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No 7 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Jun - Jul 1923

Date Notes
1 Jun 1923 Reformed at RAF Bircham Newton from 'D' Flight, No 100 Squadron, equipped with Vickers Vimys
Vimy

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt David A Stewart  1 Jun 1923 MC, DFC, AFC

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1923 - Jan 1924

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cecil H Hayward  5 Jul 1923 Arrived on posting as Officer Commanding

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cecil H Hayward  5 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John S Holloway  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt David A Stewart  1 Jun 1923 MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Tom O Clogstoun  1 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edward L Barrington 17 Sep 1923 MC, DFC
Fg Off Allan L A Perry-Keene  9 Jul 1923 later AVM
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Charles A Horn  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off John B H Rogers  8 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Bernard C Duke  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Robert B Fleming  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Harry W Pierce  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Dental
Fg Off Harry J Henderson 17 Oct 1923  
Under Instruction
Fg Off Francis E W Davis  5 Dec 1923  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Frank W Mundy 16 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Nick P C Mellor 15 Oct 1923  
Plt Off Francis N Lines  5 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Francis F W Hall 15 Aug 1923  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cecil H Hayward  5 Jul 1923 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John S Holloway  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt Victor A Gibbs 17 Feb 1924 DSC
Flt Lt David A Stewart  1 Jun 1923 MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Edward L Barrington 17 Sep 1923 MC, DFC
Flt Lt Allan L A Perry-Keene  9 Jul 1923 later AVM
Fg Off John B H Rogers  8 Aug 1923  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Harry W Pierce  9 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923  
Plt Off Francis N Lines  5 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Owen R Pigott  1 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Charles F Roupell  4 Jan 1924  

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3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Under Instruction
Fg Off Arthur H C Derby 28 Mar 1924  
Plt Off Nick P C Mellor 15 Oct 1923  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
xx May 1924 Squadron received Vickers Virginia IIIs
Virginia II
xx Sep 1924 Squadron received Vickers Virginia IIs and IVs
Virginia II

Virginia IV of No 7 Squadron

xx Jan 1925 Squadron received Vickers Virginia Vs
Virginia IV
xx May 1925 Squadron disposed of the Vickers Virginia IIIs
xx Jun 1925 Squadron disposed of the Vickers Virginia IVs
xx Jun 1925 Squadron received Vickers Virginia VIs
Virginia VI

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II, V and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr John R Howett  6 Jan 1925
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson  1 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt William M Fry 10 Sep 1924 MC
Flt Lt Allan L A Perry-Keene  9 Jul 1923 later AVM
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 14 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 17 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Francis N Lines  5 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Owen N Pigott  1 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Adrian H W J Cocks 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Gerald J Handy 28 May 1925  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 19 Nov 1925 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John S T Bradley 19 Nov 1925 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II V and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John S T Bradley 19 Nov 1925 Officer Commanding; later AM
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr John R Howett  6 Jan 1925
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson  1 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Plt Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off James Eaton 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off William M C Kennedy 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Arnold W A Ricks 18 Oct 1925  
Plt Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  7 Nov 1923  
Under Instruction
Plt Off Leslie Dalton-Morris 12 Oct 1925 later AM
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Plt Off Ronald J Stevens 12 Oct 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Mar 1926 - Jul 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Herbert A Tillman  4 Apr 1926 Committed suicide
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

12 Apr 1926 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 7 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John S T Bradley  1 May 1926 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn on posting to HQ ADGB
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

 1 May 1926 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925 - Jul 1926

Date Notes
xx May 1926 Squadron disposed of the Vickers Virginia Vs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

12 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr John R Howett  6 Jan 1925
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson  1 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Flt Lt Gordon Archer 18 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Fg Off William H O Rumfitt 13 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Patrick V Williams 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off James Eaton 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off William M C Kennedy 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Arnold W A Ricks 18 Oct 1925  
Plt Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 20 Jun 1923  
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Williamson R Reith 26 Apr 1926 MD, AM
Fg Off Ernest J Jenkins 24 Feb 1926  
Under Instruction
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens 12 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Noel E D Hutchinson 10 Jul 1926 Transferred to RAFO
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 14 Jul 1926 Transferred to RAFO
Sqn Ldr John R Howett 24 Oct 1926 Transferred to RAFO
Plt Off James Eaton  8 Nov 1926 Committed suicide

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia II and VI

Vickers Vimy

RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

12 Apr 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Leslie F Forbes 11 Oct 1926 MC
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Flt Lt Gordon Archer 18 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edwin S C Vaughan  9 Jul 1923 MC
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Fg Off William H O Rumfitt 13 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Paul McK Terry 17 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Patrick V Williams 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off William M C Kennedy 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Arnold W A Ricks 18 Oct 1925  
Plt Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alexander H Allan  1 Jun 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ronald J Wishlade 19 Aug 1926  
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Williamson R Reith 26 Apr 1926 MD, AM
Under Instruction
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens 12 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
xx Aug 1926 Squadron disposed of the Vickers Virginia VIs
xx Mar 1927 Squadron received Vickers Virginia VIIs
Virginia VII of No 7 Squadron ('A' Flight)

Virginia VII of No 7 Squadron ('A' Flight)

 6 Apr 1927 Squadron HQ moved from RAF Bircham Newton to RAF Worthy Down
 7 Apr 1927 Main Party, moved from RAF Bircham Newton to RAF Worthy Down
 5 Jul 1927 'A' Flight, detached to RAF Weston Zoyland for annual armament training

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

11 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Eustace O Grenfell 20 Oct 1924 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Leslie F Forbes 11 Oct 1926 MC
Flt Lt Charles F Toogood  1 May 1927  
Flt Lt Charles E Barraclough 13 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Stanley J Stocks 29 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923  
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Terence H Carr 30 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Rowland Costa 29 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Plt Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lionel H Anness 16 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Victor G A Hatcher 14 Dec 1926  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Under Instruction
Plt Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
23 Jul 1927 'A' Flight, returned from RAF Weston Zoyland on completion of annual armament training
 9 Aug 1927 'B' Flight, detached to RAF North Coates Fitties for annual armament training
10 Sep 1927 'B' Flight, returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of annual armament training
xx Sep 1927 Squadron received Vickers Virginia IXs
Virginia IX
16 Apr 1928 Squadron detached to RAF North Coates Fitties for annual armament training
12 May 1928 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of annual armament training

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII & IX RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

11 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Francis H Coleman 27 Jan 1928 DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Francis R Alford  7 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Edward P M Davis 15 Apr 1928 AFC, AM
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett 30 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923 Signals duties
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Fg Off Alan P Bett 16 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Plt Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928  
Plt Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Plt Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Plt Off John H Lindell  2 May 1928  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
xx Nov 1928 Squadron received Vickers Virginia Xs
Virginia X

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

September 1928

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII & IX RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

11 Mar 1927 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Francis H Coleman 27 Jan 1928 DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Francis R Alford  7 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Edward P M Davis 15 Apr 1928 AFC, AM
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett 30 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Geoffrey Rose 14 Jun 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923 Signals duties
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Plt Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928  
Plt Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Plt Off Harold Box 26 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Plt Off John H Lindell  2 May 1928  
Plt Off Arnold Wall 28 Jul 1928  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Edye R Manning

 1 Oct 1928 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command
Wg Cdr

Charles F A Portal

30 Nov 1928 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn on posting to Imperial Defence College
Wg Cdr

Edye R Manning

30 Nov 1928 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Edye R Manning

 1 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Francis H Coleman 27 Jan 1928 DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E H C MacPherson 10 Apr 1929  
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

10 Dec 1928 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Albert J R Moss 15 Dec 1923 Signals duties
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  1 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett 30 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Ronald J Stevens  8 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George D Harvey 12 Oct 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Francis W Field 10 Sep 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Walter H Merton 16 Dec 1925 later ACM
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Fg Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Fg Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928  
Fg Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Fg Off John H Lindell  2 May 1928  
Plt Off John D Richardson  9 Dec 1928  
Plt Off Arnold Wall 28 Jul 1928  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Under  Instruction

Plt Off Robert V Redpath 12 Feb 1929  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Edye R Manning

 2 Nov 1929 Proceeded to Australia to get married
Sqn Ldr Charles E H C MacPherson  2 Nov 1929 Assumed temporary command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

15 Dec 1929 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command
Sqn Ldr Charles E H C MacPherson  6 Jan 1930 Relinquished temporary command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

 6 Jan 1930 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
11 Aug 1929 Five (best) crews detached to RAF Catfoss for annual armament training
16 Aug 1929 Five crews detached to RAF North Coates Fitties for annual armament training
12 Sep 1929 Five crews returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of annual armament training
14 Sep 1929 Five (best) crews returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of annual armament training
26 May 1930 Squadron detached to RAF Catfoss for annual armament training
22 Jun 1930 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of annual armament training

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

15 Dec 1929 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

Lionel G S Payne

21 Feb 1930 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E H C MacPherson 10 Apr 1929  
Flt Lt

Alfred D Rogers

10 Dec 1928 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Sidney E Storrar

16 Jan 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Robert A Whyte  3 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Morris A Platts 15 Feb 1930  
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Fg Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Fg Off John Barton 21 Apr 1928 Killed in a flying accident - 19 Jan 1931
Fg Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Fg Off John D Richardson  9 Dec 1928  
Fg Off Frederick C Edney Hayter 23 Oct 1929  
Plt Off Cedric R Crow 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Walter S Monroe 14 Dec 1929 Killed in a flying accident - 19 Jan 1931
Plt Off Eric D Bishop 12 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Edward A Cooke 12 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Albert E Smith  1 Apr 1930  

-

9 Airman Pilots

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

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Walter S Monroe 19 Jan 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off John Barton 19 Jan 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC J S Milner 19 Jan 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr Lionel G S Payne  7 Apr 1931 Assumed temporary command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Conway W H Pulford

 7 Apr 1931 Posted to SHQ, RAF Bircham Newton
Sqn Ldr Lionel G S Payne 26 May 1931 Relinquished temporary command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr Arthur L Gregory 26 May 1931 Arrived on posting from No 58 Sqn and assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
29 Jun 1931 Squadron detached to RAF North Coates Fitties for annual armament training

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Gregory

26 May 1931 Officer Commanding, MBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Lionel G S Payne

21 Feb 1930 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 10 Feb 1931 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

17 Mar 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Richard H Barlow 13 Apr 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties;
Flt Lt John R Brown 10 Nov 1930 DFC
Fg Off Morris A Platts 15 Feb 1930  
Fg Off William T Walton 16 Oct 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off John R Whitley 21 Jun 1927 later AM
Fg Off Hermann F Suren 14 Jan 1928  
Fg Off Ivor MacL Cameron  2 May 1928  
Fg Off Patrick J J Cullinan 18 May 1931  
Fg Off Cedric R Crow 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Edward A Cooke 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Eric D Bishop 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Albert E Smith  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Richard J R H Makgill 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off George A C Foster  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off William Halmshaw  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Donald M T MacDonald  8 Mar 1931 later AVM
Plt Off Ronald G E Catt  7 Apr 1931  
Plt Off George G Stead 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Ian G Ross 25 May 1931  

-

10 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
25 Jul 1931 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of annual armament training
30 May 1932 Squadron detached to RAF Catfoss for annual armament training
23 Jun 1932 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of annual armament training

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII, IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Gregory

26 May 1931 Officer Commanding, MBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 10 Feb 1931 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt

Walter J Seward 

17 Mar 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Richard H Barlow 13 Apr 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties;
Flt Lt John R Brown 10 Nov 1930 DFC
Fg Off Morris A Platts 15 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Patrick J J Cullinan 18 May 1931  
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan  1 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Cedric R Crow 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Eric D Bishop 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off George A C Foster  1 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Richard J R H Makgill 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Frederic R Newell 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Edward R Berry 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Follett B Bristow 17 Nov 1931  

-

10 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
xx Jan 1933 Squadron disposed of the Vickers Virginia IIs
 5 Jun 1933 Squadron detached to RAF Catfoss for annual armament training
 2 Jul 1933 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of annual armament training

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia IX & X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Gregory

26 May 1931 Officer Commanding, MBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 10 Feb 1931 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt John R Brown 10 Nov 1930 DFC
Flt Lt Reginald J D Drummond 23 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George R Montgomery 12 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Eugene Esmonde 10 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Lionel W V Jennens  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Joseph J Zwarenstein 19 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Follett B Bristow 17 Nov 1931  
Plt Off

Stanley J Marchbank

23 Jul 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Lloyd Coulson 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Ridley L Bradford 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest E Holmes 21 May 1931  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur A B Thomson

 2 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr Arthur L Gregory  2 Oct 1933 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn on posting to Electrical and Wireless School
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster 20 Nov 1933 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr Joseph S T Fall 20 Nov 1933 Relinquished command of  ' A' Flight

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Date Notes
xx Aug 1933 Squadron disposed of the Vickers Virginia IXs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur A B Thomson

 2 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  9 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

John F Titmas

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Bertram H Ashton 27 Sep 1933  
Fg Off Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George R Montgomery 12 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Eugene Esmonde 10 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Lionel W V Jennens  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Joseph J Zwarenstein 19 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Roy Faville 16 Sep 1933 later AVM
Plt Off

Stanley J Marchbank

23 Jul 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Arthur H Jarrand 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Lloyd Coulson 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest E Holmes 21 May 1931  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Arthur A B Thomson

13 Feb 1934 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn on posting
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster 13 Feb 1934 Assumed temporary command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

 2 Apr 1934 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 7 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  2 Apr 1934 Relinquished temporary command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

 2 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, MC, later AVM
Sqn Ldr

John M Mason

28 Oct 1931 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  9 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

John F Titmas

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert A A Cole 14 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Frederick W Murison 16 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Ralph L West 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Lionel W V Jennens  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off James A B Begg 26 Sep 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off

Stanley J Marchbank

23 Jul 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Roy Faville 16 Sep 1933 later AVM
Plt Off Arthur H Jarrand 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Patrick S Foss  1 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Alexander V Sawyer  9 May 1934  
Plt Off Percival C Hilton 12 Feb 1934  
Plt Off John C Northey 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Peter A McWhannell 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off

George P Seymour-Price

11 Mar 1934 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO George Currie 29 May 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest E Holmes 21 May 1931  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
27 Aug 1934 Squadron detached to RAF North Coates Fitties for annual armament training
23 Sep 1934 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of annual armament training
 4 Mar 1935 Squadron detached to RAF North Coates Fitties for annual armament training
31 Mar 1935 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of annual armament training
xx Apr 1935 Squadron commenced re-equipping with Handley Page Heyford IIs
Handley Page Heyford

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

 

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X

Handley Page Heyford II

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

 2 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding, MC, later AVM
Sqn Ldr Charles W Attwood 12 Sep 1934  
Sqn Ldr Charles E W Foster  9 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt

John F Titmas

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert C Savery 21 Aug 1934 DFC
Fg Off Roy Faville 16 Sep 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Patrick S Foss  1 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Percival C Hilton 12 Feb 1934  
Plt Off Peter A McWhannell 18 Feb 1934  
Plt Off

George P Seymour-Price

11 Mar 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off John E C G F Gyil-Murray  2Sep 1934  
Plt Off John R Stephenson 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off Michael Hallam 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Gradon T Gilbert  4 Mar 1935  
Warrant Officers
WO George Currie 29 May 1934  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  8 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

18 Dec 1935 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr F O Soden 18 Dec 1935 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

19 Dec 1935 Posted to the Air Ministry

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
xx Mar 1936 Squadron disposed of the final Vickers Virginia X
15 Mar 1936 'B' Flight was detached to form No 102 Squadron
xx Apr 1936 Squadron commencing receiving Handley Page Heyford IIIs to equip a new 'B' Flight
Handley Page Heyford
15 Apr 1936 Squadron detached to RAF Aldergrove for annual armament training
 1 May 1936 Squadron returned from RAF Aldergrove on completion of annual armament training

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Heyford II

Handley Page Heyford III

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  8 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr Strang Graham 15 Apr 1936 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert C Savery 21 Aug 1934 DFC
Flt Lt A Lewis 14 Apr 1936 attached from RCAF
Fg Off Patrick S Foss  1 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Peter A McWhannell 18 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Terence B Morton 24 Jul 1935  
Fg Off F W Hilton  8 Jun 1936  
Plt Off C E Slee 25 May 1936  
Plt Off Michael Hallam 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Lawrence R Stewart 27 Jul 1935  
Plt Off W P Whitworth  2 Mar 1936  
Plt Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
APO P H Rebbeck 11 May 1936  
APO R K Wildey 11 May 1936  
Warrant Officers
WO George Currie 29 May 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  8 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

18 Dec 1935 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr F O Soden 18 Dec 1935 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Alexander Gray

19 Dec 1935 Posted to the Air Ministry

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 3 Sep 1936 Squadron moved from RAF Worthy Down to RAF Finningley
13 Jan 1937 Squadron detached to RAF Aldergrove for annual armament training
 1 Feb 1937 Squadron returned from RAF Aldergrove on completion of annual armament training
xx Apr 1937 Squadron received some Vickers Wellesleys
Wellesley
12 Apr 1937 'B' Flight was detached to form No 76 Squadron

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Heyford II

Handley Page Heyford III

Vickers Wellesley

RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  8 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr F C Rowland  5 May 1937  
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt Robert C Savery 21 Aug 1934 DFC
Fg Off W P Whitworth  2 Mar 1936  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Plt Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D L England 10 Jan 1937  
APO P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
APO T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
APO P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F O Soden  4 Jan 1938 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn
Wg Cdr

William E Theak

 4 Jan 1938 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 4 Jan 1938 Squadron detached to No 8 ATS, RAF Evanton for annual armament training
29 Jan 1938 Squadron returned from No 8 ATS, RAF Evanton on completion of annual armament training
 1 Mar 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipping with Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIs
Whitley II of No 7 Squadron
12 Apr 1938 Squadron disposed of its final Handley Page Heyford II and IIIs and Vickers Wellesleys

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William E Theak

 4 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Plt Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
Plt Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reid  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  

-

11 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
27 Sep 1938 Squadron markings replaced by squadron code letters
29 Nov 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipping with Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIIs
Whitley III
xx Dec 1938 Squadron disposed of its Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III (from Nov 1938) RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William E Theak

 4 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
Plt Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reed  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R F Tonge 11Jun 1938  
Plt Off R C Cobbe 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off C J Callingham 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off C A Weeks 17 Sep 1938  
APO G W Stanhope 29 Oct 1938  
APO CP L Wilcock 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William E Theak

 2 Jan 1939 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn on posting to RAF Staff College
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques  2 Jan 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
xx Mar 1939 Squadron received some Avro Anson Is
Anson I
22 Apr 1939 Squadron began re-equipping with Handley Page Hampdens
Hampden I

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

 

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

Avro Anson I

RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off P W V Massy 22 May 1937  
Fg Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reed  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R F Tonge 11Jun 1938  
Plt Off R C Cobbe 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off C J Callingham 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off C A Weeks 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R Turner 30 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO G Bottomley 10 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

Avro Anson I

Handley Page Hampden

RAF Finningley Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L G Nixon 24 Mar 1939 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr J N Jaques 28 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  8 Feb 1938  
Fg Off William S Gardner 13 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off F A Willan 10 Jan 1939  
Fg Off R S Allen 16 Aug 1936  
Fg Off M W Donaldson  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D L England 10 Jan 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off T W Rippingale 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P Tomlinson 22 May 1937  
Fg Off J G McGrail 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D J Rogers 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D T Johnston  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R J Reed  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A R Playfair 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off T E Sanders 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H E Robson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R F Tonge 11Jun 1938  
Plt Off R C Cobbe 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R Turner 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off G T Rhodes 10 Jan 1939  
Plt Off W G Taylor 10 Apr 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO G Bottomley 10 Jan 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off J G McGrail 23 May 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off G Lloyd 23 May 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 E B Brentnall 23 May 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 R Lumley 23 May 1939 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: May - Sep 1939

Date Notes
11 May 1939 Re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens completed
 1 Jun 1939 No 7 Sqn and No 76 Sqn became the Group Training Pool for No 5 Group
13 Jul 1939 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI

No 7 Squadron badge

 1 Sep 1939 Squadron moved to Doncaster Airport under the 'Scatter Scheme'

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

The Squadron Badge on this page is Crown Copyright and has been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and is displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

On the outbreak of war on 3 September the squadron was composed of: -

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr L G Nixon Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr N B Norris OC, 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr A V Sawyer OC, 'A' Flight
Flt Lt William S Gardner Attached to No 5 Group; later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R S Allen  
Fg Off F A Willan Adjutant
Fg Off D L England Navigation duties
Fg Off T W Rippingale  
Fg Off R J Reed  
Fg Off D J Rogers  
Fg Off D T Johnston  
Plt Off D W Edmonds  
Plt Off B F Burbridge  
Plt Off A R Playfair  
Plt Off R F Tonge  
Plt Off G T Rhodes  
Plt Off W G Taylor  
WO G Bottomley  
WO C Ascough  
Sgt (Pilot) R P Bugler  
Sgt (Pilot) R R Simpson  
Sgt (Pilot) S A Williams  
Sgt (Pilot) C L Sumpster  
Sgt (Pilot) R C Harbourne  
Sgt (Pilot) W S Herring Attached to No 44 Sqn
Sgt (Pilot) L A Paskell  
Sgt (Pilot) E D Parker  
Sgt (Pilot) E L Ferrands  
Sgt (Pilot) J W Daykin  
Sgt (Pilot) A Y M McCombe  
Act Sgt J Wells Air Observer
Act Sgt J G W Maybury Air Observer
Act Sgt E T Molineux Air Observer
Act Sgt T O Dennis Air Observer
Act Sgt D Windle Air Observer
Act Sgt E T Apperson Air Observer
Total: 251 Officers, WOs and Airmen.  8 Hampdens and 8 Ansons

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A R Playfair  5 Sep 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  7 Sep 1939 Posted to No 44 Sqn, RAF Waddington
Sqn Ldr M H Kelly  8 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Brize Norton and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Wg Cdr L G Nixon 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Sqn Ldr M H Kelly 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Sqn Ldr A V Sawyer 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Flt Lt R S Allen 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Fg Off F A Willan 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Fg Off D T Johnston 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Fg Off R J Reed 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Fg Off T W Rippingale 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Sgt (Pilot) R P Bugler 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Sgt (Pilot) R R Simpson 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Plt Off D W Edmonds 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Plt Off R F Tonge 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
4 x Air Observers 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
4 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunners 18 Sep 1939 Screened from posting as Key Personnel
Sqn Ldr M H Kelly  1 Oct 1939 Reposted for duty as Chief Flying Instructor and OC, Flying Flight
Sqn Ldr A V Sawyer  1 Oct 1939 Reposted for duty as Chief Ground Instructor
WO J B McGinn  1 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as OC, Maintenance Flight
Wg Cdr L G Nixon 28 Nov 1939 Relinquished command of No 7 Sqn on posting to No 52 Sqn
Wg Cdr A E Paish 28 Nov 1939 Assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
15 Sep 1939 Squadron returned to RAF Finningley from Doncaster Airport
21 Sep 1939 First Air Party, departed RAF Finningley for RAF Upper Heyford
23 Sep 1939 Main Party, departed RAF Finningley for RAF Upper Heyford by road and rail
23 Sep 1939 Squadron transferred from No 5 Group to No 6 Group
 1 Oct 1939 Squadron re-organised into a Flying Flight and a Maintenance Flight

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Monthly Training Statistics: Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
Sep 1939 5 x Officer Pilots and 5 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training
5 x Air Observers arrived for training
13 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunners arrived for training
5 x Officer and 5 x Sgt Pilots posted away on completion of training
2 x Wireless Operators posted away on completion of training
Oct 1939 10 x Officer and 3 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training
3 x Officer and  x 2 Sgt Pilots posted away on completion of training
9 x Air Observers arrived for training
21 x Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
Nov 1939 4 x Officer and 1 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training
1 x Officer and  2 x Sgt Pilots posted away on completion of training
9 x Air Observers arrived for training
6 x Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
Dec 1939 7 x Officer and 4 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training
4 x Air Observers arrived for training
9 x Officer and 3 x Airmen Air Gunners arrived for training
9 x Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
11 x Sgt Observers posted away on completion of training

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr A E Paish  1 Jan 1940 Assumed duties of Chief Flying Instructor, RAF Upper Heyford
Sqn Ldr M H Kelly  1 Jan 1940 Retained duties of OC, Flying Flight
Plt Off M H Macgregor  1 Jan 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R J Bailey  1 Jan 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt T O Dennis  1 Jan 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl P Brightmore  1 Jan 1940 Injured in a flying accident
Act Flt Lt J Baird  5 Jan 1940 Relinquished duties of Squadron Adjutant
Plt Off W H Ashbee  5 Jan 1940 Assumed duties of Squadron Adjutant
Plt Off Walker xx Feb 1940 Screened for instructional duties
Plt Off A H Davies xx Feb 1940 Screened for instructional duties
Sgt (Pilot) R P Bugler  1 Apr 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off and retained as a screened instructor
Sgt (Pilot) R R Simpson  1 Apr 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off and retained as a screened instructor
Act Fg Off W H Ashbee  5 Apr 1940 Squadron Adjutant, promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Fg Off F A Willan  6 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley on completion of duty as a screened instructor
Plt Off J E Newton-Clare  6 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
Plt Off J F W Allen  7 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
Plt Off M T H Adams  8 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
Sgt H V King  8 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
AC O'Connell  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC Baird  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC Moyes  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC McKenzie  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC Potter  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC Roberts  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC Thompson  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
AC Rose  6 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, arrived from No 4 B & GS for training
Sgt Plt G E Cowan  6 Apr 1940 Arrived from No 10 SFTS for training
Sgt Plt J E Hills  6 Apr 1940 Arrived from No 10 SFTS for training
Sgt Plt J Hopkins  6 Apr 1940 Arrived from No 10 SFTS for training
Sgt Plt H V Crum  8 Apr 1940 Arrived from No 5 SFTS for training
Sgt Plt E Dainty  8 Apr 1940 Arrived from No 5 SFTS for training
Sgt Plt L E Holland  8 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF Harwell for training
Wg Cdr A E Paish  8 Apr 1940 Posted to No 16 OTU, RAF Upper Heyford for Engineer duties
AC Atkinson  9 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, posted to No 44 Sqn, RAF Waddington on completion of training
AC Yates  9 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, posted to No 44 Sqn, RAF Waddington on completion of training
AC Mandale  9 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, posted to No 44 Sqn, RAF Waddington on completion of training
AC Beattie  9 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, posted to No 50 Sqn on completion of training
Plt Off J T Julian 19 Apr 1940 Air Gunner, posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
Plt Off J T Marshall 19 Apr 1940 Air Gunner, posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
Plt Off T M Taylor 19 Apr 1940 Air Gunner, posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
AC Wood 19 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
AC Buck 19 Apr 1940 WOp/AG, posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Date Notes
 4 Apr 1940 Signals received stating No 7 Sqn was to reform at RAF Finningley as an operational unit
22 Apr 1940 Squadron disbanded on being merged into No 16 OTU

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Monthly Training Statistics: Jan - Apr 1940

Date Notes
 1 Jan 1940 4 x Sgt Observers posted away on completion of training
 2 Jan 1940 1 x Sgt Observer posted away on completion of training
 5 Jan 1940 4 x Sgt Air Observers arrived for training
 5 Jan 1940 1 x Officer Pilot arrived for training
 5 Jan 1940 6 x Wireless Operator-u/t Air Gunners arrived for training
12 Jan 1940 2 x Officer Pilots and 2 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training
15 Jan 1940 3 x Officer Pilots posted away on completion of training
19 Jan 1940 1 x Officer Pilot posted away on completion of training
26 Jan 1940 7 x Officer Air Gunners arrived for training
26 Jan 1940 4 x Sgt Air Observers arrived for training
 1 Feb 1940 3 x Officer Pilots and 2 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training
 5 Feb 1940 1 x Officer Pilot arrived for training
 6 Feb 1940 1 x AC Air Gunner arrived for training
12 Feb 1940 1 x Sgt Pilot arrived for training
12 Feb 1940 3 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
16 Feb 1940 2 x Officer and 1 x Sgt Pilots posted away on completion of training
27 Feb 1940 1 x Sgt Air Observer arrived for training
 2 Mar 1940 6 x Officer Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
 4 Mar 1940 2 x Airmen Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
11 Mar 1940 4 x Officer Pilots arrived for training
11 Mar 1940 6 x Airmen Air Gunners arrived for training
11 Mar 1940 3 x Officer Air Gunners posted away on completion of training
11 Mar 1940 1 x Officer Pilot posted away on completion of training
11 Mar 1940 1 x Airman Pilot posted away on completion of training
11 Mar 1940 1 x Airman Air Gunner posted away on completion of training
12 Mar 1940 2 x Officer Air Gunners arrived for training
14 Mar 1940 6 x Sgt Observers posted away on completion of training
22 Mar 1940 3 x Airmen Air Gunners arrived for training
23 Mar 1940 4 x Officer Pilots arrived for training
25 Mar 1940 5 x Airmen Air Gunners arrived for training
 6 Apr 1940 8 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunners arrived for training from No 4 Bombing and Gunnery School - names, see above
 6 Apr 1940 3 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training from No 10 SFTS - names, see above
 7 Apr 1940 2 x Officer Pilots posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
 8 Apr 1940 2 x Sgt Pilots arrived for training from No 5 SFTS - names, see above
 8 Apr 1940 1 x Officer Pilot and 1 x Sgt Pilot posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
 8 Apr 1940 1 x Sgt Pilot arrived for training from Harwell - name, see above
 9 Apr 1940 3 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunners posted to No 44 Sqn on completion of training
 9 Apr 1940 1 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunner posted to No 50 Sqn on completion of training
19 Apr 1940 3 x Officer Air Gunners posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training
19 Apr 1940 2 x Wireless Operator/Air Gunners posted to RAF Finningley on completion of training

Personnel Movements: Aug - Nov 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Roberts  1 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Wg Cdr P I Harris  3 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 7 Sqn

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Nominal Roll of Officer:  1 Nov 1940

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr P I Harris Officer Commanding
Flt Lt L G Bristowe Adjutant
Sqn Ldr J M Griffith-Jones  
Flt Lt G H Smith  
Flt Lt G W Bennett  
Flt Lt A Chambers  
Flt Lt A H S Browne  
Flt Lt A C Ward  
Fg Off G B Blacklock  
Fg Off V F B Pike  
Fg Off E V Best  
Fg Off S G Stock  
Fg Off G K Larney  
Plt Off R W Cox
Plt Off F H P Austin
Plt Off B M Mathe
Plt Off D T Witt
Plt Off C R Barrett

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Personnel Movements: Nov - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt C L Olsson  7 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr P W Lynch-Bosse  9 Dec 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt C L Olsson 20 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Boscombe Down
Sgt D K Deyck 23 Dec 1940 Appointed to a commission
Plt Off W H J Thompson 25 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A Bilbe-Robinson 25 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off K O Blunden 25 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W I Dalgliesh 25 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J F Sach 25 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt A Chambers 23 Dec 1940 Posted to HQ No 3 Group for Armament duties

Source - No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

Organisational Movements: Aug - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 1 Aug 1940 Reformed at RAF Leeming to introduce the Short Stirling I into RAF Service with 1 x Flight of 8 aircraft
Stirling I of No 7 Squadron (early colour scheme)
29 Oct 1940 Squadron moved to RAF Oakington
 9 Dec 1940 'B' Flight formed

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 7 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/98)

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