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No 54 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1933 | Jan 1934 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1930

Date Notes
15 Jan 1930

Squadron reformed at RAF Hornchurch consisting of a HQ and a single flight.  Its intended equipment was to be Bulldogs but due to modifications being needed the squadron was initially equipped with Siskin IIIAs

Siskin IIA
 1 Apr 1930 Two more Flights were formed
 8 Apr 1930 First Bristol Bulldog received
Bulldog II of No 54 Squadron (Yellow markings)

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIDC

RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Norman C Saward  8 May 1930  
Flt Lt Frederick W Moxham  7 May 1930
Fg Off Thomas B Byrne 20 Feb 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930  
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan 15 Jan 1930  
Plt Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Plt Off Walter K Brett  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Kenneth D Knocker  1 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Noel C Singer  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre

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0 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

Organisational Movements:  Jul 1930 - Jan 1931

Date Notes
28 Jul 1930 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 9 Aug 1930 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
18 Oct 1930 Squadron completed its re-equipment with Bulldogs
22 Dec 1930 Final Siskin was disposed of

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Nominal Roll - 1 Jan 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Kenneth D Knocker  1 Apr 1930 Adjutant
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930 OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan 15 Jan 1930 'A' Flight
Fg Off Lionel E P Mahon  6 Oct 1930 'A' Flight
Sgt N T Phillips   'A' Flight
Flt Lt Frederick W Moxham  7 May 1930 OC, 'B' Flight
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930 'B' Flight
Fg Off Walter K Brett  1 Apr 1930 'B' Flight
Sgt A A Forbes   'B' Flight
Sgt E G Watson   'B' Flight
Fg Off Noel C Singer  1 Apr 1930 OC, 'C' Flight
Plt Off James W C More 26 Jul 1930 'C' Flight
Sgt S Trout   'C' Flight
Sgt E Womphrey   'C' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall 19 Feb 1931 Reported for duty as OC, 'B' Flight
Flt Lt Frederick W Moxham 19 Feb 1931 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to RAF Northolt as Adjutant
Flt Lt

Eric S Burns

19 Feb 1931 Assumed command 'A' Flight
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 19 Feb 1931 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931 Reported for duty as OC, 'C' Flight
Fg Off Noel C Singer  2 Apr 1931 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight and assumed  duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Kenneth D Knocker  2 Apr 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt

Eric S Burns

20 Dec 1930 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall 19 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Lionel E P Mahon  6 Oct 1930  
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930  
Fg Off Eric J Finnegan 15 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Walter K Brett  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Kenneth D Knocker  1 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Noel C Singer  1 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Geoffrey E W Parish  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off William A J Satchell  8 Mar 1931  
Plt Off James W C More 26 Jul 1930  
Plt Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Henry A V Hogan 20 Dec 1930 later AVM

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements::  Jul - Dec 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Kenneth D Knocker  5 Aug 1931 Posted to No 3 FTS as a Flying Instructor on completion of CFS course

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jul - Dec 1931

Date Notes
27 Jul 1931 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
17 Aug 1931 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Nominal Roll - 1 Jan 1932

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

Officer Commanding, MBE; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Walter K Brett Adjutant
Flt Lt Robert Duncanson OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 'A' Flight
Fg Off Lionel E P Mahon 'A' Flight
Plt Off Henry A V Hogan 'A' Flight
Plt Off Hill Harkness 'A' Flight
Sgt A A Forbes 'A' Flight
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall OC, 'B' Flight
Fg Off William A J Satchell 'B' Flight
Plt Off William F C Hobson 'B' Flight
Fg Off Alexander A Adams 'B' Flight
Sgt N T Phillips 'B' Flight
Sgt H C Evans 'B' Flight
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman OC, 'C' Flight
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny 'C' Flight
Fg Off Geoffrey E W Parish 'C' Flight
Plt Off Arnold L Christian 'C' Flight
Plt Off James W C More 'C' Flight
Sgt E Womphrey 'C' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Richard E Barnett 19 Jan 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off Walter K Brett 23 Jan 1932 Posted to No 1 Armoured Car Company, Iraq and relinquished duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 23 Jan 1932 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Richard E Barnett 29 Jan 1932 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Sqn Ldr

Walter E G Bryant

 8 Feb 1932 Posted to No 25 Sqn as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  8 Feb 1932 Assumed temporary command of the squadron
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  8 Feb 1932 Assumed temporary command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off James W C More 12 Feb 1932 Posted to No 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flight
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 16 Feb 1932 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off William F C Hobson 16 Feb 1932 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Alfred J Draper 20 Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Sqn Ldr

Sydney L G Pope

 7 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from Air Ministry as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  7 Mar 1932 Relinquished temporary command of the squadron and resumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  7 Mar 1932 Relinquished temporary command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 27 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off Henry A V Hogan  1 May 1932 Posted to RAF Training Base, Leuchars
Fg Off Lionel E P Mahon 12 Jun 1932 Died in the RAF Officers' Hospital

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Sydney L G Pope

 7 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall 19 Feb 1931  
Flt Lt Robert Duncanson 11 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 25 Jan1930  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey E W Parish  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off William A J Satchell  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Alexander A Adams 26 Sep 1931 later AVM
Plt Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Ronald J Bennett 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Plt Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 27 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Richard E Barnett 19 Jan 1932  
Plt Off Alfred J Draper 20 Feb 1932  

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5 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Alfred J Draper  8 Jul 1932 Died in the RAF Officers' Hospital
Fg Off Charles M D Chambers 15 Jul 1932 Posted to RAF Depot
Plt Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off Richard E Barnett  1 Oct 1932 Posted to RAF Middle East Depot
Fg Off William A J Satchell 21 Nov 1932 Posted to RAF Base Gosport
Fg Off Alexander A Adams 21 Nov 1932 Posted to RAF Base Gosport
Plt Off Ian G MacKay 17 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off William P Harvey 19 Dec 1932 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Sqn Ldr Ivor M Rodney 21 Jan 1933 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn as Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

Sydney L G Pope

21 Jan 1933 Posted to RAF Staff College
Flt Lt Alfred B Woodhall 21 Jan 1933 Posted to No 22 Sqn
Plt Off Walter N Elwy-Jones 28 Feb 1933 Posted to No 45 Sqn, Middle East
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
 7 May 1933 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
26 May 1933 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ivor M Rodney  9 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt Robert Duncanson 11 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey E W Parish  8 Mar 1931  
Fg Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Ronald J Bennett 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932  
Plt Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 later MRAF
Plt Off William P Harvey 19 Dec 1932  
Plt Off Ian G MacKay 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Stephen E May 29 Nov 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Robert Duncanson 31 Aug 1933 Transferred to the Reserve
Plt Off William P Harvey xx Sep 1933 Posted to No 100 Sqn
Flt Lt

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Arrived on posting from HQ Coastal Area
Fg Off Geoffrey E W Parish 18 Oct 1933 Posted to HQ Iraq Command
Fg Off

George W P Grant

27 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Flt Lt

George D Daly

 1 Jan 1834 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
       

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

January 1934

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ivor M Rodney  9 Jan 1933 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding (Designate), DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  2 Apr 1931  
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny  4 Mar 1930  
Fg Off

George W P Grant

27 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William F C Hobson 20 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 later MRAF
Plt Off Ian G MacKay 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Stephen E May 29 Nov 1932  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Ian G MacKay  1 Jan 1934 Posted to RAF Base Gosport
Sqn Ldr Ivor M Rodney  4 Jan 1934 Posted to No 1 Air Defence Group
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 4 Jan 1934 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt Cyril Chapman  8 Jan 1934 Posted to RAF Depot
Flt Lt

George B M Rhind

15 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot
Flt Lt George F Whistondale 19 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Fg Off William F C Hobson 26 Feb 1934 Posted to Air Armament School and relinquished duties of Adjutant
Fg Off John Grandy 26 Feb 1934 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Derek R C B de Sarigny 15 Mar 1934 Transferred to the Reserve
Plt Off Cyril G B Lewis 30 Apr 1934 Arrived on posting from No 18 Sqn

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
14 May 1934 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 1 Jun 1934 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

George B M Rhind

15 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott 29 Mar 1933  
Flt Lt George F Whistondale 19 Feb 1934  
Fg Off

George W P Grant

27 Nov 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Fg Off Hill Harkness 29 Dec 1931  
Fg Off John H Heyworth 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off John Grandy 29 Aug 1932 later MRAF
Plt Off Cyril G B Lewis 30 Apr 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George J Langfield 22 Apr 1934  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Aeneas R D MacDonell 28 Jul 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off

George W P Grant

15 Oct 1934 Posted to RAF Base Gosport
Fg Off John H Heyworth 22 Nov 1934 Posted to No 504 Sqn
Flt Lt John St C Arbuthnott  1 Jan 1935 Posted to RAF Base Calshot
Fg Off Hill Harkness  6 Jan 1935 Posted to School of Naval Co-operation
Plt Off Ernest R Bitmead  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off John D C Joslin  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 6 May 1935 Squadron proceeded to Roborough, Plymouth to undertake affiliation duties with No 204 Sqn, RAF Mount Batten
21 May 1935 Squadron returned from Roborough, Plymouth on completion of affiliation duties with No 204 Sqn, RAF Mount Batten
 3 Jun 1935 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
30 Jun 1935 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 8 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt

George B M Rhind

15 Jan 1934 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt George F Whistondale 19 Feb 1934  
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 26 Sep 1931  
Plt Off Cyril G R Lewis 30 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Aeneas R D MacDonell 28 Jul 1934 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Ernest R Bitmead  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off John D C Joslin  4 Mar 1935  
       
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II Albert E White 28 Feb 1935  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off H N G Ramsbottom-Isherwood  1 Jul 1935 Arrived on posting from an Overseas Command
Plt Off E W Thornewill 27 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off Arnold L Christian 22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 207 Sqn
Flt Lt George F Whistondale 22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 207 Sqn
Fg Off H N G Ramsbottom-Isherwood 22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 35 Sqn
Flt Lt

George B M Rhind

22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 3 Sqn
Sgt Plt H C Evans 22 Sep 1935 Posted to No 3 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

George D Daly

 1 Oct 1935 Posted to RAF Bircham Newton
Plt Off Cyril G R Lewis  1 Oct 1935 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off Aeneas R D MacDonell  3 Oct 1935 Proceeded for embarkation overseas
Plt Off John D C Joslin  4 Oct 1935 Posted to Armament Training Camp, Leuchars
Plt Off Cyril G R Lewis 30 Nov 1935 Promoted to Fg Off
APO W R Selkirk 24 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Flt Lt

John R Jones

 5 Feb 1936 Arrived on posting from SHQ Northolt and assumed command
APO W R Selkirk  1 Feb 1936 Attached to RAF Manston for Parachute Course
APO W R Selkirk  9 Feb 1936 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off E W Thornewill 21 Feb 1935 Posted to No 100 Sqn
APO R C Love  4 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
APO G H J Feeny  4 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off D O Finlay 16 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 17 Sqn
APO R A Milward 16 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting from No 17 Sqn
Plt Off W R Selkirk 17 Mar 1936 Posted to RAF India
Fg Off Cyril G R Lewis 20 Mar 1936 Detached to No 17 Sqn
APO R C Love 16 Apr 1936 Confirmed in rank and regraded Plt Off
APO G H J Feeny 16 Apr 1936 Confirmed in rank and regraded Plt Off
APO R A Milward 16 Apr 1936 Confirmed in rank and regraded Plt Off
APO W Riley 11 May 1936 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Plt Off G H J Feeny 24 May 1936 Attached to RAF Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off G H J Feeny 30 May 1936 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for Parachute Course
Fg Off Cyril G R Lewis 25 May 1936 Tried by General Court Martial at Hornchurch
APO R Cluer 28 Jun 1936 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Bulldog IIA RAF Hornchurch ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

John R Jones

 5 Feb 1936 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off Cyril G R Lewis 30 Apr 1934  
Plt Off Ernest R Bitmead  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off D O Finlay 16 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off G H J Feeny  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R A Milward 16 Mar 1936  
APO W Riley 11 May 1936  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Sep 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Ernest R Bitmead 20 Jul 1936 Posted to No 43 Sqn
Plt Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
APO R Cluer 23 Aug 1936 Terminated his Short Service Commission
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant  16 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 8 SFTS
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

23 Aug 1936 Reported for duty as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt

John R Jones

23 Aug 1936 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Cyril G R Lewis 24 Aug 1935 Posted to No 111 Sqn
APO W Riley 26 Aug 1936 Confirmed in rank and regraded Plt Off
APO M C F Mee 31 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Sep 1936 - Mar 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D O Finlay 30 Oct 1936 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off R A Milward 15 Dec 1936 Posted to No 39 Sqn, India
Plt Off W Riley  8 Feb 1937 Posted to Electrical and Wireless School for flying duties
APO K R Russell 21 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 FTS
APO R A Milburn 21 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 FTS
APO S Gemmell 21 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant 23 Feb 1937 Posted to RAF Depot (Non-effective, sick)
Flt Lt

John R Jones

15 Mar 1937 Transferred to No 87 Sqn on formation as Officer Commanding
Plt Off G H J Feeny 15 Mar 1937 Transferred to No 87 Sqn on formation
Plt Off M C F Mee 15 Mar 1937 Transferred to No 87 Sqn on formation
APO R A Milburn 15 Mar 1937 Transferred to No 87 Sqn on formation
Flt Sgt T Church (& 42 Airmen) 15 Mar 1937 Transferred to No 87 Sqn on formation

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Re-organisation of Flights - 1 Sep 1936

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Plt Off R C Love Adjutant
Flt Lt

John R Jones

OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off G H J Feeny 'A' Flight and Sqn Armament Officer
Plt Off Philip E Warcup 'A' Flight
APO M C F Mee 'A' Flight
Sgt H Stringer 'A' Flight
Sgt D Stannard 'A' Flight
Sgt S Richens 'A' Flight
Plt Off D O Finlay OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off R A Milward 'B' Flight
Plt Off W Riley 'B' Flight
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant 'B' Flight
Sgt H Hastings 'B' Flight
Sgt J Phillips 'B' Flight
Sgt V Penford 'B' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Sep 1936 - Mar 1937

Date Notes
 1 Sep 1936 Squadron was re-organised on a two-flight basis
20 Sep 1936 Permission granted for the squadron to change its markings from a yellow bar to a  series of red oblique bars
Bulldog IIA of No 54 Squadron (Red markings)
xx Sep 1936 Squadron re-equipped with Gloster Gauntlet IIs
Gauntlet II of No 54 Squadron
  3 Dec 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 54 Squadron badge
22 Jan 1937 Squadron Badge was presented by AOC, N 11 Group, AVM E L Gossage DSO, MC
15 Mar 1937 'B' Flight was detached to form the nucleus of  No 87 Sqn

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

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

Nominal Roll of Officers and Pilots: 15 Mar 1937

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Plt Off S Gemmell Adjutant
Plt Off R C Love OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off Philip E Warcup 'A' Flight
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 'A' Flight
Sgt H Stringer 'A' Flight
Sgt D Stannard 'A' Flight
Sgt S Richens 'A' Flight
Plt Off D O Finlay OC, 'B' Flight
APO K R Russell 'B' Flight
APO L H Schwind 'B' Flight
Sgt H Hastings 'B' Flight
Sgt J Phillips 'B' Flight
Sgt V Penford 'B' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
APO L H Schwind  3 Apr 1937 Posted to Iraq Command for flying duties
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant  9 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot for flying duties
APO A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
APO R S Blake 25 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt H Stringer 19 May 1937 Appointed to a Permanent Commission and attached to RAF Depot

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Mar - Jul 1937

Date Notes
27 Apr 1937 Squadron's first Gloster Gladiator I was collected from the factory
Gladiator I of No 54 Squadron

Gladiator I of No 54 Squadron ('A' Flight)

18 May 1937 All serviceable Gauntlets were disposed of to other fighter squadrons

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

23 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Fg Off D O Finlay 16 Mar 1936  
Plt Off R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant  9 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K R Russell 21 Feb 1937  
APO S Gemmell 21 Feb 1937  
APO A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Oct 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off D O Finlay 29 Aug 1937 Posted to Home Aircraft Depot for Long Engineering Course
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett 30 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS and assumed command of 'B' Flight
APO A R Butcher 13 Sep 1937 RAFO.  Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn to complete initial training
APO P Cannam 13 Sep 1937 RAFO.  Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn to complete initial training
APO W H Cloverley 13 Sep 1937 RAFO.  Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn to complete initial training
Plt Off R S Blake 17 Sep 1937 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Uxbridge
APO A R Butcher 11 Oct 1937 Transferred to Reserve
APO P Cannam 11 Oct 1937 Transferred to Reserve
APO W H Cloverley 11 Oct 1937 Transferred to Reserve
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 17 Oct 1937 Proceeded to Hamble for short Navigation Course

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Nominal Roll - 31 Oct 1937

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

Officer Commanding ('B' Flight)
Plt Off S Gemmell Adjutant ('A' Flight)
Plt Off R C Love OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant 'A' Flight
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 'A' Flight
Plt Off R S Blake 'A' Flight
Flt Sgt D W Stannard 'A' Flight
Sgt S Richens 'A' Flight
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off Philip E Warcup 'B' Flight
Plt Off K R Russell 'B' Flight
Plt Off A W A Bayne 'B' Flight
Sgt H Hastings 'B' Flight
Sgt J Phillips 'B' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Oct 1937 - Jan 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R S Blake  1 Nov 1937 Attached RAF Manston for Parachute course
Plt Off R S Blake  6 Nov 1937 Ceased to be attached RAF Manston for Parachute course
Plt Off R C Love 16 Nov 1937 Promoted to Fg Off
Sgt W Anderson 22 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit
APO A F Sunderland-Cooper 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS
APO T N Linley 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Flt Sgt D W Stannard 16 Dec 1937 Remustered to his basic trade of Metal Rigger
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett 31 Dec 1937 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Philip E Warcup 31 Dec 1937 Assumed command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Nominal Roll -  1 Jan 1938

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

Officer Commanding
Plt Off S Gemmell Adjutant
Fg Off R C Love OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant 'A' Flight
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 'A' Flight
Plt Off A F Sunderland-Cooper 'A' Flight
Flt Sgt D W Stannard 'A' Flight
Sgt S Richens 'A' Flight
Sgt W Anderson 'A' Flight
Plt Off R S Blake 'A' Flight
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett On leave pending his marriage and posting overseas
Plt Off Philip E Warcup OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off K R Russell 'B' Flight
Plt Off A W A Bayne 'B' Flight
Plt Off T N Linley 'B' Flight
Plt Off James A Leathart 'B' Flight
Sgt H Hastings 'B' Flight
Sgt J Phillips 'B' Flight

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt J C Hulbert  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt C Midwinter  9 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 8 Sqn, Aden and allocated to 'A' Flight
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett 23 Jan 1938 Attached to Home Aircraft Depot for short course in Automatic Controls
Fg Off D E C Eyres 24 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Philip E Warcup 24 Jan 1938 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Sgt W Anderson 28 Jan 1938 Posted to No 48 Sqn
Plt Off K R Russell 29 Jan 1938 Posted to No 3 ATC for Air Firing Instructors Course
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett  7 Feb 1938 Ceased to be attached to Home Aircraft Depot for short course in Automatic Controls
Plt Off Philip E Warcup  7 Feb 1938 Promoted to Fg Off wef 1 Feb 1938
Plt Off S Gemmell 14 Feb 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Philip E Warcup 14 Feb 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt Thomas N Coslett 19 Feb 1938 Embarked 'City of Simla' for No 216 Sqn, Middle East
Plt Off K R Russell 26 Feb 1938 Returned from No 3 ATC
Plt Off S Gemmell 14 Mar 1938 Relinquished his SSC on account of ill-health
Flt Sgt D W Stannard 15 Mar 1937 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the GD Branch as a Plt Off wef 24 Feb 1938
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Supernumerary pending assuming command of the squadron
Sgt J C Hulbert 23 Mar 1938 Posted to No 80 Sqn
Sgt S Richens 23 Mar 1938 Posted to No 80 Sqn
Sgt G W Couzens 24 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting from No 80 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Cecil A Bouchier

 2 Apr 1938 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson  2 Apr 1938 Assumed command of the squadron
Sgt Perfect  7 May 1938 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Jun 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off A W A Bayne  1 Jun 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off D E C Eyres  6 Jun 1938 Relinquished his commission in the RAF on transfer to the Royal Navy
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  6 Jun 1938 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant 13 Jun 1938 Relinquished his commission in the RAF on transfer to the Royal Navy
Sgt R M Marsh 16 Jun 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Jul 1938

Date Notes
15 Mar 1938 Squadron began replacing Vickers machine guns with Browning machine guns in the Gladiators
 4 Apr 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Practice Camp
23 Apr 1938 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Fg Off D E C Eyres 24 Jan 1938  
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R H H L Oliphant  9 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K R Russell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off A F Sunderland-Cooper 27 Nov 1937  

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6 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul  - Dec 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A F Sunderland-Cooper  8 Aug 1938 Posted to CFS
APO Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
APO A W Charrett 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Sgt J Davis  10 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
APO A W Charrett 21 Oct 1938 Posted to CFS
Plt Off R H Smith 29 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS
Plt Off R H Smith 12 Nov 1938 Posted to HQ No 24 Group
Plt Off T R T Carr-Ellison 21 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting from HQ No 24 Group
Sqn Ldr M V M Clubbe 29 Nov 1938 Attached from No 501 Sqn AAF
Plt Off J L Allen  5 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from RAFO
Plt Off K R Russell  5 Dec 1938 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot - Supernumerary (Non-effective, sick) wef 11 Oct 1938

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off K R Russell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off T R T Carr-Ellison 21 Nov 1938  
Plt Off Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan  - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO D G Gribble 17 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Plt Off B H Way 17 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Plt Off A R Butcher  2 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from Class 'A' Reserve
Plt Off B H Way  2 Mar 1939 Attached to RAF Manston for No 46 Short Navigation Course
Plt Off B H Way 11 Mar 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for No 46 Short Navigation Course
Plt Off T R T Carr-Ellison 26 Jan 1939 Injured in a flying accident
Plt Off T R T Carr-Ellison 30 Jan 1930 Died from injuries
Plt Off R H Smith 30 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group
Plt Off P A Burnell-Phillips  1 Feb 1939 Resigned his commission
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Sgt A Claydon  2 Feb 1939 RAFVR.  Arrived on posting from RAF Andover
Sgt L Wood  2 Feb 1939 RAFVR.  Arrived on posting from RAF Andover
Plt Off T N Linley  6 Feb 1939 Attended Air Firing Instructors Course at RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off T N Linley 24 Feb 1939 Returned from Air Firing Instructors Course at RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off L T W Thornley  6 Mar 1939 Attached from No 615 Sqn AAF
Plt Off L T W Thornley  1 Apr 1939 Ceased to be attached from No 615 Sqn AAF

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jan  - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 1 Mar 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Supermarine Spitfire Is
Spitfire I of No 54 Squadron
30 Mar 1938 11 x Gladiators delivered to No 603 Sqn AAF
 6 Apr 1938 2 x Gladiators delivered to No 603 Sqn AAF

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

 

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I

Supermarine Spitfire I

RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J L Allen  5 Dec 1938  
Plt Off B H Way 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A R Butcher  2 Jan 1939  
Plt Off R H Smith 30 Jan 1939  
APO D G Gribble 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO H Cummings 17 Jan 1939  
WO H K Newton 11 Jan 1935  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Spitfire I RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson 21 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt R C Love  4 Mar 1936  
Act Flt Lt Philip E Warcup  1 Aug 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off R S Blake 25 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A W A Bayne 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T N Linley 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off James A Leathart 27 Nov 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alan C Deere 20 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J L Allen  5 Dec 1938  
Plt Off B H Way 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A R Butcher  2 Jan 1939  
Plt Off R H Smith 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off D G Gribble 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officers
WO H Cummings 17 Jan 1939  
WO H K Newton 11 Jan 1935  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO R J Bennett 15 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Plt Off P F Cazenove 16 Apr 1939 Attached from No 615 Sqn AAF
APO Percy O V Green  1 May 1939 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn
Plt Off P F Cazenove 14 May 1939 Ceased to be attached from No 615 Sqn AAF
Plt Off A R Butcher 16 May 1939 Posted to Middle East
Plt Off R H Smith 16 May 1939 Posted to Middle East
APO Percy O V Green 16 May 1939 Posted to Middle East
APO R J Bennett 16 May 1939 Posted to Middle East
Act Flt Lt Philip E Warcup 24 May 1939 Posted to A & AEE and relinquished rank of Act Flt Lt
Sgt A Claydon 31 May 1939 Posted to HQ No 11 Group Pool on appointment to a Commission in the Auxiliary Air Force
Sgt L Wood 31 May 1939 Posted to HQ No 11 Group Pool on appointment to a Commission in the Auxiliary Air Force
Sgt A Lyall 31 May 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ No 11 Group Pool (Auxiliary Air Force)
Sgt P Jackson 31 May 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ No 11 Group Pool (Auxiliary Air Force)
Plt Off A W A Bayne 27 Jun 1939 Posted to No 11 Group Pool
APO J D B McKenzie 28 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 65 Sqn
Act Flt Lt R C Love 23 Jul 1939 Posted to CFS
Sgt C Midwinter 23 Jul 1939 Posted to CFS
Sgt A Lyall  1 Jul 1939 RAFVR.  Posted out
Sgt P Jackson 31 Jul 1939 RAFVR.  Posted out
Sgt L Pearce  1 Aug 1939 RAFVR.  Reported for duty
APO D S Ross  5 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
APO R E West  5 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Sgt A Makins  5 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Sgt L Crozier  9 Aug 1939 RAFVR.  Attached from No 65 Sqn
Sgt L Crozier  2 Sep 1939 RAFVR.  Posted to No 11 Group Pool, Andover
Sgt L Pearce  2 Sep 1939 RAFVR.  Posted to No 11 Group Pool, Andover

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Nominal Roll of Officer and Pilots -  1 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson Officer Commanding
Plt Off T N Linley Adjutant
Flt Lt James A Leathart OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off Alan C Deere 'A' Flight
Plt Off J L Allen 'A' Flight
Plt Off D G Gribble 'A' Flight
Plt Off D S Ross 'A' Flight
Flt Sgt C Couzens 'A' Flight
Sgt J Davis 'A' Flight
Sgt F Buckland 'A' Flight
Sgt A Makins 'A' Flight
Flt Lt R S Blake OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off B H Way 'B' Flight
Plt Off J D B McKenzie 'B' Flight
Plt Off R E West 'B' Flight
Flt Sgt H Hastings 'B' Flight
Sgt J W B Phillips 'B' Flight
Sgt S Perfect 'B' Flight

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO R L F Day  2 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn
APO S R McNamara  2 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Fg Off M C Pearson  3 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from Middle East Command
APO R L F Day  5 Sep 1939 Posted to No 604 Sqn
Sgt C Sydney  6 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 1 AACU
Plt Off D A P McMullen  8 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 1 AAS
Sgt A Makins 20 Sep 1939 Posted to No 11 Group Pool, St Athan
Sgt E J Cole 21 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool, St Athan
Flt Sgt H Hastings 27 Sep 1939 Appointed to a Commission and posted to No 14 SFTS
Sgt J Norwell 27 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool, St Athan
Sgt C Sydney 28 Sep 1939 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Sgt J W B Phillips  3 Oct 1939 Posted to No 615 Sqn
Sgt D G M Gough  8 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool
Plt Off R E West 26 Oct 1939 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Plt Off J J Lister 31 Oct 1939 Reported for Administrative duties
Plt Off J J Lister  1 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Sgt E J Cole  8 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J R Kemp 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool and sent on leave
APO C F Gray 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool and sent on leave
Plt Off J J Lister  4 Dec 1939 Resigned his commission and returned to civilian occupation
Plt Off J R Kemp 14 Dec 1939 Posted to No 141 Sqn

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
13 Oct 1939 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
20 Oct 1939 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
28 Oct 1939 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
 3 Nov 1939 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
17 Nov 1939 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
 2 Dec 1939 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
10 Dec 1939 Squadron to re-equip with Spitfires fitted with Rotol airscrews
16 Dec 1939 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
29 Dec 1939 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Sep 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off W H Bowden 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 8 EFTS for duties as Adjutant
Plt Off D G Gribble 27 Jan 1940 Sent home on sick leave - German Measles
Plt Off B H Way 31 Jan 1940 Posted to Photographic Flight, Heston
Plt Off C Cookson  6 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool
Sgt G Payne  6 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool
Plt Off A G Powell  8 Feb 1940 Reported for duty as Adjutant but attached to SHQ Hornchurch
Plt Off B H Way 12 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from Photographic Flight, Heston
Sgt B Raises 13 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool
Plt Off McMullen  2 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Uxbridge for flying duties
Plt Off R E West 15 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt B Raises 15 Mar 1940 Severely injured in flying accident
Flt Sgt C Couzens  1 Apr 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Plt Off
Plt Off A R M Campbell 13 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 SFTS
Plt Off W L Hopkin 13 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 SFTS
Plt Off I H Stewart 13 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 14 SFTS
Plt Off A G Powell 25 Apr 1940 Posted to No 74 Sqn
Plt Off A R M Campbell 27 Apr 1940 Attached to No 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge
Plt Off W P Hopkin 27 Apr 1940 Attached to No 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge
Plt Off I H Stewart 27 Apr 1940 Attached to No 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge
Sqn Ldr E A Douglas-Jones  1 May 1940 Supernumerary, pending assuming command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Pearson  5 May 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to HQ No 11 Group
Sqn Ldr E A Douglas-Jones  5 May 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off C Cookson  6 May 1940 Posted to No 9 Bombing and Gunnery School
Flt Lt R S Blake  9 May 1940 Proceeded on special leave to South Africa
Fg Off M C Pearson  9 May 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off J D B McKenzie 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operational sortie
Plt Off D S Ross 15 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off T N Linley 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W B Phillips 24 May 1940 Missing
Sgt F E Buckland 25 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A R M Campbell 25 May 1940 Returned from No 6 OTU
Plt Off W P Hopkin 25 May 1940 Returned from No 6 OTU
Sqn Ldr E A Douglas-Jones 25 May 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron on account of ill-health
Flt Lt James A Leathart 26 May 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off J W Garton 27 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 609 Sqn
Plt Off J M Kemp 27 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 609 Sqn
Plt Off H K F Mathews 27 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 604 Sqn
Flt Lt M C Pearson 27 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt James A Leathart xx Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Plt Off A Finnie  8 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off P Howes  8 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J W Garton  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off S J A Evershed  9 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Davis 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Gibbins 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Turley-George 15 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt G R Collett 15 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off P Shallard 19 Jul 1940 Posted out after 4 months as Intelligence Officer
Fg Off Smith 19 Jul 1940 Reported for duty as Intelligence Officer
Fg Off R S Blake 19 Jul 1940 Posted to Nairobi from special leave in South Africa
Plt Off J L Allen 24 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A Finnie 25 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off B H Way 25 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D G Gribble 27 Jul 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off D G Gribble xx Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off Smith 15 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF St Athan as Flt Lt - Liaison Officer
Sgt Lawrence 15 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital after being injured in combat
Sgt Klozensky 15 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital after being injured in combat
Sgt G R Collett 22 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C Stewart 24 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital after being injured in combat
Fg Off Wyatt 24 Aug 1940 Reported for duty as Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr D O Finlay 27 Aug 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr James A Leathart 27 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr D O Finlay 28 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital after being injured in combat
Sqn Ldr James A Leathart 28 Aug 1940 Resumed command of the squadron

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Sep 1940

Date Notes
16 Jan 1940 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
14 Feb 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
23 Mar 1940 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
20 Apr 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
 1 Jun 1940 Squadron detached to RAF Catterick
 4 Jun 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
25 Jun 1940 Squadron detached to RAF Rochford
24 Jul 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
26 Jul 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Catterick
 8 Aug 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Hornchurch
 3 Sep 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Catterick

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

Nominal Roll of Officer and Pilots -  1 Sep 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr James A Leathart Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Alan C Deere OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off D A P McMullen  
Plt Off E F Edsall  
Plt Off S Baker  
Plt Off L Martel  
Sgt Norwell  
Sgt Gibbins  
Flt Lt D G Gribble OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off C F Gray  
Plt Off P Howes  
Plt Off W Krepski Polish
Plt Off W P Hopkin  
Sgt Davis  
Sgt Robbins  

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off C W Goldsmith  3 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, Hawarden
Plt Off P G Dexter  3 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, Hawarden
Plt Off D Secretan  3 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, Hawarden
Plt Off J S Hart  3 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, Hawarden
Plt Off E F J Charles  3 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, Hawarden
Plt Off D J Sanders  3 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, Hawarden
Plt Off H K F Matthews  5 Sep 1940 Rejoined squadron
Sqn Ldr T P R Dunworth  7 Sep 1940 Reported supernumerary, pending taking over the squadron.
Sqn Ldr James A Leathart 18 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to Air Ministry
Sqn Ldr T P R Dunworth 18 Sep 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off D J Sanders  7 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off W Krepski  7 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off C Stewart 11 Sep 1940 Rejoined the squadron
Plt Off D A P McMullen 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off P Howes 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 603 Sqn, killed in action 16 Sep 1940
Plt Off W L Hopkin 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 602 Sqn
Sgt Robbins 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Sgt Gibbins 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off P G Dexter 16 Sep 1940 Posted to No 603 Sqn
Plt Off J Howard 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty to complete operational training
Plt Off P R Mildren 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty to complete operational training
Plt Off Archibald L Winskill 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off G W Couzens 18 Sep 1940 Attached to No 41 Sqn
Plt Off J S Hart 20 Sep 1940 Posted to No 603 Sqn on completion operational training
Fg Off W H Bowden 20 Sep 1940 Adjutant, rejoined squadron from Hornchurch
Plt Off R F Lucy 20 Sep 1940 Engineer Officer, rejoined squadron from Hornchurch
Plt Off M Armstrong 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off D J Hammond 24 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off D Secretan 26 Sep 1940 Posted to No 72 Sqn on completion operational training
Plt Off A R M Campbell 26 Sep 1940 Rejoined the squadron
Plt Off G W Couzens 28 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 41 Sqn
Plt Off H K F Mathews 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 603 Sqn as Flight Commander
Plt Off G D Calderhead 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off H N D Bailey 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off I H Stewart 30 Sep 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off G W Couzens  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 8 SFTS, Montrose for instructional duties
Plt Off Archibald L Winskill  3 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Biggin Hill on completion operational training
Plt Off Morrison  3 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Biggin Hill on completion operational training
Sgt Hopkinson  5 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Sgt Aitken  6 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Sgt Cooper  6 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Sgt Oldnall  6 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Sgt Lowson  6 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off P R Mildren 14 Oct 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn on completion operational training
Fg Off Wyatt 14 Oct 1940 Posted to HQ No 11 Group for Intelligence duties
Sgt Osborn 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off Colerbrook 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off Batchelor 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off Coleman 16 Oct 1940 Rejoined the squadron
Sgt Glendinning 21 Oct 1940 Posted to No 74 Sqn on completion operational training
Plt Off J Howard 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 74 Sqn on completion operational training
Plt Off Powling 24 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Fg Off W H Bowden 28 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Acklington as Station Adjutant
Sgt Miller 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Sgt Hall 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off La Fontaine  1 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off Allen  1 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off Sewell  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Sgt Robinson  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU to complete operational training
Plt Off La Fontaine 16 Nov 1940 Posted to Franco-Belgian FTS
Plt Off Petley 28 Nov 1940 Reported for duty as Adjutant
Sgt Squire  3 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 57 OTU
Plt Off Bocca  4 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 57 OTU
Fg Off Kemp  5 Dec 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Catterick
Plt Off G D Calderhead 12 Dec 1940 Posted to No 3 School of General Reconnaissance
Sgt Gavan 14 Dec 1940 Posted to No 421 Flight, Hawkinge
Fg Off C F Gray 16 Dec 1940 Posted to No 43 Sqn as a Flt Lt
Sgt Lawrence 16 Dec 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the rank of Plt Off
Sgt Hopkinson 21 Dec 1940 Posted to No 41 Sqn
Sgt Swanwick 21 Dec 1940 Posted to No 41 Sqn
Sqn Ldr T P R Dunworth 25 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to Air Ministry
Sqn Ldr R F Boyd 25 Dec 1940 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 54 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/511)

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