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[Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939  Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Date Unit To/From/Formed
1 Apr 1924 No 58 Sqn Formed
7 Apr 1924 No 7 Sqn From Bircham Newton

July 1927

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

Lodger units: -

  • Electrical and Wireless School Detachment (Inland Area/No 23 Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Hon John D Boyle

 1 Dec 1926 Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Owen W de Putron 11 Jan 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George V Howard 15 Feb 1927 Armament, DFC
Fg Off Frederick T Eades 16 May 1927 DFC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Charles J Polden  2 May 1927  
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  7 Apr 1927  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles P Puckridge  1 Oct 1926  
Plt Off Ronald J Wishlade  7 Apr 1927  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Philip H Perkins  1 Feb 1927  
Fg Off Cornelius W Coffey  4 May 1927  
Education Officer
Lt Donald L Randle   1 Aug 1925 Grade IV

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

Lodger units: -

  • Electrical and Wireless School Detachment (Inland Area/No 23 Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Hon John D Boyle

 1 Dec 1926 Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Owen W de Putron 11 Jan 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt James C Foden  1 Apr 1927 Engineer duties, AFC
Flt Lt Frederick T Eades 16 May 1927 Signals duties, DFC
Flt Lt Roland A B Mangles 22 Aug 1927 Armament duties
Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  7 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Frank W Taylor  7 Nov 1927  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William F Barrell 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Ronald J Wishlade  7 Apr 1927  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Edward A Rice 26 Jan 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev John H P Still  1 Nov 1927 BA
Education Officer
Lt Donald L Randle   1 Aug 1925 Grade IV

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

Lodger units: -

  • Electrical and Wireless School Detachment (Inland Area/No 23 Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Francis K Haskins

 4 Apr 1929 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

 7 Dec 1928 DSC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Owen W de Putron 11 Jan 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Frederick T Eades 16 May 1927 Signals duties, DFC
Flt Lt Roland A B Mangles 22 Aug 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Richard J E Haynes 14 Mar 1929 Engineer duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt James L Denman 21 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Frank W Taylor  7 Nov 1927  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt John C Brice 26 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Ronald J Wishlade  7 Apr 1927  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John M Ritchie 14 Aug 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev John H P Still  1 Nov 1927 BA
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade IV, BSc, AFRAeS

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Charles H K Edmonds  6 Aug 1929 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt Owen W de Putron 11 Jan 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Bernard T Hood 27 May 1930  
Flt Lt Frederick T Eades 16 May 1927 Signals duties, DFC
Flt Lt Roland A B Mangles 22 Aug 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Richard J E Haynes 14 Mar 1929 Engineer duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Hector B S Ballantyne  7 Mar 1930  
Fg Off William J B Elliott  7 Aug 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt John C Brice 26 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers 22 Jul 1929  
Medical Branch
Fg Off William J Cotter 12 Mar 1930 MB, BCh
Dental
Fg Off Paul M Margand 20 Jul 1929 LDS
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade IV (Acting Grade III), BSc, AFRAeS

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Charles H K Edmonds  6 Aug 1929 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt Owen W de Putron 11 Jan 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert S Bruce  7 Aug 1930 Armament duties, MBE
Flt Lt Ralph W G Lywood  8 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Richard J E Haynes 14 Mar 1929 Engineer duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Hector B S Ballantyne  7 Mar 1930  
Fg Off William J B Elliott  7 Aug 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt John C Brice 26 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers 22 Jul 1929  
Medical Branch
Fg Off William J Cotter 12 Mar 1930 MB, BCh
Dental
Fg Off Paul M Margand 20 Jul 1929 LDS
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade IV (Acting Grade III), BSc, AFRAeS

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Joseph R W Smyth-Pigott  7 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr Edward Thornton  5 Sep 1931 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Ralph W G Lywood  8 Jun 1931 Adjutant
Flt Lt Cedric A Bell 25 Jul 1931 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert J P Morris 12 Oct 1931 Armament duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Hector B S Ballantyne  7 Mar 1930  
Fg Off William J B Elliott  7 Aug 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt John C Brice 26 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers 22 Jul 1929  
Medical Branch
Fg Off William J Cotter 12 Mar 1930 MB, BCh
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade III, BSc, AFRAeS

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Joseph R W Smyth-Pigott  7 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr Edward Thornton  5 Sep 1931 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Ralph W G Lywood  8 Jun 1931 Adjutant
Flt Lt Horace G P Ovenden 27 May 1933 Signals duties
Fg Off Albert E Dark 30 Jan 1933 Armament duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Hector B S Ballantyne  7 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Hugh A Wrigley  3 Jan 1933  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt

Robert W L Glenn

14 Jan 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Richard Peel  6 Aug 1932  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Glen A M Knight 22 May 1933 MB, BS
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade III, BSc, AFRAeS
Civilian Assistant
Lt J H Truscott   RARO
Warrant Officers
WO I Charles W Baker 30 Nov 1929  
WO I Reginald G Walker 12 Feb 1922  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Western Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bombing) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur A B Thomson

16 Jan 1934 Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr John C Brooke 29 Sep 1933 Engineer duties, DSC
Flt Lt Horace G P Ovenden 27 May 1933 Signals duties
Flt Lt Albert E Dark 30 Jan 1933 Armament duties
Flt Lt John C E A Johnson  9 Jan 1934 Adjutant
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Hector B S Ballantyne  7 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Hugh A Wrigley  3 Jan 1933  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Sidney C Wyatt 15 Jul 1933  
Fg Off Richard Peel  6 Aug 1932  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Andrew S Burns 12 Mar 1934 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade III, BSc, AFRAeS
Civilian Assistant
Lt J H Truscott   RARO
Warrant Officers
WO I Charles W Baker 30 Nov 1929  
WO I John E Watson 16 Jun 1933  
WO II Robert H Livingstone 18 May 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/Western Area
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Arthur A B Thomson

16 Jan 1934 Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John N T Stephenson

 8 Oct 1934 Engineer duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Claude M Champion de Crespigny  1 Nov 1934 Armament duties
Flt Lt Leslie C Bennett  3 Nov 1934  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

George Scarrott

 1 Aug 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John T Riggs 1 Nov 1934  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Sidney C Wyatt 15 Jul 1933  
Fg Off Richard C S Allin 13 Nov 1934  
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr Attwell A Townsend 11 Jun 1934 MB, BCh
Education Officer
Lt Douglas McL Ferrier 10 Sep 1928 Grade III, BSc, AFRAeS, FRSA
Civilian Assistant
Lt J H Truscott   RARO
Warrant Officers
WO I John E Watson 16 Jun 1933  
WO II Robert H Livingstone 18 May 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
1 Oct 1935 No 102 Sqn Formed
1 Oct 1935 No 215 Sqn Formed
13 Jan 1936 No 58 Sqn To Upper Heyford

July 1936

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/No 3 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 7 (Bombing) Squadron

  • No 102 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt

Arthur A B Thomson

16 Jan 1934 Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt A H Simmonds 30 May 1936 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Claude M Champion de Crespigny  1 Nov 1934 Armament duties
Flt Lt J S Wilkins 28 Nov 1935  

Stores Branch

Flt Lt

George Scarrott

 1 Aug 1934 later A/Cdre

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt J Charles 10 Feb 1936  
Fg Off Richard C S Allin 13 Nov 1934  

Medical Branch

Sqn Ldr Attwell A Townsend 11 Jun 1934 MB, BCh

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off John R Welsh  9 Aug 1934 AFM

Education Officer

Mr J M Clarke   Grade III, BSc

Civilian Assistant

Fg Off J C Walker   late RAF

Civilian Stores Officer

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P J Murphy    

Warrant Officers

WO I J A Shirley 21 Mar 1936  
WO II G F Paice 28 Nov 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
8 Aug 1936 No 49 Sqn From Bircham Newton
26 Aug 1936 No 35 Sqn From Sudan
29 Aug 1936 No 207 Sqn From Sudan
3 Sep 1936 No 7 Sqn To Finningley
3 Sep 1936 No 102 Sqn To Finningley

July 1937

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire ADGB/No 2 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 35 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 207 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr C H Keith  6 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt A H Simmonds 30 May 1936 Engineer duties
Flt Lt J S Wilkins 28 Nov 1935 Adjutant
Fg Off J C Walker   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF
Lt Col (Ret) D B Gray   Assistant Adjutant,

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H A Frost 16 Dec 1936  
Cdr (Ret) J R P Thompson   RN

Medical Branch

Fg Off J D Milne  3 May 1937 LRCP & S

Equipment Officers

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P J Murphy    
Maj (Ret) I L O'H Hare    

Warrant Officer

WO I G F Paice 28 Nov 1935  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
14 Mar 1938 No 49 Sqn To Scampton
20 Apr 1938 No 35 Sqn To Cottesmore
20 Apr 1938 No 207 Sqn To Cottesmore

July 1938

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire Coastal Command/No 17 (Training) Group
  • SHQ

  • Accommodation for FAA Units

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr W Underhill 22 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, DSC
Flt Lt J S Wilkins 28 Nov 1935 Adjutant
Fg Off J C Walker   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF
Lt Col (Ret) D B Gray   Assistant Adjutant,

Equipment Officers

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P J Murphy    
Maj (Ret) I L O'H Hare    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H R Withers 10 Jan 1938  
Cdr (Ret) J R P Thompson   RN

Medical Branch

Flt Lt J S Wilson  3 Mar 1938 MB, ChB

Commissioned Engineer Officer

Fg Off R D Gough 29 Jul 1937  

Warrant Officers

WO I G F Paice 28 Nov 1935  
WO I W Fraser  2 Sep 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire Coastal Command/No 17 (Training) Group
  • SHQ

  • Accommodation for FAA Units

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr W Underhill 22 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, DSC
Flt Lt J S Wilkins   Adjutant, RAFO

Equipment Officers

Flt Lt (Ret) E W Lawrence    
Maj (Ret) I L O'H Hare    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H R Withers 10 Jan 1938  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt J S Wilson  3 Mar 1938 MB, ChB

Warrant Officers

WO A F Johnson 30 Jun 1935  
WO G F Paice 28 Nov 1935  
WO W Fraser  2 Sep 1937  
WO A Clark 17 Nov 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire Coastal Command/No 17 (Training) Group
  • SHQ

  • Accommodation for FAA Units

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

6 Mar 1939 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt J S Wilkins   Adjutant, RAFO

Equipment Officers

Flt Lt (Ret) E W Lawrence    
Maj (Ret) I L O'H Hare    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H R Withers 10 Jan 1938  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt J S Wilson  3 Mar 1938 MB, ChB

Temporary Education Officer

Mr E N Bullock 11 Jul 1938 BSc

Warrant Officers

WO A F Johnson 30 Jun 1935  
WO G F Paice 28 Nov 1935  
WO W Fraser  2 Sep 1937  
WO A Clark 17 Nov 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Winchester, Hampshire Coastal Command/No 17 (Training) Group
  • SHQ

  • Accommodation for FAA Units

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

6 Mar 1939 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt J S Wilkins   Adjutant, RAFO

Equipment Officers

Flt Lt (Ret) E W Lawrence    
Maj (Ret) I L O'H Hare    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H R Withers 10 Jan 1938  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt J S Wilson  3 Mar 1938 MB, ChB

Temporary Education Officer

Mr E N Bullock 11 Jul 1938 BSc

Warrant Officers

WO A F Johnson 30 Jun 1935  
WO G F Paice 28 Nov 1935  
WO W Fraser  2 Sep 1937  
WO A Clark 17 Nov 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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