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No 235 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off A W Ridler 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer Commanding, 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr R I G MacDougall 31 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 235 Sqn
Plt Off N E Shrimpton  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off G A P Manwaring  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer Commanding, 'B' Flight
APO A J Algeo  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO J A Tavener  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO C S Robinson  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO M E Ryan  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO A F Booth  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO J R Cronan  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO D H Relton  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt P V Boot  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt R Canning  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO W A Savill  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO W F Smith  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO A R Wales  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO C D Warde  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO P Weil  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO H S Williams  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt V Allison  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt J C Bessey  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt H R Sutton  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off C B Pinnock  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
APO M E Ryan  7 Nov 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Armoury
APO A R Wales  7 Nov 1939 Appointed Parachute Officer and Sqn Transport Officer
APO C S Robinson  7 Nov 1939 Appointed Air Navigation Officer
APO A F Booth  7 Nov 1939 Appointed Signals Officer
APO J R Cronan  7 Nov 1939 Appointed Anti-Gas Officer
APO D H Relton  7 Nov 1939 Appointed 'A' Flight Link Trainer Instructor
APO P Weil  7 Nov 1939 Appointed 'B' Flight Link Trainer Instructor
APO A J Algeo  7 Nov 1939 Appointed Sports Officer
Plt Off N E Shrimpton 14 Nov 1939 Adjutant, posted to No 3 School of Technical Training, Blackpool
Fg Off A W Ridler 27 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 30 Oct 1939
Fg Off G A P Manwaring 27 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 30 Oct 1939
The ORB for December 1939 is missing from AIR 27/1442

Source - No 235 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1442)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron was reformed at RAF Manston
 6 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1833, collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Magister - early WW2 scheme
 8 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1829, collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
19 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1830, collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
xx Dec 1939 Squadron received some Fairey Battles*
Battle I

Source - No 235 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1442)

*Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R P Y Cross  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 79 Sqn to command 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt A W Ridler  6 Jan 1940 Reverted to Fg Off
Plt Off R P Y Cross 12 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off J H Laughlin 22 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R J Peacock 22 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off N Jackson-Smith 25 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off R P Y Cross 31 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 6 Jan 1940
Plt Off E A Saunders  6 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner
Sgt Spires  9 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
Sgt H R Sunderland  9 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
Plt Off R D Kent 18 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Manby for duty as Air Gunner
Sgt Robertson 18 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off A W V Green 19 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
Sgt Needham 23 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 3 BGS, RAF Aldergrove
Sgt Martin 23 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 3 BGS, RAF Aldergrove
Sgt Owen 23 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 3 BGS, RAF Aldergrove
Sgt Parsons 23 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 3 BGS, RAF Aldergrove
Plt Off M C Jamieson 26 Mar 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting from RAF Digby
Sgt Bartlett 26 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
Sgt Lancaster 26 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
Sgt Merrett 26 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
Sgt Blow 26 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from No 4 BGS, RAF West Freugh
AC2 Capel 27 Mar 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF North Coates
AC2 Pye 27 Mar 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF North Coates
Sgt V Allison  8 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E O F Schmid  8 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC V C E Nierynck  8 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off W F Smith  9 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off N A L Smith 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J C Robertson 12 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC T J Lowry 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W A Savill 12 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt H R Sunderland 12 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC R H Tyler 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M C Jamieson 15 May 1940 Air Gunner, returned from CGS on completion of Gunnery Leaders' Course
Plt Off C S Robinson 18 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D V Moseley 18 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC A E Waddington 18 May 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr R I G MacDougall 22 May 1940 Relinquished command of No 235 Sqn on posting to RAF Detling
Sqn Ldr R N Clarke 22 May 1940 Assumed command of No 235 Sqn
Plt Off A F Booth 22 May1940 Proceeded to RAF Farnborough for High Altitude Physiology Course
Plt Off M E Ryan 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Martin 24 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC A G Smith 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A F Murphy 26 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC E P Armstrong 26 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt R P Y Cross 26 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A V Slocombe 29 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt G A P Manwaring 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt I Macphail 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D B Murphy 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A F Booth 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D J Elliott 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E R Scott 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt F K Flood  1 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Flight Commander
Flt Lt Fletcher  1 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off J R Cronan 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P L Llyod 27 Jun 1940 Died from wounds
Sgt A O Lancaster 27 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off A R Wales 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W Needham 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T C Jordan 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P Weil 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S K Bartlett 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Kempster 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H S Pardow-Williams 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E A Saunders 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C W Thorley 27 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R L Patterson 18 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L H M Reece 18 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R Y Tucker 18 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P C Wickings-Smith  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Chamberlain  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Fenton  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Gonay  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J C Kirkpatrick  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Naughton  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Le Jeune  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Demoulin  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Coggins 12 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off
Sgt Cooper 13 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 EWS, RAF Yatesbury
Sgt Steel 13 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 EWS, RAF Yatesbury
Plt Off Little 13 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, returned from CGS on completion of Gunnery Leaders' Course
Plt Off Phillips 14 Aug 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off Thonas 14 Aug 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off Hadler 14 Aug 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off Taylor 14 Aug 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off D N Woodger 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D L Wright 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Berry 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt F K Flood 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N B Shorrocks 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B R Sharp 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P C Wickings-Smith 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A W V Green 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R D H Watts 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J C Kirkpatrick  9 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R C Thomas  9 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G E Keel  9 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J Coggins 15 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N A Sadler 15 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P R Prosser 15 Dec 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 235 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1442)

Nominal Roll of Air Crew Personnel: 1 Apr 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr R I G MacDougall Officer Commanding
Plt Off C B Pinnock Adjutant
Flt Lt R P Y Cross Officer Commanding, 'A' Flight
Fg Off J H Laughlin 'A' Flight
Plt Off A J Algeo 'A' Flight
Plt Off C S Robinson 'A' Flight
Plt Off J R Cronan 'A' Flight
Plt Off R L Patterson 'A' Flight
Plt Off J A Tavener 'A' Flight
Plt Off M E Ryan 'A' Flight
Plt Off D H Relton 'A' Flight
Plt Off D N Woodger 'A' Flight
Sgt R Canning 'A' Flight
Sgt J C Bessey 'A' Flight
Plt Off A W V Green Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Plt Off A W Martin Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Plt Off D Howe Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt S G Preater Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt D V Moseley Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt W G Owen Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt A V Slocombe Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt J C Merrett Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt S K Bartlett Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt B F Hubbard Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt J H Spires Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt W Martin Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt H J Westcott Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Sgt A O Lancaster Air Observer, 'A' Flight
Plt Off R D Kent Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 T Pickering Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 A Aitken Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 C Castle Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 A Reed Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 G Oliver Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 K R Lusty Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 H S Kenworthy Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
AC2 N W Kemp Air Gunner, 'A' Flight
Flt Lt G A P Manwaring Officer Commanding, 'B' Flight
Plt Off W A Savill 'B' Flight
Plt Off W F Smith 'B' Flight
Plt Off A R Wales 'B' Flight
APO A F Booth 'B' Flight
Plt Off R J Peacock 'B' Flight
Plt Off C D Warde 'B' Flight
Plt Off P Weil 'B' Flight
Plt Off H S P Williams 'B' Flight
Plt Off N H Jackson-Smith 'B' Flight
Plt Off N A L Smith 'B' Flight
Sgt V Allison 'B' Flight
Sgt H R Sutton 'B' Flight
Plt Off G S Hebron Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Plt Off A H Murphy Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt I MacPhail Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt D Elliott Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt J C Robertson Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt J Needham Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt G Wedlock Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt C Thorley Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt H Sunderland Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt J Parsons Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt E Schmid Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Sgt K Blow Air Observer, 'B' Flight
Plt Off E A Saunders Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
Plt Off M C Jamieson Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 W C Lewis Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 A M Dargie Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 D F Roberts Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 B Capel Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 C Browne Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 H Kemp Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 E A Castle Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 J W Pye Air Gunner, 'B' Flight
AC2 E A Thatcher Air Gunner, 'B' Flight

Source - No 235 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1442)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
xx Feb 1940 Squadron received some Blenheim Is*
Blenheim IF
15 Feb 1940 Bristol Blenheim IV, P4833 was delivered from No 29 Sqn, RAF Debden
Blenheim IVF of No 235 Squadron
16 Feb 1940 Battles, L5003, L5412 and L5017 were delivered to No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
16 Feb 1940 Bristol Blenheim IV, P4845 was collected from No 29 Sqn, RAF Debden
18 Feb 1940 Blenheim IVs, P4844 and P4836 was delivered from No 23 Sqn, RAF Wittering
22 Feb 1940 Battles, L5383, L5132, L5413, L5007, L5381, L5018 and L5016 were delivered to No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
23 Feb 1940 Battle, L5005 was delivered to No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
26 Feb 1940 Advance Party departed RAF Manston for RAF North Coates
27 Feb 1940 Main Party departed RAF Manston for RAF North Coates by road
27 Feb 1940 Air Party departed RAF Manston for RAF North Coates
27 Feb 1940 Squadron was transferred from Fighter Command to Coastal Command as a Fighter Reconnaissance Sqn
14 Mar 1940 Blenheim IV, P4835 was collected from No 29 Sqn, RAF Debden
14 Mar 1940 Blenheim I, K7120 was collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
24 Apr 1940 Advance Party departed RAF North Coates for RAF Bircham Newton by road
24 Apr 1940 Main Party departed RAF North Coates for RAF Bircham Newton by road
25 Apr 1940 Air Party departed RAF North Coates for RAF Bircham Newton by road
 1 May 1940 New Blenheim IVs, L9256, L9395, L9261, L9401 and L9404 were collected from No 5 MU, RAF KembleL
 2 May 1940 New Blenheim IVs, L9859, L9324 and L9189 were collected from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble
26 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Bircham Newton to RAF Detling
10 Jun 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Detling to RAF Thorney Island**
24 Jun 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Thorney Island to RAF Bircham Newton**
 5 Aug 1940 'C' Flight formed
xx Aug 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI***
No 235 Squadron badge
12 Dec 1940 Squadron conducted its first operational flight with a Beaufighter

Source - No 235 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1442), except ***

**Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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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This page was last updated on 11/07/21

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