de Burgh 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off

Charles H Flinn

18 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

John N Boothman

21 Sep 1926 later ACM
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Robert W Steele 12 Jun 1926  
Fg Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alfred R Feather 19 Mar 1926  
Plt Off Colin Heard-White 21 Sep 1926  
Plt Off James McGuinness 26 Mar 1926  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Horncastle 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Edward Smith 21 Sep 1926  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt Harry A Smith 22 Sep 1926 MC
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill  1 Nov 1926 DFC
Fg Off

John N Boothman

21 Sep 1926 later ACM
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Charles V Lock  1 Nov 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Rolf B H Jackson 31 Mar 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties, killed in action - 20 Feb 1928
Fg Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Colin Heard-White 21 Sep 1926  
Plt Off James McGuinness 26 Mar 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Edward Smith 21 Sep 1926  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Arthur H Peck 25 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Harry A Smith 22 Sep 1926 MC
Flt Lt Vivian S Parker 20 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Anthony Leach 20 Sep 1927 MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Charles V Lock  8 Mar 1928  
Fg Off  Leslie H Ross  8 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Robert W Steele  6 Oct 1927  
Fg Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Guy W Hayes 20 Sept 1927 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur F Merritt 23 Feb 1928  
Plt Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Howard N Davies 14 Oct 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Arthur H Peck 25 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Sqn Ldr Harry A Smith 22 Sep 1926 MC
Flt Lt Vivian S Parker 20 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Anthony Leach 20 Sep 1927 MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Kenneth C Garvie 30Jun 1928  
Fg Off Robert W Steele  6 Oct 1927  
Fg Off Guy W Hayes 20 Sept 1927 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur F Merritt 23 Feb 1928  
Plt Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Colin E V L'K Feasey 25 May 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Howard N Davies 14 Oct 1927  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John W B Grigson

21 Mar 1929 Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Vivian S Parker 20 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt

John A Gray

11 Jan 1929 DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Anthony Leach 20 Sep 1927 MC
Flt Lt Rudolph T Taafe 23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Guy W Hayes 20 Sept 1927 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Colin E V L'K Feasey 25 May 1928  
Plt Off Frederick B S Downey  3 Jan 1929  
Plt Off Esmond J H F Moreton  3 Jan 1929  
Plt Off Harry C Friday  8 May 1929  
Plt Off Alan C Mitchell  5 Apr 1929  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Harold D Jackman

 9 Jan 1929 later AM

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti (from Feb 1930) Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

Wapiti IIA of No 55 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John W Woodhouse 24 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 18 Jan 1930 DFC
Flt Lt

John A Gray

11 Jan 1929 DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Rudolph T Taafe 23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Flt Lt Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Ulrich C MacKay  5 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Noel F V Henkel 29 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey F Overbury  1 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Alan C Mitchell  5 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Harry C Friday  8 May 1929  
Plt Off Sidney J H Carr  7 Feb 1930  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Harold D Jackman

 9 Jan 1929 later AM

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George C Gardiner  2 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 18 Jan 1930 DFC
Flt Lt Frank Wright  7 Oct 1930  
Flt Lt Geoffrey C O'Donnell 18 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Alan L T Naish 13 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Maxwell N Oxford 10 Mar 1931  
Fg Off James M Wells 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Sidney J H Carr  7 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Ronald J Cohan  7 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Alfred Earle  7 Oct 1930 Photographic duties; later ACM
Plt Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Brian E Lowe 20 Feb 1931  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Malcolm M McMullen  7 Oct 1930

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George C Gardiner  2 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Geoffrey C O'Donnell 18 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Cyril R Mason 27 May 1932  
Flt Lt Leonard T Carruthers  4 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt

Brian C Yarde

10 Jun 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Maxwell N Oxford 10 Mar 1931  
Fg Off James M Wells 10 Feb 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Thomas Gadd 24 Oct 1931 Signals duties
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off Brian E Lowe 20 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Hugh W Marlow 18 Jan 1932  
Plt Off James Ramsden 24 Mar 1932 Photographic duties

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Malcolm M McMullen  7 Oct 1930

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel  1 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt

John Marsden

17 Jan 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John N Jaques 13 May 1933  
Fg Off Thomas Gadd 24 Oct 1931 Signals duties
Fg Off Albert E Smith 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Jack C Larking 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off James Ramsden 24 Mar 1932 Photographic duties
Fg Off Alfred Threapleton 22 Mar 1933  
Fg Off John H A Chapman  2 Nov 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John T Riggs  1 Oct 1932
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William G Bates 10 Mar 1933  
WO II James Burns 17 Feb 1932  
WO II George Currie 10 Mar 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel  1 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt John N Jaques 13 May 1933  
Fg Off Albert E Smith 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Jack C Larking 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off James Ramsden 24 Mar 1932 Photographic duties
Fg Off John H A Chapman  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 18 Oct 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John T Riggs  1 Oct 1932
Warrant Officers
WO William G Bates 10 Mar 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George Currie 10 Mar 1933  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel  1 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt John A Hawkings 31 Jan 1934 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John N Jaques 13 May 1933  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Jack C Larking 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John H A Chapman  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 18 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Charles H D Wardrop 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Stanley J McN Newman 26 Jan 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John T Riggs  1 Oct 1932
Warrant Officers
WO William G Bates 10 Mar 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George Magee 16 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt John A McDonald  1 Feb 1935  
Flt Lt John A Hawkings 31 Jan 1934 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Reginald H Donkin 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 18 Oct 1932  
Fg Off George N Hancock 10 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Charles H D Wardrop 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off David C Torrens 19 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Alfred A McMath  6 Apr 1935  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cuthbert F Harrington 14 Aug 1934
Warrant Officer
WO Frank H Kirk  1 Nov 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John A McDonald  1 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt

Guy W Hayes

28 Jan 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt James B Barrett  9 Nov 1935  
Flt Lt Reginald H Donkin 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off George N Hancock 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off David C Torrens 19 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Alfred A McMath  6 Apr 1935  
Plt Off Edward R Berrill  1 Jun 1935  
APO J H L Graham  2 May 1936  
APO G M Roddy  2 May 1936  
APO C B B Wallis  2 May 1936  
Stores Branch
Fg Off R G A Vallance 19 Apr 1936
Warrant Officer
WO Frank H Kirk  1 Nov 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent (from Feb 1937) Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Vincent

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Guy W Hayes

28 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Eric C Bates

24 Oct 1936 later AVM
Fg Off A Flowerdew 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R J Ommanney 12 Jun 1936  
Plt Off J H L Graham  2 May 1936  
Plt Off G M Roddy  2 May 1936  
Plt Off C B B Wallis  2 May 1936  
Plt Off J Gillan 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off I G C Malcolm 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off L M Blome-Jones  2 Mar 1937  
APO D M Doran  6 Apr 1937  
Stores Branch
Fg Off D H M Graham 30 Nov 1936
Warrant Officer
WO C A Pope 17 Nov 1936  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Eric C Bates

24 Oct 1936 later AVM
Act Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Act Flt Lt J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J Gillan 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W C S A G Cooper 15 Nov 1937  
Plt Off I G C Malcolm 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off L M Blome-Jones  2 Mar 1937  
Plt Off L H Schwind  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off E J P Jackson  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off I C Swann 29 Mar 1938  
APO J H Holloway 29 Mar 1938  
Stores Branch
Fg Off D H M Graham 30 Nov 1936
Warrant Officer
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Act Flt Lt J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off J Gillan 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off L M Blome-Jones  2 Mar 1937  
Plt Off W C S A G Cooper 15 Nov 1937  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off E J P Jackson  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A S B Godrich 25 Oct 1938  
APO M S Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
APO I S Beeston  5 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off

Keith H Gooding

25 Oct 1938 later AVM
Warrant Officer
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Bristol Blenheim I

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent

Bristol Blenheim I (from Mar 1939)

Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Fg Off J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off R B Cox 14 Dec 1938  
Fg Off H R Goodman 22 Jan 1939  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off E J P Jackson  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A S B Godrich 25 Oct 1938  
APO M S Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
APO I S Beeston  5 Nov 1938  
APO T O Walker  4 Jan 1939  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off

Keith H Gooding

25 Oct 1938 later AVM
Warrant Officers
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  
WO W H Clark 21 Jan 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent (until May 1939)

Bristol Blenheim I

Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Act Flt Lt R B Cox 14 Dec 1938  
Fg Off J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off H R Goodman 22 Jan 1939  
Fg Off P S Jolliffe 20 Mar 1939  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A S B Godrich 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off T O Walker  4 Jan 1939  
APO M S Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
APO I S Beeston  5 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off Keith H Gooding 25 Oct 1938 later AVM
Warrant Officers
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  
WO W H Clark 21 Jan 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

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