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No 55 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Feb - Jul 1920

Date Notes
 1 Feb 1920

Reformed at Suez by redesignating No 142 Squadron equipped with DH9s.

DH 9
xx Jun 1920 Squadron received DH9As to supplement the DH9s
DH 9A of No 55 Squadron
 8 Jul 1920

Squadron sailed for Turkey on board the SS Tambov

12 Jul 19320 Squadron arrived at Maltepe, Turkey

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1920

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9

De Havilland DH9A

Maltepe, Turkey Middle East Area/Palestine Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles H Elliott-Smith A  3 Aug 1919 Flight Commander (Acting OC?) AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Roy M Drummond A 15 May 1920 Flight Commander, DSO, MC; later AM
Capt Frank K Tomlinson Med 30 Jan 1920 Attached to RAF from RAMC
Fg Off Charles B S Spackman A 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Carpenter A  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Godfrey C O'Donnell A 15 May 1920 DFC
Fg Off Reginald J P Grebby A  1 May 1920 DFC
Fg Off Rowland Hood A  6 Jan 1920  
Fg Off Victor E Groom A 22 May 1920 DFC; later AM
Fg Off Dudley L Evans A 28 Feb 1920 MC, DFC
Fg Off William I Hannon A 19 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Geoffrey Robinson A 15 May 1920 MC
Fg Off William E French T 20 Oct 1919  
Fg Off James Silvester A 24 Apr 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Ian C Slater A 28 Feb 1920  
Fg Off James W Mitchell T 16 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Reginald C Pretty A & S 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Harry N V  Le V Noel A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Bruce G Drake O 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Ernest Bird A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off John B Prouse O  2 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Ernest R Stafford A & S 15 May 1920  

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9

De Havilland DH9A

Maltepe, Turkey Middle East Area/Palestine Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles H Nicholas A 24 Jun 1920 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Reginald S Maxwell A 25 Jun 1920 MC, DFC
Flt Lt John W B Grigson S  1 Jun 1920 DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Harold H James A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Charles B S Spackman A 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Carpenter A  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off

Leslie M Iles

A  7 Jul 1920 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off Reginald J P Grebby A  1 May 1920 DFC
Fg Off Rowland Hood A  6 Jan 1920  
Fg Off

Andrew MacGregor

A  5 Jul 1920 later AVM
Fg Off Victor E Groom A 22 May 1920 DFC; later AM
Fg Off Dudley L Evans A 28 Feb 1920 MC, DFC
Fg Off William I Hannon A 19 Feb 1920  
Fg Off James Silvester A 24 Apr 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Theodore L Lowe O  5 Jul 1920  
Fg Off John M Wyer T  5 Jul 1920 DSM
Obs Off Rodney T Carter O 25 Jun 1920
Fg Off Reginald C Pretty A & S 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Harry N V  Le V Noel A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Bruce G Drake O 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Ernest Bird A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off John T A Lochner A  7 Jul 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas J X Canton Med  5 Mar 1921 MB

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Aug 1920 - Apr 1921

Date  
 3 Sep 1920

Squadron departed Turkey for Iraq on board HMS Ark Roya

23 Sep 1920 Squadron arrived at Basrah
30 Sep 1920 Squadron moved to Baghdad West
20 Mar 1921 Squadron moved from Baghdad West to Mosul
xx Mar 1921 Squadron disposed of its last DH9

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Middle East Area/Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn A & S 26 Jan 1921 DSC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Charles H Nicholas A 24 Jun 1920 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Reginald S Maxwell A 25 Jun 1920 MC, DFC
Flt Lt John W B Grigson S  1 Jun 1920 DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Harold H James A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Hugh B Hammond A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Charles B S Spackman A 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Carpenter A  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Hugh S P Walmsley A 11 Feb 1921 MC; later AM
Fg Off Horace W Westaway A 22 Dec 1920 MC
Fg Off Roland Hood A  6 Jan 1920  
Fg Off

Andrew MacGregor

A  5 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off Cyril H Teagle A  7 Sep 1920  
Fg Off Victor E Groom A 22 May 1920 DFC; later AM
Fg Off Dudley L Evans A 28 Feb 1920 MC, DFC
Fg Off Cyril D Spiers A & S  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off James Silvester A 24 Apr 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick K Damant A 6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off John M Wyer T  5 Jul 1920 DSM
Obs Off Rodney T Carter O 25 Jun 1920
Fg Off Reginald C Pretty A & S 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Harry N V  Le V Noel A 24 Apr 1920  
Obs Off Bruce G Drake O 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Ernest Bird A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off John T A Lochner A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Percy W Lingwood A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Edward C Durrant A  6 Jan 1921  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Alexander H Allan Stores  4 Sep 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas J X Canton Med  5 Mar 1921 MB

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Middle East Area/Mesopotamian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn A & S 26 Jan 1921 DSC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Charles H Nicholas A 24 Jun 1920 AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Reginald S Maxwell A 25 Jun 1920 MC, DFC
Flt Lt John W B Grigson S  1 Jun 1920 DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Tom F Hazell A  4 May 1921 DSO, MC, DFC
Fg Off Hugh B Hammond A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Charles B S Spackman A 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank Carpenter A  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Hugh S P Walmsley A 11 Feb 1921 MC; later AM
Fg Off Horace W Westaway A 22 Dec 1920 MC
Fg Off Roland Hood A  6 Jan 1920  
Fg Off

Andrew MacGregor

A  5 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off Cyril H Teagle A  7 Sep 1920  
Fg Off Victor E Groom A 22 May 1920 DFC; later AM
Fg Off Dudley L Evans A 28 Feb 1920 MC, DFC
Fg Off Cyril D Spiers A & S  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off James Silvester A 24 Apr 1920 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frederick K Damant A 6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off John M Wyer T  5 Jul 1920 DSM
Obs Off Rodney T Carter O 25 Jun 1920
Fg Off Reginald C Pretty A & S 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Ernest Bird A 24 Apr 1920  
Fg Off John T A Lochner A  7 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Percy W Lingwood A 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Edward C Durrant A  6 Jan 1921  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Alexander H Allan Stores  4 Sep 1920  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas J X Canton Med  5 Mar 1921 MB

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

Personnel Movements: Jul 1921 - Apr 1922

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Cyril H Teagle 16 Sep 1921 Died from injuries

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq RAF Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn 26 Jan 1921 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC
Flt Lt Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Tom F Hazell  4 May 1921 DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Charles B S Spackman 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Frank W W Wilson 24 Apr 1921  
Fg Off Frank Carpenter  5 Feb 1920  
Fg Off Hugh S P Walmsley 11 Feb 1921 MC; later AM
Fg Off Horace W Westaway 22 Dec 1920 MC
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Cyril D Spiers  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Aubrey Ledger 16 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Frederick K Damant 6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Percy W Lingwood 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Ralph de H Hutchinson 15 Sep 1921  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Cecil J Stone  9 Mar 1922
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Thomas J X Canton  5 Mar 1921 MB

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1922 - Apr 1923

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Vivian Gaskell-Blackburn 15 Jan 1923 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Tom F Hazell 15 Jan 1923 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Tom F Hazell 21 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Cyril J Truran 23 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson 22 Nov 1922 DSO, DFC
Flt Lt Charles B S Spackman 28 Feb 1920 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Louis G Paget 23 Feb 1923 AFC
Fg Off Herbert S Broughall 18 Dec 1922 MC
Fg Off Horace W Westaway 22 Dec 1920 MC
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Humphrey W Baggs 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Cyril D Spiers  6 Jan 1921  
Fg Off Aubrey Ledger 16 Apr 1922 Killed - 4 Dec 1923
Fg Off Humphrey G Sullivan 23 Fen 1923  
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Percy W Lingwood 11 Dec 1920  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Plt Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Plt Off Robert C Harrison 23 Feb 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Tom F Hazell 21 Nov 1922 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, DFC
Flt Lt Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Cyril J Truran 23 Feb 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Walter F Anderson 22 Nov 1922 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Herbert S Broughall 18 Dec 1922 MC
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off Humphrey W Baggs 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Aubrey Ledger 16 Apr 1922 Killed - 4 Dec 1923
Fg Off Humphrey G Sullivan 23 Fen 1923  
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off John E V Lindsey 11 May 1923  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Francis J C Rybot 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Henry A Anson 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1922 - Jan 1924

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Tom F Hazell 12 Jul 1923 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Arthur Coningham 12 Jul 1923 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 18 Jan 1924 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Arthur Coningham 18 Jan 1924 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 23 Nov 1923 Officer Commanding, DSO
Sqn Ldr Arthur Coningham 24 Feb 1922 DSO, MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Benjamin J Silly 14 Sep 1923 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt David S Earp 14 Sep 1923 DFC
Flt Lt Sydney L G Pope 24 Sep 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off George S Hodson 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Henry A Anson 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Plt Off John O Barnes 14 Sep 1923  
Plt Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Plt Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Leonard H Vernon 24 Nov 1921  
Fg Off John McCarthy 14 Sep 1923  
accountant
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Mosul, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 23 Nov 1923 Officer Commanding, DSO
Flt Lt Benjamin J Silly 14 Sep 1923 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt David S Earp 14 Sep 1923 DFC
Flt Lt Sydney L G Pope 24 Sep 1923 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Humphrey W Baggs 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Bernard M T S Leete 19 Jan 1922  
Fg Off George S Hodson 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Fred Miller 21 Apr 1922 DSM
Fg Off Harry D Wardle 23 Feb 1923  
Fg Off Robert R Greenlaw  4 Feb 1922  
Fg Off Alec D Page  7 Mar 1922 MM
Fg Off Francis W Long  7 Mar 1922 later AVM
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Officer
Fg Off Trevlyn L Grey 23 Nov 1923  
accountant
Flt Lt John Sullivan 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

January 1925

Source - January 1925 Air Force List

February 1925

Source - February 1925 Air Force List

March 1925

Source - March 1925 Air Force List

April 1925

Source - April 1925 Air Force List

May 1925

Source - May 1925 Air Force List

June 1925

Source - June 1925 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May 1924 - Jul 1925

Date  
19 May 1924 Squadron moved from Mosul to RAF Hinaidi
26 May 1924 Squadron moved from RAF Hinaidi to Kingerban
29 May 1924 Squadron moved from Kingerban to RAF Hinaidi

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 23 Nov 1923 Officer Commanding, DSO
Flt Lt Benjamin J Silly 14 Sep 1923 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

Somerled D Macdonald

 3 Mar 1925 DFC; later AVM
Fg Off George S Hodson 14 Sep 1923 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off James P Huffam  5 Mar 1924 VC
Fg Off Henry P F Fagan  5 Mar 1924  
Fg Off Hugh A Bayne 24 Apr 1923  
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Plt Off Cyril H W Boldero 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Trevlyn L Grey 23 Nov 1923  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Cecil G Prior  9 Oct 1924  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Edward R L Corballis 27 Oct 1925 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 27 Oct 1925 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Date  
19 Sep 1924 Squadron moved from RAF Hinaidi to Mosul
 1 Nov 1924 Squadron moved from Mosul to RAF Hinaidi

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt George E Ranson 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Charles H Flinn

18 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Guy Horsfield  8 Jul 1923  
Fg Off James P Huffam  5 Mar 1924 VC
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  
Plt Off William O Du Port 22 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 1 Sep 1926
Plt Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Horncastle 10 Nov 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

Charles H Flinn

18 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off James P Huffam  5 Mar 1924 VC
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Edward B Forster 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off William O Du Port 22 Sep 1925 Killed in a flying accident - 1 Sep 1926
Plt Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Plt Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Alfred R Feather 19 Mar 1926  
Plt Off James McGuinness 26 Mar 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Horncastle 10 Nov 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson 22 Sep 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt Louis W Jarvis 30 Dec 1924  
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

23 Nov 1923 later A/Cdre
Hon Flt Lt Ulric C de Burgh 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off

Charles H Flinn

18 Nov 1925 later A/Cdre
Fg Off

John N Boothman

21 Sep 1926 later ACM
Fg Off Alan L Riley 27 Feb 1927 AFC
Fg Off Arthur J Peacey 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Edmund C Roark 21 May 1924  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off John H Woodin 23 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Robert W Steele 12 Jun 1926  
Fg Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alfred R Feather 19 Mar 1926  
Plt Off Colin Heard-White 21 Sep 1926  
Plt Off James McGuinness 26 Mar 1926  

-

1 Airman Pilot

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Ernest W Horncastle 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Edward Smith 21 Sep 1926  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Eric D Johnson  5 Feb 1927 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt Harry A Smith  5 Feb 1927 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Harry A Smith 22 Sep 1926 MC
Flt Lt Ronald S Sugden 22 Sep 1925 AFC
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill  1 Nov 1926 DFC
Fg Off

John N Boothman

21 Sep 1926 later ACM
Fg Off Benjamin N Murgatroyd 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off Charles V Lock  1 Nov 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Rolf B H Jackson 31 Mar 1927 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Colin Heard-White 21 Sep 1926  
Plt Off James McGuinness 26 Mar 1926  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril Littlejohn 22 Sep 1925 MM
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Edward Smith 21 Sep 1926  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Harry A Smith 19 Jul 1927 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Harold A Whistler 19 Jul 1927 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Fg Off Rolf B H Jackson 20 Feb 1928 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr Harold A Whistler 25 Apr 1928 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Arthur H Peck 25 Apr 1928 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date  
23 Dec 1927 'C' Flight proceeded to Shaibah to reinforce No 84 Sqn
 8 Jan 1928 Squadron, except HQ Flight and Workshops, proceeded to Shaibah to reinforce No 84 Sqn
 9 Jan 1928 Squadron proceeded from Shaibah to Busaiyah
27 Feb 1928 Squadron proceeded returned to Shaibah from Busaiyah
 5 May 1928 Squadron returned to RAF Hinaidi but retained a flight at Nuqrat Sulman on a rotional basis

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Arthur H Peck 25 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Harry A Smith 22 Sep 1926 MC
Flt Lt Vivian S Parker 20 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Anthony Leach 20 Sep 1927 MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Charles V Lock  8 Mar 1928  
Fg Off  Leslie H Ross  8 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Kenneth Maconnochie 29 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Robert W Steele  6 Oct 1927  
Fg Off William F Rimmer 12 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Guy W Hayes 20 Sept 1927 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Sidney H V Harris 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off Thomas P F P Fagan 12 Mar 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur F Merritt 23 Feb 1928  
Plt Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Howard N Davies 14 Oct 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Arthur H Peck 25 Apr 1928 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Sqn Ldr Harry A Smith 22 Sep 1926 MC
Flt Lt Vivian S Parker 20 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Anthony Leach 20 Sep 1927 MC
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Kenneth C Garvie 30Jun 1928  
Fg Off Robert W Steele  6 Oct 1927  
Fg Off Guy W Hayes 20 Sept 1927 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur F Merritt 23 Feb 1928  
Plt Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Colin E V L'K Feasey 25 May 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Howard N Davies 14 Oct 1927  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R R Carroll 3 Jan 1929 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr Arthur H Peck 21 Mar 1929 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John W B Grigson

21 Mar 1929 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Date  
 2 Jan 1929 'A' and 'C' Flights proceeded to Kerbala on detachment
 7 Jan 1929 'A' and 'C' Flights returned from Kerbala
15 Jan 1929 'C' Flight proceeded to Nuqrat Sulman with the other flights relieving them weekly on a rotional basis
16 Feb 1929 'B' and 'C' Flights proceeded to Busaiyah on detachment
20 Feb 1929 'B' and 'C' Flights returned to RAF Hinaidi from Busaiyah

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
De Havilland DH9A Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John W B Grigson

21 Mar 1929 Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Vivian S Parker 20 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt

John A Gray

11 Jan 1929 DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Anthony Leach 20 Sep 1927 MC
Flt Lt Rudolph T Taafe 23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Guy W Hayes 20 Sept 1927 Armament duties; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Colin E V L'K Feasey 25 May 1928  
Plt Off Frederick B S Downey  3 Jan 1929  
Plt Off Esmond J H F Moreton  3 Jan 1929  
Plt Off Harry C Friday  8 May 1929  
Plt Off Alan C Mitchell  5 Apr 1929  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Harold D Jackman

 9 Jan 1929 later AM

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Charles H Elliott-Smith  7 Feb 1930 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John W Woodhouse  7 Feb 1930 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill  1 May 1930 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John W Woodhouse  1 May 1930 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date  
19 Dec 1929 'B' Flight proceeded to Nuqrat Sulman
30 Dec 1929 'B' Flight returned from Nuqrat Sulman to RAF Hinaidi
30 Dec 1929 'C' Flight proceeded to Nuqrat Sulman
 8 Jan 1930 'C' Flight proceeded to RAF Shaibah
 3 Feb 1930 'C' Flight returned from RAF Shaibah to RAF Hinaidi
20 Feb 1930 'B' Flight re-equipped with Westland Wapiti aircraft
Wapiti IIA of No 55 Squadron

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John W Woodhouse 24 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 18 Jan 1930 DFC
Flt Lt

John A Gray

11 Jan 1929 DFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Rudolph T Taafe 23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Flt Lt Charles W Croxford 20 Sep 1927 DSC
Fg Off Ulrich C MacKay  5 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Harold C Marett 14 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Noel F V Henkel 29 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey F Overbury  1 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Alan C Mitchell  5 Apr 1929  
Plt Off Harry C Friday  8 May 1929  
Plt Off Sidney J H Carr  7 Feb 1930  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off

Harold D Jackman

 9 Jan 1929 later AM

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill  2 Sep 1930 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John W Woodhouse  2 Sep 1930 Resumed command of No 55 Sqn
Fg Off A L T Naish 11 Nov 1930 Evacuated to hospital at Hinaidi by Victoria
2 Lt N H Janabi 15 Nov 1930 Arrived on attachment to replace Fg Off Naish
AC2 Wheatley 15 Nov 1930 Evacuated to hospital at Hinaidi by Victoria
Sqn Ldr George C Gardiner 31 Jan 1931 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John W Woodhouse 31 Jan 1931 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date  
 1 Nov 1930 'A' Flight proceeded to Kirkuk for operations
25 Nov 1930 'A' Flight returned to RAF Hinaidi from Kirkuk
31 Jan 1931 'C' Flight proceeded to Kirkuk for operations
 1 Feb 1931 'A' Flight proceeded to Kirkuk for operations
 4 Feb 1931 'A' and 'C' Flights returned to RAF Hinaidi from Kirkuk
 7 Mar 1931 Detachment proceeded to Sulaimania
 8 Mar 1931 Two more aircraft joined detachment
 9 Mar 1931 One more aircraft joined detachment
25 Apr 1931 Squadron returned to RAF Hinaidi, leaving C & M Party at Sulaimania
22 May 1931 C & M Party at Sulaimania returned to RAF Hinaidi

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George C Gardiner  2 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 18 Jan 1930 DFC
Flt Lt Frank Wright  7 Oct 1930  
Flt Lt Geoffrey C O'Donnell 18 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Alan L T Naish 13 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Maxwell N Oxford 10 Mar 1931  
Fg Off James M Wells 10 Feb 1931  
Fg Off Sidney J H Carr  7 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Ronald J Cohan  7 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Alfred Earle  7 Oct 1930 Photographic duties; later ACM
Plt Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Brian E Lowe 20 Feb 1931  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Malcolm M McMullen  7 Oct 1930

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Alfred Earle 11 Feb 1932 Admitted to Amman SSQ
Flt Lt Maurice M Freehill 13 Feb 1932 Departed by air for Shaibah on posting to Home Establishment
Fg Off Alan L T Naish 13 Feb 1932 Departed by air for Shaibah on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Frank Wright 14 Apr 1932 Invalided to Home Establishment
Fg Off Alfred Earle 14 Apr 1932 Invalided to Home Establishment

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date  
25 Apr 1932 Detachment proceeded to Erbil
27 Jun 1932 Squadron returned to RAF Hinaidi

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr George C Gardiner  2 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Flt Lt Geoffrey C O'Donnell 18 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Cyril R Mason 27 May 1932  
Flt Lt Leonard T Carruthers  4 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt

Brian C Yarde

10 Jun 1932 later AVM
Fg Off Maxwell N Oxford 10 Mar 1931  
Fg Off James M Wells 10 Feb 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Thomas Gadd 24 Oct 1931 Signals duties
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off Brian E Lowe 20 Feb 1931  
Plt Off Hugh W Marlow 18 Jan 1932  
Plt Off James Ramsden 24 Mar 1932 Photographic duties

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Malcolm M McMullen  7 Oct 1930

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off George E B Nixon 29 Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 4 Oct 1932
Flt Lt T S Horry 29 Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Plt Off James Ramsden  6 Feb 1933 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt

John Marsden

10 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting, wef 17 Jan 1933 and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off J R Ackers 11 Feb 1933 Attached from AHQ Iraq
Fg Off A C Drew 21 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton
Fg Off Alfred Threapleton 22 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from No 70 Sqn
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon 10 Mar1933 Arrived on posting from No 17 Sqn, RAF Upavon
Sqn Ldr G A H Pidcock 16 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 16 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment, wef 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Jack C Larking 16 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment, wef 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off John O W Oliver 16 Mar 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment, wef 28 Feb 1933
Sqn Ldr George C Gardiner 31 Mar 1933 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G A H Pidcock 31 Mar 1933 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt

John Marsden

 8 Apr 1933 Assumed temporary command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G A H Pidcock  8 Apr 1933 Admitted to RAF General Hospital, Hinaidi
Flt Lt T N McEvoy  8 Apr 1933 Attached from Aircraft Depot, Iraq to command 'C' Flight
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel 18 Apr 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment, wef 1 Apr 1933 and assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt

John Marsden

18 Apr 1933 Relinquished temporary command of No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt T N McEvoy 18 Apr 1933 Ceased to be attached from Aircraft Depot, Iraq to command 'C' Flight
Sqn Ldr G A H Pidcock 27 Apr 1933 Departed for Palestine on posting to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Geoffrey C O'Donnell 21 May 1933 Posted to CFS
Plt Off John H A Chapman 23 May 1933 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt John N Jaques  1 Jun 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment, wef 13 May 1933 to command 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 10 Jun 1933 Arrived on posting Home Establishment, wef  1 Jun 1933 to command No 55 Sqn
Fg Off Brian E Lowe 11 Jun 1933 Posted to RAF Base Gosport

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel  1 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt

John Marsden

17 Jan 1933 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John N Jaques 13 May 1933  
Fg Off Thomas Gadd 24 Oct 1931 Signals duties
Fg Off Albert E Smith 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Jack C Larking 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off James Ramsden 24 Mar 1932 Photographic duties
Fg Off Alfred Threapleton 22 Mar 1933  
Fg Off John H A Chapman  2 Nov 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John T Riggs  1 Oct 1932
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II William G Bates 10 Mar 1933  
WO II James Burns 17 Feb 1932  
WO II George Currie 10 Mar 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off A C Drew 19 Jun 1933 Died from injuries
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel 10 Jul 1933 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 10 Jul 1933 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt

John Marsden

15 Sep 1933 Absorbed into Home Establishment on account of ill-health
Sqn Ldr Rev Madox-Jones 26 Oct 1933 Ceased to be attached on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr Rev J I Stuttaford 11 Nov 1933 Arrived on attachment from Home Establishment
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 11 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn, RAF Andover, wef 18 Oct 1932
Plt Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off Charles H D Wardrop 21 Nov 1933 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel  1 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt John N Jaques 13 May 1933  
Fg Off Albert E Smith 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  7 Oct 1930  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Jack C Larking 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off James Ramsden 24 Mar 1932 Photographic duties
Fg Off John H A Chapman  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 18 Oct 1932  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John T Riggs  1 Oct 1932
Warrant Officers
WO William G Bates 10 Mar 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George Currie 10 Mar 1933  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Albert E Smith 28 Dec 1933 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Edgar F J L'Strange  4 Jan 1934 Resigned his Permanent Commission and returned to the UK
Plt Off James Ramsden  4 Jan 1934 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off Stanley J McN Newman 26 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Flt Lt John A Hawkings 15 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 31 Jan 1934 to command 'C' Flight
Fg Off George E B Nixon xx May 1934 Posted to Home Establishment

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel  1 Apr 1933  
Flt Lt John A Hawkings 31 Jan 1934 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John N Jaques 13 May 1933  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George E B Nixon  4 Oct 1932  
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Jack C Larking 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John H A Chapman  2 Nov 1932  
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 18 Oct 1932  
Plt Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Charles H D Wardrop 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Stanley J McN Newman 26 Jan 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John T Riggs  1 Oct 1932
Warrant Officers
WO William G Bates 10 Mar 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George Magee 16 Jan 1934  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Henry J Gemmel xx Feb 1935 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Montgomery V Gibbon xx Feb 1935 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Jack C Larking xx Feb 1935 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt John A McDonald  1 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off David C Torrens 19 Feb 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off Stanley J McN Newman  8 May 1935 Killed in action
AC2 A E Hawkins  8 May 1935 Killed in action
Plt Off Edward R Berrill  1 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS, RAF Abu Sueir

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 27 May 1933 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt John A McDonald  1 Feb 1935  
Flt Lt John A Hawkings 31 Jan 1934 Pilotage (Navigation) duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Reginald H Donkin 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John O W Oliver 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 18 Oct 1932  
Fg Off George N Hancock 10 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Charles H D Wardrop 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off David C Torrens 19 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Alfred A McMath  6 Apr 1935  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cuthbert F Harrington 14 Aug 1934
Warrant Officer
WO Frank H Kirk  1 Nov 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Aubrey R M Rickards 15 Nov 1935 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr John A McDonald  15 Nov 1935 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn (promoted Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Oct 1935)
Flt Lt James B Barrett  23 Nov 1935 Arrived on posting, wef 9 Nov 1935 and assumed command of 'A' Flight
APO J C McG Lunn 13 Dec 1935 Attached from No 4 FTS for Service Training
APO F C Hopcroft 13 Dec 1935 Attached from No 4 FTS for Service Training
Sgt Plt W J Carr 13 Dec 1935 Attached from No 4 FTS for Service Training
Fg Off Edward V Knowles 23 Dec 1935 Posted to Home Establishment

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John A McDonald  1 Feb 1935 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC
Flt Lt

Guy W Hayes

28 Jan 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt James B Barrett  9 Nov 1935  
Flt Lt Reginald H Donkin 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off George N Hancock 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Clifford F C Wright 21 Nov 1933  
Plt Off David C Torrens 19 Feb 1935  
Plt Off Alfred A McMath  6 Apr 1935  
Plt Off Edward R Berrill  1 Jun 1935  
APO J H L Graham  2 May 1936  
APO G M Roddy  2 May 1936  
APO C B B Wallis  2 May 1936  
Stores Branch
Fg Off R G A Vallance 19 Apr 1936
Warrant Officer
WO Frank H Kirk  1 Nov 1934  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Guy W Hayes

24 Feb 1937 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn (promoted Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Feb 1937)
Sqn Ldr John A McDonald 24 Feb 1937 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements:  Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date  
27 Oct 1936 The Squadron Badge which had been authorised by HM King Edward VIII in July was presented by AOC, British Forces in Iraq
No 55 Squadron badge
xx Jan 1937 First Vickers Vincent (dual control) was received for re-equipment of the squadron
Vincent
xx Feb 1937 11 x Vincents received
xx Mar 1937 Squadron completed re-equipment with Vincent aircraft

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

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

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

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Hinaidi, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Guy W Hayes

28 Jan 1936 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Eric C Bates

24 Oct 1936 later AVM
Fg Off A Flowerdew 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R J Ommanney 12 Jun 1936  
Plt Off J H L Graham  2 May 1936  
Plt Off G M Roddy  2 May 1936  
Plt Off C B B Wallis  2 May 1936  
Plt Off J Gillan 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off I G C Malcolm 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off L M Blome-Jones  2 Mar 1937  
APO D M Doran  6 Apr 1937  
Stores Branch
Fg Off D H M Graham 30 Nov 1936
Warrant Officer
WO C A Pope 17 Nov 1936  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Guy W Hayes

23 Mar 1938 Relinquished command of No 55 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 23 Mar 1938 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Organisational Movements:  Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date  
xx Sep 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Hinaidi to RAF Dhibban (later renamed Habbaniya)

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt

Eric C Bates

24 Oct 1936 later AVM
Act Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Act Flt Lt J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J Gillan 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W C S A G Cooper 15 Nov 1937  
Plt Off I G C Malcolm 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off L M Blome-Jones  2 Mar 1937  
Plt Off L H Schwind  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off E J P Jackson  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off I C Swann 29 Mar 1938  
APO J H Holloway 29 Mar 1938  
Stores Branch
Fg Off D H M Graham 30 Nov 1936
Warrant Officer
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Organisational Movements:  Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date  
24 Aug 1938 12 x aircraft departed RAF Habbaniya for Aden
24 Sep 1938 Squadron landed at RAF Heliopolis on return journey and were retaining in Middle East due to International situation
 7 Oct 1938 Squadron arrived at Habbaniya

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Act Flt Lt J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off J Gillan 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off L M Blome-Jones  2 Mar 1937  
Plt Off W C S A G Cooper 15 Nov 1937  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off E J P Jackson  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A S B Godrich 25 Oct 1938  
APO M S Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
APO I S Beeston  5 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off

Keith H Gooding

25 Oct 1938 later AVM
Warrant Officer
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Apr 1939

Date  
24 Feb 1939 Squadron received one Blenheim I (dual control) on loan for training
Bristol Blenheim I
29 Mar 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

 

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent

Bristol Blenheim I

Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Fg Off J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off R B Cox 14 Dec 1938  
Fg Off H R Goodman 22 Jan 1939  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off E J P Jackson  9 Nov 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A S B Godrich 25 Oct 1938  
APO M S Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
APO I S Beeston  5 Nov 1938  
APO T O Walker  4 Jan 1939  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off

Keith H Gooding

25 Oct 1938 later AVM
Warrant Officers
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  
WO W H Clark 21 Jan 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vincent

Bristol Blenheim I

Habbaniya, Iraq Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R A T Stowell 11 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W H Kearney 14 Apr 1938  
Act Flt Lt R B Cox 14 Dec 1938  
Fg Off J Edwards 31 Mar 1938  
Fg Off H R Goodman 22 Jan 1939  
Fg Off P S Jolliffe 20 Mar 1939  
Plt Off L H Hunt  6 Dec 1937  
Plt Off G E P Green 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off M F H Fox 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off A S B Godrich 25 Oct 1938  
Plt Off T O Walker  4 Jan 1939  
APO M S Ferguson 25 Oct 1938  
APO I S Beeston  5 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Plt Off Keith H Gooding 25 Oct 1938 later AVM
Warrant Officers
WO C F Hunt  4 Nov 1937  
WO W H Clark 21 Jan 1937  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Organisational Movements:  May - Dec 1939

Date  
 8 May 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is
24 Aug 1939 Squadron departed RAF Habbaniya for RAF Ismailia
25 Aug 1939 MT Convoy departed RAF Habbaniya for RAF Ismailia
 1 Sep 1939 MT Convoy arrived at RAF Ismailia
 1 Sep 1939 Squadron under the control of No 1 Bomber Wing, Egypt Group
21 Sep 1939 No 1 Bomber Wing, Egypt Group redesignated No 250 Wing, No 202 Group

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/515)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt R H Claxton 11 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt N F Smith 11 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC R C Jobling 11 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off M F H Fox 15 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt M Klines 15 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt H F A Nicholas 15 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off L H Hunt 16 Jul 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Sgt Vignaux 22 Jul 1940 Admitted to hospital at Heliopolis whilst on leave with a damaged knee
Plt Off R A Smith 31 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J L Sugden 31 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 L Lowe 31 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off T E Ormerod 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off Metclafe 19 Sep 1940 Assumed duties of Intelligence Officer
Plt Off Streatfield 19 Sep 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to Air Gunners Course, RAF Ismailia
Wg Cdr R A T Stowell 25 Sep 1940 Admitted to hospital in Alexandria
Flt Lt R B Cox 25 Sep 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 55 Sqn
Fg Off A S B Godrich 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W C Clarke 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W H Thompson 27 Sep 1940 Died after being shot down in action
Flt Lt R B Cox 25 Sep 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 55 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A G Dudgeon  7 Oct 1940 Assumed command of No 55 Sqn
LAC H Hall 12 Oct 1940 Died from injuries
Fg Off Harries 29 Dec 1940 Proceeded to RAF Abu Sueir for Gas Course

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/516)

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Dec 1940

Date  
10 Jun 1940 Advance Party departed RAF Ismailia for Amriya
11 Jun 1940 Main Party departed RAF Ismailia for Amriya
11 Jun 1940 Advance Party departed Amriya for Fuka
11 Jun 1940 Air Party departed RAF Ismailia for Fuka
11 Jun 1940 Main Party departed Amriya for Fuka
12 Jun 1940 Main Party arrived at Fuka
 5 Dec 1940 First Bristol Blenheim IV arrived from No 102 MU for re-equipment of the squadron
Bristol Blenheim IV of No 55 Squadron
 7 Dec 1940 Three more Blenheim IVs arrived from No 102 MU
 8 Dec 1940 Three more Blenheim IVs arrived from No 102 MU
10 Dec 1940 Six Blenheim IVs arrived from No 102 MU
27 Dec 1940 Two Blenheim IVs arrived from No 102 MU

Source - No 55 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/516)

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