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No 53 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements Jun  - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 53 Sqn
Fg Off B G Carroll 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Kenneth J McIntyre 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off E D Joyce 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off J Butterworth 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J S Laird 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D P Hughes 28 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Jun - Jul 1937

Date Notes
28 Jun 1937 The squadron reformed at RAF Farnborough

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hector RAF Farnborough Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 28 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, MC Capt, The Cameron Highlanders
Fg Off B G Carroll 28 Jun 1937 OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off Kenneth J McIntyre 28 Jun 1937 OC, 'C' Flight, Capt, Royal Tank Regiment; later A/Cdre
Fg Off E D Joyce 28 Jun 1937 OC, 'B' Flight, Lt, Royal Artillery
Plt Off J Butterworth 28 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J S Laird 28 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D P Hughes 28 Jun 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt P R Robinson 30 Jun 1937 Signals Officer
Fg Off A C Brown 30 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off L T Starling  4 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting for duty as Accountant Officer
Plt Off C A Harrris xx xxx 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J B Wray 20 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting
Fg Off W G Tailyour xx xxx 1937 Arrived on posting.  Lt, The Cameron Highlanders
Fg Off B B St G Daly 15 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting.  Lt, Lancashire Fusiliers
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 19 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS.  Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Plt Off P F G Jameson 18 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 18 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off P L Dakeyne xx Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and attached pending posting to India
APO M D Day xx Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and attached pending posting to India
APO D J Fairburn xx Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and attached pending posting to India
APO T L Howell xx Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and attached pending posting to India
APO R S Knott xx Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and attached pending posting to India
APO E W Tate xx Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and attached pending posting to India
Plt Off C A Harrris  8 Jan 1938 Posted to India
Plt Off J F Hyde  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off I S Jameson  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off J A A Read  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off J Butterworth  8 Jan 1938 Returned from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Navigation Course
Flt Lt M B Edwards 17 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off P L Dakeyne 20 Jan 1938 Ceased to be attached on posting to unit
Fg Off P N Sowman 24 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Capt E Garnett  1 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting as Air Liaison Officer, GSO3, East Lancashire Regiment
Fg Off W S G Maydwell  3 Feb 1938 Returned from Gas Course at Uxbridge, appointed Sqn Gas Officer
Fg Off W S G Maydwell  7 Feb 1938 Attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off Alistair D Panton  7 Feb 1938 Attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off J F Hyde  7 Feb 1938 Attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off I S Jameson  7 Feb 1938 Attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off J A A Read  7 Feb 1938 Attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off P F G Jameson  7 Feb 1938 Attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Fg Off W G Tailyour 29 Mar 1938 Posted to No 208 Sqn, Middle East
Lt R S Williams 11 Apr 1938 The Buffs, posted in as Assistant Air Liaison Officer
Lt F J Easton 23 Apr 1938 Attached from No 4 Sqn
Fg Off Campbell-Voullaire 25 Apr 1938 Attached from No 4 Sqn for duties as 2nd Pilot of a Valentia aircraft
Lt F J Easton 25 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached from No 4 Sqn
Flt Lt Roberts 28 Apr 1938 Attached from No 26 Sqn for duties as 1st Pilot of a Valentia aircraft
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 28 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off J F Hyde 28 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off I S Jameson 28 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off J A A Read 28 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Plt Off P F G Jameson 28 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Army Co-operation for No 48 Course
Flt Lt Baird (RNZAF)  2 May 1938 Attached to obtain experience of air survey
Flt Lt Baird (RNZAF) 27 May 1938 Ceased to attached and returned to Air Ministry
Plt Off P L Dakeyne 30 May 1938 Posted to No 13 Sqn
Lt D R Stevenson  9 Jun 1938 Attached pending attachment to RAF Upper Heyford
Plt Off D P Hughes 20 Jun 1938 Posted to School of Army Co-operation

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
xx Jul 1937 Squadron commenced collecting it Hawker Hectors from Westland Aircraft, Yeovil
Hawker Hector
xx Oct 1937 Squadron completed its equipment with 12 IE and 4 IR aircraft
 1 Mar 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training
30 Mar 1938 Squadron returned from No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training
 8 Apr 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Farnborough to RAF Odiham
24 Apr 1938 Squadron received one Avro Tutor, K4823, from No 13 Sqn
Avro Tutor
28 Apr 1938 Squadron received one Vickers Valentia from RAF Cardington to conduct trooping trials
Valentia I
 9 Jun 1938 Squadron collected one Miles Magister from the manufacturers
Magister - early production model pre war scheme

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hector RAF Odiham Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 28 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, MC Capt, The Cameron Highlanders
Flt Lt M B Edwards 17 Jan 1938 OC, 'A' Flight and Photographic duties
Flt Lt P R Robinson 30 Jun 1937 Signals Officer
Flt Lt Kenneth J McIntyre 28 Jun 1937 OC, 'C' Flight, Capt, Royal Tank Regiment; later A/Cdre
Capt E Garnett  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer, GSO3, East Lancashire Regiment
Fg Off E D Joyce 28 Jun 1937 OC, 'B' Flight, Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off B G Carroll 28 Jun 1937  
Fg Off A C Brown 30 Jul 1937 Adjutant
Fg Off B B St G Daly 15 Aug 1937 Lt, Lancashire Fusiliers
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 19 Dec 1937 Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off J Butterworth 28 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J S Laird 28 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J B Wray 20 Aug 1937  
Plt Off P F G Jameson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 18 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off P L Dakeyne 20 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J F Hyde  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off I S Jameson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J A A Read  8 Jan 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off P N Sowman 24 Jan 1938  
Accountant  Branch
Plt Off L T Starling  4 Aug 1937  
Warrant Officer
WO I S B M Hamblin 19 Apr 1938  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Capt E Garnett  4 Jul 1938 Attached to RAF Upper Heyford
Lt D R Stevenson  4 Jul 1938 Attached to RAF Upper Heyford
Capt W M Weatherell  5 Jul 1938 Attached as Air Liaison Officer
Capt W M Weatherell 22 Jul 1938 Ceased to be attached as Air Liaison Officer
2 Lt A H B Ingleby  3 Aug 1938 Reported on attachment
Lt W A Tomlinson  8 Aug 1938 Reported on attachment
Fg Off I H Bartlett 14 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 1 FTS.  Lt, Durham Light Infantry
2 Lt A H B Ingleby 16 Aug 1938 Ceased to be attached
Flt Lt Roberts 17 Aug 1938 Ceased to be attached and returned to No 26 Sqn
Lt W A Tomlinson 21 Aug 1938 Ceased to be attached
Plt Off J S Laird 25 Aug 1938 Posted to No 4 Sqn
Lt G Thomas 30 Aug 1938 Reported on attachment
Fg Off Campbell-Voullaire 31 Aug 1938 Ceased to be attached and returned to No 4 Sqn
Flt Lt Kenneth J McIntyre  5 Sep 1938 Relinquished command of OC, 'C' Flight
Fg Off A C Brown  5 Sep 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off J Butterworth  5 Sep 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off A C Brown 17 Sep 1938 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt Kenneth J McIntyre 17 Sep 1938 Ceased to be seconded to RAF and returned to Army duties
Fg Off B G Carroll 20 Sep 1938 Posted to No 26 Sqn
Lt R S Williams 22 Sep 1938 Ceased to be Assistant Air Liaison Officer and returned to The Buffs
Flt Lt M B Edwards  1 Oct 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 19 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation for admin duties
Flt Lt W B Murray 28 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting from School of Photography to assume command of Survey Flight
Sqn Ldr M B Edwards 14 Nov 1938 Relinquished command of Survey Flight and posted to School of Photography
Flt Lt W B Murray 14 Nov 1938 Assumed command of Survey Flight
Plt Off J B Wray 23 Dec 1938 Promoted to Fg Off

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
11 Aug 1938 Squadron completed its trials with the Valentia
27 Aug 1938 Tutor, K4823 transferred to No 1 AACU

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hector

Bristol Blenheim IV

RAF Odiham Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 28 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, MC Major, The Cameron Highlanders
Flt Lt W B Murray 28 Oct 1938 Photographic duties
Flt Lt P R Robinson 30 Jun 1937 Signals duties
Maj E Garnett  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer, GSO3, East Lancashire Regiment
Act Flt Lt A C Brown 30 Jul 1937  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) E D Joyce 28 Jun 1937 Capt, Royal Artillery
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) B B St G Daly 15 Aug 1937 Capt, Lancashire Fusiliers
Fg Off B G Carroll 28 Jun 1937  
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 19 Dec 1937 Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off I H Bartlett 14 Aug 1938 Lt, Durham Light Infantry
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 19 Oct 1938 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off J Butterworth 28 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J B Wray 20 Aug 1937  
Plt Off P F G Jameson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 18 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J F Hyde  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off I S Jameson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J A A Read  8 Jan 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off P N Sowman 24 Jan 1938  
Accountant  Branch
Plt Off L T Starling  4 Aug 1937  
Warrant Officers
WO S B M Hamblin 19 Apr 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off R F Allen 21 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting for duties as Accountant Officer
Plt Off L T Starling  1 Jan 1939 Posted to RAF Aldergrove
Flt Lt W B Murray 14 Jan 1939 Attached to School of Photography as an Instructor
Fg Off E H I Webber 17 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting for flying duties.  Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off E H I Webber 17 Jan 1939 Attached to School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 27 Jan 1937 Returned from School of Air Navigation
Plt Off I S Jameson 27 Jan 1937 Returned from School of Air Navigation
Plt Off P F G Jameson 30 Jan 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off R F Allen 11 Feb 1939 Posted to No 50 Wing for duties as Accountant Officer
Fg Off E H I Webber  7 Mar 1939 Posted to No 208 Sqn, Middle East

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
19 Jan 1939 First Bristol Blenheim IV was delivered from Filton
Bristol Blenheim IV of No 53 Squadron
21 Mar 1939 Re-equipment with Blenheim IVs completed but four Hectors retained for night flying

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hector

Bristol Blenheim IV

RAF Odiham Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 28 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, MC Major, The Cameron Highlanders
Flt Lt W B Murray 28 Oct 1938 Photographic duties
Flt Lt P R Robinson 30 Jun 1937 Signals duties
Maj E Garnett  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer, GSO3, East Lancashire Regiment
Act Flt Lt A C Brown 30 Jul 1937  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) E D Joyce 28 Jun 1937 Capt, Royal Artillery
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) B B St G Daly 15 Aug 1937 Capt, Lancashire Fusiliers
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 19 Dec 1937 Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off I H Bartlett 14 Aug 1938 Lt, Durham Light Infantry
Fg Off E H I Webber 17 Jan 1939 Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 19 Oct 1938 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off J Butterworth 28 Jun 1937  
Fg Off J B Wray 20 Aug 1937  
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 18 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off I S Jameson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J F Hyde  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J A A Read  8 Jan 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off P N Sowman 24 Jan 1938  
Accountant  Branch
Fg Off R F Allen 21 Dec 1938 MM
Warrant Officer
WO S B M Hamblin 19 Apr 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements Apr - May 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt W B Murray  1 Apr 1939 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt P R Robinson  1 Apr 1939 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr W B Murray 15 Apr 1939 Recalled from School of Photography

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hector

Bristol Blenheim IV

RAF Odiham Fighter Command/No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 28 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, MC Major, The Cameron Highlanders
Sqn Ldr W B Murray 28 Oct 1938 Photographic duties
Sqn Ldr P R Robinson 30 Jun 1937 Signals duties
Flt Lt E D Joyce 28 Jun 1937 Capt, Royal Artillery
Maj E Garnett  1 Feb 1938 Air Liaison Officer, GSO3, East Lancashire Regiment
Act Flt Lt A C Brown 30 Jul 1937  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) B B St G Daly 15 Aug 1937 Capt, Lancashire Fusiliers
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 19 Dec 1937 Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off I H Bartlett 14 Aug 1938 Lt, Durham Light Infantry
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 19 Oct 1938 Lt, Royal Artillery
Fg Off J Butterworth 28 Jun 1937  
Fg Off J B Wray 20 Aug 1937  
Plt Off P F G Jameson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 18 Dec 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off I S Jameson  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J F Hyde  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J A A Read  8 Jan 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off P N Sowman 24 Jan 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO S B M Hamblin 19 Apr 1938  
WO W C Burton  1 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements Apr - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt W I Clements (RCAF)  2 Apr 1939 Disembarked at Liverpool for exchange posting
Plt Off P K Bone 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off J L G Butterworth 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off D P Massey 24 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Army Co-operation
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 21 Apr 1939 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr W B Murray 21 Apr 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr A P C Hannay 23 Apr 1939 Ceased to be seconded to the RAF and returned to Army duty
Sqn Ldr P R Robinson  1 May 1939 Posted to HQ Bomber Command for Signals duties
Plt Off H B Scully  1 Jun 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Equipment Officer
Fg Off J W Faulkner 12 Jun 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Engineer Officer
Fg Off P N Sowman  1 Jul 1939 Posted to Far East Command
Fg Off H M Aspen  1 Jul 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Signals Officer
Plt Off I S Jameson  1 Sep 1939 Posted to HQ No 22 Group as PA to AOC
Flt Lt V D Jones 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting as Medical Officer
Fg Off L O Welch 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for flying duties
Fg Off J D Rochfort 2 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 59 Sqn for flying duties

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Sep 1939

Date Notes
26 Jun 1939 Squadron proceeded to Temporary ATS, RAF Leuchars for Annual Armament Training
16 Jul 1939 Squadron returned from Temporary ATS, RAF Leuchars on completion of Annual Armament Training
 1 Sep 1939 Squadron mobilised for service with Field Force
13 Sep 1939 Advance Party, departed RAF Odiham and proceeded to Southampton
14 Sep 1939 Road Party, departed RAF Odiham and proceeded to Southampton
18 Sep 1939 Rail Party, departed RAF Odiham and proceeded to Southampton
18 Sep 1939 Air Party, departed RAF Odiham and proceeded to Plivot via Reims
20 Sep 1939 Rail Party, arrived at Plivot
22 Sep 1939 Road Party (part), arrived at Plivot
23 Sep 1939 Road Party (remainder), arrived at Plivot

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Nominal Roll - 6 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr W B Murray Officer Commanding
Flt Lt J Butterworth Adjutant
Flt Lt V D Jones Medical Officer
Fg Off H M Aspen Sqn Signals Officer
Plt Off H B Scully Sqn Equipment Officer
Flt Lt W I Clements OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off W S G Maydwell 'A' Flight.  Lt, The Somerset Light Infantry
Fg Off J B Wray 'A' Flight
Plt Off Alistair D Panton 'A' Flight; later A/Cdre
Plt Off P K Bone 'A' Flight
Flt Lt E D Joyce OC, 'B' Flight.  Capt, Royal Artillery
Flt Lt B B St G Daly 'B' Flight.  Capt, Lancashire Fusiliers
Fg Off J D Rochfort 'B' Flight
Plt Off J A A Read 'B' Flight
Plt Off J L G Butterworth 'B' Flight
Flt Lt A C Brown OC, 'C' Flight
Fg Off I H Bartlett 'C' Flight.  Lt, Durham Light Infantry
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 'C' Flight.  Lt, Royal Artillery
Plt Off J F Hyde 'C' Flight
Plt Off D P Massey 'C' Flight

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Personnel Movements Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off L O Welch  9 Sep 1939 Posted to No 16 Sqn
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 13 Sep 1939 Officer i/c Advance Party, left Odiham for Southampton
Plt Off J F Hyde 14 Sep 1939 Officer i/c Road Party, left Odiham for Southampton (60 men and 48 vehicles)
Fg Off E R E Dayrell 17 Sep 1939 Reported to HQ AASF at Rheims before proceeding to Plivot
  Air Party 18 Sep 1939 Left Odiham for Rheims then proceeded to Plivot
  Rail Party 18 Sep 1939 Left Odiham for Southampton
  Rail Party 20 Sep 1939 Arrived Plivot
  Part of Road Party 22 Sep 1939 Arrived Plivot
  Rest of Road Party 23 Sep 1939 Arrived Plivot
  Whole squadron  7-11 Oct 1939 Moved from Plivot to Poix
Flt Sgt F R Lillico 28 Oct 1939 Promoted to WO for Disciplinary duties
Flt Sgt H C Westwood 28 Oct 1939 Promoted to WO for Photographic duties
Plt Off S A Thompson 23 Nov 1939 Reported for duty as Adjutant

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Sep 1939

Date Notes
 7 Oct 1939 Advance Party, departed Plivot for Poix/Croixault
 7 Oct 1939 1 x Tiger Moth attached for Communications duties
 9 Oct 1939 1st Road Party, departed Plivot for Poix/Croixault
10 Oct 1939 2nd Road Party, departed Plivot for Poix/Croixault
11 Oct 1939 Air Party, departed Plivot for Poix/Croixault
11 Oct 1939 2nd Road Party, arrived at Poix/Croixault
12 Oct 1939 Rear Party, arrived at Poix/Croixault
26 Nov 1939 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 53 Squadron badge

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503), 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

Personnel Movements Jan - Jun 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W I Clements  1 Jan 1940 Posted to No 52 Wing for Air Staff duties
Flt Lt B B St G Daly  1 Jan 1940 Appointed OC, 'A' Flight
WO Collins 17 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 50 Wing for duty as Officer i/c MT Section
Flt Lt E D Joyce  2 Feb 1940 Proceeded to England for short course
Plt Off S A Thomson 14 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off wef 23 Dec 1939
Plt Off J L G Butterworth  4 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M G A Pearce  4 May 1940 Killed in action
AC2 R A Wood  4 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D G B Falconer  9 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Alistair D Panton 12 May 1940 Missing but later returned
Sgt Christie 12 May 1940 Missing
AC2 Bence 12 May 1940 Missing
Plt Off P K Bone 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W J Cronin 15 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC J Bromley 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt B B St G Daly 16 May 1940 Seriously burned when Blenheim, L4852 was shot down by a Hurricane
Sgt W R B Currie 16 May 1940 Seriously burned when Blenheim, L4852 was shot down by a Hurricane
AC2 P J Blandford 16 May 1940 Seriously burned when Blenheim, L4852 was shot down by a Hurricane
Fg Off S G L Pepys 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off P G Roye 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off G W Triptree 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off L J Huggett 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off P J Coleson 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off J C Mallon 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off G M Bailey 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as a pilot
Plt Off M H Pinder 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as an air gunner
Plt Off J O Mair 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as an air gunner
Plt Off J F Palmer 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as an air gunner
Plt Off G M Bardolf 16 May 1940 Reported for duty as an air gunner
Plt Off R I C Macpherson 16 May 1940 Missing
Sgt A T Moreland 16 May 1940 Missing
AC S Robinson 16 May 1940 Missing
Sqn Ldr E C T Edwards 16 May 1940 Assumed Command of the squadron
Plt Off Royle 18 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Sgt A J Haygreen 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
AC2 H Spear 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jun 1940

Date Notes
16 May 1940 Squadron moved from Poix/Croixault to Crecy
19 May 1940 Air Party moved from Crecy to Lympne
19 May 1940 Ground Party moved from Crecy to Boulogne
20 May 1940 Ground Party moved from Boulogne to Tidworth
20 May 1940 Air Party moved from Lympne to Andover
21 May 1940 Ground Party moved from Tidworth to Andover
 1 Jun 1940 Rail Party moved from Andover to Eastchurch
12 Jun 1940 Advance Party moved from Eastchurch to Gatwick
13 Jun 1940 Road Party moved from Eastchurch to Gatwick
13 Jun 1940 Air Party moved from Eastchurch to Gatwick

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Nominal Roll - 6 Jun 1940

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr E C T Edwards Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr W B Murray Sqn Ldr Operations
Flt Lt S A Thompson Adjutant
Flt Lt V D Jones Medical Officer
Fg Off H M Aspen Sqn Signals Officer
Fg Off J W Faulkner Sqn Engineer Officer
Plt Off H B Scully Sqn Equipment Officer
Plt Off M H Pinder Air Gunner
Flt Lt W S G Maydwell OC, 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt I S Jameson 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt Alistair D Panton 'A' Flight; later A/Cdre
Plt Off J D Steuart-Richardson 'A' Flight
Plt Off G M Robinson 'A' Flight
Plt Off D F Wykeham-Martin 'A' Flight
Plt Off Mottram 'A' Flight
Plt Off R G Hall 'A' Flight
Flt Lt M G Stevenson OC, 'B' Flight
Act Flt Lt I H Bartlett 'B' Flight.  Lt, Durham Light Infantry
Plt Off F H L McKinnon 'B' Flight
Plt Off J N Bethell 'B' Flight
Plt Off D I Triptree B' Flight
Plt Off J C Mallon 'B' Flight
Plt Off H M Newton 'B' Flight
Plt Off P J E Ritchie B' Flight
Flt Lt A C Brown OC, 'C' Flight
Fg Off J E Mahoney 'C' Flight
Plt Off D P Massey 'C' Flight
Plt Off P Coleson 'C' Flight
Plt Off S G Collins 'C' Flight
Plt Off I D Thow 'C' Flight
Plt Off R V Muspratt 'C' Flight
Plt Off H C Corbett 'C' Flight

Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec  1940

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Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Alistair D Panton 14 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Sgt L H Stride 14 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A E Farrow 14 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Sqn Ldr W B Murray 14 Jul 1940 Posted to School of Photography
Fg Off J E Mahoney 18 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D A Keetley 18 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G E Exton 18 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D B Starky 25 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H W Hunt 25 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B Moriarty 25 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off H C Corbett  4 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt K W Crane  4 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S E Riddington  4 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P J Coleson 11 Aug 1940 Failed to return from an operation, later reported to be a POW
Plt Off G M Bardolph 11 Aug 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sgt I Inskip 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr D C Oliver 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
Fg Off H M Aspen 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
Sgt W H Richards 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
Cpl J I Price 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
Cpl W F Bateman 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
LAC A W Dancaster 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
LAC R O'Kelly 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
AC1 G Booth 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
AC2 J W S Smith 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
Fg Off S C Rochford 24 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W Briggs 24 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt D Brook 24 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Dempster 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Codes and Cypher Officer
Plt Off Webber 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as an Air Gunner Officer
AC2 B Stone 30 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid on RAF Detling
Sqn Ldr W B Murray  7 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 53 Sqn
Flt Lt I H Bartlett  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R E Aldridge  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E D Sheldrick  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R G Hall  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M B Conacher  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J D Randall  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off S R Bevan-John  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off C F Tibbitts 10 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off C F Tibbitts 19 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R W Grace 19 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E Harrold 19 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E Plumtree 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off K A Faulkner 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off Gatward 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off Tedder 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Sqn Ldr W B Murray 23 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr, wef 7 Sep 1940
Flt Lt A C Brown 23 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Sep 1940
Flt Lt W S C Maydwell 23 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Sep 1940
Plt Off S R Bevan-John 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S Macquire 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H A Shaw 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A R S Hall  5 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off K A Faulkner  5 Oct 1940 Seriously injured in a flying accident
Sgt G B Fielder  5 Oct 1940 Seriously injured in a flying accident
Plt Off J C Mallon  8 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A T Shackleford  8 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W P Whetton  8 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M M Barbour 13 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off R L Buckley 13 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off H J W Meakin 13 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off R L Buckley 27 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C Henderson 27 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P E J Neale 27 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Marriott & crew 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off Gibbs & crew 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off Wheatherley & crew 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off A K Steel  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off G R H Newton  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off G M Robinson  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off A P Dottridge  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off N K Aldridge 16 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from a refresher course at No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off P J Cundy 23 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off R A Maurer 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt I S Macauley 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B L Bembridge 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M M Barbour 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G A Hinton 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Cowling 26 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W H Needham 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off A Fleming 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off R J M Bunce  1 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Sqn Ldr W S C Maydwell  1 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off R N Alcock  5 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off B S Bannister  5 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off S R E Wheatherley  6 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt H S Parrott  6 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A F Bean  6 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A K Steel  7 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W R Hemsley  7 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Walton  7 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Plt Off J P Lucas 27 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 School of Army Co-operation
Flt Lt J D Steuart-Richardson 28 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J L Maguire 28 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A W V Vowles 28 Dec 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jun 1940

Date Notes
 1 Jul 1940 Squadron prepared to move to Detling where it was placed under the control of No 16 Group, Coastal Command.
 2 Jul 1940 Advance Party, departed RAF Gatwick for RAF Detling
 3 Jul 1940 Main Road Party, departed RAF Gatwick for RAF Detling
 3 Jul 1940 Air Party, departed RAF Gatwick for RAF Detling
20 Nov 1940 Advance Maintenance Party departed RAF Detling for RAF Thorney Island
20 Nov 1940 1st Air Party departed RAF Detling for RAF Thorney Island
22 Nov 1940 Main Party departed RAF Detling for RAF Thorney Island
22 Nov 1940 2nd Air Party departed RAF Detling for RAF Thorney Island
24 Nov 1940 Rear Maintenance Party departed RAF Detling for RAF Thorney Island
29 Nov 1940 TR (Training) Flight formed to train new crews for No 53 Sqn

Source - No 53 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/503)

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