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No 50 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: May - Jul 1937

Personnel movements
Name Date From To Notes
APO J J Bennett and C A Vernieux 22 May 1937 No 11 FTS    
APO H C M Pollard 22 May 1937 No 2 FTS    
Sgt W Brodie, Sgt G H Wild and Sgt J Windsor 23 May 1937 No 11 FTS   Direct entry pilots

Sgt E R Abbott, Sgt G B Smith and Sgt C D Stenner

24 May 1937 No 6 FTS   Fitters AE
Sqn Ldr R B Sutherland 11 Jun 1937     Officer Commanding
Sgt W Bordie 25 Jun 1937   No 88 Sqn  
Plt Off R J Cosgrove 30 Jun 1937 No 7 FTS    
Plt Off D C F Good 30 Jun 1937 No 7 FTS    

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

Organisational Movements: May - Jul 1937

Date Notes
3 May 1937 Reformed at Waddington to be equipped with Bristol Blenheim Is (12 x IE and 4 x IR aircraft)
18 May 1937 Establishment amended to Hawker Hinds (12 x IE and 4 x IR aircraft)
21 May 1937 Hinds, K6739, K6740, K6741 and K6747 arrived from No 90 Sqn
Hawker Hind of No 50 Squadron
 3 Jun 1937 Hinds, K6742 and K6744 arrived from No 90 Sqn
 7 Jun 1937 Hinds, K6738 and K6743 arrived from No 90 Sqn
20 Jun 1937 Hinds, K6746, K6748, K6749 and K6750 arrived from No 90 Sqn

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R B Sutherland 22 May 1937 Officer Commanding, took command on 11 Jun 1937
APO H C M Pollard 22 May 1937 From No 2 FTS
APO J J Bennett 22 May 1937 From No 11 FTS, appointed Adjutant, 16 Jun 1937
APO C A Vernieux 22 May 1937 From No 11 FTS, 'B' Flight Commander from 8 Sep 1937

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Personnel movements
Name Date From To Notes
Sgt F W Batchelor  2 Jul 1937 No 9 FTS   Fitter/Arm
Plt Off P C S Bagley  4 Sep 1937 No 11 FTS    
Plt Off J W G Wellham 23 Oct 1937 No 5 FTS    
Plt Off R E Smissen 23 Oct 1937 No 7 FTS    
Plt Offs A F Russell and V H Ayres 23 Oct 1937 No 9 FTS    
APO P W Ackroyd-Simpson  8 Jan 1938 No 6 FTS    
Flt Lt H M Cox 17 Jan 1938 No 1 AACU    
Plt Off R E Smissen 31 May 1938   No 1 BTU For Kite Balloon Training
         

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
  8 Sep 1937 'A' and 'B' Flights formed
28 Sep 1937 Hinds, L7195 and L7196 collected from the maunfacturers
31 Jan 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training
 5 Feb 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R B Sutherland 22 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H M Cox 17 Jan 1938 'B' Flight Commander
Plt Off J J Bennett 22 May 1937 Adjutant
Plt Off C A Vernieux 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R J Cosgrove 30 Jun 1937 'A' Flight Commander (Act Fg Off)
Plt Off D C F Good 30 Jun 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off H C M Pollard 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P C S Bagley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off V H Ayres 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A F Russell 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R Lloyd 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J W G Wellham 23 Oct 1937  
APO R E Smissen 23 Oct 1937  
APO P W Ackroyd-Simpson  8 Jan 1938  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Personnel movements
Name Date From To Notes
Wg Cdr R B Sutherland DFC 4 Jul 1938   HQ No 3 Group Promoted on 1 Jul 1938
APOs R L H Harris and J A Meads  9 Jul 1938 No 8 FTS   Class 'A' Reserve officers for experience
Plt Off D J French  9 Jul 1938 No 10 FTS    
Plt Off G R Taylor  9 Jul 1938 No 3 FTS    
Plt Offs D J French and G R Taylor 11 Jul 1938   No 4 E&RFTS Attached
Sqn Ldr L Young 12 Jul 1938 CFS   Officer Commanding
Plt Off R Lloyd 10 Aug 1938     Navigation Officer
APO R A McAliser 20 Aug 1938 SAN    
APO F B Gabb 20 Aug 1938 No 2 FTS    
APO S G Esson 20 Aug 1938 No 6 FTS    
Plt Offs H C M Pollard and P C S Bagley 21 Aug 1938   Gosport On transfer to Air Branch of RN
Flt Lt N H Cox 15 Sep 1938   No 61 Sqn Attached
Plt Offs D J French and G R Taylor 23 Sep 1938   Reserve Relegated on completion of training
Flt Lt N H Cox 15 Oct 1938   No 61 Sqn  
Plt Off A F Russell 15 Oct 1938   Gosport On transfer to Air Branch of RN
APO R L H Harris  21 Oct 1938 Reserve   On appointment to SSC
APOs K A Cockerell and G B Treasure 29 Oct 1938 No 8 FTS   To gain experience

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
10 Aug 1938 'B' Flight under Flt Lt H M Cox was detached to RAF Catterick for GST in co-operation with the Army's Northern Command
31 Aug 1938 'B' Flight ceased to be detached to RAF Catterick
19 Aug 1938 Hind, K6671 and K6744 collected from No 108 Sqn
10 Sep 1938 Hind, K6695 and K6744 delivered from No 107 Sqn
 9 Dec 1938 First Handley Page Hampden collected from manufacturers at Radlett
Hampden I of No 50 Squadron
15 Dec 1938 Second Handley Page Hampden collected from manufacturers at Radlett

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hampden RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L Young 11 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off D C F Good 30 Jun 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off R J Cosgrove 30 Jun 1937  
Act Fg Off C A Vernieux 22 May 1937 'B' Flight Commander, relinquished rank of Act Fg Off, 2 Jan 1939
Plt Off J J Bennett 22 May 1937  
Plt Off V H Ayres 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R Lloyd 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J W G Wellham 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off P W Ackroyd-Simpson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G R Taylor  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D J French  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R A McAliser 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off F B Gabb 20 Aug 1938 Adjutant
Plt Off R L H Harris  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off S G Esson 20 Aug 1938  
APO K A Cockerell 29 Oct 1938  
APO G B Treasure 29 Oct 1938  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Personnel movements
Name Date From To Notes
Plt Off J E G Wellham  1 Jan 1939     On transfer to Air Branch of RN
Sqn Ldr J R Fleming RAAF  2 Jan 1939     'B' Flight Commander
APOs K A Cockerell and G B Treasure 17 Jan 1939   Reserve Relegated on completion of training
Plt Off J B Bull 28 Jan 1938     for flying duties
Plt Off K A Cockerell 14 Feb 1939 Reserve   On appointment to SSC
Plt Off A S Luxmoore 25 Feb 1939 SAN    
Plt Off G B Treasure  8 Mar 1939 Reserve   On appointment to SSC
APO A A G Trueman       for flying duties
Plt Off W D B Ruth 11 Mar 1939 SAN    
APO F D Middleton 11 Mar 1939     On completion of Navigation course
APO A D Pilcher 27 Mar 1939     for flying duties

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
27 Feb 1939 'B' Flight attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
 9 Mar 1939 'B' Flight ceased to be attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
 9 Mar 1939 'A' Flight attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
29 Mar 1939 'A' Flight ceased to be attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
22 Apr 1939 'B' Flight attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hampden RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L Young 11 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J R Fleming  2 Jan 1939 'B' Flight Commander, RAAF
Act Flt Lt D C F Good 30 Jun 1937 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt R J Cosgrove 30 Jun 1937  
Act Flt Lt (Plt Off) C A Vernieux 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J J Bennett 22 May 1937  
Plt Off V H Ayres 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R Lloyd 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off P W Ackroyd-Simpson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G R Taylor  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D J French  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R A McAliser 20 Aug 1938 killed in flying accident, 20 Mar 1939
Plt Off F B Gabb 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R L H Harris  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off S G Esson 20 Aug 1938 posted to No 4 AOS , 17 Apr 1939
Plt Off J B Bull 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off K A Cockerell 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off W D B Ruth 17 Dec 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hampden RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L Young 11 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J R Fleming  2 Jan 1939 RAAF
Fg Off D C F Good 30 Jun 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off R J Cosgrove 30 Jun 1937  
Fg Off C A Vernieux 22 May 1937 relinquished rank of Act Flt Lt on 8 May 1939
Plt Off J J Bennett 22 May 1937  
Plt Off V H Ayres 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R Lloyd 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off P W Ackroyd-Simpson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G R Taylor  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D J French  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off F B Gabb 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R L H Harris  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off S G Esson 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J B Bull 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off K A Cockerell 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off W D B Ruth 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off G B Treasure  8 Mar 1939  
Plt Off A G Luxmoore 25 Mar 1939  
Plt Off H J Winch 15 Feb 1939  
Plt Off F D Middleton 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off M Thomas 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off A A G Trueman 11 Mar 1939  
APO A D Pilcher 27 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Personnel movements
Name Date From To Notes
Sqn Ldr C V J Pratt  8 May 1939 No 2 Group   'A' Flight Commander
Plt Off P W M West 13 May 1939     for flying duties
Plt Off P W Ackroyd-Simpson 13 May 1939   No 57 Sqn  
WO A Watson 18 Jul 1939 No 502 Sqn   Squadron Engineer Officer
APO R D Wawn 22 Jul 1939     for flying duties
Sgt W H T Woon  8 Aug 1939 ?   Senior Armament Instructor
Plt Offs D J French and P W M West, Sgt K W Wright, AC1s W Marshall, J F Burge, G  Barras and B Parry 10 Aug 1939   Ferrying Flight Attached to ferry two Blenheims to Middle East
Sgt Green  9 Sep 1939   No 1 AAS Attached for Senior Armament Instructors' Course
AC1 A B Cox (WOp) 12 Sep 1939     Promoted to Act Cpl (paid)
LAC A H Smith (WOp) 13 Sep 1939     Promoted to Temp Cpl
Sgt R E Douglas (AO/Fitter I) 15 Sep 1939     Promoted to Temp Flt Sgt and remustered to basic trade
WO A E Rudkin 18 Sep 1939   No 4 Wing, No 2 EWS  
Plt Offs D J French and P W M West, Sgt K W Wright, AC1s W Marshall, J F Burge, G  Barras and B Parry 23 Sep 1939 HQME   Returned on completion of ferrying two Blenheims to Middle East
Plt Off A A G Trueman  3 Oct 1939   No 144 Sqn Attached pending posting
Sgt J Windsor  3 Oct 1939   No 144 Sqn Attached pending posting
Cpl F C Parry (Photographer)  4 Oct 1939 Waddington   on attachment
5 x WOp  7 Oct 1939 No 8 AOS   on posting in
Plt Off H J Winch  7 Oct 1939   SAN attached for Advanced Navigation Course
Sgt C D Stenner (Plt/FAE)  7 Oct 1939   SAN attached for Advanced Navigation Course
Act Sgt B Doyle (Air Obs)  7 Oct 1939   SAN attached for Advanced Navigation Course
Cpl H C Mainley (F/Arm) 10 Oct 1939   No 145 Sqn on posting out
3 x WOp (u/t aircrew) 10 Oct 1939   No 219 Sqn posted as unsuitable for aircrew duties
Cpl F C Parry (Photographer) 16 Oct 1939 Waddington   on posting in
Sgt G Austin (AO/WOp) 24 Oct 1939     Promoted to Temp Flt Sgt and remustered to basic trade
2 x WOp (Air Crew) 28 Oct 1939 No 7 Sqn   on posting in
15 x Airmen 30 Oct 1939   No 266 Sqn on posting out
Sgt R S W Cordle 31 Oct 1939     Killed in a flying accident
AC1 J F Burge 31 Oct 1939     Killed in a flying accident
AC2 L J Penteny 31 Oct 1939     Killed in a flying accident
Cpl A M Henderson 23 Nov 1939     Killed in an accident
Sqn Ldr C V J Pratt 26 Nov 1939   Army C W School Winterbourne Gunner
Act Flt Lt D C F Good 26 Nov 1939     Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off J J Bennett 26 Nov 1939     Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off D J Bain  7 Dec 1939     Reported on posting in
Plt Off G G K Nolan  7 Dec 1939     Reported on posting in
Plt Off A F Addie  8 Dec 1939     Reported on posting in
Plt Off C B Treasure 16 Dec 1939   SAN Attached for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off D J Bain 16 Dec 1939   SAN Attached for Short Navigation Course
Sqn Ldr J R Fleming RAAF 26 Dec 1939   HQ Training Command For Organisational duties
Act Flt Lt T C Weir 26 Dec 1939 No 44 Sqn   Attached pending posting and promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Act Flt Lt T C Weir 26 Dec 1939 No 44 Sqn   Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off H J Winch 27 Dec 1939     Admitted to RAF Hospital, Cranwell
Plt Off A F Addie 31 Dec 1939   SAN Attached for Short Navigation Course
Sgt A J Coad 31 Dec 1939   SAN Attached for Short Navigation Course

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
22 Apr 1939 'B' Flight attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
 8 May 1939 'A' Flight attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
 9 May 1939 'B' Flight ceased to be attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
21 May 1939 'A' Flight ceased to be attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
19 Aug 1939 Squadron attached to No 8 ATS, Evanton for Armament Training
25 Aug 1939 Squadron recalled to RAF Waddington from No 8 ATS, Evanton
 7 Jun 1937 Hinds, K6738 and K6743 arrived from No 90 Sqn
20 Jun 1937 Hinds, K6746, K6748, K6749 and K6750 arrived from No 90 Sqn

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

 

Personnel movements
Name Date From To Notes
Act Sgt J Bryce  4 Jan 1940 Upper Heyford   Reported on posting as Air Observer
Act Sgt J R Jopling  4 Jan 1940 Upper Heyford   Reported on posting as Air Observer
Plt Off D J Bain 15 Jan 1940   St Athan Admitted to Hospital at St Athan (NE - Sick)
Flt Sgt W H Simmons (M/Rigg/Plt) 19 Jan 1940   3 SFTS Remustered for Flying Instructor duties
Sgt S V Vart 22 Jan 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting as Pilot
Sgt G W Everatt 22 Jan 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting as Air Observer
Plt Off W A C Mulloy 23 Jan 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Sgt A N Mowlam 23 Jan 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting as Pilot
Plt Off D H Jacklin 24 Jan 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Sqn Ldr N D Crockart 25 Jan 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Plt Off K R K Smetten  7 Feb 1940 Finningley   Attached pending posting in
Plt Off R T Mulligan  7 Feb 1940 Finningley   Attached pending posting in
Wg Cdr L Young  8 Feb 1940   No 1 RAF Depot Non-effective, sick
Sqn Ldr D W Reid 13 Feb 1940     Attached pending posting and promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Plt Off C B Treasure 18 Feb 1940 SAN   Ceased to be attached for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off A F Addie 25 Feb 1940 SAN   Ceased to be attached for Short Navigation Course
Sgt A J Coad 25 Feb 1940 SAN   Ceased to be attached for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off N E J Linnett  2 Mar 1940 Upper Heyford   Reported on posting in
Plt Off J Mitchell  4 Mar 1940   No 61 Sqn Ceased to be attached to No 50 Sqn
Plt Off W H Hill 12 Mar 1940 Waddington   Attached pending posting
Plt Off D S Davies 13 Mar 1940 Finningley   Attached pending posting
Plt Off K R K Smetten 16 Mar 1940   Finningley Attached to Crew Training School
Plt Off F D Middleton 16 Mar 1940   Finningley Attached to Crew Training School
Fg Off V H Ayres 17 Mar 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A F Addie 17 Mar 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Sgt G A Rowling 17 Mar 1940     Killed in a flying accident
LAC A V Wallace 17 Mar 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Bull 17 Mar 1940   Leuchars Attached
Plt Off Pilcher 17 Mar 1940   Leuchars Attached
Fg Off A B Lennie 19 Mar 1940 Finningley   Attached pending posting
Plt Off J Adair 23 Mar 1940 Finningley   Attached pending posting
Plt Off K R K Smetten 23 Mar 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached to Crew Training School
Plt Off F D Middleton 23 Mar 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached to Crew Training School
Fg Off M W Donaldson 27 Mar 1940 Finningley   Attached pending posting
Fg Off A B Lennie 27 Mar 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached pending posting
Act Sqn Ldr F E Cooper 28 Mar 1940 Waddington   Attached pending posting
Act Sqn Ldr T C Weir 28 Mar 1940   No 44 Sqn Attached pending posting
Plt Off B S Bell  2 Apr 1940 No 106 Sqn    
Wg Cdr R T Taaffe 10 Apr 1940 Finningley   Assumed command of the squadron
Act Wg Cdr D W Reid 10 Apr 1940   No 44 Sqn Attached
Plt Off M Thomas 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt J R Jopling 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt S V Vart 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Cpl A S G Barrass 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt H Bratton 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt G W A Chambers 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt G M Wild 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
LAC S Kershaw 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off J B Bull 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off A D Pilcher 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt W S Nevinson 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Cpl G Fawcett 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off F D Middleton 12 Apr 1940     Missing, later reported POW
Fg Off M W Donaldson 12 Apr 1940     Missing, later reported POW
Cpl A C Henry 12 Apr 1940     Missing, later reported POW
Sgt J Greet 12 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Flt Lt Willan 13 Apr 1940     Reported for duty
Fg Off P J S Shaughnessy 13 Apr 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Plt Off D B Lowe 13 Apr 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Flt Lt R J Cosgrove 14 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt F W Batchelor 14 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Sgt G W Everatt 14 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Cpl J Doran 14 Apr 1940     Killed in action
Fg Off A G Griffin 15 Apr 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Fg Off J E Watts 15 Apr 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Plt Off S Moxham 15 Apr 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Sqn Ldr F E Cooper 21 Apr 1940   No 185 Sqn  
Plt Off T M Taylor 21 Apr 1940 No 106 Sqn   Reported on posting in
Sqn Ldr N D Crockart 30 Apr 1940 No 106 Sqn   Reported on posting in
Plt Off T M Taylor  2 May 1940   Kinloss Attached for Gunnery duties
Fg Off R C Henry  3 May 1940 No 6 SoTT    
Plt Off P W M West  4 May 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached to Crew Training School
Act Sqn Ldr D C F Good  5 May 1940   SSQ, Kinloss Transferred to Royal Northern Infirmary, Inverness
Plt Off R D Wawn  5 May 1940   Torquay Transferred to RAF Officers' Hospital
Plt Off K A Cockerell  6 May 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached for night flying practice
Plt Off A S Luxmoore  6 May 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached for night flying practice
Plt Off K A Cockerell 11 May 1940   No 106 Sqn Ceased to be attached for night flying practice
Plt Off A S Luxmoore 11 May 1940   No 106 Sqn Ceased to be attached for night flying practice
Plt Off T M Taylor 13 May 1940 Kinloss   Ceased to be attached for Gunnery duties
Plt Off D S Davies 15 May 1940   CGS, Warmwell Attached
Wg Cdr R T Taaffe 12 Jun 1940     Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr N D Crockart 12 Jun 1940     Promoted Act Wg Cdr and assumed command of the squadron
Act Sqn Ldr R J Oxley 14 Jun 1940 No 106 Sqn   Attached pending posting
Plt Off J Adair 15 Jun 1940   CGS, Warmwell Attached for No 7 Gunnery Leaders Course
Plt Off D S Davies 16 Jun 1940 CGS, Warmwell   Ceased to be attached
Fg Off A G Griffin 18 Jun 1940   SSQ, Waddington Transferred to RAF Hospital, Halton
Wg Cdr R T Taaffe 17 Jun 1940   HQ No 5 Group For Air Staff duties
Plt Off R D Wawn 25 Jun 1940 Torquay   Discharged from RAF Officers' Hospital
Wg Cdr N D Crockart 26 Jun 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Flt Sgt W T J Southey* 26 Jun 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A J D Ingram* 26 Jun 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E H M Turner* 26 Jun 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A S Luxmoore 26 Jun 1940     Killed in action
Sgt W C Harding* 26 Jun 1940     Killed in action
Sgt G Nichols* 26 Jun 1940     Killed in action
Sgt A H Smith* 26 Jun 1940     Killed in action
Sgt F Robinson*  4 Jul 1940     Died from injuries sustained in an accident
Plt Off N E J Linnett  2 Jul 1940   SSQ Transferred to Lincoln County Hospital
Plt Off R L H Harris  3 Jul 1940   Finningley Attached for night flying training
Plt Off G A C Potts  3 Jul 1940   Finningley Attached for night flying training
Fg Off F B Gabb  5 Jul 1940   SHQ Hatfield Woodhouse  
Fg Off F B Gabb  5 Jul 1940   SSQ, Waddington Transferred to RAF Hospital, Rauceby same day
Fg Off F B Gabb  8 Jul 1940     Transferred from RAF Hospital, Rauceby to RAF Hospital, Matlock
Plt Off D J French  5 Jul 1940     Discharged from RAF Officers' Hospital
Act Sqn Ldr D C F Good  5 Jul 1940 Torquay   Discharged from RAF Officers' Hospital
Plt Off D J French  6 Jul 1940 RAF Officers' Hospital   Reported for duty
Plt Off D J French 10 Jul 1940   SSQ, Waddington Transferred to RAF Hospital, Rauceby same day
No 50 Sqn 10 Jul 1940   Hatfield Woodhouse  
Act Sqn Ldr D C F Good 14 Jul 1940   Finningley For service with Crew Training School
Plt Off G A C Potts 12 Jul 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached for night flying training
Plt Off R L H Harris 14 Jul 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached for night flying training
Plt Off J Adair 15 Jul 1940   CGS, Warmwell Ceased to be attached for No 7 Gunnery Leaders Course
Plt Off N E J Linnett 16 Jul 1940 RAF Officers' Hospital   Discharged from Lincoln County Hospital
Plt Off N E J Linnett 16 Jul 1940   RAF Officers' Hospital Relinquished his commission
Fg Off R Lloyd 20 Jul 1940   No 1 AAS, Manby Attached for Bombing Leaders Course
Plt Off R L H Harris 20 Jul 1940   No 16 Group Attached to No 50 Sqn wef 8 Jul 1940
Plt Off R L H Harris 22 Jul 1940   No 16 Group Ceased to be attached to No 50 Sqn
Plt Off W A C Mulloy 26 Jul 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off T M Taylor 26 Jul 1940     Killed in action
Sgt A L Stewart* 26 Jul 1940     Killed in action
Sgt G R Watt* 26 Jul 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off F Fichel-Juan 28 Jul 1940 Finningley   Reported on posting in
Plt Off B S Bell  1 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Sgt W E Miller*  1 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Sgt C D Evans*  1 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Sgt D Tailford*  1 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Fg Off R Lloyd  3 Aug 1940 No 1 AAS   Ceased to be attached for Bombing Leaders Course
Plt Off W G Gardiner  8 Aug 1940   No 16 OTU  
Plt Off G G K Nolan 10 Aug 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Sgt F C Shook* 10 Aug 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J M Beattie* 10 Aug 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E S Quinn* 10 Aug 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off G O R Kilner 11 Aug 1940     Attached pending posting
Plt Off R S Hook 11 Aug 1940     Attached pending posting
Act Sqn Ldr D C F Good 15 Aug 1940   Torquay Transferred to RAF Officers' Hospital
Plt Off W D B Ruth 15 Aug 1940     Promoted to Fg Off wef 17 Jun 1940
Fg Off (Act Sqn Ldr) R J Oxley 15 Aug 1940     Promoted to Flt Lt wef 25 Jul 1940
Plt Off E B Rendall 18 Aug 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off C W Leonard 18 Aug 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Fg Off D H Jacklin 17 Aug 1940   No 16 OTU  
Fg Off W D B Ruth 19 Aug 1940   Finningley Attached for night flying course
Plt Off R T Mulligan 19 Aug 1940   Finningley Attached for night flying course
Plt Off G W Roylance 25 Aug 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off J K M Cooke 25 Aug 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off V G Grylls 25 Aug 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off R D Wawn 26 Aug 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt J Schofield* 26 Aug 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt R H L Smith* 26 Aug 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt H J Bushell* 26 Aug 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Plt Off K R K Smetten 30 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Sgt A A Hosfall* 30 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Sgt H H Best* 30 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Sgt E W J Skinner* 30 Aug 1940     Killed in action
Fg Off W D B Ruth 19 Aug 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached for night flying course
Plt Off R T Mulligan 19 Aug 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached for night flying course
Plt Off D J Bain 30 Aug 1940 No 1 RAF Depot   Attached
Fg Off C A Vernieux 31 Aug 1930   No 4 Ferry Pilots' Pool  
Fg Off F G Woodward  1 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off R Davies  1 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off E Thwaites  1 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off A R Hindley  7 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Sqn Ldr F A Willan  8 Sep 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt K W Wright*  8 Sep 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt A B Cox*  8 Sep 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt F G Brook*  8 Sep 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sqn Ldr J C Taylor  9 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Flt Lt R J Reed 10 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off P W Roylance 10 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Sgt R Halls* 10 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Sgt W A Johnson 10 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off D E F Powell 15 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off P G Tunstell 15 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off M P Bushnell 15 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off C D Stenner 15 Sep 1940   No 16 OTU Attached pending posting
Plt Off M P Bushnell 19 Sep 1940     Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt T W Rippingale 22 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Fg Off E B Liddell 22 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Fg Off W M Russell 29 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off A S Boak 29 Sep 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Sqn Ldr J C Taylor 29 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Sgt K H Watchous* 29 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Sgt A G Hobson* 29 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Sgt P A Merrick* 29 Sep 1940     Killed in action
Fg Off P J S Shaughnessy  3 Oct 1940   No 16 OTU  
Plt Off W D B Ruth  3 Oct 1940   No 16 OTU  
Plt Off P W M West  3 Oct 1940   No 16 OTU  
Plt Off G A C Potts  3 Oct 1940   No 16 OTU  
Plt Off R R Banker  3 Oct 1940   No 106 Sqn  
Plt Off D J French  3 Oct 1940   No 106 Sqn  
Plt Off A S Boak  5 Oct 1940     Killed in action
Sgt F J Brooker*  5 Oct 1940     Killed in action
Sgt J D Marshall*  5 Oct 1940     Killed in action
Sgt C H Wise*  5 Oct 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off I H Grant  6 Oct 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Flt Lt D T Johnson 13 Oct 1940 No 16 OTU    
Plt Off D B Ainsworth 13 Oct 1940 No 16 OTU    
Plt Off J A Whitecross 13 Oct 1940 No 16 OTU    
Plt Off G E Weston 13 Oct 1940 No 16 OTU    
Flt Lt D T Johnson 13 Oct 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached
Plt Off D B Ainsworth 13 Oct 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached
Plt Off J A Whitecross 13 Oct 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached
Plt Off G E Weston 13 Oct 1940   No 106 Sqn Attached
Plt Off G H Everitt 13 Oct 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off C J R Walker 13 Oct 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off A H Davies 15 Oct 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off E J Andrews 15 Oct 1940     Killed in action
Sgt H L Hurrell* 15 Oct 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt Lee* 15 Oct 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Plt Off P B Moore 20 Oct 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off H M McCrossan 20 Oct 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Flt Lt D T Johnson 27 Oct 1940 No 106 Sqn   Ceased to be attached
Plt Off D B Ainsworth 27 Oct 1940 No 106 Sqn   Ceased to be attached
Plt Off J A Whitecross 27 Oct 1940 No 106 Sqn   Ceased to be attached
Plt Off G E Weston 27 Oct 1940 No 106 Sqn   Ceased to be attached
Plt Off H C Pexton 27 Oct 1940     Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off A R Hindley 28 Oct 1940   SSQ, Lindholme Transferred to RAF Hospital Rauceby same day
(Sgt) E R Abbott  1 Nov 1940     Appointed to a Commission as a Plt Off on Probation
Sqn Ldr G A Walker  3 Nov 1940 Finningley   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off M J Preece  3 Nov 1940 No 16 OTU   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off M J Preece  3 Nov 1940   Finningley Attached
Sqn Ldr G A Walker xx xxx 1940   No 83 Sqn  
Plt Off C J R Walker  6 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt K S Gowland*  6 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt D O Cole*  6 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt K Emm*  6 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off R T Mulligan  6 Nov 1940   SHQ Lindholme Non-effective, sick
Plt Off R G Ash 10 Nov 1940 Finningley   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off C T Cornish 10 Nov 1940 Finningley   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off J K Hill 10 Nov 1940 Finningley   Reported for duty on posting in
Sgt T Thomas* 10 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt R C Hyland* 10 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt D G Hamilton* 10 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt C Richardson* 15 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt B Brookes* 15 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Sgt C W I Parker* 15 Nov 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off M J Preece 17 Nov 1940 Finningley   Ceased to be attached
(Sgt) R E Douglas 22 Nov 1940     Appointed to a Commission as a Plt Off on Probation
Plt Off R E Douglas 22 Nov 1940   Aston Down  
Plt Off P G Tunstell 23 Nov 1940   SHQ Lindholme Non-effective, sick
Plt Off R T Mulligan 27 Nov 1940 SHQ Lindholme   Ceased to be non-effective, sick
Plt Off A R Hindley 28 Nov 1940 SHQ, Lindholme   Ceased to be non-effective, sick
Plt Off T N C Burrough  1 Dec 1940 No 16 OTU   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off K Porter  7 Dec 1940 No 11 OTU   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off R T Mulligan  8 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off M J Preece  8 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Sgt C J Smith*  8 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Sgt F A Buckle*  8 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off H Crosby  9 Dec 1940   Air Ministry, Merton College, Oxford  
Wg Cdr G W Golledge 15 Dec 1940   No 2 PDC Pending posting overseas
Sqn Ldr G A Walker 16 Dec 1940 No 83 Sqn   Reported for duty on posting in
Plt Off G O R Kilner 17 Dec 1940 SHQ Lindholme   Ceased to be non-effective, sick
Fg Off N J W Thompson 19 Dec 1940 SHQ Lindholme   Reported for duty on posting in as a Medical Officer
Plt Off P B Hodgson 22 Dec 1940 Finningley   Reported for duty on posting in
Fg Off E B Liddell 11 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off R G Ash* 11 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Sgt E McConnell* 11 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Sgt A S Atkinson* 11 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Plt Off D B Ainsworth 28 Dec 1940     Missing, later reported to be POW
Sgt E H Battle* 28 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Sgt M Hemingway* 28 Dec 1940     Killed in action
Sgt G G Smith* 28 Dec 1940     Killed in action

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485), except * which are from various sources such as the Chorley series of books or newspaper articles

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
25 Jan 1940 Detachment Ground Party proceeded to RAF Lossiemouth by rail
26 Jan 1940 Detachment (6 x aircraft) proceeded to RAF Lossiemouth on attachment to Coastal Command
15 Feb 1940 Detachment returned to RAF Waddington
xx Mar 1940 The Squadron Badge was approved by HM King George VI
No 50 Squadron badge
10 Jul 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Waddington to RAF Hatfield Woodhouse by road and air
17 Aug 1940 RAF Hatfield Woodhouse renamed RAF Lindholme

Source - No 50 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/485)

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