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No 23 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Personnel Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 23 Sqn
Fg Off Basil J Finn  1 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from CFS as Flying Instructor
Fg Off D C Prance  1 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn for Flying and Air Pilotage duties
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 41 Sqn for Flying duties on completion of a course at Armament & Gunnery School
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn for Flying and Armament duties
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn for Flying duties
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn for Flying duties, assumed duties of Adjutant temporarily
Flt Lt Percy J Clayson  9 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn for Flying duties, assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Edward H Fielden  9 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn for Flying duties
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn for Flying duties, assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn for Flying duties
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925 Appointed on probation to SSC for 'ab initio' training
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Appointed on probation to SSC for 'ab initio' training
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925 Appointed on probation to SSC for 'ab initio' training
Fg Off Richard L R Atcherley 26 Oct 1925 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn as Flying Instructor
Fg Off D C Prance  1 Jul 1925 Posted to No 60 Sqn, India for Flying and Air Pilotage duties
Sgt Plt A H F Murphy 12 Dec 1925 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn for Flying duties
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS for Flying duties
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn for Flying duties
Plt Off Harry Crowther 21 Jan 1926 Arrived on posting from No 1 Stores Depot for Accountant duties (on probation)

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925- Mar 1926

Date Notes
 1 Jul 1925 Reformed on  at RAF Henlow equipped with Sopwith Snipes, which were replaced in with

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow Inland Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt Percy J Clayson  9 Jul 1925 MC, DFC
Fg Off Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Basil J Finn  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edward H Fielden  9 Jul 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Richard L R Atcherley 26 Oct 1925 later AM
Plt Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925  

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1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 17 Nov 1925 later AVM (not mentioned in ORB)
Accountant Branch
Plt Off Harry Crowther 21 Jan 1926  
Under Instruction
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925

 

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1926

Date Notes
Apr 1926 Re-equipped with Gloster Gamecocks.
Gamecock of No 23 Squadron

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt Percy J Clayson  9 Jul 1925 MC, DFC
Fg Off Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Basil J Finn  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Edward H Fielden  9 Jul 1925 later AVM
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Richard L R Atcherley 26 Oct 1925 later AM
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925  

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1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 17 Nov 1925 later AVM  (not mentioned in ORB)
Accountant Branch
Plt Off Harry Crowther 21 Jan 1926  
Under Instruction
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926 Arrived on posting from CFS as Flying Instructor
Fg Off Richard L R Atcherley  5 Aug 1926 Posted to CFS as Flying Instructor
Plt Off Percy H Jackson 30 Jul 1926 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Plt Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Fg Off Edward H Fielden 13 Aug 1926 Posted to RAF Record Office
Sgt Plt L Anderton 20 Aug 1926 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS for Flying duties
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench 29 Aug 1926 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Sgt Plt A A Forbes 31 Aug 1926 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Sgt Plt J Treadwell 31 Aug 1926 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Flt Lt Percy J Clayson 21 Sep 1926 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Iraq for Flying (Wastage) duties
Fg Off Basil J Finn 29 Sep 1926 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Plt Off Harold C G Dauncey 30 Sep 1926 Arrived on posting from CFS for Flying duties
Plt Off Harry Crowther  8 Nov 1926 Posted to No 12 Sqn for Accountant duties

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Henlow ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt Arthur E Reynolds 20 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 14 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Nigel M Ffrench  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain 15 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Harold C G Dauncey 30 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Percy H Jackson 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Arthur E Reynolds 12 Dec 1926 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Fg Off L W Park 29 Dec 1926 Arrived on posting from School of Storekeeping and Stores Accounting for Stores duties (on probation)
Plt Off Joseph G Chamberlain  5 Jan 1927 Relinquished SSC on account of ill health
Plt Off John Norwood 10 Jan 1927 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Fg Off Bertie W Dulay 19 Feb 1927 Posted to No 99 Sqn for Flying and Signals duties
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Mar 1927 Appointed Adjutant
Fg Off L W Park  1 Apr 1927 Posted to SHQ Kenley
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
 6 Feb 1927 Road Party moved to RAF Kenley
 7 Feb 1927 Air Party moved to RAF Kenley

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

 1 Jul 1925 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth  6 Jul 1925  
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  1 Jul 1925 Armament duties
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald  1 Jul 1925 later AM
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Harold C G Dauncey 30 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Plt Off Percy H Jackson 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Robin H Haworth-Booth 22 Jul 1927 Posted to No 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn
Fg Off Arthur W B McDonald 30 Jul 1927 Posted to RAF Henlow for Long Engineering Course
Plt Off Harold C G Dauncey 12 Oct 1927 Posted to Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment
Plt Off Percy H Jackson 14 Oct 1927 Posted to RAF Depot
Sqn Ldr

Raymond Collishaw

18 Nov 1927 Posted to HQ Air Defence of Great Britain
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 Nov 1927 Assumed temporary command of squadron
Fg Off Taylor 20 Dec 1927 Arrived on posting from CFS as Flying Instructor
Fg Off Eric C Boucher  3 Jan 1928 Posted to No 10 Sqn
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner  9 Jan 1928 Appointed Adjutant
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  9 Jan 1928 Appointed Armament Officer
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Assumed command of unit
Fg Off Taylor 12 Mar 1928 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Fg Off William A Andrews 12 Mar 1928 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn as Flying Instructor
Plt Off Francis H S Searl  5 Apr 1928 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS on completion of flying training
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey  1 Jul 1928 Killed in Flying Accident
Flt Sgt W C Hollier  1 Jul 1928 Killed in Flying Accident

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
18 Jun 1928 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
 6 Jul 1928 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Harold C Calvey 20 Jan 1926  
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off William A Andrews 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Francis H S Searl  5 Apr 1928  
Plt Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926  

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3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Sep 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Francis H S Searl 21 Jul 1928 Appointed Adjutant
Plt Off Percy G S Gardiner 21 Jul 1928 Relinquished appointment of Adjutant
Fg Off William A Andrews 18 Aug 1928 Posted to No 41 Sqn

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 26 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Clifton W Martin  1 Jan 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off William A Andrews 12 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Francis H S Searl  5 Apr 1928  
Fg Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Fg Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926  

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2 Airman Pilots

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Clifton W Martin 22 Aug 1928 Posted to No 10 Sqn
Fg Off E G Cayley  1 Sep 1928 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn
Plt Off P N Sealy-Allin  1 Sep 1928 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off A D Bennett  1 Sep 1928 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off A G Lester  1 Sep 1928 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Fg Off E G Cayley 10 Oct 1928 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Flt Lt E H Searle 12 Nov 1928 Arrived on posting from RAF Kenley for Flying duties
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Arrived on posting from No 2 Sqn for Flying duties
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner  1 Dec 1928 Posted to No 56 Sqn for Signals duties (Cancelled?)
Plt Off A G Lester  1 Dec 1928 Posted to No 29 Sqn for Flying duties
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

 9 Dec 1928 Attached to RAF Cranwell for duties in connection with long distance flight
Fg Off Francis P Wilkinson 14 Jan 1929 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Flt Lt E H Searle 27 Jan 1929 Posted to School of Army Co-operation
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Jan 1929 Appointed Adjutant
Plt Off Francis H S Searl 28 Jan 1929 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to Flying duties
Plt Off A D Bennett 15 Feb 1929 Posted to No 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight
Flt Lt Victor Croome 20 Feb 1929 Arrived on posting from No 1 School of Technical Training for Flying duties
Plt Off P N Sealy-Allin  1 Mar 1929 Killed in a Flying Accident
Flt Lt

Francis R D Swain

 1 Mar 1929 Arrived on posting from Home Aircraft Depot for Flying duties
Fg Off Reginald S Collins  2 Apr 1929 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS fort Flying duties
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS fort Flying duties
Plt Off John Addison  2 Apr 1929 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS fort Flying duties
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

24 Apr 1929 Departed from Cranwell on long distance flight
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

26 Apr 1929 Landed in Karachi having completed first non-stop long distance flight from England to India
Fg Off Charles H Jones 14 Aug 1929 Killed in a flying accident
       

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

21 Jan 1928 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather 18 May 1927 DFC
Flt Lt Victor Croome 20 Feb 1929  
Flt Lt

Francis R D Swain

 1 Mar 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Charles H Jones 28 Sep 1925 Signals duties
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off Harry A Purvis 30 Jul 1926  
Fg Off John Norwood 11 Dec 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928  
Fg Off Reginald S Collins  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929  
Plt Off John Addison  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
Fg Off John Norwood  7 Aug 1929 Posted to No 5 FTS
Fg Off Charles H Jones 14 Aug 1929 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off Duncan S McDougall  3 Sep 1929 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Fg Off Peter B Rogers  3 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Flt Lt

Richard L R Atcherley

 9 Dec 1929 Arrived on posting from CFS
Sqn Ldr

Arthur G Jones-Williams

17 Dec 1929 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off H A Purvis 18 Dec 1929 Arrived on posting from RAF Training Base, Leuchars
Sqn Ldr Henry W Woollett 15 Jan 1930 Appointed Officer Commanding
Flt Lt James Mac G Fairweather  1 Mar 1930 Posted to SHQ Kenley
Plt Off Anthony J Tunnard  4 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Fg Off William L Whitlock 10 Mar 1930 Appointed Adjutant
Fg Off Percy G S Gardiner 12 Mar 1929 Relinquished his commission on account of ill health
Fg Off John Addison 17 Mar 1929 Posted to RAF Depot
Plt Off George W Phillips  1 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS fort Flying duties
Plt Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS fort Flying duties
Sgt J Martin  6 Apr 1930 Died from injuries sustained on 17 Mar 1930

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gamecock I RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Henry W Woollett 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Victor Croome 20 Feb 1929  
Flt Lt

Richard L R Atcherley

 9 Dec 1929 later AM
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1925
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Reginald S Collins  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Duncan S McDougall  3 Sep 1929
Fg Off Peter B Rogers  3 Oct 1929
Plt Off Anthony J Tunnard  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off George W Phillips  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Hilary R L Hood 27 Jul 1929  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Harry M A Day 21 Jun 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Fg Off Peter B Rogers 15 Jul 1930 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Geoffrey Stephenson 26 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Plt Off Douglas R S Bader 26 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Plt Off Anthony J Tunnard 29 Aug 1930 Appointed Adjutant
Fg Off William L Whitlock 29 Aug 1930 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to Flying duties
Fg Off William L Whitlock 28 Sep 1930 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Fg Off Reginald S Collins  8 Oct 1930 Posted to RAF Base, Gosport
Flt Lt

Richard L R Atcherley

 8 Oct 1930 Posted to No 14 Sqn, Amman
Fg Off Duncan S McDougall 17 Dec 1930 Posted to RAF College, Cranwell
Fg Off D T Saville  5 Jan 1931 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell
Fg Off D T Saville 13 Jan 1931 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Flt Lt Victor Croome  5 Mar 1931 Posted to RAF Base, Singapore
Plt Off Arthur P Glenny  8 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Arthur E Dobell  7 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Flt Lt Patrick W Lowe-Holmes  2 May 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Plt Off Anthony J Tunnard 11 May 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to Flying duties
Plt Off George W Phillips 11 May 1931 Appointed Adjutant

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
 8 Jul 1930 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
26 Jul 1930 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
Apr 1931 2 x Flight re-equipped with Bristol Bulldogs
Bulldog IIA of No 23 Squadron
26 May 1931 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
12 Jun 1931 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

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

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog

Hawker Hart Fighter

RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Henry W Woollett 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Harry M A Day 21 Jun 1930 AM
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Patrick W Lowe-Holmes  2 May 1931  
Fg Off John F X McKenna  2 Apr 1929  
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Anthony J Tunnard  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George W Philips  1 Apr 1930
Fg Off Hilary R L Hood 27 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Neill Daunt  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Arthur P Glenny  8 Mar 1931
Plt Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Plt Off Arthur E Dobell  7 Apr 1931  
Plt Off Geoffrey Stephenson 26 Jul 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Douglas R S Bader 26 Jul 1930  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 10 Jul 1931 Posted to RAF Depot
Plt Off F E Stokes 25 Jul 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Plt Off A C Johnstone 25 Jul 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Plt Off Anthony J Tunnard  5 Aug 1931 Posted to No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Fg Off John F X McKenna  5 Aug 1931 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 28 Aug 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Flt Lt Patrick W Lowe-Holmes  1 Sep 1931 Posted to Armament & Gunnery School
Fg Off George E B Nixon  8 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Flt Lt William L Bateman 16 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF Base, Calshot
Plt Off Denis G Singleton 26 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Noel A Ireland 26 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Noel A Ireland 30 Sep 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off Hilary R L Hood  8 Oct 1931 Posted to No 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, HMS Hermes
Plt Off Arthur P Glenny  4 Oct 1931 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Plt Off Douglas R S Bader 14 Dec 1931 Posted to RAF Depot (Supernumerary, non-effective, sick) following flying accident
Plt Off Arthur E Dobell 26 Oct 1931 Appointed Adjutant
Plt Off George W Phillips 26 Oct 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to Flying duties
Sqn Ldr Henry W Woollett  9 Dec 1931 Posted to RAF Depot as Supernumerary
Plt Off Guy L Menzies 23 Dec 1931 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS for Flying duties
Sqn Ldr

Anthony L Paxton

28 Dec 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College as Officer Commanding
Fg Off F B H Hayward  4 Jan 1932 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn
Plt Off George W Phillips 221 Jan 1932 Posted to No 12 Sqn
Plt Off Geoffrey Stephenson 23 Jan 1932 Posted to No 1 Armoured Car Company
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off James A Dixon 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Arthur E Dobell  3 Apr 1932 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Plt Off Denis G Singleton  4 Apr 1932 Appointed Adjutant
Plt Off A C Johnstone 26 Apr 1932 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off F B H Hayward 13 May 1932 Posted to RAF Depot (Supernumerary, non-effective, sick)
Plt Off F E Stokes 25 May 1932 Posted to No 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, HMS Hermes

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
10 Jul 1931 First Hawker Hart Fighter received by the squadron
Hart Fighter
13 Jun 1932 Bulldog Flights proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
 1 Jul 1932 Bulldog Flights returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
xx Jul 1932 Harts replaced by Hawker Demons
Hawker Demon

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog

Hawker Demon

RAF Kenley ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Anthony L Paxton

28 Dec 1931 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harry M A Day 21 Jun 1930 AM
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt William L Bateman 16 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick 26 Nov 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Michael Watson  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off George E B Nixon  8 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Denis G Singleton 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1932  
Plt Off James A Dixon 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932
Plt Off Guy L Menzies 23 Dec 1931  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Peter S H Ross 20 Jun 1932 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS for Flying duties
Fg Off Douglas G P Fitzpatrick  1 Jul 1932 Transferred to Class 'A' Reserve
Plt Off Guy L Menzies  3 Jul 1932 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Plt Off Donald R Evans 23 Jul 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Plt Off Denis G Singleton  2 Aug 1932 Posted to RAF Depot (Supernumerary, non-effective, sick)
Fg Off Michael Watson 2 Aug 1932 Appointed Adjutant
Flt Lt J L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 18 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Plt Off W E Cameron 29 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off G E Strangman 17 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from 3 FTS for Flying duties
Flt Lt Harry M A Day  1 Oct 1932 Posted to No 4 FTS
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Iraq
Flt Lt Douglas L Blackford 18 Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from CFS
Flt Lt Douglas L Blackford  7 Dec 1932 Promoted Sqn Ldr (1 Dec 1932) and posted to No 32 Sqn as OC
Plt Off James A Dixon  8 Dec 1932 Posted to RAF Depot (Supernumerary, non-effective, sick)
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 17 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Flt Lt J L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  9 Jan 1933 Posted to No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt John V Yonge 13 Jan 1933 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off W E Cameron  9 Feb 1933 Posted to No 36 Sqn, RAF Far East
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from CFS
Sqn Ldr

Anthony L Paxton

16 Feb 1933 Posted to No 25 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

16 Feb 1933 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 Posted to No 45 Sqn, Amman
Plt Off John M Freeman  6 Mar 1933 Appointed Adjutant
Fg Off Michael Watson  6 Mar 1933 Relinquished post of Adjutant
Plt Off G E Strangman 20 Mar 1933 Posted to RAF Base, Calshot
Fg Off Michael Watson 23 Apr 1933 Posted to Electrical & Wireless School
Flt Lt William L Bateman  3 Apr 1933 Posted to RAF Depot (Supernumerary, non-effective, sick)
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 27 Apr 1933 Arrived on posting from CFS

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
25 Jul 1932 'A' Flight (Demons) proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
29 Jul 1932 'A' Flight returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
15 Sep 1932 Squadron commenced moving to RAF Biggin Hill
17 Sep 1932 Squadron completed moving to RAF Biggin Hill

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 27 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt John V Yonge 13 Jan 1933  
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Peter S H Ross 27 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur A Simpson 16 Oct 1939  
WO II Walter Robinson 28 Jun 1932  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Desmond P McKeown 21 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS for Flying duties
Plt Off Gordon J Grindell 28 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS for Flying duties
Flt Lt Stanley J Smetham 10 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting from CFS
Flt Lt John V Yonge 24 Oct 1933 Posted to No 31 Sqn, India

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Date Notes
18 Sep 1933 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
18 Oct 1933 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Stanley J Smetham 10 Oct 1933  
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 27 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 20 Jan 1931  
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Peter S H Ross 27 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Desmond P McKeown 21 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Gordon J Grindell 28 Aug 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur A Simpson 16 Oct 1939  
WO II Walter Robinson 28 Jun 1932  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Stanley J Smetham 11 Jan 1934 Posted to HQ Western Area
Plt Off Robert G Prier 16 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Flt Lt Humphrey M Whittle 19 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment
Flt Lt Sydney H V Harris 22 Jan 1934 Posted to RAF Staff College
Flt Lt Victor Croome 26 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Fg Off Charles M H Outram  8 Mar 1934 Posted to RAF Base, Gosport
Fg Off Peter S H Ross  8 Mar 1934 Posted to RAF Lee-on-Solent

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
 3 Apr 1934 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp and Tracer Trials
11 May 1934 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp and Tracer Trials

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 27 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt Victor Croome 26 Feb 1934  
Flt Lt Humphrey M Whittle 19 Jan 1934  
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off John M Freeman 27 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Desmond P McKeown 21 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Gordon J Grindell 28 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Robert G Prier 16 Dec 1933 Arrived 16 Jan 1934
Warrant Officers
WO William McCarthy  6 Dec 1930  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Peter J Pearson Rogers 25 Jul 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Flt Lt

Alexander H Montgomery

  3 Aug 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Fg Off John M Freeman  8 Aug 1934 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot (Long Engineering Course)
Flt Lt Victor Croome 28 Aug 1934 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Flt Lt

Alfred C H Sharp

 1 Oct 1934 Arrived on posting from SHQ Biggin Hill
Plt Off Robert G Prier 10 Oct 1934 Posted to No 84 Sqn
Plt Off Alan F Bandidt 14 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 24 Sqn
Flt Lt Henry L Beatty 17 Oct 1934 Posted to No 210 Sqn
Fg Off Harold B Hurley 21 Nov 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Plt Off Douglas H S Rusher 15 Dec 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Flt Lt

Alexander H Montgomery

 1 Jan 1935 Posted to RAF Depot (Non-effective)
Flt Lt

Alexander H Montgomery

 8 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

13 Feb 1933 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Humphrey M Whittle 19 Jan 1934
Flt Lt

Alfred C H Sharp

 1 Oct 1934 later AVM
Flt Lt

Alexander H Montgomery

  3 Aug 1934 MBE; later A/Cdre
Fg Off William A Richardson  8 Mar 1931
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute 27 Mar 1932
Fg Off Desmond P McKeown 21 Aug 1933
Fg Off Gordon J Grindell 28 Aug 1933
Fg Off Harold B Hurley 21 Nov 1934
Plt Off Alan F Bandidt 14 Sep 1934
Plt Off Douglas H S Rusher 15 Dec 1934

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Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Douglas H S Rusher  1 Sep 1935 Posted to RAF Gosport
Sqn Ldr

Henry G Crowe

 3 Sep 1935 Posted to RAF Hal Far, Malta
Fg Off William A Richardson  3 Sep 1935 Posted to RAF Hal Far, Malta
Plt Off Alan F Bandidt  3 Sep 1935 Posted to RAF Hal Far, Malta
Fg Off Frederic W C Shute  5 Sep 1935 Posted to No 6 Sqn, Ismailia
Fg Off Desmond P McKeown  5 Sep 1935 Posted to No 14 Sqn, Amman
Fg Off Harold B Hurley  5 Sep 1935 Posted to No 47 Sqn, Khartoum
2nd Lt L A Wilmot (SAAF) 12 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from No 101 Sqn
Plt Off H Georgeson 16 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn
Plt Off E K Piercy 16 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn
Plt Off C F Chater 16 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn
Flt Lt

Alexander H Montgomery

22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 41 Sqn
Fg Off Gordon J Grindell 22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 65 Sqn
Plt Off H Georgeson  7 Oct 1935 Killed in a flying accident
2nd Lt L A Wilmot (SAAF) 13 Jan 1936 Posted to AA School, Eastchurch
Plt Off C F Chater 20 Feb 1936 Posted to No 100 Sqn, Singapore
Plt Off E K Piercy 14 Mar 1936 Posted to RAF India
Flt Lt P W Johnson 18 May 1936 Arrived on posting from No 41 Sqn

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
 2 Sep 1935 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC,  RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
17 Sep 1935 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
14 Mar 1936 All officers and airmen pilots had been posted away

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt P W Johnson 18 May 1936
Lt L A Wilmot 12 Sep 1935 attached from SAAF

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Fg Off W A K Igoe 10 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Plt Off A J Elliott  9 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Plt Off B P King  5 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off A B Greenaway 10 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
Plt Off W N Sykes 10 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
Plt Off N M Hall 19 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No S Sqn
Flt Lt P W Johnson 12 Sep 1936 Transferred to Reserve of Air Force Officers
Plt Off N M Hall  1 Oct 1936 Posted to Meteorological Flight, Duxford
Flt Lt H R L Hood 26 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell as Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H R L Hood 21 Dec 1936 Posted to No 501 Sqn
Plt Off A J Elliott 11 Dec 1936 Posted to No 801 Sqn
APO R W Denison 20 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
APO W C S A G Cooper 10 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF College for Flying duties on appointment to Permanent Commission
Fg Off W A K Igoe  8 Mar 1937 Posted to No 213 Sqn
Plt Off W N Sykes  8 Mar 1937 Posted to No 213 Sqn
APO R W Denison  8 Mar 1937 Posted to No 213 Sqn
APO W C S A G Cooper  3 Apr 1937 Posted to No 70 Sqn, Iraq
APO H T J Anderson 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS
APO M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS
APO C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
23 Sep 1936 4 x pilots proceeded to No 3 ATC,  RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
30 Oct 1936 4 x pilots returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
21 Dec 1936 Squadron moved to RAF Northolt
25 May 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Demon (Turret) Fighters
Demon of No 23 Squadron (pre 1938)

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Biggin Hill Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Plt Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off A B Greenaway 10 Aug 1936
Plt Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Plt Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
APO H T J Anderson 24 Apr 1937
APO M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
APO C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937

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1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937- Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A B Greenaway  1 Oct 1937 Posted to No 8 ATC, Leuchars
Flt Lt L J Crosbie  1 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn
APO N M Harding 23 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
APO A G Salter 19 Feb 1938 Posted in
APO V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938 Posted in
Flt Lt L J Crosbie  8 Mar 1938 Posted to No 1 (Indian) Group
       

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937- Jul 1938

Date Notes
25 May 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Demon (Turret) Fighters
Demon of No 23 Squadron (pre 1938)

Demon of No 23 Squadron (camouflage scheme)

20 Jul 1937 The Squadron Badge which was authorised by HM King George VI ion April was presented by the AOC-in-C*
No 23 Squadron badge
 4 Sep 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC,  RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
30 Oct 1936 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
16 May 1938 Squadron moved to RAF Wittering and transferred to No 12 Group
22 May 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 2 ATC,  RAF Aldergrove for Armament Practice Camp
18 Jun 1938 Squadron returned from No 2 ATC, RAF Aldergrove on completion of Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287), 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 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Demon

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Plt Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Plt Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938

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7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938 Posted in
APO A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938 RAFO posted in
APO J B Raven  9 Jul 1938 RAFO posted in
APO C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 9 FTS
APO D W Gathercole 17 Sep 1938 Posted in
APO J B Raven 23 Sep 1938 Discharged from RAFO and appointed to a SSC
Plt Off R A L Knight 30 Sep 1938 Detached to RAF Hucknall as PA to AOC, No 12 Group
APO D W Gathercole 23 Oct 1938 Attached to CFS for Flying Instructors' Course
APO H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938 RAFO posted in
Plt Off A G Salter  1 Nov 1938 Appointed Adjutant
Plt Off R M B D Duke-Woolley  1 Nov 1938 Relinquished post of Adjutant
AC1 H R Lee  3 Nov 1938 Killed in a Flying Accident

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 5 Dec 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Blenheim IFs, which was completed by the end of the month
Blenhim IF of No 23 Squadron

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IF

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Fg Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938
Plt Off A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off J B Raven  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 later A/Cdre
APO H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938 RAFO

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off M J Loudon  9 Jan 1939 Attached to RAF Sutton Bridge for Air Firing Instructors' Course
APO A M Cooper-Key 14 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
APO H L Derwent 17 Jan 1939 Reverted to civil life on completion of reserve training
Fg Off M J Loudon 18 Mar 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Sutton Bridge for Air Firing Instructors' Course
APO J B Raven 20 Mar 1939 Killed in a Flying Accident
Sqn Ldr R Y Eccles  1 Apr 1939 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Plt Off F N Clouston  1 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Plt Off A A Gawith 15 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off J B Holden 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IF

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off B P King  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Fg Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Fg Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938
Plt Off A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off J B Raven  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938
APO A M Cooper-Key 14 Jan 1939
Warrant Officer
WO J C Jones 27 Feb 1939 DCM, MM

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IF

RAF Wittering Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr R Y Eccles 16 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S O'Brien  9 Jul 1936
Act Flt Lt B P King  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R M B D Duke-Woolley 19 Dec 1936
Fg Off M J Loudon  5 Aug 1936
Fg Off R A L Knight 10 Jan 1937
Fg Off M L ff Beytagh 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off C P Igglesden 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off N M Harding 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off A G Salter 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off V T L Wood 19 Feb 1938
Plt Off A T Wiliams  4 Jun 1938
Plt Off A E Slocombe  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off J B Raven  9 Jul 1938
Plt Off C C M Baker 17 Sep 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off H L Derwent 29 Oct 1938
APO A M Cooper-Key 14 Jan 1939
Warrant Officer
WO J C Jones 27 Feb 1939 DCM, MM

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off F N Clouston  1 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Plt Off A A Gawith 15 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off J B Holden 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn
Plt Off C P Igglesden 15 May 1939 Posted to No 64 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V B J Jackson  4 Jun 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
Wg Cdr R Y Eccles 24 Jun 1939 Posted to HQ, No 15 Group
Sgt Plt J A Bullard 20 Jul 1939 Killed in a Flying Accident
Fg Off B P King 24 Jul 1939 Posted to CFS
Fg Off P D Walker 25 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from No 64 Sqn
Sgt Plt L G Tarrant 25 Jul 1939 Killed in a Flying Accident
Plt Off F N Clouston  3 Sep 1939 Relinquished post of Adjutant
Plt Off A A Gawith  3 Sep 1939 Appointed Adjutant
Sgt Plt Bicknell  9 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn
Plt Off J B Golden  9 Sep 1939 Resigned his SSC
Sgt Plt MacRae 15 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Hucknall
Sqn Ldr C E Beamish  5 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Staff College
Plt Off A J S Pattinson  5 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V B J Jackson  7 Oct 1939 Posted to RAF Digby
Sqn Ldr C E Beamish  7 Oct 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off G H Leonard  7 Oct 1939 Posted in as Adjutant
Fg Off M J Loudon  9 Oct 1939 Posted to No 141 Sqn
Fg Off M L ff Beytagh 10 Oct 1939 Taken off flying on orders of No 12 Group following landing accident on 8 Oct 1939
Plt Off A M Cooper-Key 22 Oct 1939 Attached to RAF Locking for Parachute Course
Plt Off A M Cooper-Key 29 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Locking for Parachute Course
Plt Off G H Leonard 31 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off A A Gawith 31 Oct 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to Flying duties
Plt Off A T Wiliams  7 Nov 1939 Promoted Act Flt Lt and posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off F N Clouston  8 Nov 1939 Promoted Act Flt Lt and posted to No 229 Sqn
AC1 P G Holmes  9 Nov 1939 Killed in a shooting accident
Plt Off C G Crawford 11 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 229 Sqn
Plt Off R Danby 11 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 229 Sqn
Sgt Plt Reid 11 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 229 Sqn
Plt Off A G Salter 16 Nov 1939 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Halton and posted to RAF Depot (non-effective, sick)
Act Flt Lt P D Walker 29 Nov 1939 Killed in a Flying Accident
Plt Off R G A Barritt 13 Dec 1939 Posted in

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
22 May 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC,  RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
 9 Jun 1939 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
28 Oct 1939 1 x Flight detached to RAF Bircham Newton to work with Coastal Command
10 Nov 1939 RAF Digby began being used as an advanced base by 1 or 2 Sections at a time

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
AC2 A W Wilson  4 Jan 1940 Killed in a Flying Accident
Plt Off R G A Barritt  4 Jan 1940 Died from injuries sustained earlier that day
Cpl R Wilson  4 Jan 1940 Died from injuries sustained earlier that day
Sgt Plt A C Close 16 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Ferry Pool
Sqn Ldr C E Beamish 23 Jan 1940 Posted to HQ No 25 Group
Sqn Ldr L C Bicknell 23 Jan 1940 Assumed command of squadron
Sgt Plt McCrae 17 Apr 1940 Posted to Fighter Interception Unit
Flt Lt R G Ker-Ramsey 28 Apr 1940 Posted to No 25 Sqn
Plt Off Simpson (AG) 14 May 1940 Attached to RAF Warmwell for Gunnery Control Course
Plt Off Grogan (AG) 15 May 1940 Attached to RAF Warmwell for Gunnery Control Course
Sgt Plt A C Close 18 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C King-Clark 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D Little 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C F Cardnell  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C Stephens (AG)  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr L C Bicknell 23 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of squadron
Sqn Ldr G F W Heycock  9 Aug 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off E Orgias 25 Sep 1940 Killed in a Flying Accident
Sgt L R Karasek 25 Sep 1940 Killed in a Flying Accident
AC2 R I Payne 25 Sep 1940 Killed in a Flying Accident
Sqn Ldr G F W Heycock  4 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of squadron on posting to HQ, No 11 Group
Sqn Ldr Colman  4 Dec 1940 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 5 Mar 1940 Squadron began preparing aircraft for service overseas
11 Mar 1940 Work began to convert aircraft from fighter to bomber configuration
13 Mar 1930 Air Ministry ordered conversion to cease
14 Mar 1930 Air Ministry ordered conversion to continue
15 Mar 1940 Squadron ordered to suspend movement preparations
20 Mar 1940 Work commenced to convert bomber aircraft back to fighters
23 Mar 1940 1 x Flight returned to operational duty
26 Mar 1940 Squadron returned to full operational duty
31 May 1940 All serviceable aircraft and servicing crews moved to satellite at Collyweston (K3)
16 Aug 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Wittering
12 Sep 1940 'A' Flight moved to RAF Middle Wallop
12 Sep 1940 'B' Flight moved to RAF Ford

Source - No 23 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/287)

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