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No 44 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Initial Personnel Allocation on formation

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt I M Cameron  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn as Officer Commanding,
Plt Off T W Lamb  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off D I Jobson  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off A N MacFarlane  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off J W H Bray  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off T C Weir  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off T D M Macdonald  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off A M McKenzie  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off H G Marriot  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Plt Off I G Morrison  8 Mar 1937 From No 114 Sqn
Plt Off E G Palmer  8 Mar 1937 From No 114 Sqn
Sgt J M Ennor  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Sgt T L S Smythe  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn
Sgt E B Cook  8 Mar 1937 From No 114 Sqn
Sgt A A G Dowle  8 Mar 1937 From No 114 Sqn
3 x NCOs and 39 Airmen  8 Mar 1937 From No 139 Sqn

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

 

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1936

Date Notes
 8 Mar 1937, Squadron reformed at Wyton in No 3 Group, equipped with Hawker Hinds
15 Mar 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Wyton to RAF Andover and transferred to No 2 Group
16 Jun 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Andover to RAF Waddington and was transferred to No 3 Group

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

Personnel Movements Mar -Jun 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 26 Apr 1937 From Oxford University Air Sqn as Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt I M Cameron 26 Apr 1937 Relinquished command of the squadron
APO H I A Swayne 22 May 1937 From No 6 FTS
Flt Lt I M Cameron  5 May 1937 Attached to No 98 Sqn for temporary duty
Flt Lt I M Cameron  xx xxx 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr I M Cameron   7 Jun 1937 To No 110 Sqn as Officer Commanding

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 26 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Plt Off I G Morrison  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off E G Palmer  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T W Lamb  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D I Jobson  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A N MacFarlane  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J W H Bray  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H G Marriot  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T C Weir  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A M McKenzie  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T D M Macdonald  8 Mar 1937  
APO H I A Swayne 22 May 1937  

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2 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul - Sep 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H G Marriot 28 Jun 1937 To No 88 Sqn
Flt Lt P C Lawrence 24 Sep 1937 From RAF Halton as Officer i/c Training
Plt Off F G Dutton 23 Oct 1937 From No 7 FTS (No 5 Course)
Plt Off F B L Moore 27 Nov 1937 From No 10 FTS (No 5 Course)
APO J A Stuart 19 Feb 1938 From No 9 FTS
Plt Off E G Shults 19 Feb 1938 From No 9 FTS
Plt Off A N MacFarlane 27 Feb 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl L Tidey 22 Apr 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 1 Sep 1937 Squadron was transferred from No 3 Group to No 5 Group
14 Dec 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is
Bristol Blenheim of No 44 Squadron
 4 Jan 1938 Squadron completed re-equipment with Blenheim Is
   
   
   
 8 Mar 1937, Squadron reformed at Wyton in No 3 Group, equipped with Hawker Hinds
15 Mar 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Wyton to RAF Andover and transferred to No 2 Group
16 Jun 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Andover to RAF Waddington and was transferred to No 3 Group

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 26 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt E M Withy 29 Apr 1938  
Plt Off I G Morrison  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off E G Palmer  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T W Lamb  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D I Jobson  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J W H Bray  8 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off T C Weir  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A M McKenzie  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T D M Macdonald  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H I A Swayne 22 May 1937  
Plt Off F G Dutton 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off F B L Moore 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off P J D Broughton  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off E G Shults 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J A Stuart 19 Feb 1938  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D J Penman  9 Jul 1938 From No 3 FTS and attached to No 4 E & RFTS, Brough
Plt Off H I A Swayne 22 Aug 1938 Transferred to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
Plt Off P J D Broughton 22 Aug 1938 Transferred to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
APO N S Cornish 20 Aug 1938 From No 6 FTS
APO R A Nicholson 20 Aug 1938 From No 11 FTS
Plt Off R J Sansom 30 Jul 1938 From RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off E G Palmer 19 Sep 1938 Relinquished post of Adjutant and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off J W H Bray 19 Sep 1938 Assumed post of Adjutant
Plt Off T W Lamb 19 Sep 1938 Transferred to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
APO H H B Mould 29 Oct 1938 From Class 'A' Reserve and appointed Plt Off on Probation
Plt Off E G Shults 28 Nov 1938 Transferred to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
Plt Off T D M Macdonald  2 Jan 1939 Transferred to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 4 Jul 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Warmwell for Annual Armament Training
28 Jul 1938 Squadron returned from RAF Warmwell on completion of Annual Armament Training
 1 Oct 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Evanton for Armament Training
 8 Oct 1938 Squadron returned from RAF Evanton on completion of Armament Training

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 26 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt E M Withy 29 Apr 1938  
Fg Off I G Morrison  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off E G Palmer  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J W H Bray  8 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off T C Weir  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D I Jobson  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A M McKenzie  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F G Dutton 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off F B L Moore 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off E G Shults 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J A Stuart 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off R J Sansom 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D J Penman  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off N S Cornish 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R A Nicholson 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off H H B Mould 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off F E Eustace 28 Jan 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of Air Navigation course
Fg Off I G Morrison 31 Jan 1939 Relinquished his Commission in the RAF on transfer to the RNZAF
Fg Off J W H Bray 31 Jan 1939 Relinquished his Commission in the RAF on transfer to the RNZAF
Fg Off J W H Bray 31 Jan 1939 Relinquished duties as Adjutant
Plt Off R A Nicholson 31 Jan 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt E M Withy 15 Feb 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 J H Richardson 15 Feb 1939 Killed in a flying accident
6 x RAFVR pilots  1 Mar 1939 Posted in for training
Plt Off P E Dingwall 11 Mar 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of Air Navigation course
APO J C MacIntosh 11 Mar 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of Air Navigation course
       

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
30 Jan 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens
Hampden I of No 44 Squadron
16 Feb 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens (12 IE aircraft but no IR aircraft)
20 Feb 1939 6 x IE and 2 x IR Avro Ansons allocated
Anson I
20 Mar 1939 Squadron tasked with converting all pilots in No 5 Group from single engine to twin engined aircraft

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I

Handley Page Hampden

RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 26 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off E G Palmer  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off T C Weir  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D I Jobson  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off A M McKenzie  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F G Dutton 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off F B L Moore 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J A Stuart 19 Feb 1939  
Plt Off R J Sansom 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D J Penman  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off N S Cornish 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R A Nicholson 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off H H B Mould 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off F E Eustace 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off P E Dingwall 11 Mar 1939  
APO J C MacIntosh 11 Mar 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements 1 - 14 Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J J Watts  3 Apr 1939 From No 7 FTS

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I

Handley Page Hampden)

RAF Waddington Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 26 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J J Watts  3 Apr 1939  
Fg Off T C Weir  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D I Jobson  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off A M McKenzie  8 Mar 1937  
Plt Off F G Dutton 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off F B L Moore 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J A Stuart 19 Feb 1939  
Plt Off R J Sansom 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D J Penman  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off N S Cornish 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R A Nicholson 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off H H B Mould 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off F E Eustace 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off P E Dingwall 11 Mar 1939  
APO J C MacIntosh 11 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements 15 Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off P Harris 15 Apr 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of Air Navigation course
Plt Off H H B Mould 24 Apr 1939 To No 7 FTS for flying duties
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall 24 Apr 1939 Relinquished command of the squadron
Wg Cdr J N Boothman 24 Apr 1939 From RAF Far East and assumed command of the squadron
5 x RAFVR pilots  1 Jun 1939 Posted to No 76 Sqn to continue their training
Fg Off D I Jobson 18 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J A Hawes 18 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E W Jones 18 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 R J Andrews 18 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off P E A Carr 29 Jul 1939 From RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Sqn Ldr G J Spence 31 Jul 1939 From No 11 FTS for flying duties
Plt Off W R Farnes  4 Aug 1939 To No 1 RAF Depot for administrative duties
APO T R Fox  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
APO E I Hewett  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
APO W J Lewis  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
APO A J G Mills  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
APO R L Perkins  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
APO W M R Smith  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
APO W F Tudhope  5 Aug 1939 From School of Air Navigation on completion of No 50 Short Navigation course
Plt Off J M Crossley  6 Aug 1939 From No 9 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J A Tindall  8 Aug 1939 To RAF Waddington for Operations Room duties
Fg Off Robson  1 Sep 1939 From RAF Finningley for flying duties
Sgt J R Tonkiss  1 Sep 1939 From RAF Finningley for flying duties
Plt Off Hunn  1 Sep 1939 Attached from RAF Bircham Newton for Navigation and Reconnaissance duties
Sqn Ldr G J Spence  4 Sep 1939 To HQ, No 3 Group for Administrative (Org) Staff duties
Plt Off Hunn  4 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached
Sqn Ldr N B Norris  7 Sep 1939 From No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Fg Off D J Rogers 12 Sep 1939 From No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off W G Taylor 12 Sep 1939 From No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off B F Burridge 12 Sep 1939 From No 7 Sqn for flying duties
  3 x Airmen Pilots 12 Sep 1939 From No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off E N Taylor 26 Sep 1939 Dismissed from the RAF by sentence of General Court Martial
Plt Off T R Fox 30 Sep 1939 To No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off E I Hewett 30 Sep 1939 To No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off A J G Mills 30 Sep 1939 To No 7 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off R L Perkins 30 Sep 1939 To No 76 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off W F Tudhope 30 Sep 1939 To No 76 Sqn for flying duties
Plt Off P E A Carr 30 Sep 1939 To No 76 Sqn for flying duties
Wg Cdr W J M Akerman  8 Dec 1939 From No 40 Group, supernumerary pending assuming command of the squadron
Wg Cdr J N Boothman 13 Dec 1939 Relinquished command of the squadron
Wg Cdr W J M Akerman 13 Dec 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
LAC T Gibbin 21 Dec 1939 Killed on Active Service

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 1 Jun 1939 8 x Ansons transferred to No 76 Sqn, RAF Finningley on losing its Group training role
 9 Aug 1939 Squadron proceeded to RAF Leuchars for Annual Armament Training
24 Aug 1939 Squadron recalled from RAF Leuchars
 6 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft were 'scattered' to Tollerton
22 Sep 1939 Squadron aircraft ceased to be 'scattered' at Tollerton and returned to RAF Waddington
 6 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft were 'scattered' to Tollerton
18 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft ceased to be 'scattered' at Tollerton and returned to RAF Waddington
30 Oct 1939 Squadron aircraft were 'scattered' to Tollerton
10 Nov 1939 Squadron aircraft ceased to be 'scattered' at Tollerton and returned to RAF Waddington
22 Nov 1939 Squadron aircraft were 'scattered' to Tollerton
24 Nov 1939 Squadron aircraft ceased to be 'scattered' at Tollerton and returned to RAF Waddington

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

Personnel Casualties Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off W G Taylor 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J R Tonkiss 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W J Ison 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Cpl H D Brown 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off K J A Johnstone 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off H W Robson 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Cpl J H Evans 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Cpl W H G Evans 12 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr C E Johnson 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D C Barker 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H G Collins 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Cpl W Crook 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R W Roots  4 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S P Connell  4 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A G Kendrew  4 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Flt Sgt C L Sumpster 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Jeffrey 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J F Sandall 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Simpson 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C O Dunkels 29 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Bell  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Bracegirdle  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action (RNZAF)
Flt Lt J D Rogers 10 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R J Brading 10 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H G Lacey 10 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B N Westhorp 10 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off W E F Coombes 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt T L S Smythe 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W C Wise 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W H Jones 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D E Stewart 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Goodwill 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G J Hobson 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D A Joyce 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R J Goode 17 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L A Dyke 17 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P J Davies-Cooke 17 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E E Males 17 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J E Lowe 27 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R M Carrell 14 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Baldwin 14 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L J Burt 14 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R G Bennett 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C W Hartop 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R L Milbourne 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C V Stubbs 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off K L Millar 14 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt D Pewsey 14 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 B T Hare 14 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off R D Perkins 15 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J D Green 15 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T W Hawxby 15 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J G W Maybury 15 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Of A R Kerr 20 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S F Elliott 20 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J L F Ottaway 20 Nov 1940 Killed in action

No movements appear to have been recorded in the ORB during 1940

Source - Bomber Command Losses, W R Chrley

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
26 Jan 1940 Six aircraft proceeded to RAF Lossiemouth to undertake operations with Coastal Command
15 Feb 1940 Six aircraft returned from RAF Lossiemouth on completion of attachment to Coastal Command

Source - No 44 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/447)

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