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RAF Bircham Newton Personnel


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Date Unit To/From/Formed
 1 Jun 1923 No 7 Sqn Formed
31 May 1924 No 99 Sqn From Netheravon

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

July 1925

County/Country Command Units
Norfolk, England Inland Area/No 3 Group
  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John S Holloway 10 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Fred Miller 23 Feb 1925 DSM
Fg Off John B H Rogers  1 Feb 1925  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Archibald Latimer 23 Mar 1925  
Education Officer
Capt Hubert C Biles 13 May 1924 Grade IV, Res of Off

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

County/Country Command Units
Norfolk, England Inland Area/No 3 Group
  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Fg Off Fred Miller 23 Feb 1925 DSM
Fg Off John B H Rogers  1 Feb 1925  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Archibald Latimer 23 Mar 1925  
Education Officer
Capt Hubert C Biles 13 May 1924 Grade IV, Res of Off

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

County/Country Command/Group Units
Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter 21 Apr 1926 AFC
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Fg Off Fred Miller 23 Feb 1925 DSM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Archibald Latimer 23 Mar 1925  
Education Officer
Capt Hubert C Biles 13 May 1924 Grade IV, Res of Off

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

County/Country Command/Group Units
Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Hon Laurence J E Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter 21 Apr 1926 Signals Duties, AFC
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Flt Lt Allan L A Perry-Keene   Armament Duties; later AVM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Archibald Latimer 23 Mar 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Graham S Strachen 28 Aug 1926 MB
Education Officer
Capt Hubert C Biles 13 May 1924 Grade IV, Res of Off

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
7 Apr 1927 No 7 Sqn To Worthy Down

July 1927

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • No 99 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Thomas O'B Hubbard  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter 21 Apr 1926 Signals, AFC
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Fg Off Thomas O Oakes 23 Mar 1927 Armament
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Charles A Lindup  4 Apr 1927
Education Officer
Capt Hubert C Biles 13 May 1924 Grade IV, Res of Off

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
 5 Jan 1928 No 99 Sqn To Upper Heyford
12 Jan 1928 No 39 Sqn From Spittlegate
21 Mar 1928 No 101 Sqn Formed

July 1928

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 39 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 101 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Thomas O'B Hubbard  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Malcolm B Mackay 22 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  5 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Charles A Lindup  4 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Cyril P O'Toole  5 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Capt Charles E Scott  1 Jan 1928 Grade IV, MC, BA

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 39 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 101 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Thomas O'B Hubbard  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Malcolm B Mackay 22 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  5 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Charles A Lindup  4 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Cyril P O'Toole  5 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Capt Charles E Scott  1 Jan 1928 Grade IV, MC, BA

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
29 Dec 1928 No 39 Sqn To India
 1 Mar 1929 No 35 Sqn Formed

July 1929

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 101 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Thomas O'B Hubbard  8 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Malcolm B Mackay 22 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Flt Lt William M Fry  4 Dec 1925 MC
Flt Lt Brian A S Lewin 11 Mar 1929  
Fg Off George H Huxhaul 14 May 1929  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  5 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Charles A Lindup  4 Apr 1927  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
12 Oct 1929 No 101 Sqn To Andover
 9 Nov 1929 No 207 Sqn From Eastchurch

July 1930

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Robert Leckie

 5 Sep 1929 Officer Commanding, DSO, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Malcolm B Mackay 22 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Flt Lt

George H Mills

 3 Feb 1930 later AM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  5 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edward C K H Foreman 13 Nov 1929 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  2 Sep 1929 BSc

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

 9 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Hubert L Patch

9 Apr 1931 Armament duties; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles McM Laing  4 Nov 1930 MC, AFC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Norman W Law 17 Oct 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Leslie I Hyder 18 Oct 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  2 Sep 1929 BSc

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

 9 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Hubert L Patch

9 Apr 1931 Armament duties; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles McM Laing  4 Nov 1930 MC, AFC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Norman W Law 17 Oct 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Leslie I Hyder 18 Oct 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  2 Sep 1929 BSc

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding,  DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Hubert L Patch

9 Apr 1931 Armament duties; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles McM Laing  4 Nov 1930 MC, AFC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Norman W Law 17 Oct 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Leslie I Hyder 18 Oct 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  2 Sep 1929 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO James R Woollard 12 Apr 1933 DSMDCM
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Alfred W Coe 19 May 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Central Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding,  DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Charles McM Laing  4 Nov 1930 AdjutantMC, AFC
Flt Lt

Harold J G E Proud

 9 Oct 1933 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Norman W Law 17 Oct 1930
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr Lewis P McCullugh 24 Nov 1933 MB, BCh
Flt Lt Leslie I Hyder 18 Oct 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  2 Sep 1929 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Alfred W Coe 19 May 1933  
WO James R Woollard 12 Apr 1933 DSM

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Central Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding,  DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Harold J G E Proud

 9 Oct 1933 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Isaac Hodgson 15 Mar 1934  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Frank W Taylor 11 May 1934
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr Lewis P McCullugh 24 Nov 1933 MB, BCh
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  2 Sep 1929 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO James R Woollard 12 Apr 1933 DSM

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/Central Area
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding,  DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Harold J G E Proud

 9 Oct 1933 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Isaac Hodgson 15 Mar 1934  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Frank W Taylor 11 May 1934
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr Edwin N H Gray 11 Feb 1935 LRCP & S, DPH
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg  3 Sep 1934 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Walter J Robinson  1 May 1935  
WO Hubert P Simpson 27 May 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Edward A Patterson  3 May 1935  
WO II Charles Stonebridge 30 Nov 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
 3 Dec 1935 No 21 Sqn Formed
 3 Dec 1935 No 34 Sqn Formed
 7 Jan 1936 No18 Sqn From Upper Heyford
10 Feb 1936 No 49 Sqn Formed
4 Oct 1935 No 35 Sqn To Sudan
4 Oct 1935 No 207 Sqn To Sudan

July 1936

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 18 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 21 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 34 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron (detached to Sudan)

  • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron (detached to Sudan)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr H M K Brown  3 Jun 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt E L Mole 30 Sep 1935 Engineer duties
Flt Lt D M L Lynch-Staunton 30 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Eric S Butler  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Fg Off P C Lawrence 13 Dec 1935  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Frank W Taylor 11 May 1934
Flt Lt H E Freeston 29 Sep 1935
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt D C Stone  7 Jan 1936  
Fg Off H D Nicholson 30 Sep 1935  
Medical Branch
Fg Off L N Trethowen  1 Dec 1935 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg  3 Sep 1934 BSc
Civilian Assistant
Flt Lt R J Read   Adjutant, RAFO
Warrant Officers
WO Charles Maynard  7 Jun 1935  
WO Hubert P Simpson 27 May 1935  
WO H V Coulter 21 Apr 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
25 Jul 1936 No 21 Sqn To Abbotsinch
30 Jul 1936 No 34 Sqn To Abbotsinch
1 Aug 1936 No 206 Sqn From Manston
8 Aug 1936 No 49 Sqn To Worthy Down
17 Aug 1936 No 220 Sqn Formed
7 Sep 1936 No18 Sqn To Upper Heyford

July 1937

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 220 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr H M K Brown  3 Jun 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt M Q Candler 30 Sep 1936 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Geoffrey I L Saye 11 Nov 1936 Navigation duties, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Eric S Butler  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt R J Read   Adjutant, RAFO
Flt Lt G Burdick   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO
Equipment Officer
Eng Cdr (Ret) F W Farlow RN
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt D C Stone  7 Jan 1936  
Maj (Ret) R A Downs    
Medical Branch
Fg Off L N Trethowen  1 Dec 1935 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Signals Officer
Fg Off F Wilmshurst 12 Oct 1935 DSM
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg  3 Sep 1934 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Charles Maynard  7 Jun 1935  
WO H R Coombe 23 Apr 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 220 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt J W Woodhouse  6 Sep 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Eric S Butler  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt J A P Owen 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties,
Flt Lt R J Read   Adjutant, RAFO
Flt Lt G Burdick   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO
Equipment Branch
Fg Off A V Ebert 13 Dec 1937
Maj (Ret) J H Barber MC
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W H M Kimpton 30 Nov 1937  
Maj (Ret) R A Downs    
Medical Branch
Flt Lt L N Trethowen  1 Dec 1935 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Engineer Officer
Fg Off E R Paley 29 Jul 1937  
Commissioned Signals Officer
Fg Off F Wilmshurst 12 Oct 1935 DSM
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg  3 Sep 1934 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO G M Somers 18 Sep 1937  
WO H R Coombe 23 Apr 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 220 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt C L Scott 25 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC
Sqn Ldr R N Clarke 10 Oct 1938  
Flt Lt Eric S Butler  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt J A P Owen 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties,
Flt Lt Benjamin Ball 23 Jul 1938 Signals duties; later AVM
Flt Lt R J Read   Adjutant, RAFO
Flt Lt G Burdick   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off R L Bennet   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO
Equipment Branch
Fg Off A V Ebert 13 Dec 1937
Maj (Ret) J H Barber MC
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W H M Kimpton 30 Nov 1937  
Maj (Ret) R A Downs    
Medical Branch
Fg Off J L Roche  1 Nov 1938 LRCP & S
Warrant Officers
WO G M Somers 18 Sep 1937  
WO H R Coombe 23 Apr 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 220 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt C L Scott 25 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC
Sqn Ldr R N Clarke 10 Oct 1938  
Flt Lt Eric S Butler  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Flt Lt J A P Owen 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties,
Flt Lt Benjamin Ball 23 Jul 1938 Signals duties; later AVM
Flt Lt R J Read   Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off R L Bennet   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO
Equipment Branch
Fg Off A V Ebert 13 Dec 1937
Maj (Ret) J H Barber MC
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W H M Kimpton 30 Nov 1937  
Maj (Ret) R A Downs    
Medical Branch
Fg Off J L Roche  1 Nov 1938 LRCP & S
Temporary Education Officer
Mr R H Brown 15 Nov 1938 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO G M Somers 18 Sep 1937  
WO H R Coombe 23 Apr 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 220 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt C L Scott 25 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC
Sqn Ldr R N Clarke 10 Oct 1938  
Sqn Ldr Eric S Butler  1 Jan 1936 Armament duties; later AVM
Sqn Ldr J A P Owen 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties,
Sqn Ldr Benjamin Ball 23 Jul 1938 Signals duties; later AVM
Flt Lt R J Read   Adjutant, RAFO
Fg Off R L Bennet   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO
Capt (Ret) M H Fitzgerald    
Equipment Branch
Fg Off A V Ebert 13 Dec 1937
APO P P Butler  6 Mar 1939
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W H M Kimpton 30 Nov 1937  
Maj (Ret) R A Downs    
Medical Branch
Fg Off J L Roche  1 Nov 1938 LRCP & S
Temporary Education Officer
Mr R H Brown 15 Nov 1938 BSc
Warrant Officers
WO G M Somers 18 Sep 1937  
WO H R Coombe 23 Apr 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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