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29 December  2002

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - C D Adams, E B Ashmore, E D Barnes, A S Barratt, H F V Battle, A W Bigsworth, R S Blucke, I M Bonham-Carter, N H Bottomley, C A Bouchier, F W Bowhill, G H Boyce, J S T Bradley, C J Q Brand, C D Breese, H R M Brooke-Popham, L O Brown, C S Burnett, W D Budgen, C R Carr, G L Carter, R A Cochrane, J B Cole-Hamilton, A C Collier, B H H Cooke, A D Cunningham, J H D'Albiac, A P Davidson, N L Desoer, F P Don, D G Donald, H C T Dowding, B C H Drew, R M Drummond, T W Elmhirst, P F M Fellowes, A L Fiddament, C  H Flinn, J L Forbes, W F MacN Foster, R G Gardner, A G R Garrod, O R Gayford, G E Gibbs, R V Goddard, A L Godman, E S Goodwin, R M Groves, C Hallawell, H A Haines, J R Hallings-Pott, D Harries, A V Harvey, F K Haskins, J F A Higgins, R M Hill, R E T Hogg, L N Hollinghurst, F L Hopps, T E B Howe, H J F Hunter, E D Johnson, J L Kirby, T A Langford-Sainsbury, A P Ledger, K B Lloyd, A C H MacLean, C T MacLean, P H Mackworth, E M Maitland, P C Maltby, W E G Mann, C C Marindin, J Marsden, J M Mason, W A McClaughry, B McEntegart, L L D McKean, J W F Merer, C O F Modin, R H More, C F De S Murphy, A W Mylne, G S Oddie, A H Orlebar, K R Park, R G Parry, L G S Payne, A L A Perry-Keene, R C M Pink, S L G Pope, C E H Rathborne, R P Ross, B H C Russell, H B Russell, W J Seward, J Silvester, R S Sorley, W Sowrey, C B S Spackman, A C Stevens, B E Sutton, A W Tedder, A A B Thomson, J L Vachell, G H Vasse, G O Venn, R H Verney, C McC Vincent, F J Vincent, S F Vincent, F W Walker, A H Wann, S H Ware, A D Warrington-Morris, S N Webster, J Whitford, J W Whitworth-Jones, T M Williams, J J Williamson, R P Willock, F Woolley.

Entries added for Southern and Northern Areas.

27 December  2002

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - J H D'Albiac, J O Andrews, E B Ashmore, J T Babington, P Babington, G C Bailey, B E Baker, J W Baker, J E A Baldwin, A S Barratt, F Beaumont, J H W Becke, E B C Betts, A W Bigsworth, A G Bishop, L F Blandy, C H B Blount, A G Board, I M Bonham-Carter, J A Boret, A E Borton, N H Bottomley, J B Bowen, F W Bowhill, O T Boyd, J D Boyle, H G Brackley, C J Q Brand, J D Breakey, J J Breen, C D Breese, H D Briggs, G R Bromet, L O Brown, W E G Bryant, W D Budgen, C S Burnett, K C Buss, H R Busteed, W B Callaway, A J Capel, C R Carr, H M Cave-Browne-Cave, J A Chamier, H V Champion de Crespigney, L E O Charlton, A R Churchman, R H Clark-Hall, J B Cole-Hamilton, J P Coleman, R Collishaw, B H H Cooke, W A Coryton, C L Courtney, A D Cunningham, J H D'Albiac, G B Dacre, C C Darley, O W de Putron, W F Dickson, F P Don, D G Donald, W S Douglas, H C T Dowding, R M Drummond, W H Dunn, A Durston, C H K Edmonds, A S Ellerton, E L Ellington, W Elliott, T W Elmhirst, A B Ellwood, D C S Evill, P F M Fellowes, F L Festing, A Fletcher, W F MacN Foster, H H McL Fraser, W R Freeman, M B Frew, P F Fullard, A N Gallehawk, P W Game, A G R Garrod, E L Gerrard, G E Gibbs, N J Gill, R V Goddard, A L Godman, F Gordon, R Gordon, E L Gossage, R Graham, J A Gray, A L Gregory, D D'A A Greig, E B Grenfell, R Grice, J W B Grigson, V E Groom, P R C Groves, R M Groves, W J Y Guilfoyle, F C Halahan, J D I Hardman, F G D Hards, D Harries, A T Harris, R Harrison, F K Haskins, J G Hearson, W Helmore, M Henderson, P L W Herbert, J F A Higgins, T C R Higgins, R E T Hogg, L N Hollinghurst, F V Holt, J A Houison-Craufurd, T E B Howe, P Huskinson, D Iron, R Ivelaw-Chapman, P B Joubert de la Ferte, H S Kerby, C L King, J L Kirby, C L Lambe, T A Langford-Sainsbury, R Leckie, A S G Lee, T L Leigh-Mallory, F J Linnell, G Livingstone, C A H Longcroft, A M Longmore, E R Ludlow-Hewitt, H P Lloyd, I T Lloyd, K B Lloyd, N D K MacEwen, A C H MacLean, C T MacLean, E M Maitland, P E Maitland, P C Maltby, W E G Mann, E R Manning, R B Mansell, C C Marindin, R L G Marix, E A D Masterman, A C Maund, R B Maycock, B McEntegart, C E H Medhurst, R P Mills, W G S Mitchell, W A McClaughry, F J W Mellersh, C W Meredith, A McGregor, L D McKean, C O F Modin, R H More, R F S Morton, C F De S Murphy, C L N Newall, C H Nicholas, H R Nicholl, E W Norton, C W Nutting, G S Oddie, H D O'Neill, G M Paine, K R Park, L A Pattinson, L G S Payne, A L Paxton, R H PeckR E C Peirse, R C M Pink, G C Pirie, D Le G Pitcher, P H L Playfair, C F A Portal, W H Primrose, H M Probyn, C H W Pulford, J C Quinnell, C E H Rathborne, G R M Reid, E A B Rice, A P Ritchie, J M Robb, E D M Robertson, R P Ross, H V Rowley, H B Russell, J C Russell, J M Salmond, W G H Salmond, C R Samson, A P M Sanders, R E Saul, H W L Saunders, F R Scarlett, G S Shaw, B J Silly, L H Slatter, J C Slessor, H G Smart, S W Smith, H P Smyth-Osbourne, R S Sorley, W E Staton, J M Steel, C A Stevens, D F Stevenson, S C Strafford, B E Sutton, O Swann, M L Taylor, A W Tedder, M Thomas, A A B Thomson, T C Traill, H M TrenchardJ H S Tyssen, J L Vachell, A V Vyvyan, A A Walser, F W Walker, E F Waring, A D Warrington-Morris, T I Webb-Bowen, W L Welsh, C H WhittingtonJ J Williamson, G E Wilson, A M WrayA C Wright

Addition of Trenchard's despatch on the Independent Force (1 Jan 1919) to the Archives section.

Addition made to Home Commands page.

22 December  2002

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - E B Ashmore, P Babington, G B A Baker, J E A Baldwin, J H W Becke, I M Bonham-Carter, J B Bowen, F W Bowhill, O T Boyd, H G Brackley, W S Brancker, C D Breese, G R Bromet, H R M Brooke-Popham, L O Brown, C S Burnett, C W Busk, K C Buss, C R Carr, P R T Chamberlayne, H V Champion de Crespigney, L E O Charlton, J P Coleman, A C Collier, B H H Cooke, A D Cunningham, J H D'Albiac, A P Davidson, G G Dawson, F P Don, W S Douglas, H C T Dowding, W H Dunn, A Durston, C H K Edmonds, A S Ellerton, D C S Evill, B C Fellows, F L Festing, J L Forbes, W F MacN Foster, A G R Garrod, A N Gallehawk, N J Gill, A L Godman, R Gordon, R Graham, A Gray, W J Y Guilfoyle, F G D Hards, F K Haskins, D Henderson, J F A Higgins, T C R Higgins, R M Hill, F V Holt, H J F Hunter, D Iron, F C Jenkins, P B Joubert de la Ferte, H S Kerby, F J Linnell, I T Lloyd, K B Lloyd, C A H Longcroft, A M Longmore, E R Ludlow-Hewitt, H T Lydford, N D K MacEwen, A C H MacLean, E R Manning, R L G Marix, A C Maund, F H M Maynard, R P Mills, W G S Mitchell, C O F Modin, R F S Morton, C F De S Murphy, H R Nicholl, C H Nicholas, L A Pattinson, L G S Payne, R H Peck, R E C Peirse, G C Pirie, D Le G Pitcher, C F Portal, C E V Porter, W H Primrose, C W H Pulford, E D M Robertson, R P Ross, J C Russell, J M Salmond, W G H Salmond, C R SamsonG S Shephard, J C Slessor, S W Smith, R S Sorley, B E Sutton, F H Sykes, H K Thorold, H M Trenchard, C H Whittington, W M Yool.

Updated entries made to the following Squadron histories: - No 114, No 600, No's 900 - 999

Addition of material to the Archives section.

16 December  2002

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - R L Atcherley, J E A Baldwin, H F V Battle, L F Blandy, A E Borton, J B Bowen, O T Boyd, W S Brancker, H D Briggs, W E G Bryant, W B Caddell, A J Capel, A P Davidson, O W de Putron, N L Desoer, H H Down, B C H Drew, W Elliott, A Fletcher, F J Fogarty, R A George, G E Gibbs, A Gray, V E Groom, W J Y Guilfoyle, C Hallawell, A T Harris, D Henderson, G S Hodson, A Huggins, R Ivelaw-Chapman, F C Jenkins, M E F Kerr, A S G Lee, C E W Lockyer, S D Macdonald, N D K MacEwen, J W F Merer, C H Nicholas, G M Paine, A L A Perry-Keene, J C Russell, J C Slessor, W Sowrey, C R Steele, A A B Thomson, S E Toomer, H M Trenchard, I L B Vesey, A V Vyvyan, W W Warner, F M F WestC H Whittington, J W Whitworth Jones, T M Williams, R P Willock

Revised the new entry to No 541 Sqn history due to new photographs not loading.

15 December  2002

A new Archives section has been added which will give the exact text of various historical documents as printed in the London Gazette and other official sources.

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - J E A Baldwin, I M Bonham-Carter, C S Burnett, C W Busk, J S Chick, A Coningham, A P Davidson, O W de Putron, B C Fellows, A L Fiddament, A Fletcher, A L Gregory, J G Hearson, W Helmore, F L Hopps, A MacGregor, L L MacLean, B McEntegart, P L W Herbert, C W Meredith, C O F Modin, K R Park, A L Paxton, N S Paynter, J M RobbR E Saul, H W L Saunders, C B S Spackman, W E Staton, S E Storrar, B E Sutton, M Thomas, S E Toomer, T C Traill, I L B Vesey, H S P Walmsley, A R Wardle, F M F WestR P M Whitham, C H Whittington, F Woolley, A C Wright, W M Yool.

Updated entries made to the following Squadron histories: - No 600 and photographs added to No 541 Sqn page, courtesy of John Archer.

1 December  2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Hawker Tempest V profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 3, 16, 174, 222, 274, 287, 349, 485, 486, 501

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Hawker Tempest II profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 5, 16, 20, 26, 30, 33, 54, 152, 183, 247

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - C A Bouchier, W B Caddell, C R Carr, H A Haines, C C Marindin, H D O'Neill

24 November 2002

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - J O Andrews, E B Addison, E B Ashmore, J T Babington, P Babington, R K Bagnall-Wild, G B A Baker, R S Blucke, B C Fellows, H H MacL Fraser, P W Game, R V Goddard, J D I HardmanL N Hollinghurst, J A Houison-Crauford, F W Long, E R Ludlow-Hewitt, E M Maitland, E A D Masterman, R P Mills, C O F Modin, H R Nicholl, L A Pattinson, S E Storrar, T C Traill, J H S Tyssen, T M Williams,

Photograph of Bloodhound Mk 1 added to the following squadron: - 141

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Hawker Tempest V profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 3, 6, 8, 26, 33, 39, 56, 80, 213, 249

Revised entry made on: - Joint Warfare Establishment.

3 November 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Hawker Typhoon profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 3, 4, 56, 137, 164, 168, 174, 175, 182, 183, 186, 193, 195, 197, 198, 245, 247, 257, 263, 268, 440485, 486, 609.  This now completes the addition of Typhoon profiles.

31 October 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Hawker Typhoon profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 56, 175, 182, 184, 193, 245, 247, 266, 438, 439, 609.

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire profile added) for the following squadrons: - 607

Squadron histories added/revised to the following squadrons: - 145, 607

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - R K Bagnall-Wild, J W Baker, F Beaumont, J H W Becke, A G Bishop, L F Blandy, C H B Blount, A G Board, I M Bonham-Carter, J A Boret, A E Borton, N H Bottomley, W A B Bowen-Buscarlet, H G Bowen, O T Boyd, J S T Bradley, G Livingstone, G S Shephard

28 October 2002

Commanding Officers up to 1980 added to No 4 FTS.

Updated entries made to the following biographical details: - C R Carr, S D MacDonald, E R Manning, J J Williamson

Squadron histories added to the following squadrons: - 181, 182, 183, 185

Squadron badges added to the following squadrons: - 181, 182, 183, 184, 185

27 October 2002

The general revision of the navigation system has been completed.

Colour profiles originally credited as Crown Copyright have been re-credited to the actual copyright holder, Delta Wings Ltd and are used on the site with their permission.  High quality prints are available from their website - click here

Histories of Operational Conversion Units have been added.

19 October 2002

A general revision of the navigation system has begun with the removal of Java scripted links, thereby making the site more accessible.

A Bibliography has been added.

A Book List of relevant titles available from Amazon as also been added.

 

18 October 2002

Squadron histories added for: - No 155, No 230

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Hawker Hurricane profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 3, 6, 17, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 42, 43, 46, 56, 73, 79, 80, 85, 87, 94, 111, 123, 128, 134, 135, 151, 164, 174, 185, 208, 213, 238, 241, 247, 253, 257, 258, 261, 274, 303, 310, 315, 335, 401, 402, 488, 501, 521, 527, 601, 605, 615

 

30 September 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Gloster Meteor F Mk 4 and/or F Mk 8  profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 34, 45, 56, 72, 8592, 111, 500, 600, 611

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Gloster Meteor FR Mk 9 and/or PR Mk 10  profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 2, 8, 13, 79, 81, 208, 541

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Gloster Meteor NF Mk 11 and/or NF Mk 13  profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 5, 11, 29, 39, 68, 85, 87, 96, 125, 141, 151, 219, 256, 264, 527

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Gloster Meteor NF Mk 12 and/or NF Mk 14  profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 25, 29, 33, 46, 60, 64, 72, 85, 152, 153, 264, 527

22 September 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Gloster Meteor I/III/F Mk 4 profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 19, 41, 43, 56, 63, 64, 65, 66, 74, 91, 92, 124, 222, 234, 245, 257, 263, 266, 500, 504, 541, 609, 610, 611, 615, 616

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Gloster Meteor F Mk 8 profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 19, 41, 43, 54, 56, 63, 64, 65, 66, 74, 222245, 247, 257, 263, 504, 600, 601, 604, 609, 610, 615, 616

 

15 September 2002

Updated biographical details for the following: - AM Sir John Babington, AM Sir Philip Babington, Brig-Gen R K Bagnall-Wild, AM Sir Brian Baker, A/Cdre F Beaumont, ACM Sir John Boothman, AVM A E Borton, ACM Sir Norman Bottomley, ACM Sir Robert Brooke-Popham, A/Cdre Sir Vernon Brown, ACM Sir Charles BurnettA/Cdre E I Bussell, A/Cdre J A Chamier, A/Cdre R W Chappell, AM Sir Robert Clark-Hall, A/Cdre L H Cockey, AVM Sir Conrad Collier, AVM R Collishaw, ACM Sir Christopher Courtney, A/Cdre G le B Croke, AM Sir Lawrence Darvall, AVM N L Desoer, AM Sir Grahame Donald, AM Sir Albert Durston, ACM Sir William Elliott, ACM Sir Basil Embry, Brig-Gen F L Festing, AVM W MacN Foster, AVM H H Macl Fraser, A/Cdre E L Gerrard, A/Cdre N J Gill, AVM A Gray, AM Sir Victor Groom, A/Cdre H A Haines, A/Cdre C Hallawell, ACM Sir Donald Hardman, AVM Sir Douglas Harries, AM Sir John Higgins, AVM M Henderson, AVM F L Hopps, A/Cdre G M Lawson, AVM A P Ledger, AM Sir Francis Linnell, AVM F W Long, AM Sir Harold Lydford, AVM R B MansellAVM R L G Marix, AVM Sir Lionel McKean, AVM Sir Francis Mellersh, ACM Sir William Mitchell, A/Cdre R F S Morton, A/Cdre C H Nicholas, A/Cdre G S Oddie, A/Cdre J Oliver, ACM Sir Keith Park, A/Cdre L G S Payne, A/Cdre N S Paynter, AM Sir Richard Peirse, AVM A L A Perry-KeeneA/Cdre W H Primrose, AVM C W H Pulford, AVM Sir Ranald Reid, AVM A P Ritchie, ACM Sir James Robb, A/Cdre H V Rowley, A/Cdre C R Samson, A/Cdre G S Shaw, AVM Sir Leonard Slatter, AM Sir Bertine Sutton, AVM M L Taylor, A/Cdre A A B Thomson, AVM S E Toomer, A/Cdre G H Vasse, A/Cdre R H Verney, AVM Sir John Whitford, ACM Sir John Whitworth-Jones, AM Sir Thomas Williams, AVM W M Yool.  Updates based on August and December 1921 Air Force Lists.

Date of death added to A/Cdre G L Carter (courtesy Matthew Broadbridge)

Updates for the following unit histories: - No 7 GroupNo 6 FTS

Formation dates added for Indian Wings and SAAF Wings

8 September 2002

Updated biographical details for the following: - AVM J O Andrews, AM Sir John Babington, A/Cdre H F V Battle, A/Cdre A G Board, A/Cdre H G Bowen, AVM J D Breakey, A/Cdre H Le M Brock, AVM H H Brookes, ACM Sir Charles Burnett, AVM L W Cannon, A/Cdre N Carter, AVM H M Cave-Brown-Cave, A/Cdre J S Chick, AM Sir Robert Clark-Hall, ACM Sir Ralph Cochrane, A/Cdre F H Coleman, AM D Colyer, A/Cdre C R Cox, A/Cdre H I Cozens, A/Cdre G le B Croke, AVM A D Cunningham, AM Sir John D'Albiac, AVM G G Dawson, A/Cdre O W de Putron, AM Sir Grahame Donald, AM Sir Albert Durston, AVM C H K Edmonds, AM Sir Thomas Elmhirst, ACM Sir Wilfred Freeman, AM Sir Gerald Gibbs, AM Sir Victor Goddard, A/Cdre R Gordon, AVM A Gray, A/Cdre D D'A A Greig, AM Sir Victor Groom, A/Cdre R M Groves, AVM F G D Hards, MRAF Sir Arthur Harris, AVM Sir George Harvey, ACM Sir Leslie Hollinghurst, AVM A Hesketh, AVM F L Hopps, A/Cdre H J F Hunter, AVM H S Kerby, AM A S G Lee, A/Cdre R J Legg, ACM Sir Hugh Lloyd, AVM Sir Norman MacEwen, AVM L L MacLean, AVM Sir Paul Maltby, A/Cdre W E G Mann, A/Cdre E R Manning, AVM R B MansellA/Cdre H M Massey, AVM W A McClaughry, AVM B McEntegart, ACM Sir Charles Medhurst, AVM Sir Francis Mellersh, ACM Sir William Mitchell, A/Cdre C H Nicholas, A/Cdre E W Norton, A/Cdre H E Nowell, A/Cdre G S Oddie, AVM A H Orlebar, ACM Sir Keith Park, AVM Sir Anthony Paxton, A/Cdre L G S Payne, AM Sir Richard Peck, AM Sir Laurence Pendred, AVM A L A Perry-Keene, MRAF Sir Thomas Pike, A/Cdre R C M Pink, ACM Sir George Pirie, A/Cdre N A P Pritchett, A/Cdre A D Pryor, AVM C W H Pulford, A/Cdre R P Ross, ACM Sir Arthur Sanders, AVM H V Satterley, AM Sir Robert Saundby, ACM Sir Hugh SaundersA/Cdre B J Silly, A/Cdre J Silvester, AVM S P Simpson, AVM H G Smart, AM Sir Ralph Sorley, AM Sir Charles Steele, AM Sir Alick Stevens, AVM C A Stevens, AVM J H S Tyssen, A/Cdre J L Vachell, AVM Sir John Whitford, AVM R P M Whitham Updates based on May - June 1920 Air Force Lists.

2 September 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Avro Lancaster I/III profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 7, 9, 12, 1535, 37, 44, 49, 50, 57, 61, 70, 75, 83, 90, 97, 100, 101, 103, 106, 109, 115, 138, 148, 149, 150153, 156, 166, 170, 178, 186, 189, 195, 207, 214, 218, 227, 231, 300, 405424, 427, 429, 433, 434, 460, 463, 467, 514, 550, 576, 582, 617619, 622, 625, 626, 630, 635

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Avro Lancaster ASR/GR III profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 18, 37, 38, 120, 160, 179, 203, 210, 224, 279, 621

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Avro Lancaster PR Mk 1 profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 82, 541, 683

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Avro Lancaster II profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 61, 115, 408, 426, 432, 514

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Avro Lancaster VII profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 9, 37, 40, 104, 617

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Avro Lancaster X profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 405, 408, 419, 420, 425, 428, 431, 434

This completes the addition of Lancaster profiles.

Squadron histories added for the following squadrons: - No 85, No 224

26 August 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 22/24 profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 73, 80, 500, 502, 504, 600602, 603, 607, 608, 610, 611, 613, 614, 615

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire PR IV/VII/X/XI/XIII profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 2, 4, 13, 16, 26, 140, 253, 400, 541, 542, 543, 544, 680, 681, 682, 683

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire VI/VII profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 66, 118, 129, 132, 154, 234, 310, 313, 504, 518, 519, 602, 611, 680

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire XII profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 41, 595

This completes the addition of Spitfire profiles

 

23 August 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire XVI profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 16, 17, 19, 20, 31, 34, 63, 65, 66, 74, 126, 127, 164, 229, 287, 288, 302, 303, 308, 317, 322, 329, 340, 341, 345, 349, 350, 401, 402, 403, 411, 412, 416, 421, 443, 451, 453, 567, 577, 587, 595, 501, 601, 602, 603, 604, 609, 612, 614, 631, 667, 691, 695

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire VIII profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 17, 20, 28, 32, 43, 54, 67, 73, 81, 87, 92, 94, 131, 132, 136, 145, 152, 153, 154, 155, 185, 208, 238, 241, 253, 256, 273, 326, 327, 328, 417, 451, 452, 457, 548, 549601, 607

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire XIV profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 2, 11, 16, 17, 20, 26, 28, 41, 91, 130, 132, 136, 152, 155, 268, 273, 350, 401, 402, 411, 412, 414, 416, 430, 443, 451, 453, 600, 602, 607, 610, 611, 612, 613

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire XIX profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 2, 16, 31, 34, 81, 82, 268, 541, 542, 681, 682, 683

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk 18 profiles added) for the following squadrons:- 28, 32, 60, 81, 208

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 21 profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 41, 122, 595, 600, 602

Personal aircraft added to the following page: ACM Sir James Robb, ACM Sir John Baker 

16 August 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire IX profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 6, 16, 19, 28, 32, 33, 43, 56, 64, 65, 66, 72, 80, 81, 87, 91, 92, 93, 94, 111, 118, 122, 123, 124, 126, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 145, 152, 153, 154, 164, 165, 183, 185, 187, 188, 189, 190, 208, 213, 222, 225, 229, 232, 234, 237, 238, 241, 242, 243, 249, 253, 256, 274, 287, 288, 302, 303, 306, 308, 312, 313, 315, 316, 317, 318, 322, 326, 327, 328, 329, 331, 332, 336, 340, 341, 345, 349, 350, 352, 401, 402, 403, 411, 412, 414, 416, 417, 421, 441, 442, 443, 453, 485, 501, 504, 521, 541, 595, 602, 611, 680, 683, 1435

12 August 2002

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire I/IIA/IIB profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 19, 41, 54, 56, 64, 65, 66, 72, 91, 111, 118, 121, 122, 123, 124, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 140, 145, 152, 154, 234, 238, 249, 266, 276, 277, 302, 303, 306, 308, 310, 312, 313, 315, 316, 331, 340, 341, 345, 349, 350, 400, 401, 403, 416, 417, 421, 452, 453, 457, 485, 501, 602, 603, 609, 610, 611616

Revised markings pages (dates and/or Supermarine Spitfire IV/VA/VB/VC profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 16, 19, 26, 32, 33, 43, 54, 63, 64, 65, 66, 69, 71, 72, 73, 80, 87, 91, 92, 93, 94, 111, 116, 118, 121, 122, 123, 124, 126, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 140, 145, 148, 152, 154, 164, 165, 167, 184, 185, 186, 208, 213, 222, 225, 229, 232, 234, 237, 238, 241, 242, 243, 249, 253, 257, 266, 269, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 287, 288, 290302, 303, 306, 308, 310, 312, 313, 315, 316, 317, 318, 322, 326, 327, 328, 329, 331, 332, 335, 336, 341, 345, 349, 350, 401, 402, 403, 411, 412, 416, 417, 421, 441, 442, 443, 451, 452, 453, 457, 485, 501, 504, 520, 521, 527, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 567, 577, 595, 601, 602, 603, 607, 609, 610, 611, 615, 616, 631, 691, 695, 1435

 9 August 2002

Revised entries added for A/Cdre A H Wann, A/Cdre E M Maitland, AM Sir Thomas Elmhirst, AVM J B Cole-Hamilton, A/Cdre W H Dunn, A/Cdre E D M Robertson, AVM P E Maitland, AM Sir Victor Goddard, AM Sir Robert Clark-Hall, A/Cdre D Iron, AM Sir John Babington, A/Cdre R P Ross, AM Sir Francis Linnell, A/Cdre R Gordon, A/Cdre A G Bishop, AVM Sir Geoffrey Bromet, AVM G G Dawson, ACM Sir Richard Peirse, AVM Sir Lionel McKean, A/Cdre E W Norton, AVM Sir Charles Lambe, AVM F R Scarlett, A/Cdre P F M Fellowes, AVM F C Halahan, A/Cdre R C M Pink.  All above entries are corrected from the "Dispositions of RNAS Officers" dated 30th August 1915.

Revised entries added for A/Cdre E M Maitland, A/Cdre D le G Pitcher, A/Cdre A A Walser, Brig-Gen W W Warner, Brig-Gen C H Whittington, AVM R P Willock, A/Cdre A C Wright.  All above entries are corrected from the Army Lists 1914 - 1918.

Revised markings pages (Hawker Hurricane I/IIA/IIB profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 302, 306, 308, 310, 312, 315, 316, 317, 318, 331, 335, 401, 402, 417, 450, 451, 486, 488, 516, 527, 538, 605, 607, 610, 615, 680, 691

Revised markings pages (Hawker Hurricane IIC/IID/IV profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 5, 6, 11, 17, 2026, 28, 32, 33, 42, 4360, 63, 67, 69, 71, 73, 79, 81, 87, 96, 123, 134, 135, 136, 137, 146, 151, 153, 164, 174, 176, 184, 185, 186, 213, 225, 229, 237, 238, 239, 241, 249, 250, 253, 256, 257, 258, 261, 273, 274, 279, 284, 285, 286, 289, 290, 291, 309, 335, 336, 351, 352, 417, 438, 439, 440, 504, 516, 518, 520, 521, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 567, 577, 587, 595, 598, 601, 607, 615, 631, 639, 650, 667, 679, 681, 691, 695

4 August 2002

Revised entries added for AVM H H Brookes , A/Cdre Lord Harvey, Brig-Gen C C Marindin, MRAF J M Salmond, A/Cdre R H VerneyA/Cdre A D Pryor, A/Cdre J L Vachell, AVM J H S Tyssen, A/Cdre A A B Thomson, AVM W F MacNeece, A/Cdre A H Wann, AM Sir Roderick Carr, AVM D Harries, A/Cdre C E H Rathborne, A/Cdre E M Maitland, A/Cdre C R Samson, Brig-Gen H D Briggs, A/Cdre H P Smyth-Osbourne, AVM C W H Pulford, AVM C H K Edmonds, A/Cdre G B Dacre, AM Sir Ralph Sorley, AM Sir Philip Wigglesworth, AVM A D Cunningham, AM Sir Victor Goddard, AVM C W Nutting, A/Cdre K C Buss, AVM H K Thorold, A/Cdre F W Walker, A/Cdre H G Brackley, ACM Sir Ralph Cochrane, A/Cdre A W Mylne

Revised markings pages (Hawker Hurricane I/IIA/IIB profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 1, 3, 6, 17, 20, 33, 34, 43, 46, 56, 67, 69, 73, 74, 94, 95, 96, 98, 112, 116121, 126, 127, 128, 133, 134, 135, 136, 173, 175, 181, 182, 183, 185, 193, 208, 225, 237, 238, 239, 242, 245, 247, 249, 250, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 261, 273, 274, 276, 288, 289

30 July 2002

Revised markings pages (Avro Lincoln profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 7, 9, 12, 15, 35, 44, 49, 50, 57, 58, 61, 83, 90, 97, 100, 101, 115, 116, 138, 148, 149, 151, 192, 199, 207, 214, 527, 617.

Revised markings pages (AW Whitley profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 10, 51, 53, 5877, 78, 97, 102, 109, 138, 161, 166295, 296, 297, 298, 502, 612

Revised markings pages (Fairey Swordfish profiles added) for the following squadrons: - 8, 119, 202, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814820, 821, 822823, 825

A link has been established to A Catalogue of UK Airports from the stations section of "RAF Organisational Structure", which gives basic information on airfields and airports throughout the UK. (courtesy of John Woodside)

21 July 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 8, 14, 24, 36, 38, 69, 172, 179, 203, 221, 232, 242, 244, 281, 294, 304, 305, 344, 407, 415, 458, 459, 466524, 527, 547, 612, 621.  This now completes the additions of images to Wellington squadrons.

New link to MoD Reunited added to both Links and Research Source sections

 

 14 July 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 9, 12, 15, 36, 37, 38, 40, 57, 70, 75, 99, 101, 109, 142, 149, 150, 162, 166, 172, 179, 192, 196, 199214, 218, 221, 300, 301, 304, 305, 311, 405, 419, 420, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 431, 432, 460, 544, 547, 612

Photograph of No 184 Squadron added to No 184 Squadron history (courtesy of Dave Russell)

Original Squadron Badge for No 3 Squadron added (courtesy of Julian Halden-Goddard)

Squadron histories added for: - No 184, No 252

 

6 July 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 3, 5, 9, 11, 23, 25, 29, 33, 37, 38, 41, 46, 57, 60, 64, 72, 75, 85, 87, 89, 93, 96, 99, 103, 104, 108, 109, 137, 141, 148, 149, 150, 151, 156, 158, 192, 214 215, 218, 221, 294, 300, 305, 311, 419, 458, 466 

21 June 2002

Squadron badge added to No 215 Squadron history

More details added to biography of C G Hoare (courtesy of J F Bosher)

Squadron histories added for: - No 162

6 June 2002

Squadron histories added for: - No 41, No 42, No 43, No 44, No 45, No 353, No 354, No 357, No 358, No 360, No 361

Squadron Codes up dated for Squadrons: - 41 - 50

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 360

2 June 2002

Squadron histories added for No 33, No 34, No 35No 36, No 37, No 38, No 39, No 40, No 356 

Squadron badges added No 355 and 356 Squadron histories, courtesy of Peter Caldwell

Squadron Codes up dated for Squadrons: - 36 - 40,

Photographs added to the following biographies: - E B Addison, J E A Baldwin, D C T Bennett, N H Bottomley, W B Callaway, C R Carr, R A Cochrane, W A Coryton, A T Harris, E R Ludlow-Hewitt, R D Oxland, R E C Peirse, C F A Portal, E A B Rice, J M Robb, J C Slessor

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 35, 51, 76, 158

1 June 2002

Squadron Codes up dated for Squadrons: - 1 - 5, 6 - 10, 11 - 15, 16 - 20, 21 - 25, 26 - 30, 31 - 35

Squadron histories added for No 32 (The Royal) Squadron,

28 May 2002

The latest up-date of the existing biographical entries is now complete, this has included the addition of details from the January 1939 Air Force List and the June 1945 Confidential Air Force List.

Command and Group Commanders have also been updated to the June 1945 CAFL.

New biographical entries added for : - AVM E B Addison*, MRAF Lord Elworthy, AM Sir Edouard GrundyA/Cdre G K Horner, A/Cdre D W Lane, AM Sir Ronald Lees, A/Cdre R L Mills, A/Cdre H Waring, A/Cdre A H Wheeler

*AVM Addison was not a GD Officer at the time of his promotion to A/Cdre, but has been included here because of his appointment to the command of an operational group in Bomber Command.

19 May 2002

I am still up-dating the biographical entries for the period between 1920 and Jan 1939.  This is a time consuming process but it has identified a number of errors, which have been corrected and a still larger number of ommisions, which I have been able to fill in.

4 May 2002

The revision of biographical entries continues.

New link to ServicePals.com

Search facility re-installed and fully operative

28 April 2002

The revision of biographical entries continues.

Links from Main Menu to revised squadron markings pages corrected.

Search facility removed owing to faulty links

21 April 2002

The revision of biographical entries and the identification of missing data for further research continues, many entries have been updated and revised, far too many to list.

18 April 2002

Repair of incorrect link to main menu

Continued revision of biographical section underway with particular reference to the period 1930 - 1939.

Biographical entry added for A/Cdre J A Tester

15 April 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 34, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 64, 66, 67, 69, 72, 75, 76, 77, 80, 84, 100, 105, 106, 112, 113, 142, 143, 144, 208, 209

Major revision of biographical section underway with particular reference to the period 1930 - 1939.

7 April 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 3, 17, 28, 37, 39, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 51, 54, 61, 63, 65, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 78, 80, 143, 150, 151, 152, 153, 201, 203, 204, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 226, 230, 233, 273

Top 20 List created to bring together websites covering the subject of the Royal Air Force

6 April 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 47, 48, 50, 59, 67, 7682, 100, 114, 138, 142, 143, 150

4 April 2002

Revised entry added for ACM Sir Walter Merton (extra details courtesy of Robin Merton)

Revised entry added for A/Cdre A R Wardle (photographs courtesy of Mike O'Connor)

Squadron histories added for Fleet Air Arm squadrons 1933 - 1939

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 17, 19, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 47, 56, 60, 61, 63, 64, 68, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 81, 84, 85, 89, 92, 94, 111, 143, 145, 150

2 April 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 42, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 57, 63, 67, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78, 100, 113, 114, 141, 142, 144, 150, 202, 205, 206, 211, 212, 217, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 226, 227, 233, 269, 273, 712, 713, 800, 801, 802, 803, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 820, 821, 822, 823, 824, 825, 1435

New information added to Barrage Balloon Squadron details: - 901 - 910

1 April 2002 (RAF's 84th Anniversary)

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: -  2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 57, 59, 64, 66, 67, 75, 76, 77, 78, 84, 100, 114

31 March 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 40, 45, 46, 59, 84, 60, 63, 72, 113, 201, 209, 210

Expanded biographical entry for A/Cdre G L Carter

26 March 2002

Squadron badge added to No 542 Squadron, courtesy of Tony Regan

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 14, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 35, 41, 47, 111

Squadron badges added to No 205 Squadron and No 209 Squadron, courtesy of John Cooper

24 March 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 54, 57, 61, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 70, 72, 75, 7884, 92, 96, 111, 141, 142, 144, 157, 202, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 219, 225, 229, 246, 248, 249, 252, 263, 270

21 March 2002

Revised markings pages for the following squadrons: - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 43, 45, 47, 51, 54, 58, 63, 64, 67, 75, 83, 90, 100, 101, 102, 111148, 149, 166, 203, 246

Squadron histories added for the following squadrons: - 211, 212, 213, 214, 215

14 March 2002

Squadrons revised on Andover entry

New aircraft profiles added to the following squadron markings pages: - 10, 17, 19, 21, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 47, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 59, 63, 66, 67, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78, 84, 90, 101, 111, 141, 142, 144, 150

10 March 2002

New entries added to Operations - Northern Europe, Operations - Middle East.

3 March 2002

Squadron histories added/revised for No's 2627, 28, 29, 3091, 92, 93, 94, 95

24 February 2002

Squadron histories added/revised for No's 2122, 23, 24, 25

Many of the biographies for officers who served in the RNAS have been updated from the August 1914 Navy List.

23 February 2002

Squadron histories added/revised for No's 1617, 18, 19, 20

Revised entries for ACM Sir Harry Broadhurst

16 February 2002

Squadron histories added/revised for No's 15126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 542.  This also includes revision of the associated 'Aircraft & Marking' page.

Revised entries for AVM J O Andrews

15 February 2002

Maps showing Coastal Command dispositions - November 1939, May 1941May 1942, May 1943, July 1944, July 1945

Maps showing Bomber Command dispositions - June 1940, February 1941February 1942, February 1943, February 1944, February 1945

Revised entries for A/Cdre H R BusteedACM Sir Douglas Evill, A/Cdre P F M Fellowes, A/Cdre T E B Howe, ACM Sir Arthur Longmore.  (extra info courtesy of Andrew Smith)

12 February 2002

A Research Sources page as been added to help those of you looking for information not contained on this site

Badges added to Home Commands 1936 - 1938, Home Commands 1939 - 1957, Home Commands 1958 - 2002 and Joint Service Commands

Badges added to the following Group histories - No's 1 - 9, 10 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 48, 50 - 67, 70 - 106,        200 - 333, Named Unit with Group status, Directly Administered Units (Ministry Level), Flying Training Establishments, School and Staff Colleges, Experimental and Administrative Establishments

Updated entry for ACM Sir Gus Walker (extra info courtesy of Terry Hissey)

10 February 2002

Squadron Badges added to the following Squadron History pages: -

151 - 180, 201 -203, 206 - 208, 213, 216, 219, 222, 229 - 230, 232 - 236, 238, 242, 245, 247 - 249, 253, 257, 263 - 264, 266, 310, 312, 350, 360, 501, 504, 600 - 605, 607, 609 - 611, 615 - 617.

9 February 2002

Squadron Badges added to Squadron History pages for No's 81 - 150 Squadrons

Links to Amazon.com have been set up at appropriate places.

8 February 2002

Squadron Badges added to Squadron History pages for No's 51 - 80 Squadrons

1 February 2002

The main change this month, is that the site has been moved to a new server, owing to its outgrowing the previous allocation of server space.  The new server allows for a site size of 200MB, which will be adequate for future expansion.

Squadron badges added to many of the squadron history pages

Biographies for ACM Sir Walter Cheshire, AM Sir John Edwardes-Jones, AM Sir Walter Pretty added.

Many Biographical entries have been revised to include extra information or revised information.

A link as been established to Dream Software to permit visitors to purchase related software direct.

13 January 2002

Revised aircraft and markings pages added - accessible from the squadron history pages.

Access to above pages from the main menu added

2 January 2002

Biography added for A S Forbes.

1 January 2002

New or revised  Squadron Markings pages for the following squadrons: -

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50.

December 2001

The site has been considerably revised.  A number of changes have been made to make navigation easier.

1.    These include a revised Home Page and site entry system as well as a full site map and main menu

2.    Many of the Markings pages now display a new range of colour and monochrome images showing squadron markings.

3.    A complete section has been added giving details of camouflage and marking development for the 1939 - 1945 period.

4.    The whole site has been revised to improve its accessibility and it now meets all Priority 1 requirements for 'Bobby Approval'

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