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No 16 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Apr - May 1924

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1924 Reformed by redesignating the Co-operation Squadron of the School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum, equipped with Bristol F2B Fighters.  It was initially composed of three flights and a wireless section (shared with the school) but all its technical and administrative functions remained part of the School of Army Co-operation.
Bristol F2B

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
None Old Sarum Inland Area/No 3 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
No Personnel listed yet

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

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
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John O Archer  1 Apr 1924 Officer Commanding, CBE
Flt Lt Eric J D Routh  16 Feb 1925  
Flt Lt Frederick J Watts  1 Apr 1925  
Flt Lt Cedric W Hill 21 Feb 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Thomas K Burton  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off

Barnabas H C Russell

23 Feb 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Noel V Moreton 15 Feb 1925
Fg Off Robert V D White 17 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Alexander P C Hannay  8 Mar 1925 MC
Fg Off Travis W Shortridge  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Cuthbert  J Collingwood 12 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Gordon V Carey  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Arthur L Harris  5 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Stanley H Cooper 16 Apr 1925  
Fg Off William J Eldridge  8 Aug 1924 DSO, MC
Fg Off Iain O'B McGregor  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Christian A Ravn  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off John B Knocker  1 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Hugh A J de S Barrow 18 May 1925  
Plt Off Gerald H Loughnan 31 Mar 1925

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William A Coryton 26 Aug 1925 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 16 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John O Archer 30 Sep 1925 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn
Sqn Ldr William A Coryton 30 Sep 1925 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Eric J D Routh  16 Feb 1925  
Flt Lt Frederick J Watts  1 Apr 1925  
Flt Lt Cedric W Hill 21 Feb 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Thomas K Burton  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Noel V Moreton 15 Feb 1925
Fg Off Alexander P C Hannay  8 Mar 1925 MC
Fg Off Cuthbert  J Collingwood 12 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Gordon V Carey  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Stanley H Cooper 16 Apr 1925  
Fg Off William J Eldridge  8 Aug 1924 DSO, MC
Fg Off Iain O'B McGregor  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Christian A Ravn  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Hugh A J de S Barrow 18 May 1925  
Fg Off John J Nolan 17 Aug 1925  
Plt Off Gerald H Loughnan 31 Mar 1925
Plt Off Richard D Adams 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Edward Addis 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Cedric A Bell 15 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off John V Yonge 16 Dec 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1926

Date Notes
xx Apr 1926 Armament Section from the School of Army Co-operation was added

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William A Coryton

26 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, MVO; later ACM
Flt Lt Frank Fernihough  8 Apr 1926 MC
Flt Lt Frederick J Watts  1 Apr 1925  
Flt Lt

Robert P M Whitham

 1 Apr 1926 MC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Thomas K Burton  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Noel V Moreton 15 Feb 1925
Fg Off Alexander P C Hannay  8 Mar 1925 MC
Fg Off Cuthbert  J Collingwood 12 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Gordon V Carey  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Stanley H Cooper 16 Apr 1925  
Fg Off William J Eldridge  8 Aug 1924 DSO, MC
Fg Off Iain O'B McGregor  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Hugh A J de S Barrow 18 May 1925  
Plt Off Gerald H Loughnan 31 Mar 1925
Plt Off Arthur C Watkins 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Richard D Adams 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Edward Addis 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Cedric A Bell 15 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alfred L R Page 15 Feb 1926 Killed in a flying accident - 31 Aug 1926
Plt Off Stanley C Parker 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Walter R J Spittle 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Geoffrey H C Ingle 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Thomas K Merritt 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off John V Yonge 16 Dec 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William A Coryton

26 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, MVO; later ACM
Flt Lt Frederick J Watts  1 Apr 1925  
Flt Lt

Robert P M Whitham

 1 Apr 1926 MC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Thomas K Burton  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925 Signals Duties
Fg Off Noel V Moreton 15 Feb 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) Duties
Fg Off James D I Hardman  8 Oct 1926 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off Cuthbert  J Collingwood 12 Feb 1925  
Fg Off William J Eldridge  8 Aug 1924 DSO, MC
Fg Off Iain O'B McGregor  8 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Leslie W Lane 13 Sep 1926 MC
Fg Off Hugh A J de S Barrow 18 May 1925  
Fg Off John F P Pain  9 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Gerald H Loughnan 31 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Cedric A Bell 15 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Edward Addis 15 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Richard D Adams 15 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Arthur C Watkins 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Stanley C Parker 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Walter R J Spittle 15 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Geoffrey H C Ingle 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Thomas K Merritt 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Arthur W Shaw 13 Aug 1926  
Plt Off Donald V Ivens  9 Nov 1926  
Plt Off John V Yonge 16 Dec 1925  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar1926

Date Notes
xx Jul 1927 Squadron assumed full control of the Wireless Section instead of it being shared with School of Army Co-operation

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William A Coryton

26 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, MVO; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles T Anderson 21 Feb 1927 DFC
Flt Lt

Robert P M Whitham

 1 Apr 1926 MC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Thomas K Burton  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925  
Fg Off James D I Hardman  8 Oct 1926 Armament duties, DFC; later ACM
Fg Off Hugh A J de S Barrow 18 May 1925  
Fg Off Arthur C Watkins 15 Jun 1926  
Fg Off Cedric A Bell 15 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Geoffrey H C Ingle 15 Jun 1926  
Fg Off Arthur W Shaw 13 Aug 1926  
Plt Off Donald V Ivens  9 Nov 1926  
Plt Off John G Parkin 12 Feb 1927  
Plt Off Antony W H Nelson 17 Feb 1927  
Plt Off Clarence  R McEvoy 20 Apr 1927  
Plt Off Charles H L Evans 14 Dec 1926  
Plt Off Carlton G Lucas 14 Dec 1926
Plt Off Gerald A Underdown 23 Mar 1927  
Plt Off Andrew A Leslie 21 Mar 1927  
Plt Off Edward F Wain  2 Apr 1927  
Plt Off Kenneth C Netherton 18 May 1927  
Plt Off Stanley Pritchard-Barrett 11 May 1927  
Plt Off Harold J G E Proud 11 May 1927 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Vyvian Q Blackden 10 May 1927  
Plt Off Basil M Cary 20 Apr 1927  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William A Coryton

26 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, MVO; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles T Anderson 21 Feb 1927 DFC
Flt Lt

Robert P M Whitham

 1 Apr 1926 MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Eric J D Routh 30 May 1928  
Flt Lt Noel V Morton 28 Jan 1928  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925  
Fg Off John F F Pain 17 Sep 1927
Fg Off Vivian S Bazalgette 21 Jun 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Christopher H Schofield 21 Jun 1927  
Fg Off Arthur C Watkins 15 Jun 1926 Photographic duties
Fg Off Cedric A Bell 15 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Benson  F R M Freeman 22 Aug 1927  
Fg Off John W Thompson 22 Aug 1927  
Fg Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Arthur W Shaw 13 Aug 1926 Armament duties,
Fg Off Andrew A Leslie 21 Mar 1927 Armament duties,
Fg Off Ernest L J Rowe 22 Aug 1927  
Plt Off Stanley Pritchard-Barrett 11 May 1927  
Plt Off Vyvian Q Blackden 10 May 1927  
Plt Off Harry A G Comerford 19 Dec 1927  
Plt Off Austin W Sandeman 30 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Walter D Butler 30 Jul 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

William A Coryton

26 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, MVO; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles T Anderson 21 Feb 1927 DFC
Flt Lt Eric J D Routh 30 May 1928  
Flt Lt Noel V Morton 28 Jan 1928  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925  
Fg Off John F F Pain 17 Sep 1927
Fg Off Vivian S Bazalgette 21 Jun 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Christopher H Schofield 21 Jun 1927  
Fg Off Arthur C Watkins 15 Jun 1926 Photographic duties
Fg Off Cedric A Bell 15 Dec 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Benson  F R M Freeman 22 Aug 1927  
Fg Off John W Thompson 22 Aug 1927  
Fg Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Arthur W Shaw 13 Aug 1926 Armament duties,
Fg Off Andrew A Leslie 21 Mar 1927 Armament duties,
Fg Off Ernest L J Rowe 22 Aug 1927  
Fg Off Vyvian Q Blackden 10 May 1927  
Plt Off Stanley Pritchard-Barrett 11 May 1927  
Plt Off Harry A G Comerford 19 Dec 1927  
Plt Off Austin W Sandeman 30 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Walter D Butler 30 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Reginald J Cooper 28 Jul 1928  
Plt Off John A C Stratton 28 Jul 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William A Coryton 25 Sep 1928 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Denis O Mulholland 25 Sep 1928 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1929 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training Camp
17 Apr 1929 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Denis O Mulholland

25 Sep 1928 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Noel V Moreton 28 Jan 1928  
Flt Lt Ulex Ewart 25 Nov 1928 Attached from RAAF
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling  6 Jun 1929
Fg Off John F F Pain 17 Sep 1927
Fg Off Christopher H Schofield 21 Jun 1927  
Fg Off John W Thompson 22 Aug 1927  
Fg Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Andrew A Leslie 21 Mar 1927 Armament duties,
Fg Off Charles K Turner  1 Sep 1928  
Fg Off James W Smith  1 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Percy Kinsey  2 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Frederick B Taylor  5 Mar 1929  
Plt Off Reginald J Cooper 28 Jul 1928  
Plt Off John A C Stratton 28 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Guy P Charles 15 Dec 1928  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
xx Mar 1930 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training Camp (1 month)
xx Mar 1930 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Denis O Mulholland

25 Sep 1928 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Sylvester L Quine 20 Sep 1929 MC
Flt Lt Thomas G Bird 26 May 1930  
Flt Lt Noel V Moreton 28 Jan 1928  
Flt Lt Ulex Ewart 25 Nov 1928 Attached from RAAF
Capt Christopher J Venter 30 Jul 1929 Attached from SAAF
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off Ronald A Willis 15 Jun 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Andrew A Leslie 21 Mar 1927 Armament duties,
Fg Off Charles K Turner  1 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Frederick B Taylor  5 Mar 1929  
Fg Off Henry P Fraser 12 Feb 1930 later AM
Fg Off Denis F Satchwell 21 Dec 1929
Fg Off Robert Harston 12 Feb 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Robert C Jonas 15 Dec 1928 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Denis B Knapp 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off George R Warner  4 Jun 1930  
Plt Off Herbert L Messiter  4 Mar 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Hamilton A Shotter  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Sydney S Murray 27 Jul 1929  
Plt Off William S Hebden 27 Jul 1929 later A/Cdre

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

Organisational Movements: Dec 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
xx Jul 1930 The squadron was issued with a Hawker Hart for trials
xx Jan 1931 The squadron began re-equipping with Armstrong Whitworth Atlas aircraft
Atlas
xx Mar 1931 The squadron completed its re-equipment with Armstrong Whitworth Atlas aircraft
xx Apr 1931 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training Camp
xx Apr 1931 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Denis O Mulholland

25 Sep 1928 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Sylvester L Quine 20 Sep 1929 MC
Flt Lt John R I Scrambler 20 May 1931 AFC
Flt Lt Robert L Edward  4 Nov 1930  
Fg Off

Leonard A Parker

23 Feb 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off Andrew A Leslie 21 Mar 1927 Armament duties,
Fg Off Charles K Turner  1 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Francis J P Dewhurst 3 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Thomas W Walker 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Hamilton A Shotter  4 Mar 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Archibald H Houghton 17 Jun 1930
Fg Off George S Coleman 26 Aug 1930
Fg Off Hugh O Woodhouse 26 Aug 1930  
Fg Off George B S Coleman  9 Sep 1930  
Plt Off Robert C Parker 26 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Mervyn G C Chadwick 27 Apr 1931  
Plt Off Charles A M Kyrke-Smith  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Richard W G Love  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Philip Haynes  7 Apr 1931  
Plt Off Gwym M Williams  7 Apr 1931  
Plt Off John Whitehead 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off Albert G Cleland 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off William T H Nichols 20 Dec 1930  

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Allan R Churchman 17 Aug 1931 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 16 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Denis O Mulholland 28 Aug 1931 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Allan R Churchman 28 Aug 1931 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
19 Mar 1932 Squadron proceeded to Annual Armament Practice Camp
30 Apr 1932 Squadron returned Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

17 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John R I Scrambler 20 May 1931 AFC
Flt Lt Harold A L Pattison 22 Oct 1931  
Flt Lt Thomas G Bird 11 Apr 1932  
Flt Lt Terence J Arbuthnot 21 Jul 1931 Signals duties
Fg Off Francis J P Dewhurst 3 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Thomas W Walker 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off John S Hindmarsh 23 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Hamilton A Shotter  4 Mar 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off George S Coleman 26 Aug 1930
Fg Off Hugh O Woodhouse 26 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Robert C Parker 26 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Mervyn G C Chadwick 27 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Gwym M Williams  7 Apr 1931  
Fg Off John Whitehead 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off Frederick S Wakeham 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Robert Sorel-Cameron 29 Dec 1931 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alan Pyke 19 Dec 1931 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Eric F Porter 19 Dec 1931  

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
24 Mar 1932 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 6 May 1932 Squadron returned returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

17 Aug 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John R I Scrambler 20 May 1931 AFC
Flt Lt Thomas G Bird 11 Apr 1932  
Flt Lt Thomas P P F Fagan 1 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Claude H Turner 12 May 1933  
Flt Lt Walter D Butler 30 Aug 1932 Signals duties
Fg Off Thomas W Walker 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Hamilton A Shotter  4 Mar 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off George S Coleman 26 Aug 1930
Fg Off Hugh O Woodhouse 26 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Robert C Parker 26 Mar 1931  
Fg Off William B Bailey 20 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Frederick S Wakeham 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John F L Zorn 29 Aug 1932  
Plt Off Robert L Crossman 29 Aug 1932  
Plt Off Ronald J Knights-Whittome 17 Dec 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Allan R Churchman 10 Oct 1933 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn on posting to No 4 FTS, Egypt
Flt Lt John R I Scrambler 10 Oct 1933 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Date Notes
14 Dec 1933 The squadron began re-equipping with Hawker Audax aircraft
Audax of No 16 Squadron
 5 Jan 1934 The squadron completed re-equipment with Hawker Audax aircraft

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John R I Scrambler 20 May 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt George H Russell 28 Oct 1933 DFC
Flt Lt Thomas Humble 24 Aug 1933  
Flt Lt Thomas P P F Fagan 1 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Walter D Butler 30 Aug 1932 Signals duties
Fg Off Thomas W Walker 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Hamilton A Shotter  4 Mar 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Cecil V Ogden 19 Jul 1933
Fg Off George S Coleman 26 Aug 1930
Fg Off Hugh O Woodhouse 26 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Robert C Parker 26 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Alexander M Rodgers 10 Aug 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick S Wakeham 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John F L Zorn 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off Reginald G S Morgan-Smith 16 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Bernard A Chacksfield 15 Jul 1933 later AVM
Plt Off Charles F Pearce 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Robert G Watson 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off John A Hotham 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Patrick N J Wilkins 16 Sep 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off George E Shirley  1 Jun 1934  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan 1934 - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John R I Scrambler  2 Jun 1934 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn on posting to No 4 FTS, Egypt
Sqn Ldr Robert P M Whitham  2 Jun 1934 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
Sqn Ldr Allan R Churchman 10 Oct 1933  
    10 Oct 1933  
Sqn Ldr Denis O Mulholland 28 Aug 1931  
Sqn Ldr Allan R Churchman 28 Aug 1931  

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Jan 1934 - Jul 1934

Date Notes
23 Mar 1934 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 5 May 1934 Squadron returned returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
1 Jun 1934 The squadron ceased to be included in the establishment of the School of Army Co-operation, with Workshops, Stores, Pay-accounting and other administrative functions becoming a squadron responsibility, although some personnel continued to be employed by the school.
   
   
   
   
   
14 Dec 1933 The squadron began re-equipping with Hawker Audax aircraft
 
 5 Jan 1934 The squadron completed re-equipment with Hawker Audax aircraft
xx Jul 1930 The squadron was issued with a Hawker Hart for trials
xx Mar 1931 The squadron completed its re-equipment with Armstrong Whitworth Atlas aircraft

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert P M Whitham

 4 Jun 1934 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr John R I Scrambler 20 May 1931 AFC
Flt Lt George H Russell 28 Oct 1933 DFC
Flt Lt Thomas Humble 24 Aug 1933  
Flt Lt Thomas P P F Fagan 1 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Walter D Butler 30 Aug 1932 Signals duties
Fg Off George S Coleman 26 Aug 1930
Fg Off Hugh O Woodhouse 26 Aug 1930  
Fg Off Robert C Parker 26 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Frederick S Wakeham 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John F L Zorn 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off Reginald G S Morgan-Smith 16 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Patrick N J Wilkins 16 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Charles M B Renshaw 16 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Norman D Gilbert-Smith 11 Mar 1934  
Plt Off William T King 11 Mar 1934  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off George E Shirley  1 Jun 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John R I Scrambler  2 Jun 1934 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn on posting to No 4 FTS, Egypt
Sqn Ldr Robert P M Whitham  2 Jun 1934 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
14 Jan 1935

The officers were selected to trial new items of uniform, namely the 'forage cap', and light blue shirts and collars. (6 months)

22 Mar 1935 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
27 Apr 1935 Squadron returned returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax RAF Old Sarum Inland Area/No 22 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert P M Whitham

 4 Jun 1934 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt George H Russell 28 Oct 1933 DFC
Flt Lt Thomas Humble 24 Aug 1933  
Flt Lt John F T Pain 23 May 1935  
Flt Lt Thomas P P F Fagan 1 Apr 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Walter D Butler 30 Aug 1932 Signals duties
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Iain O'B MacGregor  3 Nov 1934
Fg Off James N McAuley 30 Jul 1934  
Fg Off John F L Zorn 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Rowland E Weld 29 Apr 1935  
Plt Off George E Jackson  2 Sep 1934  
Plt Off Patrick H R Saunders  2 Sep 1934  
Plt Off Bruce Robinson  2 Sep 1934 later AVM
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Roland G Seymour

14 Jan 1935 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William M Lyons 24 Feb 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest C Ford  1 Jun 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert P M Whitham  1 Jan 1936 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn on posting to No 4 FTS, Egypt
Sqn Ldr Thomas Humble  1 Jan 1936 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
14 Jan 1935

The officers were selected to trial new items of uniform, namely the 'forage cap', and light blue shirts and collars. (6 months)

22 Mar 1935 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
27 Apr 1935 Squadron returned returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax RAF Old Sarum ADGB/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Thomas Humble  1 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt John F L Zorn 29 Aug 1932  
Flt Lt Iain O'B MacGregor  3 Nov 1934  
Flt Lt William T H Nichols 26 Jul 1935 Signals duties
Fg Off Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Rowland E Weld 29 Apr 1935  
Fg Off E A Howell 27 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Robert Leigh 23 Aug 1935  
Fg Off H C Bazeley 27 Apr 1936  
Fg Off Bruce Robinson  2 Sep 1934 later AVM
Plt Off G W Peel  2 Mar 1936  
Plt Off Frederic S D Burgis 14 Oct 1935  
Plt Off Ronald M Elms 14 Oct 1935  
Plt Off Harry R Sutton 14 Oct 1935  
Plt Off G H N Gibson  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A G T James  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off L J Kiggell  4 Mar 1936  
APO I A Ferguson  6 May 1936  
APO G C N Close 11 May 1936  
APO D D Rawlins 11 May 1936  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

Roland G Seymour

14 Jan 1935 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officer
WO John W Faulkner 17 Jun 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Ernest C Ford  1 Jun 1934  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
xx Nov 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 16 Squadron badge
xx Feb 1937 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Practice Camp (5 weeks)
xx Mar 1937 Squadron returned returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222), except*

The Squadron Badge on this page is Crown Copyright and has been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and is displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax RAF Old Sarum Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Thomas Humble  1 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt William T H Nichols 26 Jul 1935 Signals duties
Flt Lt Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Rowland E Weld 29 Apr 1935  
Fg Off E A Howell 27 Jul 1935  
Fg Off G W Peel  2 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Bruce Robinson  2 Sep 1934 later AVM
Fg Off S S Fielden 11 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J F Maffett 25 Apr 1937  
Fg Off R E S Skelton 23 Nov 1936  
Fg Off W G Tailyour 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off D D Rawlins 11 May 1936  
Plt Off D Weston Burt 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off G R Shepley  2 Feb 1937  
Plt Off L Aitken 10 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J M Holden  1 May 1937  
Stores Branch
Fg Off J E Garwood  4 Oct 1936  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off K M Crick  4 Aug 1936  
Warrant Officer
WO John W Faulkner 17 Jun 1935  
WO W F Childs  9 Jul 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
xx Mar 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp (1 month)
xx Mar 1938 Squadron returned returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx May 1938 The squadron began re-equipping with Westland Lysander I aircraft
Lysander I of No 16 Squadron
xx Jun 1934 The squadron completed re-equipment with Westland Lysander I aircraft

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Lysander I RAF Old Sarum Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Thomas Humble  1 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Colin M Stewart

30 Jun 1937 Signals duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Rowland E Weld 29 Apr 1935 Capt, Royal Tank Regiment
Flt Lt G W Peel  2 Mar 1936  
Capt G H Hunt  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer. GSO3, Rifle Brigade
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) R E S Skelton 23 Nov 1936 Capt, Royal Tank Regiment
Fg Off S S Fielden 11 Dec 1936 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off J F Maffett 25 Apr 1937 Lt, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Fg Off W R Clapham 24 Apr 1938 Lt, Manchester Regiment
Fg Off D D Rawlins 11 May 1936  
Fg Off G R Shepley  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L Aitken 10 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D Weston Burt 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off H F Wood 30 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H B Bell-Syer 23 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C Bowen-Davies 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off W S Barton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A F Doidge  8 Jan 1938  
Stores Branch
Fg Off E G Edmonds  8 Apr 1938  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off K M Crick  4 Aug 1936  
Warrant Officer
WO John W Faulkner 17 Jun 1935  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert P M Whitham 12 Sep 1938 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn on posting to No 4 FTS, Egypt
Sqn Ldr G P Charles 12 Sep 1938 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Lysander I RAF Old Sarum Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G P Charles 12 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding,
Maj G H Hunt  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer. GSO3, Rifle Brigade
Flt Lt

Colin M Stewart

30 Jun 1937 Signals duties; later AVM
Flt Lt Peter L Donkin 15 Jul 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T K Lacey 12 Sep 1938 Capt, Gloucester Regiment
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) R E S Skelton 23 Nov 1936 Capt, Royal Tank Regiment
Fg Off S S Fielden 11 Dec 1936 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off J F Maffett 25 Apr 1937 Lt, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Fg Off W R Clapham 24 Apr 1938 Lt, Manchester Regiment
Fg Off J R Davenport 14 Aug 1938 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off C L Page 21 Jun 1938  
Fg Off D D Rawlins 11 May 1936  
Fg Off G R Shepley  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L Aitken 10 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D Weston Burt 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off H F Wood 30 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H B Bell-Syer 23 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C Bowen-Davies 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off W S Barton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A F Doidge  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L C Hooke 31 Oct 1938  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off P H Baker 17 Oct 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO John W Faulkner 17 Jun 1935  
WO J E Richardson  7 Jul 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
xx Feb 1939 Squadron proceeded to RAF Warmwell for Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Mar 1938 Squadron returned returned from RAF Warmwell on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Apr 1939 The squadron began re-equipping with Westland Lysander II aircraft

Lysander II as used by No 16 Squadron

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Lysander I RAF Old Sarum Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G P Charles 12 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding,
Maj G H Hunt  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer. GSO3, Rifle Brigade
Flt Lt

Colin M Stewart

30 Jun 1937 Signals duties; later AVM
Flt Lt T K Lacey 12 Sep 1938 Capt, Gloucester Regiment
Flt Lt R E S Skelton 23 Nov 1936 Capt, Royal Tank Regiment
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) S S Fielden 11 Dec 1936 Lt, Royal Artillery
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) W R Clapham 24 Apr 1938 Lt, Manchester Regiment
Fg Off J F Maffett 25 Apr 1937 Lt, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Fg Off W R Clapham 24 Apr 1938 Lt, Manchester Regiment
Fg Off D C Yorke  9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off J R Davenport 14 Aug 1938 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off C L Page 21 Jun 1938  
Fg Off D D Rawlins 11 May 1936  
Fg Off G R Shepley  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L Aitken 10 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D Weston Burt 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off H F Wood 30 Nov 1937  
Plt Off H B Bell-Syer 23 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C Bowen-Davies 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off W S Barton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A F Doidge  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L C Hooke 31 Oct 1938  
Plt Off M L G Henderson 17 Dec  1938  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off P H Baker 17 Oct 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO John W Faulkner 17 Jun 1935  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Lysander II RAF Old Sarum Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G P Charles 12 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

Colin M Stewart

30 Jun 1937 Signals duties; later AVM
Maj G H Hunt  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer. GSO3, Rifle Brigade
Flt Lt T K Lacey 12 Sep 1938 Capt, Gloucester Regiment
Flt Lt R E S Skelton 23 Nov 1936 Capt, Royal Tank Regiment
Act Flt Lt D C Yorke  9 Jan 1939  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) W R Clapham 24 Apr 1938 Lt, Manchester Regiment
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) S S Fielden 11 Dec 1936 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off J F Maffett 25 Apr 1937 Lt, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Fg Off J R Davenport 14 Aug 1938 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off C L Page 21 Jun 1938  
Fg Off D D Rawlins 11 May 1936  
Fg Off G R Shepley  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L Aitken 10 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D Weston Burt 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off H F Wood 30 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C Bowen-Davies 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off W S Barton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A F Doidge  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L C Hooke 31 Oct 1938  
Plt Off M L G Henderson 17 Dec  1938  
Warrant Officer
WO John W Faulkner 17 Jun 1935  
WO W Corden 27 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt R E S Skelton xx xxx 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 16 Sqn
Flt Lt R B Pakenham  4 Sep 1939 Capt, 1 Border Regt, attached for training
Flt Lt K Goudie  5 Sep 1939 Capt, Highland Infantry, attached for training
Fg Off L O Welch  7 Sep 1939 RAFO, arrived on posting
Flt Lt T K Lacey  7 Sep 1939 Capt, Gloucester Regt, attached for training
Flt Lt P W Stansfield  7 Sep 1939 Capt, RTR, attached for training
Flt Lt R C M Ferrers  8 Sep 1929 Capt, Cameron Highlanders, attached for training
Flt Lt K J McIntyre  8 Sep 1929 Capt, RTR, attached for training
Fg Off E F Hawkins  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for Signals duties
Plt Off G P Gouge  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A R Bensham  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R E B White  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off K V Gilling  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W Hughes  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J D Hall  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt D Walker 11 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 26 Sqn and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt L Mathias 11 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Flt Lt D Walker 13 Sep 1939 Posted back to No 26 Sqn
Fg Off G R Shepley 13 Sep 1939 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off J F H Weston 14 Sep 1939 Posted to the School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt D Walker 15 Sep 1939 Attached for training
Flt Lt H T Sutton 15 Sep 1939 Attached for training
Flt Lt R C M Ferrers 18 Sep 1929 Posted to No 26 Sqn
Flt Lt D Walker 18 Sep 1939 Posted to RAF Odiham
Flt Lt R E S Skelton 19 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of No 16 Sqn
Flt Lt R B Pakenham 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt K Goudie 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt T K Lacey 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt P W Stansfield 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt K J McIntyre 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Fg Off L O Welch 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt H T Sutton 20 Sep 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Fg Off T W Walker 21 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Fg Off P A Dudgeon 22 Sep 1939 RAFO, Reported for duty
Plt Off C Murray 23 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Plt Off I P D Stocker 23 Sep 1939 Equipment Officer, posted out
Flt Lt P W Stansfield 27 Sep 1939 Posted to No 614 Sqn
Flt Lt R B Pakenham 28 Sep 1939 Posted out
Flt Lt K Goudie 28 Sep 1939 Posted out
Flt Lt T K Lacey 28 Sep 1939 Posted out
Flt Lt K J McIntyre 28 Sep 1939 Posted out
Fg Off N Jackson  2 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for Medical duties

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 2 Sep 1939 Squadron mobilised for duty as training unit
21 Sep 1939 Squadron Stores began forming
21 Sep 1939 Squadron Photographic Section brought up to full establishment

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Reed  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off R J S Rust  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Dexter  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off White  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Parnall  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Griffiths  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Arbon 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Durston 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C J F Hare 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off Lynch-White 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off L M Hamilton 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off Smith 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Sqn Ldr R E S Skelton  1 Mar 1940 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn
Wg Cdr T Humble  1 Mar 1940 Assumed command of No 16 Sqn
Flt Lt MacDougall  7 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Flt Lt - Air
Plt Off R E B White 17 May 1940 Reported missing
Plt Off L M Hamilton 17 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC J P O'Reilly 17 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off T W Walker 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Cpl E T Baillie 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off A P Reed 19 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off I Dromgoole 19 May 1940 Killed in action
AC1 H G Littlewood 27 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt W R Clapham 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R E Brown 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt G R Shepley 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C J F Hare 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G W V Biden 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Beard 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr R E S Skelton 27 Jun 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 16 Sqn
Wg Cdr T Humble 27 Jun 1940 Relinquished command of No 16 Sqn
Sqn Ldr R E S Skelton  8 Jul 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 16 Sqn
Wg Cdr R C Hancock  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Redhill and assumed command of No 16 Sqn
Flt Lt Yorke 13 Sep 1940 Posted to new squadron as 2nd i/c
Fg Off Bartram 13 Sep 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off R E B White  5 Oct 1940 Returned to duty after being reported missing in May
Fg Off W Corden 13 Oct 1940 Signals Officer, posted out
Plt Off W Jordan 13 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for Signals duties
Flt Lt R J S Rust 16 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E L Hancock 16 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
18 Jan 1940 Squadron received embarkation orders
 9 Feb 1940 Advance Party proceeded to RAF Hawkinge
11 Feb 1949 First Road Party departed RAF Old Sarum for RAF Hawkinge
12 Feb 1949 Second Road Party departed RAF Old Sarum for RAF Hawkinge, Fordson convoy arriving same day
13 Feb 1939 Rail Party departed RAF Old Sarum for Folkestone
14 Feb 1939 Crossley convoy arrived at RAF Hawkinge after two days at Faygate due to snow
16 Feb 1939 Air Party departed RAF Old Sarum in two flights of nine aircraft for RAF Hawkinge
28 Mar 1940 Advance Party departed from RAF Hawkinge for France
The Records for April 1940 are missing but the squadron moved to France
19 May 1940 Air Party proceeded to RAF Lympne
20 May 1940 Road Party arrived at Cherbourg and personnel embarked
21 May 1040 Personnel of Road Party disembarked and proceeded to Folkestone
 2 Jun 1940 Advance and Air Parties departed from RAF Lympne for RAF Redhill
 3 Jun 1940 Main Party departed from RAF Lympne for RAF Redhill
28 Jun 1940 Advance Party departed RAF Redhill for Cambridge
29 Jun 1940 Road, Rail and Air Parties departed RAF Redhill for Cambridge
 1 Aug 1940 Road Party departed from Cambridge for Okehampton
 2 Aug 1940 Road Party arrived at Okehampton
 3 Aug 1940 Rail and Air Parties departed from Cambridge for Okehampton
13 Aug 1940 Advance Party departed Okehampton for RAF Weston Zoyland
14 Aug 1940 'A' Flight and HQ departed Okehampton for RAF Weston Zoyland
20 Aug 1940 'C' Flight departed Okehampton for RAF Weston Zoyland
23 Aug 1940 'C' Flight detached to Cambridge
25 Aug 1940 'B' Flight returned to Okehampton
13 Sep 1940 'C' Flight detachment at Cambridge separated to form a new squadron
13 Oct 1940 Squadron began re-equipping with Westland Lysander IIIs
Lysander III as used by No 16 Squadron

Source - No 16 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/222)

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