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No 45 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Apr - Jul 1921

Date Notes
1 Apr 1921 Squadron reformed at RAF Helwan, using DH9As of No 47 Sqn for pilots to remain in practice
DH 9A of No 45 Squadron
11 Jul 1921 Squadron moved to Almaza and received Vickers Vimys
Vimy

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vimy

Almaza, Egypt Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric M Murray SO 23 Mar 1921 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Cecil C Clark A 23 Mar 1921  
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson A 23 Mar 1921 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Richard T Nevill T 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Garth R O'Sullivan A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off

Cyril N Ellen

A  1 Apr 1921 DFC
Fg Off Charles D Pyne A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off James K A Jeekes A & S 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robin F Wallas A 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell A 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick J Islip A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off George Bowen T 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Gordon Archer A 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Harold J Bradley A & S 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Maurice C Trench A  1 Apr 1921  
Fg Off William J McDonough A & S 20 May 1921

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

Organisational Movements: Jul 1921 - Jul 1922

Date Notes
14 Mar 1922 Squadron re-equipped with Vickers Vernons and moved to Basrah, Iraq
Vernon of No 45 Squadron
20 Apr 1922 Squadron moved from Basrah to RAF Hiniaidi

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq RAF Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric M Murray 23 Mar 1921 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Hon Ralph A Cochrane  7 Jan 1922 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson 23 Mar 1921 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Alfred L Messenger 23 Mar 1921 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Fg Off John F Horsey 24 Nov 1921  
Fg Off William H Markham 14 May 1921  
Fg Off Garth R O'Sullivan 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Colin Bousfield 17 Feb 1922  
Fg Off

Cyril N Ellen

 1 Apr 1921 DFC
Fg Off Charles D Pyne 20 May 1921  
Fg Off James K A Jeekes 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robin F Wallas 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick J Islip 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Gordon Archer 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Harold J Bradley 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Maurice C Trench  1 Apr 1921  
Fg Off Sidney W Smith 24 Feb 1921
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Richard J Aherne  3 Mar 1922 MC

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Hon Ralph A Cochrane  7 Jan 1922 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas H Newton 23 Feb 1923 DSC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Francis L Luxmoore 12 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off John F Horsey 24 Nov 1921  
Fg Off Garth R O'Sullivan 20 May 1921  
Fg Off James K A Jeekes 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Gordon Archer 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Sidney W Smith 24 Feb 1921
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Robert C Wansbrough 13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Hon Ralph A Cochrane  7 Jan 1922 AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas H Newton 23 Feb 1923 DSC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Robert F L Dickey 13 Dec 1922 DSC
Flt Lt William A K Dalzell 30 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off James K A Jeekes 20 May 1921 DFC
Fg Off Robert J Rodwell 20 May 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Gordon Archer 20 May 1921  
Fg Off Sidney W Smith 24 Feb 1921
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt Robert F L Dickey 13 Dec 1922 DSC
Flt Lt William A K Dalzell 30 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Frederick MacB Paul 15 Oct 1921  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield

14 Sep 1923

 
Plt Off Anthony Malone 23 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Walter H Ryder 23 Nov 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Accountant
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

20 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, AFC; later MRAF
Flt Lt

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Flt Lt Robert H M S Saundby 17 Feb 1922 MC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  6 Dec 1921  
Flt Lt William A K Dalzell 30 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Ian M Matheson 13 Dec 1922  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off Herbert I T Beardsworth 10 Aug 1921 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Charles W Cudemore 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Robert L Ragg

13 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Henry A C Atkinson 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Cecil P Wingfield

14 Sep 1923

 
Plt Off Anthony Malone 23 Nov 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Herbert A Williams 22 Jun 1921
Accountant
Fg Off Ronald G D Thomas 18 Jul 1922

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
26 May 1924 Squadron moved to Kingerban for operations
29 May 1924 Squadron returned to RAF Hinaidi

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Flt Lt John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Percy E Maitland 23 Jan 1923 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Wilfred Underhill  9 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt Charles M Laing 23 Feb 1923  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Leo P Winters  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Denis H Geeson 17 Mar 1923  
Fg Off

Basil E Embry

14 Sep 1922 later ACM
Fg Off Frederick W Barkley 18 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Albert E Connelly  5 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Anthony Malone 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Ralph Barrett 30 Sep 1924  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Lawrence H Miller  5Dec 1924
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Freeman  2 Sep 1924

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Evelyn R Whitehouse 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Flt Lt Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Guy G H Du Boulay 19 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Oswald K Stirling Webb 29 Jan 1926 Killed in a flying accident - 26 Jul 1926
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett  4 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Francis W L C Beaumont 12 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Frank E North  3 Oct 1925  
Plt Off John E Davies  3 Oct 1925  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 22 Sep 1925
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Freeman  2 Sep 1924

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Evelyn R Whitehouse 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 21 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Andrew A Ward 21 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Flt Lt Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Guy G H Du Boulay 19 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Oswald K Stirling Webb 29 Jan 1926 Killed in a flying accident - 26 Jul 1926
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Edward T St M Brett  4 Jun 1925  
Fg Off Gerard L Gandy 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Cecil G C B Woledge 30 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Francis W L C Beaumont 12 Dec 1925  
Fg Off Frank E North  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off John E Davies  3 Oct 1925  
Plt Off George P Mee 12 Mar 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 22 Sep 1925
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Freeman  2 Sep 1924

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Date Notes
1 Nov 1926 Squadron reduced to a single flight, parented by No 70 Squadron in preparation for a move to Egypt

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Roderic M Hill

18 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, MC, AFC; later ACM
Sqn Ldr

Alan Lees

14 Sep 1923 later AM
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 14 Sep 1923  
Sqn Ldr Evelyn R Whitehouse 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Kenneth E Ward  1 Jun 1926  
Flt Lt Andrew A Ward 21 May 1926  
Flt Lt Charles P Horrex

27 Nov 1924

DFC
Flt Lt Ernest H Attwood 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Maurice W J Boxall 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off John V Kelly  5 Feb 1925
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off John S Dick 30 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Frank E North  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off John E Davies  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Geoffrey M E Shaw 28 Apr 1926  
Fg Off George P Mee 12 Mar 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison 22 Sep 1925

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
17 Jan 1927 Squadron reduced to cadre and moved to Heliopolis, where it was parented by No 47 Squadron
25 April 1927 Squadron was re-established at Heliopolis as a HQ and 'A' Flight, equipped with DH9As
DH 9A of No 45 Squadron

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

De Havilland DH9A

Heliopolis RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 25 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Cecil G C B Woledge 15 May 1927  
Fg Off John V Kelly 25 Apr 1927
Fg Off John W New 25 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 25 Apr 1927  
Fg Off Patrick R Stroud 15 May 1927  
Fg Off Claude Warsow 15 May 1927

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

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Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
21 Oct 1927 Squadron moved from RAF Heliopolis to RAF Helwan
 1 Nov 1927 A large draft of personnel arrived allowing the squadron to be brought up to full strength
15 Mar 1928 Squadron moved to RAF Ramleh to assist No 14 Sqn
25 Mar 1928 One Flight moved to RAF Amman to join No 14 Sqn
10 Apr 1928 Squadron returned to RAF Helwan

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

De Havilland DH9A

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 25 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Vincent Buxton 23 Nov 1927 OBE
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 28 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 22 Jul 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Sidney C Black 18 Nov 1927 Signals duties, MM
Fg Off James E Preston  1 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson 27 Sep 1927 Photographic duties
Fg Off Hubert L Patch 30 Mar 1928 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Claude Warsow 15 May 1927
Fg Off Murray M Restell-Little 25 Aug 1927  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harold D Giblett  1 Mar 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 16 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William D McKeown  6 Mar 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev Arthur W Brown  9 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 25 Apr 1927 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 28 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 22 Jul 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Sidney C Black 18 Nov 1927 Signals duties, MM
Fg Off James E Preston  1 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson 27 Sep 1927 Photographic duties
Fg Off Hubert L Patch 30 Mar 1928 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Claude Warsow 15 May 1927
Fg Off Murray M Restell-Little 25 Aug 1927  
Plt Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Plt Off George Fachiri  2 Jul 1928  
Plt Off George E E Singleton 10 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Leslie M Woolveridge  3 Jun 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harold D Giblett  1 Mar 1928  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 16 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William D McKeown  6 Mar 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev Arthur W Brown  9 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1928 - Jun 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 45 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John K Summers 15 Nov 1928 Relinquished command of No 45 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

15 Nov 1928 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn
Plt Off Christopher C Edwards  9 Feb 1929 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Flt Lt C S Riccard  6 Apr 1929 Posted to No 14 Sqn, RAF Amman
Fg Off Murray M Restell-Little 28 Apr 1929 Posted to SHQ, RAF Heliopolis
Fg Off Guy N J Stanley-Turner 12 May 1929 Arrived on posting from No 208 Sqn
Fg Off Harold D Giblett 27 May 1929 Stores Officer, posted to HQ Middle East

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

De Havilland DH9A

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald H Carter  1 Sep 1928  
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 28 Nov 1927 MC
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 22 Jul 1927 DSO, DFC
Fg Off

Thomas B Prickman

27 Oct 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Christopher C Edwards  9 Feb 1929  
Fg Off Guy N J Stanley-Turner 12 May 1929
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson 27 Sep 1927 Photographic duties
Fg Off Charles A C Patton  3 Nov 1928  
Fg Off Hubert L Patch 30 Mar 1928 Armament duties; later ACM
Fg Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Fg Off George Fachiri  2 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Duncan Menzies 28 Oct 1928  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Hector B S Ballantyne 22 Apr 1929  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 16 Mar 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt William D McKeown  6 Mar 1928 MB
Chaplains Branch
Rev Arthur W Brown  9 Mar 1928
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Duncan Menzies 12 Jun 1929 Posted to No 47 Sqn
Plt Off Charles V Howes 12 Jun 1929 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Fg Off Charles A C Patton  1 Jul 1929 Posted to No 216 Sqn
Fg Off

Thomas B Prickman

17 Jul 1929 Promoted to Flt Lt
Sgt Kirlen  2 Sep 1929 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Sgt Horton  2 Sep 1929 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
LAC A A Parker 21 Sep 1929 Died in hospital
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 15 Oct 1929 Assumed temporary command of No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt Ronald H Carter 15 Oct 1929 Assumed command of the detachment at RAF Ramleh
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt John E L Drabble  1 Nov 1929 Arrived on posting from Middle East Depot
Flt Lt Harry K Goode  4 Nov 1929 Assumed command of the detachment at RAF Ramleh
Flt Lt Ronald H Carter 16 Nov 1929 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt John E L Drabble 16 Nov 1929 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Hunter 18 Nov 1929 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Flt Lt Ronald H Carter  5 Dec 1929 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Hector B S Ballantyne 21 Dec 1929 Stores Officer, posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Harry K Goode 30 Dec 1929 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Guy N J Stanley-Turner  8 Jan 1930 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off Charles V Howes  8 Jan 1930 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 25 Nov 1929
Plt Off Hunter 26 Jan 1930 Posted to Home Establishment (Invalided)
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson  5 Feb 1930 Posted to No 47 Sqn
Fg Off Hubert L Patch  9 Feb 1930 Posted to Home Establishment for Long Armament Course
Fg Off Philip A Moritz 17 Feb 1930 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Fg Off Reginald W Collinson  7 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Flt Lt O'Brien 27 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn for Medical duties
Flt Lt Frank O Hall 10 Apr 1930 Accountant Officer, posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt O'Brien 10 Apr 1930 Medical Officer, posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 10 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting for Medical duties, wef 29 Mar 1930
Flt Lt William D McKeown 10 Apr 1930 Medical Officer, posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Guy N J Stanley-Turner 10 Apr 1930 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Cyril R Greet 15 Apr 1930 Arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jun 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
27 Aug 1929 Squadron moved to RAF Ramleh for operations
 8 Sep 1929 'A' Flight re-equipped with Fairey IIIFs
Fairey IIIF
15 Sep 1929 Squadron completed re-equipment with Fairey IIIFs
21 Sep 1929 'C' Flight moved from RAF Ramleh to RAF Helwan to resume training
 8 Dec 1929 Squadron moved from RAF Ramleh to RAF Helwan

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John E L Drabble  1 Nov 1929
Flt Lt

Thomas B Prickman

27 Oct 1928 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Photographic duties
Fg Off Philip A Moritz 17 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Fg Off George Fachiri  2 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Charles V Howes 12 Jun 1929

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Albert E Connolly  9 Oct 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Collinson 11 Apr 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 29 Mar 1930 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Lt John Mutch 12 Aug 1927 Grade III (Acting Grade II), MC, MA

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: Jun 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off George S King  4 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Fg Off I G E Dale 28 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Fg Off Philip A Moritz  1 Sep 1930 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off James  R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Fg Off I G E Dale 22 Sep 1930 Posted to Aircraft Depot RAF Aboukir
Fg Off Francis P Hewitt 12 Sep 1930 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Flt Lt

Henry E Walker

 6 Oct 1930 Arrived on posting from No 2 Armoured Car Company
Flt Lt Ernest W Lawrence 16 Oct 1930 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Fg Off Albert E Connolly  3 Nov 1930 Stores Officer, posted to No 216 Sqn
Flt Lt John E L Drabble 24 Nov 1930 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Fg Off Charles V Howes  2 Mar 1931 Posted to SHQ, RAF Heliopolis
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison 11 Mar 1931 Promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt William H Poole 23 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off

Thomas B Prickman

 5 Jun 1931 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off Austin F McKenna  1 Jul 1931 Arrived on posting, wef 13 May 1931
Fg Off Reginald W Collinson  1 Jul 1931 Accountant Officer, promoted to Flt Lt

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

30 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Henry E Walker

 6 Oct 1930 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt William H Poole 23 Mar 1931 AFC, MM
Flt Lt Cyril R Greet 15 Apr 1930
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Photographic duties
Fg Off Arthur R Combe  2 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Francis P Hewitt 12 Sep 1930  
Fg Off George S King  4 Jul 1930  
Fg Off James  R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930
Plt Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Plt Off Austin F McKenna 13 May 1931

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Ernest W Lawrence 16 Oct 1930  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Reginald W Collinson 11 Apr 1930
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 29 Mar 1930 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Acting Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Belford 27 Jul 1931 Arrived on posting to command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off John Boston  3 Aug 1931 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt William H Poole 19 Sep 1931 Posted to No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt Sidney C Wyatt  7 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Plt Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting
Fg Off George S King 12 Oct 1931 Posted to No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing-Smith  1 Nov 1931 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Cecil J Nobbs  9 Nov 1931 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Francis P Hewitt 30 Nov 1931 Posted to No 14 Sqn
Flt Lt Ernest W Lawrence 11 Dec 1931 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Reginald W Collinson 11 Dec 1931 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

20 Jan 1932 Arrived on posting, wef 8 Jan 1932, pending assuming command of No 45 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Francis J Vincent

13 Feb 1932 Relinquished command of No 45 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

13 Feb 1932 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn
Plt Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Austin F McKenna 11 Apr 1932 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 12 Feb 1932
Plt Off William S Reed 16 Apr 1932 Arrived on posting, wef 13 Apr 1932
Plt Off Dudley H Marsack 19 Apr 1932 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off

Charles S Moore

12 May 1932 Arrived on posting, wef 29 Apr 1932
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing-Smith 16 Jun 1932 Proceeded on leave pending posting to Home Establishment

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison  6 Oct 1929 Photographic duties
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing-Smith  1 Nov 1931 Armament duties
Fg Off James R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Austin F McKenna 13 May 1931
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Plt Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Plt Off William S Reed 13 Apr 1932  
Plt Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Plt Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cecil J Nobbs  9 Nov 1931 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Sidney C Wyatt  7 Oct 1931
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John M Ritchie 29 Mar 1930 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing-Smith 12 Oct 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Cecil J Nobbs   1 Aug 1932 Stores Officer, posted to HQ Middle East
Flt Lt Harold H Martin  1 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting to command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off Arthur W Rule  8 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting, wef 20 Jul 1932
Fg Off William S Reed 10 Sep 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison 20 Sep 1932 Invalided to Home Establishment as a result of an accident
Flt Lt Thomas J Desmond 25 Nov 1932 Arrived on posting to command of 'C' Flight
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  5 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting for Medical duties
Flt Lt John M Ritchie  9 Feb 1933 Medical Officer, posted to Palestine General Hospital, Sarafand
Flt Lt Ivor G E Dale 21 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting, wef 18 Feb 1933, to command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off Jack B Sims 28 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 28 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

28 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off James Lambie  1 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties, wef 15 Feb 1933
Flt Lt Sidney C Wyatt  1 Mar 1933 Accountant Officer, posted to RAF Abu Sueir

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Thomas J Desmond 25 Nov 1932
Flt Lt Ivor G E Dale 18 Feb 1933
Flt Lt Harold H Martin  1 Aug 1932
Fg Off James  R Tatnell 14 Sep 1930
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Jack B Sims 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Plt Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 later ACM

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Arthur W Rule 20 Jul 1932  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Lambie 15 Feb 1933
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  5 Feb 1933 LMSSA
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
WO II William Squires 22 Dec 1931  
WO II Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO II Francis H Pearson 28 Oct 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Herbert R Dale 21 Jun 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Ronald M Smith 22 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting for Stores duties
Flt Lt Charles H Tighe 10 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Thomas J Desmond 15 Nov 1933 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

18 Nov 1933 Posted to No 47 Sqn

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Charles H Tighe 10 Oct 1933
Flt Lt Ivor G E Dale 18 Feb 1933
Flt Lt Harold H Martin  1 Aug 1932
Fg Off Herbert R Dale 21 Jun 1933
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Ronald M Smith 22 Aug 1933
Fg Off Austin F McKenna 13 May 1931
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Jack B Sims 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933 later ACM

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
       
Fg Off Arthur W Rule 20 Jul 1932  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Lambie 15 Feb 1933
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  5 Feb 1933 LMSSA
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 47 Sqn)
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
WO II Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO II Francis H Pearson 28 Oct 1932  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jun 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Ivor G E Dale  1 Jan 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Donald M Fleming 16 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 29 Dec 1933
Plt Off Donald R Evans 23 Jan 1934 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off Arthur W Rule 28 Jan 1934 Posted to HQ Middle East
Fg Off Ronald M Smith  4 Feb 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Austin F McKenna  4 Feb 1934 Posted to Home Establishment on appointment to Medium Service Commission
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 15 Mar 1934 Posted to No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 26 Apr 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 14 Apr 1934 to command 'B' Flight
Flt Lt Harold H Martin 27 Apr 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
APO Sidney G Birch  1 May 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 19 Apr 1934
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 17 May 1934 Arrived on posting for Medical duties

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Donald M Fleming 29 Dec 1933
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 14 Apr 1934
Flt Lt Charles H Tighe 10 Oct 1933
Fg Off Herbert R Dale 21 Jun 1933
Fg Off John Boston  9 Dec 1930
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Charles S Moore

29 Apr 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later AVM
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Jack B Sims 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Arthur J Hicks 11 Mar 1932  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 later ACM
APO Sidney G Birch 19 Apr 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Lambie 15 Feb 1933
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  5 Feb 1933 LMSSA
Education Officer
Mr Henry H Mayoh 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc (also No 47 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO Harry E Hawkins  9 Apr 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
WO II Robert Kyle 10 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Derek D Atkinson 18 Jun 1934 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Sydney B S Smith  1 Jul 1934 Medical Officer, posted to RAF Heliopolis
Fg Off Jack B Sims 20 Jul 1934 Posted to No 6 Sqn
Fg Off

Charles S Moore

 1 Jul 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off James Lambie  1 Mar 1934 Accountant Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off Cosme L Gomm  1 Oct 1934 Arrived on posting
Fg Off John Boston  9 Oct 1934 Proceeded on leave in UK prior to transfer to RAFO
Flt Lt George R Beamish 12 Nov 1934 Arrived on posting to command 'C' Flight
Flt Lt Charles H Tighe 16 Nov 1934 Posted to No 6 Sqn
Fg Off Herbert R Dale 24 Dec 1934 Proceeded on leave in UK prior to transfer to Home Establishment
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 30 Jan 1935 Attached to HQ Middle East for duty as PA to AOC
Plt Off Arthur J Hicks 26 Mar 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 27 Apr 1935 Ceased to be attached to HQ Middle East on posting to No 47 Sqn
Plt Off Conrad C Francis  9 Apr 1935 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Clair S Byram 24 Apr 1935 Arrived on attachment, wef 26 Apr 1935

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
16 Oct 1934 Squadron carried Reinforcement Exercise to RAF Hinaidi, Iraq
 6 Nov 1934 Squadron returned to RAF Helwan on completion of Reinforcement Exercise

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Fairey IIIF

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

 8 Jan 1932 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, MM; later ACM
Flt Lt Donald M Fleming 29 Dec 1933
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 14 Apr 1934
Flt Lt George R Beamish 12 Nov 1934 later AM
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 10 Oct 1931  
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off William H N Turner 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Donald R Evans 28 Feb 1933 later ACM
Fg Off Clair S Byram 26 Apr 1935
Plt Off Conrad C Francis  9 Apr 1935 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Plt Off Sidney G Birch 19 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Derek D Atkinson 18 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Cosme L Gomm  1 Oct 1934

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann  5 Dec 1934
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 17 May 1934 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Henry H Mayoh 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO Alfred G Beese 28 Oct 1932  
WO Harry E Hawkins  9 Apr 1934  
WO Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933 DFM
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Robert Kyle 10 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1934 - Jun 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off William H N Turner  8 Jun 1935 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Dudley H Marsack 24 Jul 1935 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Aboukir
Plt Off Conrad C Francis 13 Aug 1935 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Jun 1935
Plt Off George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

24 Aug 1934 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, pending assuming command of No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt Victor C F Streatfield  7 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Ronald H Young  7 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Donald R Evans 11 Sep 1935 Proceeded to UK on sick leave and posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr

Hugh W L Saunders

14 Sep 1934 Relinquished command of No 45 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

14 Sep 1935 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt A N Luxmoore 19 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting to command 'D' Flight
Plt Off O H D Blomfield 19 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting
APO T B Hunter 19 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting
APO K J Rampling 19 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Clair S Byram 21 Sep 1935 Ceased to be attached on posting to No 45 Sqn, wef 26 Apr 1935
Plt Off Sidney G Birch 30 Nov 1935 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 19 Oct 1935
APO G J Bush  4 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting
APO R B Nuthall  9 Dec 1935 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Conrad C Francis 29 Dec 1935 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl H J Bryant 29 Dec 1935 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Flt Lt A N Luxmoore  6 Jan 1936 Posted to 'D' Flight, No 6 Sqn
Plt Off O H D Blomfield  6 Jan 1936 Posted to 'D' Flight, No 6 Sqn
APO T B Hunter  6 Jan 1936 Posted to 'D' Flight, No 6 Sqn
APO K J Rampling  6 Jan 1936 Posted to 'D' Flight, No 6 Sqn
Flt Lt

John G Franks

10 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn in command 'D' Flight, wef 8 Jan 1936
Fg Off D P McKeown 10 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn, wef 8 Jan 1936
Plt Off F J O Lasbrey 10 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn, wef 8 Jan 1936
Plt Off W I Collett 10 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn, wef 8 Jan 1936
Plt Off A L Bocking  1 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting
Fg Off D P McKeown 16 Feb 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off E C Eaton 17 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting, wef 18 Feb 1936
Fg Off Mark H Robinson 18 Feb 1936 Promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt George R Beamish 28 Feb 1936 Proceeded to RAF Kenya by air to command 'B' Flight
Fg Off James Lambie  6 Mar 1936 Accountant Officer, posted to No 467 Sqn
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 14 Mar 1936 Returned from RAF Kenya and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 14 Mar 1936 Medical Officer, embarked for UK for duties on voyage and leave
Fg Off A B Marshall 14 Mar 1936 Medical Officer, attached pending posting, wef 24 Jun 1936
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 24 Jun 1936 Medical Officer, posted to SHQ RAF Heliopolis
Fg Off William J R Cann  1 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting, wef 28 Mar 1936
Plt Off R B Nuthall 12 Apr 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
APO H F Bromwich 20 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting
APO J R Henderson 20 Apr 1936 Arrived on posting
Fg Off

Henry R Graham

29 Apr 1936 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 1 Apr 1936
Plt Off Derek D Atkinson 29 Apr 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Mar 1936
Flt Lt Ernest C Barlow 30 Apr 1936 Posted to No 4 FTS
Plt Off E C Eaton 30 May 1936 Posted to No 47 Sqn

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
18 Sep 1935 Detachment proceeded to Nairobi, Kenya
19 Sep 1935 'D' Flight was formed to operate Hawker Harts
Hart Fighter
25 Sep 1935 Detachment arrived in Nairobi, Kenya as RAF Kenya
26 Sep 1935 First Hawker Hart was collected from Aircraft Depot, Aboukir
28 Nov 1935 First Vickers Vincent collected from Aircraft Depot, Aboukir for re-equipment of the squadron
Vincent
 9 Dec 1935 Last two Fairey IIIFs departed to join 'B' Flight/RAF Kenya
 6 Jan 1936 'D' Flight transferred to No 6 Squadron
10 Jan 1936 'D' Flight, No 14 Sqn, equipped with Vincents, transferred to No 45 Sqn
xx Jan 1936 'B' Flight in Kenya partially re-equipped with Fairey Gordons
Gordon

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vincent

Fairey Gordon II

Helwan

'B' Flt - Eastleigh, Kenya

RAF Middle East

 

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

24 Aug 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George R Beamish 12 Nob 1934 later AM
Flt Lt

John G Franks

 8 Jan 1936 later AVM
Flt Lt Victor C F Streatfield  7 Sep 1935
Flt Lt

Henry R Graham

28 Feb 1933 later AVM
Fg Off Ronald H Young  7 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Clair S Byram 26 Apr 1935
Fg Off Sidney G Birch 19 Apr 1934
Fg Off Derek D Atkinson 18 Jun 1934
Plt Off Cosme L Gomm  1 Oct 1934
Plt Off George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935
Plt Off F J O Lasbrey  8 Jan 1936  
Plt Off W I Collett  8 Jan 1936
Plt Off G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Plt Off E C Eaton 18 Feb 1936  
Plt Off A L Bocking  1 Feb 1936  
APO H F Bromwich 20 Apr 1936  
APO J R Henderson 20 Apr 1936  

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11 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Mark H Robinson  2 Oct 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann 28 Mar 1936
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ronald Thorpe 17 May 1934 MRCS, LRCP
Warrant Officers
WO Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933  
WO J Jarmin  9 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt C S Cadell  1 Jun 1936 Arrived on posting to command 'D' Flight
Flt Lt

John G Franks

17 Jun 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Ronald H Young 18 Jul 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Clair S Byram 18 Jul 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Mark H Robinson  5 Sep 1936 Posted to No 4 FTS
Fg Off A B Marshall 22 Sep 1936 Medical Officer, promoted to Flt Lt, wef 2 Sep 1936
Plt Off D P Frost  1 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt C S Cadell  2 Oct 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr J Whitworth-Jones 10 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting as supernumerary to command 'B' Flight, Kenya
Fg Off H W S Springham 12 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
Fg Off W M Lyons 12 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties in Kenya
Plt Off E M Withy 12 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Cosme L Gomm 12 Oct 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 7 Aug 1936
Flt Lt T C Dickens 16 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt George R Beamish  1 Dec 1936 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt

Gerald B Keily

 2 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr George R Beamish  7 Dec 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt

Henry R Graham

 7 Dec 1936 Posted to SHQ, RAF Heliopolis
Fg Off Derek D Atkinson 10 Oct 1936 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Aboukir
Flt Lt W J H Ekins 12 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr J Whitworth-Jones 15 Dec 1936 Posted to No 223 Sqn
Flt Lt Victor C F Streatfield 15 Dec 1936 Posted to No 223 Sqn
Fg Off W M Lyons 15 Dec 1936 Accountant Officer, posted to No 223 Sqn
Plt Off D P Frost 15 Dec 1936 Posted to No 223 Sqn
Plt Off E M Withy 15 Dec 1936 Posted to No 223 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Allan R Churchman

 1 Jan 1937 Promoted to Wg Cdr
APO H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO R N Belgrove 10 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO E H Dally 10 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO R T Collier 10 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W I Collett 21 Apr 1937 Posted to No 4 FTS
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Arrived on posting from HQME pending assuming command of No 45 Sqn
Plt Off J R Henderson  3 May 1937 Posted to Home Establishment
Wg Cdr

Allan R Churchman

14 May 1937 Relinquished command of No 45 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton 14 May 1937 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn
Plt Off H F Bromwich 15 May 1937 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off G J Bush 16 Aug 1937 Promoted to Fg Off

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
xx Oct 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 45 Squadron badge
15 Dec 1936 'B' Flight in Kenya redesignated No 233 Sqn
12 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Helwan on reinforcement flight to India via Gaza and RAF Ramleh
14 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Ramleh for RAF Amman
15 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Amman for RAF Hinaidi via Rutbah
17 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Hinaidi for RAF Shaibah
18 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Shaibah for Sharjah via Bahrein
19 Jan 1937 Squadron departed Sharjah for RAF Karachi via Gwadur
20 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Karachi for RAF Lahore via Khampur
21 Jan 1937 Squadron departed RAF Lahore for RAF Risalpur
13 Feb 1937 Squadron departed RAF Risalpur for Delhi via Lahore
15 Feb 1937 Squadron departed Delhi for RAF Karachi via Johdpur
17 Feb 1937 Squadron departed RAF Karachi for Sharjah via Gwadur
18 Feb 1937 Squadron departed Sharjah for RAF Shaibah via Bahrein
19 Feb 1937 Squadron departed RAF Shaibah for RAF Hinaidi
21 Feb 1937 Squadron departed RAF Hinaidi for RAF Amman via Rutbah
22 Feb 1937 Squadron departed RAF Amman for RAF Helwan

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455), except*

The Squadron Badge on this page is Crown Copyright and has been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and is displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Vincent

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Gerald B Keily

 2 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt W J H Ekins  9 Dec 1936
Fg Off G L Cruickshanks 23 May 1937
Fg Off George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935  
Plt Off G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Plt Off H F Bromwich 20 Apr 1936
Plt Off J R Henderson 20 Apr 1936
APO R N Belgrove 10 Apr 1937  
APO R T Collier 10 Apr 1937
APO E H Dally 10 Apr 1937  
APO H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
APO P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  

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10 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off H W C Springham 10 Oct 1936  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann  5 Dec1934
Medical Branch
Flt Lt A B Marshall 24 Jun 1936 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Capt H A M d'Este 16 Sep 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO F Walton 18 Dec 1936  
WO Arthur D Rutherford  8 Mar 1933  
WO D McLaren  9 Apr 1934  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G J Bush 16 Aug 1937 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt S R C Nelson 24 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn for Medical duties
Fg Off George M Fidler  3 Jan 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off G J Bush  3 Jan 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R N Belgrove  7 Jan 1938 Posted to No 4 FTS
LAC Hinson 15 Jan 1938 Mate, promoted to Cpl (ACH)
ACI Milford 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
ACI Hodkinson 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
ACI Hillman 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
ACI Turner 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
ACI Buchanan 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
ACI Cherrington 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
ACI Anderson 19 Jan 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
AC2 Close 21 Jan 1938 Posted to No 4 FTS
Cpl Smith 21 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from RAF Ramleh
Sgt Plt Taylor 31 Jan 1938 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Aboukir
LAC Adams 31 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot, Aboukir
AC1 Yorke  1 Feb 1938 Posted to HQ Palestine and Transjordan
AC2 Simms  1 Feb 1938 Posted to HQ Palestine and Transjordan
Flt Lt

Gerald B Keily

 1 Feb 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Cpl Overhill  1 Feb 1938 Promoted to Sgt
Sgt G A Blowers  2 Feb 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off McD B Manson  6 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting for Stores duties
Fg Off H W S Springham 22 Feb 1938 Stores Officer, posted to HQ Palestine and Transjordan for Staff duties
APO E H Dally  9 Feb 1938 Posted to No 47 Sqn
APO W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO C L Wright 17 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Flt Lt I K McKenzie  2 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Medical duties
Flt Lt S R C Nelson  5 Mar 1938 Medical Officer, posted to RAF Heliopolis
Sqn Ldr

Gerald B Keily

 1 Apr 1938 Posted to No 216 Sqn
Fg Off William J R Cann  1 Apr 1938 Posted to SHQ, RAF Helwan
Fg Off McD B Manson  1 Apr 1938 Posted to SHQ, RAF Helwan
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt W J H Ekins  5 May 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
APO J O Gainford 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO C W S Thomas 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO D K Bednall 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO E G Rands 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO A S Smith 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO S G Soderholm 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
APO R J Willitts 27 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
25 Nov 1937 First Vickers Wellesley arrived for re-equipment of the squadron
Wellesley I of No 45 Squadron - August 1938

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt George M Fidler 24 Aug 1935  
Fg Off G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Plt Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
APO W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
APO C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
APO G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
APO J O Gainford 27 May 1938  
APO C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
APO D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
APO E G Rands 27 May 1938
APO A S Smith 27 May 1938  
APO S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
APO R J Willitts 27 May 1938  

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9 Airman Pilots

Education Officer
Capt H A M d'Este 16 Sep 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO P J Cains  9 Apr 1936  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO W J Swire-Griffiths 23 Aug 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 6 May 1938
APO G C B Woodroffe 23 Aug 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 6 May 1938
APO C L Wright 23 Aug 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 10 May 1938
APO S G Soderholm 23 Aug 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 31 May 1938
Plt Off H P Pleasance 23 Aug 1938 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 20 May 1938
Plt Off P P Troughton-Smith 23 Aug 1938 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 20 May 1938
APO J O Gainford 23 Aug 1938 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Aboukir, wef 20 Jun 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 12 Sep 1938 Attached to SHQ, RAF Helwan for duty as Station Adjutant, wef 8 Aug 1938
Fg Off G J Bush 12 Sep 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'C' Flight
APO D K Bednall 12 Sep 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 16 Aug 1938
APO C W S Thomas 12 Sep 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 16 Aug 1938
APO A S Smith 12 Sep 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 16 Aug 1938
APO R J Willitts 12 Sep 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 16 Aug 1938
LAC Charnley 24 Sep 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Sep 1938
LAC Smith 29 Sep 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Aug 1938
LAC Beagles 29 Sep 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Aug 1938
LAC Williams 29 Sep 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Aug 1938
Fg Off George M Fidler 18 Oct 1938 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge, wef 16 Aug 1938
APO E G Rands 18 Oct 1938 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 16 Aug 1938
Fg Off G J Bush 18 Oct 1938 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 16 Aug 1938
Flt Sgt Herbert 28 Oct 1938 Promoted to WO, wef 15 Oct 1938
LAC Kay 28 Oct 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Oct 1938
LAC Heaver 28 Oct 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Oct 1938
LAC Watson 28 Oct 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Oct 1938
LAC Parker 28 Oct 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Oct 1938
Plt Off S G Soderholm 10 Nov 1938 Attached to RAF Ramleh
Plt Off J E Dennant  1 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 10 Sep 1938
Plt Off P A Ostle  1 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 10 Sep 1938
Cpl Cooper 21 Dec 1938 Promoted to Act (paid) Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1938
Cpl German 21 Dec 1938 Promoted to Act (paid) Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1938
LAC Shepherd 21 Dec 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1938
LAC Thompson 21 Dec 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1938
LAC Harris 21 Dec 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1938

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
xx Sep 1938 Squadron aircraft were camouflaged due to international tension ('Munich Crisis')
Wellesley I of No 35 Squadron - 1940

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Helwan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Act Fg Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Act Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
Plt Off C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
Plt Off D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
Plt Off E G Rands 27 May 1938
Plt Off A S Smith 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Willitts 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J E Dennant 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off P A Ostle 10 Sep 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO C Herbert 24 Nov 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO R W A Gibbs  3 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 21 Dec 1938
Sgt Locke  7 Jan 1939 Promoted to Flt Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC H Brown  7 Jan 1939 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Dec 1939
LAC J Jones  7 Jan 1939 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Dec 1939
LAC J Gibson  7 Jan 1939 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Dec 1939
LAC G Petley  7 Jan 1939 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Dec 1939
Act Sgt Plt Hodder 13 Feb 1939 Promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Dec 1938
Cpl Hill 13 Feb 1939 Promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Dec 1938
Cpl Marshall 13 Feb 1939 Promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Dec 1938
Cpl Dadsword 13 Feb 1939 Promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Dec 1938
Flt Sgt Smith 23 Feb 1939 Promoted to WO
Flt Sgt Mounsey 23 Feb 1939 Promoted to WO
Cpl Blackman 23 Feb 1939 Promoted to Sgt
Wg Cdr N V Moreton 24 Feb 1939 Posted as supernumerary pending posting
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 Mar 1939 Relinquished command of No 45 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr E B Webb  1 Mar 1939 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn
Wg Cdr N V Moreton 17 Mar 1939 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Plt Off J E Dennant 27 Apr 1939 Posted to No 47 Sqn, wef 19 Apr 1939
Plt Off P A Ostle 27 Apr 1939 Posted to No 47 Sqn, wef 19 Apr 1939

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 3 Jan 1939 Squadron commenced to move from RAF Helwan to RAF Ismailia
16 Jan 1939 Squadron completed its move to RAF Ismailia

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Ismailia RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr N V Moreton  1 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt E B Webb  4 Feb 1939  
Act Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Fg Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
Plt Off C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
Plt Off D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
Plt Off E G Rands 27 May 1938
Plt Off A S Smith 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Willitts 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J E Dennant 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off P A Ostle 10 Sep 1938  
APO R W A Gibbs 21 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C Herbert 24 Nov 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Wellesley

Ismailia RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E B Webb  4 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Dec 1935  
Fg Off H P Pleasance 10 Apr 1937  
Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J H Williams 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J S Davies 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C L Wright 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 May 1938  
Plt Off C W S Thomas 27 May 1938  
Plt Off D K Bednall 27 May 1938  
Plt Off E G Rands 27 May 1938
Plt Off A S Smith 27 May 1938  
Plt Off R J Willitts 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J E Dennant 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off P A Ostle 10 Sep 1938  
APO R W A Gibbs 21 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO C Herbert 24 Nov 1937  
WO S C Mounsey xx Nov 1936  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A S Smith  3 Apr 1939 Attached to No 211 Sqn
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths  3 Apr 1939 Attached to No 211 Sqn
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe  3 Apr 1939 Attached to No 211 Sqn
Plt Off A S Smith 20 Apr 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 211 Sqn
Plt Off W J Swire-Griffiths 20 Apr 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 211 Sqn
Plt Off G C B Woodroffe 20 Apr 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 211 Sqn
Plt Off J E Dennant 27 Apr 1939 Posted to No 47 Sqn, wef 19 Apr 1939
Plt Off P A Ostle 27 Apr 1939 Posted to No 47 Sqn, wef 19 Apr 1939
Plt Off A S Smith 27 Apr 1939 Posted to No 47 Sqn, wef 24 Apr 1939
Plt Off S G Soderholm 27 Apr 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 2 ACC on posting to No 14 Sqn
Plt Off E G Rands 27 Apr 1939 Posted to No 113 Sqn, wef 17 Apr 1939
APO R W A Gibbs  9 May 1939 Regraded as Plt Off, wef 20 Dec 1938
Cpl Kittmer 13 May 1938 Promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Apr 1939
Cpl Hill 13 May 1938 Promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Apr 1939
LAC Sheridan 13 May 1938 Promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Apr 1939
Cpl Maryon  1 Jun 1938 Promoted to Sgt
Cpl Lake  1 Jun 1938 Promoted to Sgt
Plt Off R J Willitts 20 Jul 1939 Posted to No 14 Sqn
Plt Off F G Collins 31 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 19 Jul 1939
Plt Off Dennis F Rixson 31 Jul 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Jun 1939
Plt Off J S Davies 31 Jul 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 21 Jun 1939
Plt Off J H Williams 13 Aug 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 12 Jul 1939
2 Lt R M Scott 30 Aug 1939 Attached from 1st Bn Royal Sussex Regiment for duty as ALO
Fg Off W W Lewis-Jones  9 Sep 1939 Reported for duty from RAFO
Act Flt Lt G O Mills 23 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 211 Sqn
Plt Off W J Mulholland 25 Sep 1939 Posted to No 1 ACC, RAF Habbaniya
Sgt E Standen 25 Nov 1939 Electrician (I), promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1939
Cpl W Chapman 25 Nov 1939 Armourer, promoted to Temp Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1939
Cpl A Parsons 25 Nov 1939 WEM, promoted to Temp Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC R Hurdman 25 Nov 1939 WEM, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC J Ross 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC G Anderson 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC L Sheehan 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC W Winskill 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC P Peacock 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC L Dunn 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC S Harper 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC R Rowe 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC W Devlin 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC F Wild 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC G McNaught 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC E Ferguson 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC T Lanyon 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC P Hodkinson 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
LAC J Nutt 25 Nov 1939 Fitters Mate, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939 and remustered as ACH/GD
Fg Off W W Lewis-Jones 25 Nov 1939 Posted to HQ No 252 Wing, wef 3 Nov 1939
Flt Sgt Alsop 18 Dec 1939 Promoted to WO, wef 30 Sep 1939

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Jun 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Bleheims
Bristol Blenheim I of No 45 Squadron
 4 Aug 1939 Squadron commence moving from RAF Ismailia to Fuka in the Western Desert
13 Aug 1939 Squadron located at Fuka

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt G Overhill 14 Mar 1940 Promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Feb 1940
Plt Off J H Finch  8 Apr 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 18 Feb 1940
Plt Off C W S Thomas  8 Apr 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Mar 1940
Sgt Broadhurst  8 Apr 1940 Fitter AE/Pilot, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Mar 1940
Sgt Ely  8 Apr 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Mar 1940
LAC Adair  8 Apr 1940 Mate, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Feb 1940
Flt Lt J W Dallamore 15 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 45 Sqn
Sgt Chambers 15 Apr 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Act Flt Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Sgt Bates 15 Apr 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Act Flt Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Sgt Blackman 15 Apr 1940 ACH, promoted to Act Flt Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl Cooper 15 Apr 1940 Carpenter/Rigger, promoted to Act Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl Smith 15 Apr 1940 Fitter AE, promoted to Act Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl Bailey 15 Apr 1940 Cook and Butcher, promoted to Act Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl Macdonald 15 Apr 1940 Clerk/GD, promoted to Act Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Wg Cdr E B Webb 20 Apr 1940 Relinquished command of No 45 Sqn on posting to command No 70 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J W Dallamore 20 Apr 1940 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn
Plt Off A G Sheppard  3 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge for duty as Air Observer
AC1 Gandy  7 May 1940 Clerk/GD, arrived on posting from HQ No 253 Wing
Fg Off C W S Thomas 10 May 1940 Admitted to Field Hospital, Mersa Matruh with injuries sustained in flying accident
Sgt Davies 10 May 1940 Admitted to Field Hospital, Mersa Matruh with injuries sustained in flying accident
AC1 Richardson 10 May 1940 Admitted to Field Hospital, Mersa Matruh with injuries sustained in flying accident
Sgt Davies 11 May 1940 Transferred to hospital at Victoria College, Alexandria
AC1 Richardson 11 May 1940 Transferred to hospital at Victoria College, Alexandria
Plt Off A G Sheppard 16 May 1940 Assumed duties of Squadron Photographic Officer
Plt Off F G Collins 16 May 1940 Assumed duties of Squadron Defence Officer
Capt A E Cameron 18 May 1940 Arrived on attachment from Scots Guards for duty as ALO
Fg Off Dennis F Rixson 20 May 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off C W S Thomas 20 May 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off J S Davies 20 May 1940 Assumed duties of Senior Operations and Training Officer
Plt Off R W A Gibbs 20 May 1940 Assumed duties of Assistant Operations and Training Officer
Fg Off G C B Woodroffe 23 May 1940 Transferred from 'B' Flight and appointed 2nd i/c 'A' Flight
Sgt Bateman 23 May 1940 Transferred from 'C' Flight to 'B' Flight
WO P Mounsey  8 Jun 1940 Appointed to a commission in the Technical Branch as a Fg Off
Sgt P Bower 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S G Fox 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
AC1 J W Allison 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M C Thurlow 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B A Feldman 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
AC1 H Robinson 11 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off J S Davies 14 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G E Negus 14 Jun 1940 Killed in action
LAC J K Copeland 14 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Lidstone 31 Jun 1940 Reported missing from operations whilst attached to No 113 Sqn
Sgt Lidstone 11 Jul 1940 Reported to be a POW
Plt Off Kirlew 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt G O Mills  1 Aug 1940 Posted to Aden
Fg Off J H Williams  6 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital following a car accident
Flt Lt A G Dudgeon  7 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off J H Williams 10 Aug 1940 Temporarily posted to the Pilots' Pool, Ismailia
Sgt Tadhunter 17 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 113 Sqn
Sgt Everington 17 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 113 Sqn
Plt Off Chadwick 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Griffiths 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Rutter  2 Sep 1940 Posted to Iraq
Sgt Dodsworth  3 Sep 1930 Ceased to be attached to No 113 Sqn
Sgt Fisher  3 Sep 1930 Ceased to be attached to No 113 Sqn
Sgt Fletcher  3 Sep 1930 Ceased to be attached to No 113 Sqn
Sgt Hann  4 Sep 1940 Driver/Petrol arrived on posting
Sgt Bain  4 Sep 1940 Pilot arrived on posting
Sgt Turnbull  4 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Sgt J C Usher  4 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Sgt Corcoran  4 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt J Corney  4 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Flt Lt G J Bush  4 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt McWhirter  4 Sep 1940 Posted to No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt Wickham  5 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Smith  6 Sep 1940 Posted to No 230 Sqn
LAC Burr  6 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Cpl
Plt Off Richardson  8 Sep 1940 Posted to No 30 Sqn
Sgt Bullock  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Charlton  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Cordy  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Inganni  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Lidbury  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt McLaren  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Mills  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Morling  9 Sep 1940 WOp/AG arrived on posting
Sgt Gentry  9 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Sgt Holdawy  9 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Sgt Hoyle  9 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Sgt A W Smith  9 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Sgt Grocott  9 Sep 1940 Observer arrived on posting
Plt Off Hodge 10 Sep 1940 Arrived of posting for duty as Codes and Cypher Officer
Plt Off Davidson 10 Sep 1940 Arrived of posting
Plt Off Clack 10 Sep 1940 Arrived of posting
Fg Off Haines 10 Sep 1940 Arrived of posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt A G Dudgeon 24 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sgt Grant 24 Sep 1940 Promoted to Flt Sgt
Sgt R W Reader 25 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sgt Air Gunner
Sgt Blackshaw 25 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sgt Air Gunner
Sgt Crook 25 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sgt Air Gunner
Flt Lt G J Bush 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Corney 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J C Usher 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr A G Dudgeon  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 55 Sqn
Sgt Rae  1 Oct 1940 Posted to Iraq
Plt Off Richardson  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J W Dallamore  2 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M Mackenzie  2 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A G Sheppard  2 Oct 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith  2 Oct 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 45 Sqn
Plt Off Vinson 10 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Chapman 10 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Observer
Sgt Collins 10 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Observer
Fg Off G C B Woodroffe 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off L S Roberts 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E B Ryles 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A A Meadows 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G A Cockayne 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T A Ferris 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R W Reader 13 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr V Ray 15 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Mackenzie 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off P P Troughton-Smith  5 Nov 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 45 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V Ray  5 Nov 1940 Assumed command of No 45 Sqn

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
18 Jun 1940 Advance Party departed Fuka for RAF Helwan
18 Jun 1940 Air Party departed Fuka for RAF Helwan
19 Jun 1940 Advance Party arrived RAF Helwan
20 Jun 1940 Main Party arrived RAF Helwan
22 Jun 1940 Rear Party arrived RAF Helwan
28 Jun 1940 A detachment of four aircraft was attached to No 113 Sqn at El Daba
 6 Jul 1940 Detachment returned from No 113 Sqn at El Daba
27 Jul 1940 Ground Party, 'A' Flight departed RAF Helwan for Erkoweit in the Sudan
28 Jul 1940 Transport Escort Party, 'A' Flight departed RAF Helwan for Erkoweit in the Sudan
29 Jul 1940 Air Party, 'A' Flight departed RAF Helwan for Erkoweit in The Sudan
13 Aug 1940 3 x aircraft of 'A' Flight returned to RAF Helwan
13 Aug 1940 1 x aircraft of 'A' Flight returned to RAF Helwan
21 Aug 1940 Rail Party, 'A' Flight returned from Erkoweit
 6 Sep 1940 Sea Escort Party, departed RAF Helwan for Port Tewfik
 9 Sep 1940 'A' Flight departed RAF Helwan for the Sudan
13 Sep 1940 Advance Party departed RAF Helwan for the Sudan
21 Sep 1940 Main Party departed RAF Helwan for the Sudan by rail
24 Sep 1940 Air Party departed RAF Helwan for the Sudan
26 Sep 1940 Main Party arrived in the Sudan
27 Sep 1940 Main Party arrived at Wadi Gazouza
28 Nov 1940 Squadron, less small base party, departed Wadi Gazouza for RAF Helwan
 4 Dec 1940 Main ground party arrived at RAF Helwan
 7 Dec 1940 Main ground party departed RAF Helwan for Quotafiya
 8 Dec 1940 Air Party departed RAF Helwan for Quotafiya
 8 Dec 1940 Main ground party arrived at Quotafiya
xx Dec 1940 Squadron moved to LG 81 but was found to be to small to it moved to Menastu

Source - No 45 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/455)

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