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No 501 (County of Gloucester) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Formed 14 Jun 1929 at Filton 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 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None allocated Filton ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Archibald Connock 11 Jun 1929  

 

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A (from Mar 1930)

Avro 504

Filton ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Avro 504N

DH 9A

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald S Sugden 26 Aug 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Edgar A Hodgson 18 Dec 1929  
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole  5 Dec 1929  
Fg Off John B Veal 18 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Richard A Hall 14 Oct 1929  
Plt Off William F Pharazyn 14 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Artur T Laws 14 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Douglas C Beauchamp 14 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Hon Henry C H Bathurst 26 Oct 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Wilfred A D Collingwood 14 Nov 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry A Frost  2 Apr 1930  

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti (from Sep 1930)

Avro 504

Filton ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Wapiti of No 501 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald S Sugden 26 Aug 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Edgar A Hodgson 18 Dec 1929  
Flt Lt William E Symonds  5 May 1931  
Fg Off Montague C Collins 18 Aug 1930  
Fg Off George N Worthington 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Guy Bearne 17 Jun 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Richard A Hall 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Arthur T Laws 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Hon Henry C H Bathurst 26 Oct 1929  
Plt Off William F Pharazyn 14 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Douglas C Beauchamp 14 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Thomas N C Burrough 31 May 1930  
Plt Off Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Wilfred A D Collingwood 14 Nov 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry A Frost  2 Apr 1930  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930  

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti

Avro 504

Filton ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ronald S Sugden 26 Aug 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt William E Symonds  5 May 1931  
Flt Lt Walter G Woolliams  9 May 1932  
Fg Off Montague C Collins 18 Aug 1930  
Fg Off George N Worthington 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Arthur W R Lawson  8 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Gerald S Barrett 11 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Richard A Hall 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Arthur T Laws 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Hon Henry C H Bathurst 26 Oct 1929
Fg Off William F Pharazyn 14 Oct 1929 Killed in a flying accident - 27 Jul 1932
Fg Off Thomas N C Burrough 31 May 1930  
Hon Fg Off (Plt Off) Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Howard S Laws 11 Feb 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frederick C Read 22 Feb 1932  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry A Frost  2 Apr 1930  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930  

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace I (from Mar 1933)

Avro 504

Filton ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Wallace I

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William Elliott

17 Dec1932 Officer Commanding, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt William E Symonds  5 May 1931  
Flt Lt Charles H Appleton  6 Sep 1932  
Fg Off Ronald Ellison 19 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Arthur W R Lawson  8 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Gerald S Barrett 11 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Richard A Hall 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Arthur T Laws 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Hon Henry C H Bathurst 26 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Thomas N C Burrough 31 May 1930  
Fg Of Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Charles D Griffiths 26 Mar 1933  
Plt Off Arthur D Pickup 11 May 1932  
Plt Off Frank Holman 29 May 1932  
Plt Off Dudley G Lewis 19 Jun 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Thomas H Clarke 11 Jun 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Gordon C Allen 19 Sep 1932  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry A Frost  2 Apr 1930  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930  
Warrant Officers
WO II Henry D Beaumont 23 Feb 1931  
WO II Alfred C Hannan  2 Sep 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace I

Avro 504

Filton ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William Elliott

17 Dec1932 Officer Commanding, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Eric R C Hobson 23 Jul 1933  
Flt Lt Ivor G E Dale  6 Jun 1934  
Flt Lt Eric S Finch 25 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt

Laurence F Sinclair

21 Jan 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Hon Henry C H Bathurst 26 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Arthur W R Lawson  8 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Richard A Hall 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Thomas N C Burrough 31 May 1930  
Fg Off Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Charles D Griffiths 26 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Walter K Le May 23 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Arthur D Pickup 11 May 1932  
Fg Off Frank Holman 29 May 1932  
Fg Off Thomas H Clarke 11 Jun 1932  
Plt Off David O Young 13 Jan 1934  
Plt Off John A C Warren 29 Nov 1933  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Henry E Freeston 14 Feb 1934  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry A Frost  2 Apr 1930  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO I Henry D Beaumont 23 Feb 1931  
WO II John G Boyd  9 May 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace I

Avro 504

Filton ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh G White

 9 Jan 1934 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt Eric S Finch 25 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Hon Henry C H Bathurst 26 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Francis A J Pollock-Gore 27 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Owen A Morris 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Richard A Hall 14 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Thomas N C Burrough 31 May 1930  
Fg Off Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Charles D Griffiths 26 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Arthur D Pickup 11 May 1932  
Fg Off Frank Holman 29 May 1932  
Fg Off Thomas H Clarke 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off John A C Warren 29 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Alastair R Ross 21 Nov 1934  
Plt Off Mervyn H Taylor  9 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry A Frost  2 Apr 1930  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Civilian Stores Officer
Flt Lt (Ret) L N Sargent    
Warrant Officers
WO I Henry D Beaumont 23 Feb 1931  
WO II Thomas Sexton  3 Dec 1934  

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
Westland Wallace I (until Feb 1937)

Westland Wallace II (from Mar 1936)

Filton ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Wallace II

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Herbert M Pearson

19 May 1936 Adjutant; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off J F H Du Boulay 10 Dec 1935  
Fg Off Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Arthur D Pickup 11 May 1932  
Fg Off Thomas H Clarke 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off John A C Warren 29 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Plt Off Noel L Westbury-Jones 29 Jul 1935  
Plt Off R A Lowe  1 Dec 1935  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Thomas P E Campbell  2 Aug 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Lt William G Gould  2 Sep 1935 Grade III, AMINA, AFRAeS, late RNVR
Civilian Stores Officer
Flt Lt (Ret) L N Sargent    

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart (from Jul 1936) Filton Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Hawker Hart of No 501 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt F W Stannard  1 Mar 1937  
Flt Lt M V M Clube  4 May 1936  
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Arthur D Pickup 11 May 1932  
Fg Off Thomas H Clarke 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off John A C Warren 29 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Plt Off Noel L Westbury-Jones 29 Jul 1935  
Plt Off W B W Gracey 13 Jul 1936  
Plt Off E S Williams 19 Jul 1936  
Plt Off P H Rayner 21 Jul 1936  
Plt Off B D C Wilkinson  1 Aug 1936  
Plt Off A R Ross 18 Sep 1936 Armament duties
Plt Off R Bicknell 14 Apr 1937  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt J A Crouch 16 Dec 1936  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Lt William G Gould  2 Sep 1935 Grade III, AMINA, AFRAeS, late RNVR

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind (from Mar 1938) Filton Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Hawker Hind

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr M V M Clube  4 May 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr F W Stannard  1 Mar 1937  
Flt Lt G N Amison 27 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Arthur D Pickup 11 May 1932  
Fg Off John A C Warren 29 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Fg Off Noel L Westbury-Jones 29 Jul 1935  
Fg Off W B W Gracey 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off E S Williams 19 Jul 1936  
Fg Off P H Rayner 21 Jul 1936  
Fg Off B D C Wilkinson  1 Aug 1936  
Fg Off A R Ross 18 Sep 1936 Armament duties
Plt Off R Bicknell 14 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A C J Percy 24 May 1937 Admin duties
Plt Off M F C Smith 22 Jan 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt J A Crouch 16 Dec 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W G Duke 24 May 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Lt William G Gould  2 Sep 1935 Grade III, AMINA, AFRAeS, late RNVR

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind (until Mar 1939) Filton Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre H R H The Duke of Gloucester 14 Jul 1938 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, KT, KP, GCMG, GCVO, Personal ADC to the King
Sqn Ldr M V M Clube  4 May 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt E R Bitmead 16 Jul 1938  
Flt Lt G N Amison 27 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Cautley N Shaw 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Noel L Westbury-Jones 29 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Fg Off W B W Gracey 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off E S Williams 19 Jul 1936  
Fg Off P H Rayner 21 Jul 1936  
Fg Off B D C Wilkinson  1 Aug 1936  
Fg Off A C J Percy 24 May 1937 Admin duties
Plt Off M F C Smith 22 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J R Cridland  5 Jul 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt J A Crouch 16 Dec 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W G Duke 24 May 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Lt William G Gould  2 Sep 1935 Grade III, AMINA, AFRAeS, late RNVR
Warrant Officer
WO R J B Jackson 27 Sep 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Hurricane I ofNo 501 Squadron (1940)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I (from Mar 1939) Filton Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre H R H The Duke of Gloucester 14 Jul 1938 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, KT, KP, GCMG, GCVO, Personal ADC to the King
Sqn Ldr M V M Clube  4 May 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt G N Amison 27 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Noel L Westbury-Jones 29 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Fg Off W B W Gracey 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off E S Williams 19 Jul 1936  
Fg Off P H Rayner 21 Jul 1936  
Fg Off B D C Wilkinson  1 Aug 1936  
Fg Off A C J Percy 24 May 1937 Admin duties
Plt Off T D Calnan  9 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B P H Page 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off M F C Smith 22 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J R Cridland  5 Jul 1938  
APO E J H Sylvester  5 Jan 1939  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt J A Crouch 16 Dec 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W G Duke 24 May 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Lt William G Gould  2 Sep 1935 Grade III, AMINA, AFRAeS, late RNVR
Warrant Officers
WO R J B Jackson 27 Sep 1938  
WO T E Leicester 12 Nov 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I Filton Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre H R H The Duke of Gloucester 14 Jul 1938 Honorary Air Commodore, KG, KT, KP, GCMG, GCVO, Personal ADC to the King
Sqn Ldr M V M Clube  4 May 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt G N Amison 27 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt Brian A Hewett  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Noel L Westbury-Jones 29 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Camille E Malfroy  8 May 1935  
Fg Off W B W Gracey 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off E S Williams 19 Jul 1936  
Fg Off P H Rayner 21 Jul 1936  
Fg Off B D C Wilkinson  1 Aug 1936  
Fg Off A C J Percy 24 May 1937 Admin duties
Plt Off T D Calnan  9 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B P H Page 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off M F C Smith 22 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J R Cridland  5 Jul 1938  
APO E J H Sylvester  5 Jan 1939  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt J A Crouch 16 Dec 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W G Duke 24 May 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank G Mogg  4 Mar 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Chaplains' Branch
Rev F Dance 11 Jan 1939 MBE
Education Officer
Lt William G Gould  2 Sep 1935 Grade III, AMINA, AFRAeS, late RNVR
Warrant Officer
WO R J B Jackson 27 Sep 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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