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No 42 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Organisational Movements: Dec 1936

Date Notes
14 Dec 1936 Reformed at Donibristle from 'B' Flight, No 22 Squadron, equipped with Vickers Vildebeest IIIs
Vickers Vildebeest III

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Pilots on formation

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt W G Campbell 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt C M H Outram 14 Dec 1936 From CCDU
Fg Off R N Waterhouse 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn
Fg Off L P Gideon 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn
Plt Off B B Jupp 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn
Plt Off A Hibberd 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn
Plt Off J S Tupholme 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn
3 x Sergeant Pilots 14 Dec 1936 From 'B' Flight, No 22 Sqn
2 x Sergeant Pilots 14 Dec 1936 From CCDU

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Personnel Movements Dec 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off R N Waterhouse 17 Dec 1936 Posted out
Fg Off L P Gideon 17 Dec 1936 Posted out
Plt Off B B Jupp 17 Dec 1936 Posted out
Plt Off J S Tupholme 25 Jan 1937 Proceeded on Instrument Flying Course
Plt Off W H Cliff 11 Feb 1937 From RAF Gosport
Plt Off J A Richardson 11 Feb 1937 From RAF Gosport
Plt Off D B M Wright 15 Feb 1937 From RAF Gosport
Plt Off J S Tupholme 22 Feb 1937 Returned from  Instrument Flying Course
Flt Lt W G Campbell  1 Apr 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr

Graham C Bladon

 9 Apr 1937 Appointed Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr W G Campbell 13 Apr 1937 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr

Graham C Bladon

13 Apr 1937 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off A Hibberd 15 Apr 1937 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr W G Campbell 19 Apr 1937 To No 22 Sqn as Officer Commanding
Sgt F Wilkinson  4 Jun 1937 Killed in flying accident
LAC A Mitchell  4 Jun 1937 Killed in flying accident

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Organisational Movements: Dec 1936- Jul 1937

Date Notes
 7 Jan 1937 Four Vildebeest Is were allotted to the squadron, one being K2812
Vildebeest I
29 Jan 1937 Squadron reduced to a single flight basis and five Mk IIIs transferred to No 22 Sqn
17 Feb 1937 Vildebeest I, K2811 allocated to the squadron
 5 Mar 1937 Vildebeest I, K4596 allocated to the squadron
15 Mar 1937 Establishment increased to two flights
31 Mar 1937 First Vildebeest IV, K6409, received
Vildebeest IV of No 42 Squadron
10 Apr 1937 Vildebeest IV, K6411 collected from Brooklands
18 Apr 1937 Vildebeest IV, K6412 collected from Brooklands
30 Apr 1937 Vildebeest IV, K6413 collected from Brooklands
 8 May 1937 Vildebeest IV, K6416 collected from Brooklands
17 May 1937 Vildebeest IV, K8078 collected from Brooklands
30 May 1937 First Air Party departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Gosport
30 May 1937 First Rail Party departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Gosport
30 May 1937 Vildebeest IV, K6410 collected from RAF Farnborough and flown to RAF Gosport
 3 Jun 1937 Vildebeest IV, K8079 collected from Brooklands
 8 Jun 1937 Second Air Party departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Gosport
 8 Jun 1937 Second Rail Party departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Gosport
14 Jun 1937 Squadron departed RAF Gosport for RAF Boscombe Down
22 Jun 1937 2 x Vildebeest IVs collected from Brooklands
 2 Jul 1937 Vildebeest IV, K8084 collected from Brooklands

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vildebeest I

Vickers Vildebeest IV

RAF Donibristle Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Graham C Bladon

 9 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt C M H Outram 14 Dec 1936  
Plt Off A Hibberd 14 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J S Tupholme 14 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W H Cliff 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J A Richardson 11 Feb 1937  
Plt Off D B M Wright 15 Feb 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Pennington-Legh 21 Jul 1937 Reported for duty wef 18 Jul 1937
Plt Off Rowland 21 Jul 1937 Reported for duty wef 18 Jul 1937
Plt Off Bowden 21 Jul 1937 Reported for duty wef 18 Jul 1937
Sgt Brocklehurst 2 Jul 1937 Reported for duty
Sgt Rayner 2 Jul 1937 Reported for duty
Plt Off H J Seagrim 10 Oct 1937 Reported for duty
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 10 Oct 1937 Reported for duty
Plt Off G S P Rooney 10 Oct 1937 Reported for duty
Plt Off G S P Rooney 20 Nov 1937 Appointed Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off J R Bendell 20 Feb 1938 Reported for duty
Plt Off N K Loyd 20 Feb 1938 Reported for duty
Plt Off A H A H Simmonds 20 Feb 1938 Reported for duty
Plt Off J G Kerby 12 Mar 1938 Reported for duty

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937- Jul 1938

Date Notes
13 Jul 1937 Squadron departed RAF Boscombe Down for Exeter via RAF Gosport
16 Jul 1937 Squadron departed Exeter for RAF Gosport
17 Jul 1937 Squadron departed RAF Gosport for RAF Donibristle
20 Jul 1937 Vildebeest IV, K8085 collected from Brooklands
21 Jul 1937 Rail Party arrived from Exeter
28 Aug 1937 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Training
17 Sep 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Catfoss to Southampton for Night Flying Training
28 Oct 1937 Squadron returned to RAF Donibristle from Southampton
 9 Nov 1937 Vildebeest IV, K8086 collected from Brooklands
10 Jan 1938 Advance Rail party departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Gosport
11 Jan 1938 Advance Rail party arrived at RAF Gosport
12 Jan 1938 Squadron departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Gosport but force landed at various locations owing to adverse weather
13 Jan 1938 Squadron regrouped at RAF Grantham and departed for RAF Gosport
30 Jan 1938 Squadron departed RAF Gosport for RAF Donibristle via RAF Grantham
 9 Mar 1938 Main Rail Party departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Thorney Island
11 Mar 1938 Air Party (16 x aircraft) departed RAF Donibristle for RAF Thorney Island

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vildebeest IV RAF Thorney Island Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Graham C Bladon

 9 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off J S Tupholme 14 Dec 1936  
Fg Off A Hibberd 14 Dec 1936  
Fg Off D B M Wright  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off W H Cliff  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J A Richardson  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off H J Seagrim 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off G S P Rooney 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J R Bendell 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off N K Loyd 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A H A H Simmonds 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J G Kerby 12 Mar 1938  

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11 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J F Cook 29 Jul 1938 Reported for duty
Plt Off Triptree 29 Jul 1938 Reported for duty
Plt Off D E Ryder  3 Nov 1938 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr Horace Waring 23 Nov 1938 Supernumerary, pending taking command of squadron
Wg Cdr

Graham C Bladon

13 Dec 1938 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr Horace Waring 13 Dec 1938 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
28 Aug 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catterick en-route for Annual Armament Training
29 Aug 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Leuchars for Annual Armament Training
25 Sep 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Leuchars to its War Station, RAF Thornaby
 7 Oct 1938 Squadron moved from its War Station, RAF Thornaby, to RAF Thorney Island

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vildebeest IV RAF Thorney Island Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Graham C Bladon

 9 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Horace Waring 23 Nov 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off J S Tupholme 14 Dec 1936  
Fg Off A Hibberd 14 Dec 1936  
Fg Off D B M Wright  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off W H Cliff  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off H J Seagrim 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off G S P Rooney 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J R Bendell 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off N K Loyd 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A H A H Simmonds 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J G Kerby 12 Mar 1938  
Plt Off D E Ryder  3 Nov 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO L B P Leeson 24 Mar 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO J B Small 14 Jan 1939 Reported for duty
APO J B Small 27 Feb 1939 Detached to RAF Gosport for Coast Defence Course
Fg Off A Hibberd  2 Mar 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off D B M Wright  2 Mar 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off J R Bendell 18 Mar 1939 Attached to GR Operations Room, Falmouth
Plt Off J R Bendell 24 Mar 1939 Ceased to be attached to GR Operations Room, Falmouth

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
22 Mar 1939 Squadron was presented with its Squadron Badge (authorised in December 1938) by Gp Capt Maxwell MC, DFC, AFC
No 42 Squadron badge

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

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

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vildebeest IV RAF Thorney Island Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Horace Waring 23 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt A Hibberd 14 Dec 1936  
Act Flt Lt D B M Wright  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off H J Seagrim 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off G S P Rooney 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J R Bendell 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off N K Loyd 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A H A H Simmonds 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J G Kerby 12 Mar 1938  
Plt Off D E Ryder  3 Nov 1938  
APO J B Small 14 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO G Cliffman 15 Feb 1939  
WO T C Caldow  1 Jan 1939  
WO F D Clarke  2 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements Apr - May 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J G Kerby 30 Apr 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Flt Sgt R B Harvey 30 Apr 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vildebeest IV RAF Thorney Island Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Horace Waring 23 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt A Hibberd 14 Dec 1936  
Act Flt Lt D B M Wright  8 Feb 1937  
Plt Off H J Seagrim 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off G S P Rooney 10 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J R Bendell 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off N K Loyd 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A H A H Simmonds 20 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J G Kerby 12 Mar 1938  
Plt Off D E Ryder  3 Nov 1938  
APO J B Small 14 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO G Cliffman 15 Feb 1939  
WO F D Clarke  2 Jan 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J G Kerby  6 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Flt Sgt R B Harvey  6 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off H W H N Garbett  6 May 1939 Reported for duty from School of General Reconnaissance
Plt Off N K Loyd  7 May 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off J R Bendell  7 May 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off N K Loyd 13 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off J R Bendell 13 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Turner 14 May 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Brocklehurst 14 May 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off G S P Rooney 15 May 1939 Promoted to Fg Off wef 31 Mar 1939
Sgt Turner 20 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Brocklehurst 20 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off H J Seagrim 21 May 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Fg Off G S P Rooney 21 May 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off H J Seagrim 24 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Fg Off G S P Rooney 24 May 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 25 May 1939 Promoted to Fg Off wef 17 May 1939
Plt Off A H Simmonds  5 Jun 1939 Reported for duty from No 22 NR Course, School of General Reconnaissance
Plt Off J F Cook  5 Jun 1939 Reported for duty from No 22 NR Course, School of General Reconnaissance
Flt Sgt Macaskill  5 Jun 1939 Attached to S of GR for NR Course
Sgt Grossey  5 Jun 1939 Attached to S of GR for NR Course
Plt Off J R Bendell  9 Jun 1939 Promoted to Fg Off wef 16 May 1939
Plt Off H J Seagrim  9 Jun 1939 Promoted to Fg Off wef 17 May 1939
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
APO Rigg 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
APO Dinsdale 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
Sgt Johnson 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
Fg Off W Barrie-Smith 25 Jun 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Fg Off M R Baillon 25 Jun 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Fg Off W Barrie-Smith  1 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Fg Off M R Baillon  1 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Flynn  2 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Woodward  2 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
APO Rigg  4 Jul 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded Plt Off wef 26 Jun 1939
APO Dinsdale  4 Jul 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded Plt Off wef 26 Jun 1939
Sgt F D Flinn  8 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Woodward  8 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Woolnough  9 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Wilson  9 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off K Trigence 11 Jul 1939 Attached to RAF Thorney Island for duty with Blenheim Delivery Flight
Sgt Woolnough 15 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Wilson 15 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Willoughby 16 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Hill 16 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Willoughby 22 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Sgt Hill 22 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off J B Small 23 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off A H Simmonds 23 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off J B Small 29 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Plt Off A H Simmonds 29 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course
Act Flt Lt A Hibberd 30 Jul 1939 Attached to Upavon for course on new type aircraft
Act Flt Lt D B M Wright 30 Jul 1939 Attached to Upavon for course on new type aircraft
Sgt Baker 31 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course but recalled
Sgt Nettleton 31 Jul 1939 Detached to RAF Bircham Newton for twin-engine conversion course but recalled
Plt Off H W H N Garbett  1 Aug 1839 Ceased to be attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
Plt Off Rigg  1 Aug 1839 Ceased to be attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
Plt Off Dinsdale  1 Aug 1839 Ceased to be attached to RAF Gosport for No 1B Torpedo Course
Plt Off Jackson  9 Aug 1939 Reported for duty
Plt Off K G Taylor  9 Aug 1939 Reported for duty
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 13 Aug 1939 Detached to RAF Detling for coding duties
Plt Off Dinsdale 13 Aug 1939 Detached to RAF Detling for coding duties
Plt Off K Trigence 13 Aug 1939 Detached to RAF Detling for coding duties
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 22 Aug 1939 Admitted to RN Hospital, Haslar
Fg Off J R Bendell 12 Sep 1939 Detached to RAF Marham (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Sgt Wilson 12 Sep 1939 Detached to RAF Marham (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Plt Off A H Simmonds 12 Sep 1939 Detached to RAF Feltwell (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Plt Off J F Cook 12 Sep 1939 Detached to RAF Feltwell (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Plt Off A H Simmonds 16 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Honington (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Fg Off J R Bendell 16 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Marham (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Sgt Wilson 16 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Marham (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Plt Off J F Cook 18 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Mildenhall (Bomber Command) for Navigational duties
Plt Off A Bouwens 18 Sep 1939 Reported for duty from RAF Cranwell
Plt Off J F Cook 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off A Bouwens 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off K Trigence 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off J B Small 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off Dinsdale 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off Rigg 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off K G Taylor 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Sgt Hill 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Sgt Baker 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Sgt Johnson 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Sgt Gadsdon 20 Sep 1939 Attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off A H Simmonds 20 Sep 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off M R Baillon 22 Sep 1939 Admitted to SSQ
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 22 Sep 1939 Discharged from RAF Hospital, Cranwell
Plt Off F Samuel 24 Oct 1939 Reported for duty as Adjutant (RAFVR)
Plt Off K Trigence  5 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Locking for War Parachute Course
Plt Off K Trigence 11 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Locking for War Parachute Course
Fg Off J R Bendell 12 Nov 1939 Posted to No 1 Receiving Centre on admission to the RAF Hospital, Littleport
7 x RAFVR Sergeants 16 Nov 1939 Reported for duty
Flt Lt F G L Smith 20 Nov 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Ldr Flying
Fg Off M R Baillon 22 Nov 1839 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off G S P Rooney 22 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off J P D Gethin 25 Nov 1939 Reported for duty
AC2 E E L Westgarth 25 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off F Samuel 14 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off wef 12 Dec 1939
Fg Off J P D Gethin 20 Dec 1939 Attached to No 214 Sqn
Plt Off A S Jackson 20 Dec 1939 Reported for duty wef 18 Dec 1939

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
12 Aug 1939 Squadron moved to RAF Bircham Newton leaving a skeleton staff at RAF Thorney Island
26 Aug 1939 Squadron completed its move to RAF Bircham Newton
18 Sep 1939 Three Vildebeest IIIs received from No 22 Sqn and two Vildebeest Is transferred to No 22 Sqn
Vildebeest III
 6 Nov 1939 Squadron received a new establishment converting it to a twin engined torpedo bomber unit

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Personnel Movements Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A Bouwens  5 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off J B Small  5 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 22 Sqn for Runner Torpedo Training
Plt Off M R Russell  5 Jan 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off I W R Walmsley  5 Jan 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off KJ Masters  5 Jan 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off J M Wilkins  5 Jan 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off A Bouwens  6 Jan 1940 Attached to No 206 Sqn
Plt Off J B Small  6 Jan 1940 Attached to No 206 Sqn
Plt Off M R Russell  6 Jan 1940 Attached to No 206 Sqn
Plt Off K G Taylor  6 Jan 1940 Attached to No 223 Sqn (Fighter Flight)
Plt Off M A Butler  8 Jan 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Fg Off J G Kerby 14 Jan 1940 Detached to RAF Boscombe Down for No 3 Blind Approach Course
Fg Off A H Simmonds 26 Jan 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for Course of Instruction
Fg Off J G Kerby 31 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Boscombe Down for No 3 Blind Approach Course
Plt Off W M Colby  3 Feb 1940 Attached from AHQ Bircham Newton and detached to CGS
Fg Off A Macrury  6 Feb 1940 Reported for duty as an Air Gunner
Fg Off J R Bendell  7 Feb 1940 Reported for duty from No 1 RAF Depot
Plt Off Taylor 11 Feb 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J F Cook 12 Sep 1939 Promoted to Fg Off wef 30 Jan 1940
Fg Off A H Simmonds 26 Feb 1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation
Plt Off H W H N Garbett  1 Mar 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for Course of Instruction
Plt Off Li-Thomas  1 Mar 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off Burns  5 Mar 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Thorney Island
Fg Off Triptree  6 Mar 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off J F Cook 11 Mar  1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation for Course of Instruction
Plt Off W M Colby 14 Mar 1940 Reported for duty as an Air Gunner
Fg Off F Samuel 23 Mar 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt wef 12 Mar 1940
Plt Off E D Livingstone 27 Mar 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off G H M Riddell 27 Mar 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off K T D Terry 27 Mar 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Plt Off O O'N Briginshaw 29 Mar 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Gosport
Fg Off A H Simmonds 30 Mar 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for Astro-Navigation Course
Plt Off H W H N Garbett  1 Apr  1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation for Course of Instruction
Flt Lt J A Bateson  2 Apr 1940 From Silloth on attachment with Beaufort L4498
Flt Lt Bateson  6 Apr 1940 To Gosport in Beaufort L4498
Fg Off J F Cook  6 Apr 1940 To Gosport in Beaufort L4498
Plt Off K G Taylor 16 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 254 Sqn (ex-223 Sqn (Fighter Flight))
Plt Off M H Ross 16 Apr 1940 From No 254 Sqn
Sgt Wilson  4 May 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for course in Astro-Navigation
Sgt Hill  4 May 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for course in Astro-Navigation
Fg Off G S P Rooney  5 May 1940 Proceeded to Farnborough for Course in High Altitude Physiology
Sgt Brocklehurst  5 May 1940 Proceeded to Farnborough for Course in High Altitude Physiology
Flt Lt A Hibberd  5 May 1940 Proceeded to Filton for course on Beaufort aircraft
Sgt Johnson  5 May 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for course in Astro-Navigation
Fg Off G S P Rooney  7 May 1940 Returned from Farnborough for Course in High Altitude Physiology
Sgt Brocklehurst  7 May 1940 Returned from Farnborough for Course in High Altitude Physiology
Flt Lt D B M Wright  9 May 1940 Appointed OC, 'C' Flight
Plt Off K T D Terry 17 May 1940 To School of General Reconnaissance, Guernsey for No 11 GR Course
Sgt Baker 17 May 1940 To School of General Reconnaissance, Guernsey for No 11 GR Course
Plt Off Li-Thomas 18 May 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for course in Astro-Navigation
Plt Off Burns 18 May 1940 Proceeded to School of Air Navigation for course in Astro-Navigation
Sgt Shilbach 18 May 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt 741310 18 May 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off E G Pett 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Plt Off D Passmore 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt A G Blake 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt A H P Blann 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt R H Brett 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt K R Booth 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt E A Boyce 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt R E Brown 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt C H Blake 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Sgt N D Batstowe 20 May 1940 Reported for duty from TTU
Plt Off J M Wilkins 21 May 1940 Terminated his Commission wef 8 May 1940
WO Wickenden 23 May 1940 Granted a Commission and reposted to the unit as a Fg Off for Engineering duties
Flt Lt J A Bateson 27 May 1940 Returned to Silloth on completion of attachment with Beaufort L4498
Plt Off J S Dinsdale 28 May 1940 Attached to RAF Calshot for duty as Range Officer
Plt Off J S Dinsdale 30 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Calshot for duty as Range Officer
Sgt Wilson  1 Jun 1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation on completion of course in Astro-Navigation
Sgt Hill  1 Jun 1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation on completion of course in Astro-Navigation
Sgt Johnson  1 Jun 1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation on completion of course in Astro-Navigation
APO C Grant  3 Jun 1940 Reported for duty as Air Gunnery Officer
Plt Off Hilton  8 Jun 1940 Reported for duty and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off Russell  8 Jun 1940 Reported for duty and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off Carrick  8 Jun 1940 Reported for duty and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off Bilderbank  8 Jun 1940 Reported for duty and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off G H M Riddell  9 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Calshot for Quadrant duties
Fg Off Wickenden 10 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF North Coates for a Court of Enquiry
Plt Off Harvey 11 Jun 1940 Attached from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off G H M Riddell 11 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Calshot for Quadrant duties
Plt Off Llewelyn-Thomas 11 Jun 1940 Returned from Astro-Navigation course on account of sickness
Fg Off Wickenden 10 Jun 1940 Proceeded from RAF North Coates to RAF Thorney Island for a Court of Enquiry
Fg Off H J Seagrim 14 Jun 1940 Returned from RAF Calshot
Fg Off A Macrury 15 Jun 1940 Proceeded to CGS for No 1 Gunnery Leaders' Course
Plt Off Ross 16 Jun 1940 Attached from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off Burns 18 May 1940 Returned from School of Air Navigation on completion of Astro-Navigation course
Plt Off Ross 19 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Thorney Island
Sgt A G Blake 19 Jun 1940 To RAF Silloth
Sgt A H P Blann 19 Jun 1940 To RAF Silloth
Plt Off A G Rigg 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M A Phillips 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
LAC D Gow 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
AC1 G E Tanner 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H J Seagrim 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C A Malcolm 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F J Willoughby 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
LAC J White 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W Barrie-Smith 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M A Butler 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W J Bates 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F Dale 21 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Wickenden 25 Jun 1940 Rejoined unit from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off O O'N Briginshaw 29 Jun 1940 Proceeded to Military Hospital, Edinburgh for a cartilage operation
Sgt F D Flinn  4 Jul 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Plt Off on Probation
Flt Lt Glover  8 Jul 1940 Attached from RAF Abbotsinch for dual instructional duties
Fg Off J R Bendell  8 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Thorney Island
Fg Off A H Simmonds  8 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Thorney Island
Fg Off J G Kerby 10 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 10 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off Harvey 10 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off Ross (AG) 13 Jul 1940 His Commission was terminated
Fg Off A Macrury 15 Jul 1940 Returned from CGS on completion of No 1 Gunnery Leaders' Course
Fg Off J R Bendell  8 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Thorney Island
Fg Off A H Simmonds  8 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Thorney Island
Fg Off J G Kerby 10 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 10 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off Harvey 10 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off J R Campbell 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 TB Course and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off H B Allen 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 TB Course and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off G McKenzie 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 TB Course and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off F G de Sieyes 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 TB Course and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off D Gobling 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 TB Course and attached to No 1 (C) OTU
Flt Lt Glover 21 Jul 1940 Returned to RAF Silloth
Flt Lt A Hibberd 24 Jul 1940 Attached to Farnborough for Oxygen Course
Flt Lt A Hibberd 24 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to Farnborough for Oxygen Course
Plt Off G H M Riddell 27 Jul 1940 Attached to School of General Reconnaissance
Plt Off E D Livingstone 27 Jul 1940 Attached to School of General Reconnaissance
Plt Off I W R Walmsley  1 Aug 1940 Confirmed in his appointment
Fg Off Triptree  5 Aug 1940 Attached to Messers Bristol Aeroplane Co at Filton
Fg Off J F Cook  6 Aug 1940 Attached to No 1 AAS for No 3 Bombing Leaders Course
Fg Off J G Kerby  8 Aug 1940 Attached to Farnborough for Oxygen Course
Fg Off J G Kerby 10 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to Farnborough for Oxygen Course
Flt Lt M R Baillon 11 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Sumburgh
Flt Lt M R Baillon 12 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Sumburgh
Flt Lt M R Baillon 15 Aug 1940 Admitted to SSQ
Flt Lt Jupp 15 Aug 1940 Reported for duty from RAF Abbotsinch
Flt Lt D B M Wright 16 Aug 1940 To RAF Abbotsinch for instructor duties
Plt Off K T D Terry 18 Aug 1940 Returned from No 11 GR Course at School of General Reconnaissance, Blackpool
Sgt Baker 18 Aug 1940 Returned from No 11 GR Course at School of General Reconnaissance, Blackpool
Fg Off J F Cook 18 Aug 1940 Returned from No 3 Bombing Leaders Course at No 1 AAS
Fg Off Triptree 22 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to Messers Bristol Aeroplane Co at Filton
Flt Lt M R Baillon 22 Aug 1940 Discharged from SSQ
Flt Lt Jupp 22 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Abbotsinch for Court of Inquiry
Flt Lt M R Baillon 23 Aug 1940 Granted 7 days sick leave
Plt Off H W H N Garbett 23 Aug 1940 Promoted to Fg Off wef 17 Jun 1940
Flt Lt Jupp 28 Aug 1940 Returned from Court of Inquiry at RAF Silloth
Plt Off K Trigence 31 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Catterick
Plt Off F G de Sieyes 24 Aug 1940 To RAF Filton on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off F W R Russel 24 Aug 1940 To No 220 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off Carrick 24 Aug 1940 To No 224 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off Bilderbank 24 Aug 1940 To No 224 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off J R Campbell 24 Aug 1940 To No 233 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off Morriss 24 Aug 1940 To No 233 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off G McKenzie 24 Aug 1940 To No 269 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off D Gobling 24 Aug 1940 To No 269 Sqn on completion of course at No 1 (C) OTU
Flt Sgt Woodward  9 Sep 1940 Admitted to hospital following crash of Beaufort L4506
Fg Off Wickenden  9 Sep 1940 Admitted to hospital following crash of Beaufort L4506
Plt Off O O'N Briginshaw 10 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 L T Flavell 10 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Llewelyn-Thomas 16 Sep 1940 Admitted to Bignold Hospital following a take off accident in Beaufort L9882
Sgt Thomas 16 Sep 1940 Admitted to Force House following a take off accident in Beaufort L9882
Sqn Ldr F G L Smith 18 Sep 1940 Attached to Farnborough for No 28 Oxygen Course
Plt Off I W R Walmsley 19 Sep 1940 To PRU, Heston but attached to 42 Sqn from 19 to 27 Sep 1940
Fg Off J F Cook 20 Sep 1940 To Squires Gate for flying duties with School of General Reconnaissance wef 14 Sep 1940
Plt Off K Trigence 26 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Catterick
Fg Off J G Kerby 27 Sep 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off J R Bendell 28 Sep 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt J A Macnaughton 28 Sep 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt C F Masson 28 Sep 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt C K Woolnough 28 Sep 1940 Killed in Action
Flt Lt Jupp 29 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Silloth
Plt Off Philpott  7 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from Silloth
Sgt Branton  8 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from Silloth
Sgt Evans  8 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from Silloth
Sgt Cannel  8 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from Silloth
Sgt Simpson  8 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from Silloth
Fg Off A H Simmonds 10 Oct 1940 Admitted to RN Hospital, Haslar with wounds sustained in action
Fg Off G S P Rooney 10 Oct 1940 Admitted to RN Hospital, Haslar with wounds sustained in action
Plt Off K Trigence 10 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off wef 6 Jul 1940
Plt Off Llewelyn-Thomas 10 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off K G Taylor 10 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off Burns 10 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off G H M Riddell 18 Oct 1940 To No 612 Sqn wef 11 Oct 1940
Plt Off E D Livingstone 18 Oct 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Weeton
Sqn Ldr Smith 26 Oct 1940 Missing, reported as POW on 6 Nov 1940
Fg Off Burns 26 Oct 1940 Missing, reported as POW on 6 Nov 1940
Sgt Brown 26 Oct 1940 Missing, reported as POW on 6 Nov 1940
Sgt W R Perrin 26 Oct 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt G R Brocklehurst 26 Oct 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt W H Bolton 26 Oct 1940 Killed in Action
Flt Sgt V W Gadsdon 26 Oct 1940 Killed in Action
Fg Off A Macrury 26 Oct 1940 Killed in Action
Flt Lt Culverwell 28 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from TTU, Abbotsinch wef 25 Oct 1940
Flt Lt Richardson 28 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from TTU, Abbotsinch wef 25 Oct 1940
Plt Off J H Gow 2 Nov 1940 Attached to CGS for Gunnery Leaders' Course
Fg Off Llewelyn-Thomas  6 Nov 1940 Discharged from Bignold Hospital and granted sick leave
Plt Off K G Taylor 16 Nov 1940 To No 1 School of General Reconnaissance
Fg Off Llewelyn-Thomas 19 Nov 1940 Returned from sick leave
Fg Off Llewelyn-Thomas 29 Nov 1940 To No 3 School of General Reconnaissance
Flt Sgt Nettleton 29 Nov 1940 To No 3 School of General Reconnaissance
Plt Off L S Hill (RCAF)  3 Dec 1940 Reported for duty as Air Observers
Plt Off Bezare (RCAF)  3 Dec 1940 Reported for duty as Air Observers
Fg Off A H Simmonds  3 Dec 1940 Discharged from RN Hospital, Haslar and returned to unit
Fg Off G S P Rooney  3 Dec 1940 Discharged from RN Hospital, Haslar and returned to unit
Sqn Ldr R Faville  9 Dec 1940 Supernumerary pending taking command of the squadron
Plt Off J H Gow 11 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to CGS for Gunnery Leaders' Course
Flt Lt Jupp 13 Dec 1940 To RAF Polish Depot
Fg Off Kimpton 13 Dec 1940 Proceeded to Silloth on completion of instructional duties
Wg Cdr Horace Waring 19 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr R Faville 19 Dec 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off E D Livingstone 19 Dec 1940 Returned from Squires Gate
Fg Off H W H N Garbett 19 Dec 1940 Admitted to SSQ and transferred to RAF Hospital, Rauceby
Flt Lt J A Richardson 22 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt B Drake 22 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt R F Henry 22 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt W R J Little 22 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Flt Lt M R Baillon 28 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Plt Off J H Gow 28 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Plt Off LS Hill RCAF 28 Dec 1940 Killed in Action
Sgt C F Young 28 Dec 1940 Killed in Action

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 2 Apr 1940 Squadron received Bristol Beaufort I, L4498 on attachment from RAF Silloth
Beaufort I
 4 Apr 1940 Advance Party proceeded to Gosport by rail
 7 Apr 1940 Main Party proceeded to Gosport by motor coach and private cars
 8 Apr 1940 Training commenced on Beaufort L4498
 8 Apr 1940 Beauforts, L4500, L4501, L4486, L4483, L4487, L9810 and L9813 arrived from Filton
 9 Apr 1940 Squadron ceased to be operational
12 Apr 1940 6 x Vildebeest flown to No 19 MU, RAF St Athan for disposal
15 Apr 1940 Advance Party proceeded to Thorney Island
16 Apr 1940 Main Party proceeded to Thorney Island
16 Apr 1940 Air Party proceeded to Thorney Island
16 Apr 1940 5 x Vildebeest flown to No 19 MU, RAF St Athan for disposal
17 Apr 1940 Beaufort, L9812 was received
22 Apr 1940 Beauforts, L4506 and L4507 were collected from RAF Aston Down
23 Apr 1940 Final 7 x Vildebeest flown to No 19 MU, RAF St Athan for disposal
27 Apr 1940 Rear Party proceeded to Thorney Island by motor coach
 3 May 1940 Beauforts, L4488, L4489 and L4505 were collected from RAF Aston Down
 3 May 1940 Beauforts, L4490 and L4491 were collected from RAF Kemble
 9 May 1940 Beauforts, L4482, L4484, L4502 and L4503 were collected from RAF St Athan
19 Jun 1940 Ground Party proceeded to RAF Wick by rail
19 Jun 1940 11 x Aircraft proceeded to RAF Wick
21 Jun 1940 Ground Party arrived RAF Wick
21 Jun 1940 2 x Aircraft proceeded to RAF Wick, leaving a detachment at RAF Thorney Island
17 Jul 1940 Squadron Beauforts grounded with engine problems, except for ferrying to Filton
28 Sep 1940 Detachment resumed operations from RAF Thorney Island
20 Oct 1940 Thorney Island detachment rejoined the squadron at RAF Wick
26 Oct 1940 Squadron resumed operations from RAF Wick

Beaufort I

Source - No 42 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/435)

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