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No 503 (Bombing) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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July 1927

Formed 5 October 1926 at RAF Waddington as a Special Reserve squadron (staffed in part by regular personnel and in part by special reservists).  Special Reserve Officers shown in italics

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Fawn

Avro 504

RAF Waddington ADGB/Air Defence Group

Fairey Fawn

Avro 504K

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes 21 Feb 1927 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Edward I Bussell

16 May 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Henry E Walker

 5 Oct 1926 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Gordon Archer 23 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Edward F Haylock 12 Oct 1926  
Fg Off Richard H Giles 17 Oct 1926  
Fg Off Patrick V Williams 23 Nov 1926  
Plt Off William E W Grieve 18 Feb 1927  
Plt Off Douglas G Alison 23 Apr 1927  
Plt Off Roger H Maw  2 May 1927  
Plt Off North D Wardrop  2 May 1927  
Plt Off Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield  5 Oct 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cecil E Aston  7 Oct 1926  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Fawn

Avro 504

RAF Waddington ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes 21 Feb 1927 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr

Cyril B Cooke

29 Nov 1927 later AM
Flt Lt

Edward I Bussell

16 May 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Hugh S P Walmsley

20 Dec 1927 MC, DFC; later AM
Fg Off Thomas B Fenwick 15 Dec 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off John S Georgeson  3 Oct 1927  
Fg Off Henry J Walker  4 Oct 1927  
Fg Off Patrick V Williams 23 Nov 1926  
Fg Off William E W Grieve 18 Feb 1927  
Plt Off Malcolm A Cowan 28 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Douglas G Alison 23 Apr 1927  
Plt Off Roger H Maw  2 May 1927  
Plt Off North D Wardrop  2 May 1927  
Plt Off Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Plt Off Julian R Wardrop  2 Jun 1927  
Plt Off John H Thompson 14 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Michael E Morris 14 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Leonard V G Barrow 17 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Geoffrey D S Horsfall 25 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Nathaniel A Lindley  3 Feb 1928  
Plt Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield  5 Oct 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cecil E Aston  7 Oct 1926  
Education Officer
Mr Alfred Craven  1 May 1928 Grade IV, BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hyderabad (from Feb 1929)

Avro 504

RAF Waddington ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Hyderabad

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes 21 Feb 1927 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr

Horace E P Wigglesworth

28 Dec 1928 DSC; later AM
Fg Off Thomas B Fenwick 15 Dec 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Patrick V Williams 23 Nov 1926  
Fg Off William E W Grieve 18 Feb 1927  
Fg Off Malcolm A Cowan 28 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Douglas G Alison 23 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Roger H Maw  2 May 1927  
Fg Off North D Wardrop  2 May 1927  
Fg Off Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Plt Off John H Thompson 14 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Michael E Morris 14 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Geoffrey D S Horsfall 25 Nov 1927  
Plt Off Henry Bailey 15 Dec 1928  
Plt Off Victor S Bowling 15 Dec 1928 later AVM
Plt Off Nathaniel A Lindley  3 Feb 1928  
Plt Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Plt Off Joseph E R Brooke 25 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Francis E S Groves  8 Oct 1928  
Plt Off Hon Francis A I Eveleigh de Moleyne 24 Oct 1928  
Plt Off Philip F Canning 20 Nov 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield  5 Oct 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Sidney C Wyatt 20 Sep 1928  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hyderabad

Avro 504

RAF Waddington ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Horace P Lale 15 Feb 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Horace E P Wigglesworth

28 Dec 1928 DSC; later AM
Flt Lt Robert J H Holland  1 Nov 1929  
Flt Lt Douglas G Alison 23 Apr 1927  
Flt Lt Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Fg Off Thomas B Fenwick 15 Dec 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Patrick V Williams 23 Nov 1926  
Fg Off William E W Grieve 18 Feb 1927  
Fg Off Malcolm A Cowan 28 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Roger H Maw  2 May 1927  
Fg Off North D Wardrop  2 May 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey D S Horsfall 25 Nov 1927  
Fg Off Nathaniel A Lindley  3 Feb 1928  
Fg Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Plt Off Joseph E R Brooke 25 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Hon Francis A I Eveleigh de Moleyne 24 Oct 1928  
Plt Off George P Alexander  9 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Alban M Carey  8 Mar 1930  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield  5 Oct 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Sidney C Wyatt 20 Sep 1928  
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 504 Sqn)

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hyderabad

Avro 504

RAF Waddington ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Henry I Hanmer  1 May 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt Percy J Barnett  2 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt

John M Mason

22 Jan 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William L Payne 31 Oct 1930  
Flt Lt Gerard L Gandy  1 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Roger H Maw  2 May 1927  
Flt Lt Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Fg Off John F McKenna  8 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George P Alexander  9 Feb 1930  
Fg Off John L C Banks 13 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Arthur W B Page 13 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Ralph L West 13 Aug 1930
Fg Off North D Wardrop  2 May 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey D S Horsfall 25 Nov 1927  
Fg Off Nathaniel A Lindley  3 Feb 1928  
Fg Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Plt Off Joseph E R Brooke 25 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Hon Francis A I Eveleigh de Moleyne 24 Oct 1928  
Plt Off Alban M Carey  8 Mar 1930  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield  5 Oct 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Sidney C Wyatt 20 Sep 1928  
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 504 Sqn)

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1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hyderabad

Avro 504

RAF Waddington ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Henry I Hanmer  1 May 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr Percy J Barnett  2 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt George H Russell 28 May 1932 DFC
Flt Lt Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Flt Lt Henry E Power  7 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt James McGuiness 20 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Harold L Piper  6 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Robert A Davies  7 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Robert P J Leborgne  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Martin P Price  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Maurice R D Trewby  8 Jun 1932
Fg Off Geoffrey D S Horsfall 25 Nov 1927  
Fg Off North D Wardrop  2 May 1927  
Fg Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Joseph E R Brooke 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Hon Francis A I Eveleigh de Moleyne 24 Oct 1928  
Plt Off Jack Peel 17 Jul 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 22 Jul 1931  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Duncan S Buchanan 12 Feb 1930 MA, MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 504 Sqn)

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hyderabad RAF Waddington ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Henry I Hanmer  1 May 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Seymour S Benson

 8 Feb 1933 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John H C Wake

10 Jun 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Flt Lt Henry E Power  7 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt James McGuiness 20 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Vivian R Moon 17 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Robert A Davies  7 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Robert P J Leborgne  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Martin P Price  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Alan J McDougall  2 Dec1932
Fg Off

John A Tester

24 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Joseph E R Brooke 25 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Albert W Geoghegan  9 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Jack Peel 17 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Job R T Bradford 23 Jun 1932  
Plt Off David O Young 30 Jun 1932  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 22 Jul 1931  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Duncan S Buchanan 12 Feb 1930 MA, MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 504 Sqn)
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) V J B Jacobs    
Warrant Officers
WO I William G Swanborough 26 Feb 1927  
WO II William Shaw 11 Apr 1933  
WO II John W Mitchell 29 Aug 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hinaidi (from Oct 1933) RAF Waddington ADGB/Western Area

Hinaidi

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Albert P V Daly  9 Aug 1933 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 15 Apr 1934  
Flt Lt

John H C Wake

10 Jun 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Flt Lt Henry E Power  7 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt

Stephen H Hardy

26 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ivor A Critchley 13 May 1934  
Fg Off Robert P J Leborgne  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Martin P Price  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Alan J McDougall  2 Dec1932
Fg Off Albert W Geoghegan  9 Dec 1932
Fg Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Joseph E R Brooke 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Job R T Bradford 23 Jun 1932  
Plt Off John H Smith 18 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Bruce Money  6 Dec 1933  
Plt Off Arthur J Young 27 Dec 1933  
Plt Off Michael A Smith  2 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Paul Ruston 30 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Charles W Rees 18 Feb 1934  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cuthbert V Mears  7 Feb 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Duncan S Buchanan 12 Feb 1930 MA, MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 504 Sqn)
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) V J B Jacobs    
Warrant Officers
WO I William Shaw 11 Apr 1933  
WO II John W Mitchell 29 Aug 1932  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hinaidi (from Oct 1933) RAF Waddington ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Albert P V Daly  9 Aug 1933 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 15 Apr 1934  
Flt Lt

John H C Wake

10 Jun 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Henry E Power  7 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt Thomas H Worth 19 May 1927  
Flt Lt Ivor A Critchley 13 May 1934  
Flt Lt Henry J Walker 22 Aug 1934  
Fg Off Alan J McDougall  2 Dec1932
Fg Off Vincent G Govett 25 Jun 1934  
Fg Off William W E Oliver  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off George A Worth 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Job R T Bradford 23 Jun 1932  
Plt Off John H Smith 18 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Michael A Smith  2 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Paul Ruston 30 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Charles W Rees 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Brian J R Roberts 25 Nov 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off John S Bell 22 Apr 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cuthbert V Mears  7 Feb 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Duncan S Buchanan 12 Feb 1930 MA, MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 504 Sqn)
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) V J B Jacobs    
Warrant Officers
WO I William Shaw 11 Apr 1933  

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 (from Oct 1935)

Westland Wallace II (from Nov 1935)

Hawker Hart (from Jun 1936)

RAF Waddington ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Wallace I

 

Wallace II

Hart Fighter

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant   Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Henry E Power  7 Mar 1932  
Fg Off John R L Rumsey  7 Sep 1935
Fg Off Job R T Bradford 23 Jun 1932  
Fg Off John H Smith 18 Oct 1933
Fg Off Charles W Rees 18 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Michael A Smith  2 Jan 1934  
Plt Off John S Bell 22 Apr 1935  
Plt Off John S F Hood 24 May 1935  
Plt Off Michael P Forte 10 Aug 1935  
Plt Off Robert H Smith 14 Sep 1935
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cuthbert V Mears  7 Feb 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off A C Fraser 12 Feb 1936 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Capt H A Stokes 14 Dec 1935 MA (also No 504 Sqn)
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) V J B Jacobs    
Warrant Officers
WO I Sidney F Trim 24 Sep 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant   Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt R G Harman 29 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt E J Palmer 31 Oct 1936  
Fg Off John H Smith 18 Oct 1933
Fg Off Charles W Rees 18 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Michael A Smith  2 Jan 1934  
Plt Off John S Bell 22 Apr 1935  
Plt Off John S F Hood 24 May 1935  
Plt Off O Hellyer 10 Nov 1936  
Plt Off Robert H Smith 14 Sep 1935
Equipment Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) V J B Jacobs  1 May 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off E J Smart  9 Oct 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off A C Fraser 12 Feb 1936 MRCS, LRCP
Technical Officer
Flt Lt (Ret) F J Knowler   Engineer duties
Warrant Officers
WO I C Oakley 22 Feb 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart

Hawker Hind (from Jun 1938)

RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Hawker Hind

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant   Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt R G Harman 29 Apr 1937  
Fg Off John H Smith 18 Oct 1933
Fg Off Charles W Rees 18 Feb 1934  
Fg Off John S Bell 22 Apr 1935  
Fg Off John S F Hood 24 May 1935  
Fg Off Robert H Smith 14 Sep 1935
Plt Off O Hellyer 10 Nov 1936  
Plt Off E F St Aubyn  1 Jul 1937  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt H M Pim 19 Jul 1937 MC
Medical Branch
Fg Off A C Fraser 12 Feb 1936 MRCS, LRCP, BChir, DA

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Re-equipment and movement dates are based on those shown in 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

Due  to recruiting difficulties the squadron moved to Doncaster on 1 Nov 1938 and was renumbered as No 616 (South Yorkshire) Sqn.

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