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No 72 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Reformed at Tangmere on 22 February 1937 from 'a nucleus provided by  No 1 Squadron

Movement Date Location
1 Jun 1937 Church Fenton

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Church Fenton Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Gladiator I of No 72 Squadron (1937)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E J L Hope  9 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Edward M Donaldson

22 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off E Graham 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F M Smith 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J H Coghlan 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off L F Henstock 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A A Devany 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J C Boulter 22 Mar 1937  
APO P H Crompton 22 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Church Fenton Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Gladiator I of No 72 Squadron (Silver scheme)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J B H Rogers 15 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt B W Knox 18 Dec 1937  
Flt Lt W F Pharazyn 18 Dec 1937  
Fg Off E Graham 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F M Smith 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off L F Henstock 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J C Boulter 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D F B Sheen 30 Jun  1937  
Plt Off J B W Humpherson  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J B Nicolson  7 Aug 1937 later VC
Plt Off R A Thomson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off T A F Elsdon 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off O St J Pigg 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off Walter T Brooks 19 Feb 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R J Walker 23 Apr 1938  

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7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Church Fenton Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Gladiator I of No 72 Squadron (camouflage scheme)

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J B H Rogers 15 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Ronald B Lees  8 Dec 1938 later AM
Flt Lt B W Knox 18 Dec 1937  
act Flt Lt E Graham 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off F M Smith 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D F B Sheen 30 Jun  1937  
Fg Off L F Henstock 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J C Boulter 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J B W Humpherson  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J B Nicolson  7 Aug 1937 later VC
Plt Off R A Thomson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off T A F Elsdon 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off O St J Pigg 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R J Walker 23 Apr 1938  
APO N C H Robson 29 Oct 1938 RAFO

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I

Supermarine Spitfire I (from Apr 1939)

RAF Church Fenton Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Spifire I of No 72 Squadron (coded SD)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald B Lees  8 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt B W Knox 18 Dec 1937  
Act Flt Lt E Graham 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off F M Smith 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D F B Sheen 30 Jun  1937  
Fg Off L F Henstock 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J B Nicolson  7 Aug 1937 later VC
Plt Off R A Thomson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off T A F Elsdon 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off O St J Pigg 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R J Walker 23 Apr 1938  
Plt Off R Miller 14 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J W Villa 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J L Coldwells 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off N C H Robson 17 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO L O'Neill  6 Jan 1939  
WO J A Paine 30 Mar 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

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

Supermarine Spitfire I

RAF Church Fenton Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald B Lees  8 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt B W Knox 18 Dec 1937  
Act Flt Lt E Graham 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off F M Smith 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D F B Sheen 30 Jun  1937  
Fg Off L F Henstock 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J B Nicolson  7 Aug 1937 later VC
Plt Off R A Thomson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off T A F Elsdon 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off O St J Pigg 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R J Walker 23 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J W Villa 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J L Coldwells 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off N C H Robson 17 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO L O'Neill  6 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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