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No 101 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Aug 1930 | Sep 1930 | Oct 1930 | Nov 1930 | Dec 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 at RAF Bircham Newton on 21 March 1928 to operate the Boulton Paul Sidestrand, which arrived in April.

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

Sidestrand of No 101 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James C P Wood 28 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off John W Duggan  2 Apr 1928  
Fg Off John G Elton 2 Apr 1928 later AVM

 

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James C P Wood 28 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off John W Duggan  2 Apr 1928  
Fg Off John G Elton 2 Apr 1928 later AVM

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Between November 1928 and June 1929 the squadron also operated some DH9As.

DH 9A

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James C P Wood 28 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Harold J Collins

 9 Jan 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George N P Stringer  5 Jan 1929 Armament duties, DFC
Fg Off Robert Matheson 14 Nov 1928  
Fg Off Claude Warsow 17 Apr 1929  
Fg Off John G Elton 2 Apr 1928 Signals duties; later AVM
Fg Off Harold P Hudson 24 Apr 1929  
Plt Off John H T Simpson 15 Dec 1928 later A/Cdre
Plt Off John C Allan 15 Dec 1928  
Plt Off James A Easton  6 Dec 1928 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off Richard M Thomas 29 Dec 1928  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Robert Cassels 29 Dec 1928

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
12 Oct 1929 RAF Andover

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Andover ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 3 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Harold J Collins

 9 Jan 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George N P Stringer  5 Jan 1929 Armament duties, DFC
Fg Off Claude Warsow 17 Apr 1929  
Fg Off John G Elton 2 Apr 1928 Signals duties; later AVM
Fg Off Harold P Hudson 24 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Edward J Hill  3 Feb 1930 Armament duties
Plt Off Reginald E H Beaton 12 Feb 1930
Plt Off Geoffrey P Longfield 12 Feb 1930
Plt Off Herbert L Smith 12 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Dennis W Smythe 12 Feb 1930  

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4 Airman Pilots

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
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Andover ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 3 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Harold J Collins

 9 Jan 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

15 Mar 1931 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off James McGuinness  7 Apr 1931 Armament duties
Fg Off John G Elton 2 Apr 1928 Signals duties; later AVM
Fg Off Robert V Griffin 21 Apr 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Frederick C Edney-Hayter  8 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Herbert L Smith 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Reginald E H Beaton 12 Feb 1930
Fg Off Geoffrey P Longfield 12 Feb 1930
Fg Off Dennis W Smythe 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off David Carr  8 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Hon Ferdinando D H Lea Smith  1 Feb 1931  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Andover ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 3 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

15 Mar 1931 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Narborough H D'Aeth

 3 Jan 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt

John R Whitley

 2 Nov 1931 later AM
Fg Off Frederick C Edney-Hayter  8 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Reginald E H Beaton 12 Feb 1930
Fg Off Dennis W Smythe 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Philip E Hudson  4 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Hon Ferdinando D H Lea Smith  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off George J L Read 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Donald McD Fenton 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Arthur R Glencross 19 Dec 1931  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Andover ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 3 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

15 Mar 1931 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Narborough H D'Aeth

 3 Jan 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

10 Dec 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Reginald E H Beaton 12 Feb 1930
Fg Off Philip E Hudson  4 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Vincent A Dawson  7 Dec 1932  
Fg Off George J L Read 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Harold D Gillman 20 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Donald McD Fenton 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Walter R Cox 19 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Joseph E Pearsall  1 May 1933  
WO II John D Holt  4 Jul 1932  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Andover ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 3 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

10 Dec 1932 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

15 Mar 1931 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Philip E Hudson  4 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Vincent A Dawson  7 Dec 1932  
Fg Off George J L Read 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Harold D Gillman 20 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Donald McD Fenton 19 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Walter R Cox 19 Dec 1932
Plt Off Christopher F M Rambaut 11 Oct 1933
Plt Off Norman G Mulholland  4 Oct 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Joseph E Pearsall  1 May 1933  
WO II John D Holt  4 Jul 1932  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul Sidestrand RAF Andover ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Eric B C Betts

21 Dec 1933 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

10 Dec 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Vincent A Dawson  7 Dec 1932  
Fg Off George J L Read 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Walter R Cox 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Gerald T Toland 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off John S Bartlett 11 Mar 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Joseph E Pearsall  1 May 1933  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
1 Dec 1934 Bicester

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul  Overstrand (from Jan 1935) RAF Bicester ADGB/Central Area

Overstrand of No 101 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Eric B C Betts

21 Dec 1933 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Alfred A Love 29 Apr 1935  
Flt Lt

Brian C Yarde

 5 Apr 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt Hugh L McCulloch  1 Oct 1934  
Fg Off James B T Whitehead 14 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Peter F Foss 16 May 1935  
Fg Off George J L Read 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Walter R Cox 19 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Norman G Mulholland  4 Oct 1933
Lt L A Wilmot 29 Apr 1935 attached from SAAF
Plt Off Gerald T Toland 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off John S Bartlett 11 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Douglas W Williams 28 Jul 1934  
Plt Off George R H Black  7 May 1935 Auxiliary Air Force
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Edward F Smith  1 Dec 1934  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles A Proffitt  1 Dec1934  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Francis W P Dixon  1 Dec 1934 MBE, MB, BS
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E  L P Morgan    
Warrant Officers
WO Hubert R Clowes 15 Feb 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Joseph E Pearsall  1 May 1933  
WO II Harold H Laurie 30 Mar 1935  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul  Overstrand RAF Bicester ADGB/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur D Pryor

 8 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt

Brian C Yarde

 5 Apr 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt P G Heffernan  4 Jun 1936 attached from RAAF
Fg Off Peter F Foss 16 May 1935  
Fg Off Gerald T Toland 18 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Douglas W Williams 28 Jul 1934  
Plt Off George R H Black  7 May 1935  
Plt Off J N Dowland 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off S Hook 24 Jan 1936  
Plt Off P E S Talbot 10 Feb 1936  
Stores Branch
Fg Off H C Adams 16 Mar 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frederick W Judge 17 Sep 1928  
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E  L P Morgan    
Warrant Officers
WO A Springate 24 Apr 1936  
WO Joseph E Pearsall  1 May 1933  
WO Harold H Laurie 30 Mar 1935  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul  Overstrand RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Harold F G Southey

15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off T B Morton  1 Jun 1937  
Plt Off P G Keeble 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J C Claydon 24 Aug 1936  
Plt Off E J Little 24 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D E A Williams 24 Aug 1936  
Plt Off L S Dawson 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off M L Morris 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J Martin 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off H J Lyon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E J Palmer 24 Apr 1937  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Boulton Paul  Overstrand (until Aug 1938)

Bristol Blenheim I (from Jun 1938)

RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

Bristol Blenheim I

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Harold F G Southey

15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T B Morton  1 Jun 1937  
Fg Off J C Claydon 24 Aug 1936  
Plt Off E J Little 24 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Plt Off L S Dawson 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off M L Morris 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J Martin 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off H J Lyon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E J Palmer 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off N H E Messervy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G O L Bird 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J K Buchanan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C Y Buckley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J F R Collis  8 Jan 1938  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I (until Apr 1941) RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Eric C Bates

28 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Fg Off T B Morton  1 Jun 1937  
Fg Off J C Claydon 24 Aug 1936  
Fg Off E J Little 24 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off L S Dawson 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off J Martin 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off M L Morris 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off H J Lyon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E J Palmer 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off N H E Messervy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G O L Bird 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J K Buchanan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C Y Buckley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J F R Collis  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off T R Goodbody 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off H J N Lindsaye 20 Aug 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim IV (from Apr 1939) RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

Bristol Blenheim IV of No 101 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W R Hartwright 24 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt T B Morton  1 Jun 1937  
Fg Off J C Claydon 24 Aug 1936  
Fg Off E J Little 24 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off L S Dawson 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off J Martin 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off M L Morris 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off E J Palmer 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off H J Lyon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J K Buchanan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C Y Buckley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G O L Bird 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off N H E Messervy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J F R Collis  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off T R Goodbody 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off H J N Lindsaye 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off N T Marix 28 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO A Pugh  6 Jan 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Movement Date Location
9 May 1939 West Raynham

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim IV RAF West Raynham Bomber Command/No 6 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J H Hargroves 10 Apr 1939 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr W R Hartwright 24 Jan 1939  
Flt Lt T B Morton  1 Jun 1937  
Act Flt Lt E J Little 24 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off J C Claydon 24 Aug 1936  
Fg Off L S Dawson 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off J Martin 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off M L Morris 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off E J Palmer 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off H J Lyon 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J K Buchanan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C Y Buckley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G O L Bird 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off N H E Messervy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J F R Collis  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off T R Goodbody 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off H J N Lindsaye 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off N T Marix 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off P Peters 11 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO A Pugh  6 Jan 1938  
WO A Friend 12 Feb 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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