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RAF Hal Far Personnel


[Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Aug 1930 | Sep 1930 | Oct 1930 | Nov 1930 | Dec 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

The SHQ at Hal Far was formed on 31 March 1929.

July 1929

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean/RAF Base Calafrana

Carrier borne units of the FAA from the Mediterranean Fleet when not afloat.

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles W Nutting

10 May 1929 Officer Commanding, OBE, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas M Williams  2 Apr 1929 MC, DFC; later AM

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean/RAF Base Calafrana

Carrier borne units of the FAA from the Mediterranean Fleet when not afloat.

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles W Nutting

10 May 1929 Officer Commanding, OBE, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas M Williams  2 Apr 1929 MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Ardley G Pickering  1 Dec 1929 AFC
Fg Off Geoffrey Francis 17 Mar 1930  
Stores Branch
Fg Off John W Stokes 21 Jun 1929  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Alistair R French  1 Apr 1929 MRCS, LRCP

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

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean/RAF Base Calafrana
  • SHQ

  • RAF units for HMS Glorious

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles W Nutting

10 May 1929 Officer Commanding, OBE, DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas M Williams  2 Apr 1929 MC, DFC; later AM
Fg Off Alistair R Sarel  1 May 1931  
Fg Off Geoffrey Francis 17 Mar 1930  
Stores Branch
Fg Off John W Stokes 21 Jun 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  1 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edward C K H Foreman 25 Dec 1930 MRCS, LRCP

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • RAF units for HMS Glorious

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward R Pretyman 17 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt John C M Hay 26 Sep 1931 Adjutant
Fg Off Joseph S Tanner 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Charles A Washer 18 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Hector I Dabinett 15 Apr 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off John W Stokes 21 Jun 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  1 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • RAF units for HMS Glorious

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward R Pretyman 17 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Harold F Luck 19 Oct 1932 Adjutant
Fg Off Joseph S Tanner 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Charles A Washer 18 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Hector I Dabinett 15 Apr 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Hugh J Butler

 7 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  1 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Robert G P Jaggard  6 Dec 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • RAF units for HMS Glorious

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward R Pretyman 17 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Thomas H Perry-Keene  1 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Harold F Luck 19 Oct 1932 Adjutant
Fg Off Charles A Washer 18 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Hector I Dabinett 15 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Francis L White  8 Dec 1933  
Fg Off Wilfred E Oulton 29 Nov 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Arthur D Messenger  5 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Hugh J Butler

 7 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  1 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Robert G P Jaggard  6 Dec 1931  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • RAF units for HMS Furious (Shore Station)

    • No 801 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 822 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Reginald L G Marix

16 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas H Perry-Keene  1 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Harold F Luck 19 Oct 1932 Adjutant
Fg Off Francis L White  8 Dec 1933  
Fg Off Wilfred E Oulton 29 Nov 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Arthur D Messenger  5 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Hugh J Butler

 7 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  1 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II James Mitchell 22 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Reginald L G Marix

16 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt George D Green  8 Sep 1934  
Flt Lt Harold F Luck 19 Oct 1932 Adjutant
Fg Off Francis L White  8 Dec 1933  
Fg Off Wilfred E Oulton 29 Nov 1933 later AVM
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Hugh J Butler

 7 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Norman Wallett  1 Oct 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II James Mitchell 22 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 802 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 823 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr

Malcolm L Taylor

 9 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold F Luck 19 Oct 1932 Adjutant
Plt Off Howerd D Fraser 19 Sep 1935  
-

1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Flt Lt G Blinman  10 Apr 1936  
Fg Off A E Harlot 20 Nov 1935 MBE
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt R S Sweet  8 May 1936  
Flt Lt Norman Wallett  1 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Alistair Gollan 18 Oct 1935 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO John F Barleycorn 10 Oct 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II James Mitchell 22 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 802 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 823 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr

Malcolm L Taylor

 9 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Francis L White  8 Dec 1933 Adjutant
Fg Off Howerd D Fraser 19 Sep 1935  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt G Blinman  10 Apr 1936  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt R S Sweet  8 May 1936  
Warrant Officer
WO A W Heath  9 Mar 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • No 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 802 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 823 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr

Malcolm L Taylor

 9 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Francis L White  8 Dec 1933  
Fg Off Howerd D Fraser 19 Sep 1935 Adjutant
Plt Off W J Woods 13 Nov 1937  
Plt Off K H Appleton  6 Mar 1938  
Stores Branch
Fg Off A E Harbot 20 Nov 1937 MBE
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt R S Sweet  8 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt S Paul 23 Nov 1937 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officer
WO L A Dawson 17 Nov 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • No 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 802 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 823 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr J S T Fall 30 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC
Flt Lt Howerd D Fraser 19 Sep 1935 Adjutant
Fg Off P G Keeble 16 Jul 1938  
Fg Off P W Hartley 18 Nov 1938 (Assistant?) Adjutant
Fg Off W G Craddock 19 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W J Woods 13 Nov 1937  
Stores Branch
Fg Off A E Harbot 20 Nov 1937 MBE
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt R S Sweet  8 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt S Paul 23 Nov 1937 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officer
WO L A Dawson 17 Nov 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • No 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 802 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 823 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr J S T Fall 30 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC
Fg Off P G Keeble 16 Jul 1938  
Fg Off P W Hartley 18 Nov 1938 (Assistant?) Adjutant
Fg Off W G Craddock 19 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W J Woods 13 Nov 1937  
Stores Branch
Fg Off A E Harbot 20 Nov 1937 MBE
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt R S Sweet  8 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt S Paul 23 Nov 1937 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officer
WO L A Dawson 17 Nov 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Country Command/Group Units
Malta RAF Mediterranean
  • SHQ

  • Station Flight

  • No 3 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit

  • Shore Station for: -

    • No 802 (Fleet Fighter) Squadron

    • No 812 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Squadron

    • No 823 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

    • No 825 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr J S T Fall 30 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC
Sqn Ldr A C Martin  7 Mar 1939  
Fg Off P G Keeble 16 Jul 1938  
Fg Off W G Craddock 19 Nov 1938  
Fg Off P G Keeble 16 Jul 1938  
Fg Off W L Grech   RAFO
Stores Branch
Fg Off A E Harbot 20 Nov 1937 MBE
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt R S Sweet  8 May 1936  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt S Paul 23 Nov 1937 MRCS, LRCP
Commissioned Signals Officer
Fg Off C M Williams  8 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO L A Dawson 17 Nov 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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