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No 202 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Reformed on 9 April 1924 at Alexandria from a flight of No 267 Squadron

April 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short 184 Alexandria Mediterranean Group

Short 184

Rank Name Branch Notes
Flt Lt Harry Stewart S  
Fg Off Frederick A Norton A & S  
Fg Off Graeme Verden Ad  
Obs Off Robert B Hunter O  
Obs Off Harold W St John O DFC
Fg Off Harry Cartwright Ad  
Fg Off Charles Roper S  
Fg Off James W Bell S DSM

Source - April 1920 Air Force List

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short 184 Alexandria Mediterranean Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William G Sitwell A & S 12 Mar 1920 DSC
Flt Lt Harry Stewart S  2 Oct 1919 Flight Commander
Flt Lt James M Burke T 15 Mar 1920  
Flt Lt Arthur A T Pipon S 11 Jun 1920 Flight Commander, DFC, DSC
Flt Lt Ceri McC Jones Med 28 Jan 1920 MA
Fg Off Frederick A Norton A & S  6 Aug 1919  
Fg Off Adam G B Ellis A & S 11 Jun 1920  
Obs Off Harold W St John O 22 Dec 1919 DFC
Fg Off Harry Cartwright Stores 31 Dec 1919  
Fg Off Charles Roper S 14 Dec 1919  
Fg Off James W Bell S 21 Dec 1919 DSM
Fg Off Robert St H Clarke A & S 11 Apr 1920 AFC
Fg Off David V Carnegie A & S 10 Jun 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Percival Harris A & S 11 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Albert E W Finch T 15 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Alexander Blackwell T 11 Jun 1920

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

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

It disbanded on 16 May 1921

Reformed on 1 January 1929 at RAF Calafrana by redesignating No 481 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flight, equipped with Fairey IIIDs

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIID (Temporary) RAF Calafrana RAF Mediterranean

Fairey IIID

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Colin Boumphrey 12 Apr 1928* Acting Officer Commanding?
Flt Lt Maurice C Pascoe 20 Apr 1927* Signals duties
Fg Off Humphrey M Whittle 21 Sep 1928*  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Middleton 14 Jan 1926*  
Fg Off Reginald F Francis  4 Jan 1927* Killed in a flying accident - 5 Jun 1930
Fg Off Ardley G Pickering 14 Jan 1928* AFC
Fg Off Alfred H Willetts 22 Mar 1927*  
Fg Off William C McNeil 30 Mar 1928*  
Fg Off Lionel G Martin 30 Sep 1928*  
Fg Off Geoffrey Francis 17 Sep 1927*  
Fg Off Alistair R Sarel  9 Mar 1929 Armament duties
Fg Off Clifton W Grannum 30 Mar 1928*  

* Date of appointment to No 481 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flight.

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF (Temporary) RAF Base Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

Fairey IIIF (seaplane)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald H Kershaw 28 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Lionel G Martin 30 Sep 1928*  
Fg Off Alistair R Sarel  9 Mar 1929 Armament duties
Fg Off Clifton W Grannum 30 Mar 1928*  
Fg Off John C K Rogers  3 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Reginald Chadwick 11 Apr 1930  
Plt Off James D Rutherford 11 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Kenneth R Coates  3 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Herbert M Pearson 3 Oct 1929 later A/Cdre

* Date of appointment to No 481 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flight.

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF (Temporary) RAF Base Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald H Kershaw 28 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Lionel G Martin 30 Sep 1928*  
Fg Off Clifton W Grannum 30 Mar 1928*  
Fg Off John C K Rogers  3 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Reginald Chadwick 11 Apr 1930  
Fg Off James D Rutherford 11 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Kenneth R Coates  3 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Herbert M Pearson 3 Oct 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Wilfred I H Burke 18 Sep 1930  

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF (Temporary) RAF Base Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Harold W Evens 17 Jul 1931 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Lionel G Martin 30 Sep 1928*  
Fg Off Clifton W Grannum 30 Mar 1928*  
Fg Off Reginald Chadwick 11 Apr 1930  
Fg Off James D Rutherford 11 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Kenneth R Coates  3 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Herbert M Pearson 3 Oct 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Wilfred I H Burke 18 Sep 1930  
Fg Off Maurice Q Candler 29 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Terence J MacDermot 29 Apr 1932  
Plt Off Thomas Q Horner  8 Jan 1932  

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF (Temporary) RAF Base Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Archibald H Wann 20 Aug 1932 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Wilfred I H Burke 18 Sep 1930  
Fg Off Maurice Q Candler 29 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Arthur E Dobell 10 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Terence J MacDermot 29 Apr 1932  
Fg Off John W Bateman 10 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Peter F Foss 20 Aug 1932  
Fg Off Gordon R Brice 25 Aug 1932  
Fg Off Thomas Q Horner  8 Jan 1932  
Fg Off

Wilfred E Oulton

19 Aug 1932 later AVM
Fg Off

Arthur D Messenger

12 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF (Temporary) RAF Base Malta (Calafrana) RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 17 May 1934 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Arthur E Dobell 10 Dec 1932  
Fg Off John W Bateman 10 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Peter F Foss 20 Aug 1932  
Fg Off Thomas Q Horner  8 Jan 1932  
Fg Off John C Sisson  3 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Jack Goodhart  3 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Glen Atkinson  3 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Harold M Russell 14 Apr 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Philip W Bale 14 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Thomas L Moseley 14 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF (Temporary) (until Aug 1935)

Short Scapa (from May 1935)

RAF Calafrana RAF Mediterranean

Scapa

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 17 May 1934 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Michael W C Ridgway 21 May 1935  
Flt Lt

Charles W Dicken

29 Apr 1935 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off John W Bateman 10 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Jack Goodhart  3 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Glen Atkinson  3 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Harold M Russell 14 Apr 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Thomas L Moseley 14 Apr 1934  
Warrant Officer
WO II Herbert R Evans  3 Apr 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Scapa RAF Calafrana RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E F Turner  5 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr Edward A Blake 19 Sep 1935 MM
Sqn Ldr Michael W C Ridgway 21 May 1935  
Flt Lt

Philip Jones

 6 Dec 1935 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Glen Atkinson  3 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt

Charles W Dicken

29 Apr 1935 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Harold M Russell 14 Apr 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Thomas L Moseley 14 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Philip W Bale  4 Sep 1935  
Plt Off J L Crosbie 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A J Mason  5 Jun 1936  
Warrant Officer
WO II Herbert R Evans  3 Apr 1935  

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2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Scapa RAF Calafrana RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E F Turner  5 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr Edward A Blake 19 Sep 1935 MM
Sqn Ldr

Charles W Dicken

29 Apr 1935 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Leslie W C Bower

30 Mar 1937 later AM
Flt Lt Glen Atkinson  3 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt Thomas L Moseley 14 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Harold M Russell 14 Apr 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off J L Crosbie 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off A J Mason  5 Jun 1936  
Fg Off

Albert A Case

 1 Aug 1936 later AVM
Plt Off G Burges 30 Mar 1937  
Plt Off M F C Farrar 30 Mar 1937  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Saro London II (from Sep 1937) RAF Kalafrana RAF Mediterranean

London II

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr G W Bentley  2 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr Edward A Blake 19 Sep 1935 MM
Flt Lt

Leslie W C Bower

30 Mar 1937 later AM
Fg Off A J Mason  5 Jun 1936  
Fg Off

Albert A Case

 1 Aug 1936 later AVM
Fg Off G P Harger 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F C Farrar 30 Mar 1937  
Plt Off M V Longbottom  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off B MacCallum  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off N F Eagleton 21 May 1938  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Saro London II RAF Kalafrana RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward A Blake 19 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding, MM
Act Flt Lt A J Mason  5 Jun 1936  
Fg Off

Albert A Case

 1 Aug 1936 later AVM
Fg Off G P Harger 29 Mar 1938  
Fg Off M F C Farrar 30 Mar 1937  
Fg Off M V Longbottom  6 Dec 1937  
Fg Off B MacCallum  9 Nov 1937  
Fg Off N F Eagleton 21 May 1938  
Plt Off P R Hatfield  3 Dec 1938

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Saro London II RAF Kalafrana RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr G W Bentley 19 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Wg Cdr Edward A Blake 19 Sep 1935 Navigation duties, MM
Flt Lt A J Mason  5 Jun 1936  
Fg Off

Albert A Case

 1 Aug 1936 later AVM
Fg Off G P Harger 29 Mar 1938  
Fg Off M F C Farrar 30 Mar 1937  
Fg Off B MacCallum  9 Nov 1937  
Fg Off N F Eagleton 21 May 1938  
Fg Off M V Longbottom  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off P R Hatfield  3 Dec 1938

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Saro London II RAF Kalafrana RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr G W Bentley 19 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC
Wg Cdr Edward A Blake 19 Sep 1935 Navigation duties, MM
Sqn Ldr B Paddon  8 Mar 1939 Navigation duties
Flt Lt A J Mason  5 Jun 1936  
Fg Off

Albert A Case

 1 Aug 1936 later AVM
Fg Off G P Harger 29 Mar 1938  
Fg Off M F C Farrar 30 Mar 1937  
Fg Off B MacCallum  9 Nov 1937  
Fg Off N F Eagleton 21 May 1938  
Fg Off M V Longbottom  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off P R Hatfield  3 Dec 1938

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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