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No 203 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[July 1920 | Aug 1920 | Apr 1921 | Jul 1921 | Jul 1922 | May 1923 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Aug 1930 | Sep 1930 | Oct 1930 | Nov 1930 | Dec 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 |Aug 1936Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1920

Date Notes
 1 Mar 1920 Reformed at RAF Leuchars.
Sopwith Camel

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Camel Leuchars Coastal Area/No 29 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Fg Off Ernest C Usher A & S 15 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Robert B Sutherland A  2 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off Arthur E de M Jarvis A 28 Apr 1920 DFC

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Camel Leuchars Coastal Area/No 29 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Fg Off Ernest C Usher A & S 15 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Robert B Sutherland A  2 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off Arthur E de M Jarvis A 28 Apr 1920 DFC

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Camel Leuchars Coastal Area/No 29 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Albert W Fletcher A & S 25 Oct 1920 DFC, AFC
Fg Off James MacG Fairweather A  1 Apr 1920 DFC
Fg Off Louis M Hilton A  1 Apr 1920 DFC
Fg Off George R Hicks A 18 sep 1920 DFC
Fg Off John H T Carr A  1 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Kingsley C L Gorringe A 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Fred Kirk A  1 Feb 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur A B Chipper A 20 Jul 1920  

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Camel Leuchars Coastal Area/No 29 Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Joseph S T Fall A 15 Mar 1921 DSC, AFC
Flt Lt Albert W Fletcher A & S 25 Oct 1920 DFC, AFC
Fg Off Walter E Swann A  9 May 1921  
Fg Off James MacG Fairweather A  1 Apr 1920 DFC
Fg Off Louis M Hilton A  1 Apr 1920 DFC
Fg Off George R Hicks A 18 sep 1920 DFC
Fg Off Kingsley C L Gorringe A 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Fred Kirk A  1 Feb 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Lawrence C Pharoah-Band A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Arthur A B Chipper A 20 Jul 1920  
Fg Off William F Shaylor A 23 May 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
Sopwith Camel Leuchars Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Leonard H Slatter  1 Oct 1921 OBE, DSC, DFC; later AM
Fg Off William Jones  1 Jun 1922  
Fg Off Gerald G Walker  1 Oct 1921 MC
Fg Off Ernest C Usher  1 Jun 1922  
Fg Off Thomas Brewin  1 Oct 1921  
Fg Off Ian C G Simpson 20 Jun 1921  
Fg Off James V Medcalf 30 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Benjamin Sykes 30 Jan 1922  
Stores Officers
Flt Lt Frank Paterson  1 Oct 1921  
Fg Off Robert D Lambert  1 Oct 1921  

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1922 - May 1923

Date Notes
xx Aug 1922 Squadron received a number of Nieuport Nightjars
Nightjar of No 203 Squadron
 1 Apr 1923 Squadron disbanded into Nos 401 and 402 Flights, but was still shown in the May 1923 AFL.

Source - 'RAF Commands' - C G Jefford

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Camel Leuchars Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Leonard H Slatter  1 Oct 1921 OBE, DSC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Albert W Fletcher 27Jan 1923 DFC, AFC
Fg Off William Jones  1 Jun 1922  
Fg Off Ernest C Usher  1 Jun 1922  
Fg Off Thomas Brewin  1 Oct 1921  
Fg Off Ian C G Simpson 20 Jun 1921  
Fg Off James V Medcalf 30 Jan 1922  
Fg Off George C Lugg 12 Mar 1923  
Fg Off John B Lynch 12 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Cyril B Wincott 12 Mar 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John M Burd 12 Mar 1923  

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt H R Busteed  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt and assumed command
Sqn Ldr Rene M Bayley  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt
Flt Lt Gerard L Gandy  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt
Fg Off Richard F Shenton  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt
Fg Off Harold F G Southey  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt
Fg Off William G Abrams  1 Jan 1929 Transferred from No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flt
Fg Off F E Fairhead xx Jan 1929 Arrived on posting as member of Seaplane Flight
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington  1 Feb 1929 Attached to HQ Iraq Command
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington  6 Feb 1929 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn (Basrah element)
Gp Capt H R Busteed xx Feb 1929 Declared medically unfit for service overseas
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 23 Feb 1929 Proceeded to Iraq by the overland route
Wg Cdr

Thomas E B Howe

25 Feb 1929 Arrived on posting to lead the flight to Basrah
Gp Capt H R Busteed 26 Feb 1929 Relinquished command of Air Party
Wg Cdr

Thomas E B Howe

26 Feb 1929 Assumed command of Air Party
Fg Off George J Gaynor  9 Mar 1929 Assumed duties of Equipment Officer, wef 1 Feb 1929
Fg Off Donald C Stone  9 Mar 1929 Assumed duties of Accountant Officer, wef 14 Feb 1929
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 14 Mar 1929 Rejoined the squadron at Basrah
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington 14 Mar 1929 Relinquished command of No 203 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Thomas E B Howe

14 Mar 1929 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Fg Off F E Fairhead xx Apr 1929 Departed on posting

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1929

Date Notes
 1 Jan 1929

Reformed at RAF Mount Batten by redesignating No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flight, equipped with Southampton IIs

Southhampton II
24 Jan 1929 Ground personnel in Basrah
28 Feb 1929 Squadron (S1298, S1299 and S1300) departed RAF Cattewater for Hourtin, near Bordeaux
 1 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Hourtin for Berre, near Marseilles
 3 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Berre for Naples but where forced to land at Bastia (S1300) and Leghorn (S1298 and S1299)
 5 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Bastia and Leghorn and arrived at Naples
 7 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Naples for RAF Kalafrana, Malta
 9 Mar 1929 Squadron departed RAF Kalafrana, Malta for Benghazi
10 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Benghazi for Aboukir
12 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Aboukir for Alexandretta
13 Mar 1929 Squadron departed Alexandretta for RAF Hinaidi, Iraq
14 Mar 1929 Squadron departed RAF Hinaidi for Basrah, Iraq
xx Jan 1929

Seaplane Flight at Basrah equipped with Fairey IIIFs was attached to No 203 Sqn

Fairey IIIF (seaplane)
18 Apr 1929 Squadron disposed of its Fairey IIIFs on disbandment of the Seaplane Flight

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Southampton II RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Thomas E B Howe

25 Feb 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Rene M Bayley 24 Sep 1928* DFC
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois  7 Nov 1928* Signals duties
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 14 Mar 1929 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington  1 Feb 1929 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Gerard L Gandy 10 Nov 1928*  
Fg Off Richard F Shenton 14 Oct 1928* Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold F G Southey 14 Oct 1928* Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off William G Abrams 10 Oct 1928* Photographic duties
Stores Branch
Fg Off George J Gaynor  1 Feb 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Donald C Stone 14 Feb 1929  
Chaplains Branch
Rev John A Jagoe  1 Feb 1929  

* Date of appointment to No 482 (Coastal Reconnaissance) Flight.

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Rene M Bayley  1 Jul 1929 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 12 Aug 1929 Posted for duty as OC, Summer Camp
Sqn Ldr Rev George H Piercy 30 Oct 1929 Arrived on HT Nevasa for duty as Chaplain, wef 8 Oct 1929
Wg Cdr Rene M Bayley  2 Nov 1929 Departed on HT Nevasa on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 15 Nov 1929 Returned on completion of duty as OC, Summer Camp and sick leave
Sgt Plt Hamblin xx Nov 1929 Proceeded to UK on compassionate leave and transferred to Home Establishment
Sgt Plt Davies xx Nov 1929 Arrived on attachment from No 70 Sqn
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley  29 Dec 1929 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 7 Dec 1929
Sgt Plt Davies xx Jan 1930 Ceased to be attached from No 70 Sqn
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley 17 Mar 1930 Proceeded overland to the UK to collect new aircraft
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington 17 Mar 1930 Proceeded overland to the UK to collect new aircraft
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois 17 Mar 1930 Proceeded overland to the UK to collect new aircraft
Fg Off Harold F G Southey 24 Mar 1930 Proceeded overland to the UK on posting to Signals Course
Fg Off N X Sheldrick xx Mar 1930 Attached to flying out party in UK pending posting to No 203 Sqn
Plt Off Frederick R Drew xx Mar 1930 Attached to flying out party in UK pending posting to No 203 Sqn
Flt Lt Ernest Drudge 22 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant, wef 19 Apr 1930
Flt Lt Gerard L Gandy 29 Apr 1930 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posting to No 70 Sqn
Flt Lt Ernest Drudge 29 Apr 1930 Asumed duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley  7 Jun 1930 Departed Plymouth for Iraq (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington  7 Jun 1930 Departed Plymouth for Iraq (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois  7 Jun 1930 Departed Plymouth for Iraq (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Plt Off Frederick R Drew  7 Jun 1930 Departed Plymouth for Iraq (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Plt Off Gareth G Barrett  7 Jun 1930 Departed Plymouth for Iraq (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley 19 Jun 1930 Rejoined the squadron on return from the UK (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington 19 Jun 1930 Rejoined the squadron on return from the UK (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois 19 Jun 1930 Rejoined the squadron on return from the UK (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Plt Off Frederick R Drew 19 Jun 1930 Joined the squadron from the UK (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Plt Off Gareth G Barrett 19 Jun 1930 Joined the squadron from the UK (Southamptons S1421 and S1422)
Sqn Ldr Rev George H Piercy  6 Jul 1930  

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
 7 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Plymouth for Hourtin
 8 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Hourtin for Berre
 9 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Berre for Naples
11 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Naples for Brindisi
12 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Brindisi for Athens
14 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Athens for Spinalonga
14 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Spinalonga for Aboukir
17 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Aboukir for Farmagusta
17 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Farmagusta for Alexandretta
18 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Alexandretta for Lake Habbaniya
19 Jun 1930 Southamptons S1421 and S1422, departed Lake Habbaniya for Basrah

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Southampton II RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Thomas E B Howe

25 Feb 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley  7 Dec 1929 DFC
Flt Lt Ernest Drudge 19 Apr 1930 MBE
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois  7 Nov 1928* Signals duties
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 14 Mar 1929 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington  1 Feb 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Richard F Shenton 14 Oct 1928* Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off William G Abrams 10 Oct 1928* Photographic duties
Plt Off Gareth G Barrett  7 Jun 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Frederick R Drew  7 Jun 1930 later A/Cdre

-

2 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Fg Off George J Gaynor  1 Feb 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Donald C Stone 14 Feb 1929  
Chaplains Branch
Rev George H Piercy  8 Oct 1929 MA

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 Rev George H Piercy  6 Jul 1930 Posted to No 30 Sqn, Mosul
Rev S S M Hawkins  6 Jul 1930 Appointed as Civilian Chaplain
Flt Lt F F W Wilson 15 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting from No 1 Armoured Car Company for Armament duties
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 25 Jul 1930 Attached to No 84 Sqn, RAF Shaibah
Flt Lt F F W Wilson 25 Oct 1930 Armament Officer, posted to No 70 Sqn
Wg Cdr Rev George A Davies 30 Oct 1930 Arrived on posting, wef 7 Oct 1930
Wg Cdr

Thomas E B Howe

20 Nov 1930 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley 20 Nov 1930 Assumed temporary command of No 203 Sqn
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

 6 Feb 1931 Departed the UK in command of Rangoon Flight
Sqn Ldr P H Mackworth  6 Feb 1931 Departed the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley  6 Feb 1931 Departed the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

 6 Feb 1931 Departed the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

 6 Feb 1931 Departed the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Fg Off Richard R Councell  6 Feb 1931 Departed the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt John L Armstrong 28 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 10 Mar 1931 for Accountant duties
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

21 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK in command of Rangoon Flight
Sqn Ldr P H Mackworth 21 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley 21 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

21 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

21 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Fg Off Richard R Councell 21 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from the UK as part of Rangoon Flight
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley 24 Apr 1931 Relinquished temporary command of No 203 Sqn
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

24 Apr 1931 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Sqn Ldr P H Mackworth 28 Apr 1931 Departed on posting to the UK in command of Southampton Flight
Flt Lt Robert H Horniman 28 Apr 1931 Departed on posting to the UK as part of Southampton Flight
Flt Lt William J Daddo-Langlois 28 Apr 1931 Departed on posting to the UK as part of Southampton Flight
Flt Lt Arthur P Revington 28 Apr 1931 Departed on posting to the UK as part of Southampton Flight
Fg Off R Louis 28 Apr 1931 Departed on posting to the UK as part of Southampton Flight
Plt Off Frederick R Drew 12 Jun 1931 Admitted to the British General Hospital, Hinaidi
Flt Lt W G MacD Nicholl 18 Jun 1931 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Stores Officer
Plt Off Frederick R Drew 19 Jun 1931 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 27 Jan 1931
Plt Off Gareth G Barrett 19 Jun 1931 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 27 Jan 1931

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
 6 Feb 1931 A Flight of three Short Rangoons departed RAF Felixstowe for RAF Calshot en-route to Basrah
Rangoon
 7 Feb 1931 Rangoon Flight departed RAF Calshot for RAF Mount Batten
14 Feb 1931 Rangoon Flight departed RAF Mount Batten for Hourtin
15 Feb 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Hourtin for Berre
18 Feb 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Berre for Ostia
23 Feb 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Ostia for Naples
25 Feb 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Naples for RAF Calafrana
16 Apr 1931 Rangoon Flight departed RAF Calafrana for Sollum
17 Apr 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Sollum for Aboukir
18 Apr 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Aboukir for Alexandretta
19 Apr 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Alexandretta for Lake Habbaniya
21 Apr 1931 Rangoon Flight departed Lake Habbaniya for Basrah
28 Apr 1931 3 x Southamptons, S1421, S1422 and S1423, departed on transfer to the UK

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Rangoon RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

 6 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley  7 Dec 1929 DFC
Flt Lt Ernest Drudge 19 Apr 1930 MBE
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley  6 Feb 1931 Engineer duties, MC
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

 6 Feb 1931 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

 6 Feb 1931 Signals duties; later AM
Fg Off Gareth G Barrett  7 Jun 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick R Drew  7 Jun 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Richard R Councell  6 Feb 1931 Armament duties

-

2 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Fg Off George J Gaynor  1 Feb 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt John L Armstrong 10 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Donald C Stone 14 Feb 1929  
Chaplains Branch
Rev George A Davies  7 Oct 1930 BA

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off George J Gaynor 12 Jul 1931 Equipment Officer, posted to Aircraft Depot
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

 8 Jul  1931 Admitted to SSQ
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

20 Jul  1931 Discharged from SSQ
Flt Lt Ernest Drudge 30 Aug 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on proceeding to the UK on leave
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

30 Aug 1931 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

17 Sep 1931 Proceeded to Palestine on leave
Sqn Ldr George W Bentley 17 Sep 1931 Assumed temporary command of No 203 Sqn
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley 19 Sep 1931 Proceeded to Egypt to study maintenance of Calcutta flying boats by Imperial Airways
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

 9 Oct 1931 Resumed command of No 203 Sqn
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley  9 Oct 1931 Returned from Egypt
Fg Off

John D Baker-Carr

 6 Apr 1932 Arrived on posting from the UK (in K2134), wef 1 Apr 1932
Plt Off

Fergus A Pearce

 6 Apr 1932 Arrived on posting from the UK (in K2134), wef 1 Apr 1932
Fg Off Frederick R Drew 27 Apr 1932 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Fg Off Gareth G Barrett 27 Apr 1932 Departed on posting to Home Establishment

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
xx Sep 1931 A Wapiti was received from No 84 Sqn for conversion to floatplane configuration for training purposes
 6 Apr 1932 Rangoon, K2134, arrived at Basrah from Felixstowe

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Rangoon RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

 6 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr Albert W Fletcher 24 Oct 1931 Navigation duties, OBE, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr

John S Chick

23 Jan 1932 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley  6 Feb 1931 Engineer duties, MC
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

 6 Feb 1931 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Leslie Dalton-Morris

 6 Feb 1931 Signals duties; later AM
Fg Off Alistair R Sarel  6 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Richard R Councell  6 Feb 1931 Armament duties
Fg Off

John D Baker-Carr

 1 Apr 1932 later AM
Plt Off

Fergus A Pearce

 1 Apr 1932 later Act AVM

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2 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John R Brown  4 Mar 1932  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt John L Armstrong 10 Mar 1931  
Chaplains Branch
Rev George A Davies  7 Oct 1930 BA

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off N B Littlejohn 28 Oct 1932 Arrived on secondment from RAAF
Fg Off John W Burgess  9 Mar 1933 Disembarked from SS Varsova and arrived on posting, wef 8 Feb 1933
Sgt Plt Lawson  9 Mar 1933 Disembarked from SS Varsova and arrived on posting
Sgt Plt Wheeler  9 Mar 1933 Disembarked from SS Varsova and arrived on posting
Flt Lt Harold A Hamersley 11 Mar 1933 Embarked on SS Varsova on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt

Robert L Ragg

11 Mar 1933 Embarked on SS Varsova on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Leonard K Barnes 18 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting, wef 23 Feb 1933
Flt Lt Carter 23 Apr 1933 Arrived on posting having delivered Rangoon, K2809
Fg Off Riley 23 Apr 1933 Arrived on posting having delivered Rangoon, K2809
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

 8 May 1933 Proceeded to the UK on annual leave
Sqn Ldr

John S Chick

 8 May 1933 Assumed temporary command of No 203 Sqn

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
23 Apr 1933 Rangoon, K2809, arrived at Basrah from Felixstowe

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Rangoon RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

 6 Feb 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr

John S Chick

23 Jan 1932 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Leonard K Barnes 28 Feb 1932 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Hugh M G Parker 17 Jan 1933 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Alistair R Sarel  6 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

John D Baker-Carr

 1 Apr 1932 later AM
Fg Off Normand B Littlejohn  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off

Fergus A Pearce

 1 Apr 1932 later Act AVM
Fg Off John W Burgess  8 Feb 1933  

-

2 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John R Brown  4 Mar 1932  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Bernard L Blofeld 29 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Walter R Mayes 29 Oct 1932 DSM, AFM
WO Alexander Davidson 13 Oct 1931  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George Magee  9 Mar 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

26 Jul 1933 Resumed command of No 203 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John S Chick

26 Jul 1933 Relinquished temporary command of No 203 Sqn
Fg Off K R Coates  4 Sep 1933 Attached from AHQ Iraq for duty as Intelligence/Recording Officer
Gp Capt

Richard E Saul

14 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting, wef 26 Sep 1933, pending assuming command of No 203 Sqn
Gp Capt

William L Welsh

26 Oct 1933 Relinquished command of No 203 Sqn
Gp Capt

Richard E Saul

26 Oct 1933 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Sgt Plt J C Wheeler 10 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Rangoon RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Richard E Saul

26 Sep 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Philip G Scott 10 Oct 1933
Sqn Ldr

John S Chick

23 Jan 1932 MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Leonard K Barnes 28 Feb 1932 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Hugh M G Parker 17 Jan 1933 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Alistair R Sarel  6 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

John D Baker-Carr

 1 Apr 1932 later AM
Fg Off Normand B Littlejohn  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off

Fergus A Pearce

 1 Apr 1932 later Act AVM
Fg Off John W Burgess  8 Feb 1933  

-

3 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Flt Lt John R Brown  4 Mar 1932  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Bernard L Blofeld 29 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Arthur Hibbins 22 May 1933 MM
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George Magee  9 Mar 1933  
WO II Frederick P Gee 10 Nov 1933  
WO II Leonard Brown 20 May 1933  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Donald W Baird 29 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from No 204 Sqn, wef 10 Jan 1934
Flt Lt

Edmund F Waring

16 Mar 1934 Arrived on posting, wef  5 Mar 1934 in Rangoon, S1433
Fg Off Andrew N Combe 16 Mar 1934 Arrived on posting, wef  5 Mar 1934 in Rangoon, S1433
Flt Lt Kenneth F T Pickles 23 Jun 1934 Arrived on posting, wef  11 Jun 1934 in Rangoon, K3678
Fg Off C C McMullen 23 Jun 1934 Arrived on posting, wef  11 Jun 1934 in Rangoon, K3678

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
 5 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed RAF Calshot for Hourtin
 6 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Hourtin for Berre
 7 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Berre for Nisida
 9 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Nisida for Brindisi
10 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Brindisi for Athens
13 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Athens for Castel Rosso
14 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Castel Rosso for Alexandretta
15 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Alexandretta for Hinaidi via Antioch Bay
16 Mar 1934 Rangoon, S1433 departed Hinaidi for Basrah
11 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed RAF Calshot for Hourtin
12 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Hourtin for Berre
13 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Berre for Nisida
15 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Nisida for Brindisi
16 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Brindisi for Athens
19 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Athens for Castel Rosso
21 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Castel Rosso for Alexandretta
22 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Alexandretta for Hinaidi
23 Jun  1934 Rangoon, K3678 departed Hinaidi for Basrah

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Rangoon RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Richard E Saul

26 Sep 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Philip G Scott 10 Oct 1933
Flt Lt Leonard K Barnes 28 Feb 1932 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Hugh M G Parker 17 Jan 1933 Engineer duties
Flt Lt

Edmund F Waring

 5 Mar 1934 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Normand B Littlejohn  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off John W Burgess  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Donald W Baird 10 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Andrew N Combe  5 Mar 1934  

-

3 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Raymond A Latham 26 Feb 1934  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Bernard L Blofeld 29 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Education Officer
Mr Percy H Legg 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Arthur Hibbins 22 May 1933 MM
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Frederick P Gee 10 Nov 1933  
WO II Leonard Brown 20 May 1933  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off K R Coates   1 Aug 1934 Intelligence/Recording Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt Francis S Hodder  1 Nov 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 10 Oct 1934 on HMT Lancashire
Plt Off Desmond E B Wheeler  1 Nov 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 10 Oct 1934 on HMT Lancashire
Plt Off John E Townsend  1 Nov 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 10 Oct 1934 on HMT Lancashire
Plt Off Fred Rump  1 Nov 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 10 Oct 1934 on HMT Lancashire
Flt Lt

Edmund F Waring

 1 Dec 1934 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt Leonard K Barnes 28 Dec 1934 Departed on posting to Home Establishment for Staff College Course
Fg Off N B Littlejohn 19 Feb 1935 Departed for leave in the UK pending posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Bernard L Blofeld  2 Mar 1935 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Fg Off John W Burgess  2 Mar 1935 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Fg Off C C McMullen  2 Mar 1935 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Hugh M G Parker 12 Mar 1935 Engineer Officer, departed on posting to No 205 Sqn, Singapore
Plt Off Charles H Brandon 17 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 22 Feb 1935
Flt Lt Victor H Clift 26 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from AHQ Iraq
Flt Lt Edgar A Jones 30 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 9 Mar 1935 for Navigation duties
Flt Lt William R Baird  3 May 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 18 Apr 1935
Plt Off Charles H Brandon 16 Jun 1935 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off Desmond E B Wheeler 16 Jun 1935 Promoted to Fg Off

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 5 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight, (3 x Rangoons) departed Basrah en-route to Melbourne, arriving at Ras-al-Khaimah
 6 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Ras-al-Khaimah for Karachi
 7 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Karachi for Salaya
 8 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Salaya for Udaipur
 9 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Udaipur for Gwalior
10 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Gwalior for Bhagalpur via Allahbad
11 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Bhagalpur for Chittagong
13 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Chittagong for Rangoon via Akyab
15 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Rangoon for Mergui
16 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Mergui for Penang via Victoria Point
17 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Penang for Singapore
20 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Singapore for Batavia via Klabat Bay
22 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Batavia for Surabiya
23 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Surabiya to Bima
23 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Bima for Koepang
26 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Koepang for Darwin
27 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Darwin for Milingimbi
28 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Milingimbi for Thursday Island
29 Sep 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Thursday Island for Cooktown
 1 Oct 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Cooktown for Bowen
 2 Oct 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Bowen for Brisbane via Gladstone
 5 Oct 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Brisbane for Sydney via Newcastle
 8 Oct 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Sydney for Melbourne via Metung
12 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Melbourne for Sydney via Metung
14 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Sydney for Brisbane via Newcastle
16 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Brisbane for Bowen
17 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Bowen for Cooktown
18 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Cooktown for Thursday Island
19 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Thursday Island for Milingimbi
20 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Milingimbi for Darwin
21 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Darwin for Koepang
22 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Koepang for Bima
23 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Bima for Surabaya
25 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Surabaya for Batavia
26 Nov 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Batavia for Singapore
11 Dec 1934 K2809 and K3678 (Melbourne Flight) departed Singapore for Penang
12 Dec 1934 K2809 and K3678 (Melbourne Flight) departed Penang for Mergui
13 Dec 1934 S1433 (Melbourne Flight) departed Singapore for Heanzay Bay via Penang
13 Dec 1934 K2809 and K3678 (Melbourne Flight) departed Mergui for Rangoon
14 Dec 1934 S1433 (Melbourne Flight) departed Heanzay Bay for Rangoon, rejoining K2809 and K3678
14 Dec 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Rangoon for Chittagong
15 Dec 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Chittagong for Allahbad via Bhagalpur
17 Dec 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Allahbad for Udaipur
18 Dec 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Udaipur for Karachi
19 Dec 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Karachi to Ras-al-Kharmah via Gwadur
20 Dec 1934 Melbourne Flight departed Ras-al-Kharmah for Basrah via Bahrain

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Rangoon RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Richard E Saul

26 Sep 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Philip G Scott 10 Oct 1933
Sqn Ldr

Edmund F Waring

 5 Mar 1934 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Victor H Clift 26 Mar 1935  
Flt Lt Francis S Hodder 10 Oct 1934  
Flt Lt Kenneth F T Pickles 11 Jun 1934  
Flt Lt William R Baird 18 Apr 1935  
Flt Lt Edgar A Jones  9 Mar 1935 Navigation duties
Fg Off Normand B Littlejohn  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Donald W Baird 10 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Andrew N Combe  5 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Desmond E B Wheeler 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Charles H Brandon 22 Feb 1935  
Plt Off John E Townsend 10 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Fred Rump 10 Oct 1934 later A/Cdre

-

3 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Raymond A Latham 26 Feb 1934  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank M Hall 23 Jan 1935  
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  3 Sep 1934 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO James Woods  1 Nov 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Frederick P Gee 10 Nov 1933  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Fred Rump  3 Oct 1935 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off Andrew N Combe 11 Dec 1935 Departed on posting to the UK for Armament Course
Plt Off G A V Clayton 28 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 12 Dec 1935
Fg Off A A de Gruyther 12 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 28 Jan 1936
Sqn Ldr F C B Savile 17 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from the UK in K6908, wef 30 Jan 1936
Fg Off J J Zwarenstein 17 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from the UK in K6908, wef 30 Jan 1936
Plt Off G A V Clayton 16 Mar 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 28 Jan 1936
Gp Capt

William B Callaway

 5 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting from the UK on SS Kaiser-I-Hind, wef 20 Mar 1936
Gp Capt

Richard E Saul

15 Apr 1936 Relinquished command of No 203 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Gp Capt

William B Callaway

15 Apr 1936 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Fg Off Ambridge 18 Apr 1936 Stores Officer, embarked on HT Neuralia on posting to Home establishment
Sqn Ldr

Edmund F Waring

26 Apr 1936 Embarked on HMT Dorsetshire on posting to Home establishment
Fg Off J J Zwarenstein 28 Apr 1936 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 1 Apr 1936
Flt Lt H J Titherington  3 May 1936 Arrived on posting on SS Carthay, wef 17 Apr 1936 for Accountant duties
Fg Off J G Wigley  6 May 1936 Embarked on SS Naldera on posting to Home establishment
Flt Lt T W G Eady 23 May 1936 Arrived on posting on SS Matiara, wef 2 May 1936 for Engineer duties
LAC Dunn  3 Jun 1936 Departed on posting to Home Establishment for training as a pilot

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
24 Jul 1935 4 x Rangoons, K2809, S1433, S1434 and S1435 departed Basrah to Lake Habbaniya en-route to the UK
25 Jul 1935 4 x Rangoons departed Lake Habbaniya for Alexandretta but landed at Deir ez Zor
26 Jul 1935 4 x Rangoons departed Deir ez Zor for Alexandretta, one, S1433 force landing at Madan
27 Jul 1935 3 x Rangoons departed Alexandretta for Athens via Kastelorizo
28 Jul 1935 S1433 departed Madan, following an engine change, for Alexandretta
29 Jul 1935 3 x Rangoons departed Athens for Brindisi
29 Jul 1935 S1433 departed Alexandretta for Athens
30 Jul 1935 3 x Rangoons departed Brindisi for Naples
30 Jul 1935 S1433 departed Athens for Naples to rejoin the other three
 1 Aug 1955 4 x Rangoons departed Naples for Berre
 2 Aug 1935 4 x Rangoons departed Berre for Hourtin
 3 Aug 1935 4 x Rangoons departed Hourtin for RAF Pembroke Dock,
 3 Aug 1935 4 x Rangoons were handed over to No 210 Sqn and 3 x Short Singapore III were taken over by No 203 Sqn
Singapore III
 2 Sep 1935 3 x Singapores, K4582, K4583 and K4584 departed RAF Pembroke Dock for RAF Mount Batten
 9 Sep 1935 3 x Singapores, departed RAF Mount Batten for Gibraltar
12 Sep 1935 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K4583, departed Gibraltar for Malta but diverted to Bizerta, K4584 damaged tailplane on take off
16 Sep 1935 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K4583, departed Bizerta for Malta
17 Sep 1935 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K4583, departed Malta for Aboukir
23 Sep 1935 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K4583, departed Aboukir for Port Sudan via Ismailia
23 Sep 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Basrah for Lake Habbaniya and then to Alexandretta
24 Sep 1935 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K4583, departed Port Sudan for Aden
24 Sep 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Alexandretta for Lake Timsah
26 Sep 1935 Squadron personnel arrived in Aden from Basrah by sea
28 Sep 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Lake Timsah for Dougouab Bay via Hurgarda
29 Sep 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Hurgarda for Port Sudan
30 Sep 1935 Singapore K4584 departed Gibraltar for Malta following repairs
30 Sep 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Port Sudan for Kamaran
30 Sep 1935 Singapore K4577 departed RAF Mount Batten for Berre en-route to Aden
 1 Oct 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Kamaran for Aden
 1 Oct 1935 Singapore K4577 departed Berre for Bizerta
 2 Oct 1935 Singapore K4584 departed Malta for Aboukir
 2 Oct 1935 Singapore K4577 departed Bizerta for Malta
 5 Oct 1935 Singapore K4584 departed Aboukir for Port Sudan
 5 Oct 1935 Singapore K4577 departed Malta for Mirabella
 6 Oct 1935 Singapore K4577 departed Mirabella for Aboukir
 7 Oct 1935 Singapore K4584 departed Port Sudan for Aden
 8 Oct 1935 Singapore K4577 departed Aboukir for Port Sudan
10 Oct 1935 Singapore K4577 departed Port Sudan for Aden
11 Oct 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 departed Aden en-route to Gibraltar
14 Oct 1935 Squadron personnel moved from RAF Khormaksar to Isthmus
 2 Nov 1935 2 x Rangoons, K3678 and K2134 arrived at Gibraltar and handed over to No 210 Sqn
16 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed RAF Mount Batten for Hourtin en-route to Aden
17 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Hourtin for Berre
19 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Berre for Malta
22 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Malta for Mirabella
23 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Mirabella for Aboukir
27 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Aboukir for Port Sudan
29 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Port Sudan for Aden but alighted at Perim due to fuel shortage
30 Jan 1936 Singapore K6907 departed Perim for Aden
17 Feb 1936 Singapore K6908 arrived in Aden

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William B Callaway

20 Mar 1936 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr F C B Savile 30 Jan 1936
Flt Lt Francis S Hodder 10 Oct 1934  
Flt Lt Kenneth F T Pickles 11 Jun 1934  
Flt Lt T W G Eady  2 May 1936 Engineer duties
Flt Lt William R Baird 18 Apr 1935  
Flt Lt Edgar A Jones  9 Mar 1935 Navigation duties
Flt Lt J J Zwarenstein 30 Jan 1936  
Fg Off Desmond E B Wheeler 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Charles H Brandon 22 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Fred Rump 10 Oct 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off G A V Clayton 12 Dec 1935  
Fg Off A A de Gruyther 28 Jan 1936  
Plt Off J D T Revell 18 Mar 1936  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt G J Gaynor 18 Mar 1936  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H J Titherington 17 Apr 1936  
Education Officer
Mr Arthur G Abel  3 Sep 1934 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II W Riddell 12 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Francis S Hodder 28 Sep 1936 Proceeded to UK on leave pending posting to RAF Staff College
Flt Lt R S Darbyshire 17 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting on HT Dorsetshire, wef 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off A R Leggate 17 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting on HT Dorsetshire, wef 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off W I Hammond 17 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting on HT Dorsetshire, wef 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off Desmond E B Wheeler 19 Nov 1936 Embarked on HT Dorsetshire on posting to Home Establishment
Fg Off Fred Rump 19 Nov 1936 Embarked on HT Dorsetshire on posting to Home Establishment
Fg Off Charles H Brandon 23 Dec 1936 Departed on posting to the UK to attend Armament Course
Flt Lt D I Coote  5 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 11 Feb 1937 for Navigation duties
Fg Off S T Misselbrook  5 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 11 Feb 1937
Flt Lt Edgar A Jones  5 Mar 1937 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt William R Baird  5 Mar 1937 Departed on posting to Home Establishment
Gp Capt

William B Callaway

13 Jun 1937 Proceeded to the UK on leave

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
17 Jul 1936 Heavy kit and some stores despatched to Basrah
19 Jul 1936 Advance Party departed Aden for Basrah
23 Jul 1936 2 x Singapores, K4584 and K6907, departed Aden for Port Sudan en-route to Alexandria
24 Jul 1936 2 x Singapores, K4584 and K6907, Port Sudan for Hurghada
25 Jul 1936 2 x Singapores, K4584 and K6907, Hurghada for Alexandria
30 Jul 1936 3 x Singapores, K4577, K4582 and K6908, departed Aden for Port Sudan en-route to Alexandria
31 Jul 1936 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K6908, departed Port Sudan for Hurghada
 1 Aug 1936 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K6908, departed Hurghada for Aboukir (to undergo modifications)
 1 Aug 1936 2 x Singapores, K4584 and K6907, departed Alexandria for Aboukir (to undergo modifications)
 6 Aug 1936 Singapore, K4577 departed Port Sudan for Hurghada
 7 Aug 1936 Singapore, K4577 departed Hurghada for Aboukir
24 Aug 1936 4 x Singapores, K4582, K4584, K6907 and K6908, departed Aboukir for Basra (K4582 and K6907 diverted)
26 Aug 1936 2 x Singapores, K4582 and K6907, arrived from Lake Habbaniya
12 Oct 1936 K4577 arrived from Aboukir, following repairs
10 Nov 1936 K4583 arrived from Aboukir, following repairs
17 Jan 1937 4 x Singapores departed Basrah for Singapore
22 Jan 1937 2 x Singapores arrived at Singapore from Mergui, two refuelling at Penang
23 Jan 1937 2 x Singapores arrived at Singapore from Penang
15 Feb 1937 4 x Singapores departed Singapore for Penang
17 Feb 1937 4 x Singapores departed Penang for Mergui
18 Feb 1937 4 x Singapores departed Mergui for Rangoon
20 Feb 1937 4 x Singapores departed Rangoon for Calcutta
23 Feb 1937 3 x Singapores departed Calcutta for Allahabad, one left damaged at Calcutta
24 Feb 1937 2 x Singapores departed Allahabad for Jhansi, one, K6908, left needing repair at Allahabad
25 Feb 1937 2 x Singapores departed Jhansi for Karachi, one arrived, the other diverted to Udaipur
 1 Mar 1937 1 x Singapore departed Karachi for Ras-al-Khaimah
 2 Mar 1937 1 x Singapore departed Ras-al-Khaimah for Basrah
 3 Mar 1937 1 x Singapore departed Udaipur for Karachi
 5 Mar 1937 K6908 departed Allahabad for Jhansi
 6 Mar 1937 K6908 departed Jhansi for Karachi
 7 Mar 1937 K6908 departed Karachi for Bahrain via Ras-al-Khairmah
 7 Mar 1937 K6907 departed Karachi  r Bahrain but diverted to Muscat
 8 Mar 1937 K6908 departed Bahrain for Basrah
10 Mar 1937 K6907 departed Bahrain for Basrah
xx Mar 1937 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI
No 203 Squadron badge
 2 Apr 1937 K4584 departed Calcutta following repairs for Basrah
 9 Apr 1937 K4584 arrived at Basrah
20 May 1937 The Squadron Badge was presented by the AOC

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

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
Short Singapore III RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William B Callaway

20 Mar 1936 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr F C B Savile 30 Jan 1936
Sqn Ldr

James L F Fuller-Good

17 Mar 1937 later AVM
Flt Lt William R Baird 18 Apr 1935  
Flt Lt R S Darbyshire 24 Oct 1936  
Flt Lt T W G Eady  2 May 1936 Engineer duties
Flt Lt J J Zwarenstein 30 Jan 1936  
Flt Lt D I Coote 11 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off S T Misselbrook 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off G A V Clayton 12 Dec 1935  
Fg Off A A de Gruyther 28 Jan 1936  
Fg Off J D T Revell 18 Mar 1936  
Fg Off W H Kearney  3 Apr 1937  
Fg Off A R Leggate 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off W I Hammond 24 Oct 1936  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt G J Gaynor 18 Mar 1936  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H J Titherington 17 Apr 1936  
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr L Freeman 12 Nov 1936 LMSSA. DMRE
Flt Lt R A Cumming  9 Mar 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr H Falkner 19 Aug 1936 Grade III, MSc, AInstP
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II W Riddell 12 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

William B Callaway

 3 Jul 1937 Promoted to A/Cdre, wef 1 Jul 1937
Sqn Ldr F C B Savile 17 Aug 1937 Assumed temporary command of No 203 Sqn
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

17 Aug 1937 Posted to Command No 5 (Bomber) Group
Sqn Ldr F C B Savile  1 Oct 1937 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Gp Capt R H Kershaw  8 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting wef 23 Oct 1937 and assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Sqn Ldr F C B Savile  8 Nov 1937 Relinquished temporary command of No 203 Sqn
Flt Lt R S Darbyshire  1 Dec 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Wg Cdr F C B Savile  4 Dec 1937 Embarked on SS Vasna on posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off S C Pendred 11 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 28 Jan 1938
Plt Off C S Thomas 11 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 28 Jan 1938
Flt Lt M Q Candler  8 Apr 1938  Arrived on SS Vasna on posting from the UK for Engineer duties, wef 8 Mar 1938
Flt Lt H Crowther  8 Apr 1938 Arrived on SS Vasna on posting from the UK for Accountant duties, wef 8 Mar 1938
Fg Off J J Zwarenstein 15 Apr 1938 Embarked on SS Varsova on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt H J Titherington 15 Apr 1938 Embarked on SS Varsova on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt E G Northway 18 Apr 1938 Arrived overland on posting from the UK for Equipment duties, wef 29 Mar 1938
Plt Off R L C Branson 15 May 1938 Arrived overland on posting from the UK, wef 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off J R Grice 15 May 1938 Arrived overland on posting from the UK, wef 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off P W Dawson  9 Jun 1938 Arrived on K4584 on posting from the UK, wef 3 Jun 1938
Plt Off J C Whittall  9 Jun 1938 Arrived on K4584 on posting from the UK, wef 3 Jun 1938
Mr H Falkner 16 Jun 1938 Education Officer, departed on posting to Home Establishment

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 1 Sep 1937 Squadron title changed from No 203 (Flying Boat) Sqn to No 203 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn
15 Sep 1937 Singapores, K4582 and K4584 departed Basrah for Lake Habbaniya
17 Sep 1937 Singapores, K4582 and K4584 departed Lake Habbaniya for Alexandretta
18 Sep 1937 Singapores, K4582 and K4584 departed Alexandretta for Athens
21 Sep 1937 Singapores, K4582 and K4584 departed Athens to Brindisi
22 Sep 1937 Singapores, K4582 and K4584 departed Brindisi for Naples, K4582 crashed at Paolo, K4584 landed at Milazzo, Sicily
23 Sep 1937 Singapore, K4584 departed Milazzo for Naples
24 Sep 1937 Singapore, K4584 departed Naples for Berre
 6 Oct 1937 Singapore, K4584 arrived at RAF Calshot via Jersey
19 Oct 1937 Singapores, K6913 and K8859 departed RAF Pembroke Dock for Basrah
 3 Nov 1937 Singapore, K6913 arrived at Basrah
 6 Nov 1937 Singapore, K8859 arrived at Basrah
15 Jan 1938 4 x Singapores departed Basrah for Singapore
19 Jan 1938 4 x Singapores departed Calcutta for Singapore, but one returned for repairs
20 Jan 1938 3 x Singapores arrived in Singapore
23 Jan 1938 1 x Singapore departed Calcutta for Singapore
25 Jan 1938 1 x Singapore arrived in Singapore
 9 Feb 1938 4 x Singapores departed Singapore for Basrah
12 Feb 1938 4 x Singapores arrived in Calcutta en-route to Basrah, one remaining behind
13 Feb 1938 2 x Singapores departed Calcutta for Gwador
14 Feb 1938 2 x Singapores departed Gwador for Karachi
xx Feb 1938 1 x Singapore arrived at Karachi from Calcutta
18 Feb 1938 2 x Singapores departed Karachi for Dubai and 1 x Singapore departed Karachi for Ras-al-Khaimah and Dubai
19 Feb 1938 2 x Singapores departed Dubai for Basrah
21 Feb 1938 1 x Singapore arrived at Basrah from Dubai
22 Feb 1938 1 x Singapore arrived at Basrah from Calcutta

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt R H Kershaw 23 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr C H Cahill 13 Oct 1937 AFC
Sqn Ldr R S Darbyshire 24 Oct 1936
Flt Lt M Q Candler  8 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt D I Coote 11 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Flt Lt S T Misselbrook 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off A R Leggate 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off W I Hammond 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off S C Pendred 28 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C S Thomas 28 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R L C Branson 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J R Grice 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off P W Dawson  3 Jun 1938  
Plt Off J C Whittall  3 Jun 1938  

-

1 Airman Pilot
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt G J Gaynor 18 Mar 1936  
Flt Lt E G Northway 29 Mar 1938 MBE
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H Crowther  8 Mar 1938  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J H Lewis  5 Nov 1937 LMSSA
Flt Lt H E Bellringer 25 Nov 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr H Falkner 19 Aug 1936 Grade III, MSc, AInstP

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C H Cahill  1 Jul 1938 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Flt Lt M Q Candler  1 Jul 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
LAC T H Scaife  6 Aug 1938 Died in hospital
Act Flt Lt A R Leggate 28 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from RAF Shaibah
Fg Off Gates 29 Sep 1938 Arrived on attachment from Singapore (in K6912)
Fg Off Spotswood 29 Sep 1938 Arrived on attachment from Singapore (in K6912)
Act Flt Lt A R Leggate  5 Oct 1938 Posted back to RAF Shaibah
Fg Off Gates  5 Oct 1938 Ceased to be attached
Fg Off Spotswood  5 Oct 1938 Ceased to be attached
Sqn Ldr E A Healy 17 Nov 1938 Arrived on HT Nevasa on posting from the UK, wef 25 Oct 1938
Plt Off James M N Pike 17 Nov 1938 Arrived on HT Nevasa on posting from the UK, wef 25 Oct 1938
Plt Off P R M Williams 17 Nov 1938 Arrived on HT Nevasa on posting from the UK, wef 25 Oct 1938
Fg Off F G C Gilbert 17 Nov 1938 Arrived on HT Nevasa on posting from the UK for Equipment duties, wef 25 Oct 1938
Wg Cdr C H Cahill 18 Nov 1938 Embarked on HT Nevasa on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr R S Darbyshire 18 Nov 1938 Embarked on HT Nevasa on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt H E Bellringer 18 Nov 1938 Embarked on HT Nevasa on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt E G Northway 29 Nov 1938 Embarked on HMS Shoreham on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler 23 Dec 1938 Returned from General Hospital, Habbaniya

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt R H Kershaw 23 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Wg Cdr C H Cahill 13 Oct 1937 AFC
Sqn Ldr E A Healy 25 Oct 1938
Sqn Ldr R S Darbyshire 24 Oct 1936
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler  8 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt D I Coote 11 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Flt Lt S T Misselbrook 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off W I Hammond 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off S C Pendred 28 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C S Thomas 28 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R L C Branson 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J R Grice 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off P W Dawson  3 Jun 1938  
Plt Off J C Whittall  3 Jun 1938  
Plt Off James M N Pike 25 Oct 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off P R M Williams 25 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt E G Northway 29 Mar 1938 MBE
Fg Off F G C Gilbert 25 Oct 1938  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H Crowther  8 Mar 1938  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J H Lewis  5 Nov 1937 LMSSA
Flt Lt H E Bellringer 25 Nov 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr W F Dowsett 20 Aug 1938 Grade III, AFRAeS
Warrant Officers
WO C R Saddington  7 Apr 1938  
WO W R Hardeman  9 Feb 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R K Beale 21 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 23 Dec 1938
Flt Lt D I Coote 28 Jan 1938 Embarked on SS Verela on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt S T Misselbrook 28 Jan 1938 Embarked on SS Verela on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr E A Healy  3 Feb 1939 Posted to RAF Habbaniya
Sqn Ldr C D C Boyce  6 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from AHQ Iraq
Fg Off W I Hammond 24 Feb 1939 Departed on posting to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off K B Corbould 10 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 10 Feb 1939
Fg Off J T C Hillman 24 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting for service on the High Speed Launch
Fg Off A G Williams  3 Apr 1939 Attached from Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya for duty as i/c Blenheim erection work
Sqn Ldr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield

 4 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK, wef 23 Mar 1939

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt R H Kershaw 23 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler  8 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt W I Hammond 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C S Thomas 28 Jan 1938  
Fg Off S C Pendred 28 Jan 1938  
Fg Off P W Dawson  3 Jun 1938  
Fg Off James M N Pike 25 Oct 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R L C Branson 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J R Grice 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J C Whittall  3 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P R M Williams 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R K Beale 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off K B Corbould 10 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off F G C Gilbert 25 Oct 1938  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H Crowther  8 Mar 1938  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J H Lewis  5 Nov 1937 LMSSA
Flt Lt D J Sheehan 17 Nov 1938 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr W F Dowsett 20 Aug 1938 Grade III, AFRAeS
Warrant Officer
WO C R Saddington  7 Apr 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Basrah Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt R H Kershaw 23 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler  8 Mar 1938  
Sqn Ldr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield 

23 Mar 1939 Navigation duties; later AVM
Fg Off C S Thomas 28 Jan 1938  
Fg Off S C Pendred 28 Jan 1938  
Fg Off P W Dawson  3 Jun 1938  
Fg Off James M N Pike 25 Oct 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R L C Branson 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J R Grice 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off J C Whittall  3 Jun 1938  
Plt Off P R M Williams 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R K Beale 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off K B Corbould 10 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off F G C Gilbert 25 Oct 1938  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H Crowther  8 Mar 1938  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J H Lewis  5 Nov 1937 LMSSA
Flt Lt D J Sheehan 17 Nov 1938 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr W F Dowsett 20 Aug 1938 Grade III, AFRAeS
Warrant Officer
WO G Andrews 23 Feb 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off F M Hunter  5 May 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK
Fg Off C S Thomas  7 May 1939 Posted to Communications Flight, RAF Habbaniya to command
Plt Off R K Beale  6 Jun 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off James M N Pike  6 Jun 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Hunter  8 Jun 1939 Attached to Communications Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off J R Grice 16 Jun 1939 Proceeded to Summer Training Camp, Ser Amadia
Plt Off James M N Pike  3 Jul 1939 Attached to Communications Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Fg Off S C Pendred 13 Jul 1939 Posted to Communications Flight, RAF Habbaniya to command
Plt Off J C Whittall 14 Jul 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 12 May 1939
Plt Off R L C Branson 14 Jul 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 May 1939
Sgt L C Steed  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 W H Scott  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 A A Shaw  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield

 8 Aug 1939 Admitted to Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria following a flying accident
Plt Off P R M Williams  8 Aug 1939 Admitted to Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria following a flying accident
Cpl P A Ingrey  8 Aug 1939 Admitted to Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria following a flying accident
Cpl J R Smith  8 Aug 1939 Admitted to Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria following a flying accident
AC1 W H Ard  8 Aug 1939 Admitted to Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria following a flying accident
AC1 W N Arrowsmith  8 Aug 1939 Admitted to Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria following a flying accident
Plt Off F M Hunter 21 Aug 1939 Attached from Communications Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Fg Off S C Pendred 26 Aug 1939 Attached from Communications Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler 25 Aug 1939 Attached from RAF Basrah
Flt Lt H Crowther 25 Aug 1939 Attached from RAF Basrah
Flt Lt J H Lewis 25 Aug 1939 Medical Officer, attached from RAF Basrah
Fg Off K H Gooding 25 Aug 1939 Attached from No 55 Sqn, RAF Habbaniya for Equipment duties
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler 26 Aug 1939 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Flt Lt H Crowther  4 Sep 1939 Attached to AHQ Aden
Plt Off R K Beale  9 Sep 1939 Admitted to Hospital
Fg Off S C Pendred 25 Sep 1939 Admitted to Hospital
Fg Off S C Pendred 28 Sep 1939 Discharged from Hospital
Flt Lt J H Lewis 30 Sep 1939 Medical Officer, rejoined the unit
Sqn Ldr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield

26 Oct 1939 Arrived from Egypt on discharge from Ras-al-Tin Hospital
Sqn Ldr M Q Candler 31 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of No 203 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield

31 Oct 1939 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
Act Flt Lt P W Dawson  4 Dec 1939 Rejoined the unit
Fg Off P R M Williams  4 Dec 1939 Rejoined the unit on discharge from Ras-al-Tin Hospital, Alexandria

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
25 Aug 1939 3 x Singapores departed Basrah for Aden, one returned with engine problems
26 Aug 1939 2 x Singapores departed Basrah for Aden
26 Aug 1939 Sea Echelon departed Basrah for Aden on SS Varsova
28 Aug 1939 1 x Singapore wrecked whilst taxying at Hurghada
30 Aug 1939 1 x Singapore departed arrived at Aden
31 Aug 1939 2 x Singapores departed arrived at Aden
 2 Sep 1939 Sea Echelon arrived in Aden and proceeded to Isthmus Camp
12 Dec 1939 Squadron commenced conversion training on Bristol Blenheims

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1197)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off B T Scott 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK
Plt Off A R Holmes 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK
Plt Off H M F Barnitt 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK
Plt Off A W Nelson 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK
APO A Watson 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK and admitted to hospital
Flt Lt J H Lewis 31 Jan 1939 Medical Officer, admitted to hospital
Sqn Ldr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield

 1 Jun 1940 Promoted to Temp Wg Cdr
Cpl J D Waters 18 Jun 1940 Armourer, promoted to Temp Sgt, wef 1 May 1940
LAC W P Haley 18 Jun 1940 Instrument Maker, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef  1 Apr 1940
LAC S G Dunmall 18 Jun 1940 Mate, promoted to Temp Cpl and remustered as ACH, wef 1 Apr 1940
LAC R Holmes 18 Jun 1940 Mate, promoted to Temp Cpl and remustered as ACH, wef 1 Apr 1940
Act Cpl M B Davies 25 Jun 1940 ACH/PTI, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 19 Jan 1940
LAC R Dillon 25 Jun 1940 Clerk/GD, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 May 1940
Fg Off C S Thomas 29 Jul 1940 Departed on posting to HQ Middle East
Cpl H G Gauntleet 10 Aug 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Temp Sgt, wef 8 Aug 1940 and posted to SHQ Khormaksar
LAC F J Lockyer 10 Aug 1940 Photographer promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 8 Aug 1940 and posted to No 8 Sqn
Sgt H G Gauntleet 10 Aug 1940 Fitter I, attached from SHQ Khormaksar
Fg Off K B Corbould 12 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital
Act Sqn Ldr Solano 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr

James R Scarlett-Streatfield

21 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of No 203 Sqn
Act Sqn Ldr A L H Solano 21 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 203 Sqn
WO W E Parrish 18 Oct 1940 Discharged from the RAF on appointment to a Commission
WO W E Parrish 19 Oct 1940 Appointed to a Commission on the rank of Plt Off on Probation
Fg Off H M F Barnitt 20 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A J Finch 21 Oct 1940 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Flt Sgt A J Brooks 26 Oct 1940 Promoted to Temp WO, wef 1 Jun 1940
Plt Off R O S Givan 28 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from the Middle East
Plt Off Hon O T Farrer 12 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off R O S Givan 19 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt F H Banfield 19 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC W R Blackburn 19 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1198)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
15 Feb 1940 Squadron moved from Isthmus Camp to RAF Sheikh Othman
25 Mar 1940 Delivery Flight, W13 (3 x Blenheim Is) arrived from Egypt
Bristol blenheim I
26 Mar 1940 Delivery Flight, W14 (3 x Blenheim Is) arrived from Egypt
 5 May 1940 5 x Bristol Blenheim IVs arrived
Bristol Blenheim IVF of No 203 Squadron
 6 May 1940 5 x Blenheim Is handed over to No 113 Sqn
18 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Sheikh Othman to RAF Khormaksar
20 May 1940 Last Blenheim I and Dual Control Blenheim handed over to No 8 Sqn
20 May 1940 2 x Bristol Blenheim IVs arrived
27 May 1940 1 x Bristol Blenheim IV, L9558, arrived
17 Aug 1940 2 x Blenheim IVs arrived from Egypt
29 Aug 1940 3 x Blenheim IVs arrived from Egypt
 9 Dec 1940 2 x Blenheim IVFs and 1 x Blenheim IV (bomber) arrived from Port Sudan

Source - No 203 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1198)

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