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No 209 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 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 Mount Batten on 15 January 1930 equipped with Iris IIIs.

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris III RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

Iris III of No 209 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Leonard G Maxton  8 Mar 1930  
Flt Lt Maurice H Ely  2 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930  

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
Blackburn Iris III RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward J P Burling 16 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 16 Jan 1930
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt

Gilbert E Nicholetts

 2 Jun 1931 AFC; later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930  
-
2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris III

Saro A7 (From Feb 1932)

Blackburn Iris V (from Jun 1932)

RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Navigation duties; later AM
Flt Lt

Gilbert E Nicholetts

 2 Jun 1931 AFC; later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930  
Plt Off Thomas King  5 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Neville A R Halliday  1 Apr 1932  
-
2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

The squadron operated the Short Singapore II from August 1932 to November 1932.

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris V

Supermarine Southampton II (from Feb 1933)

RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

Singapore II

Southhampton II

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Albert W Fletcher  2 Jun 1933 OBE, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 21 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Roger B Brown 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Bruce W E R Bonsey 28 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Cyril E J Baines 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Neville A R Halliday  1 Apr 1932  
Plt Off William S Jenkins 10 Apr 1933  
-
2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris V

Supermarine Southampton II

RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Albert W Fletcher  2 Jun 1933 OBE, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 21 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Roger B Brown 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Bruce W E R Bonsey 28 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Cyril E J Baines 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Neville A R Halliday  1 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Jack Goodhart  4 Jun 1933  
Plt Off William S Jenkins 10 Apr 1933  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Perth (from Jan 1934) RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

Perth

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock 10 May 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt John E M Bainbridge 19 Mar 1934 Engineer duties
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 21 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Roger B Brown 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Plt Off William S Jenkins 10 Apr 1933  
Plt Off Michael D Thunder 19 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Charles J P Flood  3 Jun 1934  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

The squadron operated the Southampton II and London I from October to November 1934.

The squadron operated the Southampton II from January to February 1935.

Movement Date Location
1 May 1935 Felixstowe

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Saro London (from Jan 1935)

Supermarine Stranraer (from Feb 1935)

Short R24/31 (from Apr 1935)

RAF Felixstowe Coastal Area

London I

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock 10 May 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Clarence E Williamson-Jones 17 Sep 1934 DFC
Flt Lt

Gareth G Barrett

 8 Sep 1934 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John E M Bainbridge 19 Mar 1934 Engineer duties
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Edwin Shipley  7 Jun 1935  
Plt Off Charles J P Flood  3 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Arthur F Spurrier 27 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935  
Plt Off John L Crosbie  7 Jun 1935  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

The squadron operated the Blackburn Perth from July 1935 to May 1936.

The squadron operated the Southampton II  from January to July 1936.

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III (from Feb 1936) RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command

 

Singapore III

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Claude R Cox

23 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W M M Hurley 30 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt A W Bates 30 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt B Paddon  1 May 1936  
Flt Lt Maurice Q Candler  6 Aug 1935 Engineer duties
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Edwin Shipley  7 Jun 1935  
Fg Off

Benjamin Ball

30 Dec 1935 later AVM
Fg Off R A I Harrison  1 May 1936  
Fg Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935  
Plt Off L M Laws 30 Dec 1935  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr G W Bentley 21 Sep 1936 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Phillip Slocombe

11 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt A Franklin 28 Mar 1937  
Flt Lt B Paddon  1 May 1936  
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R A I Harrison  1 May 1936  
Fg Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935  
Fg Off L M Laws 30 Dec 1935  
Plt Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Plt Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
-
4 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
22 Sep 1937 Kalafrana
31 Sep 1937 Arzeu
17 Dec 1937 Felixstowe

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C L Scott 15 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC
Flt Lt R A I Harrison  1 May 1936  
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Fg Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
27 Sep 193 Invergordon
8 Oct 1938 Felixstowe

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III (until Mar 1939)

Supermarine Stranraer (from Dec 1938)

RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Fg Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Fg Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Fg Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Stranraer RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

16 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Fg Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Fg Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Fg Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C E Harris 20 Feb 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Stranraer RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

16 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Act Flt Lt R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Act Flt Lt Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Act Flt Lt P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Act Flt Lt Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Fg Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C E Harris 20 Feb 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

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