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No 223 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Dec 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J Whitworth-Jones 15 Dec 1936 Assumed command of No 223 Sqn on formation
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe  8 Apr 1937 Assumed command of No 223 Sqn

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

Organisational Movements: Dec 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
15 Dec 1936 Reformed at Nairobi from 'B' Flight of No 45 Squadron equipped with Gordons
Gordon
xx Feb 1937 Squadron underwent re-equipment with Vickers Vincents
Vincent

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent RAF Nairobi RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe 29 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt V C F Streatfield 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off D P Frost 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W I McConnell  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A M Bentley 10 Apr 1937  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off H Stones 18 Jan 1937  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off W M Lyons 15 Dec 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937- Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off W I McConnell xx Oct 1937 Invalided to HQ Middle East
Plt Off G A Roden 28 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Collis 28 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off M H Romer 30 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R T Collier  8 May 1938 Arrived on posting, wef 29 Apr 1938
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe 28 May 1938 Assumed command of SHQ, RAF Nairobi
Flt Lt D P Frost 28 May 1938 Assumed command of No 223 Sqn
Plt Off M H Romer 14 Jun 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937- Jul 1938

Date Notes
xx Jun 1938 Squadron commenced conversion from Vickers Vincents to Vickers Wellesleys
's aircraftWellesley I of No 223 Squadron - 1938, Squadron Commanders
Wellesley I of No 223 Squadron - 1939

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Wellesley RAF Nairobi RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt D P Frost 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off R N Keeble 30 Apr 1938  
Fg Off A M Bentley 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off W I McConnell  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off D H Cross 29 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G A Roden 28 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R T Collier 29 Apr 1938  
APO G O Ross 27 May 1938  
APO M E Abbott 27 May 1938  
Education Officer
Mr R H Bennett 10 Feb 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO I T Clare 20 Sep 1937  
WO I W E Dunn  6 Apr 1938

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3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt F A Casewell 23 Aug 1938 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 W A Beckett 23 Aug 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe 30 Dec 1938 Assumed command of No 223 Sqn
Flt Lt D P Frost 30 Dec 1938 Relinquished command of No 223 Sqn and was detached to the SAAF

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
xx Jul 1938 Squadron completed re-equipment with Wellesleys
29 Sep 1938 One Flight detached to Port Reitz during the International Crisis
 7 Oct 1938 Detachment at Port Reitz returned to Nairobi

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Wellesley RAF Nairobi RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt D P Frost 15 Dec 1936  
Act Flt Lt E C Eaton  3 Jun 1938  
Fg Off

Jack F Roulston

 7 Jul 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off W I McConnell  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off D H Cross 29 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G A Roden 28 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R T Collier 29 Apr 1938  
Plt Off C G S Robinson 28 June 1938  
Plt Off G O Ross 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M E Abbott 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Tuffs 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off W A Wild 10 Sep 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan  - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Lt F C Camp 10 Jan 1939 Attached from SAAF

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Wellesley RAF Nairobi RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe 30 Dec 1938  
Act Flt Lt E C Eaton  3 Jun 1938  
Fg Off

Jack F Roulston

 7 Jul 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off D H Cross 29 Jan 1938  
Fg Off G A Roden 28 Oct 1937  
Fg Off C G S Robinson 28 June 1938  
Fg Off R T Collier 29 Apr 1938  
Plt Off G O Ross 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M E Abbott 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Tuffs 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off W A Wild 10 Sep 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Wellesley RAF Nairobi RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe 30 Dec 1938  
Act Flt Lt E C Eaton  3 Jun 1938  
Fg Off

Jack F Roulston

 7 Jul 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off D H Cross 29 Jan 1938  
Fg Off G A Roden 28 Oct 1937  
Fg Off C G S Robinson 28 June 1938  
Fg Off R T Collier 29 Apr 1938  
Lt F C Camp 13 Jan 1939 SAAF
Plt Off G O Ross 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M E Abbott 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Tuffs 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off W A Wild 10 Sep 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Lt F C Camp 22 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl T Snaith 22 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

Nominal roll of officers: 3 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe Officer Commanding
Fg Off R T Collier Adjutant
Flt Lt J E Pelly-Fry Officer Commanding, 'A' Flight
Flt Lt

Jack F Roulston

Officer Commanding, 'B' Flight
Flt Lt D H Cross Officer Commanding, 'C' Flight
Fg Off C G S Robinson  
Fg Off G A Roden  
Plt Off G O Ross  
Plt Off R J Tuffs  
Plt Off M T E Jenkins  
Plt Off J Wallace  
Plt Off F R Bullot  
Plt Off K H A Ellis  
Plt Off P B Pickersgill  
Plt Off N A Gidney  
Plt Off G E Walker  
Plt Off R D Shepherd  
Plt Off L J Joel  
Plt Off P F Willing  
Plt Off P D C Thomas  
Plt Off J C Smitheram  
Flt Lt J C Blair Medical Officer
Plt Off M E Abbott Left at Nairobi to follow later
Plt Off W A Wild Left at Nairobi to follow later

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Apr 1939 Squadron allocated the code letters 'QR', but no evidence of use*
xx Jul 1939 Squadron adopted the code letters 'AO'*
Wellesley I of No 223 Squadron - June 1940
xx Aug 1939 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 223 Squadron badge
27 Aug 1939 Squadron commenced the move to its War Station at Summit in the Sudan
31 Aug 1939 Squadron aircraft completed the move to Summit
17 Sep 1939 Final batch of personnel arrived at Summit

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374), except *

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R T Taaffe  2 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of No 223 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr J C Larking  2 Feb 1940 Assumed command of No 223 Sqn
Plt Off Kemp 21 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from Cairo for Cypher duties
Plt Off A J Lewis 28 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from Cairo for Intelligence duties
Plt Off M E Abbott  1 May 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 13 Mar 1940
Plt Off G O Ross  1 May 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 13 Mar 1940
Plt Off P B Pickersgill 14 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Abu Sueir for Gas Course
Plt Off M T E Jenkins 16 Jun 1940 Killed in action
LAC J J Dixon 16 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Giles 22 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Ap Simon 22 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Sgt B Poskitt 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
LAC L P Jepp 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Chopping 15 Jul 1940 Assumed the duties of Adjutant
Fg Off R T Collier 15 Jul 1940 Relinquished the duties of Adjutant
Plt Off P B Pickersgill 15 Jul 1940 Assumed the duties of Officer i/c Anti-Gas Section
Plt Off L J Joel 15 Jul 1940 Relinquished the duties of Officer i/c Anti-Gas Section
Plt Off R D Shepherd 15 Jul 1940 Assumed the duties of Officer i/c Sqn History
Plt Off W A Wild 15 Jul 1940 Relinquished the duties of Officer i/c Sqn History
Cpl F M Dunn 29 Jul 1940 Died from wounds
Plt Off Gibson  4 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from Egypt for duty as Adjutant
Sgt Collis  4 Aug 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Plt Off
Sgt Witty  4 Aug 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Plt Off
Plt Off Collis  5 Aug 1940 Posted to No 47 Sqn
Plt Off Witty  5 Aug 1940 Posted to No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt J E Pelly-Fry  8 Aug 1940 Posted to No 47 Sqn to command
Plt Off Cripps 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for Cypher duties
Plt Off J C Smitheram 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D F Shaller 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S E Meades 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P B Pickersgill 30 Aug 1940 Departed on posting to the Pilots' Pool, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off F R Bullot 30 Aug 1940 Departed on posting to the Pilots' Pool, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off K H A Ellis 30 Aug 1940 Departed on posting to the Pilots' Pool, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off Gibson  4 Sep 1940 Adjutant, discharged from hospital in Port Sudan
Plt Off G E Walker 16 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H L S Price 16 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Buckle 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight (Air Observer)
Plt Off Heath 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'C' Flight (Air Observer)
Plt Off White 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight (Air Gunner)
Plt Off Pelling 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off Dick 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'C' Flight
Sgt Bingley 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Perks 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Back 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt A A Heaney 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Benstead 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt Burt 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt McCarthy 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt Smith 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt Porter 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'C' Flight
Sgt Conway 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'C' Flight
Sgt Cotton 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) and allocated to 'C' Flight
Sgt French 26 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Air Gunner) and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Ball 26 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Air Gunner) and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt Head 26 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting (Air Gunner) and allocated to 'C' Flight
Plt Off G E Lewis  8 Oct 1940 Attached for Intelligence duties
Plt Off A J Lewis 11 Oct 1940 Intelligence Officer, departed on posting to Khartoum
Flt Lt D H Cross 15 Oct 1940 Posted to No 267 Sqn, RAF Heliopolis
Fg Off R T Collier 15 Oct 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off Gibson 17 Oct 1940 Assumed duties of Censor Officer
Plt Off G E Lewis 17 Oct 1940 Relinquished duties of Censor Officer
Plt Off White 17 Oct 1940 Assumed duties of OC, Camp Defence
Plt Off Phillips 17 Oct 1940 Relinquished duties of OC, Camp Defence
Sgt V C Durrant 22 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R M C Edwards 22 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A A Heaney 22 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J Wallace 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Shepherd 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Willing 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Thomas 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Joel 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Phillips 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Gidney 28 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off G E Lewis  1 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, departed on posting
Plt Off Evans  1 Nov 1940 Assumed temporary duties of Intelligence Officer
Fg Off G A Roden  5 Nov 1940 Proceeded to TURP for conversion to Wellingtons on posting to No 70 Sqn
Fg Off Ross  5 Nov 1940 Proceeded to TURP for conversion to Wellingtons on posting to No 70 Sqn
Fg Off Abbott  5 Nov 1940 Proceeded to TURP for conversion to Wellingtons on posting to No 70 Sqn
Fg Off Tuffs  5 Nov 1940 Proceeded to TURP for conversion to Wellingtons on posting to No 70 Sqn
Plt Off Dick  5 Nov 1940 Proceeded to TURP for conversion to Wellingtons on posting to No 70 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J C Larking  9 Nov 1940 Relinquished command of No 223 Sqn on posting to No 254 Wing
Flt Lt

Jack F Roulston

 9 Nov 1940 Assumed command of No 223 Sqn
Plt Off Wild  9 Nov 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sgt Ballantyne 21 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from TURP and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt

Jack F Roulston

 9 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Plt Off Wild  9 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off Cripps 17 Dec 1940 Departed on attachment to No 254 Wing
Plt Off Gibson 17 Dec 1940 Departed on attachment to No 251 MRU

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
15 Jan 1940 'A' Flight moved from Summit to Khartoum
20 Jan 1940 'B' Flight moved from Summit to Khartoum
21 Jan 1940 Main rail party arrived at Khartoum from Summit
22 Jan 1940 Squadron HQ opened at Khartoum
26 Jan 1940 'C' Flight moved from Summit to Khartoum
29 Jan 1940 'Rear party moved from Summit to Khartoum
17 May 1940 Advance party departed Khartoum for its War Station at Summit by air
17 May 1940 Main party departed Khartoum for its War Station at Summit by rail
18 May 1940 Main party arrived at Summitl
18 May 1940 Air party departed Khartoum for its War Station at Summit
13 Aug 1940 11 x aircraft departed Summit for Aden
14 Aug 1940 10 x aircraft arrived at Aden, one force landing following engine failure
22 Aug 1940 Squadron departed Aden for Summit
 1 Dec 1940 Squadron completed its move from Summit to Wadi Gazouza

Source - No 223 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1374)

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

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