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No 33 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Aug 1930 | Sep 1930 | Oct 1930 | Nov 1930 | Dec 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Aug 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt H T Herring  1 Mar 1929 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Edward F Smith  1 Mar 1929 Arrived on posting for Stores duties
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Sqn Ldr

Francis P Don

10 Apr 1929 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 22 Apr 1929 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt H T Herring 26 Apr 1929 Departed on posting
Plt Off Robert V Griffin  6 Jun 1929 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS, RAAF Point Cook

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1929

Date Notes
 1 Mar 1929 Squadron reformed at RAF Netheravon comprising a HQ and one flight equipped with Hawker Horsleys
Horsley of No 33 Squadron
29 Jun 1929 Two additional flights formed bringing the squadron up to full strength

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Horsley RAF Netheravon ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis P Don

10 Apr 1929 Officer Commanding; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 22 Apr 1929 Signals duties
Plt Off Robert V Griffin  6 Jun 1929  

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2 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward F Smith  1 Mar 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off S A Davis 15 Jun 1929 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr

Francis P Don

 1 Jul 1929 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Plt Off Elias C W S Smith 15 Jul 1929 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Roland E de T Vintras 27 Jul 1929 Arrived on posting from RAF College Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off I B Newbegging 27 Jul 1929 Arrived on posting from RAF College Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Flt Lt C D Pyne 16 Sep 1929 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor 23 Sep 1929 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt E H Richardson  3 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting
Fg Off William J P Sloan  3 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting
Fg Off John O H Lobley  3 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting
Fg Off J B Mackenzie 17 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting, wef 12 Oct 1929
Sqn Ldr John J Breen 27 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of No 33 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Francis P Don

 2 Nov 1929 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn on posting to No 504 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John J Breen  2 Nov 1929 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt C D Pyne 19 Nov 1929 Posted to No 25 Sqn
Plt Off I B Newbegging 25 Nov 1929 Posted to No 36 Sqn
Plt Off E G Sharp 14 Dec 1929 Arrived on posting
Plt Off S A Davis 16 Dec 1929 Posted to No 36 Sqn
Flt Lt Reginald J Sanceau 21 Dec 1929 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Conrad S John 13 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting
2 Lt N Taie 15 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting
2 Lt M A Jewad 17 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting
Fg Off J B Mackenzie 26 Jan 1930 Posted to RAF Mount Batten
Flt Lt E H Richardson  3 Feb 1930 Posted to No 35 Sqn
Plt Off E G Sharp 10 Feb 1930 Posted to No 36 Sqn
Plt Off Alfred C Larmuth  1 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Louis McHardy  1 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting
Plt Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
14 Sep 1929 Squadron moved to RAF Eastchurch
25 Feb 1930 Squadron received its first two Hawker Harts, J9935 and J9937
Hawker Hart of No 33 Squadron
27 Feb 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9936
28 Feb 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9938
 1 Mar 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9940
 5 Mar 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9939
15 Mar 1930 Squadron received Harts, J9934 and J9941
22 Mar 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9943
 8 Apr 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9942
29 Apr 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9944
 4 May 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9945
 8 May 1930 Squadron received Hart, J9946
 9 Jun 1930 Squadron proceeded to Armament Practice Camp, North Coates Fitties

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Eastchurch ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John J Breen 27 Oct 1929 Officer Commanding; later AM
Flt Lt Reginald J Sanceau 21 Dec 1929  
Flt Lt Stanley J Smetham  1 Apr 1930  
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 22 Apr 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off William J P Sloan  3 Oct 1929  
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor 23 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Conrad S John 13 Jan 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off Robert V Griffin  6 Jun 1929  
Fg Off John O H Lobley  3 Oct 1929  
Plt Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Alfred C Larmuth  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Louis McHardy  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Elias C W S Smith 15 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Roland E de T Vintras 27 Jul 1929 Photographic duties; later A/Cdre

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0 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edward F Smith  1 Mar 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929

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
Flt Lt J E W Bowles 11 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting and assumed command of  'A' Flight
Flt Lt Thomas W S Brown 21 Jul 1930 Posted to No 36 Sqn
Plt Off Henry B Wrigley 26 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Morgan B Edwards 26 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason  3 Aug 1930 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Eric C Bates 26 Aug 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Fg Off D J Hughes-Morgan 21 Aug 1930 Posted to Armament and Gunnery School
Fg Off William J P Sloan 15 Sep 1930 Posted to No 207 Sqn, Bircham Newton
Fg Off John O H Lobley 23 Sep 1930 Posted to No 39 Sqn, India
Plt Off George D Hoyland 11 Oct 1930 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 8 Jul 1930
Plt Off Louis McHardy 13 Oct 1930 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off Alfred C Larmuth 14 Oct 1930 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off John E R Sowman 28 Oct 1930 Arrived on posting from the RAF Depot for Stores duties
Fg Off H E Sales  4 Nov 1930 Arrived on posting from No 100 Sqn
Flt Lt L M Elworthy  4 Nov 1930 Arrived on posting from No 100 Sqn and assumed duties of Station Adjutant
Flt Lt Thomas M Walker  4 Nov 1930 Arrived on posting from No 100 Sqn for Medical duties (wef 2 Jun 1930?)
Plt Off L W C Bower  4 Nov 1930 Arrived on posting from No 100 Sqn
Fg Off Edward F Smith  5 Nov 1930 Stores Officer, posted to Armament and Gunnery School, RAF Eastchurch
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor 28 Nov 1930 Transferred to the RAFO
Flt Lt J E W Bowles 12 Dec 1930 Posted to Armament and Gunnery School, RAF Eastchurch
Sqn Ldr William H de W Waller 15 Dec 1930 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of No 33 Sqn
Plt Off Reginald C Gaskell 20 Dec 1930 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Plt Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Plt Off Arthur W R Lawson 23 Dec 1930 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Plt Off Eric C Bates  1 Jan 1931 Promoted to Fg Off
Sqn Ldr John J Breen  5 Jan 1931 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn on posting to RAF Depot for course at IDC
Sqn Ldr William H de W Waller  5 Jan 1931 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt Reginald J Sanceau  7 Jan 1931 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off Robert V Griffin 19 Jan 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on attachment to RAF Base Calshot for Air Pilotage Course
Fg Off Louis McHardy 20 Jan 1931 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Elias C W S Smith 16 Jan 1931 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 17 Dec 1930
Fg Off Conrad S John 16 Jan 1931 Transferred to the RAFO
Flt Lt John F A Day 21 Jan 1931 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn, RAF Andover
Sqn Ldr Reginald J Sanceau 26 Jan 1931 Posted to No 99 Sqn, RAF Upper Heyford
Plt Off Gerald S Barrett  1 Feb 1931 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS
Plt Off Roland E de T Vintras 14 Feb 1931 Posted to No 39 Sqn, India
Sqn Ldr E L P Morgan 16 Feb 1931 Retired Officer, assumed duties of Civilian Adjutant, RAF Bicester
Flt Lt Douglas E L Wilson  2 Mar 1931 Attached from RAAF Liaison Office, London
Fg Off John E R Sowman 15 Mar 1931 Stores Officer, posted to RAF Depot
Fg Off W J B Elliott 15 Mar 1931 Attached from RAF Worthy Down for Stores duties
Flt Lt L M Elworthy 26 Mar 1931 Posted to AA Co-operation Flight, RAF Biggin Hill
Fg Off H E Sales 27 Mar 1931 Posted to No 8 Sqn, Aden
Sgt S H Martin 30 Mar 1931 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 G H Mason 30 Mar 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off Robert V Griffin 21 Apr 1931 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF Andover
Fg Off John E R Sowman  1 May 1931 Arrived on reposting from RAF Depot for duty as Stores Officer
Fg Off W J B Elliott  1 May 1931 Ceased to be attached from RAF Worthy Down for Stores duties
Fg Off William J P Sloan 19 May 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF depot for duty as Adju tant
Fg Off Louis McHardy 19 May 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Anthony R T Coke 27 Jun 1931 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off Allen R Wilson 27 Jun 1931 Promoted to Fg Off

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
19 Jul 1930 Squadron returned to RAF Eastchurch from Armament Practice Camp, North Coates Fitties
 5 Nov 1930 Squadron moved from RAF Eastchurch to RAF Bicester

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Bicester ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr William H de W Waller 15 Dec 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt John F A Day 21 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason  3 Aug 1930  
Flt Lt Douglas E L Wilson  2 Mar 1931 attached from RAAF
Fg Off William J P Sloan  3 Oct 1929  
Fg Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Louis McHardy  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Elias C W S Smith 15 Jul 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Eric C Bates 26 Aug 1930 later AVM
Plt Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Plt Off Arthur W R Lawson 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Gerald S Barrett  1 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Henry B Wrigley 26 Jul 1930 later AVM
Plt Off Morgan B Edwards 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off Reginald C Gaskell 20 Dec 1930  

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0 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - May 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off H W A Chesterman 25 Jul 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off Elias C W S Smith  5 Aug 1931 Posted to RAF Henlow for Long Engineering Course
Flt Lt John C E A Johnson 17 Aug 1931 Attached from No 99 Sqn
Plt Off Henry B Wrigley  5 Sep 1931 Posted to RAF Base, Gosport
Flt Lt John C E A Johnson  6 Sep 1931 Ceased to be attached from No 99 Sqn on posting to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off

John A Tester

 7 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Fg Off Louis McHardy 23 Sep 1931 Posted to 504 Sqn, Hucknall
Plt Off Gerald S Barrett 21 Sep 1931 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt Neville W F Mason 26 Sep 1931 Posted to No 60 Sqn, India
Flt Lt John F A Day 28 Sep 1931 Posted to SHQ, RAF Andover for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off Arthur W R Lawson  8 Oct 1931 Posted to No 501 Sqn, Filton
Flt Lt Edward J George 12 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting from Station Flight, RAF Upper Heyford
Plt Off Morgan B Edwards 16 Oct 1931 Posted to No 8 Sqn, Aden
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 Arrived on posting from No 31 Sqn, India
Fg Off Gerald S Barrett  9 Nov 1931 Posted to No 501 Sqn, Filton
Fg Off Eric C Bates 12 Nov 1931 Posted to No 57 Sqn, RAF Netheravon for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off

Guy Bearne

16 Nov 1931 Arrived on posting from No 501 Sqn, Filton
Plt Off Cyril J Giles 19 Dec 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Sqn Ldr William H de W Waller  1 Jan 1932 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Flt Lt Thomas M Walker  1 Jan 1932 Promoted to Hon Sqn Ldr
Wg Cdr William H de W Waller 18 Jan 1932 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn on posting to RAF Depot as 2nd i/c
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Fg Off H W A Chesterman 15 Feb 1932 Posted to the Aircraft Depot, India
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from RAAF on appointment to a Short Service Commission
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from RAAF on appointment to a Short Service Commission
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth 24 Feb 1932 Posted to Air Armament School
Plt Off William H Mitchell  1 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 602 Sqn on appointment to a SSC, wef 20 Feb 1932
Fg Off Bertram A J Crummy  7 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 58 Sqn, RAF Worthy Down
Plt Off Maynard D C Biggie  8 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS, RAF Sealand
Plt Off William E Coope 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF Grantham
Plt Off Reginald C Gaskell  5 May 1932 Posted to RAF Base, Gosport
Fg Off

Guy Bearne

 5 May 1932 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Bicester ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John C E A Johnson  6 Sep 1931  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Edward J George 12 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Bertram A J Crummy  7 Mar 1932  
Fg Off George D Hoyland 28 Apr 1930  
Fg Off

Guy Bearne

16 Nov 1931 later AVM
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off

John A Tester

 8 Sep 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Plt Off William E Coope 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Maynard D C Biggie  8 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Cyril J Giles 19 Dec 1931  
Plt Off William H Mitchell  1 Mar 1932  

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7 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R H Younghusband 20 Jun 1932 Arrived on posting from No No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Flt Lt Howard W Taylor  8 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF North Weald
Plt Off F C de la Beresford-Peirce 21 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off V G Govett 18 Sep 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF Grantham
Flt Lt Edward J George  4 Oct 1932 Posted to No 8 Sqn, Aden
Plt Off Maynard D C Biggie  27 Oct 1932 Posted to RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Plt Off R H Younghusband 10 Dec 1932 Posted to No 60 Sqn
Plt Off W R Brotherhood 16 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Plt Off J J A Sutton 19 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  9 Jan 1933 Arrived on posting from No 23 Sqn
Plt Off

John A Tester

20 Jan 1933 Posted to RAF Depot as Non-effective
Flt Lt John C E A Johnson 21 Jan 1933 Posted to RAF Staff College
Plt Off William E Coope 31 Jan 1933 Posted to No 100 Sqn
Plt Off George D Hoyland  1 Feb 1933 Transferred to Class 'C' Reserve
Plt Off F C de la Beresford-Peirce  8 Feb 1933 Posted to No 27 Sqn, India
Fg Off

Guy Bearne

 8 Feb 1933 Posted to Air Armament School for No 11 Specialist Armament Course
Fg Off Bertram A J Crummy 20 Feb 1933 Posted to No 207 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton
Plt Off V G Govett 23 Feb 1933 Posted to No 10 Sqn, RAF Boscombe Down
Plt Off W R Brotherhood 28 Feb 1933 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Karachi
Plt Off J J A Sutton 28 Feb 1933 Posted to No 6 Sqn, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off Anthony R T Coke  9 Mar 1933 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF Singapore and assumed command of 'C' Flight

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
28 Aug 1932 Squadron proceeded to No 1 Armament Practice Camp, RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Training
 9 Oct 1932 Squadron returned from No 1 Armament Practice Camp, RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Training

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

 

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Bicester ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  9 Jan 1933  
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt Howard W Taylor  8 Aug 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth 15 May 1933  
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Plt Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off William H Mitchell  1 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1933  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E L P Morgan
Warrant Officers
WO Harry S A Pitt  8 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William Scott  9 Jul 1930  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Godfrey A V Knyvett 15 Jul 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off Denis H Spencer 15 Jul 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Aircraft Depot, RAF Henlow
Plt Off John S Leslie 28 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS, RAF Sealand
Plt Off Eric M Lewis 28 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Plt Off C C House 28 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Fg Off Charles A Profitt  1 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting from from RAF Hendon for Accountant duties
Plt Off C C House 24 Oct 1933 Posted to Aircraft Depot, India
Plt Off William H Mitchell 24 Oct 1933 Posted to Aircraft Depot, India
Fg Off E J P Davy 29 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry, pending assuming command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Nov 1933 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

18 Nov 1933 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  1 Dec 1933 Promoted to Sqn Ldr

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Date Notes
 3 Jul 1933 Squadron proceeded to No 2 Armament Practice Camp, RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training
17 Jul 1933 Squadron moved from No 2 Armament Practice Camp to RAF Hawkinge for ADGB Command Exercises
21 Jul 1933 Squadron returned to No 2 Armament Practice Camp, RAF North Coates Fitties to complete Annual Armament Training
28 Aug 1933 Squadron left No 2 Armament Practice Camp, RAF North Coates Fitties for RAF Tangmere to take part in the Centurion trials
16 Sep 1933 Squadron left RAF Tangmere for RAF Turnhouse to take part in Fleet Co-operation Exercise
26 Sep 1933 Squadron left RAF Turnhouse and returned to RAF Bicester

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Bicester ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Robert A George

18 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Nov 1933 Officer Commanding (Designate), MC, DFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain  9 Jan 1933  
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth 15 May 1933  
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Edward J P Davy 30 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1933  
Plt Off Eric M Lewis 29 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Godfrey A V Knyvett 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Denis H Spencer 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off John S Leslie 28 Aug 1933  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Denis A K Yiend  1 Mar 1929
Fg Off Charles A Profitt  1 Oct 1933
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E L P Morgan
Warrant Officers
WO Harry S A Pitt  8 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William Scott  9 Jul 1930  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charlton Hallawell  9 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from No 24 Sqn and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off John E R Sowman  1 Apr 1934 Stores Officer, promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off Alfred C Larmuth  2 Apr 1934 Transferred to the RAFO
Flt Lt John L M de C Hughes-Chamberlain 15 Apr 1934 Posted to No 503 Sqn
Plt Off Eric M Lewis 18 May 1934 Posted to No 822 Sqn
Plt Off Harold G Lee 23 May 1934 Attached to AA Co-operation Flight, Weston Zoyland
Plt Off Richard S Ryan 16 Jun 1934 Posted to No 803 Sqn

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
 2 May 1934 Squadron moved to RAF Manston for co-operation with Acoustical Mirrors
 1 Jun 1934 Squadron returned to RAF Bicester from RAF Manston on completion of co-operation with Acoustical Mirrors
 2 Jul 1934 Squadron proceeded to No 1 Armament Practice Camp, RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Training
22 Jul 1934 Squadron moved from No 1 Armament Practice Camp to RAF Hawkinge for ADGB Command Exercises
27 Jul 1934 Squadron returned to No 1 Armament Practice Camp, RAF Catfoss to continue Annual Armament Training

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Bicester ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Nov 1933 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Charlton Hallawell  9 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 8 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 23 Dec 1930
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 23 Dec 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Edward J P Davy 30 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 20 Feb 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Fg Off Richard S Ryan 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Harold G Lee 31 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Godfrey A V Knyvett 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Denis H Spencer 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off John S Leslie 28 Aug 1933  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman 26 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles A Profitt  1 Oct 1933
Medical Branch
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) Thomas M Walker  2 Jun 1930
Education Officer
Lt Thomas H A Vivers  1 Sep 1928 Acting Grade III, BSc
Civilian Assistant
Sqn Ldr (Ret) E L P Morgan
Warrant Officers
WO Harry S A Pitt  8 Feb 1933  
WO John C Steadman 18 Nov 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George F Dell 29 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Walter H Jones  1 Aug 1934 Promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt F W P Dixon 27 Aug 1934 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer, RAF Bicester
Hon Sqn Ldr Thomas M Walker  2 Sep 1934 Relinquished his commission on completion of service
Flt Lt Walter H Jones 18 Sep 1934 Posted to No 18 Sqn, RAF Upper Heyford
Plt Off Denis H Spencer 10 Oct 1934 Posted to No 8 Sqn, Aden
Fg Off Edward F Smith 16 Oct 1934 Stores Officer, posted to SHQ, RAF Bicester
Plt Off Harold G Lee 21 Oct 1934 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off E J P Davy 22 Oct 1934 Posted to No 5 FTS as Flying Instructor
Fg Off John E R Sowman 23 Oct 1934 Stores Officer, posted to HQ Middle East for Sores Staff duties
Plt Off Godfrey A V Knyvett  1 Nov 1934 Posted to RAF Base, Gosport
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 27 Nov 1934 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Herbert C Vickery 15 Dec 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off Frederick M Smith 15 Dec 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

17 Dec 1934 Posted to RAF Tangmere for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off John S Leslie 18 Dec 1934 Posted to No 39 Sqn, India
Flt Lt Patrick J R King 21 Dec 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Staff College and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Anthony R T Coke 24 Dec 1934 Transferred to the RAFO
Fg Off Allen R Wilson 27 Dec 1934 Transferred to the RAFO
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

12 Jan 1935 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry, pending assuming command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

26 Jan 1935 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

26 Jan 1935 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

 9 Feb 1935 Posted to No 8 Sqn, Aden
Plt Off John E Thornton  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF Grantham
Fg Off Ronald A R Rae 16 Mar 1935 Posted to RAF Depot, Uxbridge as non-effective, sick with broken leg
WO2 G F Dell 16 Mar 1935 Assumed temporary duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt Charlton Hallawell  1 Apr 1935 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Plt Off Harold G Lee  1 Apr 1935 Posted to RAF Leuchars
Flt Lt Douglas W R Ryley 25 Apr 1935 Arrived on posting from No  57 Sqn and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr Charlton Hallawell 29 Apr 1935 Posted to No 502 Sqn, RAF Aldergrove
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman  1 Jun 1935 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
24 Aug 1934 Squadron returned from No 1 Armament Practice Camp, RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Training
26 Aug 1934 Squadron proceeded to RAF Tangmere to take part in the Centurion trials
13 Sep 1934 Squadron returned from RAF Tangmere on completion of Centurion trials
27 Nov 1934 Squadron moved from RAF Bicester to RAF Upper Heyford
 4 Jun 1935 Squadron proceeded to No 2 Armament Practice Camp, RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training
13 Jul 1933 Squadron returned from No 2 Armament Practice Camp, RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Training

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/Central Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

12 Jan 1935 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Douglas W R Ryley 25 Apr 1935 later AVM
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 26 May 1932  
Flt Lt Patrick J R King 21 Dec 1934  
Fg Off Walter H Jones  9 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Plt Off Herbert C Vickery 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off Frederick M Smith 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off John E Thornton  4 Mar 1935  

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Warrant Officers
WO Arthur J Richardson  5 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George F Dell 29 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Sep 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off F C de la Beresford-Peirce 28 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Flt Lt Douglas W R Ryley  1 Jul 1935 Posted to Air Armament School, RAF Eastchurch
Plt Off William G Bannister 27 Jul 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Flt Lt Patrick J R King 12 Sep 1935 Posted to Cambridge University for duty as Flying Instructor

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Nominal Roll of Officers and NCOs - 20 Sep 1935

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

Officer Commanding, MC, DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys  
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun Posted in from No 56 Sqn
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

Posted in from RAF Depot, Uxbridge as supernumerary
Flt Lt C K J Coggle Posted in from RAF Kenley
Flt Lt John T Riggs Posted in from RAF Worthy Down for Stores duties
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman  
Fg Off F C de la Beresford-Peirce  
Fg Off W G S Roberts Medical Officer
Fg Off William G Bannister  
Plt Off Frederick M Smith  
Plt Off Herbert C Vickery  
Plt Off John E Thornton  
WO Edward Gough  
Flt Sgt Jenkins  
Sgt B E Crawley  
Sgt W Anderson  
Sgt A J Morgan  
Sgt C E Taplin  
Sgt H A Cronk  
Sgt W D McLennan  
Sgt Clift Supernumerary

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Personnel Movements: Sep 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys 20 Sep 1935 Withdrawn from Unit Establishment
Flt Lt John Bradbury 23 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Felixstowe
Flt Lt Dudley d'H Humphreys  1 Oct 1935 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sgt Clift  9 Oct 1935 Admitted to hospital in Malta
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun 13 Oct 1935 Admitted to the Anglo-Swiss hospital in Alexandria with Scarlet Fever
Flt Lt John T Riggs 13 Oct 1935 Admitted to the Anglo-Swiss hospital in Alexandria with Scarlet Fever
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun 28 Nov 1935 Rejoined to squadron on being discharged from hospital
Flt Lt John T Riggs 28 Nov 1935 Rejoined to squadron on being discharged from hospital
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

 5 Dec 1935 Admitted to the Military Hospital, Cairo
Flt Lt John Bradbury  5 Dec 1935 Assumed temporary command of No 33 Sqn
Fg Off F C de la Beresford-Peirce  7 Dec 1935 Posted to Home Establishment to attend Long Armament Course
APO H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

23 Dec 1935 Discharged from hospital
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

24 Dec 1935 Resumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt John Bradbury 24 Dec 1935 Relinquished temporary command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt J McGovern  5 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF Hinaidi, wef 31 Jan 1936 for Medical duties
Fg. Off John E Thornton 13 Feb 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
APO G E Hawkins 14 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, wef 1 Feb 1936
Flt Lt C K J Coggle 22 Feb 1936 Posted to No 4 FTS, Abu Sueir
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 22 Feb 1936 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Herbert C Vickery 22 Feb 1936 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt W G S Roberts 28 Feb 1936 Medical Officer, posted to Iraq Command
Plt Off Herbert C Vickery 29 Feb 1936 Posted to No 64 Sqn, RAF Heliopolis
Plt Off William G Bannister  1 Mar 1936 Assumed duties of Adjutant
APO J B W Smith 20 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting, wef 6 Mar 1936
Flt Lt John Bradbury  1 Apr 1936 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman  2 Apr 1936 Appointed to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off William G Bannister  2 Apr 1936 Adjutant, promoted to Fg Off, wef 30 Aug 1935 (seniority 28 Nov 1934)
Plt Off Frederick M Smith 15 Apr 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
APO H W Bolingbroke 22 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 20 Apr 1936
Act Sgt Harris 22 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Act Sgt Laverack 22 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Fg Off Alan McD Bowman 23 Apr 1936 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 1 Apr 1936
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

29 Apr 1936 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury 29 Apr 1936 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John W Baker

 1 May 1936 Embarked on HT Dorsetshire on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 26 May 1936 Posted to Iraq Command
Flt Lt Alan McD Bowman  8 Jun 1936 Admitted to No 3 General Hospital
Flt Lt G A G Johnson 15 Jun 1936 Attached from No 64 Sqn for temporary duty
Flt Lt Alan McD Bowman 18 Jun 1936 Returned to duty on discharge from No 3 General Hospital
Flt Lt Alan McD Bowman 26 Jun 1936 Proceeded to Port Said on posting to Home Establishment for Armament Course
Flt Lt G A G Johnson 28 Jun 1936 Ceased to be attached from No 64 Sqn for temporary duty
Flt Lt Munro-Higgs 28 Jun 1936 Attached from No 64 Sqn for temporary duty
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury  2 Jul 1936 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn on proceeding to UK for 2 months leave
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun  3 Jul 1935 Assumed temporary command of No 33 Sqn

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
27 Sep 1935 Squadron MT proceeded to RAF Sealand
28 Sep 1935 Squadron transferred nine aircraft to No 142 Sqn and flown to RAF Sealand for packing
28 Sep 1935 Squadron 'S' Stores dispatched by rail to Glasgow for embarkation on SS Cameronia
28 Sep 1935 Squadron transferred remaining seven aircraft to SHQ, RAF Bicester
xx Sep 1935 24 x new aircraft to be shipped direct to the Middle East for the squadron
 4 Oct 1935 Squadron personnel departed RAF Upper Heyford by rail for Liverpool, where it embarked on SS Cameronia
 9 Oct 1935 SS Cameronia arrived at Malta to disembark No 22 Sqn
12 Oct 1935 SS Cameronia arrived at Alexandria
13 Oct 1935 Squadron disembarked from SS Cameronia at Alexandria and proceeded to Aboukir
14 Oct 1935 SS Nelius arrived at Alexandria with the squadron's aircraft and equipment
21 Oct 1935 Advance Party, departed Aboukir for Mersa Matruh
22 Oct 1935 Advance Party, arrived at Mersa Matruh
23 Oct 1935 Main Rail Party, departed Aboukir for Mersa Matruh
25 Oct 1935 Air Party, departed Aboukir for Mersa Matruh
26 Oct 1935 Rear Party, departed Aboukir for Mersa Matruh
xx May 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 33 Squadron badge

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365), except*

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart  Mersa Matruh (detached from Upper Heyford) RAF Middle East (temporarily detached from No 1 (Bomber) Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury 23 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun 23 Sep 1935  
Flt Lt

Montagu D Ommanney

 21 Sep 1935 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Alan McD Bowman 20 Feb 1932  
Fg Off William G Bannister 27 Jul 1935  
Plt Off H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Plt Off J B W Smith  6 Mar 1936  
APO H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  

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Stores Branch
Flt Lt John T Riggs 24 Sep 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt J McGovern 31 Jan 1936
Warrant Officers
WO Edward Gough  4 Oct 1935  
WO W Jenkins 13 Oct 1935  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jun 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
WO Edward Gough 10 Jul 1936 Proceeded to HQ Palestine and Transjordan for temporary duty
LAC A R Macey 26 Jul 1936 Died in hospital
Flt Lt Munro-Higgs  6 Aug 1936 Ceased to be attached from No 64 Sqn on completion of temporary duty
Flt Lt J S Sabine  6 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 64 Sqn
Flt Lt Munro-Higgs 12 Aug 1936 Attached from No 64 Sqn for temporary duty and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Flt Lt J S Sabine 12 Aug 1936 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off H D Cooke 12 Aug 1936 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt Munro-Higgs 16 Aug 1936 Ceased to be atached from No 64 Sqn on completion of temporary duty
Flt Lt S C Widdows 12 Aug 1936 Attached from RAF Ramleh for temporary duty
Flt Lt S C Widdows 12 Aug 1936 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury  2 Sep 1936 Returned from leave and resumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun  2 Sep 1936 Relinquished temporary command of No 33 Sqn
Plt Off H D Cooke 25 Sep 1936 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off William G Bannister 25 Sep 1936 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury  3 Oct 1936 Attended a Medical Board and to be invalided to UK
Flt Lt J Kemp  3 Oct 1936 Attached for temporary Medical duties
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury  6 Oct 1936 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr E R C Hobson  6 Oct 1936 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt S C Widdows  7 Oct 1936 Admitted to Palestine General Hospital, Sarafand
Sqn Ldr John Bradbury 11 Oct 1936 Proceeded to Palestine General Hospital, Sarafand, pending repatriation to the UK
Fg Off William G Bannister 14 Oct 1936 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Flt Lt S C Widdows 15 Oct 1936 Ceased to be attached from RAF Ramleh on completion of temporary duty
Flt Lt John T Riggs 16 Oct 1936 Posted to Middle East Depot, wef 1 Sep 1936
LAC Whitehead 16 Nov 1936 Admitted to hospital with Scarlet Fever
LAC Horne 18 Nov 1936 Admitted to hospital with Scarlet Fever
LAC Edwards 18 Nov 1936 Admitted to hospital with Scarlet Fever
Cpl Waddington 21 Nov 1936 Admitted to hospital with Scarlet Fever
Flt Lt F W L Wild 25 Nov 1936 Attached from Middle East Depot, Aboukir
Cpl Margetts 29 Nov 1936 Admitted to SSQ with Scarlet Fever
Flt Lt James W Colquhoun  1 Dec 1936 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt F W L Wild  4 Dec 1936 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr James W Colquhoun  5 Dec 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt R E Barnett 13 Dec 1936 Arrived on attachment for Flying duties
Fg Off William G Bannister 22 Dec 1936 Embarked at Alexandria on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr E R C Hobson 12 Jan 1937 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt J S Sabine 12 Jan 1937 Assumed temporary command of No 33 Sqn
Plt Off H W Bolingbroke 12 Jan 1937 Assumed temporary command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off A L Bocking 18 Jan 1937 Attached from No 45 Sqn
Plt Off Henderson 18 Jan 1937 Attached from No 45 Sqn
Sgt Plt A J Tebbs  4 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Sgt Plt Shaw  5 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Sgt Plt Slater  5 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Flt Lt F G Lee 24 Apr 1937 Ceased to be attached from Middle East Depot, Aboukir
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  4 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn pending assuming command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt J S Sabine  5 May 1937 Relinquished temporary command of No 33 Sqn and resumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  5 May 1937 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt F W L Wild  6 May 1937 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off A L Bocking  6 May 1937 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt F W L Wild  7 Jun 1937 Formed and assumed command of Target Towing Flight

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
11 Jul 1936 Air Party departed Mersa Matruh for RAF Amman
14 Jul 1936 Rail Party departed Mersa Matruh for RAF Amman
15 Jul 1936 Rail Party arrived at Lydda and proceeded to Ramleh, some remaining there whilst the rest proceeded to Amman
20 Jul 1936 Rear Road Party departed Mersa Matruh for Gaza
21 Jul 1936 Rear Rail Party departed Mersa Matruh for Gaza
23 Jul 1936 Rear Party arrived at Gaza
10 Aug 1936 Squadron moved from Amman to Gaza
10 Aug 1936 Detached Flight moved from Gaza to Ramleh
 1 Nov 1936 Advance Party proceeded to RAF Ismailia by rail
 6 Nov 1936 9 x aircraft proceeded to RAF Ismailia
 7 Nov 1936 Baggage Party, proceeded to RAF Ismailia by rail
 8 Nov 1936 Main Party, proceeded to RAF Ismailia by rail
10 Nov 1936 5 x aircraft proceeded to RAF Ismailia
14 Nov 1936 Rear Party, arrived at RAF Ismailia

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hart  RAF Ismailia RAF Middle East (temporarily detached from No 1 (Bomber) Group)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  4 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt J S Sabine  6 Aug 1936  
Plt Off H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Plt Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Plt Off J B W Smith  6 Mar 1936  
Plt Off H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  

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Warrant Officers
WO T L Mann 13 Oct 1935  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt N C Hendrikz 14 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Plt Off H W Bolingbroke 15 Jun 1937 Relinquished temporary command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt N C Hendrikz 15 Jun 1937 Assumed temporary command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt J S Sabine 15 Jun 1937 Embarked at Port Said on posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off Henderson 20 Jun 1937 Ceased to be attached from No 45 Sqn
Sgt Plt Dixon 30 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt J J A Sutton  3 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF Heliopolis
Plt Off M H Romer  3 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Plt Off E J C Michelmore  3 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Sgt Plt Thorp  3 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Sgt Plt W Bicholls 20 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Sgt Plt Galloway 20 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Sgt Plt R A Peglar 20 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Sgt Plt W Vale 20 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Plt Off A L Bocking   7 Aug 1937 Attached to RAF Helwan for Navigation Course (3 weeks)
Plt Off H D Cooke  2 Sep 1937 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off E J C Michelmore  2 Sep 1937 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J B W Smith 16 Sep 1937 Assumed duties of Station Adjutant
Plt Off H D Cooke 21 Sep 1937 Resumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off E J C Michelmore 21 Sep 1937 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off H D Cooke 22 Sep 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Aug 1937
Fg Off H D Cooke 26 Oct 1937 Admitted to Moascar Military Hospital
Flt Lt F W L Wild 30 Oct 1937 Embarked at Port Said on posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off M H Romer 16 Nov 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 15 Sep 1937
Plt Off E J C Michelmore 16 Nov 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 15 Oct 1937
Plt Off G E Hawkins 16 Nov 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 15 Oct 1937
Plt Off J B W Smith 16 Nov 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Oct 1937
Flt Lt N C Hendrikz  2 Feb 1938 Posted to Malta
APO W R Foster 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
APO H J Marley 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
APO J M Littler 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
APO M Booth 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
LAC G Griffiths 25 Feb 1938 Killed in a flying accident
APO J M Littler 25 Feb 1938 Injured in a flying accident and admitted to Moascar Military Hospital
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  7 Mar 1938 Assumed temporary command of RAF Ismailia
APO J M Littler  7 Mar 1938 Discharged from Moascar Military Hospital
Sgt Plt W Bicholls  7 Mar 1938 Posted to to No 45 Sqn
Sgt Plt R A H Smith  7 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt J J A Sutton 11 Apr 1938 Embarked at Port Said on posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off M H Romer 14 Apr 1938 Posted to No 223 Sqn
Fg Off G E Hawkins 17 Apr 1938 Proceeded to the UK on leave
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds 22 Apr 1938 Relinquished temporary command of RAF Ismailia
APO W R Foster 10 May 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO H J Marley 10 May 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO J M Littler 24 May 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off, wef 10 May 1938
Plt Off H J Marley  7 Jun 1938 Attached to Aircraft Depot Middle East for Parachute Course
Fg Off J B W Smith  8 Jun 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posting to No 47 Sqn
Plt Off J M Littler  8 Jun 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
APO C H Dyson  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO H C Down  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO H J Starrett  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO A I H Lynch  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO H G Hudson  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO J J Mahoney  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO M W Rumsey  8 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
Flt Sgt Giles 10 Jun 1938 Promoted to WO, wef 20 Apr 1938
Fg Off H D Cooke 11 Jun 1938 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight on proceeding to the UK on leave
Plt Off W R Foster 11 Jun 1938 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Sgt Scullard 28 Jun 1938 Promoted to WO, wef 19 May 1938
Sgt Plt R A Peglar 28 Jun 938 Posted to No 223 Sqn

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
26 Feb 1938 The squadron collected its first Gloster Gladiator I from RAF Aboukir pending conversion to the single seat fighter role
Gladiator of No 33 Squadron
 1 Mar 1938 Squadron retitled No 33 (Fighter) Sqn

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Ismailia RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds  4 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off H D Cooke 14 Dec 1935  
Fg Off A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Fg Off J B W Smith  6 Mar 1936  
Fg Off H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
APO M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
APO C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
APO H C Down 27 May 1938  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
APO A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
APO H G Hudson 27 May 1938  
APO J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
APO M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  

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Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off A L Bocking 15 Jul 1938 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on embarking at Alexandria for leave in Canada
APO M Booth 15 Jul 1938 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off W R Foster 18 Jul 1938 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off G E Hawkins 18 Jul 1938 Assumed command of 'A' Flight on return from the UK
Flt Sgt Macken 21 Jul 1938 Promoted to WO, wef 30 Jun 1938
Plt Off M Booth 26 Jul 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO C H Dyson 16 Aug 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO H J Starrett 16 Aug 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO A I H Lynch 16 Aug 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO H G Hudson 16 Aug 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO J J Mahoney 16 Aug 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO M W Rumsey 16 Aug 1938 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

15 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from the UK, pending assuming command of No 33 Sqn, wef 3 Sep 1938
APO L Reed 18 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 10 Sep 1938
Sgt Plt Craig 18 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 10 Sep 1938
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds 27 Sep 1938 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

27 Sep 1938 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds 28 Sep 1938 Attached to SHQ, RAF Ismailia
Fg Off H W Bolingbroke 29 Sep 1938 Admitted to Palestine General Hospital with Malaria
Plt Off W R Foster 29 Sep 1938 Assumed temporary command of 'C' Flight
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 5 Oct 1938 Assumed temporary command of RAF Ismailia
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

11 Oct 1938 Relinquished temporary command of RAF Ismailia
Sqn Ldr J H McC Reynolds 16 Oct 1939 Embarked at Port Said for Home Establishment
APO L Reed 17 Oct 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt A J Tebbs 18 Nov 1938 Died from injuries
Plt Off H G Hudson 16 Aug 1938 Killed in action

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
29 Sep 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Ismailia to RAF Heliopolis
xx Sep 1938 Squadron adopted the identification letters 'SO'
Gladiator I of No 33 Squadron (coded SO)
3 Oct 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Heliopolis to RAF Ismailia
21 Oct 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Ismailia to RAF Ramleh
 9 Dec 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Ramleh to Lydda

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Ramleh RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 3 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AM
Fg Off A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Fg Off H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
Plt Off A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H C Down 27 May 1938  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO W J Macken  7 May 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Mar 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J J Mahoney 23 Jan 1939 Posted to No 216 Sqn
APO J M J Poynton 23 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 80 Sqn
APO J M J Poynton  1 Feb 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 Brady 10 Feb 1939 Drowned in an accident
Plt Off R A Couchman 13 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from No 211 Sqn

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Mar 1939

Date Notes
19 Jan 1939 Maintenance Section moved from RAF Ismailia to RAF Helwan

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 3 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AM
Act Flt Lt A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Act Flt Lt G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Act Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
Plt Off A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H C Down 27 May 1938  
APO H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO J McIntosh 21 Nov 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Mar - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R A Couchman 12 Mar 1939 Attached to No 80 Sqn for Conversion Course
WO J McIntosh 24 Feb 1939 Posted to Home Establishment
Sgt Plt R A H Smith 17 Apr 1939 Posted to Home Establishment
Sgt Plt Galloway 17 Apr 1939 Posted to Home Establishment

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Apr 1939

Date Notes
23 Mar 1939 'B' Flight moved from RAF Lydda to RAF Helwan
24 Mar 1939 Sqn HQ and 'A' Flight  moved from RAF Lydda to RAF Ramleh

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 3 Sep 1938 Officer Commanding, later AM
Act Flt Lt A L Bocking  1 Mar 1937  
Act Flt Lt G E Hawkins  1 Feb 1936  
Act Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 20 Apr 1936  
Plt Off W R Foster 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off H J Marley 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J M Littler 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off M Booth 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C H Dyson 27 May 1938  
Plt Off A I H Lynch 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J J Mahoney 27 May 1938  
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H C Down 27 May 1938  
Plt Off H J Starrett 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R A Couchman 12 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO W J Malin 11 Jul 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H J Marley 18 Apr 1939 Attached to SHQ, RAF Helwan for duty as Station Adjutant
APO H W Harrison 20 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS, RAF Ternhill
APO P R St Quintin 20 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF South Cerney
Plt Off H J Starrett 22 Apr 1939 Attached to RAF Aboukir for temporary duty
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

24 Apr 1939 Assumed temporary command of RAF Helwan
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

10 May 1939 Relinquished temporary command of RAF Helwan
APO H W Harrison 11 May 1939 Returned from Parachute Course at RAF Aboukir
Plt Off W B Price-Owen 15 Mat 1939 Arrived on posting from No 8 Sqn, Aden
Fg Off A L Bocking 20 May 1939 Posted to No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden  1 Jun 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Mar 1939
Plt Off D M Mobey  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
APO R C F Finch  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
APO E J Woods  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
APO V C Woodward  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Plt Off H J Marley  7  Jun 1939 Ceased to be attached to SHQ, RAF Helwan for duty as Station Adjutant
Plt Off R A Couchman 10 Jun 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 80 Sqn on completion of Conversion Course
APO P R St Quintin 10 Jun 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off, wef 16 May 1939
APO H W Harrison 19 Jun 1939 Posted to SHQ, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off C L Monk 20 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 AACU, RAF Seletar
Plt Off H J Marley 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off M Booth 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off C H Dyson 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off J M Littler 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off A I H Lynch 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off W R Foster 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off W B Price-Owen 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
Plt Off M W Rumsey 20 Jun 1939 Selected for an extension of service from 4 to 6 years on active list
APO E J Woods 21 Jun 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
APO V C Woodward 21 Jun 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off
Plt Off D M Mobey 19 Jul 1939 Posted to No 14 Sqn, RAF Amman
APO P H Preston 21 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, Abu Sueir
Plt Off E K Leveille 21 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Plt Off H J Starrett 22 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Aboukir for temporary duty
Flt Lt J R Cellars  4 Aug 1939 Arrived at Qasaba on posting from RAF Ismailia for Medical duties
Plt Off H Gall  5 Aug 1939 Arrived at Qasaba on posting from RAF Helwan for Equipment duties
Flt Lt J R Cellars  1 Sep 1939 Remained at Qasaba on move of squadron to Mersa Matruh
Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 19 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off W R Foster 19 Sep 1939 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off D H V Smith 21 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East Command for Cypher duties
Plt Off W R Foster 23 Sep 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off W B Price-Owen 25 Sep 1939 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off R A Couchman  6 Oct 1939 Attached to RAF Abu Sueir for Gas Course
Plt Off J M Littler 12 Oct 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off M W Rumsey 12 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R A Couchman 13 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Abu Sueir on completion of Gas Course
Fg Off C G G Mackay 23 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Heliopolis for Medical duties
Plt Off H C Down 12 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Abu Sueir for Navigation Course
Fg Off C G G Mackay 14 Nov 1939 Posted to No 45 Sqn, Fuka for Medical duties
Plt Off R A Couchman 20 Nov 1939 Attached to HQ, No 263 Wing for Intelligence duties (8 days)
Sqn Ldr F Hobbs  5 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East Command for duty as Chaplain
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 6 Dec 1939 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr D V Johnson  6 Dec 1939 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Plt Off L C Saxby  9 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn, Fuka
APO R C F Finch 20 Dec 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off, wef 27 Sep 1939

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
24 Apr 1939 Sqn HQ and 'A' Flight  moved from RAF Ramleh to RAF Helwan
24 Apr 1939 Sqn HQ, 'A' Flight and 'B' Flight moved from RAF Helwan to RAF Ismailia
22 Jul 1939 'A' Flight moved to El Daba for duty in the Western Desert
 3 Aug1939 'A' Flight moved to Qasaba to establish a War Station
 5 Aug1939 Sqn HQ and 'B' Flight moved from RAF Helwan to Qasaba
25 Aug 1939 'C' Flight ceased to be detached to RAF Ramleh and moved to Qasaba
 1 Sep 1939 Squadron moved from Qasaba to Mersa Matruh
23 Oct 1939 Squadron moved from Mersa Matruh to Qasaba for Army Manoeuvres
28 Sep 1939 Squadron moved from Qasaba to Mersa Matruh

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/365)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke  4 Jan 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 5 Nov 1939
Plt Off E K Leveille 5 Jan 1940 Admitted to 2/1st Field Ambulance
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden  6 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight and duties of Officer i/c Armoury on proceeding to Heliopolis
Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke  6 Jan 1940 Assumed duties of Officer i/c Armoury
Fg Off R A Couchman  6 Jan 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden  8 Jan 1940 Admitted to 2/10th General Hospital
Plt Off E K Leveille  7 Jan 1940 Discharged from 2/1st Field Ambulance
Sqn Ldr

Hector D McGregor

 7 Jan 1940 Embarked on HT Neuralia on posting to Home Establishment
Sgt Plt G Taylor 15 Jan 1940 Proceeded to Alexandria pending embarkation on posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off V C Woodward 21 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Abu Sueir on completion of Fire Course
APO E H Brown  1 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting on completion of Navigation Course at RAF Abu Sueir
APO A R Costello  1 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting on completion of Navigation Course at RAF Abu Sueir
APO A G Boulton  2 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting on completion of Navigation Course at RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off P R St Quintin  8 Feb 1940 Relinquished duties of Officer i/c Mobilisation Store and Equipment
Plt Off C H Dyson  8 Feb 1940 Assumed duties of Officer i/c Mobilisation Store and Equipment
Plt Off H J Starrett 10 Feb 1940 Discharged from 2/1st Field Ambulance
Plt Off E J Woods  1 Mar 1940 Proceeded to RAF Abu Sueir to attend Gas and Fire Courses
Plt Off H J Starrett 13 Mar 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Feb 1940
Plt Off A I H Lynch 13 Mar 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Feb 1940
Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 20 Mar 1940 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off H C Down 20 Mar 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Flt Sgt D F N Stubbs 27 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn
Plt Off P L Lorraine 10 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for Cypher duties
Plt Off C J Jenkins 10 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties
Plt Off P R St Quintin 17 Apr 1940 Attached to HQ No 253 Wing, Ma'aten Bagush for operational duties
Sgt L Cottingham 24 Apr 1940 Transferred from 'C' Flight to 'A' Flight
Fg Off E H Dean 24 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 80 Sqn
Plt Off D F N Stubbs 26 Apr 1940 Posted to No 80 Sqn on appointment to a commission from Flt Sgt
Fg Off L Kelly 26 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Plt Off L C Saxby 29 Apr 1940 Posted to HQ Middle East for Cypher duties
Fg Off J M Littler 10 May 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and posted to 'B' Flight
Fg Off M W Rumsey 10 May 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off H C Down 20 May 1940 Admitted to 2/1st Field Ambulance for an operation for Appendicitis
Plt Off C H Dyson 31 May 1940 Admitted to 2/5th Field Hospital for an operation
Flt Lt H W Bolingbroke 16 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt Marlow 17 Jun 1940 Attached from No 30 Sqn
Fg Off D Walker 17 Jun 1940 Attached from No 30 Sqn
Fg Off P Wykeham-Barnes 17 Jun 1940 Attached from No 80 Sqn
Fg Off Lean 18 Jun 1940 Posted from No 112 Sqn for Armament duties
Fg Off P Wykeham-Barnes 24 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 80 Sqn
Flt Lt M J StJ Pattle 25 Jun 1940 Attached from No 80 Sqn
Flt Lt Marlow 25 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 30 Sqn
Flt Lt A L Bishop 25 Jun 1940 Attached from No 30 Sqn
Fg Off A C H Haines 25 Jun 1940 Attached from No 30 Sqn
Flt Lt M J StJ Pattle  3 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 80 Sqn
Fg Off W B Price-Owen 4 Jul 1940 Attached from No 112 Sqn
Fg Off A C Worcester 4 Jul 1940 Attached from No 112 Sqn
Fg Off Smith 4 Jul 1940 Attached from No 112 Sqn
Plt Off Bennett 4 Jul 1940 Attached from No 112 Sqn
Plt Off P Newton  6 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Sgt R H Pelling  8 Jul 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the Technical Branch and posted to No 30 Sqn
Plt Off R C F Finch 12 Jul 1940 Admitted to 2/5th Casualty Clearing Station
Flt Lt E H Dean 16 Jul 1940 Attached to No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Plt Off V C Woodward 16 Jul 1940 Attached to No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Sgt Plt Shaw 16 Jul 1940 Attached to No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Sgt Plt Slater 16 Jul 1940 Attached to No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Fg Off Linnard 16 Jul 1940 Attached from No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Plt Off Flower 16 Jul 1940 Attached from No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Sgt Plt Casbolt 16 Jul 1940 Attached from No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Sgt Plt Gregory 16 Jul 1940 Attached from No 80 Sqn (1 week)
Plt Off E J Woods 22 Jul 1940 Admitted to 3/3 Field Ambulance with suspected appendicitis
Plt Off P H Preston 23 Jul 1940 Admitted to 2/5th General Hospital following a parachute descent
Plt Off Vale  1 Aug 1940 Posted to No 80 Sqm
Plt Off Holman  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 103 MU, wef 1 Aug 1940 and allocated to 'C' Flight
Fg Off H J Starrett  8 Aug 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off R A Couchman  8 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight and rejoined 'B' Flight
Fg Off J F Mackie 13 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Fg Off R A Couchman 22 Aug 1940 Posted to No 274 Sqn on formation
Fg Off H C Down 22 Aug 1940 Posted to No 274 Sqn on formation
Plt Off P H Preston 22 Aug 1940 Posted to No 274 Sqn on formation
Plt Off A G Boulton 22 Aug 1940 Posted to No 274 Sqn on formation
Fg Off A I H Lynch 22 Aug 1940 Posted to No 274 Sqn on formation following discharge from hospital
Plt Off R C F Finch 22 Aug 1940 Posted to No 274 Sqn on formation following discharge from hospital
Sqn Ldr D V Johnson 24 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of No 33 Sqn on assumed temporary command of RAF Helwan
Sqn Ldr C Ryley 24 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 33 Sqn
Plt Off F G Woodhams 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant, wef 25 Sep 1940
Plt Off M W Rumsey 27 Sep 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off V Brent 17 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant, wef 16 Sep 1940
Plt Off E J Packington 20 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from Takoradi
Plt Off F G Woodhams 21 Oct 1940 Adjutant, posted to HQ No 202 Group
Lt J F Fischer SAAF 25 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E Palfrey 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from Training Unit and Replacement Pool, wef 1 Nov 1940
Plt Off D E de la Hoyde  3 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from Training Unit and Replacement Pool
Plt Off A P Firth  3 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Cypher duties
Flt Lt Evers-Swindell 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Fg Off Mason 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Plt Off Patterson 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Plt Off Strange 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
2 Lt Bester SAAF 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
2 Lt Joubert SAAF 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Fg Off V C Woodward 24 Nov 1940 Appointed Officer i/c Bir Kenayis Detachment
Fg Off C H Dyson 11 Dec 1940 Reported missing from an operation
Fg Off C H Dyson 17 Dec 1940 Returned to the unit having previously been reported missing

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/366)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
24 Feb 1940 Squadron began receiving Gloster Gauntlets in place of the Gladiators
Gauntlet II
19 Mar 1940 First Gloster Gladiator II was ferried from RAF Abu Sueir
Gladiator II
13 Jun 1940 'B' Flight detachment proceeded to Sidi Barrani
17 Jun 1940 Detachment moved to Ma'aten Garawla
17 Jun 1940 2 x Blenheim IFs of No 30 Sqn and 1 x Hurricane of No 80 Sqn attached to No 33 Sqn
18 Jun 1940 Ground Party, 'A' Flight moved to Sidi Barrani
19 Jun 1940 Air Party, 'A' Flight moved to Sidi Barrani
 3 Jul 1940 Hurricane of No 80 Sqn and Blenheims of No 30 Sqn ceased to be attached
17 Jul 1940 Ground Party, 'C' Flight, proceeded to RAF Helwan via Amriya
24 Jul 1940 Main Ground Party left via Amriya for RAF Helwan
25 Jul 1940 1st Air Party moved to RAF Helwan
 1 Aug 1940 Air Party, 'B' Flight arrived at RAF Helwan from Gerawla
 3 Aug 1940 Ground Party, 'B' Flight arrived at RAF Helwan from Gerawla
 8 Aug 1940 Squadron advised it was to be re-organised on a two flight basis, the third flight to join the Hurricane Flight of No 80 Sqn to form a new squadron
 9 Aug 1940 'A' Flight detached to Amriya
12 Aug 1940 'B' Flight detached to Amriya
12 Aug 1940 'A' Flight returned from Amriya
16 Aug 1940 19 x aircraft proceeded from Helwan and Amriya for Gerawla for operations
18 Aug 1940 7 x aircraft returned to Amriya from Gerawla
20 Aug 1940 'C' Flight returned to RAF Helwan from Amriya
24 Aug 1940 Ground Party, 'C' Flight departed for Amriya on transfer to No 274 Sqn
14 Sep 1940 'A' Flight detached to Amriya
19 Sep 1940 Advance Ground Party departed for Amriya
20 Sep 1940 Advance Ground Party departed Amriya for Fuka Satellite
20 Sep 1940 Advance Party departed RAF Helwan for Fuka Satellite by air
21 Sep 1940 Main Party departed RAF Helwan for Fuka Satellite
22 Sep 1940 Air Party departed RAF Helwan for Fuka Satellite
23 Sep 1940 Rear Party arrived at Fuka Satellite
 3 Oct 1940 9 x Hawkers Hurricanes arrived at Fuka Satellite for partially re-equipment of the squadron
 

 

Hurricane I

19 Oct 1940 'B' Flight returned from Abu Sueir with 4 x Hurricanes
14 Nov 1940 4 x Hurricanes arrived on attachment from No 274 Sqn

Source - No 33 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/366)

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