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No 8 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Oct 1920 - Apr 1921

Date Notes
18 Oct 1920 Reformed at Helwan equipped with DH9As
DH 9A of No 8 Squadron
11 Dec 1920 Moved to Suez
23 Feb 1921 Moved to Basrah
4 Mar 1921 Moved to Baghdad West

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Baghdad West, Mesopotamia Middle East Area/Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Dermott L Allen A 18 Oct 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Claud W Mackey A 23 Nov 1920  
Flt Lt Henry W Woollett A 28 Jan 1921 DSO, MC
Flt Lt Herbert J Edgar A  1 Nov 1920  
Fg Off William E Theak A  5 Nov 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Arthur L Chick A 19 Nov 1920 AFC
Fg Off Frederick W W Wilson A  5 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Robert B Sutherland A 23 Dec 1920 DFC
Fg Off Henry B Pett A  5 Nov 1920 MC
Fg Off Alexander H Klynes A 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Kenneth L Boswell A 23 Dec 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank H Barton A 19 Nov 1920 Killed in a flying accident - 13 Jan 1922
Fg Off Guy L Carter A  5 Nov 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ralph E Keys A 23 Dec 1920 DFC
Fg Off John E H Littlewood A 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Denys A Cox O 19 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Albert G Peace A 23 Dec 1920 Killed in a flying accident - 13 Jan 1922
Fg Off Edward J Rossiter T 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Cyril O Anson   23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Wilfred B J Humphrey   26 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Arthur Turner A 10 Nov 1920 MM
Fg Off Cyril R L Shaw A 23 Dec 1920  

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Baghdad West, Mesopotamia Middle East Area/Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Dermott L Allen A 18 Oct 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Claud W Mackey A 23 Nov 1920  
Flt Lt Henry W Woollett A 28 Jan 1921 DSO, MC
Fg Off William E Theak A  5 Nov 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Arthur L Chick A 19 Nov 1920 AFC
Fg Off Frederick W W Wilson A  5 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Robert B Sutherland A 23 Dec 1920 DFC
Fg Off Henry B Pett A  5 Nov 1920 MC
Fg Off Alexander H Klynes A 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Kenneth L Boswell A 23 Dec 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank H Barton A 19 Nov 1920 Killed in a flying accident - 13 Jan 1922
Fg Off Guy L Carter A  5 Nov 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ralph E Keys A 23 Dec 1920 DFC
Fg Off John E H Littlewood A 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Denys A Cox O 19 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Albert G Peace A 23 Dec 1920 Killed in a flying accident - 13 Jan 1922
Fg Off Edward J Rossiter T 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Phillip Bailey T  4 May 1921  
Fg Off Cyril O Anson   23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Wilfred B J Humphrey   26 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Arthur Turner A 10 Nov 1920 MM
Fg Off Cyril R L Shaw A 23 Dec 1920  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Francis A Skoulding Stores 21 Jan 1921 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Fg Off Thomas Montgomery Med 29 Jan 1921 MB, DPH, BA

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

Branches: A = Aeroplane, A & S = Aeroplane and Seaplane, Ad = Administrative, Med = Medical O = Observer, T = Technical

Organisational Movements: Jul 1921 - Jul 1922

Date Notes
29 Dec 1921 Moved to RAF Hinaidi

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi RAF Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 24 Feb 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Claud W Mackey 23 Nov 1920  
Flt Lt Walter H Park 25 Jan 1921 MC, DFC
Flt Lt Herbert M Massey 24 Feb 1922 MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off William E Theak  5 Nov 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Arthur L Chick 19 Nov 1920 AFC
Fg Off Sydney L G Pope 21 Apr 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Robert B Sutherland 23 Dec 1920 DFC
Fg Off George D Daly  4 Jan 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Henry B Pett  5 Nov 1920 MC
Fg Off Cecil W Usher  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Alexander H Klynes 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Guy L Carter  5 Nov 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John E H Littlewood 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Edward J Rossiter 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Phillip Bailey  4 May 1921  
Fg Off Wilfred B J Humphrey 26 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Arthur Turner 10 Dec 1920 MM
Fg Off Cyril R L Shaw 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Herbert R Sayers 19 Jan 1922  
Plt Off George H Mills  7 Mar 1922 later ACM
Stores Officer
Fg Off Francis A Skoulding 21 Jan 1921 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1922 - May 1923

Date Notes
1923 The squadron carried out trials on the Nieuport Nighthawk during the year
Nieuport Nighthawk

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

May 1923

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A

Nieuport Nighthawk attached for trials during 1923

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 24 Feb 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Reginald E Nicoll 16 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Walter H Park 25 Jan 1921 MC, DFC
Flt Lt Herbert M Massey 24 Feb 1922 MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur L Chick 19 Nov 1920 AFC
Flt Lt Henry B Pett  5 Nov 1920 MC
Fg Off Francis J E Feeny 13 Dec 1922 DSO
Fg Off Reginald F Browne 23 Feb 1923 DFC
Fg Off Sydney L G Pope 21 Apr 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George D Daly  4 Jan 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Cecil W Usher  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Guy L Carter  5 Nov 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John E H Littlewood 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off John M Wyer 14 Sep 1922 MBE, DSM
Fg Off Cyril R L Shaw 23 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Herbert R Sayers 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Talbot B Bruce 14 Mar 1923 MC
Fg Off John E R Hyson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off John S L Adams 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 22 Nov 1922  
Plt Off George H Mills  7 Mar 1922 later ACM
Plt Off Nevill Vintcent 13 Dec 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank E Shersby 13 Oct 1922  
Fg Off Wilfred E Ennis 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A

Nieuport Nighthawk attached for trials during 1923

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 24 Feb 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Reginald E Nicoll 16 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Geoffrey H Cock 23 Feb 1923 MC
Flt Lt William E C B C Forsyth 14 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Walter H Park 25 Jan 1921 MC, DFC
Fg Off Francis J E Feeny 13 Dec 1922 DSO
Fg Off Reginald F Browne 23 Feb 1923 DFC
Fg Off Sydney L G Pope 21 Apr 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George D Daly  4 Jan 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Cecil W Usher  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John M Wyer 14 Sep 1922 MBE, DSM
Fg Off Herbert R Sayers 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Talbot B Bruce 14 Mar 1923 MC
Fg Off John E R Hysom 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off John S L Adams 14 Sep 1922  
Plt Off George H Mills  7 Mar 1922 later ACM
Plt Off Nevill Vintcent 13 Dec 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank E Shersby 13 Oct 1922  
Fg Off Wilfred E Ennis 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 24 Feb 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Geoffrey H Cock 23 Feb 1923 MC
Flt Lt John Leacroft 10 Jul 1923 MC
Flt Lt William E C B C Forsyth 14 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Jack Cottle 22 Oct 1923 MBE, DFC
Fg Off Francis J E Feeny 13 Dec 1922 DSO
Fg Off Reginald F Browne 23 Feb 1923 DFC
Fg Off George D Daly  4 Jan 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John M Wyer 14 Sep 1922 MBE, DSM
Fg Off Talbot B Bruce 14 Mar 1923 MC
Fg Off John S L Adams 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off George H Mills  7 Mar 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Charles H A Farnan 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Robert Duncanson 23 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Nevill Vintcent 13 Dec 1922  
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6 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank E Shersby 13 Oct 1922  
Accountant
Fg Off Wilfred E Ennis 18 Jul 1922  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 24 Feb 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Frederick Sowrey  5 Feb 1924 Officer Commanding (Designate), DSO, MC, AFC
Flt Lt Geoffrey H Cock 23 Feb 1923 MC
Flt Lt William E C B C Forsyth 14 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Jack Cottle 22 Oct 1923 MBE, DFC
Flt Lt John E MacLennan  7 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Francis J E Feeny 13 Dec 1922 DSO
Fg Off Reginald F Browne 23 Feb 1923 DFC
Fg Off Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John M Wyer 14 Sep 1922 MBE, DSM
Fg Off Talbot B Bruce 14 Mar 1923 MC
Fg Off John S L Adams 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off George H Mills  7 Mar 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Charles H A Farnan 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Nevill Vintcent 13 Dec 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Harold P Morris 18 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Noel H F Unwin 18 Jan 1924  
Plt Off Eric R Newbigging 18 Jan 1924  
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6 Airman Pilots
Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank E Shersby 13 Oct 1922  
Accountant
Fg Off Wilfred E Ennis 18 Jul 1922  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
26 May 1924 Moved to Kirkuk
29 May 1924 Returned to RAF Hinaidi

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Wilfred A McClaughry

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Geoffrey H Cock 23 Feb 1923 MC
Flt Lt Arthur G Jones-Williams 25 Jul 1924 MC
Flt Lt Dudley K Cameron  1 May 1925  
Flt Lt Thomas S Ivens 27 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Rowland J Divers 18 Sep 1924 MBE
Fg Off Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Alfred P White 18 Sep 1924
Fg Off John S L Adams 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Charles H A Farnan 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Nevill Vintcent 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Noel H F Unwin 18 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Sydney M Thomas 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off Leslie H Ross 23 Sep 1924  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Reginald G D Macrostie 18 Sep 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur C Lobley  6 Nov 1924  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Wilfred A McClaughry

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Dudley K Cameron  1 May 1925  
Flt Lt Thomas S Ivens 27 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Edward P Mackay 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Rowland J Divers 18 Sep 1924 MBE
Fg Off Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Alfred P White 18 Sep 1924
Fg Off John S L Adams 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Charles H A Farnan 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Reginald S Barbour 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Sydney M Thomas 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leslie H Ross 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off Maurice H Jenks  3 Oct 1925  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Reginald G D Macrostie 18 Sep 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Walter W Deane 22 Sep 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Wilfred A McClaughry

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas S Ivens 27 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Edward P Mackay 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Frank L Woledge  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Alfred P White 18 Sep 1924
Fg Off Charles H A Farnan 23 Nov 1923
Fg Off Reginald S Barbour 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Ronald Melbourne 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Sydney M Thomas 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leslie H Ross 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Maurice H Jenks  3 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George N Hoar 19 Mar 1926  
Plt Off Basil A C Danbury 12 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Brian W Knox 12 Feb 1926  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Reginald G D Macrostie 18 Sep 1924 MBE
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Walter W Deane 22 Sep 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Wilfred A McClaughry

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas S Ivens 27 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Edward P Mackay 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Matthew C Dick 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Alfred P White 18 Sep 1924
Fg Off Charles H A Farnan 23 Nov 1923
Fg Off Howard E E Weblin 11 Apr 1926  
Fg Off Reginald S Barbour 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Ronald Melbourne 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Leslie H Ross 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Maurice H Jenks  3 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George N Hoar 19 Mar 1926  
Plt Off Basil A C Danbury 12 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Brian W Knox 12 Feb 1926  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Reginald G D Macrostie 18 Sep 1924 MBE
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Walter W Deane 22 Sep 1925  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
27 Feb 1927 Moved from RAF Hinaidi to RAF Khormaksar , Aden

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Khormaksar, Aden Middle East Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Wilfred A McClaughry

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas S Ivens 27 Nov 1924  
Flt Lt Edward P Mackay 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Leonard M Elworthy  7 Dec 1926  
Flt Lt Harry K Goode  1 Mar 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off John R Brown  4 Feb 1927 Signals duties, DFC
Fg Off George N P Stringer 27 Jan 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Reginald S Barbour 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Ronald Melbourne 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Leslie H Ross 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Guy N J Stanley-Turner  1 Mar 1927  
Fg Off George N Hoar 19 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Basil A C Danbury 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Brian W Knox 12 Feb 1926  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil B Horsfield  7 Dec 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Walter W Deane 22 Sep 1925  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Philip D Barling  1 Mar 1927 MB

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
xx Jan 1928 Squadron commenced re-equipping with Fairey IIIFs
Fairey IIIF
xx Jun 1928 Squadron disposed of its final DH9A

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Leonard M Elworthy  7 Dec 1926  
Flt Lt Edward N T Edwardes  6 Jan 1928 Killed in a flying accident - 14 Aug 1928
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 27 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Walter G Jones 30 Mar 1928 Signals duties, DFC
Fg Off George N P Stringer 27 Jan 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Francis S O'Hanlon 23 Feb 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Basil A C Danbury 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Brian W Knox 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off William G Campbell 30 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Frank Gower-Jones  2 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Aubrey Allen 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Francis J Moon 30 Mar 1928 Photographic duties

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7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil B Horsfield  7 Dec 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank C Langley  2 Dec 1927  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Foran  1 May 1928 MB

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey H Bowman 21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Leonard M Elworthy  7 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Walter G Jones 30 Mar 1928 Signals duties, DFC
Fg Off George N P Stringer 27 Jan 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Francis S O'Hanlon 23 Feb 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Basil A C Danbury 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Brian W Knox 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off William G Campbell 30 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Frank Gower-Jones  2 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Aubrey Allen 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Francis J Moon 30 Mar 1928 Photographic duties

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil B Horsfield  7 Dec 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank C Langley  2 Dec 1927  
Medical Branch
Fg Off John E Foran  1 May 1928 MB

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hon Ralph A Cochrane

 1 Feb 1929 Officer Commanding, AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

Charles B S Spackman

17 Aug 1928 DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Gerald S Shaw

 1 Dec 1928 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William L Payne 15 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Walter G Jones 30 Mar 1928 Signals duties, DFC
Fg Off Francis S O'Hanlon 23 Feb 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off William G Campbell 30 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Geoffrey N Pilcher 24 Nov 1929 Armament duties
Fg Off Frank Gower-Jones  2 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Aubrey Allen 23 Feb 1928  
Plt Off Arthur L Wealt  4 May 1929  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Henry Seidenberg 12 Jan 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Claude F Goatcher  1 Aug 1928  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edward A Rice  1 Jan 1929 MB

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hon Ralph A Cochrane

14 Nov 1929 Relinquished command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John L Vachell

14  Nov 1929 Assumed command of No 8 Sqn

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/112 and 113)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John L Vachell

14 Nov 1929 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Gerald S Shaw

 1 Dec 1928 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William L Payne 15 Apr 1929  
Flt Lt Reginald Y Eccles  3 Feb 1930  
Fg Off George P Macdonald 30 Dec 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Geoffrey N Pilcher 24 Nov 1929 Armament duties, killed in a flying accident - 26 Jul 1930
Fg Off Frank Gower-Jones  2 Dec 1927  
Fg Off Joseph Cox 12 Jun 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur L Wealt  4 May 1929  
Fg Off Arthur H Abbott 14 Nov 1929
Plt Off Frank L P Henzell 30 Aug 1929  

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5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Henry Seidenberg 12 Jan 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Fred Rigby  8 Oct 1929  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edward A Rice  1 Jan 1929 MB, BCh

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
Sqn Ldr

John L Vachell

31 Jul 1930 Assumed temporary command command of British Forces in Aden
Flt Lt Gerald S Shaw 31 Jul 1930 Assumed temporary command command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John L Vachell

18 Oct 1930 Resumed command command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt Gerald S Shaw 18 Oct 1930 Relinquished temporary command command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Ralph S Sorley

 2 Jan 1931 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John L Vachell

26 Jan 1931 Relinquished command command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Ralph S Sorley

26 Jan 1931 Assumed command command of No 8 Sqn

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Ralph S Sorley

 2 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt George H Harrison 15 Nov 1930  
Flt Lt Reginald Y Eccles  3 Feb 1930  
Flt Lt Francis G Cator 28 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Asa F Lingard  3 Feb 1930  
Fg Off George P Macdonald 30 Dec 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Frederick C G Freeman 26 Sep 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off Arthur L Wealt  4 May 1929  
Fg Off Arthur H Abbott 14 Nov 1929
Fg Off Frank L P Henzell 30 Aug 1929  
Fg Off Horatio E Sales 27 Mar 1931 Signals duties

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3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward F Smith 13 Feb 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Fred Rigby  8 Oct 1929  
Medical Branch
Sqn Ldr William E Barnes  2 Mar 1931 MRCS, LRCP

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Ralph S Sorley

 2 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt George H Harrison 15 Nov 1930  
Flt Lt Arthur E Bielby 16 Oct 1932  
Flt Lt

Francis W Long

12 Feb 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Francis G Cator 28 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Frederick C G Freeman 26 Sep 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off Horatio E Sales 27 Mar 1931 Signals duties
Fg Off Hugh R Black 12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Morgan B Edwards 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Denys B D Field 12 Feb 1932
Plt Off James R Wemyss 14 Oct 1931  

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5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward F Smith 13 Feb 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Harold D Connor 16 Oct 1931  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Abraham H Barclay 13 Apr 1931 MB, BCh

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Ralph S Sorley

14 Nov 1932 Relinquished command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt Arthur E Beilby 14 Nov 1932 Assumed temporary command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

13 Jan 1933 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt Arthur E Beilby  6 Feb 1933 Resumed command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

 6 Feb 1933 Assumed command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

 1 Jun 1933 Flown to Hargeisa, British Somaliland for sick leave
Flt Lt Arthur E Beilby  1 Jun 1933 Assumed temporary command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt Douglas MacFadyen 19 Jun 1933 Assumed temporary command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt Arthur E Beilby 19 Jun 1933 Relinquished temporary command of No 8 Sqn on proceeding to UK on leave
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

 5 Jul 1933 Resumed command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt Douglas MacFadyen  5 Jul 1933 Relinquished temporary command of No 8 Sqn

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

13 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Arthur E Bielby 16 Oct 1932  
Flt Lt Douglas MacFadyen  8 Feb 1933 later AM
Flt Lt Faulkner M V May  4 Oct 1932 Navigation duties
Flt Lt Edward J George  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Hugh R Black 12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Morgan B Edwards 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Roland G Harman  8 Feb 1933
Fg Off James R Wemyss 14 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Ronald H Harris  4 Oct 1932
Fg Off Francis C Seavill  8 Feb 1933
Fg Off Edgar J N Heaven  4 Oct 1932  
Plt Off John P Massey 18 Nov 1932
Plt Off Reginald Monks  8 Feb 1933
Plt Off Eric A Collyns  4 Oct 1932  

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5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Edward J H Starling

 4 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off

Ernest L G Le Dieu

 8 Dec 1932 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Alfred M Weston 21 Oct 1932 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO Vincent J Casey 28 Feb 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur R Clarke 27 Nov 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

13 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William E Purdin 18 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Douglas MacFadyen  8 Feb 1933 later AM
Flt Lt Faulkner M V May  4 Oct 1932 Navigation duties
Flt Lt Edward J George  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Hugh R Black 12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Roland G Harman  8 Feb 1933
Fg Off James R Wemyss 14 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Ronald H Harris  4 Oct 1932
Fg Off Francis C Seavill  8 Feb 1933
Fg Off Edgar J N Heaven  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Reginald Monks  8 Feb 1933

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Edward J H Starling

 4 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off

Ernest L G Le Dieu

 8 Dec 1932 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Hugh J Melville  5 Sep 1933 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO Frederick C Whenman  3 Nov 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur R Clarke 27 Nov 1931  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

13 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William E Purdin 18 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Maurice H Ely 26 Feb 1934 Signals duties
Flt Lt Douglas MacFadyen  8 Feb 1933 later AM
Flt Lt Faulkner M V May  4 Oct 1932 Navigation duties
Flt Lt Edward J George  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Roland G Harman  8 Feb 1933
Fg Off Ronald H Harris  4 Oct 1932
Fg Off Francis C Seavill  8 Feb 1933
Fg Off Edgar J N Heaven  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Reginald Monks  8 Feb 1933
Plt Off Henry M Cox  1 Feb 1934
APO Frank D Nugent 20 Apr 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Edward J H Starling

 4 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off

Ernest L G Le Dieu

 8 Dec 1932 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Hugh J Melville  5 Sep 1933 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO Frederick C Whenman  3 Nov 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Alister McIntosh 14 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Narborough H D'Aeth

25 Oct 1934 Arrived aboard HT Lancashire on posting from the UK, wef 10 Oct 1934
Flt Lt Victor G A Hatcher 25 Oct 1934 Arrived aboard HT Lancashire on posting from the UK, wef 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Anthony C P Carver 25 Oct 1934 Arrived aboard HT Lancashire on posting from the UK, wef 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Denis S Spencer 25 Oct 1934 Arrived aboard HT Lancashire on posting from the UK, wef 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off

Edwin J Smith

25 Oct 1934 Stores Officer, arrived aboard HT Lancashire on posting from the UK, wef 10 Oct 1934
Plt Off John M Southwell 11 Nov 1934 Arrived aboard RMS Orama on posting from the UK, wef 7 Nov 1934
Fg Off

Ernest L G Le Dieu

 1 Feb 1935 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef  3 Dec 1934
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

24 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting (wef 9 Feb 1935) pending assuming command of No 8 Sqn
Flt Lt

Charles E N Guest

24 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 9 Feb 1935
Flt Lt William P Stamm 24 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Horace S Darley 24 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 9 Feb 1935
Sqn Ldr

Herbert B Russell

 9 Mar 1935 Relinquished command of No 8 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Mar 1935 Assumed command of No 8 Sqn

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 9 Jan 1935 Four aircraft carried out a long distance training flight to Sierra Leone
 4 Feb 1935 First four Vickers Vincents arrived
Vincent of No 8 Squadron
xx Feb 1935 First flight completed re-equipment with Vickers Vincents
10 Feb 1935 Four aircraft returned from long distance training flight to Sierra Leone
xx Mar 1935 Squadron completed re-equipment with Vickers Vincents

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford and No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt William E Purdin 18 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Maurice H Ely 26 Feb 1934 Signals duties
Flt Lt

Charles E N Guest

 9 Feb 1935 later AM
Flt Lt

Narborough H D'Aeth

10 Oct 1934 Navigation duties, later AVM
Flt Lt Victor G A Hatcher 10 Oct 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Mark Hastings  1 Jul 1934
Fg Off Anthony C P Carver 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Denis S Spencer 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Horace S Darley  9 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Reginald Monks  8 Feb 1933
Plt Off Henry M Cox  1 Feb 1934
Plt Off Frank D Nugent 20 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Roy R Gregory 21 Jun 1934  
Plt Off John M Southwell  7 Nov 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Edwin J Smith

10 Oct 1934 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off David Lumgair 22 Feb 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William P Stamm 24 Feb 1935 MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO Frederick C Whenman  3 Nov 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles J Dolby  4 Mar 1935  
WO II Francis R Clay 24 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 5 Nov 1935 Assumed additional duties of Officer  Commanding, SHQ RAF Khormaksar

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Khormaksar, Aden Aden Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Narborough H D'Aeth

10 Oct 1934 Navigation duties, later AVM
Flt Lt Victor G A Hatcher 10 Oct 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt F J Taylor  8 Nov 1935  
Flt Lt Walter D Butler  9 Nov 1935 Signals duties
Fg Off A R Glencross 18 Mar 1936
Fg Off Anthony C P Carver 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Denis S Spencer 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Horace S Darley  9 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Roy R Gregory 21 Jun 1934  
Plt Off John M Southwell  7 Nov 1934  
Plt Off C E R Tait 28 Mar 1936
Plt Off R I K Edwards 28 Mar 1936  

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4 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Fg Off William MacI King  8 Nov 1935 later AVM
Fg Off Sidney G Walker 17 Apr 1936 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off David Lumgair 22 Feb 1935  
Fg Off T E Horsfield  8 Dec 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William P Stamm 24 Feb 1935 MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO P Hall 20 Sep 1935 MBE
WO H N Tomblin 15 Dec 1935  
WO Charles J Dolby  4 Mar 1935  
WO Francis R Clay 24 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
Sqn Ldr J F T Barrett 11 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

11 Mar 1937 Relinquished command of No 8 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr J F T Barrett 11 Mar 1937 Assumed command of No 8 Sqn

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 5 Aug 1936 Fourth Flight of Vincents formed
 4 Dec 1936 Fourth Flight disbanded on return of detachment from British Somaliland

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Khormaksar, Aden British Forces in Aden

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J F T Barrett 11 Feb 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC
Flt Lt

William G H Ewing

12 Jun 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Walter D Butler  9 Nov 1935 Signals duties
Flt Lt G Farnhill  1 Aug 1936  
Flt Lt John C MacDonald 24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt A R Glencross 18 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Flt Lt Anthony C P Carver 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off R E Curry  1 Aug 1936
Fg Off John W Bayley 24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off C E R Tait 28 Mar 1936  
Fg Off R I K Edwards 28 Mar 1936  
Plt Off John M Southwell  7 Nov 1934  
Plt Off F W Flood 24 Oct 1936
Plt Off P J G Davies 24 Oct 1936  

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4 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Fg Off W McI King  8 Nov 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off T E Horsfield  8 Dec 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J S Wilson 18 Mar 1937 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO P Hall 20 Sep 1935 MBE
WO H N Tomblin 15 Dec 1935  
WO W G Banfield 11 Dec 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Nominal Roll of Officers: 1 Jan 1938

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr J F T Barrett Officer Commanding, No 8 Sqn
Fg Off John W Bayley Adjutant
Flt Lt H M S Dawes Equipment Officer
Flt Lt D G Smith Medical Officer
Fg Off T E Horsfield Accountant Officer
Flt Lt Walter D Butler Officer i/c 'A' Flight
Flt Lt A R Glencross 'A' Flight
Fg Off R I K Edwards 'A' Flight
Plt Off F W Flood 'A' Flight
Plt Off M A Goodwin 'A' Flight
Plt Off S A F Robertson 'A' Flight
APO G C Gauthier 'A' Flight
APO F C Powles 'A' Flight
Flt Lt G Farnhill Officer i/c 'B' Flight
Fg Off R E Curry 'B' Flight
Fg Off C E R Tait 'B' Flight
Plt Off H St G Turner 'B' Flight
Plt Off P V Morello 'B' Flight
APO M H B Davies 'B' Flight
APO P A Nicholas 'B' Flight

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
APO M H B Davies 11 Jan 1938 Killed in a flying accident
LAC J H Campbell 11 Jan 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt

Ronald L Philips

 1 Apr 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt G Farnhill  1 Jun 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
LAC Richardson 16 Jun 1938 Died in hospital

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Khormaksar, Aden British Forces in Aden

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J F T Barrett 11 Feb 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

 8 Mar 1938 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr G Farnhill  1 Aug 1936  
Flt Lt A R Glencross 18 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off R E Curry  1 Aug 1936
Fg Off John W Bayley 24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R I K Edwards 28 Mar 1936  
Plt Off H St G Turner 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P V Morello 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off S A F Robertson 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M A Goodwin 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P A Nicholas 21 Nov 1937
Plt Off G C Gauthier 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F C Powles 21 Nov 1937  
APO R S Chill 23 Feb 1938
APO G S Fry 23 Feb 1938  
APO J W Marsden 18 Mar 1938  
APO R J Melville-Townsend 18 Mar 1938
APO W B Price-Owen  5 Apr 1938  
APO D S Winning 18 Mar 1938  

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8 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Flt Lt H M S Dawes 14 Oct 1937  
Accountant Branch
Act Flt Lt

Cuthbert G Stowell

 8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Medical Branch
Flt Lt D G Smith 14 Oct 1937 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO A V Lewis 21 Oct 1937  
WO J Mann 31 Oct 1937  
WO E H White  9 Nov 1938  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J F T Barrett  1 Jul 1938 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Fg Off John W Bayley  1 Oct 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off F C Powles  1 Oct 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R S Chill 22 Oct 1938 Killed in a flying accident
LAC L V Wilton 22 Oct 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/113 & 114)

Nominal Roll of Officers: 1 Jan 1938

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr J F T Barrett Officer Commanding, No 8 Sqn
Plt Off F C Powles Adjutant
Fg Off K D Stanion Equipment Officer
Flt Lt D G Smith Medical Officer
Flt Lt

Cuthbert G Stowell

Accountant Officer
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

Officer i/c 'A' Flight
Flt Lt T U Rolfe Officer i/c 'B' Flight
Rev W L O'Neill Chaplain
Flt Lt J B Usher Signals Officer
Fg Off F W Flood
Plt Off H St G Turner  
Plt Off M A Goodwin  
Plt Off P V Morello  
Plt Off G C Gauthier  
Plt Off P A Nicholas
Plt Off G S Fry
Plt Off W B Price-Owen  
Plt Off D S Winning  
Plt Off R J Melville-Townsend
Plt Off M O Howell
APO R C Young  

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/114)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Khormaksar, Aden British Forces in Aden

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J F T Barrett 11 Feb 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

 8 Mar 1938 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt A R Glencross 18 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Flt Lt T U Rolfe 25 Oct 1938 Navigation duties
Flt Lt J B Usher 25 Oct 1938 Signals duties
Act Flt Lt R I K Edwards 28 Mar 1936  
Fg Off F W Flood 18 Oct 1938
Plt Off H St G Turner 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P V Morello 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M A Goodwin 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P A Nicholas 21 Nov 1937
Plt Off G C Gauthier 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F C Powles 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R S Chill 23 Feb 1938
Plt Off G S Fry 23 Feb 1938  
Plt Off W B Price-Owen  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off D S Winning 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off R J Melville-Townsend 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M O Howell 25 Oct 1938  
APO R C Young 25 Oct 1938

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8 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Fg Off K D Stanion  9 Nov 1938  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt

Cuthbert G Stowell

 8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Medical Branch
Flt Lt D G Smith 14 Oct 1937 MB, ChB
Warrant Officers
WO A V Lewis 21 Oct 1937  
WO J Mann 31 Oct 1937  
WO E H White  9 Nov 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO P S Gordon  4 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, Abu Sueir
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

20 Jan 1939 Assumed command of No 8 Sqn
Wg Cdr J F T Barrett 20 Jan 1939 Relinquished command of No 8 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

 1 Apr 1939 Assumed temporary command of SHQ RAF Khormaksar
Plt Off F C Powles  1 Apr 1939 Assumed duties of Station Adjutant, RAF Khormaksar
Plt Off G S Fry  1 Apr 1939 Assumed duties of Squadron Adjutant
Flt Lt T U Rolfe  1 Apr 1939 Promoted to Sqn Ldr

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/114)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Khormaksar, Aden British Forces in Aden

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

 8 Mar 1938 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T U Rolfe 25 Oct 1938 Navigation duties
Flt Lt J B Usher 25 Oct 1938 Signals duties
Act Flt Lt F W Flood 18 Oct 1938  
Act Fg Off H St G Turner 16 Jul 1937  
Act Fg Off P V Morello 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M A Goodwin 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P A Nicholas 21 Nov 1937
Plt Off G C Gauthier 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F C Powles 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R S Chill 23 Feb 1938
Plt Off G S Fry 23 Feb 1938  
Plt Off W B Price-Owen  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off D S Winning 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off R J Melville-Townsend 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M O Howell 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R C Young 25 Oct 1938
APO P S Gordon 30 Dec 1938
Equipment Branch
Fg Off K D Stanion  9 Nov 1938  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt

Cuthbert G Stowell

 8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J W G Weddie  6 Feb 1939 MB, BS
Warrant Officers
WO A V Lewis 21 Oct 1937  
WO J Mann 31 Oct 1937  
WO E L Thompson 24 Jan 1938  
WO H S H Meech 31 Oct 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent

Bristol Blenheim I

Khormaksar, Aden British Forces in Aden

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

 8 Mar 1938 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr T U Rolfe 25 Oct 1938 Navigation duties
Flt Lt J B Usher 25 Oct 1938 Signals duties
Act Flt Lt F W Flood 18 Oct 1938  
Act Fg Off H St G Turner 16 Jul 1937  
Act Fg Off P V Morello 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off M A Goodwin 16 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P A Nicholas 21 Nov 1937
Plt Off G C Gauthier 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F C Powles 21 Nov 1937  
Plt Off R S Chill 23 Feb 1938
Plt Off G S Fry 23 Feb 1938  
Plt Off W B Price-Owen  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off D S Winning 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off R J Melville-Townsend 18 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M O Howell 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R C Young 25 Oct 1938
Plt Off P S Gordon 30 Dec 1938
Plt Off W P Cumberland 18 Mar 1939
Equipment Branch
Fg Off K D Stanion  9 Nov 1938  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt

Cuthbert G Stowell

 8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J W G Weddie  6 Feb 1939 MB, BS
Warrant Officers
WO A V Lewis 21 Oct 1937  
WO J Mann 31 Oct 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr T U Rolfe 18 Apr 1939 Posted to Syria as Liaison Officer to the French Forces
Fg Off T J Hanlon 23 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK
Plt Off A G Curtis 23 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK
APO C R Hutton 23 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK
APO P E O Jago 23 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from the UK
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

10 May 1939 Posted from SHQ RAF Khormaksar to command No 8 Sqn
Plt Off W B Price-Owen 10 May 1939 Departed on posting to HQ Middle East Command
Fg Off P V Morello 28 Jun 1939 Proceeded on leave to the UK
Fg Off P V Morello 28 Aug 1939 Absorbed into Home Establishment
Plt Off R H Franklin 27 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East Command
Plt Off K A H Lawrence 27 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East Command
Plt Off C de W Richardson 27 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East Command
APO E W Court 27 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East Command
Plt Off G C Gauthier  7 Aug 1939 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr D S Radford 11 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 8 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Ronald L Philips

20 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of No 8 Sqn on posting to AHQ Aden Command
Sqn Ldr D S Radford 20 Sep 1939 Assumed command of No 8 Sqn
Plt Off R J Melville-Townsend 18 Nov 1939 Killed in action
Plt Off M O Howell 18 Nov 1939 Killed in action
AC1 A U Smith 18 Nov 1939 Killed in action

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/114)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 6 Apr 1939 First Blenheim assembled and test flown to commence the re-equipment of the squadron
Bristol Blenheim of No 8 Squadron
19 Apr 1939 'C' Flight dispersed to Sheikh Othman
 2 May 1939 'C' Flight returned from Sheikh Othman
 2 May 1939 'A' Flight dispersed to Sheikh Othman
16 May 1939 'A' Flight returned from Sheikh Othman
20 May 1939 Six Blenheims arrived from Thorney Island via Ismailia
 3 Jun 1939 Two Blenheims delivered by air
13 Jun 1939 Further delivery flight of Blenheims arrived
16 Jun 1939 One Blenheim, which had force landed on 3 Jun arrived
18 Jun 1939 Final delivery flight of Blenheims arrived

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/114)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D S Winning  1 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Dec 1939
Plt Off G S Fry  1 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 9 Dec 1939
Fg Off R B Crow  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire on posting from the UK
APO R K Felstead  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire on posting from the UK
APO A J G Bisson  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire on posting from the UK
APO D N Janes  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire on posting from the UK
APO C H Anderson  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire from the UK and held in reserve for No 8 Sqn
APO R H A Coombs  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire from the UK and held in reserve for No 8 Sqn
APO F G Daw  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire from the UK and held in reserve for No 8 Sqn
APO I C Murison  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire from the UK and held in reserve for No 8 Sqn
APO J S Owen  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on HT Lancashire from the UK and held in reserve for No 8 Sqn
Plt Off C de W Richardson 28 Feb 1940 Posted to HQ Middle East Command
Flt Lt F W Flood 13 Apr 1940 Posted to the UK
Plt Off A Barke 14 Apr 1940 Posted on appointment to a commission
Plt Off A J Storrie 16 Apr 1940 Posted on appointment to a commission
Act Flt Lt H St G Turner 21 Apr 1940 Posted to the UK
Fg Off S A F Robertson 21 Apr 1940 Posted to the UK
Plt Off F H Martin 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Observer
Plt Off S W F Palmer 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Observer
Plt Off A J Storrie 14 May 1940 Embarked on HT ACC on posting
Fg Off P A Nicholas 11 Jul 1940 Admitted to hospital in Djibouti after being wounded in action
Plt Off D N Janes 11 Jul 1940 Admitted to hospital in Djibouti after being wounded in action
Plt Off P Moller 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off S A F Bowen 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J S Owen 18 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Sheikh Othman on completion of twin-engine conversion
Plt Off C H Anderson 18 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Sheikh Othman on completion of twin-engine conversion
Plt Off P Moller 18 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Sheikh Othman for twin-engine conversion
Plt Off S A F Bowen 18 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Sheikh Othman for twin-engine conversion
Plt Off R K Felstead  5 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T M Mitchell  5 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A D Wright  5 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off F G Daw 16 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Sheikh Othman for twin-engine conversion
Plt Off I C Murison 16 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Sheikh Othman for twin-engine conversion
Plt Off P E O Jago 19 Aug 1940 Killed in action whilst on attachment to No 39 Sqn
Flt Lt D C Smith 20 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 39 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D S Radford 22 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Flt Lt T J Hanlon 22 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt D C Smith 22 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
LAC E C Clarke 25 Aug 1940 Died from injuries
Plt Off D N Janes  3 Sep 1940 Embarked on posting to India
Plt Off R H Franklin 19 Sep 1940 Posted to No 11 Sqn
Plt Off L G Leech  7 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Sheikh Othman
Plt Off F M Veasey  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF Sheikh Othman
Flt Lt W T Ratcliffe  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 203 Sqn
Plt Off S A F Bowen 23 Oct 1940 Embarked on posting for India
APO R H A Coombs 29 Oct 1940 Posted to No 11 Sqn
Flt Lt W T Ratcliffe 29 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Khormaksar
Fg Off G S Fry 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF Khormaksar
Plt Off D R Bayliss 12 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from the UK for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt F C Powles 24 Nov 1940 Posted to SHQ RAF Khormaksar for GP Flight on its formation
Fg Off R B Crow 24 Nov 1940 Posted to SHQ RAF Khormaksar for GP Flight on its formation
Plt Off D S Winning 24 Nov 1940 Posted to SHQ RAF Khormaksar for GP Flight on its formation
Plt Off C R Hutton 24 Nov 1940 Posted to SHQ RAF Khormaksar for GP Flight on its formation
Act Flt Lt Mayrand (Free French) 10 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt J C Franks 17 Dec 1940 Reported to be a Prisoner of War
Sgt J H Thain 17 Dec 1940 Reported to be a Prisoner of War
Sgt A T Gay 17 Dec 1940 Reported to be a Prisoner of War
LAC Cumner-Price 17 Dec 1940 Reported to be a Prisoner of War
Act Flt Lt R Bonaffe 20 Dec 1940 Attached from the Free French Air Force

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/114)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
19 Apr 1940 'B' Flight attached to RAF Sheikh Othman
xx Jul 1940 The squadron was issued with some Martin Marylands
Vincent of No 8 Squadron - August 1940

A Vincent of No 8 Sqn shown an experimental camouflage scheme tried around August 1940

31 Aug 1940 Swordfish Flight arrived in Aden and attached to No 8 Sqn
Swordfish I floatplane
 10 Sep 1940 'B' Flight returned from Sheikh Othman
28 Sep 1940 No 1 French Flight attached to No 8 Sqn
24 Nov 1940 16 Vincents transferred to SHQ RAF Khormaksar on the formation of the GP Flight
13 Dec 1940 Swordfish Flight moved to RAF Sheikh Othman

Source - No 8 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/114)

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