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No 27 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Apr - Jul 1920

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1920 Reformed at Mianwali by redesignating No 99 Squadron, equipped with DH9As
DH 9A of No 27 Squadron
14 Apr 1920 Squadron moved to Risalpur

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Roland J Mounsey A 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Claude R Cox A  4 Nov 1918 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John L Vachell A 12 Jan 1920 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur D Pryor A 12 Jan 1920 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John P Hosford Med xx xxx 1919 Medical Officer, MB
Fg Off James H Butler A xx xxx xxxx  
Fg Off Brian A S Lewin A 25 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Louis Murphy A

12 Jan 1920

MC
Fg Off James H Dand A  7 Apr 1920 MBE
Fg Off Charles H Waters A 12 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Orwell E Sharpe A 25 Apr 1918  
Fg Off Thomas Rose A 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Fg Off Alan F Alexander A 28 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Thomas C James T 13 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Eric C Delamain O 25 Apr 1919 MC
Fg Off Harold A L Pattison A  6 Nov 1918  
Obs Off John S F Watson O 17 Jan 1919  
Fg Off Sydney G Newport T  4 Dec 1919  
Fg Off Lewin B Duggan A & S 30 Aug 1918  
Fg Off William R Fairbairn Ad xx Jan 1920  
Fg Off Herbert E King A 25 Apr 1919  
Fg Off John W F Merer A  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Fg Off Palmer J Parry A 28 Jan 1920  
Obs Off Reginald A C Brie O 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Ian G G Edgar A 19 Dec 1919  
Fg Off Oscar A P Heron A 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Obs Off Bernard J Malyan O 29 Apr 1919  
Obs Off Joe Davison O 25 Apr 1919  
Obs Off Arthur L Willcox O 11 Apr 1919  
Fg Off David C Duncan A 23 Apr 1919  
Obs Off Edwin Cuthbert O xx xxx xxxx  

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Roland J Mounsey A 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Claude R Cox A  4 Nov 1918 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John L Vachell A 12 Jan 1920 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur D Pryor A 12 Jan 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off James H Butler A xx xxx xxxx  
Fg Off Brian A S Lewin A 25 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Louis Murphy A

12 Jan 1920

MC
Fg Off James H Dand A  7 Apr 1920 MBE
Fg Off Charles H Waters A 12 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Orwell E Sharpe A 25 Apr 1918  
Fg Off Alan F Alexander A 28 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Thomas Rose A 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Fg Off Thomas C James T 13 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Eric C Delamain O 25 Apr 1919 MC
Fg Off Harold A L Pattison A  6 Nov 1918  
Obs Off John S F Watson O 17 Jan 1919  
Fg Off Charles H N Nunn T  1 Aug 1920  
Fg Off Lewin B Duggan A & S 30 Aug 1918  
Fg Off William R Fairbairn Ad xx Jan 1920  
Fg Off Herbert E King A 25 Apr 1919  
Fg Off John W F Merer A  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Fg Off Palmer J Parry A 28 Jan 1920  
Obs Off Reginald A C Brie O 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Ian G G Edgar A 19 Dec 1919  
Obs Off Patrick J Hayes O 24 Jul 1920 AFC
Fg Off Oscar A P Heron A 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Obs Off Bernard J Malyan O 29 Apr 1919  
Obs Off Joe Davison O 25 Apr 1919  
Obs Off Arthur L Willcox O 11 Apr 1919  
Fg Off David C Duncan A 23 Apr 1919  
Obs Off Edwin Cuthbert O xx xxx xxxx  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John P Hosford Med xx xxx 1919 Medical Officer, MB

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Roland J Mounsey A 22 Ap r 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Eustace O Grenfell A  6 Jan 1921 MC, AFC
Flt Lt John L Vachell A 12 Jan 1920 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur F Brooke A 28 Aug 1920  
Fg Off James H Butler A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Brian A S Lewin A 25 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Louis Murphy A

12 Jan 1920

MC
Fg Off Edward E Turner A 11 Feb 1921 DFC
Fg Off Charles H Waters A 12 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Orwell E Sharpe A 25 Apr 1918  
Fg Off Thomas Rose A 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Fg Off Cecil Jackson A 23 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Thomas C James T 13 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Harold A L Pattison A  6 Nov 1918  
Fg Off Charles H N Nunn T  1 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Lewin B Duggan A & S 30 Aug 1918  
Fg Off John W F Merer A  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Fg Off Palmer J Parry A 28 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Ian G G Edgar A 19 Dec 1919  
Obs Off Patrick J Hayes O 24 Jul 1920 AFC
Fg Off David C Duncan A 23 Apr 1919  

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Roland J Mounsey A 22 Ap r 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Eustace O Grenfell A  6 Jan 1921 MC, AFC
Flt Lt John L Vachell A 12 Jan 1920 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur F Brooke A 28 Aug 1920  
Fg Off James H Butler A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Brian A S Lewin A 25 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Louis Murphy A

12 Jan 1920

MC
Fg Off Edward E Turner A 11 Feb 1921 DFC
Fg Off Charles H Waters A 12 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Orwell E Sharpe A 25 Apr 1918  
Fg Off Thomas Rose A 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Fg Off Cecil Jackson A 23 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Thomas C James T 13 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Noel H Jay A  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Harold A L Pattison A  6 Nov 1918  
Fg Off Charles H N Nunn T  1 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Lewin B Duggan A & S 30 Aug 1918  
Fg Off John W F Merer A  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Fg Off Palmer J Parry A 28 Jan 1920  
Obs Off Patrick J Hayes O 24 Jul 1920 AFC
Fg Off David C Duncan A 23 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Percy Chauney A  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Richard S Walter A  8 Mar 1921  

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

Branches: A = Aeroplane, A & S = Aeroplane and Seaplane, Ad = Administrative, Med = Medical, O = Observer, T = Technical

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Roland J Mounsey 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Eustace O Grenfell  6 Jan 1921 MC, AFC
Flt Lt Reginald T B Houghton  7 Apr 1922 AFC
Fg Off Rene J M de St Leger 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off George H Harrison  7 Mar 1922 DFC
Fg Off Edward E Turner 11 Feb 1921 DFC, killed in action - 28 Dec 1922
Fg Off Stafford B Harris 24 Nov 1921 AFC
Fg Off Charles H Waters 12 Apr 1919  
Fg Off John Oliver 27 Sep 1921 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Orwell E Sharpe 25 Apr 1918  
Fg Off Robert B Luard 24 Nov 1921 Killed in a flying accident - 17 Aug 1922
Fg Off Cecil Jackson 23 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Thomas C James 13 Apr 1920  
Fg Off John W F Merer  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Obs Off Patrick J Hayes 24 Jul 1920 AFC
Fg Off Walter Anderson  6 May 1922  
Fg Off David C Duncan 23 Apr 1919 Killed in a flying accident - 17 Aug 1922
Fg Off Percy Chauney  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Richard S Walter  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Plt Off William A B Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Noel C Hayter-Hames  7 Mar 1922  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edwin N H Gray  2 Jan 1922  

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

From 14 December 1922 until 20 April 1923, when it returned to Risalpur, it was based at Dardoni

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Roland J Mounsey 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Phillip G Scott  5 Jan 1923  
Flt Lt Reginald T B Houghton  7 Apr 1922 AFC
Flt Lt Kenelm A Lister-Kaye 15 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Rene J M de St Leger 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Stafford B Harris 24 Nov 1921 AFC
Fg Off John Oliver 27 Sep 1921 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off John W F Merer  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Fg Off Albert E Platford 15 Nov 1922  
Fg Off Charles S Hartung 23 Feb 1923 MM
Fg Off Percy Chauney  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Phillip W Adams 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Edward J Dashwood 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Geoffrey P F Hills 13 Dec 1922  
Plt Off William A B Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Noel C Hayter-Hames  7 Mar 1922  
Medical Branch
Fg Off James D Leahy  8 Jan 1923 MC, MB, BA

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ralph P Whitehead 15 Mar 1923 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Phillip G Scott  5 Jan 1923  
Flt Lt Reginald T B Houghton  7 Apr 1922 AFC
Flt Lt Kenelm A Lister-Kaye 15 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Rene J M de St Leger 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Stafford B Harris 24 Nov 1921 AFC
Fg Off Horace W Westaway 22 Apr 1923  
Fg Off John Oliver 27 Sep 1921 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off John W F Merer  9 Oct 1918 later AVM
Fg Off Albert E Platford 15 Nov 1922  
Fg Off Charles S Hartung 23 Feb 1923 MM
Fg Off Percy Chauney  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Cyril A Mason 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Phillip W Adams 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Edward J Dashwood 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Geoffrey P F Hills 13 Dec 1922  
Obs Off Gerald C Sclater 23 Feb 1923  
Plt Off William A B Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Noel C Hayter-Hames  7 Mar 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Alfred G Knight 23 Feb 1923  
Medical Branch
Fg Off James D Leahy  8 Jan 1923 MC, MB, BA

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ralph P Whitehead 15 Mar 1923 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Phillip G Scott  5 Jan 1923  
Flt Lt Frederic H Laurence 14 Sep 1923 MC
Flt Lt Reginald T B Houghton  7 Apr 1922 AFC
Flt Lt Kenelm A Lister-Kaye 15 Feb 1923  
Flt Lt Stafford B Harris 24 Nov 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Rene J M de St Leger 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Clifford W Busk 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Horace W Westaway 22 Apr 1923  
Fg Off John Oliver 27 Sep 1921 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Albert J E Broomfield 15 Oct 1923 DFC
Fg Off Charles E H Allen 14 Sep 1923 DFC
Fg Off John Bradbury 17 Jun 1923  
Fg Off Albert E Platford 15 Nov 1922  
Fg Off Charles S Hartung 23 Feb 1923 MM
Fg Off Cyril A Mason 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off David J Hugh-Jones 30 Jun 1923  
Fg Off Phillip W Adams 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Edward J Dashwood 13 Dec 1922  
Obs Off Gerald C Sclater 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off William A B Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Noel C Hayter-Hames  7 Mar 1922  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alfred G Knight 23 Feb 1923  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - May 1924

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off David J Hugh-Jones 29 Jan 1924 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements: Jan - May 1924

Date Notes
May - Jul 1924 Various detachments were sent to Dardoni for operations

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ralph P Whitehead 15 Mar 1923 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Stafford B Harris 24 Nov 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Clifford W Busk 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Rene J M de St Leger 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Horace W Westaway 22 Apr 1923  
Fg Off John Oliver 27 Sep 1921 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Charles E H Allen 14 Sep 1923 DFC
Fg Off Amos F James 29 Dec 1923  
Fg Off John Bradbury 17 Jun 1923  
Fg Off Albert E Platford 15 Nov 1922  
Fg Off Charles S Hartung 23 Feb 1923 MM
Fg Off Cyril A Mason 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Edward J Dashwood 13 Dec 1922  
Obs Off Gerald C Sclater 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Noel C Hayter-Hames  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off William A B Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Alfred G Knight 23 Feb 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Charles A Lindup 28 Dec 1923  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

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

Personnel Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Edward J Dashwood 21 Mar 1925 Died from injuries sustained in action
Fg Off Noel C Hayter-Hames 21 Mar 1925 Killed in action

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 13 Sep 1924  
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William N Cumming  4 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Rene J M de St Leger 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off James G Western 27 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Charles E H Allen 14 Sep 1923 later AVM
Fg Off John Bradbury 17 Jun 1923  
Fg Off Henry A Boniface 25 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Edward F Colam 22 May 1924  
Fg Off Frederick G S Mitchell 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Fg Off William A D Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off William P Wiltshire 21 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Cyril J A Delany 13 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Darrell C Burnley 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off Charles N A B Mumby 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off William J Brett 17 Mar 1925  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Ernest V E Andrewartha 22 Dec 1923  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Christopher P Barber 23 Mar 1924  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 13 Sep 1924  
Flt Lt Charles E H Allen 14 Sep1923 DFC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Edgar H D Spence 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Henry A Boniface 25 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Frank W Foster  2 Oct 1925 DFC, DSM
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Edward F Colam 22 May 1924  
Fg Off William A D Brook  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off William P Wiltshire 21 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Cyril J A Delany 13 Feb 1925  
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925  later AVM
Fg Off Darrell C Burnley 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Charles N A B Mumby 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Robert O Jones 15 Oct 1925 later AM
Fg Off William J Brett 17 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Aubrey N Francombe 18 Nov 1925  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William A G Goldsworthy 18 Nov 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Christopher P Barber 23 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Gerard J Hanly 18 Dec 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1926

Date Notes
29 Mar 1926 Squadron moved to Arawali Practice Camp
 6 Apr 1926 Squadron returned from Arawali Practice Camp

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 13 Sep 1924  
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E H Allen 14 Sep1923 DFC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Edgar H D Spence 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Frank W Foster  2 Oct 1925 DFC, DSM
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Cyril J A Delany 13 Feb 1925  
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925  later AVM
Fg Off Darrell C Burnley 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Charles N A B Mumby 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Robert O Jones 15 Oct 1925 later AM
Fg Off Aubrey N Francombe 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Hector S Martin 10 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Claude W L Trusk  8 Feb 1926  
Plt Off William A Shorten 18 May 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William A G Goldsworthy 18 Nov 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Gerard J Hanly 18 Dec 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Date Notes
Nov 1926 Detachment sent to Miranshah for operations

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 13 Sep 1924  
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E H Allen 14 Sep1923 DFC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Edgar H D Spence 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Frank W Foster  2 Oct 1925 Signals Duties, DFC, DSM
Fg Off Cyril J A Delany 13 Feb 1925 Armament Duties
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925  later AVM
Fg Off Darrell C Burnley 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Charles N A B Mumby 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off William J P Sloan 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Aubrey N Francombe 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Hector S Martin 10 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Claude W L Trusk  8 Feb 1926  
Fg Off William A Shorten 18 May 1926  
Plt Off George P Butcher 10 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Walter S Townend  7 Jul 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William A G Goldsworthy 18 Nov 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Gerard J Hanly 18 Dec 1925  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India RAF India/No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 13 Sep 1924  
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E H Allen 14 Sep1923 DFC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Edgar H D Spence 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Frank W Foster  2 Oct 1925 Signals duties, DFC, DSM
Fg Off Wilfred A Chase  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Cyril J A Delany 13 Feb 1925  
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925 Photographic duties;  later AVM
Fg Off Darrell C Burnley 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off William J P Sloan 21 Sep 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Aubrey N Francombe 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Hector S Martin 10 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Claude W L Trusk  8 Feb 1926  
Fg Off William A Shorten 18 May 1926  
Fg Off Richard D Adams  7 Apr 1927  
Fg Off George P Butcher 10 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Walter S Townend  7 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Edward G Olsen 20 May 1927  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William A G Goldsworthy 18 Nov 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Gerard J Hanly 18 Dec 1925  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
LAC E A Turner 29 Apr 1928 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India RAF India/No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Strang Graham 23 Nov 1923 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Ian E Brodie

14 Nov 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur R Prendergast 21 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Frank W Foster  2 Oct 1925 Signals duties, DFC, DSM
Fg Off Richard E Bain 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Francis J Fressanges  1 Jan 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AM
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925 Photographic duties;  later AVM
Fg Off William J P Sloan 21 Sep 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Claude W L Trusk  8 Feb 1926  
Fg Off George P Butcher 10 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Edward G Olsen 20 May 1927  
Fg Off James E McC Henderson  2 Aug 1927  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William A G Goldsworthy 18 Nov 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas W Wilson  9 Nov 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Risalpur, India RAF India/No 2 Indian Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Ian E Brodie

14 Nov 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur R Prendergast 21 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Frank W Foster  2 Oct 1925 Signals duties, DFC, DSM
Fg Off Richard E Bain 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Francis J Fressanges  1 Jan 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AM
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925 Photographic duties;  later AVM
Fg Off William J P Sloan 21 Sep 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Claude W L Trusk  8 Feb 1926  
Fg Off George P Butcher 10 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Edward G Olsen 20 May 1927  
Plt Off John R Mathews 13 Jun 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William A G Goldsworthy 18 Nov 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas W Wilson  9 Nov 1927  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
17 Dec 1928 Squadron moved from Risalpur to Kohat from where it operated detachments to Miranshah

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Lionel M Bailey 27 Nov 1924 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Richard E Bain 23 Feb 1928  
Flt Lt

Ian E Brodie

14 Nov 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur R Prendergast 21 Feb 1928  
Flt Lt Francis J Fressanges  1 Jan 1928 later AM
Fg Off

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925 Photographic duties;  later AVM
Fg Off William J P Sloan 21 Sep 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off James C H Tavendale  9 Mar 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off George P Butcher 10 Sep 1926  
Fg Off John R Mathews 13 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Harry J Cross 22 Oct 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
xx Apr 1930 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Westland Wapiti aircraft
Wapiti IIA of No 27 Squadron
23 May 1930 'C' Flight flew the final five DH9As were flown to Karachi for disposal
27 May 1930 'C' Flight returned from Karachi with the last of the Wapitis to complete re-equipment

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Francis W Trott  7 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC
Flt Lt

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925 Photographic duties;  later AVM
Flt Lt Archibald H H MacDonald  8 Oct 1929  
Flt Lt Eric C Delamain  8 Oct 1929 MC
Fg Off Hector S Martin 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off John R Mathews 13 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Harry J Cross 22 Oct 1928  
Plt Off Ambrose M Cowell 17 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Ronald P Cauthery  9 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Percy B Lusk 17 Mar 1930  

-

6 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
Sqn Ldr Francis W Trott 14 Aug 1931 Relinquished command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Gerald M Bryer 14 Aug 1931 Assumed command of No 27 Sqn

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
28 Aug - Sep 1930 Detachment sent to Arawali for operations
 8 May - Jun 1931 Detachment sent to Miranshah for operations

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Francis W Trott  7 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC
Flt Lt Eric C Delamain  8 Oct 1929 MC
Flt Lt Richard E Bain  9 Jul 1930  
Flt Lt

James L F Fuller-Good

18 Nov 1925 Photographic duties;  later AVM
Fg Off John R Mathews 13 Jun 1928  
Fg Off de Lancy Cooke  7 Nov 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Ambrose M Cowell 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Ronald P Cauthery  9 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Percy B Lusk 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Philip F Canning 16 Sep 1930 Armament duties
Plt Off Hubert M Bowes-Lyon 17 Dec 1930  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
Sep - Oct 1931 Detachment located at Miranshah for operations

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Gerald M Bryer 14 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt David F Anderson 24 Oct 1931 DFC, AFC
Flt Lt James W Lissett 30 Jan 1932  
Flt Lt John E G Thomas 19 Mar 1932  
Fg Off de Lancy Cooke  7 Nov 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Ambrose M Cowell 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Ronald P Cauthery  9 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Percy B Lusk 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Alfred C Richardson 26 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Philip F Canning 16 Sep 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off Hubert M Bowes-Lyon 17 Dec 1930  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Gerald M Bryer 14 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt James W Lissett 30 Jan 1932  
Flt Lt Bertram W T Hare 18 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt

Phillip Slocombe

 1 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt de Lancy Cooke  7 Nov 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off John C Atkins  1 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Norris Kirkham  1 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Hubert M Bowes-Lyon 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Henry N G Ransbottom-Isherwood  1 Jan 1933  
Plt Off Francis C de la P Beresford-Peirse  7 Feb 18933  
Plt Off John C Pope 28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Plt Off Peter S Salter 28 Feb 1933  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jan 1934

Date Notes
 1 Dec 1933 'A' Flight departed Kohat to escort a Clive of the Bomber Transport Flight on a long distance flight to Rangoon
 5 Dec 1933 Long distance flight arrived at Rangoon
10 Dec 1933 Long distance flight departed Rangoon for the return to Lahore
17 Dec 1933 'A' Flight arrived at Kohat from Lahore

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Gerald M Bryer 14 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt James W Lissett 30 Jan 1932  
Flt Lt

Phillip Slocombe

 1 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Raymond E Hall  2 Aug 1933  
Flt Lt Bertram W T Hare 18 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt de Lancy Cooke  7 Nov 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off John C Atkins  1 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Norris Kirkham  1 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Hubert M Bowes-Lyon 17 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Henry N G Ransbottom-Isherwood  1 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Cecil L Monckton 22 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Joseph J Watts  4 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Francis C de la P Beresford-Peirse  7 Feb 18933  
Plt Off John C Pope 28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Plt Off Peter S Salter 28 Feb 1933  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt James W Lissett 30 Jan 1932  
Flt Lt Frederick H Isaac 19 Mar 1934 DFC
Flt Lt Raymond E Hall  2 Aug 1933  
Fg Off

John M Cohu

 5 Dec 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Norris Kirkham  1 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Henry N G Ransbottom-Isherwood  1 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Cecil L Monckton 22 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Humphrey W A Chesterman  6 May 1934  
Fg Off Joseph J Watts  4 Jul 1933  
Fg Off Robert A C Carter 13 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Francis C de la P Beresford-Peirse  7 Feb 18933  
Plt Off John C Pope 28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Plt Off Peter S Salter 28 Feb 1933  
Plt Off Rowan S Howe 24 Oct 1933  
Plt Off William M Graham 31 Jan 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Kenneth H Riversdale-Elliot 27 Oct 1934 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 27 Sqn
Flt Lt James W Lissett 28 Nov 1934 Relinquished command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Kenneth H Riversdale-Elliot 28 Nov 1934 Assumed command of No 27 Sqn

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Kenneth H Riversdale-Elliot 27 Oct 1934 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Harold M S Wright 18 Nov 1934  
Flt Lt Aubrey W Elias 12 May 1935  
Flt Lt Raymond E Hall  2 Aug 1933  
Flt Lt

John M Cohu

 5 Dec 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Joseph J Watts  4 Jul 1933  
Fg Off

Charles Broughton

30 Mar 1935 later AM
Fg Off Thomas G L Gale 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off

Willem R Brotherhood

30 Mar 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ronald A C Barclay 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Rowan S Howe 24 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Patrick B H Butler 14 Mar 1935  
Plt Off William M Graham 31 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Cyril C Hodder  7 Nov 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Kenneth H Riversdale-Elliot 27 Oct 1934 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Harold M S Wright 18 Nov 1934  
Flt Lt Aubrey W Elias 12 May 1935  
Flt Lt Garth R O'Sullivan  9 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Joseph J Watts  4 Jul 1933  
Fg Off

Charles Broughton

30 Mar 1935 later AM
Fg Off Rowan S Howe 24 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Patrick B H Butler 14 Mar 1935  
Fg Off William M Graham 31 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Cyril C Hodder  7 Nov 1934  
Plt Off E K Piercy 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off J Darwen 14 Mar 1936  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Cpl Cox 30 Jan 1937 Fitter Armourer, admitted to hospital in Singapore with Diphtheria
LAC Coward 30 Jan 1937 Admitted to hospital in Singapore with Diphtheria
Sqn Ldr

Rowland Costa

 7 Apr 1937 Proceeded on leave to the UK
Flt Lt G G House  7 Apr 1937 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Plt Off J B Pascoe-Webb 13 Apr 1937 Killed in a flying accident
LAC R W Gibbs 13 Apr 1937 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
xx Oct 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 27 Squadron badge
17 Jan 1937 12 x aircraft departed Kohat on long distance flight to Singapore, landing at Cawnpore, 3 x aircraft damaged on landing
18 Jan 1937 Long distance flight arrived at Calcutta
19 Jan 1937 Long distance flight arrived at Rangoon via Akyab
20 Jan 1937 Long distance flight arrived at Victoria Point
21 Jan 1937 Long distance flight arrived at Singapore via Taiping
31 Jan 1937 Squadron moved to RAF Tengah
 7 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Victoria Point via Teiping
 8 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Rangoon
10 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Calcutta via Akyab
11 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Cawnpore via Gaya
12 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Delhi
13 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Lahore
14 Feb 1937 Squadron arrived at Kohat

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326), except*

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

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Rowland Costa

 4 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre Rowland Coats
Flt Lt G G House  5 Oct 1936  
Fg Off Patrick B H Butler 14 Mar 1935  
Fg Off William M Graham 31 Jan 1934
Fg Off Cyril C Hodder  7 Nov 1934  
Fg Off E K Piercy 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off J Darwen 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A C Rabagliati 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off A M K Phillips 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J A W Lawrence 11 Mar 1937  
Plt Off B J Thomas 11 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F F Lambert 11 Feb 1937  
Warrant Officer
WO W J Ralphs 28 Nov 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt G G House  1 Aug 1937 Relinquished temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A M Stevens  1 Aug 1937 Assumed command of No 27 Sqn
Sgt J N Bushnell 25 Oct 1937 Killed in flying accident
LAC G O Carr 25 Oct 1937 Killed in flying accident
APO R J Manton  5 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting, wef 21 Nov 1937
APO F S Powley  5 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting, wef 21 Nov 1937
Flt Lt C Stephenson  9 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting from HQ No 1 (Indian) Group pending assuming command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A M Stevens 25 Apr 1938 Relinquished command of No 27 Sqn on posting to the UK
Flt Lt C Stephenson 25 Apr 1938 Assumed command of No 27 Sqn

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 5 Dec 1937 Squadron moved to Karachi for Armament Practice Camp
21 Dec 1937 Squadron returned from Karachi on completion of Armament Practice Camp
 3 Mar 1938 Squadron proceeded to Miranshah to undertake operations
10 Mar 1938 Squadron returned from Miranshah on completion of operations
17 Apr 1938 'A' and 'B' Flights proceeded to Miranshah to undertake operations
13 May 1938 'A' and 'B' Flights returned from Miranshah on completion of operations
25 May 1938 'B' and 'C' Flights proceeded to Miranshah to undertake operations

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt C Stephenson  9 Apr 1938  
Flt Lt E K Piercy 14 Mar 1936  
Flt Lt C D Hackett 16 Oct 1937  
Fg Off J Darwen 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off A C Rabagliati 15 Dec 1936
Fg Off A M K Phillips 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off B J Thomas 11 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F F Lambert 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off R J Manton 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F S Powley 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J H Dunn 18 Mar 1938  
APO G P French 27 Apr 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO W P Spinks 19 Mar 1937  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G P French 29 Aug 1938 Killed in flying accident
AC1 C P Rushworth 29 Aug 1938 Killed in flying accident
Sqn Ldr W N McKechnie  9 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C Stephenson 20 Oct 1938 Relinquished command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr W N McKechnie 20 Oct 1938 Assumed command of No 27 Sqn

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 6 Jul 1938 'B' and 'C' Flights returned from Miranshah on completion of operations
 7 Jul 1938 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah to undertake operations
 8 Aug 1938 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah to undertake operations
18 Aug 1938 'A' and 'B' Flights returned from Miranshah on completion of operations
15 Sep 1938 Ground Party of one Flight proceeded to Madras to undertake coastal reinforcement duties
17 Sep 1938 Air Party of one Flight proceeded to Madras to undertake coastal reinforcement duties
19 - 25 Sep 1938 1 x Flight operated from St Thomas Mount aerodrome
25 - 30 Sep 1938 Squadron prepared to move to Iraq in view of international situation
 3 Oct 1938 Proposed move to Iraq cancelled
 5 Oct 1938 Detachment proceeded to Miranshah to undertake operations
xx Oct 1938 Ground Party of one Flight proceeded to Madras to undertake coastal reinforcement duties
xx Oct 1938 Air Party of one Flight proceeded to Madras to undertake coastal reinforcement duties
25 Oct 1938 Madras Flight began return journey to Kohat
27 Oct 1938 Air Party Madras Flight arrived at Kohat
28 Oct 1938 Ground Party Madras Flight arrived at Kohat
 1 Dec 1938 Rail Party departed Kohat for Juhu Aerodrome, Bombay
 3 Dec 1938 Air Party departed Kohat for Juhu Aerodrome, Bombay via Jodhpur
 4 Dec 1938 Air Party departed Jodhpur for Juhu Aerodrome, Bombay via Ahmedabad
18 Dec 1938 Air Party returned to Kohat via Ahmedabad Jodhpur and Multan
30 Dec 1938 Rail Party departed Kohat for Armament Training Camp, Karachi

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W N McKechnie  9 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, EGM
Flt Lt E K Piercy 14 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt J Darwen 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off A C Rabagliati 15 Dec 1936
Fg Off A M K Phillips 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off F R C Fowle 17 Sep 1938  
Fg Off W R Selkirk 13 Oct 1938  
Fg Off B J Thomas 11 Mar 1937  
Fg Off F F Lambert 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off R J Manton 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F S Powley 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J H Dunn 18 Mar 1938  
APO L W Davies  5 Nov 1938  
APO W E Bowden  5 Nov 1938  
APO G F Morley-Mower  5 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO W R Ratcliffe  2 Dec 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO K F P Bond 12 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting, wef 30 Dec 1938
APO J A Carmichael 12 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting, wef 30 Dec 1938
Fg Off A M K Phillips 18 Jan 1939 Posted to Iraq Command

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 1 Jan 1939 Ground Party arrived at Karachi
 1 Jan 1939 Air Party departed Kohat for Armament Training Camp, Karachi
16 Jan 1939 Ground Party departed Karachi for Kohat

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W N McKechnie  9 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, EGM
Flt Lt W R Selkirk 13 Oct 1938  
Act Flt Lt J Darwen 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off F R C Fowle 17 Sep 1938  
Fg Off F F Lambert 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off B J Thomas 11 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R J Manton 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F S Powley 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J H Dunn 18 Mar 1938  
APO L W Davies  5 Nov 1938  
APO W E Bowden  5 Nov 1938  
APO G F Morley-Mower  5 Nov 1938  
APO K F P Bond 30 Dec 1938
APO J A Carmichael 30 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO F B Bramley 23 Nov 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Kohat, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian Wing) Station

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W N McKechnie  9 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, EGM
Flt Lt W R Selkirk 13 Oct 1938  
Act Flt Lt J Darwen 14 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt F R C Fowle 17 Sep 1938  
Fg Off F F Lambert 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off B J Thomas 11 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R J Manton 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F S Powley 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J H Dunn 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off K F P Bond 30 Dec 1938
Plt Off J A Carmichael 30 Dec 1938  
APO L W Davies  5 Nov 1938  
APO W E Bowden  5 Nov 1938  
APO G F Morley-Mower  5 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO F B Bramley 23 Nov 1938  
WO H G Bignell 23 Nov 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A H Fear  6 May 1939 Assumed command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr W N McKechnie  6 May 1939 Relinquished command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A H Fear 26 Jun 1939 Proceeded to Ambala for Blenheim conversion course
Flt Lt W R Selkirk 26 Jun 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Fg Off F F Lambert 10 Jul 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Plt Off J A Carmichael 27 Jul 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr H P Jenkins 21 Aug 1939 Attached to command Coastal Defence Flights
Fg Off F S Powley 28 Aug 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Flt Lt F R C Fowle 17 Sep 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Fg Off F S Powley 20 Sep 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Flt Lt F R C Fowle 20 Sep 1939 Reported sick and proceeded to Risalpur
Flt Lt F R C Fowle 26 Sep 1939 Resumed temporary command of No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A H Fear  8 Oct 1939 Returned from Egypt and resumed command of No 27 Sqn
Flt Lt Saunders  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from No 60 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A H Fear 31 Oct 1939 Assumed command of Advanced Training Section and remained OC, No 27 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Mead 31 Oct 1939 Assumed command of Intermediate Training Section
Flt Lt Baird 31 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Chief Ground Instructor
Plt Off W E Bowden 14 Dec 1939 Posted to No 28 Sqn, Kohat
Plt Off G F Morley-Mower 14 Dec 1939 Posted to No 28 Sqn, Kohat
Plt Off Adams 15 Dec 1939 Posted to No 5 Sqn, Fort Sandeman
Plt Off Cawdrey 15 Dec 1939 Posted to No 5 Sqn, Fort Sandeman
Fg Off P N Jennings 18 Dec 1939 Rejoined the unit from the detachment at Kohat
Flt Lt D C Smith 23 Dec 1939 Posted to Coast Defence Flight, Karachi
Fg Off L Blomfield 23 Dec 1939 Posted to Coast Defence Flight, Karachi
Fg Off F Box 23 Dec 1939 Posted to Coast Defence Flight, Karachi
Plt Off Garwood 23 Dec 1939 Posted to Coast Defence Flight, Karachi

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Organisational Movements:  May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
20 May 1939 Draft of NCOs and airmen proceeded to Karachi for Blenheim maintenance course
15 Jun 1939 Draft of NCOs and airmen returned from Karachi on completion of Blenheim maintenance course
21 Aug 1939 Squadron was ordered to send one flight to Madras and one to Bombay for Coastal Defence duties
28 Aug 1939 'A' Flight departed Kohat for Bombay, to be known as 'V' Flight
28 Aug 1939 'B' Flight departed Kohat for Madras, to be known as 'Y' Flight
30 Aug 1939 'A' Flight declared operational at Bombay
 9 Sep 1939 'Y' Flight reverted to 'B' Flight, No 27 Sqn
12 Sep 1939 'B' Flight departed Madras for Kohat via Bombay
17 Sep 1939 Air Party, 'B' Flight arrived at Kohat
20 Sep 1939 Advance Party, proceeded to Risalpur
25 Sep 1939 Road Party, proceeded to Risalpur
25 Sep 1939 1st Air  Party, proceeded to Risalpur
26 Sep 1939 2nd Air  Party, proceeded to Risalpur and road party arrive at Risalpur
 1 Oct 1939 Squadron settling in at Risalpur and advised it was to become a Flying Training School
xx Oct 1939 Squadron received Hawker Harts and De Havilland Tiger Moths for its new role
Hart Trainer

Tiger Moth - early WW2 scheme

13 Oct 1939 'A' Flight, No 5 Sqn at Kohat taken over as No 27 Sqn Detachment, Kohat
29 Oct 1939 Ground Party, 'V' Flight departed Bombay for Risalpur
30 Oct 1939 Air Party, 'V' Flight departed Bombay for Jodhpur
31 Oct 1939 Ground Party, 'V' Flight arrived at Risalpur
31 Oct 1939 Air Party, 'V' Flight departed Jodhpur and arrived at Risalpur
31 Oct 1939 The Flying Training School (No 27 Sqn) was re-organised as follows: -
  1. Advanced Training Section comprising: -
    1. Bombing Flight (ex 'B' Flight) - Wapitis
    2. Gunnery Flight (ex 'C' Flight) - Harts
  2. Intermediate Training Section - Tiger Moths, Wapitis and Harts
  3. Storage and Servicing Section
  4. Ground Training Section

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

Personnel Movements: Jun - Jun 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt F W Whyte 13 Jan 1940 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
The squadron records for the period June 1940 - January 1941 were lost during the invasion of Singapore

Source - No 27 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/326)

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