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RAF Tangmere Personnel


[Dec 1926 | Jul 1927 | Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | 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 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Nov - Dec 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

23 Nov 1926 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 Arrived on posting from RAF Andover for Stores duties

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

December 1926

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area No units allocated

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

23 Nov 1926 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 later AVM

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

23 Nov 1926 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 Arrived on posting from RAF Andover for Stores duties
Fg Off E J N Weight 23 Nov 1926 Attached from No 43 Sqn for duty as Station Adjutant
Flt Lt E C N Foreman  3 Dec 1926 Arrived on posting from RAF Bircham Newton for Medical duties
Flt Lt Lewis P McCullagh 17 Jan 1927 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, Uxbridge for Medical duties
Flt Lt E C N Foreman 17 Jan 1927 Medical Officer, posted to RAF Halton
Fg Off D M Rees  1 Feb 1927 Posted from Coastal Area Storage Unit for Technical duties
Fg Off Osmond G Ridley  1 Feb 1927 Posted from No 43 Sqn for Stores duties
Fg Off Arthur L Derry  1 Feb 1927 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Fg Off J E Truss  1 Feb 1927 Posted from Coastal Area Storage Unit for Stores duties
Flt Lt Robert H Hanmer 14 Feb 1927 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Adjutant, wef 2 Jan 1927
Fg Off Percival Hay 17 Apr 1927 Arrived on posting from No 216 Sqn for Accountant duties

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Unit Date Notes
No 43 Sqn 12 Dec 1926 Arrived from RAF Henlow
No 1 Sqn (Cadre)  1 Feb 1927 Formed
W/T Point-to-Point Station 10 Mar 1927 Opened at RAF Tangmere
No 1 Sqn  1 Apr 1927 Expanded to HQ and 1 x flight
Parachute Training Section 22 Apr 1927 Attached from RAF Henlow to give all pilots training in parachute descents
Parachute Training Section  8 May 1927 Ceased to be attached from RAF Henlow, all pilots having made parachute descents
No 43 Sqn 21 Jun 1927 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training (3 weeks)

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1927

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

23 Nov 1926 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert H Hanmer  2 Jan 1927 MC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 later AVM
Fg Off Osmond G Ridley  1 Feb 1927 MC
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Percival Hay 17 Apr 1927 MC
Plt Off Arthur L Derry  1 Feb 1927  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Lewis P McCullagh 17 Jan 1927 MB
Dental
Fg Off Frederick F Anslow 24 Jan 1927  
Education Officer
Mr Joshua Silver 10 Jan 1927 BSc

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off D M Rees 20 Sep 1927 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Iraq
Fg Off William H Bowden 24 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn for Stores duties
Flt Lt Percival Hay 26 Mar 1928 Accountant Officer, posted to HQ No 1 Air Defence Group
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot for Accountant duties

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Unit Date Notes
No 1 Sqn 23 Aug 1927 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 1 Sqn 30 Aug 1927 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 1 Sqn  1 May 1928 Expanded to HQ and 3 x flights
No 1 Sqn 30 May 1928 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 1 Sqn  7 Jun 1928 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 43 Sqn 18 Jun 1928 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 43 Sqn  5 Jul 1928 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1928

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

23 Nov 1926 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert H Hanmer  2 Jan 1927 MC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 later AVM
Fg Off William H Bowden 24 Oct 1927  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Fg Off

Arthur L Derry

 1 Feb 1927 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Lewis P McCullagh 17 Jan 1927 MB
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade IV, AMIEE

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Sep 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Valentine V Brown 25 Jun 1928 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Medical duties
Flt Lt Lewis P McCullagh 28 Jun 1928 Medical Officer, posted to MT Depot, Shrewsbury
Fg Off J E Truss  1 Aug 1928 Posted to RAF Base Gosport

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul - Sep 1928

Unit Date Notes
Coastal Area Storage Unit  1 Aug 1928 Disbanded and personnel posted to RAF Gosport
No 1 Sqn  7 Aug 1928 Proceeded to RAF Northolt for temporary duty
No 1 Sqn 17 Aug 1928 Returned from RAF Northolt on completion of temporary duty

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

September 1928

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

23 Nov 1926 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert H Hanmer  2 Jan 1927 MC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 later AVM
Fg Off William H Bowden 24 Oct 1927  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Fg Off

Arthur L Derry

 1 Feb 1927 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Fg Off Valentine V Brown 25 Jun 1928  
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade IV, AMIEE

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Thomas P Y Moore 15 Aug 1928 Arrived on posting from Home Aircraft Depot for Engineer duties
Wg Cdr

John H S Tyssen

 1 Oct 1928 Posted to HMS Argus for duty as Senior Air Force Officer, wef 18 Sep 1928
Sqn Ldr E O Grenfell  1 Oct 1928 Assumed temporary command of RAF Tangmere
Fg Off William H Bowden  7 Nov 1928 Stores Officer, posted to RAF Northolt
Fg Off Cyrus P Marshall  7 Nov 1928 Arrived on posting from RAF Northolt for Stores duties
Wg Cdr

John B Graham

 1 Dec 1928 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn pending assuming command
Sqn Ldr E O Grenfell  7 Dec 1928 Relinquished temporary command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr

John B Graham

 7 Dec 1928 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Fg Off Arthur L Derry 24 May 1929 Accountant Officer, posted to RAF Base, Malta
Flt Lt Thomas P Y Moore  1 Jul 1929 Promote to Sqn Ldr and posted to HQ Fighting Area, wef 29 May 1929

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Unit Date Notes
No 43 Sqn  6 May 1929 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 43 Sqn 26 May 1929 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1929

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John B Graham

 1 Dec 1928 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Thomas P Y Moore 15 Aug 1928 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Robert H Hanmer  2 Jan 1927 MC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

23 Nov 1926 later AVM
Fg Off Cyrus P Marshall  7 Nov 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Valentine V Brown 25 Jun 1928  
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade IV, AMIEE

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Herbert D Nicholson 22 Jul 1929 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Fg Off B L Harrington 15 Oct 1929 Attached from RAF Depot, Uxbridge for Dental duties
Fg Off V G Pedley 18 Oct 1929 Dental Officer, ceased to be attached on expiration of contract
Flt Lt

Hugh Jones

 5 Nov 1929 Arrived on posting for Stores duties
Fg Off Valentine V Brown 15 Nov 1929 Medical Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt

Thomas G Bowler

20 Jan 1930 Stores Officer, posted to RAF Staff College
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter 17 Feb 1930 Arrived on posting from HMS Courageous for Signals duties
Fg Off B L Harrington 18 Feb 1930 Ceased to be attached for Dental duties on attachment RAF Hawkinge
Flt Lt John R D Goadsby 17 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF Base Gosport for duty as Station Adjutant
Flt Lt Robert H Hanmer 28 Mar 1930 Station Adjutant, posted to RAF Halton for duty with Training Flight
Plt Off Herbert D Nicholson  3 Jun 1930 Accountant Officer, promoted to Fg Off

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Unit Date Notes
No 1 Sqn 15 Jul 1929 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 1 Sqn  4 Aug 1929 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 600 Sqn AAF  5 Aug 1929 Arrived on attachment for annual training with No 43 Sqn
'A' Flight, No 1 Sqn  7 Aug 1929 Commenced affiliation with No 605 Sqn at RAF Manston
'A' Flight, No 1 Sqn  7 Aug 1929 Completed affiliation with No 605 Sqn at RAF Manston
No 600 Sqn AAF 17 Aug 1929 Ceased to be attached for annual training with No 43 Sqn
No 1 Sqn  9 Jun 1930 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 1 Sqn 20 Jun 1930 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1930

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John B Graham

 1 Dec 1928 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter 17 Feb 1930 Signals duties, AFC
Flt Lt John R D Goadsby 17 Mar 1930  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Hugh Jones

 5 Nov 1929  
Fg Off Cyrus P Marshall  7 Nov 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 22 Jul 1929  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Valentine V Brown 25 Jun 1929  
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade IV (Acting Grade III), AMIEE

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
Fg Off

Frederick G H Ewens

29 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting from Electrical and Wireless School for Signals duties
Fg Off Cyrus P Marshall 10 Aug 1930 Stores Officer, transferred to RAFO
Fg Off B L Harrington 12 Aug 1930 Dental Officer, posted to RAF Hawkinge
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter  9 Sep 1930 Signals Officer, posted to No 43 Sqn for Flying duties
Fg Off

Frederick G H Ewens

 5 Nov 1930 Signals Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt Valentine V Brown 21 Dec 1930 Medical Officer, transferred to RAFO

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Unit Date Notes
No 503 Sqn AAF 20 Jul 1930 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 600 Sqn AAF  3 Aug 1930 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 503 Sqn AAF  3 Aug 1930 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 1 Sqn 11 Aug 1930 Proceeded to RAF Upavon to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 11 Aug 1930 Proceeded to RAF Upavon to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 33 Sqn 11 Aug 1930 Arrived on attachment to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 1 Sqn 15 Aug 1930 Returned from RAF Upavon on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 15 Aug 1930 Returned from RAF Upavon on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 33 Sqn 15 Aug 1930 Ceased to be a attached on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 600 Sqn AAF 17 Aug 1930 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 43 Sqn 15 Sep 1930 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 43 Sqn  5 Oct 1930 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 1 Sqn 18 May 1931 Proceeded to Roborough for affiliation duties with Nos 204 and 109 Sqns
No 1 Sqn  6 Jun 1931 Returned from Roborough on completion of affiliation duties with Nos 204 and 109 Sqns
No 1 Sqn 15 Jun 1931 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 43 Sqn 29 Jun 1931 Proceeded to RAF Andover for affiliation duties with Bomber squadrons
No 1 Sqn  3 Jul 1931 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 43 Sqn 10 Jul 1931 Returned from RAF Andover on completion of affiliation duties with Bomber squadrons

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1931

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John B Graham

 1 Dec 1928 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC
Flt Lt John R D Goadsby 17 Mar 1930  
Flt Lt

Frederick G H Ewens

29 Jul 1930 Signals duties, later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Flt Lt

Hugh Jones

 5 Nov 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 22 Jul 1929  
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade IV (Acting Grade III), AMIEE

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr R M Drummond 23 Nov 1931 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Plt Off J E Shrimpton 24 Nov 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Wg Cdr

John B Graham

12 Dec 1931 Posted to HQ Middle East Command for Personnel Staff duties
Flt Lt Athol G Stratford-Tuke 26 Apr 1932 Arrived on posting for Stores duties
Flt Lt

Hugh Jones

26 Apr 1932 Stores Officer, posted to RAF Depot on being admitted to hospital

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Unit Date Notes
No 604 Sqn AAF 20 Jul 1931 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 600 Sqn AAF  2 Aug 1931 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 604 Sqn AAF  2 Aug 1931 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 43 Sqn 16 Aug 1931 Proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 600 Sqn AAF 16 Aug 1931 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 43 Sqn  5 Sep 1931 Returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 57 Sqn  4 Jul 1932 Attached for affiliation duties with No 1 Sqn
No 43 Sqn 14 Jul 1932 Proceeded to RAF Bicester for affiliation duties with No 33 Sqn
No 57 Sqn 17 Jul 1932 Ceased to be attached on completion of affiliation duties with No 1 Sqn
No 43 Sqn 17 Jul 1932 Returned from RAF Bicester on completion of affiliation duties with No 33 Sqn

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1932

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Roy M Drummond

22 Nov 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, MC; later AM
Flt Lt John R D Goadsby 17 Mar 1930  
Flt Lt

Frederick G H Ewens

29 Jul 1930 Signals duties, later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Athol G Stratford-Tuke 25 Apr 1932  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Fg Off Ronald G Dyer 17 May 1932  
Plt Off William M Lyon 21 Jul 1931  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Maurice Pearson 18 May 1932 MRCS, LRCP, LDS
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Francis R Lines 10 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from the Record Office for Stores duties
Flt Lt Athol G Stratford-Tuke 10 Sep 1932 Stores Officer, posted to RAF Depot pending posting to Aden
Flt Lt John W Turton Jones  7 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn for duty as Station Adjutant
Flt Lt John R D Goadsby  1 Oct 1932 Station Adjutant, posted to HQ Transjordan and Palestine for Signals duties
Flt Lt

Frederick G H Ewens

 2 Jan 1933 Signals Officer, posted to RAF College, Cranwell for Signals duties
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter  2 Jan 1933 Posted from No 43 Sqn for Signals duties
Wg Cdr

George C Pirie

 2 Jun 1933 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr R M Drummond  9 Jun 1933 Posted to No 1 Air Defence Group and attached to the Air Ministry
Wg Cdr

George C Pirie

 9 Jun 1933 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Unit Date Notes
No 503 Sqn AAF 27 Jul 1932 Arrived on attachment for annual training and to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 1 Sqn 18 Jul 1932 Proceeded to RAF Northolt to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 18 Jul 1932 Proceeded to RAF Upper Heyford to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 1 Sqn 21 Jul 1932 Returned from RAF Northolt on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 21 Jul 1932 Returned from RAF Upper Heyford on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 503 Sqn AAF 30 Jul 1932 Ceased to be attached for annual training and participation in Command Air Exercises
No 604 Sqn AAF 31 Jul 1932 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 600 Sqn AAF 31 Jul 1932 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 604 Sqn AAF 14 Aug 1932 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 600 Sqn AAF 14 Aug 1932 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 12 Sqn 24 Apr 1933 Attached for affiliation duties with No 43 Sqn
No 12 Sqn  7 May 1933 Ceased to be attached on completion of affiliation duties with No 43 Sqn
No 500 Sqn AAF  7 May 1933 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 500 Sqn AAF 21 May 1933 Ceased to be attached for annual training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1933

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

George C Pirie

 2 Jun 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt John W Turton Jones  7 Sep 1932 Adjutant
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter  2 Jan 1933 Signals duties, AFC
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Francis R Lines 10 Sep 1932  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt William W Deane 22 May 1928  
Fg Off Kenneth R M Holmes 27 Mar 1933  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Maurice Pearson 18 May 1932 MRCS, LRCP, LDS
Dental Branch
Fg Off Patrick J C Keane 16 Mar 1933 LDS
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Warrant Officers
WO George Buchan  6 Apr 1929  
WO John C Jones  8 Apr 1939 DCM, MM
WO Albert E Bell  2 Feb 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John A C Pride 10 Jun 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edgar T Carpenter  2 Oct 1933 Posted to RAF Northolt for Signals duties
Fg Off Thomas W Hodgson  2 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting for Signals duties
Flt Lt William W Deane 18 Oct 1933 Accountant Officer, posted to Aden Command
Flt Lt George J Gaynor  3 Dec 1933 Arrived on posting from HQ No 23 Group for Stores duties
Flt Lt Francis R Lines 11 Dec 1933 Stores Officer, posted to No 2 Stores Depot

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Unit Date Notes
No 1 Sqn 17 Jul 1933 Proceeded to RAF Duxford to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 17 Jul 1933 Proceeded to RAF Duxford to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 503 Sqn AAF 17 Jul 1933 Arrived on attachment to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 35 Sqn 17 Jul 1933 Arrived on attachment to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 1 Sqn 20 Jul 1933 Returned from RAF Duxford on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 20 Jul 1933 Returned from RAF Duxford on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 503 Sqn AAF 20 Jul 1933 Ceased to be attached on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 35 Sqn 20 Jul 1933 Ceased to be attached on completion of Command Air Exercises
No 604 Sqn AAF 30 Jul 1933 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 600 Sqn AAF 30 Jul 1933 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 604 Sqn AAF 13 Aug 1933 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 600 Sqn AAF 13 Aug 1933 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 43 Sqn 28 Aug 1933 Proceeded to No 3 APC, RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 1 Sqn 28 Aug 1933 Proceeded to No 3 APC, RAF Sutton Bridge for annual armament training
No 43 Sqn 17 Sep 1933 Returned from No 3 APC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training
No 1 Sqn 17 Sep 1933 Returned from No 3 APC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of annual armament training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

January 1934

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

George C Pirie

 2 Jun 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt John W Turton Jones  7 Sep 1932 Adjutant
Fg Off Thomas W Hodgson 25 Jul 1933 Signals duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt George J Gaynor  3 Dec 1933  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Kenneth R M Holmes 27 Mar 1933  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Maurice Pearson 18 May 1932 MRCS, LRCP, LDS
Dental Branch
Fg Off Patrick J C Keane 16 Mar 1933 LDS
Education Officer
2 Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Warrant Officers
WO George Buchan  6 Apr 1929  
WO John C Jones  8Apr 1929 DCM, MM
WO Albert E Bell  2 Feb 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John A C Pride 10 Jun 1931  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Patrick J C Keane  4 Jan 1934 Dental Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt George G C Pigott  1 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting for Stores duties
Flt Lt George J Gaynor  9 Feb 1934 Stores Officer, posted to No 607 Sqn AAF
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 16 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Unit Date Notes
No 500 Sqn AAF 29 Apr 1934 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 500 Sqn AAF 12 May 1934 Ceased to be attached for annual training
'C' Flight, No 1 Sqn  9 Jun 1934 Proceeded to Canada to participate in Centenary Celebrations
No 1 Sqn 20 Jul 1934 Proceeded to RAF Biggin Hill to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 43 Sqn 20 Jul 1934 Proceeded to RAF North Weald to participate in Command Air Exercises
No 604 Sqn AAF 20 Jul 1934 Arrived on attachment to participate in Command Air Exercises as a Fighter Sqn
No 600 Sqn AAF 29 Jul 1934 Arrived on attachment for annual training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1934

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

George C Pirie

 2 Jun 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt John W Turton Jones  7 Sep 1932 Adjutant
Fg Off Thomas W Hodgson 25 Jul 1933 Signals duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt George G C Pigott  1 Feb 1934  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Kenneth R M Holmes 27 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 16 Feb 1934  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Maurice Pearson 18 May 1932 MRCS, LRCP, LDS
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Warrant Officers
WO George Buchan  6 Apr 1929  
WO Albert E Bell  2 Feb 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John A C Pride 10 Jun 1931  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr E G Hopcroft 27 Aug 1934 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr

George C Pirie

27 Aug 1934 Posted to HQ No 1 Air Defence Group
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

17 Dec 1934 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Adjutant
Flt Lt John W Turton Jones 29 Dec 1934 Station Adjutant, posted to RAF Staff College
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

29 Dec 1934 Assumed duties of Station Adjutant
Wg Cdr

Reginald B Mansell

 1 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr E G Hopcroft  1 Feb 1935 Posted to HQ Western Area

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Unit Date Notes
No 500 Sqn AAF 12 May 1935 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 500 Sqn AAF 25 May 1935 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 22 Sqn 28 May 1935 Attached for temporary duty
No 22 Sqn 28 Jun 1935 Ceased to be attached for temporary duty

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1935

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/Fighting Area
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr

Reginald B Mansell

 1 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding, OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

17 Dec 1934 Adjutant; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Harold G Adams 15 Jul 1934 Signals duties
Stores Branch
Flt Lt George G C Pigott  1 Feb 1934  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Kenneth R M Holmes 27 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Herbert D Nicholson 16 Feb 1934  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John F S Wiseman  5 Jul 1934 MB, ChB
Education Officer
2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE
Civilian Stores Officer
Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Warrant Officers
WO Philip N Lee 17 Jul 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John A C Pride 10 Jun 1931  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt A R Combe  3 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Adjutant
Wg Cdr L H Slatter  9 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of RAF Tangmere
Flt Lt A R Combe 23 Aug 1935 Assumed duties of Station Adjutant
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

23 Aug 1935 Station Adjutant, posted to RAF Depot
Wg Cdr

Reginald B Mansell

28 Aug 1935 Departed on posting overseas
Wg Cdr L H Slatter 28 Aug 1935 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Flt Lt E Drudge 13 Jan 1936 RAFO, assumed duties of Station Adjutant
Flt Lt A R Combe 13 Jan 1936 Station Adjutant, posted to HQ Fighting Area

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Unit Date Notes
No 603 Sqn AAF 21 Jul 1935 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 603 Sqn AAF  4 Aug 1935 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 604 Sqn AAF  4 Aug 1935 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 604 Sqn AAF 28 Aug 1935 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 607 Sqn AAF  3 Jul 1936 Arrived on attachment for annual training (14 days)
No 607 Sqn AAF 17 Jul 1936 Ceased to be attached for annual training (14 days)

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1936

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr

Leonard H Slatter

 9 Aug 1935 Officer Commanding, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AM

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H Crowther 23 Mar 1936  

Medical Branch

Flt Lt John F S Wiseman  5 Jul 1934 MB, ChB

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off A W Coe 16 Apr 1936  

Education Officer

2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE

Civilian Assistant

Flt Lt E Drudge   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO

Civilian Stores Officer

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Flt Lt (Ret) G Oliver    

Warrant Officers

WO Reginald A Stacey 14 Jun 1935  
WO Archibald E Clayton  6 Jul 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II E A Patterson 11 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L H Slatter 13 Apr 1937 Posted to RAF Feltwell
Wg Cdr C W Hill 13 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Tangmere

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Unit Date Notes
No 1 Sqn 25 Jul 1936 Proceeded to RAF Hornchurch to participate in Sector 'D' Training
No 43 Sqn 25 Jul 1936 Proceeded to RAF Hornchurch to participate in Sector 'D' Training
No 1 Sqn 31 Jul 1936 Returned  RAF Hornchurch to participate in Sector 'D' Training
No 43 Sqn 31 Jul 1936 Proceeded to RAF Hornchurch to participate in Sector 'D' Training
No 604 Sqn AAF  2 Aug 1936 Arrived on attachment for annual training (14 days)
No 608 Sqn AAF 16 Aug 1936 Arrived on attachment for annual training (14 days)
Composite Det (Nos 22 and 42 Sqns) 19 Jan 1937 Attached for duty with the Home Fleet
No 72 Sqn 23 Feb 1937 Formed at RAF Tangmere from 'B' Flight, No 1 Sqn
No 87 Sqn 15 Mar 1937 Formed at RAF Tangmere from a flight, No 54 Sqn (from RAF Hornchurch)
No 72 Sqn  1 Jun 1937 Moved to RAF Church Fenton
No 87 Sqn  4 Jun 1937 Moved to RAF Debden
No 217 Sqn  7 Jun 1937 Arrived from RAF Boscombe Down as a Lodger Unit

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Date Unit To/From/Formed
7 Jun 1937 No 217 Sqn From Boscombe Down

July 1937

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group): -

  • No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Wg Cdr C W Hill 13 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr H Little  9 Feb 1937 Engineer duties
Flt Lt E Drudge   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Fg Off S A D Lane   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H Crowther 23 Mar 1936  
Fg Off W F Barrell   RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off E J Moynahan 28 Jan 1937 MRCS, LRCP

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off A W Coe 16 Apr 1936  

Education Officer

2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE

Civilian Stores Officer

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Flt Lt (Ret) G Oliver    

Warrant Officers

WO Reginald A Stacey 14 Jun 1935  
WO Archibald E Clayton  6 Jul 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II E A Patterson 11 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Keith R Park

28 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr C W Hill  3 Jan 1938 Posted to No 217 Sqn to command
Gp Capt

Keith R Park

 3 Jan 1938 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Gp Capt F Sowrey 31 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 23 Group pending assuming command of RAF Tangmere
Gp Capt

Keith R Park

 9 Jun 1938 Relinquished command of RAF Tangmere
Gp Capt F Sowrey  9 Jun 1938 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Gp Capt

Keith R Park

11 Jun 1938 Posted to HQ Fighter Command

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Unit Date Notes
No 503 Sqn AAF 10 Jul 1937 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 503 Sqn AAF 24 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 500 Sqn AAF 15 Aug 1937 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 15 Sqn 15 Aug 1937 Arrived on attachment to participate in Bombing Exercises
No 40 Sqn 15 Aug 1937 Arrived on attachment to participate in Bombing Exercises
No 101 Sqn 15 Aug 1937 Arrived on attachment to participate in Bombing Exercises
No 103 Sqn 15 Aug 1937 Arrived on attachment to participate in Bombing Exercises
No 217 Sqn 15 Aug 1937 Detached to RAF Bicester and RAF Bircham Newton
No 500 Sqn AAF 29 Aug 1927 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 15 Sqn 11 Sep 1937 Ceased to be arrived on attachment on completion of Bombing Exercises
No 40 Sqn 11 Sep 1937 Ceased to be arrived on attachment on completion of Bombing Exercises
No 101 Sqn 11 Sep 1937 Ceased to be arrived on attachment on completion of Bombing Exercises
No 103 Sqn 11 Sep 1937 Ceased to be arrived on attachment on completion of Bombing Exercises
No 217 Sqn 11 Sep 1937 Ceased to be detached to RAF Bicester and RAF Bircham Newton
No 43 Sqn 25 Oct 1937 Proceeded to No 6 APC, RAF Woodsford (Warmwell) for annual armament training
No 43 Sqn 13 Nov 1937 Returned from No 6 APC, RAF Woodsford on completion of annual armament training
No 217 Sqn 31 Jan 1938 Proceeded to RAF Leuchars for annual armament training

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

July 1938

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group): -

  • No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Gp Capt

Keith R Park

28 Dec 1937 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, ADC; later ACM
Gp Capt F Sowrey 30 May 1938  DSO, MC, AFC
Wg Cdr J L Findlay  7 Mar 1938 Attached from RNZAF
Flt Lt E Drudge   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Capt (Ret) E G Holden   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

Accountant Officer

Fg Off W F Barrell   RAFO

Medical Branch

Fg Off E J Moynahan 28 Jan 1937 MRCS, LRCP

Commissioned Engineer Officer

Fg Off A E Pearce  1 Jul 1937  

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off G D D Gammack 12 Jan 1938  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off T J A Cresswell 14 Apr 1938  

Education Officer

2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE

Civilian Stores Officer

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Flt Lt (Ret) G Oliver    

Warrant Officers

WO Reginald A Stacey 14 Jun 1935  
WO E A Patterson 11 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group): -

  • No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Gp Capt F Sowrey 30 May 1938 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, AFC
Sqn Ldr C H A Stevens 13 Aug 1938  
Flt Lt P E Hadow  1 Nov 1938 Navigation duties
Fg Off A Flowerdew 16 Jun 1938  
Flt Lt E Drudge   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Capt (Ret) E G Holden   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

Equipment Branch

Fg Off H C Adams 14 Nov 1938  

Accountant Officers

Fg Off W F Barrell   RAFO
Cdr (Ret) J R P Thompson   RN

Medical Branch

Fg Off E J Moynahan 28 Jan 1937 MRCS, LRCP

Commissioned Engineer Officer

Fg Off A E Pearce  1 Jul 1937  

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off G D D Gammack 12 Jan 1938  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off T J A Cresswell 14 Apr 1938  

Education Officer

2  Lt Percy Alderton 1 Feb 1928 Grade III, AMIEE

Equipment Officers

Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE
Flt Lt (Ret) G Oliver    

Warrant Officers

WO E A Patterson 11 Feb 1935  
WO S W E Smith 27 May 1938  
WO D G Potter  3 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group): -

  • No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Gp Capt F Sowrey 30 May 1938 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, AFC
Sqn Ldr C H A Stevens 13 Aug 1938  
Flt Lt P E Hadow  1 Nov 1938 Navigation duties
Fg Off A Flowerdew 16 Jun 1938  
Flt Lt E Drudge   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Capt (Ret) E G Holden   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

Equipment Branch

Fg Off H C Adams 14 Nov 1938  
Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE

Accountant Officers

Fg Off W F Barrell   RAFO
Cdr (Ret) J R P Thompson   RN

Medical Branch

Fg Off E J Moynahan 28 Jan 1937 MRCS, LRCP

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off G D D Gammack 12 Jan 1938  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off T J A Cresswell 14 Apr 1938  

Warrant Officers

WO E A Patterson 11 Feb 1935  
WO S W E Smith 27 May 1938  
WO D G Potter  3 Oct 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

County/Country Command/Group Units
Chichester, Sussex, England Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 1 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group): -

  • No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Station HQ
Gp Capt F Sowrey 30 May 1938 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, AFC
Sqn Ldr C H A Stevens 13 Aug 1938  
Sqn Ldr P E Hadow  1 Nov 1938 Navigation duties
Fg Off A Flowerdew 16 Jun 1938  
Flt Lt E Drudge   Adjutant, MBE, RAFO
Capt (Ret) E G Holden   Assistant Adjutant, late RAF

Equipment Branch

Fg Off H C Adams 14 Nov 1938  
APO Eric D Hills 27 Mar 1939 later AVM
Sqn Ldr (Ret) P Adams   OBE

Accountant Officers

Fg Off W F Barrell   RAFO
Cdr (Ret) J R P Thompson   RN

Medical Branch

Fg Off E J Moynahan 28 Jan 1937 MRCS, LRCP

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off G D D Gammack 12 Jan 1938  

Commissioned Armament Officer

Fg Off T J A Cresswell 14 Apr 1938  

Warrant Officers

WO E A Patterson 11 Feb 1935  
WO S W E Smith 27 May 1938  
WO D G Potter  3 Oct 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt C H Nicholas  1 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Gp Capt F Sowrey  1 Aug 1939 Relinquished command of RAF Tangmere

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Nominal Roll of Officers -  3 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Gp Capt C H Nicholas Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr C H A Stevens Sqn Ldr - Administrative
Flt Lt E Drudge Station Adjutant
Flt Lt A Flowerdew Senior Operations Officer
Flt Lt H F Squires Station Medical Officer
Flt Lt H C Adams Station Equipment Officer
Fg Off W F Barrell Station Accountant Officer
Fg Off G D D Gammack Station Signals Officer
Capt E T Weddell Education Officer (Intelligence)
Cdr (Retd) J R P Thompson Assistant Accountant Officer
Mr A A Shaw Assistant Adjutant
Flt Lt J W MacLennon Administrative
Fg Off J W Raynor Administrative
Plt Off A B Yuille Operations Officer
Plt Off E R Pender Operations Officer
Plt Off J C Burney-Cummings Intelligence Officer
Plt Off C Webster Engineer Officer
Plt Off A E Antill Equipment Officer

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt C H Nicholas  1 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr I A Betram  1 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Tangmere
Contingent, WAAF  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Com Ass Pocket  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting in command of WAAF Contingent

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: May - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
No 612 Sqn AAF 15 Jul 1939 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 612 Sqn AAF 29 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 605 Sqn AAF  6 Aug 1939 Arrived on attachment for annual training
No 605 Sqn AAF 20 Aug 1939 Ceased to be attached for annual training
No 217 Sqn 25 Aug 1939 Proceeded to RAF Warmwell
No 605 Sqn AAF  3 Sep 1939 Arrived from Castle Bromwich for operational duties
Advance Party, No 1 Sqn  4 Sep 1939 Departed Tangmere en-route to France
Air Party, No 1 Sqn  8 Sep 1939 Departed Tangmere for France
MT Party, No 1 Sqn  8 Sep 1939 Departed Tangmere for Port of Embarkation
No 92 Sqn 10 Oct 1939 Commenced forming at RAF Tangmere
No 43 Sqn 19 Nov 1939 Proceeded to RAF Acklington for detached duty
No 501 Sqn 28 Nov 1939 Arrived from RAF Filton for operational duty
No 92 Sqn 29 Dec 1939 Departed RAF Tangmere for RAF Croydon
No 601 Sqn 30 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Biggin Hill for operational duty

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C L Lea-Cox 24 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr J A Boret  6 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of RAF Tangmere
Wg Cdr C L Lea-Cox 22 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ , No 14 Group
Wg Cdr J A Boret 22 Jul 1940 Assumed command of RAF Tangmere

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

Unit Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
No 605 Sqn 10 Feb 1940 Moved to RAF Leuchars pending moving to RAF Montrose
Fighter Interception Unit 12 Apr 1940 Commenced forming at RAF Tangmere
No 601 Sqn 10 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Hawkinge but later returned to RAF Tangmere
No 501 Sqn 10 May 1940 Moved to France to join BAFF
No 145 Sqn 10 May 1940 Arrived from RAF Filton
No 238 Sqn 16 May 1940 Commenced forming at RAF Tangmere
Despatch Section, No 4 Ferry Pilots Pool 18 May 1940 Commenced forming at RAF Tangmere
No 601 Sqn 31 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Middle Wallop
No 43 Sqn 31 May 1940 Arrived from RAF Wick
No 601 Sqn 17 Jun 1940 Arrived from RAF Middle Wallop
No 238 Sqn 20 Jun 1940 Proceeded to RAF Middle Wallop
HQ, No 67 Wing 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on evacuation from France
Despatch Section, No 4 Ferry Pilots Pool  3 Jul 1940 Moved to RAF Kemble
No 43 Sqn 23 Jul 1940 Proceeded to RAF Northolt
No 1 Sqn 23 Jul 1940 Arrived from RAF Northolt
HQ, No 67 Wing 25 Jul 1940 Disbanded
No 43 Sqn  1 Aug 1940 Arrived from RAF Northolt
No 1 Sqn  1 Aug 1940 Proceeded to RAF Northolt
Westhampnett Aerodrome  8 Aug 1940 Opened as satellite airfield
No 145 Sqn  8 Aug 1940 Moved to Westhampnett
No 266 Sqn  9 Aug 1940 Arrived from Wittering for escort duty with Coastal Command aircraft at RAF Thorney Island
No 266 Sqn 13 Aug 1940 Moved to RAF Eastchurch
No 145 Sqn 17 Aug 1940 Moved from Westhampnett to RAF Drem
No 602 Sqn 17 Aug 1940 Arrived at Westhampnett from RAF Drem
Fighter Interception Unit 19 Aug 1940 Moved to RAF Shoreham
No 601 Sqn 19 Aug 1940 Moved to RAF Debden
No 17 Sqn 19 Aug 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
No 601 Sqn  2 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
No 17 Sqn 2 Sep 1940 Moved to RAF Debden
Advance Party, No 601 Sqn  7 Sep 1940 Moved to RAF Exeter
Advance Party, No 213 Sqn  7 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Exeter
Advance Party, No 43 Sqn  8 Sep 1940 Moved to RAF Usworth
Advance Party, No 607 Sqn  8 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Usworth
HQ and 1 x Flight, No 23 Sqn 12 Sep 1940 Arrived at Ford for night operations under the control of RAF Tangmere
Main Party, No 43 Sqn 20 Sep 1940 Moved to RAF Usworth
Main Party, No 607 Sqn 20 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Usworth
Main Party, No 601 Sqn 25 Sep 1940 Moved to RAF Exeter
Main Party, No 213 Sqn 25 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Exeter
No 145 Sqn  9 Oct 1940 Arrived from RAF Drem
No 607 Sqn 10 Oct 1940 Moved to RAF Turnhouse
No 302 (Polish) Sqn 23 Nov 1940 Arrived from RAF Northolt
No 65 Sqn 29 Nov 1940 Arrived from RAF Leuchars
No 213 Sqn 30 Nov 1940 Moved to RAF Leconfield
No 422 Flight  9 Dec 1940 Moved from RAF Shoreham to RAF Cranage
No 219 Sqn 10 Dec 1940 Arrived from RAF Redhill
Fighter Interception Unit 13 Dec 1940 Moved from RAF Shoreham to RAF Ford
No 602 Sqn 19 Dec 1940 Moved from Westhampnett to RAF Prestwick
No 610 Sqn 19 Dec 1940 Arrived at Westhampnett from RAF Acklington

Source - RAF Tangmere ORB

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