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No 47 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Feb - Jul 1920

Date Notes
 1 Feb 1920 Reformed at RAF Helwan by redesignating No 206 Squadron, equipped with DH9s.
DH 9
xx Jun 1920 Squadron commenced re-equipment with DH9As
DH 9A of No 47 Squadron

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9

De Havilland DH9A

Helwan, Egypt Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George R M Reid A  1 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Leonard J St G Bayly A xx xxx xxxx MC
Flt Lt Hugh M K Brown A  1 Feb 1920  
Flt Lt William E C B C Forsyth S  2 Jun 1920  
Flt Lt Arthur J O Wigmore Med 27 Jan 1920 Medical Officer, MB
Fg Off Arthur J G Styran A  1 Feb 1920 MC, AFC
Fg Off Percy J Barnett A  1 Feb 1920 MC
Fg Off William H Markham A 19 Jun 1919  
Fg Off Joscelin Edelsten A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Andrew MacGregor A  1 Feb 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Alexander O Lewis-Roberts A 14 Apr 1919 DFC
Fg Off Cyril H Teagle A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off John A Gray A 24 Apr 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Graeme Verden Ad 14 May 1920  
Fg Off Frederick A Giles A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Stewart A Mailer A 19 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off Herbert J T Russell A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Brennan C S Bryne O  1 Feb 1920 Killed or died - 3 Sep 1920
Obs Off Theodore L Lowe O 13 Nov 1918  
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Leslie A S Harris O  1 Feb 1920  
Obs Off Charles A Horn O  3 May 1919  
Fg Off Gerald P H Carter A  1 Feb 1920 later A/Cdre
Obs Off Eversley B Green O 24 Apr 1920 MC
Fg Off William J Shilcott T  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Sydney H Potter A 24 Apr 1920  
Plt Off Alexander C Cunnison Ad  1 Feb 1920  

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9

De Havilland DH9A

Helwan, Egypt Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George R M Reid A  1 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC; later AVM
Flt Lt Leonard J St G Bayly A  2 Jun 1920 MC
Flt Lt Roy M Drummond A 26 Jun 1920 DSO, MC; later AM
Flt Lt Hugh M K Brown A  1 Feb 1920  
Flt Lt William E C B C Forsyth S  2 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Arthur J G Styran A  1 Feb 1920 MC, AFC
Fg Off Percy J Barnett A  1 Feb 1920 MC
Fg Off William H Markham A 19 Jun 1919  
Fg Off Joscelin Edelsten A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Alexander O Lewis-Roberts A 14 Apr 1919 DFC
Fg Off Cyril H Teagle A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off John S J Craigen A  5 Jul 1920  
Fg Off John A Gray A 24 Apr 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Graeme Verden Ad 14 May 1920  
Fg Off Frederick A Giles A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Stewart A Mailer A 19 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off Herbert J T Russell A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Brennan C S Bryne O  1 Feb 1920 Killed or died - 3 Sep 1920
Fg Off Ernest H Attwood A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Leslie A S Harris O  1 Feb 1920  
Obs Off Charles A Horn O  3 May 1919  
Fg Off Gerald P H Carter A  1 Feb 1920 later A/Cdre
Obs Off Eversley B Green O 24 Apr 1920 MC
Fg Off William J Shilcott T  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Alexander C Cunnison Ad  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Sydney H Potter A 24 Apr 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Arthur J O Wigmore Med 27 Jan 1920 MB

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1936

Date Notes
xx Sep 1920 Squadron completed re-equipment with DH9As

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Helwan, Egypt Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Kenneth C Buss A & S 16 Dec 1920 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Leonard J St G Bayly A  2 Jun 1920 MC
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff A 22 Dec 1920  
Flt Lt Eric B Grenfell A 16 Dec 1920 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Roy M Drummond A 26 Jun 1920 DSO, MC; later AM
Flt Lt Raphael C Preston A 25 Jul 1920 AFC
Fg Off Hugh V Pendavis A 10 Aug 1920 DSO
Fg Off Henry E T Crocker SO 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Percy J Barnett A  1 Feb 1920 MC
Fg Off William M Yool A 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off Dudley Price A  8 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Joscelin Edelsten A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off John A Gray A 24 Apr 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Stewart A Mailer A 19 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off Herbert J T Russell A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Charles A Horn A  3 May 1919  
Fg Off Gerald P H Carter A  1 Feb 1920 later A/Cdre
Obs Off Eversley B Green O 24 Apr 1920 MC
Fg Off John Whitford A  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off William J Shilcott T  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson A 24 Apr 1920 DFC
Fg Off Sydney H Potter A 24 Apr 1920 Killed in flying accident - 14 Aug 1921
Stores Officer
Fg Off Francis E C Finzel Stores 15 Sep 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt D'Arcy Power Med 16 Sep 1920 MC
Flt Lt Arthur J O Wigmore Med 27 Jan 1920 MB

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Helwan, Egypt Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Kenneth C Buss A & S 16 Dec 1920 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff A 22 Dec 1920  
Flt Lt Eric B Grenfell A 16 Dec 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Hugh V Pendavis A 10 Aug 1920 DSO
Fg Off John C Barraclough Ad 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Percy J Barnett A  1 Feb 1920 MC
Fg Off William M Yool A 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off Dudley Price A  8 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Joscelin Edelsten A  1 Feb 1920  
Fg Off John A Gray A 24 Apr 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Stewart A Mailer A 19 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off Herbert J T Russell A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Charles A Horn A  3 May 1919  
Fg Off Gerald P H Carter A  1 Feb 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John Whitford A  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off William J Shilcott T  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson A 24 Apr 1920 DFC
Fg Off Sydney H Potter A 24 Apr 1920 Killed in flying accident - 14 Aug 1921
Plt Off Henry W Foote A 23 Mar 1921  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Francis E C Finzel Stores 15 Sep 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt D'Arcy Power Med 16 Sep 1920 Medical Officer, MC

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Helwan, Egypt Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Malcolm Henderson 13 Mar 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt Reginald B Mansell  8 May 1922 OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff 22 Dec 1920  
Flt Lt Percy J Barnett  1 Feb 1920 MC
Fg Off John C Barraclough 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Frank Wright 31 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Aleth T S Leguen de Lacroix 23 Feb 1922  
Fg Off James A W Binnie 22 Feb 1922  
Fg Off William M Yool 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off John R Bell 24 Mar 1922 DFC
Fg Off Stanley H Wallage 25 Apr 1922 MC
Fg Off Christopher T Walkington 22 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Andrew MacGregor 20 Jun 1921 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Graham C Bladon 24 May 1922

 

Fg Off John Whitford  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off William J Shilcott  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Cecil B Stewart 10 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Ira M Morris 10 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Plt Off Frank C T Rowe 11 Apr 1922  
Plt Off Henry W Foote 28 Mar 1921  
Plt Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Francis E C Finzel 15 Sep 1920  
Accountant
Fg Off Arthur C Lobley 17 Feb 1922  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Eric A Lumley  8 Oct 1921  MC, MB

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

May 1923

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Malcolm Henderson 13 Mar 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt Kenneth H Riversdale-Elliot 25 Sep 1922  
Flt Lt Reginald B Mansell  8 May 1922 OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John Whitford  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off John C Barraclough 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Frank Wright 31 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Aleth T S Leguen de Lacroix 23 Feb 1922  
Fg Off William M Yool 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off Christopher T Walkington 22 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Andrew MacGregor 20 Jun 1921 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Henry E Power 13 Nov 1922  
Fg Off William J Shilcott  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Cecil B Stewart 10 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Fg Off Henry W Foote 28 Mar 1921  
Plt Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Plt Off George H Huxham 13 Dec 1922  
Plt Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Francis E C Finzel 15 Sep 1920  
Fg Off Arthur C Lobley 17 Feb 1922 Accountant
Medical Branch
Flt Lt George H H Maxwell  6 Oct 1922 MB

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Malcolm Henderson 13 Mar 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt Reginald B Mansell  8 May 1922 OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John Whitford  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off John C Barraclough 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Frank Wright 31 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Aleth T S Leguen de Lacroix 23 Feb 1922  
Fg Off William M Yool 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off Christopher T Walkington 22 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Andrew MacGregor 20 Jun 1921 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Henry E Power 13 Nov 1922  
Fg Off William J Shilcott  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Cecil B Stewart 10 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Fg Off Henry W Foote 28 Mar 1921  
Plt Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Plt Off George H Huxham 13 Dec 1922  
Plt Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Husband  5 May 1922  
Fg Off Arthur C Lobley 17 Feb 1922 Accountant
Medical Branch
Flt Lt George H H Maxwell  6 Oct 1922 MB

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Malcolm Henderson 13 Mar 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt Reginald B Mansell  8 May 1922 OBE; later AVM
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John Whitford  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off John C Barraclough 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Aleth T S Leguen de Lacroix 23 Feb 1922  
Fg Off William M Yool 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Fg Off Andrew MacGregor 20 Jun 1921 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off Henry E Power 13 Nov 1922  
Fg Off William J Shilcott  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Cecil B Stewart 10 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Fg Off Henry W Foote 28 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Plt Off George H Huxham 13 Dec 1922  
Plt Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Husband  5 May 1922  
Accountant
Fg Off Arthur C Lobley 17 Feb 1922  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt George H H Maxwell  6 Oct 1922 MB

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Malcolm Henderson 13 Mar 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Guy Y Tyrrell  6 Dec 1924 MC
Flt Lt John Whitford  8 Feb 1921 later AVM
Flt Lt William M Yool 15 Feb 1921 later AVM
Flt Lt Andrew MacGregor 20 Jun 1921 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off John C Barraclough 23 Mar 1921  
Fg Off Aleth T S Leguen de Lacroix 23 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Henry E Power 13 Nov 1922  
Fg Off William J Shilcott  2 Jun 1920 DSM
Fg Off Cecil B Stewart 10 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Fg Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Fg Off George H Huxham 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Husband  5 May 1922  
Accountant
Fg Off Arthur C Lobley 17 Feb 1922  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt George H H Maxwell  6 Oct 1922 MB

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

July 1925

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Malcolm Henderson 13 Mar 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO; later AVM
Flt Lt Trevor E Salt  1 Jan 1925 AFC
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Herbert V Rowley

17 Jan 1925 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Guy Y Tyrrell  6 Dec 1924 MC
Fg Off John M Wyer 30 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  7 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Fg Off Francis W Long 18 Oct 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Fg Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922
Plt Off Herbert G Slater  1 Jan 1925  
Plt Off Francis T Stacey  1 Jan 1925  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off James Landon 18 May 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John J T Rose 22 Oct 1924
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John J Walsh 20 May 1924

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  4 Oct 1925 MBE
Flt Lt

Somerled D Macdonald

17 Oct 1925 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off John M Wyer 30 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  7 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Edward E Arnold 29 Apr 1922 DFC
Fg Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Fg Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922
Fg Off Francis T Stacey  1 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Herbert G Slater  1 Jan 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 10 Aug 1926
Plt Off William A Cooke 10 Oct 1925
Plt Off William E Gray  5 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Arthur J Thompson 31 Aug 1925

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Reginald G Fussell  5 Sep 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John J T Rose 22 Oct 1924
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John J Walsh 20 May 1924

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  4 Oct 1925 MBE
Flt Lt

Somerled D Macdonald

17 Oct 1925 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off John M Wyer 30 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  7 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Fg Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Francis T Stacey  1 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Herbert G Slater  1 Jan 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 10 Aug 1926
Fg Off William E Gray  5 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Arthur J Thompson 31 Aug 1925
Plt Off William A Cooke 10 Oct 1925
Plt Off Francis S Homersham 28 Feb 1926 DCM, MM

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt William R P Allen 15 Apr 1926  
Fg Off Reginald G Fussell  5 Sep 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Malcolm H Luker 22 Feb 1926
Fg Off Desmond F A Clarke 26 May 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John J Walsh 20 May 1924

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt George E Wilson 1 Dec 1922 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard L Crofton  4 Oct 1925 MBE
Flt Lt

Somerled D Macdonald

17 Oct 1925 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off John M Wyer 30 Jan 1925 Armament Duties, MBE, DSM
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  7 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Malcolm B Mackay 23 Apr 1922  
Fg Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle  5 Mar 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) Duties
Fg Off Verity G H Gee 10 Oct 1926  
Fg Off Arthur J Thompson 31 Aug 1925
Fg Off William E Gray  5 Sep 1925  
Fg Off William A Cooke 10 Oct 1925

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt William R P Allen 15 Apr 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Malcolm H Luker 22 Feb 1926
Fg Off Desmond F A Clarke 26 May 1926
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John J Walsh 20 May 1924

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A HQ & 1 Flight - Helwan, Egypt

1 Flight - Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Thomas C Luke 17 Oct 1926 MC
Flt Lt Oswald R Gayford  1 Feb 1927 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Somerled D Macdonald

17 Oct 1925 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off John S L Adams 21 Feb 1927  
Fg Off Alan L Riley 17 Oct 1926 Armament duties, AFC
Fg Off David L G Bett 13 Dec 1922
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle  5 Mar 1926  
Fg Off Sydney M Thomas 17 Oct 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin  4 Mar 1927  
Fg Off Verity G H Gee 10 Oct 1926  
Fg Off William E Gray  5 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Francis S Homersham 28 Feb 1926 DCM, MM
Plt Off Walter B Causer  8 Feb 1927
Plt Off William A Cooke 10 Oct 1925

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt William R P Allen 15 Apr 1926  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt James M Adams 28 Jan 1927
Fg Off John J Calger 24 Mar 1927
Medical Branch
Flt Lt John J Walsh 20 May 1924
Fg Off Ernest J Jenkins 12 Jan 1927

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

21 Sep 1927 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 47 Sqn, wef 15 Sep 1927
Flt Lt Kenneth L Harris  1 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 17 Sep 1927
Flt Lt Herbert G Rowe  1 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 17 Sep 1927
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison  2 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 19 Sep 1927
Fg Off L L Bray  2 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 19 Sep 1927 for Stores duties
Fg Off Arnold W Ricks  2 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 19 Sep 1927
SM2 A Elson  3 Oct 1927 Wireless Operator, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
SM2 A Simpson  3 Oct 1927 Aircrafthand, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey 10 Oct 1927 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS for Medical duties
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

12 Oct 1927 Assumed command of No 47 Sqn
LAC J Hirschberg 27 Oct 1927 Died in hospital
SM1 C Stone 16 Oct 1927 Fitter Driver Petrol, arrived on posting
Fg Off John S L Adams  2 Jan 1928 Promoted to Flt Lt
SM Haynes 15 Jan 1928 Arrived on attachment from Aircraft Depot to replace SM Simpson
Flt Sgt Williams 17 Jan 1928 HQ Workshops, promoted to WO II
Fg Off Timmins 18 Jan 1928 Posted to Home Establishment on transfer to the RAFO
LAC Hall 19 Jan 1928 Promoted to Cpl
Fg Off Walter G Cheshire 22 Jan 1928 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn, wef 19 Jan 1928
Flt Lt Kenneth L Harris 30 Jan 1928 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off Walter G Cheshire 30 Jan 1928 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Philip A Moritz  3 Feb 1928 Arrived on posting, wef 1 Feb 1928
LAC Ockenden  3 Feb 1928 Promoted to Cpl
LAC Blackburn  3 Feb 1928 Promoted to Cpl

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
11 Oct 1927 2 x DH9As departed RAF Helwan for Khartoum
12 Oct 1927 2 x DH9As arrived at Khartoum
16 Oct 1927 Ground Party departed RAF Helwan for Shellal by rail
17 Oct 1927 Ground Party arrived at Shellal and embarked on river steamer
20 Oct 1927 Ground Party arrived at Wadi Halfa and entrained for Khartoum
22 Oct 1927 No 47 Sqn Detached Flight at Khartoum ceased to exist on being absorbed into the squadron
24 Oct 1927 6 x aircraft departed RAF Helwan for Wadi Halfa via Assuit and Assouan
25 Oct 1927 6 x aircraft departed Wadi Halfa for Atbara
26 Oct 1927 6 x aircraft departed Atbara for Khartoum
 9 Dec 1927 Ground Party, Detached Flight embarked for Malakal
10 Dec 1927 Ground Party, Detached Flight set sail for Malakal
12 Dec 1927 Air Party, Detached Flight departed Khartoum for Malakal
20 Dec 1927 First two Fairey IIIF arrived but required extensive overhaul
Fairey IIIF of No 47 Squadron (landplane)
 2 Jan 1928 Training on Fairey IIIFs commenced
 5 Jan 1928 Air Party, Detached Flight departed Lake Jorr for Khartoum via Malakal and Kosti
 6 Jan 1928 Air Party, Detached Flight arrived at Khartoum
18 Feb 1928 Ground Party, Detached Flight arrived at Khartoum
 9 Mar 1928 Five DH9As departed Khartoum for RAF Aboukir for disposal
23 Mar1928 Five new Fairey IIIFs collected from RAF Aboukir
26 Mar 1928 Five DH9As departed Khartoum for RAF Aboukir for disposal
29 Mar 1928 Five DH9As arrived at Aircraft Depot, RAF Aboukir for disposal

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

15 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Kenneth L Harris 17 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Pat Murgatroyd  2 Jan 1928  
Flt Lt Herbert G Rowe 17 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 14 May 1928  
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle  5 Mar 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Francis S Homersham 28 Feb 1926 DCM, MM
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison 19 Sep 1927
Fg Off Arnold W Ricks 19 Sep 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Robert T Read 30 Mar 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Philip A Moritz  1 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Walter G Cheshire 19 Jan 1928 later ACM

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Leslie L Bray 19 Sep 1927  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Charles 26 Apr 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey 10 Oct 1927 MB

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF Khartoum, Sudan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

15 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Kenneth L Harris 17 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Pat Murgatroyd  2 Jan 1928  
Flt Lt Herbert G Rowe 17 Sep 1927  
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 14 May 1928  
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle  5 Mar 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Francis S Homersham 28 Feb 1926 DCM, MM
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison 19 Sep 1927
Fg Off Robert T Read 30 Mar 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Arnold W Ricks 19 Sep 1927 Armament duties
Fg Off Philip A Moritz  1 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Walter G Cheshire 19 Jan 1928 later ACM

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Leslie L Bray 19 Sep 1927  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James Charles 26 Apr 1928
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey 10 Oct 1927 MB

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Arnold W Ricks 26 Dec 1928 Killed in a flying accident
Capt Doyle (AID) 26 Dec 1928 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Long 26 Dec 1928 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt Willett A B Bowen-Buscarlet 13 Jan 1929 Arrived on posting, wef 10 Jan 1929
Flt Lt Oswald R Gayford 19 Jan 1929 Arrived to assumed temporary command of No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

27 Jan 1929 Proceeded to RAF Aboukir by rail to take in 1929 Cairo-Cape Flight
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison 27 Jan 1929 Proceeded to RAF Aboukir by rail to take in 1929 Cairo-Cape Flight
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle 27 Jan 1929 Proceeded to RAF Aboukir by rail to take in 1929 Cairo-Cape Flight
Flt Lt Herbert G Rowe 27 Jan 1929 Proceeded to RAF Aboukir by air to take in 1929 Cairo-Cape Flight
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 27 Jan 1929 Proceeded to RAF Aboukir by air to take in 1929 Cairo-Cape Flight
Flt Lt Oswald R Gayford 27 Jan 1929 Assumed temporary command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt Andrew Harvey  3 Mar 1929 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Yvon W Burnett 18 Mar 1929 Killed in a flying accident
LAC Turner 18 Mar 1929 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt Oswald R Gayford  1 Apr 1929 Relinquished temporary command of No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

 1 Apr 1929 Resumed command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt Willett A B Bowen-Buscarlet 17 May 1929 Assumed temporary command of No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

xx xxx 1929 Resumed command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt Willett A B Bowen-Buscarlet xx xxx 1929 Relinquished temporary command of No 47 Sqn

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
21 Nov 1928 Floats acquired for the conversion of a 'B' Flight aircraft to seaplane configuration
Fairey IIIF (seaplane)
13 Feb 1929 First Fairey IIIF fitted was floats was successfully tested
13 Mar 1929 Squadron collected its first two Fairey IIIF Mk IVs

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

15 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Willett A B Bowen-Buscarlet 10 Jan 1929 later AVM
Flt Lt Herbert G Rowe 17 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Reginald N Waite 18 Apr 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Cyril K J Coggle  5 Mar 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Francis S Homersham 28 Feb 1926 DCM, MM
Fg Off Joseph A P Harrison 19 Sep 1927
Fg Off Robert T Read 30 Mar 1928 Signals duties
Fg Off Philip A Moritz  1 Feb 1928  
Fg Off Morgan R Edmondes  8 Mar 1929 Armament duties
Fg Off Walter G Cheshire 19 Jan 1928 later ACM

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Leslie L Bray 19 Sep 1927  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Sidney C George 14 Mar 1929
Medical Branch
Fg Off Gerard T O'Brien 11 Jan 1929

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson  6 Feb 1930 Arrived on posting, wef 5 Feb 1930 and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr Ernest L Howard-Williams  8 Feb 1930 Arrived on posting, wef 21 Jan 1930 and assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Claude R Cox

 8 Feb 1930 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt

Charles R Steele

 9 Feb 1930 Arrived on posting, wef 21 Jan 1930 and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off Philip A Moritz 16 Feb 1930 Posted to No 45 Sqn
Plt Off F S Barron 23 Apr 1930 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 C F Davies 23 Apr 1930 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest L Howard-Williams 21 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Willett A B Bowen-Buscarlet 10 Jan 1929 later AVM
Flt Lt

Charles R Steele

21 Jan 1930 DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Reginald N Waite 18 Apr 1929 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ronald C Wilson  5 Feb 1930 Photographic duties
Fg Off Morgan R Edmondes  8 Mar 1929 Armament duties
Fg Off Harold H Martin  3 Jul 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off Duncan Menzies 12 Jun 1929  
Fg Off Edgar A Jones 12 Oct 1929

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Ernest W Lawrence 21 Aug 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John MacL Murray 26 May 1930
Medical Branch
Fg Off Jeremiah J Corcoran  1 Mar 1930 MB, BCh

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

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest L Howard-Williams 21 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Charles R Steele

21 Jan 1930 DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Christopher T Walkington 15 Nov 1930
Flt Lt Ronald C Wilson  5 Feb 1930 Photographic duties
Fg Off Harold H Martin  3 Jul 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off Edgar A Jones 12 Oct 1929
Fg Off Frank R Jones 13 Sep 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off John K Flower 17 Jul 1930  
Fg Off William N H Banks 17 Jul 1930  
Fg Off Hugh de M Middleton 19 Sep 1930  
Plt Off James B T Whitehead 23 Feb 1931  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Edwin H Walker 26 Sep 1930  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off John MacL Murray 26 May 1930
Fg Off William F Quilliam 18 Apr 1931
Medical Branch
Fg Off Jeremiah J Corcoran  1 Mar 1930 MB, BCh
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Acting Grade III, MSc (also No 45 Sqn)

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest L Howard-Williams 21 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Andrew MacGregor

 4 Mar 1932 MBE, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Christopher T Walkington 15 Nov 1930
Flt Lt William H Poole 19 Sep 1931 AFC, MM
Fg Off Frank R Jones 13 Sep 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off John K Flower 17 Jul 1930  
Fg Off William N H Banks 17 Jul 1930  
Fg Off Hugh de M Middleton 19 Sep 1930  
Fg Off James B T Whitehead 23 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Albert G Cleland 30 Sep 1931 Killed in a flying accident - 22 Dec 1932
Fg Off Murray A Payn  6 Aug 1931

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4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Francis D D Gaussen 24 Nov 1931  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Crystal Lorimer  5 Mar 1932
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Gwyn H J Williams  2 Mar 1932 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 45 Sqn)

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt R E Claridge 16 Sep 1932 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt

Andrew MacGregor

 1 Dec 1932 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off Albert G Cleland 22 Dec 1932 Killed in a flying accident
LAC A H Lovell 22 Dec 1932 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr Ernest L Howard-Williams  1 Jan 1933 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr

Andrew MacGregor

17 Jan 1933 Assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Wg Cdr Ernest L Howard-Williams 17 Jan 1933 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn
LAC G G Bond  4 Feb 1933 Drowned in an accident

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
xx Jan 1933 Squadron re-equipped with Fairey Gordons
Gordon I (Landplane) of No 47 Squadron

Gordon I (Seaplane) of No 47 Squadron

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon (from Jan 1933)

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Andrew MacGregor

 4 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, MBE, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William H Poole 19 Sep 1931 AFC, MM
Flt Lt John P T Barrett 26 Nov 1932 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt William A Tattersall 16 Jan 1922
Fg Off William N H Banks 17 Jul 1930  
Fg Off James B T Whitehead 23 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Murray A Payn  6 Aug 1931
Fg Off

Geoffrey T Jarman

 1 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur W M Finny 17 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Peter Bathurst  2 Nov 1932  
Plt Off Cyril J Giles  1 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Humphrey P Jenkins  1 Oct 1932  

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4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Richard M Thomas 13 Mar 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur E Fairs  5 Apr 1933 MC
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Owen S M Williams 25 Mar 1933 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 45 Sqn)
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Harry J Maxted 18 Oct 1932  
WO II Harry Vatcher 30 Oct 1931  
WO II Arthur  J Richardson  5 Feb 1933  
WO II John Leckie 30 Oct 1931  
WO II Clifford E D Bosisto 17 Jun 1932  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon Khartoum, Sudan RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Andrew MacGregor

 4 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, MBE, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt William H Poole 19 Sep 1931 AFC, MM
Flt Lt John P T Barrett 26 Nov 1932 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt William A Tattersall 16 Jan 1922
Flt Lt Eric E Fallick 24 Nov 1933
Fg Off James B T Whitehead 23 Feb 1931  
Fg Off

Geoffrey T Jarman

 1 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

18 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Peter Bathurst  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off David V Johnson 18 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Cyril J Giles  1 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Humphrey P Jenkins  1 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Cecil F S Fraser 23 Jul 1933  
Plt Off David R Keiller 23 Jul 1933  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Richard M Thomas 13 Mar 1933  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Arthur E Fairs  5 Apr 1933 MC
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Owen S M Williams 25 Mar 1933 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc (also No 45 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO Harry J Maxted 18 Oct 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Harry Vatcher 30 Oct 1931  
WO II Arthur  J Richardson  5 Feb 1933  
WO II John Leckie 30 Oct 1931  
WO II Clifford E D Bosisto 17 Jun 1932  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt E H Searle 10 Apr 1934 Killed in a flying accident
LAC A G Woolley 11 Apr 1934 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Andrew MacGregor

 4 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, MBE, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt John P T Barrett 26 Nov 1932 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt

Charles F H Grace

23 May 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Eric E Fallick 24 Nov 1933
Fg Off John S Sabine 31 Jan 1934  
Fg Off

Geoffrey T Jarman

 1 Oct 1932 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 14 Mar 1934  
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

18 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Peter Bathurst  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off David V Johnson 18 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Humphrey P Jenkins  1 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Cecil F S Fraser 23 Jul 1933  
Plt Off David R Keiller 23 Jul 1933  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt Fitzgerald C C B Hichens  7 Apr 1934  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thomas P E Campbell  3 Mar 1934
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Frank H Peterson 17 Feb 1934 MD, MCP & S
Education Officer
Mr Cyril J Whittle 16 Aug 1930 Grade III, MSc
Warrant Officers
WO Harry J Maxted 18 Oct 1932  
WO Arthur  J Richardson  5 Feb 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Harry Vatcher 30 Oct 1931  
WO II Frederick C Sheppard 12 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
LAC J R Harffey 24 Jan 1935 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Gerald E Gibbs

27 Oct 1934 Officer Commanding, MC, later AM
Flt Lt

Charles F H Grace

23 May 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Eric E Fallick 24 Nov 1933
Flt Lt Samuel R Groom 19 Sep 1934  
Fg Off John S Sabine 31 Jan 1934  
Fg Off Alfred H Marsack 27 Apr 1935  
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 14 Mar 1934  
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

18 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Peter Bathurst  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off David V Johnson 18 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Cecil F S Fraser 23 Jul 1933  
Fg Off David R Keiller 23 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Gordon Thripp  1 Feb 1935 Navigation duties
Plt Off Peter H Gibbings 20 Jun 1934  

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6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Flt Lt

John E R Sowman

12 Dec 1934 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J R Cann  5 Dec 1934
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Hugh Bannerman  1 Feb 1935 MB, BS
Education Officer
Mr Henry H Mayoh 19 Aug 1932 Grade III, BSc (also No 47 Sqn)
Warrant Officers
WO Arthur  J Richardson  5 Feb 1933  
WO Frank Evans 23 Oct 1934 DFM
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II David McLaren 23 Oct 1934  
WO II Frederick C Sheppard 12 Mar 1934  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jan 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Gerald E Gibbs

xx Sep 1935 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Alan P Ritchie

xx Sep 1935 Assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt Hugh Bannerman  2 Jan 1936 Medical Officer, posted to Palestine General Hospital
Fg Off W J H Ekins  7 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off Walter N Elwy-Jones  8 Jan 1936 Posted to No 216 Sqn
Plt Off M H Romer  1 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Plt Off E J C Michelmore  1 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Fg Off David V Johnson 15 Feb 1936 Posted to RAF Kenya
Plt Off A F Bandidt 22 Feb 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off J G Munro 22 Feb 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt H M A Day  4 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Fg Off J Lambie  7 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn for Accountant duties
Flt Lt Eric E Fallick 11 Mar 1936 Posted to Air Stores Park, RAF Ismailia
Fg Off William J R Cann 28 Mar 1936 Accountant Officer, posted to No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt G L Seabrook  8 Apr 1936 Accountant Officer, ceased to be attached on posting to HQ Middle East
Fg Off

Stanley C Widdows

 6 May 1936 Posted to No 207 Sqn
Fg Off Cecil F S Fraser 17 May 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off M M McMullen 23 May 1936 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Equipment duties
Plt Off E C Eaton 30 May 1936 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jan 1936

Date Notes
11 Oct 1935 'D' Flight was formed with five aircraft

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Vickers Vincent

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Alan P Ritchie

15 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

Gerald E Gibbs

27 Oct 1934 MC, later AM
Flt Lt H M A Day  4 Mar 1936
Flt Lt

Charles F H Grace

23 May 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Samuel R Groom 19 Sep 1934  
Flt Lt Wilfred P J Thomson  5 Sep 1935
Flt Lt Alfred H Marsack 27 Apr 1935
Flt Lt W J H Ekins  3 Dec 1935
Fg Off David V Johnson 18 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Paul I Harris 13 Oct 1935  
Fg Off Peter H Gibbings 20 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Bryan Samson  5 Sep 1935 later A/Cdre
Plt Off E J C Michelmore  1 Feb 1936
Plt Off M H Romer  1 Feb 1936  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Flt Lt

John E R Sowman

12 Dec 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off M M McMullen 23 May 1936
Accountant Branch
Fg Off J Lambie  6 Mar 1936
Medical Branch
Flt Lt D R Crabb  4 Dec 1935 MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Flt Lt W C Venmore 11 Jan 1936 BSc, AFRAeS, RAFO
Warrant Officers
WO Frank Evans 23 Oct 1934 DFM
WO David McLaren 23 Oct 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II N Scott 10 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

W P J Thomson

29 Jun 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt

Charles F H Grace

29 Jun 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr

Gerald E Gibbs

 1 Jul 1936 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Flt Lt

John E R Sowman

 7 Jul 1936 Equipment Officer, posted to HQ Middle East
Flt Lt H M A Day  1 Aug 1936 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Wg Cdr

Gerald E Gibbs

24 Sep 1936 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt S R C Nelson 21 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East for Medical duties
Flt Lt A F Britton 29 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot, Middle East
Sqn Ldr H M A Day 12 Nov 1936 Posted to Aircraft Depot, Middle East
Flt Lt E J Laine 13 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Flt Lt Cuthbert V Mears 13 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Accountant duties
Flt Lt D R Crabb 23 Nov 1936 Medical Officer, posted to HQ Middle East
Plt Off F W Richmond  2 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from No 142 Sqn, wef 28 Nov 1936
Plt Off K J Rampling  2 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn, wef 28 Nov 1936
Plt Off J F Walker  2 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn, wef 28 Nov 1936
Flt Lt D W Smythe  2 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot, RAF Aboukir, wef 28 Nov 1936
Flt Lt J J A Sutton  5 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East
Flt Lt W J H Ekins  9 Dec 1936 Posted to No 45 Sqn
APO J L Nicol 16 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 6 Dec 1936
Flt Lt Samuel R Groom 19 Dec 1936 Posted to No 6 Sqn
Sgt J Bannon 20 Jan 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 Carpenter 20 Jan 1937 Injured in a flying accident

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
23 Jul 1936 7 x Gordons exchanged for 7 x Vickers Vincents from No 207 Sqn (not camouflaged until later)
Vincent of No 47 Squadron - July 1940
31 Jul 1936 'A', 'B' and 'd' Flights fully equipped with Vincents, 'C' Flight retained Fairey Gordon floatplanes

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Vickers Vincent

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Alan P Ritchie

15 Sep 1935 Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt D W Smythe  2 Dec 1936
Flt Lt J J A Sutton  5 Dec 1936  
Flt Lt E J Laine 13 Nov 1936
Flt Lt Paul I Harris 13 Oct 1935
Fg Off Bryan Samson  5 Sep 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off K J Rampling 28 Nov 1936  
Plt Off F W Richmond 28 Nov 1936  
Plt Off E C Eaton 30 May 1936  
Plt Off M H Romer  1 Feb 1936  
Plt Off E J C Michelmore  1 Feb 1936
Plt Off J F Walker 28 Nov 1936  
Plt Off A D Jackson 11 Jan 1937  
Plt Off G S ff Powell 11 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J L Nicol  6 Dec 1936  
APO E C Cathels 10 Apr 1937  
APO D T St H Dawes 10 Apr 1937  
APO G A Roden 10 Apr 1937  

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10 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Flt Lt M M McMullen 23 May 1936  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt Cuthbert V Mears 13 Nov 1936 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt S R C Nelson 21 Oct 1935 MD
Education Officer
Mr L T Agger 19 Aug 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO C Creswell  7 Nov 1936  
WO N Scott 10 Feb 1936  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

16 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt H O'B Howat 22 Sep 1937 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Medical duties
Flt Lt A E Haes 28 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Equipment duties
Flt Lt S R C Nelson 14 Nov 1937 Medical Officer, posted to No 45 Sqn
Fg Off F W Richmond  7 Dec 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off Bryan Samson  9 Feb 1938 Posted to HQ Palestine and Transjordan
Flt Lt H A Frost 13 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Accountant duties, wef 28 Jan 1938
Plt Off E H D Dally 13 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 45 Sqn, wef 9 Feb 1938
Flt Lt E A Biddle 20 Feb 1938 Ceased to be attached from HQ Middle East
Plt Off C G Fisher 27 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off A B Mitchell 27 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off J Stewart 27 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off Graham R Magill 15 May 1938 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 30 Apr 1938
Plt Off R A Field 15 May 1938 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 30 Apr 1938
APO P R M Van de Heijden  1 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
APO F S Holman  1 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, wef 27 May 1938
Fg Off E C Eaton  3 Jun 1938 Posted to No 223 Sqn

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Vickers Vincent

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

16 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Sqn Ldr E J Laine 13 Nov 1936
Flt Lt D W Smythe  2 Dec 1936
Act Flt Lt K J Rampling 28 Nov 1935  
Fg Off E C Eaton 30 May 1936  
Fg Off J F Walker 28 Nov 1936  
Plt Off A D Jackson 11 Jan 1937  
Plt Off G S ff Powell 11 Jan 1937  
Plt Off J L Nicol  6 Dec 1936  
Plt Off E C Cathels 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E H D Dally  9 Feb 1938  
Plt Off D T St H Dawes 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off Graham R Magill 30 Apr 1938 later AVM
Plt Off R A Field 30 Apr 1938  
Plt Off C G Fisher 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off A B Mitchell 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J Stewart 17 Feb 1938
APO P R M Van de Heijden 27 May 1938  
APO F S Holman 27 May 1938  

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10 Airman Pilots

Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A E Haes 23 Oct 1937  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H A Frost 28 Jan 1938
Medical Branch
Flt Lt H O'B Howat 22 Sep 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr L T Agger 19 Aug 1936 Grade III, BSc
Warrant Officers
WO C Creswell  7 Nov 1936  
WO R Willis 28 Oct 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A D Jackson 11 Sep 1938 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off J C O Grunert 10 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Plt Off R R Riddell 10 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Flt Lt D W Smythe 13 Oct 1938 Posted to Aircraft Depot, RAF Aboukir
Fg Off Lionel A Jackson  4 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from No 216 Sqn, wef 30 Nov 1938 for Equipment duties
Flt Lt B M Hewat 14 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from RAF Mount Batten for Medical duties, wef 10 Dec 1938
Flt Lt A E Haes 18 Dec 1938 Equipment Officer, posted to Aircraft Depot, RAF Aboukir
Flt Lt H O'B Howat 21 Dec 1938 Medical Officer, posted to Aircraft Depot, RAF Aboukir
Wg Cdr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

11 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 47 Sqn

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

xx Nov 1938 Squadron badge authorised by King George VI
No 47 Squadron badge

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

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Vickers Vincent

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

16 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Act Flt Lt J B W Smith  8 Jun 1938
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off J L Nicol  6 Dec 1936  
Act Fg Off E C Cathels 10 Apr 1937  
Act Fg Off D T St H Dawes 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E H D Dally  9 Feb 1938  
Plt Off Graham R Magill 30 Apr 1938 later AVM
Plt Off C G Fisher 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off A B Mitchell 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J Stewart 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off P R M Van de Heijden 27 May 1938
Plt Off F S Holman 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J C O Grunert 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R R Riddell 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F J Austin 14 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt A E Haes 23 Oct 1937  
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H A Frost 28 Jan 1938
Medical Branch
Flt Lt H O'B Howat 22 Sep 1937 MB, ChB
Education Officer
Mr B J Lynch 13 Aug 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AMINA, AFRAeS
Warrant Officers
WO C Creswell  7 Nov 1936  
WO R Willis 28 Oct 1937  
WO H J Coppin  8 Nov 1938  
WO G H Beauchamp 28 Oct 1937 MM
WO E S Leary  7 Nov 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Geoffrey R C Spencer

11 Jan 1939 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn on attachment to HQME pending posting
Sqn Ldr J D A Keary 11 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Act Flt Lt Alistair Gollan 22 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Accountant duties
Fg Off J L Nicol 26 Feb 1939 Posted to Aircraft Depot, RAF Aboukir

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Vickers Vincent

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J D A Keary 11 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding
Act Flt Lt J B W Smith  8 Jun 1938
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off J L Nicol  6 Dec 1936  
Fg Off E C Cathels 10 Apr 1937  
Fg Off D T St H Dawes 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E H D Dally  9 Feb 1938  
Plt Off Graham R Magill 30 Apr 1938 later AVM
Plt Off C G Fisher 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off A B Mitchell 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J Stewart 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off P R M Van de Heijden 27 May 1938
Plt Off F S Holman 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J C O Grunert 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R R Riddell 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F J Austin 14 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off Lionel A Jackson 30 Nov 1938 later A/Cdre

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt H A Frost 28 Jan 1938

Medical Branch

Flt Lt B M Hewat 10 Dec 1938 MRCS, LRCP

Education Officer

Mr B J Lynch 13 Aug 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AMINA, AFRAeS

Warrant Officers

WO R Willis 28 Oct 1937  
WO H J Coppin  8 Nov 1938  
WO G H Beauchamp 28 Oct 1937 MM
WO L W Alford 21 Mar 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Gordon

Vickers Vincent

Khartoum, Sudan

RAF Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J D A Keary 11 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding
Act Flt Lt J B W Smith  8 Jun 1938
Fg Off G S ff Powell-Shedden 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off E C Cathels 10 Apr 1937  
Fg Off D T St H Dawes 10 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E H D Dally  9 Feb 1938  
Plt Off Graham R Magill 30 Apr 1938 later AVM
Plt Off C G Fisher 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off A B Mitchell 17 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J Stewart 17 Feb 1938
Plt Off P R M Van de Heijden 27 May 1938
Plt Off F S Holman 27 May 1938  
Plt Off J C O Grunert 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R R Riddell 10 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F J Austin 14 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off Lionel A Jackson 30 Nov 1938 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Flt Lt H A Frost 28 Jan 1938
Act Flt Lt Alistair Gollan 22 Feb 1939 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt B M Hewat 10 Dec 1938 MRCS, LRCP
Education Officer
Mr B J Lynch 13 Aug 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AMINA, AFRAeS
Warrant Officers
WO R Willis 28 Oct 1937  
WO H J Coppin  8 Nov 1938  
WO G H Beauchamp 28 Oct 1937 MM
WO L J Bulbick 28 Oct 1937  
WO F G Smith 21 Mar 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO A F Joyce 26 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
APO D T Moir 26 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
APO C G Bush 26 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Flt Lt H A Frost 19 May 1939 Accountant Officer, posed to Nairobi
Plt Off P H Melanson 21 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R H Moore 21 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D A C Keating 21 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E G L Pelling 22 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from Navigation Training Sqn, RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off J N Whitney 22 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from Navigation Training Sqn, RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off F A Pentycross 22 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from Navigation Training Sqn, RAF Abu Sueir
APO M H James  4 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt W R T Shelley 13 Sep 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr J D A Keary 23 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John G Elton 23 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Plt Off F S Holman 25 Oct 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posting to 'B' Flight
Plt Off E G L Pelling 25 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off F S Holman 28 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Officer i/c Station Defence
Plt Off P A Ostle 28 Oct 1939 Relinquished duties of Officer i/c Station Defence
Plt Off F J Austin  8 Nov 1939 Relinquished duties of Anti-Gas Officer
Plt Off D T Moir  8 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Anti-Gas Officer
Plt Off P N Issac  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J C O Grunert  9 Dec 1939 Attached to No 102 MU for duty as Instructor on Navigator Course
Plt Off J N Whitney 10 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Officer i/c Link Trainer
Plt Off A E Francis 11 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off J M Griffiths 11 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off J N Whitney 11 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Officer i/c Air Navigation Section
Plt Off T Reeves 17 Dec 1939 Arrived on ;posting to 'D' Flight for Army Co-operation duties
Plt Off S Hutton 17 Dec 1939 Arrived on ;posting to 'D' Flight for Army Co-operation duties

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Date Notes
18 Jun 1939 6 x Vincents flown to Aircraft Depot to collect 6 x Vickers Wellesleys (ex No 45 Sqn)
23 Jun 1939 3 x Vickers Wellesleys arrived ex No 45 Sqn, still wearing their 'DD' codes
Wellesley I of No 47 Squadron - June 1939
29 Jun 1939 3 x Vickers Wellesleys arrived
23 Jul 1939 3 x Vincents flown to Egypt to collect another 3 x Wellesleys
31 Aug 1939 1 x Wellesley arrived from Egypt
 2 Sep 1939 2 x Wellesley arrived from Egypt
xx Sep 1929 Squadron adopted the code letters 'KU'
 7 Sep 1939 4 x Wellesleys received by 'D' Flight to replace the last of the Gordons
22 Sep 1939 4 x Wellesleys delivered from RAF Ismailia
19 Oct 1939 3 x Gordons flown to RAF Abu Suier for disposal
29 Oct 1939 2 x Wellesley IIs, K7733 and K8520 arrived
 

Wellesley I of No 47 Squadron - February 1941

 1 Nov 1939 1 x Gordon flown to RAF Heliopolis for disposal
 6 Nov 1939 'D' Flight (Wellesleys) renamed 'A' Flight (Vincents) and vice versa
 7 Nov 1939 1 x Wellesley II, K7730 arrived from RAF Heliopolis

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J C O Grunert   1 Jan 1940 Posted to No 102 MU
Plt Off B K L Fuge  7 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt H K Wragg  7 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt R Shuttleworth  7 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R R Riddell 26 Jan 1940 Posted to No 30 Sqn
Sgt F J Lucie  4 Feb 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for Flying Refresher Course
Flt Lt J R Cellars  7 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Medical duties
Plt Off R H Moore 11 Feb 1939 Posted to No 102 MU
Plt Off F S Holman 12 Feb 1940 Relinquished duties of Officer i/c Station Defence and assumed duties Station MT Officer
Plt Off F J Austin 12 Feb 1940 Assumed duties of Officer i/c Station Defence
Plt Off J Stewart 12 Feb 1940 Relinquished duties of Station MT Officer pending assuming command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt J R Cellars 16 Feb 1940 Assumed duties of Senior Medical Officer
Flt Lt J C Blair 16 Feb 1940 Relinquished duties of Senior Medical Officer
Act Flt Lt C G Fisher 18 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight on posting to No 70 Sqn
Plt Off J Stewart 18 Feb 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt J C Blair 18 Feb 1940 Attached to HQ Middle East, pending posting to Home Establishment
Plt Off F A Pentycross 19 Feb 1940 Attached to HQ No254 Wing for duty as Wing Adjutant
Flt Lt E G Farthing 28 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Plt Off F C B Harrison 28 Feb 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for Anti-Gas and Fire Fighting Course
Cpl G L Martyr 28 Feb 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for Anti-Gas and Fire Fighting Course
Plt Off J N Whitney  7 Mar 1940 Transferred from 'B' Flight to ' D' Flight
Sgt F A Saunders  7 Mar 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight to ' B' Flight
Flt Lt E G Farthing 12 Mar 1940 Assumed duties of Senior Equipment Officer
Fg Off Lionel A Jackson 12 Mar 1940 Senior Equipment Officer, posted to No 103 MU, later changed to HQ Middle East
Act Fg Off E G L Pelling 13 Mar 1940 Relinquished duties of Education Officer
Plt Off B K L Fuge 13 Mar 1940 Assumed duties of Education Officer
Plt Off P A Ostle 20 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to 'C' Flight on assuming the duty of Adjutant full-time
Act Fg Off E G L Pelling 20 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Heliopolis for 'medical overhaul'
Flt Lt Alistair Gollan 20 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, posted to RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off F C B Harrison  7 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 102 MU on completion of Anti-Gas and Fire Fighting Course
Cpl G L Martyr  7 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 102 MU on completion of Anti-Gas and Fire Fighting Course
Plt Off P H Melanson 25 Apr 1940 Relinquished duties of Station Fire Officer
Plt Off F C B Harrison 25 Apr 1940 Assumed duties of Station Fire Officer
Plt Off F S Holman 25 Apr 1940 Relinquished duties Station MT Officer and Officer i/c Floatplane Base
Plt Off P H Melanson 25 Apr 1940 Assumed duties Station MT Officer and Officer i/c Floatplane Base
Plt Off F S Holman 27 Apr 1940 Departed on posting to No 103 MU
Flt Lt J B W Smith 28 Apr 1940 Departed on posting  to No 216 Sqn
Fg Off A B Mitchell 28 Apr 1940 Assumed command of 'D' Flight
Sqn Ldr John G Elton xx May 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Fg Off J Stewart xx May 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off P A Ostle xx May 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off A G Turner 31 May 1940 Arrived on posting for Medical duties
Plt Off Shewry  6 Jun 1940 Attached from No 254 Wing pending formation of a new Wing HQ
Plt Off Thomas  6 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off B K L Fuge 11 Jun 1940 Shot down on operations but later reported to be a POW
Sgt S A Elsy 11 Jun 1940 Shot down on operations but later reported to be a POW
Sgt F A Saunders 25 Jun 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Cpl G A Battye 25 Jun 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Plt Off C G Bush  2 Jul 1940 Killed in action
LAC J W Davidson  3 Jul 1940 Died from injuries
Sgt F Nelson 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Brixton 12 Jul 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
LAC Woods 12 Jul 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Sgt W C H Style 16 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC W Crossland 16 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl J Clark 16 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Witty  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 223 Sqn
Plt Off Collis  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 223 Sqn
Sgt G R Pope 11 Aug 1940 Died from wounds
Flt Lt J E Pelly-Fry 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 47 Sqn
Plt Off F P St Maur 17 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duties as Adjutant
Wg Cdr John G Elton 16 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn
Flt Lt J E Pelly-Fry 16 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 47 Sqn
Wg Cdr John G Elton 21 Aug 1940 Posted to SHQ RAF Khartoum
Plt Off Brooks 21 Aug 1940 Posted to No 102 Sqn
Plt Off Shewry 21 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached on posting to No 254 Wing HQ
Plt Off Barrett 21 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off D F Walker 29 Aug 1940 Assumed duties of Intelligence Officer
Plt Off Lynch 29 Aug 1940 Relinquished duties of Intelligence Officer on posting to No 14 Sqn for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off H G Batten 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off Hunt 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Observer duties
Plt Off Astington 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Observer duties
Plt Off Bainbridge 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Observer duties
Flt Lt E H D Dally 15 Nov 1940 Posted to No 70 Sqn
Fg Off F C B Harrison 15 Nov 1940 Posted to No 70 Sqn
Fg Off P A Ostle 15 Nov 1940 Posted to No 70 Sqn
Plt Off Chittock 15 Nov 1940 Equipment officer returned to Khartoum from Carthago with Equipment Section
Plt Off D F Walker 15 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to Rhodesia for Flying Refresher Course
Plt Off Gordon 15 Nov 1940 Assumed duties of Intelligence Officer on a temporary basis
Plt Off Thomas 22 Nov 1940 Posted to No 52 RSU for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr J E Pelly-Fry 26 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of No 47 Sqn on posting for 'P' Staff duties
Flt Lt Graham R Magill 27 Dec 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 47 Sqn

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 3 Apr 1940 3 x Vincents of 'D' Flight detached to Kapoeta
22 Apr 1940 3 x Vincents of 'D' Flight returned to Khartoum from Kapoeta
 7 May 1940 Supermarine Walrus, K2214 transferred from 'A' Flight to 'D' Flight
12 May 1940 Advance Party, departed Khartoum by rail for Summit
27 May 1940 Main Party entrained for Summit
28 May 1940 Air Party departed Khartoum for Erkowit
28 May 1940 Main Party arrived at Summit
29 May 1940 Main Party disembarked from the train and proceeded to Erkowit/Carthago
30 Jun 1940 'A', 'B' and ''C' Flights proceeded to RAF Khartoum for operations
 7 Jul 1940 'A' and 'B' Flights returned to Carthago
 8 Jul 1940 'C' Flight returned to Carthago
10 Aug 1940 Station name was formally changed to Carthago to avoid confusion with Erkowit village
 6 Oct 1940 Road Party departed Carthago for Gedaref to prepare a camp
12 Oct 1940 8 x Wellesleys departed Khartoum for Gedaref to undertake operations
16 Oct 1940 Detachment departed Gedaref for Khartoum by rail after all aircraft destroyed on an enemy attack
17 Oct 1940 Detachment from Gedaref arrived at Khartoum by rail
15 Nov 1940 Equipment Section at Carthago returned to Khartoum
26 Nov 1940 Advance Party departed Carthago for Khartoum by rail
27 Nov 1940 Main Party departed Carthago for Khartoum by rail
Nov 1940 The squadron began using Sennar as an advanced operating base
Dec 1930 The squadron began using Gordon's Tree as an advanced operating base
29 Dec 1940 Air Party, Sennar Detachment returned to Khartoum
30 Dec 1940 Road Party, Sennar Detachment arrived at Khartoum

Source - No 47 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/462)

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