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No 264 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr S H Hardy  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Fighter Command  to command No 264 Sqn
Plt Off McLeod  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Dillon  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Welsh  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off H G Tipple  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Whitehouse  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off R W Stokes  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Young  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off R E Packington  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off S R Thomas  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Whitley  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Mitchell  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 14 SFTS, RAF Kinloss
Plt Off P E V Greenhous  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 14 SFTS, RAF Kinloss
Flt Lt W A Toyne  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn, RAF Wittering
Flt Lt N G Cooke  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 611 Sqn, RAF Digby
Plt Off G E Ellis  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 14 SFTS, RAF Kinloss
Plt Off Dillon 25 Nov 1939 Posted to RAF Digby
Sgt Plt Merryweather 25 Nov 1939 Posted to RAF Digby
Flt Sgt Richardson  2 Dec 1939 Proceeded to Boulton Paul Ltd for 4 day course commencing 4 Dec 1939
Sgt Kempster  2 Dec 1939 Proceeded to Boulton Paul Ltd for 4 day course commencing 4 Dec 1939
Sgt Nicholson  2 Dec 1939 Proceeded to Boulton Paul Ltd for 4 day course commencing 4 Dec 1939
Sgt Hussey  2 Dec 1939 Proceeded to Boulton Paul Ltd for 4 day course commencing 4 Dec 1939
Plt Off Holland  5 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No RAF Aston Down
Plt Off H G Tipple 16 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R E Packington 19 Dec 1939 Admitted to Colchester Hospital
Plt Off E G Barwell 21 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Brize Norton

Source - No 264 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1553)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1940 Squadron formed at RAF Sutton Bridge
 8 Nov 1939 3 x Miles Magisters, N3867, N3857 and N3868 collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Magister - early WW2 scheme
 4 Dec 1939 Advance party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath
 7 Dec 1939 Main party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath by road
 7 Dec 1939 Air party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath
 8 Dec 1939 2 x Boulton Paul Defiant Is collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
Defiant I of No 264 Squadron (day fighter scheme with non-standard roundals)

Defiant I of No 264 Squadron (day fighter scheme)

11 Dec 1939 Rear party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath
16 Dec 1939 2 x Fairey Battles collected from No 8 MU, RAF Little Rissington, one crashed
Battle I
21 Dec 1939 2 x Boulton Paul Defiant Is collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington

Source - No 264 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1553)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R E Packington  6 Jan 1940 Discharged from Colchester Hospital and grant 28 days sick leave
Plt Off E G Barwell  5 Feb 1940 Returned fro9m Fighter course at RAF Aston Down
Sqn Ldr S H Hardy 12 Mar 1940 Promoted to Temp Wg Cdr, wef 1 Mar 1940
Plt Off P E V Greenhous 13 Mar 1940 Proceeded to RAF Farnborough for Oxygen Course
Plt Off McLeod 14 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Plt Off P E V Greenhous 17 Mar 1940 Returned from RAF Farnborough on completion of Oxygen Course
Plt Off Scott 18 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Plt Off Logie 18 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Sqn Ldr P A Hunter 24 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Digby pending assuming command of No 264 Sqn
Plt Off J E Hatfield 25 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn, RAF Debden
Wg Cdr S H Hardy 27 Mar 1940 Relinquished command of No 264 Sqn on proceeding on leave pending posting
Sqn Ldr P A Hunter 27 Mar 1940 Assumed command of No 264 Sqn
Plt Off Mitchell  7 Apr 1940 Attached to Special Duty Flight, RAF Martlesham Heath
Plt Off Williams 12 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Warmwell for Air Gunnery Course
Plt Off Scott 12 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Warmwell for Air Gunnery Course
Flt Lt W A Toyne 13 Apr 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to No 17 Sqn, RAF Debden
Plt Off G E Chandler 13 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt L C W Daisley 13 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Flt Lt Skelton 14 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 OTU and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Welsh  5 May 1940 Attached to RAF St Athan for Navigation Course
Plt Off Mitchell  5 May 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Flt Lt Skelton 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later reported to be a POW
Plt Off Hatfield 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned after evading capture
Plt Off P E V Greenhous 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later reported to be a POW
LAC F D Greenhalgh 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later reported to be a POW
Plt Off G E Chandler 13 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC D L McLeish 13 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off S R Thomas 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned after evading capture
LAC J S M Bromley 13 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off McLeod 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned after evading capture
LAC W E Cox 13 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned after evading capture
Plt Off J E Hatfield 14 May 1940 Returned from Holland after evading capture
Plt Off S R Thomas 14 May 1940 Returned from Holland after evading capture
Plt Off Williams 16 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Warmwell
Plt Off H Scott 16 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Warmwell
Plt Off A Macleod 17 May 1940 Returned from Holland after evading capture
LAC W E Cox 17 May 1940 Returned from Holland after evading capture
Plt Off Gaskell 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G A Hutcheson 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Carnaby 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Welsh 20 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF St Athan
Fg Off Clark 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Lincoln 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H I Goodall 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Bowen 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Davie 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D K C O'Malley 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Stephenson 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Act Flt Lt E H Whitehouse 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H Scott 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A Macleod 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J E Hatfield 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L C W Daisley 28 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC H Revill 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E G Barwell 29 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Plt Off J E M Williams 29 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Plt Off D H S Kay 29 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned
Sgt E J Jones 29 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt N G Cooke 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Cpl A Lippett 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G L Hickman 31 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC A Fidler 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M H Young 31 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned
LAC S B Johnson 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D Whitley 31 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but returned the following day
LAC R C Turner 31 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but returned the following day
Plt Off E G Barwell  1 Jun 1940 Returned after being rescued
Plt Off J E M Williams  1 Jun 1940 Admitted to Leavesden Military Hospital after being rescued
Flt Lt Trumble  4 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Carnaby  7 Jun 1940 Admitted to SSQ after baling out and later transferred to RAF Hospital, Littleport
Plt Off Ellerby  7 Jun 1940 Admitted to SSQ after baling out and later transferred to RAF Hospital, Littleport
Plt Off R E Packington  8 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Martlesham Heath
Plt Off J E M Williams 11 Jun 1940 Discharged from Leavesden Military Hospital and granted 14 days sick leave
Plt Off G A Hutcheson 11 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Kimber 12 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off A J Storrie 13 Jun 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off M H Young 14 Jun 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Littleport
Plt Off Maggs 15 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Warmwell for Air Gunnery Course
Plt Off Ellery 18 Jun 1940 Discharged from RAF Hospital, Littleport and granted 7 days sick leave
Fg Off Lincoln 18 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Manby
Plt Off M H Young 18 Jun 1940 Discharged from RAF Hospital, Littleport
Plt Off F D Hughes 19 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off Knocker 19 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off Bailey 19 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off Percy 19 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Flt Lt Ash 20 Jun 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Sgt F H King 21 Jun 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off, wef 3 May 1940
Plt Off R E Packington 27 Jun 1940 Posted to No 4 FPP, RAF Filton
Plt Off Fellows 28 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off I G Shaw  5 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J T Jones  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Kenner  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Sutton  9 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off W A Ponting  9 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off Moore  9 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off Toombs  9 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off Smythe  9 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Fg Off Simpson  9 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off A J Storrie 12 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, attached to CGS, RAF Warmwell
Plt Off J E M Williams 15 Jul 1940 Returned from hospital
Flt Lt Trumble 17 Jul 1940 Posted temporarily
Plt Off J E M Williams 19 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Ringway
Fg Off Simpson 29 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, posted to No 141 Sqn, RAF restwick
Sqn Ldr G D Garvin  8 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 264 Sqn
Plt Off A J Storrie  9 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, ceased to be attached to CGS, RAF Warmwell
Plt Off Johnson 18 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Flt Lt Campbell Colquhoun 20 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr P A Hunter 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off F H King 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J T Jones 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W A Ponting 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off I G Shaw 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Berry 24 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W H Machin 24 Aug 1940 Died from wounds
Sqn Ldr G D Garvin 24 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 264 Sqn
Sgt B Baker 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Maxwell 26 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D Whitley 28 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R C Turner 28 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Melvill  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Clive  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D K C O'Malley  4 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt L A W Rusmussen  4 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Maggs  8 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Warmwell
Plt Off Carlin  8 Sep 1940 Attached to CGS, RAF Warmwell for Air Gunnery Course
Flt Lt Smith 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off Haigh 17 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Curtice 17 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Endersby 17 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Sgt Wilkin 17 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off F D Hughes 20 Sep 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Young 20 Sep 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Sgt Russell 20 Sep 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Sgt Gash 20 Sep 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Ellery  7 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Newton
Plt Off Gifkins  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Bowen  7 Oct 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Sutton  7 Oct 1940 Air Gunner, transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off G H Hackwood  7 Oct 1940 Admitted to hospital following a crash on take off from Luton
Plt Off O'Connell  7 Oct 1940 Admitted to hospital following a crash on take off from Luton
Plt Off Carlin  8 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached to CGS, RAF Warmwell
Plt Off H I Goodall  8 Oct 1940 Killed in  flying accident
Sgt R B M Young  8 Oct 1940 Killed in  flying accident
Plt Off R W Stokes 14 Oct 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Sgt Smith 14 Oct 1940 Air Gunner, transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Smith  2 Nov 1940 Rejoined the unit
Plt Off Gillespie  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 614 Sqn
Plt Off Ellery  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 150 Sqn
Flt Lt Campbell Colquhoun 14 Nov 1940 Departed  on posting
Plt Off R W Stokes 15 Nov 1940 Departed  on posting
Plt Off Toombs 15 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, injured in a flying accident
Plt Off Toombs 17 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, died from injuries
Plt Off G H Hackwood 20 Nov 1940 Killed in  flying accident
Plt Off A J Storrie 20 Nov 1940 Killed in  flying accident
Sqn Ldr G D Garvin 23 Nov 1940 Relinquished command of No 264 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A T D Sanders 23 Nov 1940 Assumed command of No 264 Sqn
Plt Off Gillespie 24 Nov 1940 Departed on posting
Plt Off Hallett 24 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties
Plt Off Smith 30 Nov 1940 Departed on detachment
Plt Off Sutton 30 Nov 1940 Departed on detachment
Plt Off Hill 30 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Fellows  5 Dec 1940 Relinquished duties of Intelligence Officer on posting
Plt Off Hallett  5 Dec 1940 Assumed duties of Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr G D Garvin  8 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of No 264 Sqn
Plt Off Candy 10 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Sutton 10 Dec 1940 Returned from detachment
Plt Off Gifkins 15 Dec 1940 Returned from detachment
Fg Off Peek 27 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer

Source - No 264 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1553)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
28 Jan 1940 All Defiant aircraft grounded for to Oleo and engine failures
16 Feb 1940 2 x Boulton Paul Defiant Is collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
 3 Mar 1940 1 x Boulton Paul Defiant I collected from RAF St Athan
 4 Mar 1940 1 x Boulton Paul Defiant I collected from RAF St Athan
11 Mar 1940 2 x Boulton Paul Defiant Is collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
20 Mar 1940 2x Sections declared operational
21 Mar 1940 2x Sections detached to RAF Wittering for operations
 1 Apr 1940 1 x Boulton Paul Defiant I collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
 5 Apr 1940 2 x Boulton Paul Defiant Is collected from RAF St Athan
23 Apr 1940 1 x Miles Master was collected from RAF Digby
Master I - early WW2 scheme
10 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Duxford
 3 Jul 1940 Squadron moved to the Satellite airfield G1 (Fowlmere)
23 Jul 1940 Squadron moved from Fowlmere to RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
 4 Aug 1940 Advance Party, 'A' Flight proceeded to RAF Ringway
 5 Aug 1940 Main and Air Parties, 'A' Flight proceeded to RAF Ringway
10 Aug 1940 Advance Party, 'A' Flight returned from RAF Ringway
12 Aug 1940 Main and Air Parties, 'A' Flight returned from RAF Ringway
21 Aug 1940 Advance and Air Parties proceeded to RAF Hornchurch
22 Aug 1940 Main party proceeded to RAF Hornchurch
27 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Rochford
28 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Rochford to RAF Hornchurch
29 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
xx Aug 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 264 (Madras Presidency) Squadron badge
12 Sep 1940 'B' Flight proceeded to RAF Northolt
13 Sep 1940 'B' Flight commenced flying night operations
Defiant I of No 264 Squadron (night fighter scheme)

Defiant I of No 264 Squadron (flown by Sqn Ldr F D Hughes)

19 Sep 1940 'B' Flight moved from RAF Northolt to Luton
23 Oct 1940 'A' Flight moved to RAF Martlesham Heath
29 Oct 1940 'B' Flight moved from Luton to RAF Rochford
29 Oct 1940 'A' Flight moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Rochford
27 Nov 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Rochford to RAF Debden
31 Dec 1940 Advance and Main parties departed RAF Debden for RAF Gravesend

Source - No 264 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1553), except *

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This page was last updated on 30/07/21

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