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No 20 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Nominal Roll of Officers on strength on arrival in India

Rank Name Branch Notes
Maj John C Russell A Officer Commanding
Capt H P Lale A  
Capt Charles E W Foster A  
Capt G E Eastwood A  
Capt G H Salaman T Armament
Lt Denis R Mullen Ad  
2 Lt E Bryant Ad  
Lt E G Mandall A  
Lt H E Young A  
Lt Horace G P Ovenden A  
Lt Charles F Toogood A  
Lt George H Allison A  
Lt R B Tapp A  
2 Lt Donald E Hall A & S  
Lt Edmund A C Britton A  
Lt Herbert J Gye A  
Lt N P G Griddons A  
Lt H E Foster A  
Lt H E Hawkins A  
Lt J Talbot A  
2 Lt G N Richmond A  
Lt J E Goudey A  
Lt H J Austin A  
Lt A G Lawe O  
Lt Basil A Foord O MC
Lt Silvio P B de Moyse Bucknall O  
Lt George McCormack O  
Lt Thomas L Jones O  
2 Lt Maurice St J Ross O  
Lt Clement G Boothroyd O  
Lt William McGowan O  
Lt F H O'Connor O  
Lt C D Ball O  
Lt R E Nixon O  
Lt M Thorley O  
Lt J S Blick O  
Lt D M Calder O  
Lt C B Edwards O  
Lt D H Sutherland O  
Hon Capt P E Bishop A  
2 Lt D M Lapraik O  
2 Lt H Fielden O  
2 Lt W Grant O  
2 Lt C Kingsland O  

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Maj John C Russell xx Jul 1919 Assumed temporary command of No 5 Wing
Capt H P Lale xx Jul 1919 Assumed temporary command of No 20 Sqn
Capt Arthur W F Glenny 16 Sep 1919 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'C' Flight at Risalpur
Capt G E Eastwood 26 Sep 1919 Evacuated to the UK
Plt Off H Fielden  1 Feb 1920 Admitted to hospital after being wounded in action

Despite the RAF introducing its own rank titles on 4 August 1919, the ORB continued to use the old 'Army' ranks until about February 1920.

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jun 1919 - Jul 1920

Date Notes
16 Jun 1919 Squadron arrived in India, from France, establishing itself at Risalpur
14 Jul 1919 First Bristol Fighter assembled and test flown
21 Jul 1919 Squadron moved to Parachinar
xx Sep 1919 'B' Flight detached to Tank
26 Sep 1919 'C' Flight moved from Risalpur to Parachinar
23 Sep 1919 HQ and 'A' Flight departed for Bannu via Kohat
26 Sep 1919 HQ and 'A' Flight arrived at Bannu
xx Dec 1919 Squadron moved from Bannu to Tank
18 Jul 1920 Squadron moved to Parachinar

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Parachinar, India Indian Group

Bristol F2B

Rank Name Date Branch Notes
Sqn Ldr John H S Tyssen 22 Apr 1920 A Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John C Russell 26 Apr 1919 A DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster 25 Jan 1919 A  
Flt Lt Arthur W F Glenny  9 Sep 1919 A MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas F W Thompson 12 Jan 1920 A  
Flt Lt Herbert McW Daniel 20 Oct 1919 Med Medical Officer, MB
Fg Off James D Hewett  8 Dec 1919 A  
Fg Off Horace G P Ovenden 28 Feb 1919 A  
Fg Off Robert M Foster 15 Dec 1919 A DFC
Obs Off Norman S Dougall 28 Jan 1920 O DFC
Fg Off Maxwell H Findlay 25 Dec 1919 A DFC, DSC
Fg Off Denis R Mullen xx xxx 1919 Ad  
Fg Off George E Randall 28 Jun 1918 A DFC
Fg Off Guy M Knocker 12 Jan 1920 A  
Fg Off Charles F Toogood 28 Feb 1919 A  
Fg Off Arthur L Fiddament 12 Jan 1920 A later AVM
Fg Off William E Staton 12 Jan 1920 A MC, DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Bertrand R Harris 31 Dec 1918 A  
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey 12 Jan 1920 A later AM
Fg Off John L Kirby 23 Mar 1920 A later A/Cdre
Fg Off George H Allison  1 Mar 1919 A  
Fg Off Hubert E Winch 12 Jan 1920 A  
Obs Off Thomas L Jones 30 Apr 1919 O  
Fg Off Malcolm H Armstrong 10 Mar 1920 T  
Fg Off Edmund A C Britton 29 Mar 1919 A  
Fg Off William McGowan 29 Mar 1920 O  
Fg Off Sidney C Rose 12 Jan 1920 T  
Fg Off George McCormack 23 Apr 1919 O  
Fg Off Basil A Foord 11 Nov 1918 O MC
Fg Off George C Maillard 15 Dec 1919 Stores  
Fg Off Clement G Boothroyd  6 Jun 1918 O  
Fg Off Donald E Hall 28 Feb 1919 A & S  
Fg Off Herbert J Gye 25 Sep 1918 A  
Fg Off Maurice St J Ross 30 Apr 1919 O  
Fg Off Silvio P B de Moyse Bucknall 27 Sep 1918 O  

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Parachinar, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H S Tyssen A 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John C Russell A 26 Apr 1919 DSO; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster A 25 Jan 1919  
Flt Lt Arthur W F Glenny A  9 Sep 1919 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off James D Hewett A  8 Dec 1919  
Fg Off Horace G P Ovenden A 28 Feb 1919  
Fg Off Robert M Foster A 15 Dec 1919 DFC
Obs Off Norman S Dougall O 28 Jan 1920 DFC
Fg Off Maxwell H Findlay A 25 Dec 1919 DFC, DSC
Fg Off Denis R Mullen Ad xx xxx 1919  
Fg Off George E Randall A 28 Jun 1918 DFC
Fg Off Guy M Knocker A 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Charles F Toogood A 28 Feb 1919  
Fg Off Arthur L Fiddament A 12 Jan 1920 later AVM
Fg Off William E Staton A 12 Jan 1920 MC, DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Bertrand R Harris A 31 Dec 1918  
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey A 12 Jan 1920 later AM
Fg Off John L Kirby A 23 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George H Allison A  1 Mar 1919  
Fg Off Hubert E Winch A 12 Jan 1920  
Obs Off Thomas L Jones O 30 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Malcolm H Armstrong T 10 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edmund A C Britton A 29 Mar 1919 DFC
Fg Off William McGowan O 29 Mar 1920  
Fg Off George McCormack O 23 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Basil A Foord O 11 Nov 1918 MC
Fg Off George C Maillard Stores 15 Dec 1919  
Fg Off Clement G Boothroyd O  6 Jun 1918  
Fg Off Donald E Hall A & S 28 Feb 1919  
Fg Off Herbert J Gye A 25 Sep 1918  
Fg Off Maurice St J Ross O 30 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Silvio P B de Moyse Bucknall O 27 Sep 1918  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert McW Daniel Med 20 Oct 1919 Medical Officer, MB

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Aug 1920 - Apr 1921

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Irving Bell 19 Jan 1921 Failed to return from a mail/stores flight but later returned safely
Fg Off Smythe 19 Jan 1921 Failed to return from a mail/stores flight but later returned safely

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Aug 1920 - Apr 1921

Date Notes
11 Apr 1921 Squadron moved to Parachinar

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Parachinar, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H S Tyssen A 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster A 25 Jan 1919  
Flt Lt Leslie A K Butt SO 24 Jan 1919  
Flt Lt Arthur W F Glenny A  9 Sep 1919 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John B Fox A 14 Sep 1920  
Fg Off James D Hewett A  8 Dec 1919 MC
Fg Off Horace G P Ovenden A 28 Feb 1919  
Fg Off Robert M Foster A 15 Dec 1919 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off Clifford H Bird A  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Denis R Mullen Ad xx xxx 1919  
Fg Off George E Randall A 28 Jun 1918 DFC
Fg Off Guy M Knocker A 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off George R C Oliver Ad  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Arthur L Fiddament A 12 Jan 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Joseph Buckley A 22 Dec 1920  
Fg Off William E Staton A 12 Jan 1920 MC, DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Bertrand R Harris A 31 Dec 1918  
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey A 12 Jan 1920 later AM
Fg Off George H Allison A  1 Mar 1919  
Fg Off Hubert E Winch A 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off James P Cafferkey A  8 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Edgar J Leach T 11 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Malcolm H Armstrong T 10 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edmund A C Britton A 29 Mar 1919  
Fg Off Humphrey G Sullivan A 13 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Maurice St J Ross O 30 Apr 1919  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Herbert McW Daniel Med 20 Oct 1919 Medical Officer, MB

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Parachinar, India Indian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H S Tyssen A 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John C Slessor A  4 May 1921 MC; later MRAF
Flt Lt Charles E W Foster A 25 Jan 1919  
Flt Lt Arthur W F Glenny A  9 Sep 1919 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John B Fox A 14 Sep 1920  
Fg Off James D Hewett A  8 Dec 1919 MC
Fg Off Alfred W Saunders A  1 Apr 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robert M Foster A 15 Dec 1919 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off Clifford H Bird A  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Guy M Knocker A 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off George R C Oliver Ad  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Arthur L Fiddament A 12 Jan 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Joseph Buckley A 22 Dec 1920  
Fg Off William E Staton A 12 Jan 1920 MC, DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Bertrand R Harris A 31 Dec 1918  
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey A 12 Jan 1920 later AM
Fg Off Raymond E Bright A  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Hubert E Winch A 12 Jan 1920  
Fg Off James P Cafferkey A  8 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Malcolm H Armstrong T 10 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edmund A C Britton A 29 Mar 1919  
Fg Off Maurice St J Ross O 30 Apr 1919  
Fg Off Gerald  A Elliott A  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Edmund C Usher-Somers A  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert V D White A  8 Mar 1921  
Stores Officer
Fg Off George W Sturman Stores 26 Jan 1921  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Abraham Briscoe Med 20 Dec 1920 Medical Officer, MB

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

Personnel Movements: Jul 1921 - Jul 1922

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off J B Fox  3 Mar 1922 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off J Buckley  3 Mar 1922 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A B Hemmings  3 Mar 1922 Killed in a flying accident
AC Richadson  3 Mar 1922 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1921 - Jul 1922

Date Notes
17 Oct 1921 Squadron moved to Ambala

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Ambala, India No 2 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H S Tyssen 22 Apr 1920 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Ralph T Leather 22 Sep 1921 AFC
Flt Lt John C Slessor  4 May 1921 MC; later MRAF
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 15 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Reginald R Scar 31 Jan 1922 DSC
Fg Off Malcolm D Nares 27 Sep 1921 AFC
Fg Off Alfred W Saunders  1 Apr 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robert M Foster 15 Dec 1919 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off Clifford H Bird  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off George R C Oliver  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Arthur L Fiddament 12 Jan 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey 12 Jan 1920 later AM
Fg Off Harold F Luck  6 May 1922  
Fg Off Gerald  A Elliott  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Edmund C Usher-Somers  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert V D White  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off William G Nicholls  2 Jun 1922  
Plt Off Cecil D Robertson 21 Jun 1922 MM
Stores Officer
Fg Off George W Sturman 26 Jan 1921  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Phillip C Livingston 16 Oct 1921 DPH

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1922 - May 1923

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off D R Loch  7 Apr 1923 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off H M Stringer  7 Apr 1923 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1922 - May 1923

Date Notes
24 Oct 1922 Squadron moved to Quetta

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Quetta, India No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ralph T Leather 22 Sep 1921 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 15 Apr 1922  
Flt Lt Malcolm D Nares 27 Sep 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne 15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Reginald R Scar 31 Jan 1922 DSC
Fg Off Robert M Foster 15 Dec 1919 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off George R C Oliver  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Joseph H Hargroves  3 Feb 1923
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey 12 Jan 1920 later AM
Fg Off John W Sole  5 Jul 1922  
Fg Off Harold F Luck  6 May 1922  
Fg Off Edmund C Usher-Somers  8 Mar 1921 Killed in a flying accident - 14 May 1924
Fg Off Robert V D White  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Beresford C W Windle 13 Dec 1922 DFC
Fg Off William G Nicholls  2 Jun 1922  
Fg Off Alfred J Carlielle 14 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Cecil D Robertson 21 Jun 1922 MM
Stores Officer
Fg Off George W Sturman 26 Jan 1921  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Edward C K H Foreman 28 Jan 1923

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Quetta, India No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ralph T Leather 22 Sep 1921 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 15 Apr 1922  
Flt Lt Malcolm D Nares 27 Sep 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne 15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Reginald R Scar 31 Jan 1922 DSC
Fg Off Robert M Foster 15 Dec 1919 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off George R C Oliver  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Joseph H Hargroves  3 Feb 1923
Fg Off Leslie G Harvey 12 Jan 1920 later AM
Fg Off Martin W Nolan 15 Apr 1923  
Fg Off John W Sole  5 Jul 1922  
Fg Off Harold F Luck  6 May 1922  
Fg Off Edmund C Usher-Somers  8 Mar 1921 Killed in a flying accident - 14 May 1924
Fg Off Robert V D White  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert W H Cook  5 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Alexander P C Hannay 18 Apr 1923 MC
Fg Off Beresford C W Windle 13 Dec 1922 DFC
Fg Off Cecil D Robertson 21 Jun 1922 MM
Fg Off Sidney H Cooper 23 Feb 1922  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Edward C K H Foreman 28 Jan 1923

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Quetta, India No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ralph T Leather 22 Sep 1921 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Malcolm D Nares 27 Sep 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne 15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles R Davidson 12 Nov 1923 MC
Fg Off Percy H Davy 23 Nov 1923
Fg Off George R C Oliver  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Joseph H Hargroves  3 Feb 1923
Fg Off Walter R Day 15 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Harold F Luck  6 May 1922  
Fg Off Edmund C Usher-Somers  8 Mar 1921 Killed in a flying accident - 14 May 1924
Fg Off Robert V D White  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert W H Cook  5 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Alexander P C Hannay 18 Apr 1923 MC
Fg Off Cecil D Robertson 31 Jan 1922 MM
Fg Off John N Jaques 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off

Colin W Weedon

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Arthur L Harris 15 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Sidney H Cooper 23 Feb 1922  
Plt Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Herbert A Lotherington  14 Sep 1923
Medical Branch
Fg Off Edward C K H Foreman 28 Jan 1923

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - May 1924

Rank Name Date Notes
LAC A V Stevens 25 Jan 1924 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off John N Jaques 25 Jan 1924 Injured in a flying accident

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril B Cooke 23 Jun 1924 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt Malcolm D Nares 27 Sep 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne 15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles R Davidson 12 Nov 1923 MC
Fg Off John A Hollis 16 Jan 1924
Fg Off George R C Oliver  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Cyril R Smythe 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Joseph H Hargroves  3 Feb 1923
Fg Off Hugh L P Lester 18 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Lawrence Darvall 19 Feb 1924 MC; later AM
Fg Off Walter R Day 15 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Usher-Somers  8 Mar 1921 Killed in a flying accident - 14 May 1924
Fg Off Robert V D White  8 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert W H Cook  5 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Alexander P C Hannay 18 Apr 1923 MC
Fg Off Cecil D Robertson 31 Jan 1922 MM
Fg Off John N Jaques 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off

Colin W Weedon

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Arthur L Harris 15 Oct 1923  
Fg Off Sidney H Cooper 23 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Brownlow R C Coope 16 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Plt Off William J E Rodwell 14 Sep 1923  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Herbert A Lotherington  14 Sep 1923
Medical Branch
Fg Off Edward C K H Foreman 28 Jan 1923

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
 5 Jan 1925 Squadron moved to Peshawar
22 May 1925 Operational Flights moved to Kohat

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

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 Kohat, India (HQ remained at Peshawar) No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Cyril B Cooke 23 Jun 1924 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt Cecil A Stevens 23 Sep 1924 MC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E Davidson 23 Nov 1923 MC
Fg Off Thomas Humble 27 Nov 1924
Fg Off Joseph H Hargroves  3 Feb 1923

Fg Off Hugh L P Lester 18 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Amos F James 21 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Lawrence Darvall 19 Feb 1924 MC; later AM
Fg Off Robert W H Cook  5 Apr 1923  
Fg Off John N Jaques 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Colin W Weedon 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Edgar T O Hughes 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Harold R Holdway 14 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Arthur B D Liveck  1 May 1925  
Plt Off Roderick F de H Reed 30 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Leslie R Shaw 30 Dec 1924  
Plt Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert Lamb  5 Jan 1925
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William E Barnes  2 Jan 1925

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India No 1 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John B Cole-Hamilton

23 Jun 1924 Officer Commanding; later AVM
Flt Lt Cecil A Stevens 23 Sep 1924 MC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E Davidson 23 Nov 1923 MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Freke W Wiseman-Clarke 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leslie S Hamilton 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Amos F James 21 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Lawrence Darvall 19 Feb 1924 MC; later AM
Fg Off Charles Dollery  6 Oct 1925
Fg Off John R Wolley 22 Mar 1925

Fg Off Colin W Weedon 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Dennis C Prance  6 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Robert L Yates 8 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Harold R Holdway 14 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Arthur B Smith 18 Nov 1925 MC
Fg Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off James A Mollison 20 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Leslie R Shaw 30 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert Lamb  5 Jan 1925
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William E Barnes  2 Jan 1925

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India No 1 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John B Cole-Hamilton

23 Jun 1924 Officer Commanding; later AVM
Flt Lt Cecil A Stevens 23 Sep 1924 MC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E Davidson 23 Nov 1923 MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Freke W Wiseman-Clarke 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leslie S Hamilton 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Amos F James 21 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Lawrence Darvall 19 Feb 1924 MC; later AM
Fg Off Charles Dollery  6 Oct 1925
Fg Off John R Wolley 22 Mar 1925

Fg Off Colin W Weedon 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Dennis C Prance  6 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Robert L Yates 8 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Harold R Holdway 14 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Arthur B Smith 18 Nov 1925 MC
Fg Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off James A Mollison 20 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Leslie R Shaw 30 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Phillip H Nicholls 15 Dec 1925 Died from injuries - 5 Oct 1926
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert Lamb  5 Jan 1925
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William E Barnes  2 Jan 1925

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John V Steel 23 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Cecil A Stevens 23 Sep 1924 MC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

15 Feb 1923 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Charles E Davidson 23 Nov 1923 MC
Flt Lt Lawrence Darvall 19 Feb 1924 MC; later AM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Freke W Wiseman-Clarke 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leslie S Hamilton 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Charles Dollery  6 Oct 1925 Armament duties
Fg Off John R Wolley 22 Mar 1925

Fg Off Colin W Weedon 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Dennis C Prance  6 Jan 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold R Holdway 14 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Arthur B Smith 18 Nov 1925 MC
Fg Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Charles R Hancock 22 Jul 1926
Fg Off Gwyther W P Irwin 22 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Robert L Burnett 21 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Ellacott L S Ward 22 Sep 1926 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off Robert Lamb  5 Jan 1925
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William E Barnes  2 Jan 1925

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

The squadron records for the period 25 January 1924 to 3 Jun 1927 are missing from the ORB

Organisational Movements: Jan - May 1924

Date Notes
 4 Jun 1927 Detachment advance party proceeded to Shabkadar to assist No 5 Sqn
 6 Jun 1927 Detachment proceeded to Shabkadar to assist No 5 Sqn
10 Jun 1927 Detachment returned to Peshawar

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John V Steel 23 Jul 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt Charles E Davidson 23 Nov 1923 MC
Flt Lt Frederick H Laurence 19 Apr 1927 MC
Flt Lt

James W Young

 5 Apr 1927 Signals duties, MBE
Flt Lt

Noel S Paynter

 1 Jun 1927 later A/Cdre
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Freke W Wiseman-Clarke 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leslie S Hamilton 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Albert E G Forrest 16 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Lionel J Booth 11 Dec 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Colin W Weedon 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Dennis C Prance  6 Jan 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold R Holdway 14 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Arthur B Smith 18 Nov 1925 MC
Fg Off Arthur King-Lewis 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Gwyther W P Irwin 22 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Charles R Hancock 22 Jul 1926
Fg Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey  7 Dec 1926
Plt Off Ellacott L S Ward 22 Sep 1926 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote  7 Dec 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Alexander Dickson 26 Oct 1926

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

The squadron records for the period 10 Jun 1927 to 6 Apr 1930 are missing from the ORB

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles H Nicholas

17 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Noel S Paynter

 1 Jun 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Freke W Wiseman-Clarke 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leslie S Hamilton 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Albert E G Forrest 16 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Lionel J Booth 11 Dec 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Arthur B Smith 18 Nov 1925 MC
Fg Off Charles R Hancock 22 Jul 1926
Fg Off Gwyther W P Irwin 22 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Reginald H Holmes  4 Apr 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off

Edward D MacL Hopkins

28 Feb 1928 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter R J Spittle 20 Jun 1927  
Fg Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey  7 Dec 1926
Fg Off Ellacott L S Ward 22 Sep 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Lee C L Murray 31 Jan 1928  
Fg Off Geoffrey M Buxton 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off James C Cunningham 10 May 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote  7 Dec 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Christopher T O'Neill 20 Sep 1927 OBE, MB

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles H Nicholas

17 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Noel S Paynter

 1 Jun 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Geoffrey R C Spencer 12 Sep 1924 later AVM
Flt Lt Freke W Wiseman-Clarke 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leslie S Hamilton 15 Oct 1925  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Albert E G Forrest 16 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Lionel J Booth 11 Dec 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Reginald W Pilling 15 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Arthur B Smith 18 Nov 1925 MC
Fg Off Charles R Hancock 22 Jul 1926
Fg Off Gwyther W P Irwin 22 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Robert K Coupland 27 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Reginald H Holmes  4 Apr 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off

Edward D MacL Hopkins

28 Feb 1928 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter R J Spittle 20 Jun 1927  
Fg Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey  7 Dec 1926
Fg Off Ellacott L S Ward 22 Sep 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Lee C L Murray 31 Jan 1928  
Fg Off Geoffrey M Buxton 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off James C Cunningham 10 May 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote  7 Dec 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Christopher T O'Neill 20 Sep 1927 OBE, MB

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles H Nicholas

17 Mar 1928 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Noel S Paynter

 1 Jun 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Noel L Desoer

20 Oct 1928 later  AVM
Flt Lt William K Mercer  4 Jan 1929  
Fg Off Lionel J Booth 11 Dec 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Charles R Hancock 22 Jul 1926
Fg Off

Edward D MacL Hopkins

28 Feb 1928 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter R J Spittle 20 Jun 1927  
Fg Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey  7 Dec 1926
Fg Off

John R Jones

 9 Mar 1929 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ellacott L S Ward 22 Sep 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Selwyn H C Gray

24 Aug 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Geoffrey M Buxton 23 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Vyvian Q Blackden 20 Oct 1928 Photographic duties
Fg Off Basil M Cary  4 Jan1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Geoffrey W Monk 20 Oct 1928  
Fg Off Richard C Hancock 20 Oct 1928  
Plt Off Walter D Butler  6 Apr 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote  7 Dec 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Christopher T O'Neill 20 Sep 1927 OBE, MB

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie O Brown

 7 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 20 Sqn
Flt Lt William K Mercer  7 Apr 1930 Relinquished temporary command of No 20 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Leslie O Brown

 7 Apr 1930 Assumed command of No 20 Sqn
LAC E R Charleworth  5 May 1930 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off J W Hawke  5 May 1930 Injured in a flying accident
Flt Lt J C H Tavendale 14 May 1930 Killed in a flying accident
LAC H J Chappell 14 May 1930 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off J W Hawke 15 May 1930 Died from injuries
Flt Lt

Noel L Desoer

17 Jun 1930 Attached to Fordham's Force as Liaison Officer

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol F2B Fighter Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie O Brown

 7 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William K Mercer  4 Jan 1929  
Flt Lt

Noel L Desoer

20 Oct 1928 later  AVM
Flt Lt Robert Menzies  8 Oct 1929 Signals duties
Flt Lt Charles R Hancock 22 Jul 1926
Fg Off Edward G H Russell-Stracey  7 Dec 1926
Fg Off

John R Jones

 9 Mar 1929 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ellacott L S Ward 22 Sep 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Selwyn H C Gray

24 Aug 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Vyvian Q Blackden 20 Oct 1928 Photographic duties
Fg Off Basil M Cary  4 Jan1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Geoffrey W Monk 20 Oct 1928  
Fg Off Richard C Hancock 20 Oct 1928  
Fg Off Walter D Butler  6 Apr 1929  
Fg Off John B Fyffe  8 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Edward Rotheram 10 Jul 1929  
Fg Off

Geoffrey N E Tindal-Carill-Worsley

 7 Mar 1930 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Plt Off Douglas J Eayrs 21 Jan 1930  
Plt Off Joseph H Manning-Fox  8 Oct 1929  
Plt Off David W Lane 21 Jan 1930 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote  7 Dec 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Roy W White  8 Oct 1929 MRCS, LCRP

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off D H G Wood 24 Apr 1931 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 R F Ring 24 Apr 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt William K Mercer 30 Jun 1931 Promoted to Sqn Ldr

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
12 Oct 1930 Squadron placed under the operational control of HQ No 5 Wing
15 Mar 1931 No 5 Wing disbanded and No 20 Sqn placed under Peshawar District for operations

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti IIA Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie O Brown

 7 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William K Mercer  4 Jan 1929  
Flt Lt Robert Menzies  8 Oct 1929 Signals duties
Flt Lt Gerald H Loughman 22 Nov 1930  
Flt Lt

John R Jones

 9 Mar 1929 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Vyvian Q Blackden 20 Oct 1928 Photographic duties
Fg Off Basil M Cary  4 Jan1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Geoffrey W Monk 20 Oct 1928  
Fg Off Richard C Hancock 20 Oct 1928  
Fg Off John B Fyffe  8 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Edward Rotheram 10 Jul 1929  
Fg Off

Geoffrey N E Tindal-Carill-Worsley

 7 Mar 1930 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Douglas J Eayrs 21 Jan 1930  
Fg Off James S Douglas  7 Aug 1930
Fg Off Edward E Ellison 23 Sep 1930  
Fg Off Brian Paddon 14 Feb 1931  
Fg Off David W Lane 21 Jan 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

William S Hebden

16 Sep 1930 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off Percy J Mote  7 Dec 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Roy W White  8 Oct 1929 MRCS, LCRP

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
LAC East 19 Apr 1932 Died from wounds sustained in an attack by a tribesman

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
14 Jan 1932 First four Westland Wapiti IIAs arrived to commence re-equipment of squadron
Wapiti IIA
 4 Feb 1932 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
 7 Feb 1932 'C' Flight returned from Miranshah
26 Feb 1932 Four Bristol F2Bs flown to Lahore for disposal
27 Feb 1932 Second flight of Wapitis arrived from Lahore
13 Mar 1932 Five Bristol F2Bs flown to Lahore for disposal
14 Mar 1932 Third flight of Wapitis arrived from Lahore

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie O Brown

 7 Mar 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Cyril N Ellen

26 May 1932 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Edgar J Kingston-McClaughry

24 Mar 1932 DSO, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Gerald H Loughman 22 Nov 1930  
Flt Lt

John R Jones

 9 Mar 1929 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Basil M Cary  4 Jan1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off John B Fyffe  8 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Edward Rotheram 10 Jul 1929  
Fg Off Maurice G Parker 15 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Douglas J Eayrs 21 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Joseph H Manning-Fox 12 Oct 1931  
Fg Off James S Douglas  7 Aug 1930
Fg Off Edward E Ellison 23 Sep 1930  
Fg Off David W Lane 21 Jan 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

William S Hebden

16 Sep 1930 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Donald H A Golege-Steel 25 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Reginald G Wild

23 Feb 1932  
Fg Off John R Watson 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Rowland B Harrison

12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Philip Haynes  5 Jan 1932  
Fg Off George P K Donaldson 12 Feb 1932  
Plt Off William T H Nichols 16 Oct 1931  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Wallace G S Wood 15 Oct 1931
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Roy W White  8 Oct 1929 MRCS, LCRP

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie O Brown

 9 Nov 1932 Relinquished command of No 20 Sqn on posting to Aircraft Depot
Sqn Ldr

Leslie N Hollinghurst

 9 Nov 1932 Assumed command of No 20 Sqn

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
 5 Mar 1933 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
12 Mar 1932 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
27 Mar 1932 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie N Hollinghurst

 9 Nov 1932 Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

Cyril N Ellen

26 May 1932 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Edgar J Kingston-McClaughry

24 Mar 1932 DSO, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Robert Menzies 23 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt John Norwood  7 Feb 1933  
Flt Lt Terence J Arbuthnot 18 Oct 1932 Signals duties
Fg Off Walter R Munro Higgs 30 Jul 1932  
Fg Off Roy J O Bartlett  1 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Archibald M Watts-Read  9 Oct 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Joseph H Manning-Fox 12 Oct 1931  
Fg Off James S Douglas  7 Aug 1930
Fg Off David W Lane 21 Jan 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John R Watson 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Rowland B Harrison

12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Philip Haynes  5 Jan 1932  
Fg Off George P K Donaldson 12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off William T H Nichols 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Cyril N Carpenter 11 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Edgar B Waddy 28 Feb 1933  
Plt Off Alan Pyke 18 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Eric F Porter 18 Oct 1932  
Plt Off William M Keddie  7 Feb 1933  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Wallace G S Wood 15 Oct 1931
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey 21 Oct 1932 MB, BCh
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles Ripley 12 Mar 1933  
WO II William Morgan 11 Mar 1933  
WO II Charles Oakley 15 Mar 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie N Hollinghurst

 9 Nov 1932 Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Robert Menzies 23 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt

David F W Atcherley

29 May 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt John Norwood  7 Feb 1933  
Flt Lt Terence J Arbuthnot 18 Oct 1932 Signals duties
Flt Lt Walter R Munro Higgs 30 Jul 1932  
Fg Off Roy J O Bartlett  1 Apr 1933  
Fg Off Archibald M Watts-Read  9 Oct 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off

David W Bayne

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John R Watson 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Rowland B Harrison

12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Philip Haynes  5 Jan 1932  
Fg Off George P K Donaldson 12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off William T H Nichols 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Cyril N Carpenter 11 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Edgar B Waddy 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Alan Pyke 18 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Eric F Porter 18 Oct 1932  
Fg Off William M Keddie  7 Feb 1933  
Fg Off William J Craig 24 Oct 1933
Plt Off William D Anderson 18 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Arthur J Biggar 18 Oct 1933  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Wallace G S Wood 15 Oct 1931
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey 21 Oct 1932 MB, BCh
Flt Lt Victor H Tomkins 12 May 1933 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William Morgan 11 Mar 1933  
WO II Charles Oakley 15 Mar 1932  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leslie N Hollinghurst

 9 Nov 1932 Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Robert Menzies 23 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt

David F W Atcherley

29 May 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt John Norwood  7 Feb 1933  
Flt Lt Terence J Arbuthnot 18 Oct 1932 Signals duties
Flt Lt Walter R Munro Higgs 30 Jul 1932  
Fg Off

David W Bayne

 1 Sep 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John R Watson 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off William J Brighty  1 Apr 1934  
Fg Off George P K Donaldson 12 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Arthur H Garland  5 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Cyril N Carpenter 11 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Alan Pyke 18 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Eric F Porter 18 Oct 1932  
Fg Off William S P Simonds 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off William J Craig 24 Oct 1933
Plt Off William D Anderson 18 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Arthur J Biggar 18 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Charles F Pearce 15 Feb 1934  
Plt Off William B Murray  8 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Alexander J Kennedy 26 Feb 1934  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Wallace G S Wood 15 Oct 1931
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey 21 Oct 1932 MB, BCh
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Charles Ripley 12 Mar 1933  
WO II William Morgan 11 Mar 1933  
WO II Charles Oakley 15 Mar 1932  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
13 Jun 1935 'A' Flight proceeded to Quetta following the Quetta Earthquake

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Peshawar, India RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McG Fairweather 28 Sep 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt Harry R McL Reid 21 Nov 1934 DFC
Flt Lt

David F W Atcherley

29 May 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt John Norwood  7 Feb 1933  
Flt Lt Terence J Arbuthnot 18 Oct 1932 Signals duties
Flt Lt Francis C Cole 27 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Arthur H Garland  5 Mar 1934  
Fg Off William S P Simonds 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off William J Craig 24 Oct 1933
Fg Off Claude R D L Lloyd 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Theodore U Rolfe 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Robert J Gosnell 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off William D Anderson 18 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Arthur J Biggar 18 Oct 1933  
Fg Off William B Murray  8 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Alexander J Kennedy 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Charles F Pearce 15 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Eric T Smith 10 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Charles M B Renshaw 10 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Peter H Dutton 10 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Robert C F Lister 28 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Christopher L Y Wright 28 Feb 1935  
Stores Branch
Fg Off William A Lee  2 Feb 1935
Medical Branch
Flt Lt James F Sandow 19 Dec 1933 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO Charles Oakley 15 Mar 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George D Merron 17 Nov 1933  
WO II William Morgan 11 Mar 1933  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr

Leonard de V Chisman

14 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 20 Sqn
Sqn Ldr James McG Fairweather  1 May 1936 Relinquished command of No 20 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Leonard de V Chisman

 1 May 1936 Assumed command of No 20 Sqn

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
10 Sep 1935 'A' Flight returned from Quetta
 4 Dec 1935 'A' Flight  flew its Wapitis to Karachi
10 Dec 1935 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar equipped with Hawker Audaxes
Hawker Audax
10 Dec 1935 'C' Flight  flew its Wapitis to Karachi
13 Dec 1935 'A' Flight detached to Kohat
17 Dec 1935 'C' Flight returned to Peshawar equipped with Hawker Audaxes
17 Dec 1935 'B' Flight  flew its Wapitis to Karachi
19 Dec 1935 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
21 Dec 1935 'C' Flight returned to Peshawar equipped with Hawker Audaxes

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax Peshawar, India RAF India/No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McG Fairweather 28 Sep 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Leonard de V Chisman

14 Apr 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Cyril M Heard

30 Sep 1935 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Terence J Arbuthnot 18 Oct 1932 Signals duties
Flt Lt H McC White 24 Feb 1936  
Fg Off William S P Simonds 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off William J Craig 24 Oct 1933
Fg Off Claude R D L Lloyd 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Theodore U Rolfe 30 Mar 1935  
Fg Off William D Anderson 18 Oct 1933 DFC
Fg Off Arthur J Biggar 18 Oct 1933  
Fg Off William B Murray  8 Mar 1934  
Fg Off Alexander J Kennedy 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Charles F Pearce 15 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Eric T Smith 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Charles M B Renshaw 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Peter H Dutton 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Robert C F Lister 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Christopher L Y Wright 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935  
Plt Off J B Black 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R M Coad 18 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A N Cole 18 Mar 1936  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off William A Lee  2 Feb 1935
Medical Branch
Flt Lt James F Sandow 19 Dec 1933 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO Charles Oakley 15 Mar 1932  
WO F P Gee 25 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 1 Dec 1936 Advance party moved to Miranshah by air
 1 Dec 1936 Road party moved to Miranshah via Kohat
 2 Dec 1936 'A' & 'B' Flights proceeded to Miranshah
 2 Dec 1936 Road party arrived at Miranshah
24 Dec 1936 HQ and 2 Flights returned to Peshawar
7 Jan 1937 HQ and 2 Flights proceeded to Miranshah
16 Jan 1937 HQ and 2 Flights returned to Peshawar
30 Jan 1937 'A' & 'B' Flight proceeded to Karachi for Armament Training Camp
15 Feb 1937 'A' & 'B' Flight returned from Karachi on completion of Armament Training Camp
16 Apr 1937 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
20 Apr 1937 Squadron proceeded to Miranshah
xx Jun 1937 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 20 Squadron badge

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

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 Miranshah RAF India/No 3 (Indian) Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Leonard de V Chisman

14 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Terence J Arbuthnot 18 Oct 1932 Signals duties
Flt Lt R J Carvell 15 Sep 1936  
Flt Lt C H Turner 15 Sep 1936  
Flt Lt F C Daubney 20 Apr 1937  
Flt Lt William S P Simonds 26 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Peter H Dutton 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Robert C F Lister 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Christopher L Y Wright 28 Feb 1935  
Fg Off Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935  
Fg Off J B Black 14 Mar 1936
Fg Off R M Coad 18 Mar 1936  
Fg Off A N Cole 18 Mar 1936  
Plt Off L E Cryer 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off G A L Cheatle 15 Oct 1936  
Plt Off A G T James 15 Oct 1936  
Plt Off C H Jones 15 Oct 1936  
Plt Off N A N Bray 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off G H N Gibson 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off R B Cox 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off P M J Evans 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off C P V Hervey 11 Feb 1937  
APO T H Parrott 22 May 1937  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt William A Lee  2 Feb 1935
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J L Walsh 20 Apr 1937 MB, BS
Warrant Officers
WO F P Gee 25 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 1 Sep 1937 'B' Flight returned to Peshawar
11 Oct 1937 Road Party 'C' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
12 Oct 1937 'C' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
xx Dec 1937 'C' Flight returned to Peshawar
 3 Feb 1938 'B' & 'C' Flights proceeded to Karachi for Armament Training Camp
10 Feb 1938 'B' & 'C' Flights returned from Karachi on completion of Armament Training Camp
 38 Mar 1938 'A' Flight proceeded to Karachi for Armament Training Camp
10 Feb 1938 'A' Flight returned from Karachi on completion of Armament Training Camp
29 Apr 1938 Road Party 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
30 Apr 1938 Air Party 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
30 Apr 1938 Road Party 'A' Flight arrived at Miranshah
13 May 1938 Road Party, 'B' & 'C' Flights proceeded to Miranshah via Bannu
13 May 1938 Air Party, 'B' & 'C' Flights proceeded to Miranshah
14 May 1938 Road Party, 'B' & 'C' Flights arrived at Miranshah
21 May 1938 Air and Road Parties, 'B' & 'C' Flights departed Miranshah for Peshawar

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax Miranshah RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Basil E Embry

16 Nov 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt F C Daubney 20 Apr 1937  
Act Flt Lt

Tristram B de la P Beresford

22 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R M Coad 18 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt A N Cole 18 Mar 1936  
Fg Off L E Cryer 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off N A N Bray 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off A G T James 15 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C H Jones 15 Oct 1936
Fg Off G H N Gibson 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off R B Cox 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off P M J Evans 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off C P V Hervey 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J G Fraser  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C A Harris  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R T Frogley  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off T L Howell  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M D Day  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off Ronald G Knott  8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A Selby  1 Feb 1938
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J L Walsh 20 Apr 1937 MB, BS
Education Officer
Mr C H Sleightholme 21 Sep 1937 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO N Gardner 27 Oct 1937 DFM

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Basil E Embry

31 Sep 1938 Relinquished command of No 20 Sqn on posting to FTS, Delhi
Sqn Ldr

Roger C Mead

31 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 28 Sqn and assumed command of No 20 Sqn

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 2 Jul 1938 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
 2 Jul 1938 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
18 Sep 1938 HQ and 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
26 Sep 1938 HQ and 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
11 Nov 1938 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
 9 Dec 1938 'C' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
10 Dec 1938 HQ and 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/258)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax Miranshah RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roger C Mead

 1 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt O H D Blomfield  5 Nov 1938 Signals duties
Act Flt Lt

Tristram B de la P Beresford

22 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R M Coad 18 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt A N Cole 18 Mar 1936  
Fg Off N A N Bray 24 Oct 1936 DFC
Fg Off A G T James 15 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C H Jones 15 Oct 1936
Fg Off G H N Gibson 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off R B Cox 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off P M J Evans 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off C P V Hervey 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off J G Fraser  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C A Harris  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R T Frogley  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off T L Howell  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M D Day  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off Ronald G Knott  8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Plt Off P J A Byers 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off S T Cooper 25 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A Selby  1 Feb 1938
Fg Off D J Barber 11 Nov 1938
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J L Walsh 20 Apr 1937 MB, BS
Education Officer
Mr C H Sleightholme 21 Sep 1937 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO N Gardner 27 Oct 1937 DFM
WO H L Pilford 21 Aug 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 7 Jan 1939 'A' Flight detached to Kohat
16 Jan 1939 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
25 Feb 1939 'C' Flight returned to Peshawar
29 Mar 1939 Squadron re-organised on a two-flight basis

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/259)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax Miranshah RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roger C Mead

 1 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt O H D Blomfield  5 Nov 1938 Signals duties
Flt Lt

Tristram B de la P Beresford

22 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R M Coad 18 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt N A N Bray 24 Oct 1936 DFC
Fg Off A G T James 15 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C H Jones 15 Oct 1936
Fg Off G H N Gibson 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off P M J Evans 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off C P V Hervey 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off J G Fraser  8 Jan 1938  
Fg Off R T Frogley  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C A Harris  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off T L Howell  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M D Day  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off Ronald G Knott  8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Plt Off P J A Byers 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off S T Cooper 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J H Iremonger 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A D Mitchell 23 Dec 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off A MacC Stott 10 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off D J Barber 11 Nov 1938
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J L Walsh 20 Apr 1937 MB, BS
Flt Lt R G Haynes 10 Feb 1939 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr C H Sleightholme 21 Sep 1937 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO N Gardner 27 Oct 1937 DFM
WO G J Goldstone 27 Oct 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax Miranshah RAF India/No 1 (Indian) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roger C Mead

 1 Oct 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard L Vivian 17 Oct 1935  
Flt Lt O H D Blomfield  5 Nov 1938 Signals duties
Flt Lt

Tristram B de la P Beresford

22 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R M Coad 18 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt N A N Bray 24 Oct 1936 DFC
Fg Off A G T James 15 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C H Jones 15 Oct 1936
Fg Off G H N Gibson 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off C P V Hervey 11 Feb 1937  
Fg Off J G Fraser  8 Jan 1938  
Fg Off R T Frogley  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C A Harris  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off T L Howell  8 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M D Day  5 Apr 1938  
Plt Off Ronald G Knott  8 Mar 1938 later AVM
Plt Off P J A Byers 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off S T Cooper 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J H Iremonger 23 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A D Mitchell 23 Dec 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off A MacC Stott 10 Feb 1939  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off D J Barber 11 Nov 1938
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J L Walsh 20 Apr 1937 MB, BS
Flt Lt R G Haynes 10 Feb 1939 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr C H Sleightholme 21 Sep 1937 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO N Gardner 27 Oct 1937 DFM
WO G J Goldstone 27 Oct 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
15 May 1939 Squadron received Westland Lysander, K6128 (2nd prototype) for service trials
Lysander K6128
16 Jun 1939 'B' Flight (part) detached to Kohat
22 Jun 1939 'B' Flight (part) returned to Peshawar
 6 Aug 1939 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
11 Aug 1939 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
 9 Aug 1939 Squadron proceeded to Miranshah
 9 Sep 1939 'B' Flight returned to Peshawar
14 Sep 1939 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
26 Oct  1939 'B' Flight proceeded to Manzai
30 Oct 1939 'C' reformed at Miranshah
30 Oct 1939 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
26 Nov 1939 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
30 Nov 1939 'A' Flight returned to Peshawar
14 Dec 1939 'C' Flight returned to Peshawar
15 Dec 1939 Road Convoy, 'C' Flight returned to Peshawar

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/259)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt N A N Bray  9 Jan 1940 Posted to AHQ India, Delhi
Fg Off T L Howell 12 Jan 1940 Detached to act as ALO with Bannu Brigade
Fg Off E W Tremlett 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on ;posting from No 31 Sqn
Plt Off R W Turnbull 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on ;posting from No 31 Sqn
Plt Off G J H Crystall 10 Feb 1940 Arrived on ;posting from No 5 Sqn
Fg Off D J Barber 19 Apr 1940 Equipment Officer posted to No 31 Sqn
Flt Lt H G Haynes 19 Apr 1940 Medical Officer posted to No 31 Sqn
Fg Off J H Iremonger  1 May 1940 Posted to RAF Lahore for duty with communication flight
Fg Off J G Frazer 15 May 1940 Embarked at Calcutta for sick leave in New Zealand and transfer to RNZAF
Plt Off A D Mitchell 30 May 1940 Posted to RAF Risalpur for duty as a Flying Instructor
Flt Lt W E Surplice  4 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 28 Sqn and assumed command of No 20 Sqn
Fg Off Ronald G Knott 28 Jun 1940 Posted to No 5 IAFVR for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt Overton 30 Jul 1940 Signals Officer, posted to Aircraft Depot
Plt Off A L E Ormond 30 Jul 1940 Posted for Equipment duties, wef 9 Apr 1940
Flt Lt C H Jones  1 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF Risalpur for duty as a Flying Instructor
Fg Off J A L Fowler  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Ambala
Plt Off R W Turnbull 16 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 A S Happel 16 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off W D Adams 20 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Sqn
Plt Off A Garfoot  6 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from T & D Flight, Aircraft Depot
Plt Off A Garfoot 30 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC H Farrell 30 Sep 1940 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Flt Lt G H Gibson  1 Nov 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off T L Howell  1 Nov 1940 Posted to No 1 FTS, RAF Ambala
Fg Off J A L Fowler  1 Nov 1940 Posted to No 1 FTS, RAF Ambala
Flt Lt D I Fairburn 16 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Ambala
Flt Lt D I Fairburn 28 Nov 1940 Posted to HQ No 1 (Indian) Group

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/259)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
11 Jan 1940 'A' & 'C' Flights proceeded to Kohat
22 Jan 1940 'A' & 'C' Flights returned to Peshawar
17 Feb 1940 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
18 Feb 1940 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
24 Feb 1940 'B' Flight returned to Peshawar
26 Feb 1940 'B' & 'C' Flights proceeded to Islam Chauki
 3 Mar 1940 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
11 Mar 1940 'B' Flight returned to Peshawar
 1 Apr 1940 'C' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
 8 Apr 1940 Squadron HQ proceeded to Kohat
16 Apr 1940 'B' Flight proceeded to Kohat
22 Apr 1940 'A' Flight proceeded from Miranshah to Kohat
31 May 1940 'B' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
31 May 1940 'C' Flight proceeded to Kohat
23 Jul 1940 'B' Flight returned to Kohat
10 Aug 1940 'C' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
 2 Sep 1940 'C' Flight returned to Kohat
 5 Oct 1940 Detachment (6 aircraft) proceeded to Quetta
10 Oct 1940 Detachment (6 aircraft) returned to Kohat from Quetta
 5 Dec 1940 'A' Flight proceeded to Miranshah
 8 Dec 1940 'A' Flight returned to Kohat

Source - No 20 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/259)

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