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No 108 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt N C Pleasance  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 108 Sqn
Plt Off J Hamlyn  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Culliford  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Paul D Holder  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
APO F E Williams  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Flt Sgt C E Benney  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt J H Ratcliff  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt J Higgins  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Act Sgt Plt E J Blake  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Fg Off J M Southwell 25 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 108 Sqn
Flt Lt N C Pleasance 15 Mar 1937 Relinquished command of No 108 Sqn
Flt Lt N C Pleasance  1 Jun 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr N C Pleasance 14 Jun 1937 Posted to No 82 Sqn to command

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849 and AIR 27/851)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 4 Jan 1937 Reformed at RAF Upper Heyford from 'B' Flight of No 57 Squadron, in No 1 Group, equipped with Hawker Hinds
Hawker Hind of No 108 Squadron
16 Feb 1937 Advance Party moved from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Farnborough
18 Feb 1937 Main Party moved from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Farnborough
19 Feb 1937 Air Party moved from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Farnborough
20 Feb 1937 Squadron completed move to RAF Farnborough and was transferred to No 2 Group
 6 Jul 1937 Main Party moved from RAF Farnborough to RAF Cranfield
 7 Jul 1937 Air Party moved from RAF Farnborough to RAF Cranfield
 7 Jul 1937 Squadron transferred from No 2 Group to No 1 Group

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

July 1937

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off J M Southwell 25 Jan 1937  
Fg Off Paul D Holder  4 Jan 1937 later AM
Plt Off A W Lee 16 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J Culliford  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off F E Williams  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off H C Tootal 24 Apr 1937  
APO J F Armstrong 22 May 1937  
APO K H V Day 22 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J Culliford 24 Dec 1937 Placed on the Retired List
APO K H Walsh 31 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 62 Sqn
Flt Lt H F Chester 22 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation
       

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849 and AIR 27/851)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
22 Oct 1937 Main Party proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training
11 Nov 1937 Air Party proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training, delayed by weather
27 Nov 1937 Main Party departed No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training
13 Dec 1937 1st Air Party departed No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training, delayed by weather
15 Dec 1937 2nd Air Party departed No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training, delayed by weather
27 Apr 1938 Advance Party moved from RAF Cranfield to RAF Bassingbourn
 2 May 1938 Main ands Air Parties moved from RAF Cranfield to RAF Bassingbourn
 2 May 1938 Squadron transferred from No 1 Group to No 2 Group
10 Jun 1938 Squadron received its first Bristol Blenheim I for re-equipment
Bristol Blenheim of No 108 Squadron
24 Jun 1938 Squadron received its last Bristol Blenheim I on completion of re-equipment (12 x IE and 4 x IR)

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Bassingbourn Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H F Chester 22 Feb 1938  
Fg Off A W Lee 16 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J F Armstrong 22 May 1937  
Plt Off D R D Green 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off A E Thompson  4 Oct 1937  
Plt Off K H Walsh 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Palmer  5 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G P Hewson  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off R C Beaman  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J D W Murray 27 Nov 1937  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt H F Chester 29 Aug 1938 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to No 35 Sqn to command
Act Fg Off A E Thompson 29 Aug 1938 Assumed command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
30 Sep 1938 Squadron establishment increased to 16 x IE plus 5 x IR aircraft
10 Nov 1938 The Squadron Badge which had been authorised by HM King George VI was presented by AVM C T Maclean
No 108 Squadron badge
23 Nov 1938 Advance Party proceeded to No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Armament Training by rail
25 Nov 1938 Main Party proceeded to No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Armament Training by rail
26 Nov 1938 Main Party arrived at No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Armament Training
26 Nov 1938 Air Party proceeded to No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Armament Training
16 Dec 1938 Air Party departed No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for RAF Leuchars
12 Dec 1938 Main Party departed No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton on completion of Armament Training by rail
18 Dec 1938 Rear Party departed No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton on completion of Armament Training by rail
18 Dec 1938 Air Party departed RAF Leuchars for RAF Bassingbourn

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

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.

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January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Bassingbourn Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off A W Lee 16 Mar 1937  
Act Fg Off A E Thompson  4 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J F Armstrong 22 May 1937  
Plt Off D R D Green 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off K H Walsh 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Palmer  5 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R C Beaman  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J D W Murray 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C B Jordan 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M E Redgrave 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M J Tully 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off L S Delaney  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off J D Cody  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off N Tasker  5 Nov 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Bassingbourn Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Samuel C Elworthy

11 Jan 1939 later MRAF
Fg Off A W Lee 16 Mar 1937  
Fg Off A E Thompson  4 Oct 1937  
Fg Off D R D Green 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off F Harrison 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J F Armstrong 22 May 1937  
Plt Off K H Walsh 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Palmer  5 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R C Beaman  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J D W Murray 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C B Jordan 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M E Redgrave 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M J Tully 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off L S Delaney  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off J D Cody  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off N Tasker  5 Nov 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I

Avro Anson I

RAF Bassingbourn Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Samuel C Elworthy

11 Jan 1939 later MRAF
Act Flt Lt A E Thompson  4 Oct 1937  
Fg Off A W Lee 16 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D R D Green 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off F Harrison 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off J F Armstrong 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R C Beaman  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J D W Murray 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off K H Walsh 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G T Palmer  5 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C B Jordan 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M E Redgrave 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off M J Tully 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off L S Delaney  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off J D Cody  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off N Tasker  5 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C E Benney  4 Jan 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements (Permanent Staff): May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G T Palmer  3 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Depot for duty as Camp Commandant
Wg Cdr P J A Hume 18 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 108 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 24 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of No 108 Sqn
Wg Cdr P J A Hume 24 Sep 1939 Assumed command of No 108 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 24 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Chief Ground Instructor, RAF Bicester
Fg Off A W Lee 24 Oct 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
Fg Off D R D Green 31 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J D Cody 31 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J T McCartney 11 Nov 1939 Absorbed into Screened Instructional Staff on completion of training
Plt Off W R Watson 11 Nov 1939 Absorbed into Screened Instructional Staff on completion of training
Plt Off F G Collins 20 Nov 1939 Posted to No 5 SFTS, prior to posting to No 45 Sqn in the Middle East
Sqn Ldr J C Sisson 24 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Chief Ground Instructor, RAF Bicester
Sqn Ldr J H Powle 26 Nov 1939 Posted to No 114 Sqn to command
AC2 G M Dickson 28 Nov 1939 WOp/AG arrived on posting from No 104 Sqn for duty on Screened Instructional Staff
Sqn Ldr J C Sisson  1 Dec 1939 Posted to RAF Bicester for duty as Chief Ground Instructor
Plt Off M E Redgrave 10 Dec 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 30 Nov 1939
Plt Off M J Tully 13 Dec 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 10 Dec 1939
Flt Lt

Samuel C Elworthy

19 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr, wef 6 Sep 1939
Fg Off R C Beaman  28 Dec 1939 Proceeded to Daimler, Coventry for Gun Turret Course (2 days)

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

Nominal Roll of Instructional Staff: 30 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr P J A Hume Officer Commanding, No 108 Sqn
Fg Off J F Armstrong Adjutant
Fg Off G H Elliot Assistant Adjutant
WO C E Benney Engineer Officer
Flt Lt

Samuel C Elworthy

Officer Commanding, 'A' Flight
Fg Off A W Lee 'A' Flight
Fg Off R C Beaman 'A' Flight and Sqn Parachute Officer
Plt Off M J Tully 'A' Flight and Sqn Signals Officer
Flt Sgt J E Houlston 'A' Flight, Pilot/WEM
Act Flt Sgt J H Searby 'A' Flight, Pilot/FAE and Sqn Navigation Officer
Sgt J R G Ralston 'A' Flight, Pilot/Fitter I
Sgt R Eyton-Williams 'A' Flight, Pilot (VR)
Sgt W Collins 'A' Flight, Air Observer/Fitter I
Sgt A G A Cochrane 'A' Flight, Air Observer/Photographer
Sgt D Carbutt 'A' Flight, Air Observer/WEM
AC2 J Willis-Richards 'A' Flight, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
AC2 D Trigwell 'A' Flight, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
AC2 H Cossar 'A' Flight, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Act Flt Lt

A E Thompson

Officer Commanding, 'B' Flight
Fg Off D R D Green 'B' Flight and Sqn Armament Officer
Plt Off M E Redgrave 'B' Flight
Plt Off J D Cody 'B' Flight
Plt Off J D W Murray 'B' Flight and Link Trainer Instructor
Flt Sgt W S Ross 'B' Flight, Pilot/Clerk/GD
Flt Sgt M S J Coombes 'B' Flight, Pilot/Carpenter Rigger
Sqn Ldr J H Powle Attached to SHQ, RAF Bicester for duty as Chief Ground Instructor
Sgt J R Lapham 'B' Flight, Air Observer/Fitter-Armourer
Sgt A E Skelton 'B' Flight, Air Observer/Wireless Operator
Sgt R I Perry 'B' Flight, Air Observer/Fitter I
AC2 J R Lang 'B' Flight, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
AC2 J Welch 'B' Flight, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
AC2 J Shearer 'B' Flight, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/851)

Personnel Movements (Trainees): Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr P C Hilton pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sqn Ldr A L Christian pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off K H Nash pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off J J McCartney pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off B E Chapman pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off W R Watson pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off C N Newman pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off F A Green pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off C B Best pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off C M Lochhead pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off V G W Engstrom pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off R C Ritchie pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Plt Off F G Collins pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt H W Castle pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt L Cater pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt K G Cooper pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt E M Shannon pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt P G V Hemsley pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt D C Lamb pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt E H Sarll pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt C F Howie pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Sgt J J Outhwaite pre 30 Sep 1939 Pilot
Act Sgt H Robson pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Observer (Acting)
Act Sgt F J Folbrook pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Observer (Acting)
Act Sgt C I Martin pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Observer (Acting)
Act Sgt R F Davis pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Observer (Acting)
Act Sgt J Fancy pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Observer (Acting)
Act Sgt W J Stephens pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Observer (Acting)
AC2 T A Foreman pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 L A Berridge pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 R Lang pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 A N McEwen pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 J Newberry pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 V St G Barrow pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 D G Shepherd pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 W H Parker pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 W J McCarthy pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 R B H Townsend-Cole pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 R Shuttleworth pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 J Shuttleworth pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 A W B Sanders pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 W H McDougall pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 B E O'Connor pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 C E Dennis pre 30 Sep 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator)
AC2 V St G Barrow  1 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 139 Sqn
AC2 D G Shepherd  1 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 114 Sqn
Plt Off K C Harvey-Jacobs  2 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off R M Rogers  2 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off R E Cox  2 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off H W Thorburn  2 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off W J King  2 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off R H M Bennett  2 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Act Sgt E R Perrin  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 10 ATS
Act Sgt A F Wallace  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 10 ATS
Act Sgt H G V Huckins  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 10 ATS
Act Sgt J R Lamb  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 10 ATS
Act Sgt A G Lewis  4 Oct 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 W H Parker  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 W J McCarthy  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 R B H Townsend-Cole  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 R Shuttleworth  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 J Shuttleworth  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 A W B Sanders  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 W H McDougall  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 B E O'Connor  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 C E Dennis  4 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
Act Sgt A R Coburn  5 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 9 ATS
Act Sgt M R Chouler  5 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 9 ATS
Act Sgt F G Bryant  5 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 9 ATS
Sgt P G V Hemsley 10 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt F G Bryant 10 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 J Shearer 10 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 T A Foreman 11 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 L A Berridge 11 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 R Lang 11 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 A N McEwen 11 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
AC2 J Newberry 11 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn
Sgt D C Lamb 19 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Act Sgt J Wills 18 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 12 Sqn
Act Sgt A Jones 18 Oct 1939 Air Observer from No 12 Sqn
AC2 J V Timoney 17 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 107 Sqn
AC2 J Price 18 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 110 Sqn
AC2 L H C Gayfer 18 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 110 Sqn
AC2 W Tansley 18 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 114 Sqn
AC2 T Williams 18 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 114 Sqn
AC2 R S Canham 20 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 110 Sqn
AC2 E W Helm 20 Oct 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator) from No 114 Sqn
Sgt H W Castle 20 Oct 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn
Sgt E H Sarll 20 Oct 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn
Sgt P Chivers 20 Oct 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn
Plt Off D L Wingate 22 Oct 1939 Pilot from RAF College, Cranwell
Plt Off F G Hyne 22 Oct 1939 Pilot from RAF College, Cranwell
Plt Off A G W Merewether 22 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 13 SFTS, RAF Drem
Plt Off J D Mundy 22 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 13 SFTS, RAF Drem
Plt Off S C Ladyman 22 Oct 1939 Pilot from No 13 SFTS, RAF Drem
Plt Off R E Cox 31 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off K H Nash 10 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off C N Newman 10 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off F A Green 10 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt L Cater 11 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt K G Cooper 11 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off C M Lochhead 17 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off R C Ritchie 17 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off F G Collins 20 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Plt Off B E Chapman 25 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off V G W Engstrom 25 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt E M Shannon 26 Nov 1939 Pilot, posted to No 5 BGS, RAF Jurby
Act Sgt H Robson 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to Ferry Pool, RAF Andover
Act Sgt R F Davis 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to Ferry Pool, RAF Andover
Act Sgt A F Wallace 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to Ferry Pool, RAF Andover
Act Sgt A R Coburn 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to Ferry Pool, RAF Andover
Act Sgt E R Perrin 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Act Sgt F J Folbrook 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Act Sgt C I Martin 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Act Sgt J Fancy 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Act Sgt W J Stephens 25 Nov 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
AC2 W Tansley 25 Nov 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to Ferry Pool, RAF Andover
AC2 T Williams 25 Nov 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to Ferry Pool, RAF Andover
Plt Off H F Mitchinson  6 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 6 SFTS, RAF Little Rissington
Plt Off K F Fisk  6 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 6 SFTS, RAF Little Rissington
Plt Off W H Scrymgeour-Wedderburn  6 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 6 SFTS, RAF Little Rissington
Act Sgt W Baxter  6 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 6 SFTS, RAF Little Rissington
Sgt F J Hartness-Beavis  7 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Sgt J W Hartfield  7 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Act Sgt A K Stanley  7 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 1 SFTS, RAF Netheravon
Act Sgt A Stevenson  7 Nov 1939 Air Observer from RAF Cleave
Plt Off W Wray  8 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Plt Off R R Green 18 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 3 SFTS, RAF South Cerney
Plt Off R A Kirwood 18 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 3 SFTS, RAF South Cerney
Sgt I M Beard 21 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 11 SFTS, RAF Shawbury
Sgt S Christensen 21 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 11 SFTS, RAF Shawbury
Sgt J B M Brown 21 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 11 SFTS, RAF Shawbury
Sgt C R Frost 21 Nov 1939 Pilot, from No 11 SFTS, RAF Shawbury
Act Sgt C A Howe 27 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 3 AOS, RAF Aldergrove
Act Sgt K S Dodrill 27 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 3 AOS, RAF Aldergrove
Act Sgt A N Holmes 27 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 3 AOS, RAF Aldergrove
Act Sgt F A Abbott 27 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 4 AOS, RAF West Freugh
Act Sgt A Avery 27 Nov 1939 Air Observer from No 4 AOS, RAF West Freugh
AC2 C E Dennis 28 Nov 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
AC2 D A Jefferies  5 Dec 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off C B Best  7 Dec 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off R M Rogers  7 Dec 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off W J King  7 Dec 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off R H M Bennett  7 Dec 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt J W Moffatt 14 Dec 1939 Air Observer from No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt A E Taylor 14 Dec 1939 Air Observer from No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt N C Middlemass 14 Dec 1939 Air Observer from No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt W O Shortland 14 Dec 1939 Air Observer from No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt D Haigh 14 Dec 1939 Air Observer from No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Act Sgt A N Beard 15 Dec 1939 Air Observer from RAF St Athan
Act Sgt A S Aldridge 15 Dec 1939 Air Observer from RAF St Athan
Act Sgt M G Jones 15 Dec 1939 Air Observer from RAF St Athan
Act Sgt H L Broughton 15 Dec 1939 Air Observer from RAF St Athan
Act Sgt A N Gray 15 Dec 1939 Air Observer from RAF St Athan
Plt Off I Muir 16 Dec 1939 Pilot, from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Sgt C F Howie 16 Dec 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt J J Outhwaite 16 Dec 1939 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt H G V Huckins 16 Dec 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt J R Lamb 16 Dec 1939 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off J G Masters 17 Dec 1939 Pilot, from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Sgt D W Date 18 Dec 1939 Pilot, from No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Sgt A Chattaway 18 Dec 1939 Pilot, from No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
AC2 J V Timoney 28 Dec 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 81 Sqn, RAF Old Sarum
AC2 J Price 28 Dec 1939 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 81 Sqn, RAF Old Sarum
Sgt J W Moffatt 29 Dec 1939 Air Observer posted to RAF Mount Batten
Sgt A E Taylor 29 Dec 1939 Air Observer posted to No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt N C Middlemass 29 Dec 1939 Air Observer posted to No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt W O Shortland 29 Dec 1939 Air Observer posted to No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton
Sgt D Haigh 29 Dec 1939 Air Observer posted to No 15 Sqn, RAF Wyton

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
12 Apr 1939 Detachment proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties to train Air Gunners
 1 May 1939 Squadron commenced training RAFVR pilots under Group Pool Scheme
 1 May 1939 10 x Avro Ansons received for use in training aircrew
Anson I
 6 May 1939 Detachment returned from RAF North Coates Fitties
 1 Jun 1939 Squadron becomes part of No 2 Group Training Pool
17 Sep 1939 'A' Flight moved from RAF Bassingbourn to RAF Bicester
18 Sep 1939 'B' Flight moved from RAF Bassingbourn to RAF Bicester
18 Sep 1939 Ground Party moved from RAF Bassingbourn to RAF Bicester
18 Sep 1939 Squadron transferred from No 2 Group to No 6 Group
13 Oct 1939 3 x Blenheim Is transferred to No 90 in exchange for 3 x Blenheim IVs
Bristol Blenheim IV
14 Nov 1939 First Blenheim IV (fitted with Mercury XV engines) delivered from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble for re-equipment
24 Nov 1939 4 x Blenheim IVs (fitted with Mercury XV engines) collected from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

Personnel Movements (Permanent Staff): Jan - Apr 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Sqn Ldr

Samuel C Elworthy

 1 Mar 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sgt R Eyton-Williams  1 Apr 1940 Appointed to a commission in the GD Branch as a Plt Off
Flt Sgt J H Searby  1 Apr 1940 Appointed to a commission in the GD Branch as a Plt Off
Sgt A Chattaway  4 Apr 1940 Absorbed into Screened Instructional Staff on completion of training
Sgt F B Moss  4 Apr 1940 Air Observer, absorbed into Screened Instructional Staff on completion of training
Fg Off J D W Murray  6 Apr 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 19 Sep 1939
Fg Off R C Beaman  6 Apr 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 19 Sep 1939
Fg Off J F Armstrong  6 Apr 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 19 Sep 1939
Fg Off M E Redgrave  6 Apr 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 24 Nov 1939

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Date Notes
24 Nov 1939 2 x Blenheim IVs (fitted with Mercury XV engines) collected from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
 7 Nov 1940 Squadron disbanded on being absorbed in No 13 Operational Training Unit

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

Personnel Movements (Trainees): Jan - Mar 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H W Thorburn  1 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off A G W Merewether  1 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off S C Ladyman  1 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt M R Chouler  1 Jan 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt E Tucker  5 Jan 1940 Air Observer from No 5 AOS, RAF Jurby
Sgt F B Moss  5 Jan 1940 Air Observer from No 5 AOS, RAF Jurby
Sgt F J H Gower  5 Jan 1940 Air Observer from No 5 AOS, RAF Jurby
Sgt R W Lawrence  5 Jan 1940 Air Observer from No 5 AOS, RAF Jurby
Sgt H W Richardson  5 Jan 1940 Air Observer from No 5 AOS, RAF Jurby
Sgt J Wills  6 Jan 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt A Jones  6 Jan 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt W Baxter  6 Jan 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt A Stevenson  6 Jan 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt S I Tonks  7 Jan 1940 Pilot, from RAF Carew Cheriton
Sgt F B Harwood  8 Jan 1940 Pilot, from No 9 SFTS, RAF Hullavington
Sgt H Hopkins  8 Jan 1940 Pilot, from No 9 SFTS, RAF Hullavington
Sgt A E Hall  8 Jan 1940 Pilot, from No 9 SFTS, RAF Hullavington
Sgt J W Hartfield 15 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off D L Wingate 16 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off F G Hyne 16 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off J D Mundy 19 Jan 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt S M Cashman 26 Jan 1940 Air Observer from RAF West Freugh
Sgt A C Catton 26 Jan 1940 Air Observer from RAF West Freugh
Sgt D C Hettrick 26 Jan 1940 Air Observer from RAF West Freugh
Sgt F Graham 27 Jan 1940 Air Observer from RAF West Freugh
Sgt D C Hawkins 27 Jan 1940 Air Observer from RAF West Freugh
Plt Off F A Bowler 31 Jan 1940 Pilot from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Sgt W Bain 31 Jan 1940 Pilot, from No 11 SFTS, RAF Shawbury
AC2 E W Helm  1 Jan 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 204 Sqn, RAF Mount Batten
AC2 C E Dennis  5 Jan 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Fg Off P H Lewis  1 Feb 1940 Pilot, from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Plt Off I P Goudge  1 Feb 1940 Pilot, from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Plt Off D E Myland  1 Feb 1940 Pilot, from No 3 SFTS, RAF South Cerney
Sgt D F Dennis  1 Feb 1940 Pilot, from No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Sgt G Bennett  1 Feb 1940 Pilot, from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Sgt R Sims  1 Feb 1940 Pilot, from No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Act Sgt A P Sully 16 Feb 1940 Air Observer, from No 8 AOS, RAF Evanton
Act Sgt A T Reeves 16 Feb 1940 Air Observer, from No 8 AOS, RAF Evanton
Act Sgt J Williams 16 Feb 1940 Air Observer, from No 8 AOS, RAF Evanton
Act Sgt J T Waterfall 16 Feb 1940 Air Observer, from No 242 Sqn, RAF Church Fenton
Act Sgt W T Magrath 16 Feb 1940 Air Observer, from No 64 Sqn, RAF Church Fenton
Act Sgt K J Irwin 16 Feb 1940 Air Observer, from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
LAC B Wilson 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC F W Wilkins 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC G Targett 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC F Sexton 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC K R Sellwood 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC G H James 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC S R Gear 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC K C Fielden 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC E U Bunting 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC T Ashurst 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC C McCarthy 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC H H Cowin 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
LAC W S Crowe 23 Feb 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), from No 9 BGS, RAF Penrhos
Act Sgt A K Stanley 26 Feb 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
AC2 D A Jefferies  5 Mar 1940 Air Gunner (Wireless Operator), posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off K F Fisk  7 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off H F Mitchinson 11 Mar 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off W H Scrymgeour-Wedderburn 11 Mar 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off W Wray 11 Mar 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt S Christensen 11 Mar 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt F A Abbott 11 Mar 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt A Avery 11 Mar 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt F J Hartness-Beavis 16 Mar 1940 Pilot, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt C A Howe 18 Mar 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt K S Dodrill 18 Mar 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt A N Beard 18 Mar 1940 Air Observer, posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham

Source - No 108 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/849)

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