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No 500 (County of Kent) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939  | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Formed 16 March 1931 at Manston as a Special Reserve squadron (staffed in part by regular personnel and in part by special reservists).  Special Reserve Officers are shown in italics

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Manston ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Virginia X of No 500 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Siegfried R Watkins 30 Mar 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Vincent P Feather 16 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

 5 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John E Allen 16 Mar 1931  

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Manston ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Leslie Forbes 29 Jul 1931 Officer Commanding, MC
Sqn Ldr Thomas F W Thompson  8 Feb 1932 DFC
Flt Lt Vincent P Feather 16 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

 5 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Patrick J Bett 11 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Joseph A Harris 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Gordon R White  1 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Leslie M Fee 24 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Thomas R Leatherdale 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Plt Off William B Wilson 18 Oct 1931  
Plt Off David R P Mills 13 Nov 1931  
Plt Off Allan Andrew 15 May 1932  

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Manston ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Leslie Forbes 29 Jul 1931 Officer Commanding, MC
Sqn Ldr Thomas F W Thompson  8 Feb 1932 DFC
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

 5 Jun 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Patrick J Bett 11 Jan 1932  
Fg Off John B Knapp 11 Jul 1932  
Fg Off Noel W A Cullum 17 Jan 1933  
Fg Off William R A Matheson  2 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Gordon R White  1 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Montagu V M Clube 27 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Norman P Samuels  2 Dec1932  
Fg Off Leslie M Fee 24 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off William B Wilson 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off David R P Mills 13 Nov 1931  
Plt Off Thomas R Leatherdale 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Allan Andrew 15 May 1932  
Plt Off Henry J Raymond 6 Apr 1932  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John L H Easton 25 Mar 1932 MB, MRCP, MRCS
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Amos E Wyatt 11 Apr 1932  
WO II Harold W Beckett 24 Aug 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Manston ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Robert Halley  1 Jul 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Thomas F W Thompson  8 Feb 1932 DFC
Sqn Ldr James H Dand  2 Oct 1933 MBE
Flt Lt Leslie G Nixon 15 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt Patrick J Bett 11 Jan 1932  
Flt Lt Walter G Woolliams 13 Jun 1933  
Fg Off John B Knapp 11 Jul 1932  
Fg Off Noel W A Cullum 17 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Douglas W Lucke 20 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Montagu V M Clube 27 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Francis G Mason 11 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Norman P Samuels  2 Dec1932  
Fg Off Thomas R Leatherdale 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off William B Wilson 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off David R P Mills 13 Nov 1931  
Plt Off Allan Andrew 15 May 1932  
Plt Off Thomas R Vickers  4 Aug 1933  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John L H Easton 25 Mar 1932 MB, MRCP, MRCS
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Amos E Wyatt 11 Apr 1932  
WO II Harold W Beckett 24 Aug 1931  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Manston ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Robert Halley  1 Jul 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Thomas F W Thompson  8 Feb 1932 DFC
Flt Lt Leslie G Nixon 15 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt Patrick J Bett 11 Jan 1932  
Flt Lt Walter G Woolliams 13 Jun 1933  
Fg Off John B Knapp 11 Jul 1932  
Fg Off Frederick A Wardell 11 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Douglas W Lucke 20 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Hector I Dabinett  9 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Montagu V M Clube 27 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Francis G Mason 11 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Norman P Samuels  2 Dec1932  
Fg Off Thomas R Leatherdale 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off William B Wilson 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off David R P Mills 13 Nov 1931  
Plt Off Allan Andrew 15 May 1932  
Plt Off Jack Edwardes 13 Dec 1933  
Plt Off Albany P Anderson 30 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Henry F Remnant 30 Mar 1934  
Plt Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John L H Easton 25 Mar 1932 MB, MRCP, MRCS
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Harold W Beckett 24 Aug 1931  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Manston ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George M Lawson

17 Aug 1934 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Leslie G Nixon 15 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt Walter G Woolliams 13 Jun 1933  
Flt Lt Frederick W Murison 24 Jun 1934  
Flt Lt Frederick A Wardell 11 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Hector I Dabinett  9 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Montagu V M Clube 27 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Francis G Mason 11 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Robert G Coventry 10 Dec 1934  
Fg Off Thomas R Leatherdale 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off David R P Mills 13 Nov 1931  
Plt Off Allan Andrew 15 May 1932  
Plt Off Jack Edwardes 13 Dec 1933  
Plt Off Albany P Anderson 30 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Henry F Remnant 30 Mar 1934  
Plt Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Russel K Curzon 14 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Eric W Martin  7 Jul 1934  
Plt Off John F Spanton 23 Jul 1934  
Plt Off Philip A Simpson 18 Aug 1934  
Plt Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John L H Easton 25 Mar 1932 MB, MRCP, MRCS
Warrant Officers
WO Samuel Mather 20 Jun 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Harold W Beckett 24 Aug 1931  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

The squadron was transferred to the Auxiliary Air Force on 1 May 1936. Auxiliary Air Force Officers are shown in Italics

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart (from Jan 1936) RAF Manston ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Hart Fighter

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant
Flt Lt Walter G Woolliams 13 Jun 1933 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Frederick W Murison 24 Jun 1934  
Flt Lt Montagu V M Clube 27 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off John W Young  9 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Thomas R Leatherdale 25 Jul 1931  
Fg Off William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off David R P Mills 13 Nov 1931  
Plt Off Allan Andrew 15 May 1932  
Fg Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Fg Off John F Spanton 23 Jul 1934  
Fg Off Albany P Anderson 30 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Henry F Remnant 30 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Russel K Curzon 14 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Philip A Simpson 18 Aug 1934  
Plt Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Plt Off S D P Connors 26 Mar 1936  
Plt Off Jack Edwardes 13 Dec 1933  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John L H Easton 25 Mar 1932 MB, MRCP, MRCS

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind (from Feb 1937) RAF Manston Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Hawker Hind

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C G Hohler 20 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Andrew McKee

19 Nov 1936 later AM
Flt Lt Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Fg Off John F Spanton 23 Jul 1934  
Fg Off Albany P Anderson 30 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Henry F Remnant 30 Mar 1934 Armament duties
Plt Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Plt Off S D P Connors 26 Mar 1936  
Plt Off G G Stockdale 19 Sep 1936  
Plt Off M G L Foster 24 Feb 1937  
Plt Off D G Mabey  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off      
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A C Bolton 15 Sep 1936 MC
Warrant Officers
WO R S Robertson 21 Dec 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Detling Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C G Hohler 20 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt N D Crockart 25 Oct 1937  
Flt Lt Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Fg Off C C Hoder 19 Mar 1938  
Fg Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Henry F Remnant 30 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Fg Off G G Stockdale 19 Sep 1936  
Plt Off M G L Foster 24 Feb 1937  
Plt Off D G Mabey  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off C R Elgar 10 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H Corry 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off R E Jay  1 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C B Martindale 20 Jan1938  
Plt Off J Reeves  2 Feb 1938  
Plt Off L E Sanderson  2 May 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A C Bolton 15 Sep 1936 MC

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
28 Sep 1938 Detling

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind (until Mar 1939) RAF Detling Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre H R H The Duke of Kent  5 Aug 1938 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO
Sqn Ldr C G Hohler 20 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt N D Crockart 25 Oct 1937  
Flt Lt C C Hoder 19 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Flt Lt G A W Garland 14 Aug 1938  
Fg Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Fg Off Henry F Remnant 30 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Fg Off G G Stockdale 19 Sep 1936  
Plt Off M G L Foster 24 Feb 1937  
Plt Off D G Mabey  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off C R Elgar 10 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H Corry 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off R E Jay  1 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C B Martindale 20 Jan1938  
Plt Off J Reeves  2 Feb 1938 Admin duties
Plt Off L E Sanderson  2 May 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A C Bolton 15 Sep 1936 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off D C Jones 13 May 1938  
Medical Branch
Fg Off E C Gross 26 Sep 1938 LMSSA
Chaplains Branch
Rev H R Carmichael 6 Aug 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Anson I of No 500 Squadron

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I (from Mar 1939) RAF Detling Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre H R H The Duke of Kent  5 Aug 1938 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO
Sqn Ldr C G Hohler 20 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt N D Crockart 25 Oct 1937  
Flt Lt Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Flt Lt G A W Garland 14 Aug 1938  
Fg Off R E X Mack 16 Feb 1939  
Fg Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Fg Off John F Spanton 23 Jul 1934  
Fg Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Fg Off G G Stockdale 19 Sep 1936  
Fg Off M G L Foster 24 Feb 1937  
Fg Off J P H Balston 21 Feb 1939  
Fg Off D G Mabey  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R G L Baxter 12 Jan 1939  
Plt Off C R Elgar 10 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H Corry 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off R E Jay  1 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J Reeves  2 Feb 1938 Admin duties
Plt Off L E Sanderson  2 May 1938  
Plt Off C C F Cooper 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E N Harris 25 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A McD Paterson 18 Dec 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A C Bolton 15 Sep 1936 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off D C Jones 13 May 1938  
Medical Branch
Fg Off E C Gross 26 Sep 1938 LMSSA
Chaplains Branch
Rev H R Carmichael 6 Aug 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Detling Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre H R H The Duke of Kent  5 Aug 1938 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO
Sqn Ldr C G Hohler 20 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr N D Crockart 25 Oct 1937  
Flt Lt Gordon B Iles 25 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt William K Le May 18 Oct 1931  
Flt Lt G A W Garland 14 Aug 1938  
Fg Off R E X Mack 16 Feb 1939  
Fg Off William B A J Keppel 28 Apr 1934  
Fg Off John F Spanton 23 Jul 1934  
Fg Off Patrick Green 12 Mar 1934  
Fg Off G G Stockdale 19 Sep 1936  
Fg Off M G L Foster 24 Feb 1937  
Fg Off J P H Balston 21 Feb 1939  
Fg Off D G Mabey  7 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R G L Baxter 12 Jan 1939  
Plt Off C R Elgar 10 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W H Corry 17 Aug 1937  
Plt Off R E Jay  1 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J Reeves  2 Feb 1938 Admin duties
Plt Off L E Sanderson  2 May 1938  
Plt Off C C F Cooper 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E N Harris 25 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A McD Paterson 18 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A Swainston 31 Jan 1939  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A C Bolton 15 Sep 1936 MC
Accountant Branch
Plt Off D C Jones 13 May 1938  
Medical Branch
Fg Off E C Gross 26 Sep 1938 LMSSA
Chaplains Branch
Rev H R Carmichael 6 Aug 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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