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No 74 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Reformed at Hornchurch on 1 September 1935 but known as 'The Demon Flights' until 14 November 1935.

Movement Date Location
3 Sep 1935 en-route to Malta (HMT Neuralia)
11 Sep 1935 Hal Far

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon RAF Hal Far RAF Mediterranean*

Demon of No 74 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

 3 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt D S Brookes  3 Sep 1935  
Flt Lt

John R H Pott

 3 Sep 1935 later AVM
Flt Lt W A Richardson  3 Sep 1935  
Fg Off D Price  3 Sep 1935  
Fg Off H B Hurley  3 Sep 1935  
Fg Off D E Turner  3 Sep 1935  
Plt Off D H Lee  3 Sep 1935
Plt Off W E Carr  6 Dec 1935  

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5 Airman Pilots

Warrant Officer
WO I J Willson 21 Nov 1935  

The July 1936 AFL shows the squadron as still being at Hornchurch under No 11 (Fighter) Group.

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
21 Sep 1935 Hornchurch

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II (from Mar 1937) RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

Gauntlet II of No 74 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D S Brookes  3 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H B Hurley  3 Sep 1935  
Plt Off T Rowland  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off S T Meares  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off V G L D Byrne 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off A G Malan 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W P F Treacy  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T G Robertson 21 Feb 1937  
APO G A P Manwaring 22 May 1937  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G E Sampson 26 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt P Haynes 10 Apr 1938  
Flt Lt R C Dawkins 17 May 1938  
Plt Off A G Malan 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W P F Treacy  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T Rowland  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off V G L D Byrne 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off S T Meares  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off G S K Haywood 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off G A P Manwaring 22 May 1937  
Plt Off W E G Measures 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off D S Thom  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off D S Hoare  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R G Temple-Harris 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off N McP Pooler 27 Nov 1937  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II (until Feb 1939) RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G E Sampson 26 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off A G Malan 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off W P F Treacy  7 Apr 1937  
Fg Off T Rowland  4 Jan 1937  
Fg Off V G L D Byrne 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off G S K Haywood 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off G A P Manwaring 22 May 1937  
Plt Off W E G Measures 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off D S Thom  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off D S Hoare  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R G Temple-Harris 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off N McP Pooler 27 Nov 1937  
APO J C Freeborn 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Spitfire I of No 74 Squadron (coded JH)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Spitfire I (from Feb 1939) RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G E Sampson 26 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off W P F Treacy  7 Apr 1937  
Fg Off T Rowland  4 Jan 1937  
Fg Off V G L D Byrne 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off A G Malan 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G S K Haywood 30 Jun 1937  
Fg Off G A P Manwaring 22 May 1937  
Fg Off W E G Measures 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off D S Thom  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off D S Hoare  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R G Temple-Harris 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off N McP Pooler 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J C Freeborn 29 Oct 1938  
APO J F Pettigrew 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO T W Ellcock  4 Dec 1936  

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 G E Sampson 26 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt W P F Treacy  7 Apr 1937  
Act Flt Lt A G Malan 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off T Rowland  4 Jan 1937  
Fg Off V G L D Byrne 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G A P Manwaring 22 May 1937  
Fg Off W E G Measures 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off D S Thom  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off D S Hoare  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R G Temple-Harris 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off N McP Pooler 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J C Freeborn 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P W O Mould 15 Feb 1939  
APO J F Pettigrew 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO T W Ellcock  4 Dec 1936  

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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