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No 30 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Feb - Jul 1920

Date Notes
1 Feb 1920

Squadron reformed from No 63 Squadron at Baghdad West, equipped with RE8s

RE8

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
RE8 Baghdad West, Mesopotamia Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William Sowrey A 31 Mar 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Franks L Robinson A  1 Mar 1920 Flight Commander, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Frank Nuttall A 29 Feb 1920 Flight Commander, MC, DFC, AFC, killed in flying accident - 18 Sep 1920
Fg Off Hepworth A V Hill A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Reginald F Browne A  9 Feb 1920 DFC
Fg Off Finlay McQuistan A 25 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off James A W Binnie A  9 Feb 1920
Fg Off Wilfred G Jacks A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Henry A Anson A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward J A J Burke A 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off John R Bell A 21 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off William A Rochelle A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off William Sidebottom A 22 Apr 1920 DFC, failed to return - 8 Dec 1920
Fg Off Somerled D Macdonald A  1 Mar 1920 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Phillip J T Baddiley A  1 Mar 1920  
Obs Off Alfred C Walker O  1 Apr 1918  
Fg Off Humphrey W Baggs A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off William Bentley A  9 Feb 1920 DFC
Fg Off John A H Savage SO 10 May 1920  
Fg Off Sydney F Woods A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Graham C Bladon A 13 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank C Daniel A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off William C Egerton A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Frederick J H Ayscough A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Geldart Kidd A & S  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Oswald G Gregson A  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Harold B Williams A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Henry F V Battle A  9 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George A Gowler A  9 Feb 1920  
Plt Off Eric R N Main A  1 Mar 1920

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
RE8 Baghdad West, Mesopotamia Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William Sowrey A 31 Mar 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Franks L Robinson A  1 Mar 1920 Flight Commander, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Frank Nuttall A 29 Feb 1920 Flight Commander, MC, DFC, AFC, killed in flying accident - 18 Sep 1920
Fg Off Reginald F Browne A  9 Feb 1920 DFC
Fg Off Finlay McQuistan A 25 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off James A W Binnie A  9 Feb 1920
Fg Off Henry A Anson A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward J A J Burke A 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off John R Bell A 21 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off William A Rochelle A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off William Sidebottom A 22 Apr 1920 DFC, failed to return - 8 Dec 1920
Fg Off Noel L Desoer A 16 Jun 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Phillip J T Baddiley A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off William Bentley A  9 Feb 1920 DFC
Fg Off John A H Savage SO 10 May 1920  
Fg Off Graham C Bladon A 13 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry G W Lock A 18 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Frank C Daniel A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence W Allen T 11 Jun 1920 MC
Fg Off Frederick J H Ayscough A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Geldart Kidd A & S  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Oswald G Gregson A  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Harold B Williams A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Henry F V Battle A  9 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Obs Off Walter C Jones O   5 Jun 1920  
Fg Off George A Gowler A  9 Feb 1920  
Obs Off Fawcett H Bugge O  7 Jun 1920  

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Aug 1920 - Apr 1921

Date Notes
xx Oct 1920 Squadron re-equipped with De Havilland DH9As
DH 9A of No 30 Squadron

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

April 1921

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Baghdad West, Mesopotamia Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William Sowrey A 31 Mar 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Raymond Collishaw A 12 Nov 1920 Flight Commander, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Edmund P Hardman A 12 Nov 1920 Flight Commander
Fg Off Finlay McQuistan A 25 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off James A W Binnie A  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Edward J A Burke A 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off John R Bell A 21 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off William A Rochelle A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off John  F T Barrett A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Noel L Desoer A 16 Jun 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Humphrey W Baggs A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off William Bentley A  9 Feb 1920 DFC
Fg Off Graham C Bladon A 13 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry G W Lock A 18 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence W Allen T 11 Jun 1920 MC
Fg Off Frederick J H Ayscough A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Geldart Kidd A & S  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Oswald G Gregson A  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Harold B Williams A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Henry F V Battle A  9 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George A Gowler A  9 Feb 1920  
Obs Off Fawcett H Bugge O  7 Jun 1920  
Obs Off Albert J Redman O 4 Sep 1920 DFC

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Baghdad West, Mesopotamia Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William Sowrey A 31 Mar 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Raymond Collishaw A 12 Nov 1920 Flight Commander, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Meredith Thomas

A xx xxx 1920 Flight Commander, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Edmund P Hardman A 12 Nov 1920 Flight Commander
Fg Off James A W Binnie A  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Edward J A Burke A 25 Mar 1920  
Fg Off John R Bell A 21 Mar 1920 DFC
Fg Off William A Rochelle A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off John  F T Barrett A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Percy J Clayson A  8 Mar 1921 MC, DFC
Fg Off Noel L Desoer A 16 Jun 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Sydney T B Cripps A 12 Apr 1921  
Fg Off Humphrey W Baggs A  1 Mar 1920  
Fg Off William Bentley A  9 Feb 1920 DFC
Fg Off Graham C Bladon A 13 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry G W Lock A 18 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Lawrence W Allen T 11 Jun 1920 MC
Fg Off Frederick J H Ayscough A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Geldart Kidd A & S  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Oswald G Gregson A  9 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Harold B Williams A 13 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Henry F V Battle A  9 Mar 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George A Gowler A  9 Feb 1920  
Obs Off Fawcett H Bugge O  7 Jun 1920  
Obs Off Albert J Redman O 4 Sep 1920 DFC

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Baghdad West, Mesopotamia RAF Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Raymond Collishaw 12 Nov 1920 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Richard S Lucy  8 Dec 1921 AFC
Flt Lt

Meredith Thomas

13 Feb 1920 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Charles P O Bartlett 24 Feb 1922 DSC
Flt Lt Edmund P Hardman 12 Nov 1920 DFC
Flt Lt Samuel M Kinkead 31 Jan 1922 DSO, DSC, DFC
Fg Off Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury  7 Mar 1922 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off Duncan Maclaren  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off John  F T Barrett 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Sydney T B Cripps 12 Apr 1921  
Fg Off Evelyn A Locke-Waters  7 Mar 1922 Killed in a flying accident - 6 Oct 1922
Fg Off Robert S Bruce  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Guy Y Tyrrell  3 Dec 1921 MC
Fg Off Cyril E F Arthur  8 Dec 1921
Fg Off Gerald A Atkinson  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Frederick J Brunton  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Peter R Cawdell 24 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Thomas H French 31 Jan 1922 DFC
Fg Off Walter N Sherlock  4 Feb 1922  
Plt Off Edward H M David 15 Sep 1921  
Plt Off John G Hawtrey 21 Apr 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Robert D Whelan  7 Mar 1922  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Edwin I T Duffield  3 Dec 1921  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas Montgomery 11 Oct 1921 MB, DPH, BA

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1922 - May 1923

Date Notes
 3 Dec 1922 Squadron moved from Baghdad West to RAF Hiniaidi

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Raymond Collishaw 12 Nov 1920 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Johnston 13 Dec 1922 Officer Commanding (designate), OBE
Flt Lt

Eric J D Routh

24 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Richard S Lucy  8 Dec 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Charles B Dick-Cleland 23 Feb 1923  
Flt Lt Samuel M Kinkead 31 Jan 1922 DSO, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt Frederick R Wynne  1 Jul 1922 MBE
Fg Off Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury  7 Mar 1922 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off Duncan Maclaren  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Robert S Bruce  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Cyril E F Arthur  8 Dec 1921
Fg Off Gerald A Atkinson  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Frederick J Brunton  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Peter R Cawdell 24 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Thomas H French 31 Jan 1922 DFC
Fg Off Walter N Sherlock  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Edward H M David 15 Sep 1921  
Plt Off John G Hawtrey 21 Apr 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Robert D Whelan  7 Mar 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Edgar V Bashford  3 May 1922  
Accountant
Fg Off William E V Richards 18 Jul 1922 later A/Cdre

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Raymond Collishaw 12 Nov 1920 Officer Commanding, DSO, OBE, DSC, DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Johnston 13 Dec 1922 Officer Commanding (designate), OBE
Flt Lt

Eric J D Routh

24 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Richard S Lucy  8 Dec 1921 AFC
Flt Lt Noel Keeble 23 Feb 1923 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Samuel M Kinkead 31 Jan 1922 DSO, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt John S Horsey 17 May 1823  
Fg Off Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury  7 Mar 1922 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off Duncan Maclaren  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Robert S Bruce  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Gerald A Atkinson  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Frederick J Brunton  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Peter R Cawdell 24 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Thomas H French 31 Jan 1922 DFC
Fg Off Walter N Sherlock  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Travis W Shortridge 14 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Marcus G Penny 14 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Edward H M David 15 Sep 1921  
Plt Off John G Hawtrey 21 Apr 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Robert D Whelan  7 Mar 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Edgar V Bashford  3 May 1922  
Accountant
Fg Off William E V Richards 18 Jul 1922 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Johnston 13 Dec 1922 Officer Commanding, OBE
Flt Lt

Eric J D Routh

24 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Noel Keeble 23 Feb 1923 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Samuel M Kinkead 31 Jan 1922 DSO, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt Stanley F Vincent 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas A Langford-Sainsbury  7 Mar 1922 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off John F Horsey 17 May 1923  
Fg Off Robert S Bruce  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Frank G Brockman 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Herbert J T Russell 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off James L Airey 30 Jun 1923  
Fg Off Gerald A Atkinson  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Frederick J Brunton  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Peter R Cawdell 24 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Thomas H French 31 Jan 1922 DFC
Fg Off Walter N Sherlock  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Travis W Shortridge 14 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Marcus G Penny 14 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Edward H M David 15 Sep 1921  
Plt Off John G Hawtrey 21 Apr 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Robert D Whelan  7 Mar 1922  
Plt Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edgar V Bashford  3 May 1922  
Fg Off George C Wilson 14 Sep 1923  
Accountant
Fg Off William E V Richards 18 Jul 1922 later A/Cdre

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

James M Robb

19 Jan 1924 Officer Commanding, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

Eric J D Routh

24 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Noel Keeble 23 Feb 1923 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Samuel M Kinkead 31 Jan 1922 DSO, DSC, DFC
Flt Lt Stanley F Vincent 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off John F Horsey 17 May 1923  
Fg Off Frank G Brockman 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off James L Airey 30 Jun 1923  
Fg Off Gerald A Atkinson  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Frederick J Brunton  8 Dec 1921  
Fg Off Peter R Cawdell 24 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Thomas H French 31 Jan 1922 DFC
Fg Off Walter N Sherlock  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Robert L Edward  9 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Marcus G Penny 14 Mar 1923  
Fg Off Edward H M David 15 Sep 1921  
Plt Off John G Hawtrey 21 Apr 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Robert D Whelan  7 Mar 1922  
Plt Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Stores Branch
Fg Off George C Wilson 14 Sep 1923  
Accountant
Fg Off William E V Richards 18 Jul 1922 later A/Cdre

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
18 May 1924 Kirkuk

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
De Havilland DH9A Kirkuk Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

James M Robb

19 Jan 1924 Officer Commanding, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt William S Caster 18 Sep 1924 MC
Flt Lt Sturley P Simpson  4 Feb 1925 later AVM
Flt Lt Noel Keeble 23 Feb 1923 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Stanley F Vincent 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Frederick B Lawrie 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Frank G Brookman 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Robert L Edward  9 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Marcus G Penny 14 Mar 1923 Killed in a flying accident - 8 Jul 1925
Fg Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Frank S Henderson  9 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Richard H Giles  6 Aug 1924  
Plt Off Hugh N Davies 27 Nov 1924  
Plt Off Cuthbert G M Anderson 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off Leonard C Lewis 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off Francis W L C Beaumont 18 Sep 1924  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off George C Wilson  14 Sep 1923  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank M Hall 27 Nov 1924  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
15 Feb 1926 Hinaidi

March 1926

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 5 Jun 1925 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr William S Caster 18 Sep 1924 MC
Flt Lt Norman H Jenkins  9 Nov 1925 OBE, DFC, DSM
Flt Lt Frank G Brookman 23 Nov 1923  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) William F Humphrey 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Basil E Embry  1 Dec 1925 AFC; later ACM
Fg Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Allen L R Duke 15 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Richard H Giles  6 Aug 1924  
Plt Off Hugh N Davies 27 Nov 1924  
Plt Off Cuthbert G M Anderson 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Rolf B H Jackson 29 Dec 1925  
Plt Off Frank M Denny 18 Nov 1925  

-

1 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Leslie J V Bates

22 Sep 1925 later AVM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank M Hall 27 Nov 1924  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 5 Jun 1925 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

12 Feb 1926 later AVM
Flt Lt Norman H Jenkins  9 Nov 1925 OBE, DFC, DSM
Flt Lt James MacG Fairweather 11 Apr 1926 DFC
Flt Lt Frank G Brookman 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Basil E Embry  1 Dec 1925 AFC; later ACM
Fg Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Allen L R Duke 15 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Richard H Giles  6 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Hugh N Davies 27 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Cuthbert G M Anderson 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Rolf B H Jackson 29 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Hugh M G Parker  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Frank M Denny 18 Nov 1925  
Plt Off Leslie R Mizen  5 Mar 1926  
Plt Off Phillip B Chubb 22 Feb 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Leslie J V Bates

22 Sep 1925 later AVM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank M Hall 27 Nov 1924  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

The Squadron ORB did not began until 5 November 1926 with the declaration by HQ Iraq Command of the termination of active service conditions within the Command.

Organisational Movements: Nov - Dec 1926

Date Notes
 5 Nov 1926 Forward detachment (10 x aircraft) located at Kirkuk, with 2 x aircraft being at Hinaidi with Base Section

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

December 1926

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 5 Jun 1925 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Howard O Long  1 Oct 1926 DSO
Flt Lt James MacG Fairweather 11 Apr 1926 DFC
Fg Off Basil E Embry  1 Dec 1925 AFC; later ACM
Fg Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Allen L R Duke 15 Dec 1925  
Fg Off George N P Stringer 21 Sep 1925 Armament duties
Fg Off Richard H Giles  6 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Hugh N Davies 27 Nov 1924  
Fg Off Cuthbert G M Anderson 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Rolf B H Jackson 29 Dec 1925 Pilotage (Navigation) Duties
Fg Off Hugh M G Parker  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Frank M Denny 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Leslie R Mizen  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off John A E Inkster 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off William F Bryanton 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Phillip B Chubb 22 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Henry A S Byrne  1 Oct 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Leslie J V Bates

22 Sep 1925 later AVM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank M Hall 27 Nov 1924  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1927

Date Notes
 3 Jan 1927 6 x aircraft returned to Hinaidi from Kirkuk, Organisation now HQ and 2 x Flights at RAF Hinaidi and 1 x Flight at Kirkuk
11 Apr 1927 Squadron re-organised as follows: -
  • Base Section with Stores, Accounts, Workshops and reserve aircraft - RAF Hinaidi
  • Sqn HQ and 2 x Flights - Kirkuk
  • Detachment (4 x aircraft) - Sulaimania
26 Jun 1927 Sulaimania detachment moved to Kirkuk

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Kirkuk Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 5 Jun 1925 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

12 Feb 1926 DFC, later AVM
Flt Lt Howard O Long  1 Oct 1926 DSO
Flt Lt Cuthbert J S Dearlove  1 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Sidney C Black  1 Apr 1927 Signals duties, MM
Fg Off Basil E Embry  1 Dec 1925 AFC; later ACM
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 18 Jan 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Edward B Forster 11 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Charles E N Guest 14 Sep 1923 later AM
Fg Off Allen L R Duke 15 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Hugh M G Parker  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Frank M Denny 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Alfred T S Studdert  1 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Leslie R Mizen  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off William F Bryanton 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off John A E Inkster 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Henry A S Byrne  1 Oct 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Leslie J V Bates

22 Sep 1925 later AVM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Frank M Hall 27 Nov 1924  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

23 Jul 1927 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn on proceeding on leave to the UK
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

23 Jul 1927 Assumed temporary command of  No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

29 Oct 1927 Returned from the UK and resumed command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale  2 Dec 1927 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Francis H Coleman

 7 Jan 1928 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale  7 Jan 1928 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

 9 Jan 1928 Attached to a column of AKFORCE
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow  9 Jan 1928 Attached to a column of AKFORCE
Fg Off John T Riggs  9 Jan 1928 Attached to a column of AKFORCE
Fg Off Kenneth C Garvie 28 Feb 1928 Attached to a column of AKFORCE with a Flight
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

28 Mar 1928 Ceased to be attached to a column of AKFORCE
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 28 Mar 1928 Ceased to be attached to a column of AKFORCE
Fg Off John T Riggs 28 Mar 1928 Ceased to be attached to a column of AKFORCE
Fg Off Kenneth C Garvie 28 Mar 1928 Ceased to be attached to a column of AKFORCE
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

 2 Apr 1928 Attached to a column of AKFORCE with a Flight
Plt Off J W Wood  2 Apr 1928 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 W Waugh  2 Apr 1928 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
27 Oct 1927 Squadron HQ and 2 x Flights at Kirkuk returned to RAF Hinaidi
 9 Dec 1927 Squadron Accounts Section absorbed into the newly formed Accounts Section at RAF Hinaidi
28 Feb 1928 1 x Flight attached to AKFORCE
28 Mar 1928 Flight attached to AKFORCE returned to RAF Hinaidi
 2 Apr 1928 1 x Flight attached to AKFORCE

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale  2 Dec 1927 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Richard Harrison

12 Feb 1926 DFC, later AVM
Flt Lt

Eric D Barnes

22 Oct 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John N Boothman 24 Feb 1928 later ACM
Flt Lt Gilbert H Smith  8 Mar 1928  
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 23 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Kenneth C Garvie 22 Oct 1927  
Fg Off Maxwell C W C Flint 20 Oct 1927 Signals duties, MC
Fg Off Alfred T S Studdert  1 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Leslie R Mizen  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off William F Bryanton 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Henry A S Byrne  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off John T Riggs 20 Sep 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Plt Off Harold V Forbes  3 Oct 1927  
Plt Off Robert F Gandy 24 Feb 1928 later A/Cdre

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Leslie J V Bates

22 Sep 1925 later AVM

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale  2 Dec 1927 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 23 Mar 1928  
Flt Lt

Eric D Barnes

22 Oct 1927 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John N Boothman 24 Feb 1928 later ACM
Fg Off Maxwell C W C Flint 20 Oct 1927 Signals duties, MC
Fg Off Alfred T S Studdert  1 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Leslie R Mizen  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off William F Bryanton 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off John T Riggs 20 Sep 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold V Forbes  3 Oct 1927  
Plt Off Robert F Gandy 24 Feb 1928 later A/Cdre

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Leslie J V Bates

22 Sep 1925 later AVM

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
 7 Jan 1929 1 x Flight detached to Kerbela for operations
26 Jan 1929 1 x Flight ceased to be detached to Kerbela for operations
16 Feb 1929 1 x Flight detached to Nukhaib for operations
22 Mar 1929 1 x Flight detached to Rutbah to assist the Civil Authorities
25 Mar 1929 1 x Flight ceased to be detached to Rutbah to assist the Civil Authorities
12 Apr 1929 1 x Flight ceased to be detached to Nukhaib for operations
19 Apr 1929 Squadron received its first Westland Wapiti IIA
Wapiti IIA of No 30 Squadron

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A (until Sep 1929)

Westland Wapiti

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale  2 Dec 1927 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Pat Murgatroyd

25 Jan 1929  
Flt Lt

John M Burd

18 Feb 1929 MC
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 23 Mar 1928  
Flt Lt Gilbert H Smith  8 Mar 1928  
Fg Off William F Bryanton 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off

Richard Kellett

15 Jan 1929 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry J Walker 11 Jan 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold V Forbes  3 Oct 1927  
Fg Off

John Marson

11 Jan 1929 later AVM
Fg Off Robert F Gandy 24 Feb 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Peter W M Wright  2 Aug 1928  
Plt Off Charles H R Little  3 Jan 1929  
Plt Off Geoffrey Wood 30 Oct 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Osmond G Ridley

11 Jan 1929  

 

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale 23 Oct 1929 Assumed command of RAF Mosul
Sqn Ldr Horace P Lale  1 Jan 1930 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard 18 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 30 Sqn
Wg Cdr Horace P Lale 11 Feb 1930 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard 11 Feb 1930 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn and RAF Mosul

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
 1 Aug 1929 Two Flights fully equipped with Westland Wapiti IIAs
15 Sep 1929 Squadron fully equipped with Westland Wapiti IIAs
27 Sep 1929 Advance Party, departed RAF Hinaidi for RAF Mosul
25 Oct 1929 Squadron completed its move to RAF Mosul

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard 18 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt

Arthur P Ledger

18 Jan 1930 MBE; later AVM
Flt Lt John R Bell 29 Mar 1930 DFC
Flt Lt

Archibald J Rankin

 8 Feb 1930 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John M Burd

18 Feb 1929 MC, died on 12 Oct 1930
Fg Off

Richard Kellett

15 Jan 1929 Signals duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry J Walker 11 Jan 1929  
Fg Off

John Marson

11 Jan 1929 Armament duties; later AVM
Fg Off Robert F Gandy 24 Feb 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Peter W M Wright  2 Aug 1928  
Fg Off Charles P Hanlon 29 Mar 1930 Died - 26 Dec 1930
Fg Off Eric C Passmore 13 Jun 1929  
Plt Off Hugh L McCulloch 15 Nov 1929  
Plt Off Frederick A McNeill 29 Mar 1930  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Osmond G Ridley

11 Jan 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William S Calder  1 Oct 1929  
Education Officer
Lt Bernard A Bird 21 Jan 1930 Grade III

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
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard  1 Nov 1930 Assumed command of 'A' (Composite) Sqn
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard 26 Nov 1930 Relinquished command of 'A' (Composite) Sqn and resumed command of No 30 Sqn

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
27 Oct 1930 'A' Flight detached to Sulaimania as 'Sulfly'
 1 Nov 1930 Composite Squadron formed at Kirkuk with 'B' Flight, No 30 Sqn and 1 x Flight, No 55 Sqn to be known as 'A' Sqn
 4 Nov 1930 'A' Flight returned to RAF Mosul
 4 Nov 1930 'B' Flight moved from Kirkuk to Sulaimania
 4 Nov 1930 'C' Flight moved from RAF Mosul to Kirkuk
12 Nov 1930 'C' Flight moved from Kirkuk to Sulaimania
12 Nov 1930 'B' Flight returned to RAF Mosul
12 Nov 1930 'A' Flight detached to Kirkuk
20 Nov 1930 'C' Flight returned to RAF Mosul from Sulaimania
26 Nov 1930 'A' Flight returned to RAF Mosul from Kirkuk on disbandment of 'A' Sqn
17 Jan 1931 'C' Flight detached to Kirkuk
29 Jan 1931 'A' Flight detached to Kirkuk to reinforce 'C' Flight
 3 Feb 1931 'A' and 'C' Flights returned to RAF Mosul
 2 Apr 1931 'A' Flight detached to Kingerban
14 Apr 1931 'A' Flight returned to RAF Mosul

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard 18 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt

Arthur P Ledger

18 Jan 1930 MBE; later AVM
Flt Lt John R Bell 29 Mar 1930 DFC
Flt Lt

Archibald J Rankin

 8 Feb 1930 AFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Richard C Warner 10 Nov 1930  
Fg Off Walter H Jones  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off Eric C Passmore 13 Jun 1929  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Emms 27 Jan 1931
Fg Off Hugh L McCulloch 15 Nov 1929  
Fg Off Frederick A McNeill 29 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Arthur N Luxmoore 29 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Edward J P Davy 27 Jan 1931  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Leonard Taylor  2 Jan 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William S Calder  1 Oct 1929  
Education Officer
Lt Bernard A Bird 21 Jan 1930 Grade III

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert V Goddard  9 Jul 1931 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr George S N Johnston  9 Jul 1931 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn
Sgt H V Hudson  3 Apr 1932 Died from wounds

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
12 Mar 1932 'C' Flight detached to Diana
28 Apr 1932 'B' Flight detached to Diana
23 May 1932 'A' Flight relieved 'B' Flight at Diana

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George S N Johnston  9 Jul 1931 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John Bradbury 23 Jan 1932 DFC
Flt Lt

Gerard Combe

 4 Mar 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Richard C Warner 10 Nov 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey D Emms 27 Jan 1931
Fg Off Frank Whittingham  4 Mar 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Denis A Messiter 24 Oct 1931  
Fg Off John T Mynors 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Arthur N Luxmoore 29 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Edward J P Davy 27 Jan 1931  
Plt Off Kenneth Lea-Cox 18 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Thomas H L Nicholls 19 May 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Leonard Taylor  2 Jan 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John H Glenn 28 Jun 1932  
Education Officer
Mr Harold Ashman 22 Jan 1932 Grade III, BSc

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

14 Jul 1932 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr George S N Johnston  4 Aug 1932 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

 4 Aug 1932 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

14 Jul 1932 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John Bradbury 23 Jan 1932 DFC
Flt Lt

Gerard Combe

 4 Mar 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Frank Whittingham  4 Mar 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Denis A Messiter 24 Oct 1931  
Fg Off John T Mynors 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Anthony R Collins 28 Feb 1931  
Fg Off George F A Skelton 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Kenneth Lea-Cox 18 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Alan D Grace 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Terence G Lovell-Gregg 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Thomas H L Nicholls 19 May 1932  
Plt Off David L Dustin  1 Oct 1932  
Plt Off David Prowse  4 Oct 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt

William F Langdon

15 Mar 1933 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John H Glenn 28 Jun 1932  
Education Officer
Mr Harold Ashman 22 Jan 1932 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Albert E Easterbrook 23 Jan 1932 AFM
WO II Albert E L Endley  8 Feb 1933  
WO II John T Cuthbertson 14 Jan 1933  
WO II Leslie A Bett 17 Nov 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

13 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting, wef 18 Oct 1933

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

14 Jul 1932 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John Bradbury 23 Jan 1932 DFC
Flt Lt

Gerard Combe

 4 Mar 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

18 Oct 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Whittingham  4 Mar 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Denis A Messiter 24 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Anthony R Collins 28 Feb 1931 Adjutant
Fg Off George F A Skelton 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alan D Grace 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Terence G Lovell-Gregg 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Thomas H L Nicholls 19 May 1932  
Fg Off David L Dustin  1 Oct 1932  
Plt Off David Prowse  4 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Henry S Miles  8 Sep 1933  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt

William F Langdon

15 Mar 1933 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John H Glenn 28 Jun 1932  
Education Officer
Lt Arthur Prescott 29 Dec 1933 Grade III
Warrant Officers
WO Albert E Easterbrook 23 Jan 1932 AFM
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Albert E L Endley  8 Feb 1933  
WO II John T Cuthbertson 14 Jan 1933  
WO II James Heffernan 13 Nov 1933  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John Bradbury 23 Jan 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

26 Mar 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 26 Feb 1934

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

14 Jul 1932 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

David W F Bonham-Carter

16 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

18 Oct 193 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

26 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Anthony R Collins 28 Feb 1931 Adjutant
Fg Off George F A Skelton 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alan D Grace 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Terence G Lovell-Gregg 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off David L Dustin  1 Oct 1932  
Plt Off David Prowse  4 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Henry S Miles  8 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Alexander Ross 28 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Nigel W D Marwood-Elton 28 Jan 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt

William F Langdon

15 Mar 1933 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James R Ackers 22 Mar 1934  
Education Officer
Lt Arthur Prescott 29 Dec 1933 Grade III
Warrant Officers
WO Charles H Spry 22 Mar 1934  
WO James Heffernan 13 Nov 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John T Cuthbertson 14 Jan 1933  
WO II Harold H Laurie 12 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur L Fiddament

 8 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Paul R T J M I C Chamberlayne

26 Mar 1935 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Arthur L Fiddament

26 Mar 1935 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
30 Apr 1935 'A' Flight re-equipped with Hawker Hardy aircraft
Hawker Hardy of No 30 Squadron
 8 May 1935 'C' Flight re-equipped with Hawker Hardy aircraft

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti

Hawker Hardy

Mosul Iraq Command

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur L Fiddament

 8 Mar 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

26 Feb 1934 OC, 'A' Flight; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

18 Oct 193 OC, 'B' Flight; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Arthur F Scroggs 24 Aug 1934 OC, 'C' Flight
Fg Off Eric J Palmer  7 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Herbert R Tidd 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Henry S Miles  8 Sep 1933  
Plt Off Nigel W D Marwood-Elton 28 Jan 1934  
Plt Off Richard G Slade  3 Nov 1934  
Plt Off Victor H P Lynham  3 Nov 1934  
Plt Off Charles N Fleming  6 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Stanley G Pritchard  6 Feb 1935  
Plt Off George A Richmond  6 Feb 1935  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Maurice E O'B Atkinson  1 Feb 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers 10 Oct 1934  
Education Officer
Lt Arthur Prescott 29 Dec 1933 Grade III
Warrant Officers
WO Charles H Spry 22 Mar 1934  
WO James Heffernan 13 Nov 1933  
WO John Doig 21 Feb 1935  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William R Lockhart 21 Feb 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Harold E Dicken 22 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting, wef 28 Jan 1936
Flt Lt

Bryan D Nicholas

22 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting, wef 28 Jan 1936
Flt Lt H J Walker  6 Jun 1936 Arrived on posting

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
14 Aug 1935 'B' Flight re-equipped with Hawker Hardy aircraft

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hardy Mosul Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur L Fiddament

 8 Mar 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Harold E Dicken 28 Jan 1936 OC, 'B' Flight; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Bryan D Nicholas

28 Jan 1936 OC, 'C' Flight; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Eric J Palmer  7 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Herbert R Tidd 10 Oct 1934
Fg Off Richard G Slade  3 Nov 1934  
Plt Off Victor H P Lynham  3 Nov 1934  
Plt Off Charles N Fleming  6 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Stanley G Pritchard  6 Feb 1935  
Plt Off George A Richmond  6 Feb 1935  
Plt Off William I Scott 30 Aug 1935  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Maurice E O'B Atkinson  1 Feb 1935  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles F G Rogers 10 Oct 1934  
Education Officer
Flt Lt H Preston  4 Jan 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO A Peyton 10 Apr 1936  
WO F E Edwards 10 Apr 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Archibald J Rankin

 7 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting, wef 24 Oct 1936, pending assuming command of No 30 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Arthur L Fiddament

12 Nov 1936 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Archibald J Rankin

12 Nov 1936 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
19 Oct 1936 Advance Party ('C' Flight), moved from RAF Mosul to RAF Dhibban
26 Oct 1936 First Main Party ('B' Flight), moved from RAF Mosul to RAF Dhibban
31 Oct 1936 Second Main Party ('A' Flight), moved from RAF Mosul to RAF Dhibban
 2 Nov 1936 Rear Party (Squadron HQ), moved from RAF Mosul to RAF Dhibban

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hardy Dhibban (Habbaniya) British Forces in Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Archibald J Rankin

24 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Harold E Dicken 28 Jan 1936 OC, 'B' Flight; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Bryan D Nicholas

28 Jan 1936 OC, 'C' Flight; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Richard G Slade  3 Nov 1934  
Fg Off William I Scott 30 Aug 1935  
Fg Off J H Slater 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off V E R Williams 26 Feb 1937  
Plt Off F A Marlow 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off F R Allister 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off E F Pope 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off C A Stephen 15 Dec 1936  
APO B Brooke  6 Apr 1937  
APO B A Miller 12 Apr 1937  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Flt Lt T I Illiff 13 Sep 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off E Bowman  5 Nov 1936  
Education Officer
Flt Lt H Preston  4 Jan 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO A Peyton 10 Apr 1936  
WO F E Edwards 10 Apr 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G H Stainforth 21 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 30 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Archibald J Rankin

25 Aug 1937 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G H Stainforth 25 Aug 1937 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn
Plt Off A C Stephen 29 Jun 1938 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 H Davies 29 Jun 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
13 Jan 1938 First batch of Bristol Blenheim Is arrived from the Aircraft Depot, Aboukir for re-equipment of the squadron
Bristol Blenheim I of 'A' Flight No 30 Squadron
xx May 1938 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 30 Squadron badge

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344), 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
Bristol Blenheim I Habbaniya British Forces in Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G H Stainforth 21 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt U Y Shannon  5 Oct 1937 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt J H Slater 24 Apr 1937
Fg Off V E R Williams 26 Feb 1937  
Fg Off F A Marlow 24 Oct 1936  
Plt Off E F Pope 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off C A Stephen 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off B Brooke  6 Apr 1937  
Plt Off B A Miller 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A C H Haines  9 Nov 1937  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A Connock  1 Jun 1937  
Warrant Officers
WO A S Summers  4 Nov 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G H Stainforth  3 Nov 1938 Relinquished command of No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr U Y Shannon  3 Nov 1938 Assumed command of No 30 Sqn

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
25 Nov 1938 A Flight of four aircraft carried out an Inter-Command tour visiting: -

Helwan - Wadi Halfa - Khartoum - Malakal - Juba - Kisumu - Nairobi - Port Sudan - Aden - Aboukir

30 Nov 1938 A Reserve Flight was formed to carry out major inspections
 5 Jan 1939 Inter-Command Flight returned to RAF Habbaniya

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I Habbaniya British Forces in Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G H Stainforth 21 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr U Y Shannon  5 Oct 1937 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt J H Slater 24 Apr 1937
Act Flt Lt F A Marlow 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off C F Darbishire  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off B Brooke  6 Apr 1937  
Plt Off B A Miller 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A J H Finch 29 Jul 1938  
Plt Off I C Swann 25 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D R Walker 29 Jul 1938  
Plt Off G Tanner  3 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D A T Millikin 25 Oct 1938  
APO J E Lydall 25 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A Connock  1 Jun 1937  
Plt Off C J G Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO A S Summers  4 Nov 1937

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I Habbaniya British Forces in Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr U Y Shannon  5 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding
Act Flt Lt C F Darbishire  6 Sep 1938  
Act Flt Lt F A Marlow 24 Oct 1936
Plt Off B A Miller 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off B Brooke  6 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A J H Finch 29 Jul 1938  
Plt Off I C Swann 25 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D R Walker 29 Jul 1938  
Plt Off G Tanner  3 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D A T Millikin 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J E Lydall 25 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off C J G Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO A S Summers  4 Nov 1937

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I Habbaniya British Forces in Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr U Y Shannon  5 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding
Act Flt Lt C F Darbishire  6 Sep 1938  
Act Flt Lt F A Marlow 24 Oct 1936
Act Flt Lt (Plt Off) A J H Finch 29 Jul 1938  
Fg Off A M K Phillips 14 Mar 1939  
Plt Off B A Miller 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off B Brooke  6 Apr 1937  
Plt Off I C Swann 25 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D R Walker 29 Jul 1938  
Plt Off G Tanner  3 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D A T Millikin 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off J E Lydall 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R G Le Dieu  7 Mar 1939  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off C J G Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO A S Summers  4 Nov 1937

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D McD Jannaway  4 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
17 Jul 1939 3 x aircraft detached to Egypt for long distance bombing and interception practice
20 Jul 1939 3 x aircraft returned from Egypt on completion of long distance bombing and interception practice
25 Aug 1939 Air Party departed RAF Habbaniya for its war station at RAF Ismailia, Egypt
25 Aug 1939 Ground Party departed RAF Habbaniya for its war station at RAF Ismailia, Egypt
25 Aug 1939 Personnel departed RAF Habbaniya for its war station at RAF Ismailia, Egypt in three Valentias of No 70 Sqn
 1 Sep 1930 Ground Party arrived at RAF Ismailia, Egypt

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Squadron Strength - 12 Jun 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr U Y Shannon Officer Commanding
Plt Off R R Riddell Adjutant
Flt Lt F V Maclaine Medical Officer
Fg Off D G Potter Engineering Officer - commissioned from WO on 7 Jun 1940
Plt Off D H Upcott Equipment Officer
Flt Lt F G Carroll Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt A L Bocking Officer Commanding 'A' Flight
Fg Off A C H Haines 'A' Flight
Fg Off D R Walker 'A' Flight
Plt Off F W Chadwick 'A' Flight
Plt Off H J Hickey 'A' Flight - Air Observer - commission from Sgt on 8 Jun 1940
Plt Off F E Addington 'A' Flight - Air Observer
Fg Off I C Swann Officer Commanding 'B' Flight
Plt Off H P Blackmore 'B' Flight
Plt Off P J B Griffiths 'B' Flight
Plt Off S N Pearce 'B' Flight
Plt Off T S Wilson 'B' Flight - Air Gunner
Plt Off H P G Fisher 'B' Flight - Air Observer
Flt Sgt Plt Innes-Smith 'B' Flight
Flt Lt F A Marlow Officer Commanding 'C' Flight
Fg Off A C Pearson 'C' Flight
Plt Off D A Lea 'C' Flight
Plt Off S Paget 'C' Flight
Plt Off A C Dunn 'C' Flight - Air Observer
Plt Off J A Jarvis 'C' Flight
Sgt Plt Wilson 'C' Flight
Sgt Plt Smallwood 'C' Flight
Other Personnel: -
  •   1 x Warrant Officer
  •   6 x Flight Sergeants
  •  19 x Sergeant
  •  36 x Corporals
  • 238 x Airmen

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Personnel Movements: Jun - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off D G Potter 12 Jun 1940 Engineer Officer, departed on posting
Flt Lt F V Maclaine  4 Jul. 1940 Medical Officer, posted to SHQ RAF Ismailia
Flt Lt W P Griffin  4 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 103 MU for Medical duties
Plt Off R H Pelling 11 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn for Engineer duties
Sqn Ldr F G Carroll 12 Jul 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to HQ Palestine and Transjordan
Plt Off G E Lewis 13 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off H J Hickey 20 Jul 1940 Posted to No 55 Sqn
Plt Off R H Speight 21 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for Cypher duties
Plt Off F Q Robertson 24 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt W P Griffin  3 Aug 1940 Medical Officer, admitted to hospital with fever
Plt Off A G Crockett  4 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Ismailia
Fg Off A C Pearson  5 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF Aboukir
Sgt J Merifield  6 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E B Childs 16 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J G Stewart 16 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Cpl D Stott 16 Nov 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
11 Jun 1940 3 x aircraft of 'C' Flight despatched to No 103 MU, Aboukir for conversion into Mk IFs
Bristol Blenheim IF of No 30 Squadron
15 Jun 1940 Squadron was equipped with: -
  • 12 x Blenheim Fighters
  • 6 x Blenheim Bombers
 6 Jul 1940 Advance Party departed RAF Ismailia for Ikingi Maryut
 8 Jul 1940 Main Road Party departed RAF Ismailia for Ikingi Maryut
 8 Jul 1940 Air Party (10 x aircraft) departed RAF Ismailia for Ikingi Maryut
12 Jul 1940 The detached flight as RAF Helwan rejoined the squadron at Ikingi Maryut
 2 Nov 1940 Advance Party departed Ikingi Maryut for Eleusis in Greece and refuelling party sent to Heraklion, Crete
 3 Nov 1940 8 x Blenheim IFs departed Ikingi Maryrut for Eleusis via Fuka
 3 Nov 1940 4 x Bombays of No 216 Sqn with personnel and equipment departed Ikingi Maryrut for Eleusis via Heraklion
 5 Nov 1940 4 x Blenheim Is departed Ikingi Maryrut for Eleusis via Fuka
 5 Nov 1940 4 x Bombays of No 216 Sqn with personnel and equipment departed Ikingi Maryrut for Eleusis via Heraklion
 7 Nov 1940 Sea Party arrived at Pireaus on HMS Orion

Source - No 30 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/344)

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