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No 51 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Date Notes
15 Mar 1937

Reformed at RAF Driffield from 'B' Flight of No 58 Squadron. equipped with Vickers Virginia Xs and Avro Anson Is

Virginia X

Anson I

24 Mar 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Driffield to RAF Boscombe Down

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia X

Avro Anson I

RAF Boscombe Down Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr R A A Cole  7 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt G P Marvin 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E C G F Gyll-Murray  1 Jun 1937  
Fg Off C A Wood 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
APO P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
APO T K Milne 22 May 1937  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
xx Dec 1937 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 51 Squadron badge
20 Apr 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Boscombe Down to RAF Linton-on-Ouse
xx Feb 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr K H R Elliot 23 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr F C Sturgis 31 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt G P Marvin 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off G M Scott  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off E D J R L Whatley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A M Mackinnon 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C S E Lea  8 Jan 1938  

-

12 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
xx Aug 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IIIs
Whitley III of No 51 Squadron

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr K H R Elliot 23 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr F C Sturgis 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Plt Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938  
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J M Brockbank 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938  
Plt Off A H C Roberts 10 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938  
APO W Surtees 29 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin   8 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ No 6 Group and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson   8 Jan 1939 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 23 Jan 1939 Posted to RAF Staff College
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner  6 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from No 607 Sqn and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr F C Sturgis  6 Feb 1939 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr F C Sturgis 13 Feb 1939 Posted to School of Photography, Farnborough
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

27 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Photography as supernumerary
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

 6 Mar 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
Wg Cdr K H R Elliot  6 Mar 1939 Posted to No 88 Sqn, Boscombe Down
Flt Sgt F C Noyes 20 Apr 1939 Died in RAF Hospital, Halton

Source - No 51 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/491)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

27 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner  6 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin   9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938  
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J M Brockbank 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938  
Plt Off A H C Roberts 10 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W Surtees 29 Oct 1938  
APO D C Nicholl  4 Mar 1939 RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO J E Brown 10 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III

RAF Linton-on-Ouse Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

27 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner  6 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr R C Wilson 29 Apr 1937  
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin   9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P A Gilchrist 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off T K Milne 22 May 1937  
Fg Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off F G Hanlan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938  
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J M Brockbank 17 Sep 1938 Killed in a flying accident - 21 Jul 1939
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938  
Plt Off A H C Roberts 10 Dec 1938  
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W Surtees 29 Oct 1938  
APO D C Nicholl  4 Mar 1939 RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO J E Brown 10 Jan 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Nominal Roll - 1 Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

27 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Fg Off P E B Martin 22 May 1937 Adjutant
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin   9 Jan 1939 OC, 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner  6 Feb 1939 OC, 'B' Flight
Flt Lt P A Gilchrist   'A' Flight
Fg Off B C Bell 27 Nov 1937 'A' Flight
Fg Off R A Holloway 30 Jun 1937 'A' Flight
Plt Off J R Birch 27 Nov 1937 'A' Flight
Plt Off J Harrington  4 Sep 1937 'A' Flight
Plt Off C W Poulter  8 Jan 1938 'A' Flight, Navigation officer
Plt Off A J Oettle  7 Nov 1938 'A' Flight
Plt Off P H L Barclay 17 Sep 1938 'A' Flight
Flt Lt J E Baskerville 15 Mar 1937 'B' Flight
Fg Off T K Milne 22 May 1937 'B' Flight
Fg Off H Budden 15 Mar 1937 'B' Flight
Plt Off D E Gould 18 Dec 1937 'B' Flight
Plt Off B W Hayward 23 Oct 1937 'B' Flight
Plt Off E O Fennell 22 Oct 1938 'B' Flight
Plt Off A C Peach 20 Aug 1938 'B' Flight
Plt Off W Surtees 29 Oct 1938 'B' Flight
Fg Off W E Casely 15 Mar 1937 Detached to No 4 Group
Plt Off I St J Beere 24 sep 1938 Detached
Plt Off D Jeremiah  5 Nov 1938 Detached
Plt Off Gunn   Detached
Flt Sgt Plt Wynton    
Sgt Plt Cotton    
Sgt Plt B Mullin    
Sgt Plt Bickenson    
Sgt Plt Mansbridge    
Sgt Plt Emery    
Sgt Plt Bowles    
Sgt Plt Compton    
Sgt Plt F H Griffiths    
Sgt Plt Hide   RAFVR, attached
Sgt Plt Murray   RAFVR, attached
Sgt Plt Tribe   Detached
Aircrew 36 Other Ranks   Including 12 Sgt Air Observers
Non flying 209 Other Ranks    

Source - No 51 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/491)

Personnel Movements Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt Plt B Mullin 19 Sep 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt F H Griffiths 19 Sep 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off C Buckton 22 Sep 1939 Posted in for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off Bradley  7 Oct 1939 Posted in and allocated to 'B' Flight
Fg Off Lane  7 Oct 1939 Posted in and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt W E Casely 12 Oct 1939 Posted to No 4 Group
Plt Off C Buckton 30 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off P E B Martin 30 Nov 1939 Returned to flying duties on relinquishing duties of Adjutant
Wg Cdr

James Silvester

 1 Dec 1939 Posted to RAF Hospital, Cranwell  (Non-effective,sick)

Source - No 51 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/491)

Organisational Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 1 Sep 1939 York Airfield began to be used as 'Scatter Aerodrome' and due to runways being constructed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse
 2 Sep 1939 3 x aircraft flown to RAF Leconfield to stand-by for operations
 4 Sep 1939 3 x aircraft landed at York on return from first operation
24 Oct 1939 6 x aircraft detached to Villeneuve in France for operations
10 Nov 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Armstrong Whitworth Whitley IVs
Whitley IV
24 Nov 1939 8 x aircraft detached to RAF Kinloss
 6 Dec 1939 Kinloss Detachment returned to York
 9 Dec 1939 Squadron moved from RAF York to RAF Dishforth

Source - No 51 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/491)

Personnel Movements and Casualties: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A H Owen  5 Mar 1940 Posted in as Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr A H Owen  8 Mar 1940 Promoted to Wg Cdr wef 5 Mar 1940
Flt Lt J E Baskerville 19 Mar 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E O Fennell 19 Mar 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B D Shepperson* 19 Mar 1940 Killed in action
LAC L Close* 19 Mar 1940 Killed in action
LAC W G Newton* 19 Mar 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off D E Gould  5 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt F G Dickson  5 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R G Bruce  5 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC E Benyon  5 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 J Boyd  5 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off J R Birch 23 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L A Compton 23 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Jackson 23 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Cpl J C McIntyre 23 Apr 1940 Killed in action
AC1 N A Young 23 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off T K Milne 24 Apr 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Fg Off B W Hayward 24 Apr 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt J B Ritchie 24 Apr 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Cpl A W G Lyne 24 Apr 1940 Missing, later reported POW
LAC F Hargraves 24 Apr 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Plt Off E Cotton 30 Apr 1940 Injured in a flying accident
Plt Off J M Gilmer 30 Apr 1940 Injured in a flying accident
Sgt W R Coveney 30 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 P D Salmon 30 Apr 1940 Injured in a flying accident
AC1 H Maylin 30 Apr 1940 Injured in a flying accident
Plt Off J M Gilmer  2 May 1940 Died from injuries
Sqn Ldr G P Marvin  2 May 1940 Injured in a flying accident
AC1 A Hepburn  2 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt P A Gilchrist  3 May 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and appointed OC, 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr W H N Turner 19 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Fg Off A C Peach 19 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt B J R Wilson 19 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt D S Edmundson 19 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
AC2 G B Smith 19 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Flt Lt J B Tait 19 May 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and appointed OC, 'B' Flight
Sgt T W Bowles 22 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt G Raper 22 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt T C Collard 22 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
LAC L J R Barber 22 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
AC1 T E Stainer 22 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Flt Lt S E F Curry* 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A J Harris* 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G R Harvey* 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt R N Lewis* 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Tansley* 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr A P Hollick 28 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Abingdon
Sgt J A Kearey* 12 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt A E Bowes* 12 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt F J C Brown* 12 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt W H Mercer* 12 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt E H Platts* 12 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt S P Swenson* 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A K Dawson* 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J B O'Brien* 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R A W Tait* 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L P Stubberfield* 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt J S Scott* 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F A Beale* 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R D E Clarke* 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P D Salmon* 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Haggett* 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P G Brodie* 20 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt T F S Johnson 20 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt R Entwistle 20 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt G P White 20 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt W A Kelham 20 Aug 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Fg Off J M Taylor  4 Sep 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt M H Jones  4 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt V B Housego  4 Sep 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt H Maylin  4 Sep 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt M F Johnson  4 Sep 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt W G McAlister 10 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J R Brown* 30 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off D J Dunn  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N Wylam-Walker  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T Gray  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A E Creswell  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F Eddowes  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 51 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/491), except * which are from various sources such as the Chorley series of books or newspaper articles

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
13 Jan 1940 Squadron collected its first two Whitworth Whitley Vs from RAF Brize Norton and RAF Aston Down
Whitley V of No 51 Squadron

Source - No 51 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/491)

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