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No 21 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Dec 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Lawrence xx Jan 1936 Attached from SHQ, RAF Bircham Newton as Officer Commanding

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: Dec 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
 3 Dec 1935 Reformed at Bircham Newton from a nucleus provided by No 82 Squadron, comprising a HQ and one flight
31 Dec 1935 First Hawker Hind (K4638) arrived
Hawker Hind of No 21 Squadron

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Bircham Newton ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes

No Personnel listed

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jun 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt A R Sarel 16 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C E Levitt 26 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off S F Coutts-Wood 26 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Stewart W B Menaul 27 Feb 1937 Reposted for duty as Adjutant, wef 1 Feb 1937
APO R B Langlois 19 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H R P Bridgen 25 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
APO R B Langlois 30 Mar 1937 Posted to Middle East Command
Plt Off C E Levitt 19 Apr 1937 Posted to RAF Leuchars
Plt Off R D C Gibson 19 Apr 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for course
Plt Off P W Hartley 26 May 1937 Posted to Air Observer School, RAF North Coates Fitties

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
2 Jul 1936 Six Hinds were flown to RAF Abbotsinch by pilots of No 18 Sqn
25 Jul 1936 Rail Party, departed RAF Bircham Newton for RAF Abbotsinch
25 Jul 1936 On arrival at RAF Abbotsinch, Nos 21 and 34 Sqns were administered by SHQ Abbotsinch in No 2 Group
xx Sep 1936 Squadron became self-administrating
3 Nov 1936 Air Party, moved to RAF Lympne
4 Nov 1936 Ground Party, moved to RAF Lympne by rail
18 Jan 1937 Squadron detached to RAF Upper Heyford to undertake bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
30 Jan 1937 Squadron ceased to be detached to RAF Upper Heyford on completion of bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
 8 Mar 1937 Squadron detached to RAF Abingdon to undertake bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
 1 May 1937 Squadron ceased to be detached to RAF Abingdon on completion of bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
10 May 1937 Squadron ceased to be detached to RAF Upper Heyford on completion of bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Lympne Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr P Murgatroyd 23 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt A R Sarel 16 Jul 1936  
Plt Off K M McCrudden 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off R D C Gibson  5 Aug 1936  
Plt Off D I McLeod 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off L V E Petley 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off H R P Bridgen 25 Mar 1937  
Plt Off Stewart W B Menaul 19 Dec 1936 Adjutant; later AVM
Plt Off S F Coutts-Wood 26 Jan 1937  

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1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jun 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
APO T H Parrott xx Jun 1937 Arrived on posting, wef 22 May 1937
Plt Off A D Watson 30 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P Meston 31 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Stewart W B Menaul 16 Aug 1937 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R D C Gibson 16 Aug 1937 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R J McDonogh 23 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off M W Hamlyn 28 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H R P Bridgen  3 Jan 1938 Posted to RAF Gosport
Plt Off L J W Felgate 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting
APO A J H Finch 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G E P Green  3 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting
APO A J H Finch 29 Mar 1938 Posted to Iraq Command
Plt Off R D C Gibson 16 Apr 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off K M McCrudden 16 Apr 1938 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 14 Feb 1938
APO S L Sigurdson  7 May 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off L V E Petley 21 May 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off M W Hamlyn 26 May 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off J C G Sarll 11 Jun 1938  

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
15 Aug 1937 Squadron detached to RAF Upper Heyford to undertake bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
21 Aug 1937 Squadron ceased to be detached to RAF Upper Heyford on completion of bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
 4 Sep 1937 Squadron detached to RAF Upper Heyford to undertake bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
11 Sep 1937 Squadron ceased to be detached to RAF Upper Heyford on completion of bombing practice on the Otmoor ranges
17 Sep 1937 Squadron proceeded to Woodsford (Warmwell) for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 1 Oct 1937 Squadron returned from Woodsford (Warmwell) on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
 1 Feb 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Practice Camp
28 Feb 1938 Squadron returned from RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Lympne Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr P Murgatroyd 23 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt A R Sarel 18 Jul 1936  
Fg Off K M McCrudden 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off R D C Gibson  5 Aug 1936 Adjutant
Fg Off L V E Petley 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off R J McDonogh 23 Oct 1937 later AVM
Plt Off M W Hamlyn 28 Oct 1937  
Plt Off S F Coutts-Wood 26 Jan 1937  
Plt Off T H Parrott 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P Meston 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off A D Watson 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off L J W Felgate 19 Feb 1938  
APO A J H Finch 19 Feb 1938  
APO S L Sigurdson  7 May 1938  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J C G Sarll 11 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr P Murgatroyd  7 Jul 1938 Retired at his own request
Flt Lt A R Sarel  7 Jul 1938 Assumed temporary command of No 21 Sqn
Plt Off T H Parrott  9 Jul 1938 Posted to No 58 Sqn
Sqn Ldr L T Keens 28 Jul 1938 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 21 Sqn
Plt Off H D S Dunford-Wood 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off I Stapleton 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt A R Sarel  1 Oct 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr A R Sarel 13 Oct 1938 Posted to RAF Upwood

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
15 Aug 1938 Squadron departed RAF Lympne for RAF Eastchurch by rail, aircraft being left behind for disposal
xx Aug 1938 Squadron re-equipped with Bristol Blenheim Is
Bristol Blenheim I

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Eastchurch Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L T Keens 28 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off R D C Gibson  5 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off K M McCrudden 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off L V E Petley 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off Stewart W B Menaul 19 Dec 1936 later AVM
Fg Off M W Hamlyn 28 Oct 1937  
Fg Off S F Coutts-Wood 26 Jan 1937  
Plt Off P Meston 31 Jul 1937 Adjutant
Plt Off A D Watson 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R J McDonogh 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L J W Felgate 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S L Sigurdson  7 May 1938  
Plt Off H D S Dunford-Wood 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I Stapleton 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J C G Sarll 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off R G M Gilmore  5 Nov 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off P Meston 31 Jan 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off P Meston  1 Mar 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J C G Sarll  1 Mar 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off F C Gibbs  7 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A D Watson 31 Mar 1939 Promoted to Fg Off

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 2 Mar 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Eastchurch to RAF Watton

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Watton Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L T Keens 28 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off R D C Gibson  5 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off K M McCrudden 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off L V E Petley 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off Stewart W B Menaul 19 Dec 1936 later AVM
Fg Off M W Hamlyn 28 Oct 1937  
Fg Off S F Coutts-Wood 26 Jan 1937  
Fg Off P Meston 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off A D Watson 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R J McDonogh 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L J W Felgate 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S L Sigurdson  7 May 1938  
Plt Off H D S Dunford-Wood 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I Stapleton 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J C G Sarll 11 Jun 1938 Adjutant
Plt Off R G M Gilmore  5 Nov 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Watton Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L T Keens 28 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt R D C Gibson  5 Aug 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off K M McCrudden 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off L V E Petley 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off Stewart W B Menaul 19 Dec 1936 later AVM
Fg Off M W Hamlyn 28 Oct 1937  
Fg Off S F Coutts-Wood 26 Jan 1937  
Fg Off P Meston 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off A D Watson 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R J McDonogh 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L J W Felgate 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S L Sigurdson  7 May 1938  
Plt Off H D S Dunford-Wood 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I Stapleton 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J C G Sarll 11 Jun 1938 Adjutant
Plt Off R G M Gilmore  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off F C Gibbs  7 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G E Macdonald 11 May 1939 Arrived on posting
APO L M Blanckensee 24 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
APO R L Cox 24 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
APO A Elson 31 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting
APO A Stewart 31 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr L T Keens 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 21 Sqn

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Nominal Roll of officer - 3 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr L T Keens Officer Commanding,
Plt Off J C G Sarll Adjutant
Flt Lt R D C Gibson 'A' Flight Commander
Fg Off L V E Petley 'A' Flight
Fg Off M W Hamlyn 'A' Flight
Fg Off S F Coutts-Wood 'A' Flight
Plt Off A D Watson 'A' Flight
Plt Off H D S Dunford-Wood 'A' Flight
Plt Off S L Sigurdson 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr G E Macdonald 'B' Flight Commander
Fg Off P Meston 'B' Flight
Fg Off Stewart W B Menaul 'B' Flight; later AVM
Plt Off R G M Gilmore 'B' Flight
Plt Off I Stapleton 'B' Flight
Plt Off F C Gibbs 'B' Flight
Plt Off R J McDonogh 'B' Flight

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L T Keens 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 21 Sqn
Fg Off Stewart W B Menaul 20 Sep 1939 Posted to No 2 Group Pool, RAF Bassingbourn for Flying Instructor duties
Plt Off Belton RAFVR 22 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
Plt Off A Elson  9 Oct 1939 Posted to No 145 Sqn
Plt Off R J McDonogh 13 Nov 1939 Posted to RAF Warmwell
Sqn Ldr G E Macdonald 20 Nov 1939 Posted to RAF Warmwell

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 3 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft dispersed to RAF Sealand
 9 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft returned to RAF Watton from  RAF Sealand
 9 Sep 1939 First Bristol Blenheim IV collected from Rootes Ltd
Bristol Blenheim IV of No 21 Squadron
18 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft (10) moved to RAF Netheravon
19 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft moved from RAF Netheravon to RAF Bassingbourn
22 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft moved from RAF Bassingbourn to RAF Watton
24 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft dispersed to RAF Bassingbourn
25 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft returned to RAF Watton
30 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft dispersed to RAF Bassingbourn
xx Sep 1939 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 21 Squadron badge
 3 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft returned to RAF Watton
 6 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft dispersed to RAF Bassingbourn
10 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft returned to RAF Watton
18 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft dispersed to RAF Bassingbourn
20 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft returned to RAF Watton
21 Nov 1939 Squadron aircraft dispersed to RAF Horsham St Faith
19 Dec 1939 Squadron aircraft returned to RAF Watton

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263), 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

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L C Bennett 25 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 21 Sqn
Wg Cdr L T Keens  1 Apr 1940 Relinquished command of No 21 Sqn on posting
Wg Cdr L C Bennett  1 Apr 1940 Assumed command of No 21 Sqn
Plt Off I Stapledon  6 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W J Wetton  6 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC J B Ball  6 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R Charleton 11 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt A D Watson 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A L F Webb 12 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC A C Burgess 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Rawson 25 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, later reported to be a POW
Sgt A K R Keates 25 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC D V Cleaver 25 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Bailes 28 May 1940 Baled out during an operation, returning on 31 May
Sgt A E D Twamley 28 May 1940 Killed in action
AC Thompson 28 May 1940 Baled out during an operation, returning on 31 May
Fg Off H D S Dunford-Wood  8 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E Jones  8 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D R C MacLagan  8 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt D MacDonald 11 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt G Lewis 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A G Murray 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J J Outhwaite 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J P Waters 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J M Sculfer 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off L M Blanckensee 13 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Wiiliams 13 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Guest 13 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W A Saunders 14 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation but died two days later
Wg Cdr L C Bennett  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C J Burt  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A T Summers  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J B M Brown  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C D Stevens  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Morton  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt J D W Murray  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Hartley  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G E Duck  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W D Macley  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W L Rawson  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J B Dorrington  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J A Heath-Brown  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W A Hamlyn  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E Williams  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T J Powell 23 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt D J Mobberley 23 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt C J Smewin 23 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A F C Carson 16 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt N C Manser 16 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 T G Adams 16 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off P H Slater 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Jones 26 Oct 1940 Died from wounds
Cpl O H S Holland 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Green 26 Oct 1940 Wounded in action
Sgt Bristow 26 Oct 1940 Wounded in action
AC Windeler 26 Oct 1940 Wounded in action
Sgt E H Sturt  5 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt H K Collinge 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Moore 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D G Osborne 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W R Starns 29 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G G Moffat 29 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R B Stilwell 29 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr M L C McColm 27 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt C J Hann 27 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D G Shepherd 27 Dec 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
24 Jun 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Watton  to RAF Lossiemouth
29 Oct 1940 Aircraft returned to RAF Watton
30 Oct 1940 Ground Party returned to Watton by rail
 1 Nov 1940 Squadron using Bodney as a Satellite

Source - No 21 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/263)

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