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No 40 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Apr - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Malcolm L Taylor

 1 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 40 Sqn

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Jul 1931

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1931 Reformed at RAF Upper Heyford, equipped with Fairey Gordons
Gordon I of No 40 Squadron

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Malcolm L Taylor

 1 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert J H Holland 14 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt John E L Drabble  1 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Percy Hill  1 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Henry V L'Amy 20 Apr 1931  
Fg Off George Calvert  5 May 1931  
Fg Off Adam C Bailey  1 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Vincent A Dawson  1 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Edgar G Reed  5 May 1931  
Plt Off Robert B  Whittingham  5 May 1931  

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0 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Malcolm L Taylor

 1 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert J H Holland 14 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt John E L Drabble  1 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Christopher C Edwards 18 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Hugh P Wilson  4 Feb 1932 Armament duties
Fg Off Lionel F H Orr  1 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Henry V L'Amy 20 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Norman C M Styche 23 Jun 1931  
Plt Off Ambrose Taylor  8 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Owen P E Williams 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off William H N Turner 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Robert H Page 25 Jul 1931  
Plt Off George W Montagu  19 Dec 1931  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Apr - Jul 1931

Date Notes
8 Oct 1932 Squadron moved from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Abingdon

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon RAF Abingdon ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Malcolm L Taylor

 1 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert J H Holland 14 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Adrian W Franklyn 16 Feb 1933 MC
Flt Lt Eric C Delamain 24 Aug 1932 MC
Fg Off Henry V L'Amy 20 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Norman C M Styche 23 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Clifford G Skinner 20 May 1933  
Fg Off Richard G Shaw 20 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Owen P E Williams 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Walter J Small 18 May 1932  
Fg Off Richard G M Apthorp 20 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Arthur W Sweeney 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off George W Montagu  19 Dec 1931  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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8 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon RAF Abingdon ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Malcolm L Taylor

 1 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert J H Holland 14 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Adrian W Franklyn 16 Feb 1933 MC
Flt Lt Eric C Delamain 24 Aug 1932 MC
Fg Off Henry V L'Amy 20 Apr 1931  
Fg Off William C Pitts  9 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Clifford G Skinner 20 May 1933 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Richard G Shaw 20 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Walter J Small 18 May 1932  
Fg Off Richard G M Apthorp 20 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Arthur W Sweeney 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Hugh J F Le Good 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off James O Carter 16 Sep 1933  
Plt Off John C Evans 16 Sep 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Malcolm L Taylor

 1 Apr 1931 Relinquished command of No 40 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Edward I Bussell

 1 Apr 1934 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 40 Sqn

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon RAF Abingdon ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Edward I Bussell

 1 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Harry A G Comerford 15 Mar 1934  
Flt Lt Adrian W Franklyn 16 Feb 1933 MC
Flt Lt Eric C Delamain 24 Aug 1932 MC
Fg Off Clifford G Skinner 20 May 1933 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Walter J Small 18 May 1932  
Fg Off Richard G M Apthorp 20 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Hugh J F Le Good 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off John C Evans 16 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Gordon Thripp 16 Dec 1933  
Plt Off Geoffrey A Mills 16 Dec 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon RAF Abingdon ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Edward I Bussell

 1 Apr 1934 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Christopher N H Bilney

 5 Feb 1935 later AVM
Flt Lt Cecil Guppy 30 Nov 1934  
Flt Lt Augustus A Jones  4 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Walter J Small 18 May 1932  
Fg Off Hugh J F Le Good 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Alexander Ross  5 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Desmond E Cattell  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off John W Hathorn 16 Feb 1935  
Warrant Officers
WO Frederick C Root  8 Apr 1931  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Edward I Bussell

 6 Aug 1935 Relinquished command of No 40 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Arthur P Ledger

 6 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 40 Sqn

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
23 Nov 1936 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Hawker Hart Specials
Hawker Hart (Special) of No 40 Squadron
 7 Jan 1936 C' Flight was separated from the squadron to form the nucleus of No 104 Squadron, under the control of No 40 Squadron
 6 Mar 1936 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Hawker Hinds
Hawker Hind of No 40 Squadron
26 Apr 1936 Squadron proceeded to No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training
20 May 1936 Squadron returned from No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Training
 7 July 1936 No 104 Squadron became an independent unit

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Abingdon ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur P Ledger

 6 Aug  1935 Officer Commanding, MBE; later AVM
Flt Lt F H Shales 17 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Basil V Robinson 15 Aug 1935  
Plt Off John W Hathorn 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off John W Bayley 27 Jul 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr F H Shales  2 Nov 1936 Posted to command No 218 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A H H MacDonald 18 Dec 1936 Posted in as Supernumerary pending assuming command of the unit
Sqn Ldr

Arthur P Ledger

 1 Jan 1937 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr A H H MacDonald  1 Jan 1937 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt Dudley G Lewis  1 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command 'A' Flight
Flt Lt D Addenbrooke  1 Jun 1937 Posted in to command 'B' Flight

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 4 Oct 1936 Composite Squadron (Nos 15 and 40 Sqns) proceeded to No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties for Armament Training
20 Oct 1936 Composite Squadron returned from No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Armament Training
12 April 1937 'B' Flight was separated from the squadron to form the nucleus of No 62 Squadron
20 Apr 1937 The Squadron Badge which was authorised by HM King George VI in February was presented by A/Cdre S W Smith
No 40 Squadron badge
 3 Jul 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 1 ATC, RAF Catfoss to take part in the 'Centurion' trails

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

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
Hawker Hind RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A H H MacDonald 18 Dec 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dudley G Lewis  1 Jun 1937 OC, 'A' Flight; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt D Addenbrooke  1 Jun 1937 OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off John W Hathorn 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936  
Plt Off L E Abel 13 Jul 1936  
Plt Off L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off T N Partridge 24 Aug 1936  
Plt Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off W W Macfarlane 21 Feb 1937  
APO A G Griffin 24 Apr 1937  
APO A E Thompson 24 Apr 1937  
APO R H Batt 22 May 1937  
APO D F Elliot 22 May 1937  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938 Posted in as Supernumerary pending assuming command of the unit
Sqn Ldr A H H MacDonald 18 Dec 1936 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr H C Parker 21 Feb 1938 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt D Addenbrooke  1 Jun 1938 Transferred to No 185 Sqn on formation
Fg Off A H Smythe  1 Jun 1938 Transferred to No 185 Sqn on formation
Plt Off C Cakebread  1 Jun 1938 Transferred to No 185 Sqn on formation
Plt Off R P Nelms  1 Jun 1938 Transferred to No 185 Sqn on formation
Plt Off G G Avis  1 Jun 1938 Transferred to No 185 Sqn on formation
Plt Off R Moseby  6 Jun 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
16 Aug 1937 Squadron proceeded from No 1 ATC, RAF Catfoss to RAF Tangmere to continue in the 'Centurion' trails
10 Sep 1937 Squadron returned to RAF Abingdon from RAF Tangmere
30 Apr 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training
 1 Jun 1938 Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training
 1 Jun 1938 'B' Flight was separated from the squadron to form the nucleus of No 185 Squadron

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off L E Abel 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936  
Plt Off L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off W W Macfarlane 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off R H Batt 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R Moseby 23 Oct 1937 Killed on 6 Jun 1938
Plt Off R McL Burns 18 Dec 1937  
APO A S Gilbert 26 Mar 1938 RAFO
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles F Glenn  1 Dec 1932  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off L E Abel 15 Sep 1938 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off W G Moseby 15 Sep 1938 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off W W Macfarlane 27 Sep 1938 Adjutant, died suddenly
Fg Off G W C Gleed 28 Sep 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr H C Parker 21 Feb 1938 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 7 Jul 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment on receipt of 8 x Fairey Battles
Battle I
15 Sep 1938 A new 'B' Flight commenced formation
19 Sep 1938 A new 'B' Flight completed formation
20 Sep 1938 Squadron completed re-equipment with 16 x Fairey Battles
31 Oct 1938 Squadron receive another 5 x Battles bringing its strength up to 21

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936 OC, 'B' Flight & Navigation duties
Fg Off L E Abel 13 Jul 1936 OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937 Adjutant
Plt Off R H Batt 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R McL Burns 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Bromley 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P J H Rowan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R H Jacoby 21 Jun 1938  
Plt Off J E Edwards  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R L C Todd 30 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F R McAuliffe 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P F T Wakeford 20 Aug 1938  
APO K Bell 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 9 Jan 1939 Composite Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for l Armament Training
30 Jan 1939 Composite Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training
 6 Apr 1939 Squadron proceeded to No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Annual Armament Training
22 Apr 1939 Composite Squadron returned from No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton on completion of Armament Training

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off L E Abel 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937  
Fg Off H L Smeddle 15 Feb 1939  
Plt Off R H Batt 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R McL Burns 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Bromley 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P J H Rowan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R H Jacoby 21 Jun 1938  
Plt Off J E Edwards  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R L C Todd 30 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F R McAuliffe 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P F T Wakeford 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I P Hinton 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B I M Skidmore 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J C Stevenson 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off G D Hill 28 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements Apr - May 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E C Barlow 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 40 Sqn
Sqn Ldr H C Parker 24 Apr 1939 Relinquished command of No 40 Sqn

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Abingdon Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E C Barlow 24 Apr 1939 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938
Act Flt Lt W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt L E Abel 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937  
Fg Off H L Smeddle 15 Feb 1939  
Plt Off R H Batt 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R McL Burns 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Bromley 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P J H Rowan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R H Jacoby 21 Jun 1938  
Plt Off J E Edwards  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R L C Todd 30 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F R McAuliffe 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P F T Wakeford 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I P Hinton 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B I M Skidmore 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J C Stevenson 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off G D Hill 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off K Bell 21 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 9 Jan 1939 Composite Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for l Armament Training
30 Jan 1939 Composite Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training
 6 Apr 1939 Squadron proceeded to No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Annual Armament Training
22 Apr 1939 Composite Squadron returned from No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton on completion of Armament Training

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Nominal Roll of Officer - 1 Jun 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E C Barlow 24 Apr 1939 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938
Act Flt Lt W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937  
Fg Off R H Batt 22 May 1937  
Fg Off H L Smeddle 15 Feb 1939  
Plt Off R McL Burns 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Bromley 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off R H Jacoby 21 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P J H Rowan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off F R McAuliffe 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P F T Wakeford 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J E Edwards  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off G D Hill 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J C Stevenson 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off I P Hinton 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B I M Skidmore 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off K Bell 21 Mar 1939  
Plt Off C G Miles    

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Nominal Roll of Officer - 26 Aug 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E C Barlow 24 Apr 1939 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr H C Parker  7 Feb 1938
Act Flt Lt W G Moseby 28 Jul 1936 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt L D Wilson 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G W C Gleed  1 Apr 1937  
Fg Off R H Batt 22 May 1937  
Fg Off H L Smeddle 15 Feb 1939  
Plt Off R McL Burns 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Bromley 15 Jun 1938  
Plt Off R H Jacoby 21 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P J H Rowan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off F R McAuliffe 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P F T Wakeford 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J E Edwards  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off G D Hill 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J C Stevenson 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off I P Hinton 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B I M Skidmore 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off K Bell 21 Mar 1939  
Plt Off C G Miles    
APO J Ralph    
APO G C M Smith    

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Personnel Movements Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Flt Lt W G Moseby  2 Sep 1939 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Uxbridge after being rescued from the Channel
Plt Off K Bell 16 Sep 1939 Arrived at Betheniville with rear party
Plt Off P F T Wakeford 16 Sep 1939 Arrived at Betheniville with rear party
Plt Off R McL Burns 16 Sep 1939 Arrived at Betheniville with rear party
Cpl F J Challis 22 Sep 1939 Promoted to Temp Sgt wef 18 Sep 1939
Cpl M Dean 23 Sep 1939 Promoted to Temp Sgt wef 19 Sep 1939
Plt Off B LeB Musgrave 17 Oct 1939 Reported for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr E A Springall 17 Dec 1939 Posted in as OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off G D Hill 28 Dec 1939 Proceeded on Gun Turret Course

Nominal Roll and duties of Officers - 30 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr E C Barlow Officer Commanding, President Mess Committee
Sqn Ldr H C Parker 2nd in command, Officer i/c Sergeants' Mess
Flt Lt L D Wilson Officer Commanding 'A' Flight
Flt Lt W G Moseby  
Flt Lt G W C Gleed Censor Duties
Fg Off R McL Burns 'A' Flight Armament Officer
Fg Off H L Smeddle Officer Commanding 'B' Flight
Fg Off R H Batt 'B' Flight Armament Officer, Officer i/c Football
Plt Off J C Stevenson Squadron Navigation Officer
Plt Off P J H Rowan Censor Duties
Plt Off R H Jacoby Adjutant, Operations Record Book
Plt Off P F T Wakeford Squadron Signals Officer
Plt Off G D Hill Censor Duties
Plt Off C W Bromley 'A' Flight Parachute Officer
Plt Off J E Edwards Mess Secretary
Plt Off F R McAuliffe Censor Duties
Plt Off K Bell 'B' Flight Parachute Officer

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 2 Sep 1939 Forward Air Party departed from RAF Abingdon for Betheniville by civil aircraft
 2 Sep 1939 1st Echelon, Main Party departed from RAF Abingdon for Betheniville by civil aircraft
 2 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft departed from RAF Abingdon for Betheniville
 3 Sep 1939 2nd Echelon, Main Party departed from RAF Abingdon for Betheniville
 3 Sep 1939 Rear Party departed from RAF Abingdon for Betheniville
 4 Sep 1939 Ground Party arrived at Betheniville by rail and sea
16 Sep 1939 Rear Party arrived at Betheniville
24 Sep 1939 Roundels were painted on underside of aircraft wings
30 Nov 1939 Advance Party departed Betheniville for RAF Wyton by civil aircraft
 1 Dec 1939 Priority Party departed Betheniville for RAF Wyton by civil aircraft
 2 Dec 1939 Air Party departed Betheniville for RAF Wyton
 2 Dec 1939 1st Echelon, Main Party departed Betheniville for RAF Wyton by civil aircraft
 3 Dec 1939 Main and Rear Parties departed Betheniville for RAF Wyton
 3 Dec 1939 10 x Bristol Blenheim IVs were delivered for re-equipment
Bristol Blenheim IV of No 40 Squadron
 4 Dec 1939 Squadron move completed
xx Dec 1939 Squadron transferred from No 1 Group to No 2 Group
 6 Dec 1939 Six more Blenheims were received

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Personnel Movements Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off W Edwards 14 Feb 1940 Posted in as Gunnery Leader
Plt Off L Ewels 29 Feb 1940 Posted in as Gunnery Leader
Plt Off W Rathbone 29 Feb 1940 Posted in for Armament duties
Plt Off L G Jones  1 Mar 1940 Posted in for Photographic duties
Plt Off S T Hall  1 Mar 1940 Posted in as Adjutant
Fg Off G E B Scott  1 Mar 1940 Posted in for Medical duties
Plt Off R A Salter  1 Mar 1940 Posted in for Equipment duties
Plt Off N N Ezeckiel  1 Mar 1940 Attached for Flying duties
  150 Airmen  1 Mar 1940 Posted in prior to unit moving overseas
Plt Off W G Moore  6 Mar 1940 Attached for Meteorological duties
Plt Off G R Mason  6 Mar 1940 Attached for Meteorological duties
On 18 Mar 1940 the squadron advised it was no longer to proceed overseas and was to be reduced to its original strength
Plt Off W Rathbone  1 Apr 1940 Posted away on reduction of establishment
Fg Off G E B Scott  1 Apr 1940 Posted away on reduction of establishment
Plt Off W G Moore  1 Apr 1940 Posted away on reduction of establishment
Plt Off G R Mason  1 Apr 1940 Posted away on reduction of establishment
Plt Off S T Hall  1 Apr 1940 Posted away on reduction of establishment
Plt Off Provis 22 Apr 1940 Posted in as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr H C Parker 28 Apr 1940 To No 226 Sqn as OC
Act Flt Lt G W C Gleed  1 May 1940 To be promoted to Act Sqn Ldr wef 20 May 1940
Fg Off R H Batt  1 May 1940 To be promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 20 May 1940
Plt Off R A Salter  1 May 1940 To No 7 MU
Fg Off Light  3 May 1940 Posted in for Medical duties
WO H Thompson  6 May 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Fg Off (Engineer Officer)
Fg Off Allen  7 May 1940 Posted in for Codes & Cyphers duties
Fg Off Hewitt  7 May 1940 Posted in for Codes & Cyphers duties
Fg Off Head 11 May 1940 Posted in for Equipment duties
Wg Cdr E C Barlow 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E Clarke 15 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC E A Millard 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off J E Edwards 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C T White 15 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC S Johnson 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M Miller 15 May 1940 To No 75 Sqn
Wg Cdr J G Llewelyn 20 May 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off L Ewels 21 May 1940 Wounded in leg and admitted to Littleport Hospital
Plt Off Best 22 May 1940 Reported for flying duties
Plt Off Engstrom 22 May 1940 Reported for flying duties
Wg Cdr J G Llewelyn 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W G Edwards 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R H Jacoby 23 May 1940 Missing
Sgt P A M Burrell 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P R Whittle 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off H Thompson 25 May 1940 To RAF Wyton
Plt Off Bowler 27 May 1940 Reported for flying duties
Plt Off James 27 May 1940 Reported for flying duties
Fg Off Wilkinson 28 May 1940 Reported for Engineering duties
Plt Off Palmer 28 May 1940 Reported for Gunnery Leader duties
Wg Cdr D H F Barnett  3 Jun 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr B Paddon  6 Jun 1940 Missing, reported as POW on 30 Jun 1940
Sgt Salvage  6 Jun 1940 Missing
Sgt Foreman  6 Jun 1940 Missing
Sgt Rice  6 Jun 1940 Missing
Sgt Moffatt  6 Jun 1940 Missing
Sgt Peters  6 Jun 1940 Missing
Plt Off B B James  6 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Furby  6 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J E Garcka  6 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Baker  6 Jun 1940 Detained in hospital in France after making a forced landing
Plt Off Engstrom  6 Jun 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Uxbridge after making a forced landing in France
Act Flt Lt H L Smeddle  6 Jun 1940 To be promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Fg Off J C Stevenson  6 Jun 1940 To be promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off Head  7 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Horsham St Faith
Plt Off Evans  7 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as a Pilot
Plt Off Parker  7 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as a Pilot
Plt Off Lewis  7 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as a Pilot
Plt Off Goodman  7 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as a Pilot
Plt Off Paxton  7 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as an Air Observer
Plt Off Traill-Smith  8 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as a Pilot
Plt Off Fry  8 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as an Air Observer
Sgt D L Dorris 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S W Johnson 12 Jun 1940 Missing, later dying from his injuries
Sgt Bartlam 12 Jun 1940 Missing
Sqn Ldr G W C Gleed 14 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R W Burgh 14 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A F W Sammells 14 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Act Flt Lt R H Batt  6 Jun 1940 To be promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Fg Off G D Hill  6 Jun 1940 To be promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off Head 21 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Horsham St Faith
Sgt J L Morton 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A D Kelso 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J C Winston 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Colenso  2 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Whitehead  2 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt Bush  4 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt Paine  4 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Paxton  4 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Billyeald  4 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Patteson  6 Jul 1940 Reported for duty as an Air Gunner
Sqn Ldr R H Batt  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P E Johnson  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Spencer  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr E A Springall 15 Jul 1940 Reported for duty as OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off Winstone-Smith 15 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Gray 30 Jul 1940 Reported for duty as an Air Observer
Sgt Higgins  9 Aug 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Plt Off
Plt Off Parker & crew 15 Aug 1940 Missing
Plt Off Newton & crew 15 Aug 1940 Missing
Flt Lt Hill 17 Aug 1940 Left for Egypt
Flt Lt Bush 17 Aug 1940 Left for Egypt
Plt Off Lewis 17 Aug 1940 Left for Egypt
Sqn Ldr H L Smeddle 21 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Bicester
Sqn Ldr F G R Thomas 21 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off G L Bayliss 21 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr F G R Thomas 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G L Bayliss 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G M Dickson 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C P Riley 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F H Newson 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J S Smith 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Wills 26 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Spence 26 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off W R Evans 26 Aug 1940 Killed on taking off for an operation
Sgt F Little 26 Aug 1940 Killed on taking off for an operation
Sgt J A Watt 26 Aug 1940 Killed on taking off for an operation
Sgt A R Coburn  2 Sep 1940 Died from injuries sustained in landing accident
Flt Sgt R B Broadhurst  2 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A J Burns  2 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Marsden  2 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr Little  2 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Higgins 10 Sep 1940 To RAF St Athan
Flt Lt Paine & crew 11 Sep 1940 Departed for Thorney Island en-route to Egypt
Plt Off Traill-Smith & crew 11 Sep 1940 Departed for Thorney Island en-route to Egypt
Plt Off Goodman & crew 11 Sep 1940 Departed for Thorney Island en-route to Egypt
Plt Off Greer 11 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt E H Lynch-Bosse 19 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Austin 13 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
AC2 W J McDonald 28 Oct 1940 Killed in a propeller accident
Plt Off Palmer 29 Oct 1940 Attached to No 75 Sqn for instruction on Wellingtons
Fg Off Colenso 31 Oct 1940 To No 13 OTU
Fg Off E J Redgrave  2 Nov 1940 Reported for duty and posted to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt C B Best  3 Nov 1940 To RAF Cranwell for Instructors course
Plt Off M W Hartford  3 Nov 1940 Posted in to instruct on Wellingtons
Plt Off J L Sharp  8 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as Air Gunner and posted to 'A' Flight
Fg Off A W Ellis 13 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as 2nd Pilot and posted to 'B' Flight
Plt Off A B Baird 13 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as 2nd Pilot and posted to 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr E A Springall 18 Nov 1940 To RAF Honington
Plt Off F A Bowler 25 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as a Pilot and posted to 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr R G C Arnold 28 Nov 1940 Reported for duty posted as OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off B H Tweedale 28 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as a 2nd Pilot
Plt Off C W Evans 28 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as an Observer
Plt Off K Ross 28 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as a 2nd Pilot
Plt Off B H Tweedale 12 Dec 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Ely  following take off accident
Sgt Smith 12 Dec 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Ely  following take off accident

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

Organisational Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 1  Nov 1940 Squadron transferred from No 2 Group to No 3 Group
 5 Nov 1940 Squadron received its first three Vickers Wellington ICs (illustration below shows later marking as worn in Middle East)
Wellington IC of No 40 Squadron
 6 Nov 1949 Wellington IC, L7772, was received
 7 Nov 1949 Wellington IC, T2701, was received
 9 Nov 1949 Wellington IC, R1007, was received
14 Nov 1949 Wellington ICs, R1166, R1167 and R1168 were received

Source - No 40 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/412)

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