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RAF Biggin Hill Personnel


[Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

July 1928

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/Fighting Area
  • Night Flying Unit

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Edgar C G Badcock 30 Aug 1927 Signals duties
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Harold D Connor 14 Jan 1928  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt George M Anderson 25 Jan 1928 MB
Education Officer
Lt Bernard A Bird 15 Jun 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

 

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/Fighting Area
  • Night Flying Unit

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Edgar C G Badcock 30 Aug 1927 Signals duties
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Harold D Connor 14 Jan 1928  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt George M Anderson 25 Jan 1928 MB
Education Officer
Lt Bernard A Bird 15 Jun 1927 Grade IV

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

It lost its status as a Station HQ between September 1928 and July 1929, probably as a result of extensive construction work beginning in late 1927.  The station was completed in 1932 and a new SHQ opened on 1 October 1932.

Date Unit To/From/Formed
17 Sep 1932 No 23 Sqn From Kenley
21 Sep 1932 No 32 Sqn From Kenley

July 1933

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 23 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Eustace O Grenfell  8 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Anthony C B Harrison  1 Oct 1932 Adjutant, MC
Flt Lt Arthur D H Foster  1 Oct 1932  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Osmond G Ridley 27 Feb 1933 MC
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Harold H Murton  1 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers  1 Oct 1932  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Abraham H Barzilay 30 Jan 1933 MC, ChB
Fg Off Arthur H Osmond 28 May 1933 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
2 Lt Eric C Classon  1 Oct 1932 Grade III, MA
Civilian Stores Officer
Flt Lt (Ret) A S Berry  1 Oct 1932  
Warrant Officers
WO Henry N Tomblin  2 Dec 1932  
WO John Greener  1 Oct 1932  
WO George B Harries 31 Oct 1932  
WO William Cooke  1 Oct 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 23 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation  Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Eustace O Grenfell  8 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Anthony C B Harrison  1 Oct 1932 Adjutant, MC
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

24 Jul 1933 Signals duties; later AM
Fg Off Edouard M F Grundy 25 Jul 1933 later AM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Charles E Tidy  1 Aug 1933  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Vyvian G A Bennett  1 Sep 1933  
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers  1 Oct 1932  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Abraham H Barzilay 30 Jan 1933 MB, ChB
Education Officer
2 Lt Eric C Classon  1 Oct 1932 Grade III, MA
Civilian Stores Officer
Flt Lt (Ret) A S Berry  1 Oct 1932  
Warrant Officers
WO Henry N Tomblin  2 Dec 1932  
WO George B Harries 31 Oct 1932  
WO William Cooke  1 Oct 1932  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 23 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation  Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Eustace O Grenfell  8 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt John H Hutchinson  4 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt

Alfred C H Sharp

 3 May 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

24 Jul 1933 Signals duties; later AM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Charles E Tidy  1 Aug 1933  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Vyvian G A Bennett  1 Sep 1933  
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers  1 Oct 1932  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edwin Donovan 31 May 1934 MC, ChB
Fg Off Ian Mackay 22 May 1934 MB, ChB, DPH
Education Officer
Capt Herbert R Davies 14 May 1934 Grade III, MC, MA
Civilian Stores Officer
Flt Lt (Ret) A S Berry  1 Oct 1932  
Warrant Officers
WO Henry N Tomblin  2 Dec 1932  
WO George B Harries 31 Oct 1932  
WO William Cooke  1 Oct 1932  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 23 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr Eustace O Grenfell  8 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt John H Hutchinson  4 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt Samuel L Blunt  6 May 1935  
Fg Off Frederick F Wicks  8 Jul 1934 Signals duties
Fg Off Edward J P Davy  1 Apr 1935  
Fg Off Harold V Satterley 30 Apr 1935 later AVM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Hugh A Wrigley 22 Nov 1934  
Fg Off Gilbert I Rees 28 Jul 1934  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Ronald J Wishlade 18 Jun 1935  
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  4 Jan 1935 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Jack A Kersley  1 Feb 1935 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Frederick G Carroll  1 Jan 1935 Grade III, BSc, ARCS
Warrant Officers
WO William Cooke  1 Oct 1932  
WO Thomas Griffiths 30 Mar 1935  
WO David J Day 20 Jun 1934  
WO Harry Dukes  3 May 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 23 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr Eustace O Grenfell  8 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Walter P G Pretty 18 Jul 1935 Signals duties; later AM
Flt Lt H S Laws 27 May 1936  
Fg Off D Saward 28 Apr 1936  
Fg Off R J Knights-Whittome 25 May 1935  
Fg Off D E Cattell 27 May 1936  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Arthur L Derry  4 Jan 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off P J Holt 17 Feb 1936  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt S B S Smith  8 May 1936 LMSSA
Fg Off W J L Dean 26 Feb 1936 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Frederick G Carroll  1 Jan 1935 Grade III, BSc, ARCS
Civilian Assistants
Capt B C Moody   Adjutant, late RAF
Flt Lt (Ret) E E Deans   late RAF
Civilian Stores Officers
Sqn Ldr (Ret) F Anderson    
Flt Lt (Ret) F L Kingham    
Warrant Officers
WO G Bottomley  8 Apr 1936  
WO George Cresswell  2 Nov 1935  
WO Harry Dukes  3 May 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
21 Dec 1936 No 23 Sqn To Northolt
22 Mar 1937 No 79 Sqn Formed

July 1937

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 79 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr H G W Lock  9 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Colin C McMullen 29 Apr 1937 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt B C Moody   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Flt Lt (Ret) E E Deans   Assistant Adjutant, DSC; late RAF
Accountant Branch
Fg Off P J Holt 17 Feb 1936  
Lt Cdr (Ret) A B Moir   RN
Medical Branch
Flt Lt A W Callaghan 16 May 1937 MB, BCh
Education Officer
Mr Frederick G Carroll  1 Jan 1935 Grade III, BSc, ARCS
Equipment Officers
Sqn Ldr (Ret) F Anderson    
Flt Lt (Ret) F L Kingham    
Warrant Officers
WO F C Freemantle 13 Oct 1936  
WO E Salter  1 Sep 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 79 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr H G W Lock  9 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Colin C McMullen 29 Apr 1937 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt B C Moody   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Flt Lt (Ret) E E Deans   Assistant Adjutant, DSC; late RAF

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1 Airmen Pilot

Accountant Branch
Fg Off P J Holt 17 Feb 1936  
Lt Cdr (Ret) A B Moir   RN
Medical Branch
Flt Lt D J Sheehan 25 Jan 1938 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Engineer Officer
Fg Off F H Catton 15 Jul 1937  
Equipment Officers
Sqn Ldr (Ret) F Anderson    
Flt Lt (Ret) F L Kingham    
Warrant Officers
WO P S V Vallis 14 Sep 1937  
WO G D Merron  1 Jun 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 79 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr H G W Lock  9 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Wg Cdr

Richard Grice

15 Nov 1938 DFC, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R A Chignell 10 Jul 1938  
Sqn Ldr Colin C McMullen 29 Apr 1937 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off H a'B Russell 13 Jul 1938  
Flt Lt B C Moody   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Flt Lt (Ret) E E Deans   Assistant Adjutant, DSC; late RAF
Equipment Officers
Sqn Ldr (Ret) F Anderson    
Flt Lt (Ret) F L Kingham    
Accountant Branch
Fg Off P J Holt 17 Feb 1936  
Lt Cdr (Ret) A B Moir   RN
Medical Branch
Fg Off J St C Polson 15 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO F Lord 14 Jun 1938  
WO E H Webb 13 May 1938  
WO W C Smith 27 May 1938  
WO A McNab 17 Nov 1938  
WO G D Merron  1 Jun 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 79 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr

Richard Grice

15 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R A Chignell 10 Jul 1938  
Fg Off H a'B Russell 13 Jul 1938  
Flt Lt B C Moody   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Flt Lt (Ret) E E Deans   Assistant Adjutant, DSC; late RAF
Equipment Officers
Sqn Ldr (Ret) F Anderson    
Flt Lt (Ret) F L Kingham    
Accountant Branch
Fg Off P J Holt 17 Feb 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off J St C Polson 15 Nov 1938  
Temporary Education Officer
Mr R E G Wendt 28 Jul 1938 BA
Warrant Officers
WO F Lord 14 Jun 1938  
WO W C Smith 27 May 1938  
WO O R Moseley  7 Feb 1939  
WO G D Merron  1 Jun 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

County Command/Group Units
Westerham, Kent Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 3 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 32 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 79 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr

Richard Grice

15 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, DFC, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R A Chignell 10 Jul 1938  
Fg Off H a'B Russell 13 Jul 1938  
Flt Lt B C Moody   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Flt Lt (Ret) E E Deans   Assistant Adjutant, DSC; late RAF
Equipment Branch
Plt Off P D L Yorke  6 Mar 1939  
Sqn Ldr (Ret) F Anderson    
Flt Lt (Ret) F L Kingham    
Accountant Branch
Fg Off P J Holt 17 Feb 1936  
Medical Branch
Fg Off J St C Polson 15 Nov 1938  
Temporary Education Officer
Mr R E G Wendt 28 Jul 1938 BA
Warrant Officers
WO F Lord 14 Jun 1938  
WO W C Smith 27 May 1938  
WO W Scott  6 Mar 1939  
WO O R Moseley  7 Feb 1939  
WO G D Merron  1 Jun 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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