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No 504 (County of Nottingham) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Formed at Hucknall on 25 March 1928 as a Special Reserve squadron (staffed in part by regular personnel and in part by special reservists).  Special Reserve Officers shown in italics

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None allocated Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles H Elliott-Smith

23 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Robert H Haworth-Booth 26 Mar 1928 AFC
Fg Off John A E Inkster 27 May 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frederick E R Dixon  8 Apr 1928  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harry Crowther 21 May 1928  

 

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Not allocated Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles H Elliott-Smith

23 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Eyare K Blenkinsop 11 Apr 1929  
Flt Lt

Victor B Bennett

 4 Feb 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A S Byrne 18 Nov 1928  
Plt Off Noah W Creasy 15 Dec 1928  
Plt Off William R Tope 15 Dec 1928  
Plt Off Ralph Heathcote  9 Apr 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frederick E R Dixon  8 Apr 1928  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William R Donkin 30 Oct 1928  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

Horsley of No 504 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Henry I Hanmer 10 Feb 1930 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt

Walter L Dawson

14 Mar 1930 later ACM
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason 16 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Henry A S Byrne 18 Nov 1928  
Fg Off John F Roberts 18 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Frederick W Hartridge 29 Jun 1929  
Plt Off Noah W Creasy 15 Dec 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off William R Tope 15 Dec 1928  
Plt Off Ralph Heathcote  9 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Christopher L Thompson 10 Feb 1930  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William R Donkin 30 Oct 1928  
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 503 Sqn)

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles T Anderson 20 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt

Walter L Dawson

14 Mar 1930 later ACM
Flt Lt Garrett M F O'Brien 27 Oct 1930 DSC
Flt Lt Frederick W Hartridge 29 Jun 1929 AFC
Fg Off David N Roberts 18 Aug 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Noah W Creasy 15 Dec 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Charles A Bull 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Noel J Capper 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off William B J Sharp 13 Aug 1930  
Fg Off John F Roberts 18 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Ralph Heathcote  9 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Charles C Ellis  9 Jun 1930  
Plt Off Frederick L D Salter  4 Jun 1930  
Plt Off William Humble 27 Jul 1930  
Plt Off Michael Dawnay  4 May 1931  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert B Brown  7 Mar 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Sidney C George  3 Oct 1930  
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 503 Sqn)

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles T Anderson 20 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt

Walter L Dawson

14 Mar 1930 later ACM
Flt Lt Garrett M F O'Brien 27 Oct 1930 DSC
Flt Lt Frederick W Hartridge 29 Jun 1929 AFC
Fg Off Leonard H Snelling  5 Jan 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Geoffrey P Longfield  7 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Vincent A Dawson  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Douglas W Lucke  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Ralph Heathcote  9 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Frederick L D Salter  4 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Charles C Ellis  9 Jun 1930  
Fg Off William Humble 27 Jul 1930  
Plt Off Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Plt Off Roderick H B Gratton  3 Jul 1931  
Plt Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Plt Off George R H Black 16 Mar 1932  
Plt Off John H Becher 19 Apr 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert B Brown  7 Mar 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Robert F Fleming 26 Aug 1931  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932  
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 503 Sqn)

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles T Anderson 20 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt

Walter L Dawson

14 Mar 1930 later ACM
Flt Lt Garrett M F O'Brien 27 Oct 1930 DSC
Flt Lt Frederick W Hartridge 29 Jun 1929 AFC
Fg Off Norman C Odbert 18 Dec 1932  
Fg Off Douglas W Lucke  9 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Ralph Heathcote  9 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Frederick L D Salter  4 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Roderick H B Gratton  3 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Plt Off Arthur R Glencross 25 Apr 1933  
Plt Off George R H Black 16 Mar 1932  
Plt Off John H Becher 19 Apr 1932  
Plt Off Philip S Rook  4 Jun 1932  
Plt Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Herbert Baker 29 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Alan C Grant-Dalton 17 Sep 1932  
Plt Off Hopton F Hamilton 14 Feb 1933  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert B Brown  7 Mar 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Robert F Fleming 26 Aug 1931  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 503 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO II James Wilson 11 Apr 1933  
WO II Sidney G Walker 27 Mar 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace I (from Jan 1934) Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/Central Area

Wallace I

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Harold S Kerby

24 Mar 1934 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Morgan Griffiths 23Apr 1934  
Flt Lt Norman C Odbert 18 Dec 1932  
Flt Lt Frederick W Hartridge 29 Jun 1929 AFC
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Arthur R Glencross 25 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Douglas J Eayrs 15 Dec 1933  
Fg Off Gordon R White 14 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Ralph Heathcote  9 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Frederick L D Salter  4 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Roderick H B Gratton  3 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off George R H Black 16 Mar 1932  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Plt Off John H Becher 19 Apr 1932  
Plt Off Philip S Rook  4 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Herbert Baker 29 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Alan C Grant-Dalton 17 Sep 1932  
Plt Off Frank F Essam 27 Dec 1933  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert B Brown  7 Mar 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Robert F Fleming 26 Aug 1931  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 503 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO II James Wilson 11 Apr 1933  
WO II Sidney G Walker 27 Mar 1931  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace I

Westland Wallace II (from Feb 1935)

Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/Central Area

Wallace II

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Harold S Kerby

24 Mar 1934 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Morgan Griffiths 23Apr 1934  
Flt Lt Norman C Odbert 18 Dec 1932  
Flt Lt Frederick W Hartridge 29 Jun 1929 AFC
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Arthur R Glencross 25 Apr 1933  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 22 Nov 1934  
Fg Off Frederick L D Salter  4 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Roderick H B Gratton  3 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Herbert Baker 29 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Reginald M Broadhead 18 Jul 1934  
Plt Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thorold C Reep  1 Aug 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Albert Craven  1 Sep 1929 BSc, MIMechE, AMIEE (also No 503 Sqn)
Civilian Stores Officer
Capt (Ret) E P Dampier    
Warrant Officers
WO II James Wilson 11 Apr 1933  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

The squadron was transferred to the Auxiliary Air Force on 1 May 1936. Auxiliary Air Force Officers are shown in Italics

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wallace I

Westland Wallace II

Hucknall, Nottinghamshire ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward Thornton 22 Jul 1935 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Morgan Griffiths 23Apr 1934 Adjutant
Flt Lt John H Heyworth 22 Nov 1934  
Flt Lt Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Reginald M Broadhead 18 Jul 1934  
Plt Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Plt Off Kenneth W Gough 27 May 1935  
Plt Off James B Parnall 11 Jul 1935  
Plt Off John A F Mertens  9 Sep 1935  
Plt Off G Greaves 16 Oct 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thorold C Reep  1 Aug 1934  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Capt H A Stokes 14 Dec 1935 MA (also No 503 Sqn)
Civilian Stores Officer
Capt (Ret) E P Dampier    

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind (from May 1937) Hucknall, Nottinghamshire Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

Hawker Hind

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vacant Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

John R H Pott

 1 Sep 1936 later AVM
Flt Lt W D Wood  4 Aug 1936  
Flt Lt Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Fg Off James B Parnall 11 Jul 1935  
Fg Off G Greaves 16 Oct 1935  
Plt Off Kenneth W Gough 27 May 1935  
Plt Off Reginald M Broadhead 18 Jul 1934  
Plt Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Plt Off J M G Browne 25 Jul 1936  
Plt Off J S Owen 22 Feb 1937  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt E P Dampier 18 May 1936  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off W L Dunn 11 Jan 1937  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind Hucknall, Nottinghamshire Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Lord Mottistone 13 Dec 1937 Honorary Air Commodore, PC, CB, CMG, DSO
Sqn Ldr Sir Hugh M Seely 10 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, Bart, MP
Flt Lt W T F Wightman  1 Oct 1937  
Flt Lt H D U Denison 16 Dec 1937  
Flt Lt Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Flt Lt James B Parnall 11 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Fg Off G Greaves 16 Oct 1935  
Fg Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off G W L Darwin  6 Jun 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off J M G Browne 25 Jul 1936  
Fg Off Kenneth W Gough 27 May 1935  
Plt Off Reginald M Broadhead 18 Jul 1934  
Plt Off G R A Wilson 16 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J S Owen 22 Feb 1937  
Plt Off A H Rook 23 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D Phillips 10 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A G P Brightmore  1 May 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt F S Piper 19 Jul 1937  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off W L Dunn 11 Jan 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II (from Nov 1938) Hucknall Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Gauntlet II

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Lord Mottistone 13 Dec 1937 Honorary Air Commodore, PC, CB, CMG, DSO
Sqn Ldr Sir Hugh M Seely 10 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, Bart, MP
Flt Lt H D U Denison 16 Dec 1937  
Flt Lt Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Flt Lt James B Parnall 11 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Fg Off G Greaves 16 Oct 1935  
Fg Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off G W L Darwin  6 Jun 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off J M G Browne 25 Jul 1936  
Fg Off Kenneth W Gough 27 May 1935  
Fg Off J S Owen 22 Feb 1937  
Plt Off Reginald M Broadhead 18 Jul 1934  
Plt Off G R A Wilson 16 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A H Rook 23 Jun 1937  
Plt Off M Rook  8 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D Phillips 10 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A G P Brightmore  1 May 1938  
Plt Off M E A Royce  28 Jun 1938  
APO Baron Allerton  22 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt F S Piper 19 Jul 1937  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off W L Dunn 11 Jan 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II Hucknall Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Lord Mottistone 13 Dec 1937 Honorary Air Commodore, PC, CB, CMG, DSO
Sqn Ldr Sir Hugh M Seely 10 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, Bart, MP
Flt Lt H D U Denison 16 Dec 1937  
Flt Lt Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Flt Lt James B Parnall 11 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Fg Off G Greaves 16 Oct 1935  
Fg Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off G W L Darwin  6 Jun 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off J M G Browne 25 Jul 1936  
Fg Off Kenneth W Gough 27 May 1935  
Fg Off J S Owen 22 Feb 1937  
Fg Off G R A Wilson 16 Mar 1938  
Plt Off Reginald M Broadhead 18 Jul 1934  
Plt Off A H Rook 23 Jun 1937  
Plt Off M Rook  8 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D Phillips 10 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A G P Brightmore  1 May 1938  
Plt Off M E A Royce  28 Jun 1938  
APO Baron Allerton  22 Oct 1938  
APO H T Gilbert 23 Dec 1938  
APO E M Frisby 31 Oct 1938  
APO P T Parsons 31 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt F S Piper 19 Jul 1937  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off W L Dunn 11 Jan 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO E A Keeble 15 Feb 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II

Hawker Hurricane I (from May 1939)

Hucknall Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Hurricane I of No 504 Squadron

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon Lord Mottistone 13 Dec 1937 Honorary Air Commodore, PC, CB, CMG, DSO
Sqn Ldr Sir Hugh M Seely 10 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, Bart, MP
Flt Lt H D U Denison 16 Dec 1937  
Flt Lt Rupert H Watson  9 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt Marcus M Hutchinson 21 Jul 1929  
Flt Lt James B Parnall 11 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Ronald W Harker  1 Aug 1931  
Fg Off William B Royce  4 Jun 1932  
Fg Off G Greaves 16 Oct 1935  
Fg Off Joseph C Reynolds 15 Apr 1935  
Fg Off G W L Darwin  6 Jun 1937 Admin duties
Fg Off J M G Browne 25 Jul 1936  
Fg Off Kenneth W Gough 27 May 1935  
Fg Off J S Owen 22 Feb 1937  
Fg Off G R A Wilson 16 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A H Rook 23 Jun 1937  
Plt Off M Rook  8 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D Phillips 10 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A G P Brightmore  1 May 1938  
Plt Off M E A Royce  28 Jun 1938  
APO Baron Allerton  22 Oct 1938  
APO H T Gilbert 23 Dec 1938  
APO E M Frisby 31 Oct 1938  
APO P T Parsons 31 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt F S Piper 19 Jul 1937  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off W L Dunn 11 Jan 1937  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald H Vartan 19 Apr 1932 MB, ChB
Warrant Officer
WO E A Keeble 15 Feb 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Re-equipment and movement dates are based on those shown in 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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