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No 608 (North Riding) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Formed at Thornaby on 17 March 1930 as part of the Auxiliary Air Force.  It was manned by part time Auxiliary Air Force personnel assisted by a small permanent staff.  Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504N Thornaby ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Avro 504N

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Colin L Falconer

17 Mar 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Griffith J Powell 13 May 1930  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy H Burt 23 Mar 1930  

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504N

Westland Wapiti (from Jun 1930)

Thornaby ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Wapiti IIA

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W Howard Davies 23 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Colin L Falconer

17 Mar 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Samuel R Groom  7 Jan 1931  
Plt Off Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Plt Off Ivo W H Thomson 29 Aug 1930  
Plt Off Wilfred U Hodson 23 Dec 1930 MC
Plt Off Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 later AVM
Plt Off John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Capel S Whellock 16 Feb 1931  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

Thornaby ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W Howard Davies 23 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Colin L Falconer

17 Mar 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Samuel R Groom  7 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Ivo W H Thomson 29 Aug 1930  
Plt Off Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 later AVM
Plt Off John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Henry C Newhouse  5 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Cosmo W Wright 21 Jul 1931  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Capel S Whellock 16 Feb 1931  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off Wilfred U Hodson 23 Dec 1930 MC
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

Thornaby ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ivo W H Thomson 29 Aug 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

Colin L Falconer

17 Mar 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Samuel R Groom  7 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 later AVM
Fg Off John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Henry C Newhouse  5 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Cosmo W Wright 21 Jul 1931  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John Hobbs  1 Feb 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Wilfred U Hodson 23 Dec 1930 MC
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO II Albert W Heath 12 Dec 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

Thornaby ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ivo W H Thomson 29 Aug 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Samuel R Groom  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Flt Lt Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 later AVM
Fg Off Frank W Stannard 18 Nov 1933  
Fg Off John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Henry C Newhouse  5 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Cosmo W Wright 21 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Peter D O Vaux 20 Jul 1933  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John Hobbs  1 Feb 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Wilfred U Hodson 23 Dec 1930 MC
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO II Albert W Heath 12 Dec 1932  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

Thornaby ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt Percy MacG Watt 21 Mar 1935  
Flt Lt William V L Spendlove 26 Feb 1935  
Flt Lt Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Fg Off John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Henry C Newhouse  5 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Cosmo W Wright 21 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Peter D O Vaux 20 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John Hobbs  1 Feb 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Wilfred U Hodson 23 Dec 1930 MC
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Howell xx Jul 1930 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO II Albert W Heath 12 Dec 1932  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

Thornaby ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Viscount Swinton 12 May 1936 Honorary Air Commodore, GBE, MC
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt Percy MacG Watt 21 Mar 1935  
Flt Lt William V L Spendlove 26 Feb 1935  
Flt Lt Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Flt Lt John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Henry C Newhouse  5 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Cosmo W Wright 21 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Peter D O Vaux 20 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Stanley W Jackson 19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off Hugh H Williams 19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off A S Johnson 17 Feb 1936  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John Hobbs  1 Feb 1933  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO II Albert W Heath 12 Dec 1932  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon (from Jan 1937)

Thornaby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Hawker Demon

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Viscount Swinton 12 May 1936 Honorary Air Commodore, GBE, MC
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt Percy MacG Watt 21 Mar 1935  
Flt Lt H G L Allsop 30 Nov 1936  
Flt Lt Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930 Armament duties
Flt Lt John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Henry C Newhouse  5 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Peter D O Vaux 20 Jul 1933  
Fg Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Hugh H Williams 19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off Stanley W Jackson 19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off A S Johnson 17 Feb 1936  
Plt Off P K Stead 19 Apr 1937  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt T L Gray    
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

Thornaby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Viscount Swinton 12 May 1936 Honorary Air Commodore, GBE, MC
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Ambler  7 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt H G L Allsop 30 Nov 1936  
Flt Lt Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930  
Flt Lt John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off P S Hutchinson  6 Nov 1937  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Peter D O Vaux 20 Jul 1933  
Fg Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Hugh H Williams 19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off Stanley W Jackson 19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off A S Johnson 17 Feb 1936  
Plt Off P K Stead 19 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J W Woolcock  6 May 1937  
Plt Off C E J Dingle  7 Sep 1937 Admin duties
Plt Off W A Brown  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H P G Gray  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J S P Phillips  7 Feb 1938  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt T L Gray    
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

Thornaby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Viscount Swinton 12 May 1936 Honorary Air Commodore, GBE, MC
Act Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H G L Allsop 30 Nov 1936  
Flt Lt John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Hugh H Williams 19 Jun 1935  
Fg Off C E J Dingle  7 Sep 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off A S Johnson 17 Feb 1936  
Fg Off P K Stead 19 Apr 1937  
Plt Off N F Morris  7 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J W Woolcock  6 May 1937  
Plt Off W A Brown  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H P G Gray  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J S P Phillips  7 Feb 1938  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt T L Gray    
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Anson I

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Avro Anson I (from Mar 1939)

Thornaby Coastal Command/No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Viscount Swinton 12 May 1936 Honorary Air Commodore, GBE, MC
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H G L Allsop 30 Nov 1936  
Flt Lt John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Hugh H Williams 19 Jun 1935  
Fg Off C E J Dingle  7 Sep 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off A S Johnson 17 Feb 1936  
Fg Off P K Stead 19 Apr 1937  
Plt Off N F Morris  7 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J W Woolcock  6 May 1937  
Plt Off W A Brown  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H P G Gray  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J S P Phillips  7 Feb 1938  
APO J G Considini 15 Dec 1938  
APO R Burrell 15 Dec 1938  
APO J F Lambert 15 Dec 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt T L Gray    
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO L H Lainson  5 Oct 1934  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Avro Anson I

Thornaby Coastal Command/No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Viscount Swinton 12 May 1936 Honorary Air Commodore, GBE, MC
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Shaw 29 Aug 1930 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr H G L Allsop 30 Nov 1936  
Flt Lt John L Clayton  7 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Keith Pyman 27 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Antony F Wilson 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Ralph A Clay 20 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Geoffrey W Garnett  5 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Hugh H Williams 19 Jun 1935  
Fg Off C E J Dingle  7 Sep 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off A S Johnson 17 Feb 1936  
Fg Off P K Stead 19 Apr 1937  
Plt Off N F Morris  7 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J W Woolcock  6 May 1937  
Plt Off W A Brown  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H P G Gray  7 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J S P Phillips  7 Feb 1938  
APO J G Considini 15 Dec 1938  
APO R Burrell 15 Dec 1938  
APO J F Lambert 15 Dec 1938  
APO J Scott 23 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt T L Gray    
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John E Howell  9 Jul 1930 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO L H Lainson  5 Oct 1934  

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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