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No 17 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Personnel Movements: Apr - May 1924

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off

George W Birkinshaw

 1 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting and assumed temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Fg Off Howard W Taylor  1 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Stuart A Young  1 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Richard H Bibby  1 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Alfred P Maurice  4 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting and assumed temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Fg Off

George W Birkinshaw

 4 Apr 1924 Relinquished temporary command of No 17 Sqn and assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt

Ferdinand M F West VC

23 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting and assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off

George W Birkinshaw

23 Apr 1924 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Fg Off William H Bowden 23 Apr 1924 Arrived on posting for Stores duties, wef 21 Apr 1924

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Apr - May 1924

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1924 Squadron reformed at RAF Hawkinge comprising one flight and a HQ
 3 Apr 1924 First three Sopwith received
Snipe of No 17 Squadron

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Snipe RAF Hawkinge Inland Area/No 1 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 May 1924 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Alfred P Maurice  4 Apr 1924 DFC
Flt Lt

Ferdinand M F West

23 Apr 1924 VC, MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off

George W Birkinshaw

 1 Apr 1924 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Howard W Taylor  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Stuart A Young  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Richard H Bibby  1 Apr 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off William H Bowden 21 Apr 1924  

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

Personnel Movements: May 1924 - Jun 1925

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 Jun 1924 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 17 Sqn, wef 1 May 1924
Flt Lt Alfred P Maurice  4 Apr 1924 Relinquished temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Fg Off S T B Cripps  9 Jun 1924 Arrived on posting for duty as Flying Instructor for 'ab initio' pilots
Plt Off V A C Ross 11 Jun 1924 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off J C Hill 11 Jun 1924 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off E V H Jarvis 11 Jun 1924 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Fg Off S T B Cripps 19 Jun 1924 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Fg Off Dudley E Godwin 14 Jul 1924 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A D Baillie 14 Jul 1924 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Dermott A Boyle 29 Aug 1924 Arrived on posting from RAF (Cadet) College, wef 31 Jul 1924
Plt Off Henry R D Waghorn 29 Aug 1924 Arrived on posting from RAF (Cadet) College, wef 31 Jul 1924
Plt Off A D Baillie 15 Sep 1924 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off Anthony W Wood  9 Oct 1924 Arrived on posting from No 4 Sqn
Fg Off James E Duran-Webb 11 Nov 1924 Arrived on posting from No 464 Flight, wef 6 Nov 1924
Plt Off Kenneth Maconochie 11 Dec 1924 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, wef 27 Oct 1924
Plt Off Archibald E P Smith 11 Dec 1924 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off E R Gladwin-Errington 11 Dec 1924 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off Claude F Goatcher 23 Dec 1924 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Flt Lt Alfred P Maurice  1 Jan 1925 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt David S Don 17 Jan 1925 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, wef 15 Jan 1925 and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt

Ferdinand M F West VC

20 Jan 1925 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 20 Jan 1925 Assumed duties of Adjutant
AC1 E H Lingard 29 Jan 1925 Died in hospital
Sqn Ldr Alfred P Maurice 13 Feb 1925 Posted to Aircraft Park, India to command
Plt Off Max E B P Storrie 16 Feb 1925 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Herbert R Lowry 16 Feb 1925 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Angus L Macmillan 16 Feb 1925 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Robert R Bennett 16 Feb 1925 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Fg Off William F Shaylor 20 Feb 1925 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Sqn Ldr Arthur F Brooke 14 Mar 1925 Arrived on posting as Supernumerary from the Air Ministry for flying refresher course
Plt Off E V H Jarvis 25 Mar 1925 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Plt Off Ivor G E Dale 31 Mar 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off Alexander B Dunlop 31 Mar 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off Vincent C Taylor 31 Mar 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Flt Lt Arthur W Cuddon-Davis  3 Jun 1925 Arrived on posting from RAF Base Gosport and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off William F Shaylor  3 Jun 1925 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off John A Elliott 12 Jun 1925 Arrived on posting from No 13 Sqn for Signals duties

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
 1 Oct 1924 Squadron establishment increased to two flights and a HQ
 1 Jan 1925 Squadron establishment increased to three flights and a HQ

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Sopwith Snipe RAF Hawkinge Inland Area/No 6 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 May 1924 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt David S Don 15 Jan 1925  
Flt Lt

Ferdinand M F West

23 Apr 1924 VC, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur W Cuddon-Davis  3 Jun 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 24 Sep 1925
Fg Off John A Elliott 12 Jun 1925  
Fg Off William F Shaylor 20 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Anthony W Wood  9 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925  
Fg Off James C Hill 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Max E B P Storrie 16 Feb 1925  
Fg Off James E Duran-Webb  6 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Richard H Bibby  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Dudley E Godwin 14 Jul 1924  
Plt Off Kenneth Maconochie 27 Oct 1924  
Plt Off Archibald E P Smith 15 Dec 1924 ORB states 11 Dec 1924
Plt Off Herbert R Lowry 16 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Angus L Macmillan 16 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Robert R Bennett 16 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Dermott A Boyle 31 Jul 1924 later MRAF
Plt Off Henry R D Waghorn 31 Jul 1924  
Stores Branch
Fg Off William H Bowden 21 Apr 1924  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off Claude F Goatcher 23 Dec 1924  
Under Instruction
Sqn Ldr Arthur F Brooke 14 Mar 1925  
Plt Off Ivor G E Dale 31 Mar 1925  
Plt Off Alexander B Dunlop 31 Mar 1925  
Plt Off Vincent C Taylor 31 Mar 1925  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Charles E Galpin 19 Jun 1925 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, wef 15 Jun 1925
Plt Off P H Nicholls 19 Jun 1925 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, wef 15 Jun 1925
Fg Off Anthony W Wood  8 Jul 1925 Posted to No 43 Sqn
Plt Off Edmund G Hordern 29 Aug 1925 Arrived on posting from RAF (Cadet) College, wef 30 Jul 1925
Flt Lt Arthur W Cuddon-Davis 24 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Ian A Anderson 30 Sep 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off Douglas J Harrison 30 Sep 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925 Arrived on posting for 'ab initio' pilot training
Plt Off Ivor G E Dale  5 Oct 1925 Posted to No 41 Sqn to complete flying training
Plt Off Alexander B Dunlop  5 Oct 1925 Posted to No 41 Sqn to complete flying training
Plt Off Vincent C Taylor  5 Oct 1925 Posted to No 41 Sqn to complete flying training
Sgt Plt E J B Smith-Marriott  5 Oct 1925 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J C Hill 24 Oct 1925 Posted to Electrical and Wireless School, Flowerdown for Administrative duties

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Date Notes
25 Mar 1926 Squadron began to re-equip with Hawker Woodcock IIs
Woodcock of No 17 Squadron

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Woodcock II RAF Hawkinge Inland Area/No 6 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 May 1924 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt David S Don 15 Jan 1925  
Flt Lt

Ferdinand M F West

23 Apr 1924 VC, MC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Frederick L Pearce

23 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John A Elliott 12 Jun 1925  
Fg Off William F Shaylor 20 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Gerard Combe  3 Feb 1926 later AVM
Fg Off Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off James E Duran-Webb  6 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Archibald E P Smith 15 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Angus L Macmillan 16 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Herbert R Lowry 16 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Charles E Galpin 15 Jun 1925  
Plt Off Henry R D Waghorn 31 Jul 1924  
Plt Off Edmund G Hordern 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Geoffrey E G Lywood  7 Feb 1926  

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3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William H Bowden 21 Apr 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Claude F Goatcher 23 Dec 1924  
Education Officer
Capt Roger F Pemberton  1 Sep 1925 Grade IV, MC, BA, TA (also at No 25 Sqn)
Under Instruction
Plt Off Ian A Anderson 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Frank N Garthwaite 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Douglas J Harrison 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Woodcock II RAF Hawkinge ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 May 1924 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt David S Don 15 Jan 1925  
Flt Lt

Ferdinand M F West

23 Apr 1924 VC, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Aleth T S Laguen de Lacroix 12 Apr 1926  
Fg Off

Frederick L Pearce

23 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Gerard Combe  3 Feb 1926 later AVM
Fg Off Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off James E Duran-Webb  6 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Archibald E P Smith 15 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Angus L Macmillan 16 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Herbert R Lowry 16 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Henry R D Waghorn 31 Jul 1924  
Plt Off Edmund G Hordern 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Geoffrey E G Lywood  7 Feb 1926  

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3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off William H Bowden 21 Apr 1924  
Accountant Branch
Plt Off John P Cave  7 Apr 1926 later A/Cdre
Education Officer
Capt Roger F Pemberton  1 Sep 1925 Grade IV, MC, BA, TA (also at No 25 Sqn)
Under Instruction
Plt Off Ian A Anderson 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Frank N Garthwaite 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Douglas J Harrison 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Date Notes
 5 Oct 1926 Advance Party departed RAF Hawkinge for RAF Upavon
14 Oct 1926 Squadron departed RAF Hawkinge for RAF Upavon

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Woodcock II RAF Hawkinge ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 May 1924 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt David S Don 15 Jan 1925  
Fg Off

Frederick L Pearce

23 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) Duties
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Archibald E P Smith 15 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Angus L Macmillan 16 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Harold R Bardon 19 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Edmund G Hordern 30 Jul 1925  
Plt Off Geoffrey E G Lywood  7 Feb 1926 Armament Duties
Plt Off Alexander E Taylor 13 Aug 1926  
Plt Off Sydney A Thorn 13 Aug 1926  
Plt Off Ian A Anderson 30 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 25 Jul 1927
Plt Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Douglas J Harrison 30 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  

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4 Airman Pilots

Education Officer
Capt Herbert Manley   Grade IV, BA (also at No 25 Sqn)

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
10 May 1927 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
27 May 1927 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Woodcock II RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 May 1924 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt David S Don 15 Jan 1925  
Flt Lt

Frederick L Pearce

23 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off James E Duran-Webb  6 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Archibald E P Smith 15 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Geoffrey E G Lywood  7 Feb 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Ian A Anderson 30 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 25 Jul 1927
Fg Off Sydney A Thorn 13 Aug 1926  
Fg Off Alexander E Taylor 13 Aug 1926  
Plt Off Percy MacG Watt 11 Dec 1926  
Plt Off Patrick C I Elderton 11 Dec 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt F T Pennicott  5 Jul 1927 Killed in an accident
Plt Off Archibald E P Smith  9 Jul 1927 Died from injuries
Fg Off Ian A Anderson 25 Jul 1925 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Guy Stevinson 17 Jan 1928 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr Anthony R Arnold 31 Mar 1928 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John Leacroft  1 Apr 1928 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn on posting to No 3 FTS
Sqn Ldr Anthony R Arnold  1 Apr 1928 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
 6 May 1928 Squadron proceeded to RAF Upper Heyford for affiliation duties with No 99 Sqn
12 May 1928 Squadron returned from RAF Upper Heyford on completion of affiliation duties with No 99 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Woodcock II RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Anthony R Arnold 31 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  1 Sep 1927 MBE, AFC
Fg Off Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Alexander E Taylor 13 Aug 1926  
Fg Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Plt Off Percy MacG Watt 11 Dec 1926  
Plt Off Patrick C I Elderton 11 Dec 1926  
Plt Off David J Waghorn 17 Dec 1927 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Donald T Saville  2 May 1928  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul - Sep 1928

Date Notes
 3 Jul 1928 Squadron proceeded to Blackpool to participate in Air Display 6/7 Jul 1928
 8 Jul 1928 Squadron proceeded from Blackpool to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Jul 1928 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
 3 Aug 1928 Squadron proceeded to RAF Biggin Hill for ADGB Exercises
18 Aug 1928 Squadron returned from RAF Biggin Hill on completion of ADGB Exercises

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Woodcock II RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Anthony R Arnold 31 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  1 Sep 1927 MBE, AFC
Flt Lt Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Herbert C Lee 24 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Alexander E Taylor 13 Aug 1926  
Fg Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Frederick P Barrett 30 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Plt Off Percy MacG Watt 11 Dec 1926  
Plt Off Patrick C I Elderton 11 Dec 1926  
Plt Off David J Waghorn 17 Dec 1927 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Donald T Saville  2 May 1928  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
21 Sep 1928 Squadron began to re-equip with Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIAs
Siskin IIA
26 May 1929 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Jun 1929 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Anthony R Arnold 31 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  1 Sep 1927 MBE, AFC
Flt Lt Frank H Woolliams 27 Apr 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Evan A T Murray 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Elphinstone D Turner  1 Dec 1928  
Plt Off Percy MacG Watt 11 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Patrick C I Elderton 11 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Donald T Saville  2 May 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Plt Off Aubrey N E Hall  5 Mar 1929  
Plt Off George F MacPherson  2 Apr 1929  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off L E J Lucas 10 Sep 1929 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Geoffrey J Pawson  4 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Ronald Ellison 31 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke 30 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting from HQ RAF Aden
Sqn Ldr Richard Harrison 29 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Wg Cdr Anthony R Arnold  1 May 1930 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Richard Harrison  1 May 1930 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
 1 Oct 1929 Squadron began to re-equip with Bristol Bulldog II/IIAs
Bulldog II of No 17 Squadron

Bulldog IIA of No 17 Squadron

 1 May 1930 Squadron completed re-equipment

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Richard Harrison 29 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  1 Sep 1927 MBE, AFC
Flt Lt Eustace J L J Hope  1 Sep 1929  
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke 30 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Elphinstone D Turner  1 Dec 1928  
Fg Off Patrick C I Elderton 11 Dec 1926  
Fg Off George F MacPherson  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off George H Clarke 16 May 1930  
Plt Off Geoffrey J Pawson  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Ronald Ellison  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Francis C Cole 27 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Charles A Watt 27 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Richard L Wallace 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Wallace H Kyle 14 Dec 1929 later ACM

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5 Airman Pilots

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
Plt Off Laurence M Hooper 27 Aug 1930 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Capel F G Adye  8 Sep 1930 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Flt Lt G C A Armstrong 12 Sep 1930 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS
Flt Lt G C A Armstrong 30 Sep 1930 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt W Birkenshaw 30 Sep 1930 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt J M Fairweather  9 Oct 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Plt Off William F Pharazyn 10 Oct 1930 Arrived on posting from Central Flying School
Flt Lt Robert L McK Barbour 12 Feb 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF Martlesham Heath
Plt Off Patrick H Maxwell  8 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Arthur M Vincent  8 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
26 Apr 1931 Squadron proceeded to RAF Bicester for affiliation duties with No 33 Sqn
 9 May 1931 Squadron returned from RAF Upper Heyford on completion of affiliation duties with No 33 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Richard Harrison 29 Apr 1930 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert L McK Barbour 12 Feb 1931 DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke 30 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey J Pawson  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Ronald Ellison  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Laurence M Hooper  9 Sep 1930  
Plt Off Capel F G Adye  9 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Richard L Wallace 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Wallace H Kyle 14 Dec 1929 later ACM
Plt Off Patrick H Maxwell  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Arthur M Vincent  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off William F Pharazyn 11 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Kenneth R Warton  7 Apr 1931  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off N B Littlejohn  9 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Austin C Shearn 24 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College
Plt Off Robert H Preller 29 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Fg Off John A C Forbes 30 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off Frank S Gardner 30 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Flt Lt Bruce B Caswell 30 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, wef 13 Jul 1931
Fg Off William F Pharazyn 30 Sep 1931 Posted to No 24 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A L Fiddament 31 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Richard Harrison  1 Nov 1931 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A L Fiddament  1 Nov 1931 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Plt Off Paul S Gomez 19 Dec 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College
Fg Off Ronald Ellison 19 Dec 1931 Posted to RAF College
Plt Off Austin C Shearn 19 Dec 1931 Died from heart failure
Plt Off Arthur M Vincent 29 Jan 1931 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Plt Off Alan D Grace 19 Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Laurence M Hooper 22 Feb 1932 Posted to Air Armament School, RAF Eastchurch
Plt Off Hugh R A Edwards 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off Arthur L Holland 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off Eric A Springall 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off N B Littlejohn  3 Apr 1932 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Sqn Ldr A L Fiddament 24 Apr 1932 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn on posting to RAF Staff College as DS
Flt Lt Bruce B Caswell 24 Apr 1932 Assumed temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Plt Off Capel F G Adye 13 May 1932 Posted to Fleet Air Arm
Flt Lt L M Elworthy 25 May 1932 Arrived on posting from No 56 Sqn pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Flt Lt L M Elworthy  7 Jun 1932 Promoted to Sqn Ldr pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Flt Lt L M Elworthy  8 Jun 1932 Killed in a Flying accident

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Bruce B Caswell 13 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt

Reginald Pyne

30 Apr 1932 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke 30 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey J Pawson  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Patrick H Maxwell  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off John A C Forbes 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hugh R A Edwards 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Arthur L Holland 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Kenneth R Warton  7 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Frank S Gardner 28 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Robert H Preller 28 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Eric A Springall 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Paul S Gomez 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Alan D Grace 20 Feb 1932  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Geoffrey J Pawson  1 Sep 1932 Posted to No 24 Sqn
Fg Off Jeffrey K Quill 18 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Fg Off Quentin W A Ross 18 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt L H Thompson 18 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Fg Off John A C Forbes  2 Oct 1932 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

25 Oct 1932 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Flt Lt Bruce B Caswell 20 Nov 1932 Relinquished temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

20 Nov 1932 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Fg Off G Burdick 12 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn
Fg Off Frank S Gardner 12 Dec 1932 Posted to RAF Base, Gosport
Plt Off P S Salter 20 Jan 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF College
Plt Off Paul S Gomez 20 Jan 1933 Posted to RAF Depot as Non-effective, sick
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon 21 Jan 1933 Posted to No 55 Sqn, Hinaidi
Fg Off Alan D Grace 21 Jan 1933 Posted to No 30 Sqn, Mosul
Fg Off Eric A Springall 23 Jan 1933 Posted to No 36 Sqn, Singapore
Plt Off P S Salter 25 Jan 1933 Posted to RAF Base, Kohat, India
Plt Off Patrick H Maxwell  5 Feb 1933 Posted to Air Armament School, RAF Eastchurch
Sgt Plt F L Sayers  5 Feb 1933 Posted to RAF Leuchars for first NCO Fleet Air Arm course
Sgt Plt R L Amor 22 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Sgt Plt W C Maher 12 Mar 1933 Posted to CFS for Flying Instructors course
Sgt Plt Greenwood 12 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt Taylor 12 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Fg Off Peter H Heygate 16 Jun 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF Base Gosport, wef 7 Jun 1933

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
23 Jun 1933 Advance Party proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
25 Jun 1933 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge from RAF Hendon for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 5 Jul 1933 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

25 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Bruce B Caswell 13 Jul 1931  
Flt Lt

Reginald Pyne

30 Apr 1932 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke 30 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Arthur L Holland 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Kenneth R Warton  7 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Peter H Heygate  7 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Robert H Preller 28 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Jeffrey K Quill  8 Sep 1932  
Fg Off Quentin W A Ross 18 Sep 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Frederick Gale  3 Sep 1932  

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Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Michael A Aylmer 15 Jul 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF College
Fg Off Robert H Preller 10 Aug 1933 Resigned his SSC on appointment to Commission in the SAAF as Lt
Fg Off Robert H Preller 10 Aug 1933 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot for Engineering course prior to returning to South Africa
Fg Off Paul Y Davoud 27 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Flt Lt Bruce B Caswell 28 Aug 1933 Posted to No 800 Sqn
APO G O Llewellyn 16 Sep 1933 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt R H Little 22 Sep 1933 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton  6 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting from AAC Flight, RAF Biggin Hill
Plt Off G O Llewellyn  4 Dec 1933 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt J C Hopkins  4 Dec 1933 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off Jeffrey K Quill 11 Dec 1933 Posted to the Meteorological Flight, RAF Duxford
Flt Lt Ian A Bertram 22 Dec 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF Staff College

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Upavon ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

25 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Reginald Pyne

30 Apr 1932 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke 30 Apr 1930  
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton  6 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Arthur L Holland 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Kenneth R Warton  7 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Peter H Heygate  7 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Quentin W A Ross 18 Sep 1932  
Fg Off Eric W Whitley 31 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Paul Y Davoud 28 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Michael A Aylmer 17 Jul 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Frederick Gale  3 Sep 1932  

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Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ian A Bertram  1 Jan 1934 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt

Reginald Pyne

 1 Jan 1934 Posted to RAF Staff College
Fg Off Eric W Whitley 31 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, wef 30 Jan 1934
Plt Off John K Rotherham 18 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Flt Lt Ernest S Borthwick-Clarke  1 Mar 1934 Posted to SHQ, RAF Netheravon
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

14 Mar 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Netheravon and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off John K Rotherham 16 Mar 1934 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton 25 Apr 1934 Admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton 28 May 1934 Discharged from Military Hospital, Tidworth and rejoined the squadron
Fg Off Paul Y Davoud 20 Jul 1934 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Arthur L Holland 20 Jul 1934 Relinquished duties of Adjutant

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
10 May 1934 Squadron moved from RAF Upavon to RAF Kenley

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

25 Oct 1932 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ian A Bertram 22 Dec 1933  
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

14 Mar 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton  6 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Arthur L Holland 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Kenneth R Warton  7 Apr 1931  
Fg Off Eric W Whitley 31 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Peter H Heygate  7 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Quentin W A Ross 18 Sep 1932  
Fg Off Paul Y Davoud 28 Aug 1933  
Fg Off John K Rotherham 18 Feb 1934 later AVM
Plt Off Michael A Aylmer 17 Jul 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Robert G P Jaggard 21 May 1934  

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Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Kenneth R Warton  8 Aug 1934 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot, RAF Henlow
Fg Off Arthur L Holland  8 Aug 1934 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot, RAF Henlow
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton 13 Aug 1934 Attached to HQ Fighting Area
Sqn Ldr Herbert S Broughall 16 Aug 1934 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

16 Aug 1934 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn
APO John Shepherd-Smith  2 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt C E Fooks  2 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt H F Croft  2 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Flt Lt Esmond J H F Moreton 15 Oct 1934 Ceased to be attached to HQ Fighting Area on posting to No 25 Sqn
Flt Lt Ian A Bertram 22 Oct 1934 Posted to Directorate of Organisation, Air Ministry
Plt Off Michael A Aylmer 23 Oct 1934 Posted to No 14 Sqn, Middle East
Flt Lt Roy J O Bartlett 29 Oct 1934 Arrived on posting from No 1 ATC, RAF Catfoss, wef 20 Oct 1934
Sgt Plt S A H King 24 Jan 1935 Posted to No 142 Sqn, RAF Andover
Sgt Plt N R Wynn 18 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, Egypt
Plt Off James B Black  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Fg Off Paul Y Davoud 31 Mar 1935 Relinquished his Commission
Fg Off John K Rotherham 31 Mar 1935 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Donald O Finlay 13 May 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Plt Off Kenneth G Stodart 13 May 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
24 Sep 1934 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
11 Oct 1934 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert S Broughall 16 Aug 1934 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

14 Mar 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt Roy J O Bartlett 20 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Eric W Whitley 31 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Peter H Heygate  7 Jun 1933  
Fg Off John K Rotherham 18 Feb 1934 later AVM
Plt Off John Shepherd-Smith  2 Sep 1934  
Plt Off Donald O Finlay 13 May 1935  
Plt Off Kenneth G Stodart 13 May 1935  
Plt Off James B Black  4 Mar 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Robert G P Jaggard 21 May 1934  

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Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt Plt G McPherson 20 Jul 1935 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr Herbert S Broughall 23 Aug 1935 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

23 Aug 1935 Assumed temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Fg Off Eric W Whitley 15 Sep 1935 Attached to Central Flying School, RAF Upavon
Fg Off W L Stedman 17 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from No 11 Sqn
Plt Off Kenneth G Stodart 18 Sep 1935 Attached to Meteorological Flight, RAF Duxford
Flt Lt Roy J O Bartlett 19 Sep 1935 Posted to No 3 Sqn
Fg Off Peter H Heygate 19 Sep 1935 Posted to No 3 Sqn
Plt Off John Shepherd-Smith  4 Oct 1935 Posted to HQ  Middle East Command
Sqn Ldr Herbert S Broughall xx xxx 1935 Resumed command of No 17 Sqn
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

xx xxx 1935 Relinquished temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Dudley d'H Humphries 26 Oct 1935 Arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Herbert S Broughall xx xxx 1935 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Dudley d'H Humphries 31 Oct 1935 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Herbert S Broughall  1 Nov 1935 Posted to AHQ Aden Command
Sgt Plt A Steel 16 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting from No 26 Sqn
Plt Off Kenneth G Stodart 31 Dec 1935 Posted to Meteorological Flight, RAF Duxford
Fg Off Eric W Whitley  1 Jan 1936 Posted to No 10 FTS, RAF Ternhill
Fg Off John K Rotherham  6 Jan 1936 Posted to No 605 Sqn, Castle Bromwich
Flt Lt

George P Chamberlain

21 Jan 1936 Posted to RAF Staff College
Sgt Plt C E Fooks 27 Jan 1936 Posted to No 39 Sqn, India
APO P C Pinkham 17 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS, RAF Netheravon
APO M R Milward 17 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS, RAF Netheravon
APO M R Ballion  4 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Plt Off James B Black 13 Mar 1936 Posted to India
APO M R Milward 16 Mar 1936 Posted to No 54 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch
Plt Off Donald O Finlay 16 Mar 1936 Posted to No 54 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch
Fg Off W L Stedman  7 Apr 1936 Posted to Advance Training Sqn, Peterborough
Sgt Plt A F Appleby  4 May 1936 Posted to No 8 FTS, RAF Montrose
Sgt Plt W J Etherington  5 May 1936 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, Egypt
APO J T Webster 11 May 1936 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt F C W Rogers 24 May 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn
Sgt Plt H F Croft 14 Jun 1936 Posted to No 800 Sqn
APO R C Ker-Ramsey 27 Jun 1936 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS, RAF Sealand

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
xx Dec 1935 Squadron re-equipped with Hawker Hart (Specials) but retained one Bulldog per Flight
Hart Fighter
 9 Mar 1936 Squadron ceased training as a bomber unit and reverted to Bristol Bulldogs
16 Mar 1936 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 4 Apr 1936 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog II/IIA RAF Kenley ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Dudley d'H Humphries 26 Oct 1935 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt M F Calder 14 Jan 1936  
Fg Off R S Mills  3 Jun 1936  
Fg Off P C Pinkham 17 Feb 1936  
Fg Off M R Ballion  4 Mar 1936  
APO J T Webster 11 May 1936  

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Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
APO L C Jones-Bateman 13 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Plt Off A M K Phillips  1 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF College
APO K V Keen 10 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
APO E G Jones 31 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting
Plt Off M R Ballion  2 Sep 1936 Posted to RAF Gosport
Flt Lt M F Calder 15 Sep 1936 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF Kenley on formation
APO J T Webster 15 Sep 1936 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF Kenley on formation
APO L C Jones-Bateman 15 Sep 1936 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF Kenley on formation
Plt Off W C Williams 30 Sep 1936 Arrived on posting from RAAF
APO G Drew 11 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS, RAF Sealand
APO M E Reid 11 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS, RAF Sealand
APO A W Ridler 11 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS, RAF Sealand
Sgt Plt Pavey 25 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS, Peterborough
Sgt Plt Stewart 25 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS, Peterborough
Plt Off K V Keen 12 Nov 1936 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off P C Pinkham 12 Nov 1936 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off A M K Phillips 12 Nov 1936 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Sgt Plt Brunner 13 Nov 1936 Posted to No 66 Sqn, RAF Duxford
Plt Off A M K Phillips 15 Dec 1936 Posted to No 27 Sqn, Kohat, India
Sqn Ldr C Walter  6 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Dudley d'H Humphries  9 Jan 1937 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C Walter  9 Jan 1937 Assumed command of No 17 Sqn
APO M P Richards 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF Digby
Sgt Plt Jones 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF Digby
Flt Lt W E E Oliver 28 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Fg Off R S Mills  1 Feb 1937 Posted to Station Flight, RAF Northolt
Plt Off P C Pinkham 10 Feb 1937 Attached to No 2 ATC for Air Fighting Instructors' course
Plt Off E G Jones 10 Feb 1937 Attached to No 2 ATC for Air Fighting Instructors' course
APO R C Ker-Ramsey 11 Feb 1937 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot, RAF Henlow

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
xx Aug 1936 Squadron re-equipped with Gloster Gauntlet IIs
Gauntlet II of No 17 Squadron (pre 1938 markings)
xx Oct 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 17 Squadron badge

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233), 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
Gloster Gauntlet II RAF Kenley Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C Walter  6 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off P C Pinkham 17 Feb 1936  
Plt Off W C Williams 30 Sep 1936  
Plt Off K V Keen 10 Aug 1936  
Plt Off G Drew 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off M E Reid 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off A W Ridler 11 Oct 1936  
APO M P Richards 10 Jan 1937  

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Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D H Hunter 19 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS
Plt Off R G G English  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off A P Lines  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off R V Meredith  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
APO P E Barnes 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 9 FTS
Flt Lt Moore 28 Feb 1938 Posted to Directorate of Intelligence, Air Ministry
Sgt Plt Perry 24 Apr 1938 Posted to No 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, RAF Farnborough
Plt Off W C Williams  7 Jun 1938 Attached to RAF Hornchurch for mobilisation exercise
Plt Off Jefferies  7 Jun 1938 Attached to RAF Hornchurch for mobilisation exercise
Plt Off W C Williams 17 Jun 1938 Ceased to be attached to RAF Hornchurch for mobilisation exercise
Plt Off Jefferies 17 Jun 1938 Ceased to be attached to RAF Hornchurch for mobilisation exercise
Plt Off M E Reid  6 Jul 1938 Promoted to Fg Off

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II RAF Kenley Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C Walter  6 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off W C Williams 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off M V Blake 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off G Drew 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off M E Reid 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off A W Ridler 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off M S Donne 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J Jefferies  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D H Hunter 19 Dec 1937  
Plt Off R G G English  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A P Lines  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R V Meredith  8 Jan 1938  
APO P E Barnes 19 Feb 1938  

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Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off M E Reid  6 Jul 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
APO Harold A C Bird-Wilson  9 Jul 1938 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off W C Williams 20 Jul 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off D H Hunter 23 Jul 1938 Relinquished his SSC on account of ill-health
Plt Off G Drew  6 Aug 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off R G G English  7 Aug 1938 Attached to Central Flying School for Flying Instructors Course
APO R C Whitaker 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off L H Leader 22 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn
Plt Off A W Ridler  6 Sep 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
APO R L A Hammill 17 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off A K Hunter  3 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting
APO J R B Hartnoll 29 Oct 1938 RAFO, arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO K Manger 29 Oct 1938 RAFO, arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO R L A Hammill 14 Nov 1938 SSC terminate on cessation of duty

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
xx Sep 1938 Squadron aircraft adopted camouflage and code letters instead of squadron markings
Gauntlet II of No 17 Squadron (camouflage markings)
12 Oct 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
31 Oct 1938 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II RAF Kenley Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C Walter  6 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off W C Williams 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off M V Blake 23 Oct 1937  
Fg Off G Drew 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off M E Reid 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A W Ridler 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off M S Donne 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J Jefferies  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off D H Hunter 19 Dec 1937  
Plt Off R G G English  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A P Lines  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R V Meredith  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off P E Barnes 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off L H Leader 22 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R C Whitaker 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson  9 Jul 1938 later AVM
Plt Off A K Hunter  3 Oct 1938  
APO R L A Hammill 17 Sep 1938  
APO J R B Hartnoll 29 Oct 1938 RAFO
APO K Manger 29 Oct 1938 RAFO

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO W M Sizer 17 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II RAF Kenley Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C Walter  6 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off W C Williams 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off M V Blake 23 Oct 1937  
Fg Off G Drew 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off M E Reid 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A W Ridler 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off M S Donne 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off A K Hunter  3 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J Jefferies  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off A P Lines  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R V Meredith  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off P E Barnes 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off L H Leader 22 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R C Whitaker 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson  9 Jul 1938 later AVM
Plt Off K Manger 29 Oct 1938  
APO W M Sizer 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO J B Hards 25 Feb 1939

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gauntlet II RAF Kenley Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C Walter  6 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt W C Williams 30 Sep 1936  
Act Flt Lt M V Blake 23 Oct 1937  
Fg Off G Drew 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A W Ridler 11 Oct 1936  
Fg Off M S Donne 31 Jul 1937  
Fg Off A K Hunter  3 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J Jefferies  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off A P Lines  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R V Meredith  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off P E Barnes 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off L H Leader 22 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R C Whitaker 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson  9 Jul 1938 later AVM
Plt Off K Manger 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off W M Sizer 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO J B Hards 25 Feb 1939

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off M E Reid  15 Apr 1939 Posted to No 94 Sqn, Aden
APO J R B Hartnoll 17 Jan 1939 Returned to Civil life on completion of Class 'A' Reserve Service
APO K Manger 17 Jan 1939 Appointed to SSC from Class 'A' Reserve
Plt Off G Drew  1 May 1939 Posted to No 25 Sqn, RAF Hawkinge
Plt Off W M Sizer  1 May 1939 Posted to No 213 Sqn, RAF Wittering
Plt Off A W Ridler  4 May 1939 Posted to No 65 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch
Plt Off P E Barnes  5 May 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt W C Williams 17 May 1939 Posted to No 112 Sqn, RAF Helwan
Fg Off A K Hunter 17 May 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt A K Hunter 28 Aug 1939 Attached to SHQ, RAF North Weald
Fg Off M S Donne 28 Aug 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr C Walter Officer Commanding,
Fg Off M S Donne 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off R V Meredith 'A' Flight
Fg Off P E Barnes 'A' Flight and Adjutant
Plt Off R C Whitaker 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Manger 'A' Flight
Sgt W J Etherington 'A' Flight
Sgt ? Pavey 'A' Flight
Sgt ? Luck 'A' Flight
Flt Lt M V Blake 'B' Flight Commander
Fg Off J Jefferies 'B' Flight
Plt Off A P Lines 'B' Flight
Plt Off ? Harper 'B' Flight
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Plt Off ? Merrifield 'B' Flight
Sgt ? Wynn 'B' Flight
Sgt ? Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt ? Jones 'B' Flight
Fg Off ? Slee 'B' Flight
Sgt S H Holman 'B' Flight
Act Flt Lt A K Hunter Attached to SHQ, RAF North Weald

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Harris  3 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 56 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off Pitman  3 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No No 5 SFTS and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off Hulton-Harrop  3 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No No 7 SFTS and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Merrifield  8 Sep 1939 Posted to No 13 EFTS, White Waltham
Plt Off Overton  8 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Naval Co-operation
Sqn Ldr G C Tomlinson  3 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C Walter  3 Nov 1939 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
23 May 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Kenley to RAF North Weald
 1 Jun 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Hawker Hurricane Is
Hurricane I of No 17 Squadron (Coded UV)
15 Jun 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Hawker Hurricane Is
 1 Sep 1939 Squadron was mobilised and ordered to move to its War Station at Croydon Airport
 2 Sep 1939 Main and Parties departed RAF North Weald for Croydon Airport
 9 Sep 1939 Squadron move from Croydon Airport to RAF Debden
xx Sep 1939 Squadron codes changed from UV to YB
Hurricane I of No 17 Squadron (Coded YB - 1940)
16 Dec 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
24 Dec 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
30 Dec 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson  3 Mar 1940 Returned from Fighter Pilot course at RAF Aston Down
Flt Lt M V Blake 10 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Ternhill
Flt Lt W A Toyne 11 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off P E Barnes 22 Apr 1940 Posted to Photographic Development Unit, RAF Heston
Plt Off A P Lines 22 Apr 1940 Transferred to 'A' Flight

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Date Notes
 8 Jan 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
13 Jan 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
20 Jan 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
30 Jan 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
11 Feb 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
22 Feb 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
27 Feb 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
 5 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
12 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
19 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
20 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
23 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
27 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
 4 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
27 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 11 Apr 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr G C Tomlinson Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt M S Donne 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off R V Meredith 'A' Flight
Fg Off P E Barnes 'A' Flight
Plt Off R C Whitaker 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Manger 'A' Flight
Plt Off R E Harris 'A' Flight
Sgt W J Etherington 'A' Flight
Sgt ? Pavey 'A' Flight
Sgt ? Luck 'A' Flight
Flt Lt W A Toyne 'B' Flight Commander
Fg Off J Jefferies 'B' Flight
Fg Off ? Slee 'B' Flight
Fg Off A P Lines 'B' Flight
Fg Off W J Harper 'B' Flight
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Plt Off ? Hulton-Harrap 'B' Flight
Flt Sgt ? Jones 'B' Flight
Sgt N R Wynn 'B' Flight
Sgt ? Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt S H Holman 'B' Flight
Plt Off ? Bennett Adjutant

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: May 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Bennette 10 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Aston Down
Sgt Plt Mills Meredith 10 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Plt Pidd 10 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Sutton Bridge
Sqn Ldr G C Tomlinson 12 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation but later reported safe but injured
Flt Lt W A Toyne 12 Apr 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 17 Sqn
Flt Lt Adye 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn
Plt Off P E Pitman 16 May 1940 Posted to France
Fg Off J Jefferies 16 May 1940 Posted to France
Fg Off A P Lines 17 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sqn Ldr John H Edwardes Jones 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn and assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Plt Off R E Harris 19 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Pavey 19 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Plt Off D H W Hanson 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G D Emms 23 May 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John H Edwardes Jones 23 May 1940 Posted to RAF Aston Down as Officer Commanding
Plt Off P E Pitman 23 May 1940 Reposted to the squadron
Plt Off H W A Britton 25 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D C Leary 25 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt A Sewell 25 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt G Griffiths 25 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt D Fopp 25 May 1940 Arrived on posting

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: May 1940

Date Notes
 7 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath
20 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Debden
17 Mar 1940 Squadron moved to Merville in France but the returned to RAF Hawkinge
21 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hawkinge to RAF Debden
24 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Kenley

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Jun 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr G D Emms Officer Commanding,
Fg Off W J Harper 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off R V Meredith 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Manger 'A' Flight
Plt Off D H W Hanson 'A' Flight
Plt Off P E Pittman 'A' Flight
Plt Off G R Benette 'A' Flight
Plt Off R C Whitaker 'A' Flight
Sgt S Etherington 'A' Flight
Sgt D Fopp 'A' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Flt Lt W A Toyne 'B' Flight Commander
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Plt Off H W Britton 'B' Flight
Fg Off A P Lines 'B' Flight
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Sgt A Sewall 'B' Flight
Sgt S H Holman 'B' Flight
Sgt N R Wynn 'B' Flight
Plt Off E Pralle Adjutant
Fg Off L M Riley Intelligence Officer
plus 185 Ground Staff

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Jun 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G C Tomlinson  1 Jun 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off J K Ross  1 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off K Manger  1 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation but later returned to the unit
Fg Off R V Meredith  3 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Plt S H Holman  6 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr R I G MacDougall  8 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 56 Sqn
Flt Lt A W A Bayne  8 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Fg Off Count M B Czernin  9 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Plt Off D H Wissler  9 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Fg Off A P Lines  9 Jun 1940 Posted to No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Plt Off D C Leary 10 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Fg Off J W Howarth 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Engineer duties
Plt Off D C Leary 11 Jun 1940 Returned to the unit having force landed the day before
Plt Off E Pralle 14 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 12 Jun 1940
Fg Off L M Riley 26 Jun 1940 Posted to Sector HQ, RAF St Eval
AC2 P L Walker 27 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Jun 1940

Date Notes
 9 Jun 1940 Squadron moved  from RAF Kenley to Le Mans in France
15 Jun 1940 Air Party departed Le Mans and moved to Dinard
16 Jun 1940 Road Party departed Le Mans and moved to Dinard
17 Jun 1940 Squadron departed Dinard and moved to Jersey
19 Jun 1940 Squadron departed Jersey and moved to RAF Debden via RAF Tangmere

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Jul 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr R I G Macdougall Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W A Toyne 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off W J Harper 'A' Flight
Fg Off Count M B Czernin 'A' Flight
Fg Off L W Stevens 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Manger DFC 'A' Flight
Plt Off D H W Hanson 'A' Flight
Plt Off P E Pittman 'A' Flight
Plt Off G R Benette 'A' Flight
Sgt D Fopp 'A' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Flt Lt A W A Bayne 'B' Flight Commander
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off H W A Britton 'B' Flight
Plt Off D H Wissler 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Sgt A Sewall 'B' Flight
Sgt G A Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt N R Wynn 'B' Flight
Fg Off E Pralle AFC Adjutant
Fg Off J W Howarth Engineer Officer
Fg Off M C Babcock Intelligence Officer
plus 193 Ground Staff

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Jul 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off M C Babcock  1 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Oban for duty as Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt W A Toyne  4 Jul 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Fg Off W J Harper  4 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 8 Jun 1940
Fg Off A P Lines  9 Jul 1940 Arrive on posting from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Fg Off C P N Brett 12 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn
Sgt Plt L Bartlett 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Plt C Chew 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sqn Ldr C W Williams 18 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from Directorate of Intelligence and assumed command of No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr R I G MacDougall  8 Jun 1940 Relinquished command of No 17 Sqn on posting to RAF Duxford
Fg Off F C Soloman 19 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Plt R Bumstead 19 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Fg Off F C Soloman 25 Jul 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Plt N R Wynn 27 Jul 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Plt D J North-Bomford 29 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 229 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Aug 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr C W Williams Officer Commanding, (KIA 25 Aug 1940)
Flt Lt W J Harper 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off Count M B Czernin 'A' Flight
Plt Off P E Pittman 'A' Flight
Plt Off G R Benette 'A' Flight
Fg Off L W Stevens 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Manger DFC 'A' Flight (KIA 11 Aug 1940)
Plt Off D H W Hanson 'A' Flight
Sgt D Fopp 'A' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Sgt C Chew 'A' Flight
Sgt L H Bartlett 'A' Flight
Sgt D J North-Bomford 'A' Flight
Flt Lt A W A Bayne 'B' Flight Commander
Fg Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Plt Off D H Wissler 'B' Flight
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Plt Off H W A Britton 'B' Flight
Fg Off A P Lines 'B' Flight
Sgt A Sewall 'B' Flight
Sgt G A Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt S Etherington 'B' Flight
Fg Off E Pralle AFC Adjutant
Fg Off J W Howarth Engineer Officer
Plt Off M C Babcock Intelligence Officer
plus 220 Ground Staff

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Aug 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H W A Britton  6 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off K Manger 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Soloman 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Flt Lt W J Harper 15 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital after being wounded in action
Fg Off C P N Brett 16 Aug 1940 Posted to No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off Soloman 18 Aug 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sqn Ldr Coope 25 Aug 1940 Attached to gain operational experience
Sqn Ldr C W Williams 25 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M C Babcock 28 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 17 Aug 1940
Sgt Plt R Bumstead 28 Aug 1940 Posted to No 111 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A G Miller 29 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 17 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Sep 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr A G Miller Officer Commanding
Flt Lt W J Harper 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off Count M B Czernin 'A' Flight
Plt Off P E Pittman 'A' Flight
Plt Off G R Benette 'A' Flight
Plt Off L W Stevens 'A' Flight
Plt Off D H W Hanson 'A' Flight (KIA 3 Sep 1940)
Sgt D Fopp 'A' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Sgt L H Bartlett 'A' Flight
Sgt D J North-Bomford 'A' Flight
Sgt J Morrison 'A' Flight
Sgt C C Palliser 'A' Flight
Flt Lt A W A Bayne 'B' Flight Commander
Fg Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Plt Off D H Wissler 'B' Flight
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Plt Off D L Dawbarn 'B' Flight
Plt Off P Niemiec 'B' Flight
Plt Off T Kumiega 'B' Flight
Sgt A Sewall 'B' Flight
Sgt G A Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt S Etherington 'B' Flight
Sgt C Chew 'B' Flight
Fg Off E Pralle AFC Adjutant
Fg Off J W Howarth Engineer Officer
Plt Off M C Babcock Intelligence Officer
Total Squadron Strength - 251

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Sep 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Niemiec (Polish)  1 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off Kumiega (Polish)  1 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Fg Off D H W Hanson  3 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Plt Fopp  3 Sep 1940 Wounded in action
Plt Off Chelmecki (Polish) 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 56 Sqn
Sgt Plt Hogg 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 56 Sqn
Plt Off Chelmecki (Polish) 17 Sep 1940 Attached to No 257 Sqn
Sgt Plt C Chew 22 Sep 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off Chelmecki (Polish) 24 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 257 Sqn
Plt Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson 24 Sep 1940 Admitted to the RN Hospital, Chatham with burns after being shot down
Plt Off D H Wissler 24 Sep 1940 Admitted to Saffron Walden Hospital, following a landing accident
Plt Off Kordula (Czech) 25 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Fajtl (Czech) 25 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Blatchford 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Heston

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Oct 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr A G Miller Officer Commanding
Flt Lt W J Harper 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off Count M B Czernin 'A' Flight
Fg Off P E Pittman 'A' Flight
Fg Off H P Blatchford 'A' Flight
Plt Off G R Benette 'A' Flight
Plt Off L W Stevens 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Chelmecki 'A' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Sgt L H Bartlett 'A' Flight
Sgt D J North-Bomford 'A' Flight
Sgt R Hogg 'A' Flight
Flt Lt A W A Bayne 'B' Flight Commander
Fg Off Harold A C Bird-Wilson DFC 'B' Flight ; later AVM
Fg Off P Niemiec 'B' Flight
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off D H Wissler 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Plt Off T Kumiega 'B' Flight
Plt Off F Kordula 'B' Flight
Plt Off F Fajtl 'B' Flight
Sgt G A Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt S Etherington 'B' Flight
Sgt A Sewall 'B' Flight
Fg Off E Pralle AFC Adjutant
Fg Off J W Howarth Engineer Officer
Plt Off M C Babcock Intelligence Officer

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Oct 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off P E Pitman  1 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Fg Off Blatchford  4 Oct 1940 Posted to No 257 Sqn
Sgt Plt S Etherington  6 Oct 1940 Posted to No 10 FTS, RAF Ternhill
Plt Off D H Wissler  9 Oct 1940 Rejoined the squadron from sick leave
Plt Off J K Ross 13 Oct 1940 Admitted to Gravesend RAF Hospital with shrapnel wounds
Plt Off J K Ross 15 Oct 1940 Rejoined the squadron from Gravesend RAF Hospital
Plt Off Bennette 16 Oct 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Plt D J North-Bomford 17 Oct 1940 Posted to No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Organisational Movements: Oct 1940

Date Notes
 8 Oct 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Martlesham Heath, using Castle Camps as an advance landing ground

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Officers and pilots - 1 Nov 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr A G Miller Officer Commanding
Flt Lt W J Harper 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off Count M B Czernin DFC 'A' Flight
Fg Off P E Pittman 'A' Flight
Plt Off L W Stevens 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Chelmecki 'A' Flight
Plt Off T Kumiega 'B' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Sgt L H Bartlett 'A' Flight
Sgt R Hogg 'A' Flight (KIA 11 Nov 1940)
Flt Lt A W A Bayne 'B' Flight Commander
Plt Off P Niemiec 'B' Flight
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Plt Off D H Wissler 'B' Flight (KIA 11 Nov 1940)
Plt Off F Fajtl 'B' Flight
Plt Off F Kordula 'B' Flight
Sgt G A Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt Neil Cameron 'B' Flight; later MRAF
Sgt A Sewall 'B' Flight
Fg Off E Pralle AFC Adjutant
Fg Off J W Howarth Engineer Officer
Plt Off M C Babcock Intelligence Officer

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Nov 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D H Wissler 11 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Plt D R Hogg 11 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off P E Pitman 13 Nov 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Sgt Plt Furneaux 14 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 73 Sqn
Plt Off Temlett 16 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn
Plt Off Whitney 16 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn
Sgt Plt Jicha 17 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn
Sgt Plt Bennett 18 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 249 Sqn
Sgt Plt Hughes 18 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 249 Sqn
Sgt Plt Foglar 18 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 249 Sqn
Plt Off Fajtl (Czech) 18 Nov 1940 Posted to RAF Debden as non-effective
Sgt Plt McPhee 20 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 249 Sqn
Plt Off Temlett 23 Nov 1940 Posted to RAF Debden as non-effective
Sgt Plt A Sewall 24 Nov 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off Chelmecki (Polish) 27 Nov 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Sgt Plt Bennett 29 Nov 1940 Posted to No 257 Sqn

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Nominal Roll of Offices and NCO pilots - 1 Dec 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr A G Miller Officer Commanding
Flt Lt W J Harper 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off Count M B Czernin DFC 'A' Flight
Fg Off L W Stevens 'A' Flight
Plt Off T Kumiega 'B' Flight
Fg Off D Whitney 'A' Flight
Sgt G Griffiths 'A' Flight
Sgt L H Bartlett 'A' Flight
Sgt Furneaux 'A' Flight
Sgt A J Hughes 'A' Flight
Sgt J McPhee 'A' Flight
Flt Lt A W A Bayne 'B' Flight Commander
Plt Off J K Ross 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Leary 'B' Flight
Plt Off F Kordula 'B' Flight
Plt Off P Niemiec 'B' Flight
Sgt G A Steward 'B' Flight
Sgt V Jicha 'B' Flight
Sgt Neil Cameron 'B' Flight; later MRAF
Sgt V Foglar 'B' Flight

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

Personnel Movements: Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off K Vykoukal  2 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 151 Sqn
Plt Off D Whitney 17 Dec 1940 Proceeded to Liverpool pending posting overseas
Plt Off Chelmecki (Polish) 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Debden (ex non-effective)
Plt Off P Kennett 21 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 46 Sqn
Sgt G Griffiths 28 Dec 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off D C Leary 28 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 17 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/233)

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