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No 58 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Apr - Jul 1924

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1924 Squadron reformed at RAF Worthy Down comprising a HQ Flight and a single flying flight, equipped with Vickers Vimys.
Vimy

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy RAF Worthy Down Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Edward G Hilton  1 Apr 1924 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Tom O Clogstoun  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Albert E Woodbridge  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Bernard C Drake  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Basil L Young  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Francis F W Hall  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Wilfred T Lewis  1 Apr 1924  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Personnel movements May 1924 - Jul 1925

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Walter H Longton 15 Jul 1924 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt Edward G Hilton 15 Jul 1924 Relinquished command of the squadron
Fg Off Albert E Woodbridge  1 Jan 1925 Assumed command of the newly formed 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

23 May 1925 Supernumerary pending assuming command
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

25 May 1925 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr Walter H Longton 25 May 1925 Relinquished command of the squadron but remained

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

 

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: Jul 1924 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
 3 Dec 1924 First Vickers Virginia V, J7421, was collected from the manufacturers
Virginia IV
 1 Jan 1925 'B' Flight was formed
xx Mar 1925 Some Virginia III were received
Virginia III
xx Jul 1925 Some Virginia VIs were received
Virginia IV

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia V

Vickers Virginia III

Vickers Virginia VI

RAF Worthy Down Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

23 May 1925 Officer Commanding; AFC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Walter H Longton 15 Jul 1924 DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  1 Jun 1924  
Flt Lt Tom O Clogstoun  1 Apr 1924  
Flt Lt James C Foden 31 Jul 1924 AFC
Fg Off Albert E Woodbridge  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off John R B Goadsby  4 Nov 1924  
Fg Off George E Newton 16 May 1925  
Fg Off Thomas N Stack 22 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Basil L Young  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Jack A Bramley 11 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Cyril G C Sullivan 11 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924  
Plt Off Hugh H Brookes 31 Jul 1924 late AVM

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5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harry B Hawker  4 Mar 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles F Pukeridge  1 Jul 1924  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Thomas L P Harries 20 May 1924 MB
Under Instruction
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) Percy L V Rippon 14 Jul 1924  
Fg Off Robert Mundy-Cox 31 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 15 Apr 1925  
Plt Off Victor A C Ross  1 Apr 1925  
Plt Off Christopher Clarkson 30 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Joseph  T C Skellon 30 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Cyril V Williams 30 Jun 1924  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia III

Vickers Virginia V

Vickers Virginia VI

RAF Worthy Down Inland Area/No 7 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

23 May 1925 Officer Commanding; AFC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Walter H Longton 15 Jul 1924 DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt James C Foden 31 Jul 1924 AFC
Flt Lt Albert E Woodbridge  1 Apr 1924  
Flt Lt Harold J Saker  1 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Frederick T Eades  7 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 23 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Robert Mundy-Cox 31 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Victor A C Ross  1 Apr 1925  
Fg Off Christopher Clarkson 30 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Hugh H Brookes 31 Jul 1924 later AVM
Plt Off Cyril V Williams 30 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Hubert L Patch 30 Jul 1925 later ACM

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harry B Hawker  4 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Harold D Giblett  1 Feb 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles F Pukeridge  1 Jul 1924  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Donald B Smith 11 Mar 1926 MB
Education Officer
Lt Donald L Rundle  1 Aug 1925 Grade IV
Under Instruction
Plt Off Joseph  T C Skellon 30 Jun 1924  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925 - Jul 1926

Date Notes
xx Apr 1926 Virginia IIIs disposed of

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia V

Vickers Virginia VI

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

23 May 1925 Officer Commanding; AFC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Walter H Longton 15 Jul 1924 DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Thomas Henderson  6 Apr 1926 MC, AFC
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt James C Foden 31 Jul 1924 AFC
Flt Lt Leo J Riordan 27 May 1926 AFC
Flt Lt Albert E Woodbridge  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Frederick T Eades  7 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 23 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Robert Mundy-Cox 31 Oct 1924  
Fg Off Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924  
Fg Off Christopher Clarkson 30 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Hugh H Brookes 31 Jul 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Cyril V Williams 30 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Ernest L Drew 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Hugh J F Kempthorne 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Hubert L Patch 30 Jul 1925 later ACM

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harry B Hawker  4 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Harold D Giblett  1 Feb 1926  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles F Pukeridge  1 Jul 1924  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Donald B Smith 11 Mar 1926 MB
Education Officer
Lt Donald L Rundle  1 Aug 1925 Grade IV
Under Instruction
Plt Off Joseph  T C Skellon 30 Jun 1924  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VI

Vickers Virginia VII

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

23 May 1925 Officer Commanding; AFC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Arthur P V Daly  3 Aug 1926
Sqn Ldr

Robert H M S Saundby

15 Oct 1926 MC, DFC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt James C Foden 31 Jul 1924 AFC
Fg Off Frederick T Eades  7 Jan 1926 Signals duties
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 23 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924 Armament duties
Fg Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Christopher Clarkson 30 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Hugh H Brookes 31 Jul 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Cyril V Williams 30 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Ernest L Drew 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Hubert L Patch 30 Jul 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Rex O O Taylor  9 Nov 1926  
Plt Off Guy Stevinson 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Richard P H Utley 30 Jul 1926  

-

5 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harry B Hawker  4 Mar 1925  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Charles F Pukeridge  1 Jul 1924  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Phillip H Perkins 15 Sep 1926  
Education Officer
Lt Donald L Rundle  1 Aug 1925 Grade IV
Under Instruction
Plt Off Joseph  T C Skellon 30 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Griffith J Powell  1 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Douglas L Maclean  1 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Hugh N C Williams  1 Sep 1926  

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1926 - Jul 1927

Date Notes
xx Aug 1926 Some Virginia VIIs were received
Virginia IV
xx Nov 1926 Virginia Vs disposed of
 1 Dec 1926 Station HQ, RAF Worthy Down was formed and the non-flying/maintenance personnel began to be transferred from the squadron strength to the new station establishment.
 3 May 1927 'A' Flight proceeded to Weston Zoyland for Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Apr 1927 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Virginia IXs
Virginia IX
xx May 1927 Virginia VIs disposed of
25 May 1927 'A' Flight returned from Weston Zoyland on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
 2 Aug 1927 'B' Flight proceeded to Weston Zoyland for Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543) and 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII

Vickers Virginia IX

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

23 May 1925 Officer Commanding; AFC; later MRAF
Sqn Ldr Arthur P V Daly  3 Aug 1926
Sqn Ldr

Robert H M S Saundby

15 Oct 1926 MC, DFC, AFC; later AM
Flt Lt Henry S Scroggs  1 Jun 1923  
Flt Lt James C Foden 31 Jul 1924 AFC
Fg Off Harold W R Banting 23 Jan 1926  
Fg Off Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924 Armament duties
Fg Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Christopher Clarkson 30 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Hugh H Brookes 31 Jul 1924 later AVM
Fg Off Harold Walker 10 May 1927 Signals duties
Fg Off Cyril V Williams 30 Jun 1924  
Plt Off Ernest L Drew 15 Jun 1926  
Plt Off Hubert L Patch 30 Jul 1925 later ACM
Plt Off Gordon L G Richmond 16 May 1927  
Plt Off Rex O O Taylor  9 Nov 1926  
Plt Off Conrad S John 14 Dec 1926  
Plt Off Guy Stevinson 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Richard P H Utley 30 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Frank D Biggs 15 Feb 1927  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Under Instruction
Plt Off George R T Clarke 26 Apr 1927  
Plt Off Douglas L Maclean  1 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Griffith J Powell  1 Sep 1926  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Personnel movements Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Arthur T Harris

 1 Jul 1927 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

28 Jul 1927 Supernumerary, pending assuming command
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

 4 Nov 1927 Assumed command of the squadron
Wg Cdr

Arthur T Harris

 4 Nov 1927 Relinquished command of the squadron but remained

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)
 

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
 2 Aug 1927 'B' Flight proceeded to Weston Zoyland for Armament Practice Camp
23 Aug 1927 'B' Flight returned from Weston Zoyland on completion of Armament Practice Camp
xx Jan 1928 Some Virginia Xs were received
Virginia X of No 58 Squadron
14 May 1928 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 9 Jun 1928 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543) and 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

28 Jul 1927 Officer Commanding; DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Arthur P V Daly  3 Aug 1926
Sqn Ldr

Henry K Thorold

30 Jul 1927 DSC, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Arthur M Beach 26 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Herbert Hackney  8 May 1928  
Fg Off Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924 Armament duties
Fg Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold Walker 10 May 1927 Signals duties
Fg Off Ernest L Drew 15 Jun 1926  
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor  9 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Conrad S John 14 Dec 1926  
Fg Off Gordon L G Richmond 16 May 1927  
Fg Off Richard P H Utley 30 Jul 1926 Signals Duties
Fg Off Griffith J Powell  1 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Douglas L Maclean  1 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Frank D Biggs 15 Feb 1927  
Plt Off Ernest R White 17 Dec 1927  
Plt Off Edward J Hill 17 Dec 1927  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Under Instruction
Plt Off George R T Clarke 26 Apr 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
17 Jun 1929 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
14 Jul 1929 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

28 Jul 1927 Officer Commanding; DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Arthur P V Daly  3 Aug 1926
Sqn Ldr

Henry K Thorold

30 Jul 1927 DSC, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Arthur M Beach 26 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt Reginald V M Odbert  9 Jun 1924 Armament duties
Fg Off      
Fg Off Malcolm M Miln 11 Jun 1924  
Fg Off Edward S C Davis  1 Apr 1924 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Harold Walker 10 May 1927 Signals duties
Fg Off Ernest L Drew 15 Jun 1926  
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor  9 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Conrad S John 14 Dec 1926 Armament duties
Fg Off Gordon L G Richmond 16 May 1927  
Fg Off Richard P H Utley 30 Jul 1926 Signals Duties
Fg Off Griffith J Powell  1 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Douglas L Maclean  1 Sep 1926  
Plt Off Frank D Biggs 15 Feb 1927  
Plt Off Charles F Barker 18 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Ernest R White 17 Dec 1927  
Plt Off Edward J Hill 17 Dec 1927  
Plt Off John G Llewellyn 28 Jul 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

18 Apr 1929 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Arthur P V Daly  3 Aug 1926
Sqn Ldr Harry A Smith 10 Jun 1929 MC
Flt Lt Arthur M Beach 26 Sep 1927  
Flt Lt George T Richardson 11 Sep 1928  
Flt Lt Alan H Hall 13 Apr 1929 attached from RCAF
Fg Off Ernest L Drew 15 Jun 1926  
Fg Off Rex O O Taylor  9 Nov 1926  
Fg Off Conrad S John 14 Dec 1926 Signals duties
Fg Off Frank D Biggs 15 Feb 1927  
Fg Off Douglas L Maclen  1 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Charles F Barker 18 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Ernest R White 17 Dec 1927 Killed in flying accident - 24 Mar 1930
Plt Off Edward J Hill 17 Dec 1927  
Plt Off John G Llewellyn 28 Jul 1928  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel movements Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off E R White 24 Mar 1930 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off P J Pratt 24 Mar 1930 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
16 Jun 1930 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
12 Jul 1930 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia VII

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

18 Apr 1929 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr John H Simpson  7 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Harry A Smith 10 Jun 1929 MC
Sqn Ldr

Alban S Ellerton

24 Jun 1929 OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt James Lawson  1 Oct 1929  
Flt Lt Charles E Horrox  9 Nov 1929 AFC
Flt Lt William E Symonds 13 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Percy Hill 16 Sep 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Bertram A J Crummy  2 Nov 1929  
Fg Off Maurice G R Harris 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Alan K H Binley 15 Jun 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off John G Llewelyn 28 Jul 1928  
Fg Off David A Craik 14 Aug 1929  
Plt Off Arthur E V Mathias 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Arthur T Orchard 14 Dec 1929  
Plt Off Charles S Gill 12 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Thomas H Wilson 12 Feb 1930  

-

6 Airman Pilots

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

Command change

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Charles C Miles  5 Aug 1930 Supernumerary pending assuming command
Wg Cdr Charles C Miles 18 Aug 1930 Assumed command of the squadron
Wg Cdr

Ernest W Norton

18 Aug 1930 Relinquished command of the squadron

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
xx Dec 1930 Virginia VIIs were disposed of
 4 May 1931 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
31 May 1931 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543) and 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Charles C Miles  5 Aug 1930 Officer Commanding, MC
Sqn Ldr John H Simpson  7 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Eric R Valsey 10 Oct 1930
Flt Lt

George S Hodson

21 Feb 1931 AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt Horace G P Ovenden 26 May 1930  
Flt Lt

Charlton Hallawell

28 Apr 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Bertram A J Crummy  2 Nov 1929  
Fg Off Maurice G R Harris 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Alexander P Miller 15 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Leslie E A Wright 13 Nov 1930  
Fg Off David A Craik 14 Aug 1929  
Fg Off Arthur E V Mathias 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Arthur T Orchard 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Thomas H Wilson 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Charles S Gill 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Ian L S McNicol 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off George M Ievers  8 Sep 1930  
Fg Off George E S Williams 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Maurice Q Candler  8 Oct 1930  
Plt Off Gordon R White 23 Dec 1930  
Plt Off Maurice H Kelly  1 Feb 1931  

-

13 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Command changes

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Charles C Miles  7 Nov 1931 To RAF Mediterranean, Malta and relinquished command
Wg Cdr

Lachlan L MacLean

 7 Nov 1931 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr Eric R Valsey  1 Jan 1932 relinquished command of 'B' Flight on promotion to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr

Gilbert F Smylie

 1 Jan 1932 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
     

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
30 May 1932 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Jun 1932 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Lachlan L MacLean

 7 Nov 1931 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr John H Simpson  7 Apr 1930 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Gilbert F Smylie

 1 Jan 1932 DSC; later  A/Cdre
Flt Lt Horace G P Ovenden 26 May 1930  
Flt Lt William L Payne 27 Oct 1931
Flt Lt Ralph A B Stone  3 Apr 1932
Flt Lt Douglas J Harrison  8 Jun 1932  
Fg Off John B Knapp  4 Mar 1932  
Fg Off Maurice G R Harris 17 Mar 1930  
Fg Off Alexander P Miller 15 Dec 1930  
Fg Off Hector G Hamilton  2 Jul 1931  
Fg Off Leslie E A Wright 13 Nov 1930  
Fg Off David A Craik 14 Aug 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off Arthur T Orchard 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Charles S Gill 12 Feb 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Thomas H Wilson 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off George P Humphries  3 May 1932  
Fg Off Francis C Allen 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Arthur W B Page 14 Nov 1931  
Fg Off George E S Williams 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off John B S Monypenny 23 Jun 1931  
Fg Off John A Dobson 23 Sep 1931  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H Simpson 25 Jul 1932 relinquished command of 'A' Flight on promotion to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr Tilden C Thomson 25 Jul 1932 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Arthur W B Page  7 Oct 1932 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Bernard H Gully  7 Oct 1932 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off George P Humphries 19 Apr 1933 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt Andrew McKee 19 Apr 1933 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
 6 Jun 1933 Squadron proceeded to RAF Catfoss for Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Jul 1933 Squadron returned from RAF Catfoss on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Wessex Bombing Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Lachlan L MacLean

 7 Nov 1931 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Tilden C Thomson 10 Jul 1932  
Sqn Ldr

Gilbert F Smylie

 1 Jan 1932 DSC; later  A/Cdre
Flt Lt Andrew McKee 23 Feb 1932 later AM
Flt Lt William L Payne 27 Oct 1931 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Flt Lt Ralph A B Stone  3 Apr 1932
Flt Lt Douglas J Harrison  8 Jun 1932  
Fg Off David A Craik 14 Aug 1929 Signals duties
Fg Off Arthur T Orchard 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Charles S Gill 12 Feb 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Thomas H Wilson 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off George P Humphries  3 May 1932  
Fg Off Francis C Allen 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off George E S Williams 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off James O Willis 20 Jun 1932  
Plt Off Robert G Coventry 17 Dec 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George H Eyles 12 Jan 1933  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles O F Modin

30 Oct 1933 Supernumerary pending Assuming command
Wg Cdr

Lachlan L MacLean

 1 Nov 1933 Relinquished command of the squadron
Wg Cdr

Charles O F Modin

 1 Nov 1933 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr David V Carnegie xx Nov 1933 Assumed command of Victoria Flight

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Virginia IX

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles O F Modin

30 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Tilden C Thomson 10 Jul 1932  
Sqn Ldr

Gilbert F Smylie

 1 Jan 1932 DSC; later  A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ralph A B Stone  3 Apr 1932
Flt Lt Douglas J Harrison  8 Jun 1932  
Flt Lt Andrew McKee 23 Feb 1932 later AM
Fg Off Arthur T Orchard 14 Dec 1929  
Fg Off Charles S Gill 12 Feb 1930 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Thomas H Wilson 12 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Francis C Allen 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off George E S Williams 17 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Philip F Canning 18 Nov 1933  
Fg Off Waters E Rankin 22 Nov 1933  
Plt Off Robert G Coventry 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off John A P Owen 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Ian H D Walker 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Howard L Fry 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Ian A Scott 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Vincent W Glasheen  4 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Kenneth D Salmon  4 Oct 1933  
Plt Off John R L Rumsey 28 Aug 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George H Eyles 12 Jan 1933  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Allan L A Perry-Keene

22 Dec 1933 Supernumerary
Sqn Ldr

Gilbert F Smylie

xx Jan 1934 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to Middle East
Sqn Ldr

Allan L A Perry-Keene

xx Jan 1934 Assumed command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1933 - Jul 1934

Date Notes
xx Nov 1933 Victoria Flight formed for the purpose of ferrying five Vickers Victorias to the Middle East and Iraq
15 Nov 1933 Victoria Flight departed from RAF Worthy Down for RAF Heliopolis
28 Nov 1933 Victoria Flight arrived at RAF Heliopolis
29 Nov 1933 Two aircraft of Victoria Flight departed from RAF Heliopolis for RAF Hinaidi, arriving the same day
10 Dec 1933 Personnel of Victoria Flight embarked at Port Said for return journey to UK
22 Dec 1933 Personnel of Victoria Flight arrived at Tilbury, disembarked and proceeded to RAF Worthy Down
xx Apr 1934 Virginia IXs were disposed of

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles O F Modin

30 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Tilden C Thomson 10 Jul 1932  
Sqn Ldr

Allan L A Perry-Keene

22 Dec 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt Andrew McKee 23 Feb 1932 later AM
Flt Lt Charles McM Laing 22 Mar 1934 MC, AFC
Flt Lt Douglas J Harrison  8 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Francis C Allen 16 Nov 1931  
Fg Off Philip F Canning 18 Nov 1933
Plt Off Robert G Coventry 17 Dec 1932  
Plt Off John A P Owen 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Ian H D Walker 15 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Howard L Fry 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Ian A Scott 20 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Vincent W Glasheen  4 Oct 1933  
Plt Off Kenneth D Salmon  4 Oct 1933  
Plt Off John R L Rumsey 28 Aug 1933  
Plt Off John J McCarthy 11 Mar 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George H Eyles 12 Jan 1933  

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8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Victor E Groom

27 Aug 1934 Supernumerary
Sqn Ldr Tilden C Thomson  1 Sep 1934 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight on posting to India
Sqn Ldr

Victor E Groom

 1 Sep 1934 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr

Allan L A Perry-Keene

15 Dec 1934 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to India
Sqn Ldr

Oswald R Gayford

15 Dec 1934 Assumed command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 7 May 1935 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Practice Camp
 7 Jun 1935 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Worthy Down ADGB/Western Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles O F Modin

30 Oct 1933 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Oswald R Gayford

15 Dec 1934 DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Victor E Groom

27 Aug 1934 DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Douglas J Harrison  8 Jun 1932  
Flt Lt Andrew McKee 23 Feb 1932 later AM
Flt Lt Gerald P Marvin  2 Jul 1934
Flt Lt Philip F Canning 18 Nov 1933
Fg Off Norman P Samuels 10 Dec1934  
Fg Off David L Dustin 16 Jul 1934
Fg Off Howard L Fry 20 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Vincent W Glasheen  4 Oct 1933  
Fg Off John R L Rumsey 28 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Henry de C A Woodhouse  2 Sep 1934  
Plt Off Alfred J Whillier 15 Dec 1934  
Plt Off John H Kitson 15 Dec 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John T Cuthbertson 30 Mar 1935  

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8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles O F Modin

 1 Jul 1935 Promoted to Gp Capt and relinquished command of squadron
Wg Cdr F O Soden  1 Jul 1935 Assumed command of squadron
Sqn Ldr

Oswald R Gayford

17 Sep 1935 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to Malta
Wg Cdr F O Soden xx Dec 1935 To No 7 Sqn and relinquished command of squadron
Sqn Ldr

Victor E Groom

xx Dec 1935 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
 1 Oct 1935

'A' Flight was detached to form the nucleus of No 215 Sqn, parented by No 58 Sqn

13 Jan 1936 Squadron completed its move from RAF Worthy Down to RAF Upper Heyford
15 Jun 1936 No 215 Sqn ceased to be parented by No 58 Squadron

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543) and 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford


July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia X

RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Victor E Groom

22 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Andrew McKee 23 Feb 1932 later AM
Flt Lt Gerald P Marvin  2 Jul 1934
Flt Lt M D C Biggie 16 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Patrick E Hadow 27 Jul 1935  
Fg Off Vincent W Glasheen  4 Oct 1933  
Fg Off Patrick B B Ogilvie 27 Jul 1935
Plt Off Russel D Welland 21 Oct 1935  
Plt Off Charles A Wood  12 Oct 1935  
Plt Off John R A Embling 2 Mar 1936 later AVM
Plt Off P G S Dickenson 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off K B F Smith 25 May 1936  
Plt Off W E Mulford  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A S McTurk  4 Mar 1936  
APO G C Hyde 11 May 1936  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John T Cuthbertson 30 Mar 1935

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9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J Potter  7 Jul 1936 Supernumerary, pending assuming command
Sqn Ldr

Victor E Groom

14 Jul 1936 To HQ Bomber Command and relinquished command of squadron
Sqn Ldr J Potter 14 Jul 1936 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr J Potter  1 Apr 1937 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr M M Freehill 22 Apr 1937 Reported for duty and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr W A Tattersall 17 Jun 1937 Reported for duty and assumed command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
12 Jul 1936 Five aircraft proceeded to RAF Aldergrove for Annual Armament Practice Camp
12 Jul 1936 Five aircraft returned from RAF Aldergrove on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
3 Sep 1936 Squadron completed its move from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Driffield
10 Feb 1937 The first Avro Anson was collected for the re-equipment of 'A' Flight

Anson I

24 Mar 1937 Squadron completed its move from RAF Driffield to RAF Boscombe Down
15 Mar 1937

'B' Flight was detached to form the nucleus of No 51 Sqn, which continued to be parented by No 58 Sqn

20 Apr 1937 No 51 Sqn ceased to be parented by No 58 Squadron
 1 Jul 1937 Squadron was transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Virginia X ('B' Flight)

Avro Anson I ('A' Flight)

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter  7 Jul 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr M M Freehill 22 Apr 1937 DFC
Flt Lt M D C Biggie 16 Mar 1936  
Fg Off Russel D Welland 21 Oct 1935  
Fg Off John R A Embling 2 Mar 1936 later AVM
Plt Off P G S Dickenson 14 Dec 1935  
Plt Off W E Mulford  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A S McTurk  4 Mar 1936  
Plt Off D H Burnside 18 Jul 1936
Plt Off J A O'Neill 15 Mar 1937
Plt Off P A Matthews  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H A Hornblow 11 Apr 1937  
Plt Off E A Liversidge 14 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J T MacInness 15 Mar 1937  
APO A R Pruddah 15 Mar 1937  

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9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt M D C Biggie xx Jan 1938 Attached to CFS for Flying Instructors' Course

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
23 Sep 1937 6 x Ansons and 4 x Virginias proceeded to RAF Aldergrove for Annual Armament Practice Camp
14 Oct 1937 6 x Ansons and 4 x Virginias returned from RAF Aldergrove on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
15 Oct 1937 Squadron received its first Armstrong Whitworth Whitley I, K7210, which was allocated to 'B' Flight
Whitley II
xx Oct 1937 Each Flight was re-equipped with 4 x Whitley IIs and 2 x Whitley Is
x Dec 1937 Last Virginia was disposed of and the Ansons had been transferred to No 51 Sqn
18 Feb 1938 The Squadron Badge, which had been authorised by HM King George VI was presented by ACM Sir Edgar Ludlow Hewitt
No 58 Squadron badge
20 Apr 1938 Squadron completed its move from RAF Boscombe Down to Linton-on-Ouse
xx Apr 1938 Squadron disposed of its Whitley Is

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

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

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

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Armstrong Whitley Whitley II

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter  7 Jul 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr M M Freehill 22 Apr 1937 DFC
Sqn Ldr W A Tattersall 17 Jun 1937
Flt Lt John R A Embling 2 Mar 1936 later AVM
Fg Off P G S Dickenson 14 Dec 1935  
Fg Off A S McTurk  4 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off J A O'Neill 15 Mar 1937
Fg Off K B F Smith  6 Aug 1937  
Fg Off H A Hornblow 11 Apr 1937  
Plt Off P A Matthews  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off E A Liversidge 14 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J T MacInness 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A R Pruddah 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off P M Compston 30 Jan 1938  
Plt Off D R Hoar 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J Read 23 Oct 1937
Plt Off J Adams 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off B W Currie 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off C S P Russell 27 Nov 1937
Plt Off J A Sproule 27 Nov 1937  

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12 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
27 Oct 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Practice Camp
19 Nov 1938 Five aircraft returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Practice Camp
xx Jan 1939 6 x Whitleys were delivered to Airwork Ltd for the fitting of power operated turrets

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Armstrong Whitley Whitley II

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter  7 Jul 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr M M Freehill 22 Apr 1937 DFC
Sqn Ldr J J A Sutton 14 Nov 1938
Fg Off P G S Dickenson 14 Dec 1935  
Fg Off J A O'Neill 15 Mar 1937
Fg Off K B F Smith  6 Aug 1937  
Fg Off P A Matthews  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J T MacInness 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off H A Hornblow 11 Apr 1937  
Fg Off A R Pruddah 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J Adams 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off B W Currie 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off C S P Russell 27 Nov 1937
Plt Off J A Sproule 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off S B Bintley 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off G E Walker 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off T H Parrott  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off I L McLaren 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off Peter H Cribb 30 Jul 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J Plant 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off G R C Macpherson 24 Sep 1938  
Plt Off I G L Rattigan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J P G Dunne 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J R J Rail  5 Nov 1938  
APO J Lingwood 29 Oct 1938 RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO W Riddell 27 Jun 1938

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr M M Freehill  3 Feb 1939 Died in York Hospital

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
xx Apr 1939 9 x Heyford IIs were loaned by RAF Leconfield to enable pilots to maintain currency
Handley Page Heyford

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Armstrong Whitley Whitley II

Handley Page Heyford II

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter  7 Jul 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J J A Sutton 14 Nov 1938
Fg Off P G S Dickenson 14 Dec 1935  
Fg Off J A O'Neill 15 Mar 1937
Fg Off K B F Smith  6 Aug 1937  
Fg Off P A Matthews  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J T MacInness 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off A R Pruddah 15 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off T H Parrott  9 Jul 1938  
Fg Off I L McLaren 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off J Adams 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off B W Currie 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off C S P Russell 27 Nov 1937
Plt Off J A Sproule 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off S B Bintley 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off G E Walker 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off Peter H Cribb 30 Jul 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J Plant 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off G R C Macpherson 24 Sep 1938  
Plt Off I G L Rattigan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J P G Dunne 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J R J Rail  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off C J T Jones 19 Dec 1938
Warrant Officer
WO W Riddell 27 Jun 1938

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Armstrong Whitley Whitley II (until Jul 1939)

Armstrong Whitley Whitley III (from May 1939)

Handley Page Heyford II (until May 1939)

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter  7 Jul 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J J A Sutton 14 Nov 1938
Fg Off P G S Dickenson 14 Dec 1935  
Fg Off J A O'Neill 15 Mar 1937
Fg Off K B F Smith  6 Aug 1937  
Fg Off P A Matthews  7 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J T MacInness 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off A R Pruddah 15 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off T H Parrott  9 Jul 1938  
Fg Off I L McLaren 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off J Adams 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off B W Currie 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off C S P Russell 27 Nov 1937
Plt Off J A Sproule 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off S B Bintley 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off G E Walker 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off Peter H Cribb 30 Jul 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J Plant 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off G R C Macpherson 24 Sep 1938  
Plt Off I G L Rattigan  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J P G Dunne 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off J R J Rail  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off C J T Jones 19 Dec 1938
Warrant Officer
WO W Riddell 27 Jun 1938

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel and movements and casualties: May - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Sgt K J B R Gillespie  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt D J Wood  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 P H Cook  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 W H Scott  8 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Airmen Pilots - 30 September 1939

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr H Hallam OC' 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr J J A Sutton OC' 'B' Flight
Flt Lt K B F Smith  
Fg Off J A O'Neill
Fg Off A R Pruddah  
Fg Off P A Matthews  
Fg Off J T MacInness  
Fg Off I L McLaren
Fg Off B W Currie  
Fg Off C S P Russell
Plt Off J A Sproule  
Plt Off S B Bintley  
Plt Off G E Walker  
Plt Off Peter H Cribb later A/Cdre
Plt Off I G L Rattigan  
Plt Off J Plant
Plt Off G R C Macpherson  
Plt Off J P G Dunne  
Plt Off J R J Rail  
Plt Off C J T Jones
Plt Off L H Eno  
Plt Off W C Timoney  
Plt Off J H Currie  
Flt Sgt E L Haines
Flt Sgt L F East
Flt Sgt G L Ford
Sgt J Ashmore
Sgt J B Jones
Sgt J Archer
Sgt A Dixon
Sgt N McGuire
Sgt J C Jones
Sgt K T Green
Sgt R R Murfin
Sgt B Tomlinson
Sgt C R Heayes
Sgt J Terraneau

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Personnel and movements and casualties: Sep - Oct 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt L M Laws xx Oct 1939 Attached from No 209 Sqn for liaison duties
Fg Off A R Pruddah  6 Oct 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant, returned to Flying and Operations Room duties
Plt Off J H Currie  6 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Airmen Pilots - 31 October 1939

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr J Potter Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J J A Sutton OC' 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr H Hallam OC' 'A' Flight
Flt Lt K B F Smith  
Fg Off J A O'Neill
Fg Off A R Pruddah  
Fg Off P A Matthews  
Fg Off J T MacInness  
Fg Off I L McLaren
Fg Off B W Currie  
Fg Off C S P Russell
Plt Off J A Sproule  
Plt Off S B Bintley  
Plt Off G E Walker  
Plt Off Peter H Cribb later A/Cdre
Plt Off G R C Macpherson  
Plt Off J R J Rail  
Plt Off C J T Jones
Plt Off J H Currie  
Plt Off J P G Dunne  
Plt Off I G L Rattigan Attached to No 15 Group
Plt Off L H Eno Attached to No 15 Group
Plt Off W C Timoney Attached to No 15 Group
Plt Off J Plant Attached to No 78 Sqn
Flt Sgt E L Haines Plt/Met Rigg
Flt Sgt L F East Plt/FAE
Flt Sgt G L Ford Plt/Met Rigg
Flt Sgt F T Honey Plt/WEM
Sgt K T Green Plt/NS
Sgt J Ashmore Plt/WEM
Sgt J B Jones Plt/FAE
Sgt J C Jones Plt/FAE
Sgt J Archer Plt/NS
Sgt B Tomlinson Plt/NS
Sgt N McGuire Plt/NS
Sgt J Terraneau Plt/NS
Sgt A Dixon Plt/Met Rigg
Sgt R R Murfin Plt/Clk-GD
Sgt C R Heayes Plt/Fitt I

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Personnel and movements and casualties: Nov - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J H Currie 21 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 6 Oct 1939
Plt Off J R J Rail  2 Dec 1939 To RAF Hospital, Halton (Non-effective, sick)
Plt Off J R J Rail 21 Dec 1939 Returned from RAF Hospital, Halton for flying duties
Plt Off S B Bintley 26 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off wef 24 Nov 1939

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx May 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Whitley IIIs
Whitley III of No 58 Squadron
xx May 1939 Heyfords were returned to RAF Leconfield
xx Aug 1939 'B' Flight detached to RAF Leuchars to form an Air Firing Training Flight for three weeks
30 Sep 1939 'A' and 'B' Flights moved to RAF Boscombe on detachment to HQ Coastal Command
 6 Oct 1939 Squadron HQ moved to RAF Boscombe leaving only the Maintenance Party at Linton on Ouse to undertake major servicing.

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Personnel and movements and casualties: Jan -Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off B W Currie 16 Jan 1940 To No 214 Sqn
Fg Off A P G Hyde 20 Jan 1940 Attached from No 78 Sqn
Plt Off Peter H Cribb 30 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt L M Laws  8 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached and returned to No 210 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J J A Sutton 26 Feb 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt K B F Smith 26 Feb 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt J H Currie 18 Apr 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posting to No 1 AAS
Sqn Ldr J H Truscott 18 Apr 1940 Reported for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off A R Pruddah 20 Apr 1940 To No 2 Ferry Pilots Pool
Sgt C R Heayes  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L F Tomlinson  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Cpl P H D Ditmas  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H A Peel  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D Robertson  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C D Boothby xx May 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt I L McLaren 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J R Mirfin 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - see Flt Lt McLaren
Sgt J Buckfield 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - see Flt Lt McLaren
LAC J Spencer 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - see Flt Lt McLaren
AC1 H Wilkinson 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - see Flt Lt McLaren
Plt Off N O Clements 10 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off R F Williams 10 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J E Thompson 10 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J R Smith 11 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off N C Buist 11 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt A Dixon 11 Jun 1940 Posted out
Plt Off D J Falconer 12 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt H Cornish 14 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off E A Francis 15 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off L R Evershed 17 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Sgt K T Green 17 Jun 1940 Posted out
Flt Sgt G J Ford 18 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M McGuire 18 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - See G J Ford
Sgt E Jones-Roberts 18 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A E Furze 18 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - See G J Ford
Sgt F S Staley 18 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW - See G J Ford
Fg Off J T McInnes 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C N Buist 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M L Dent 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C F McKay 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L Whittle 19 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J C Jones 20 Jun 1940 Posted out
Flt Sgt D H A Moore 21 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off G E Walker 21 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Plt Off J Plant 21 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Sgt R R Schofield 21 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Sgt C Henry 21 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Sgt H R Holmes 21 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Plt Off T J Gunn 21 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Sgt L F East 22 Jun 1940 Posted out
Fg Off C S P Russell 22 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt J A O'Neill 22 Jun 1940 To RAF Ringway
Plt Off W Surtees 22 Jun 1940 To No 78 Sqn
Flt Lt F Aikens 23 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off M M Fleming 23 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off W G Espley 23 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off L Crookes 25 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J R J Rail 27 Jun 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off P C Elliott 29 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off B P O'Duffy 29 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off T D J Robinson 29 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off L H MacFarlane 28 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off C J T Jones  2 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H E A Craven  2 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D Leishman  2 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off L H MacFarlane  2 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt J A O'Neill  3 Jul 1940 Posted out
Fg Off S B Bintley  8 Jul 1940 Posted out
Flt Lt C S P Russell  8 Jul 1940 Posted out
Plt Off Peter H Cribb  9 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Sgt F Young 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B M Bennett 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt N Emmerson 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D B Hopes 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L Isherwood 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A A E Crossland 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt W T Christie 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J R J Rail 16 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Hospital, Matlock
Flt Sgt F T Honey 22 Jul 1940 Posted out
Sgt J B Jones 23 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W Candlish 23 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J K Easton 23 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E Hill 23 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J D Smith 23 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J D Mitchell 28 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr H Tuck 29 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off E Ford 29 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off R A Phillips 29 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt R A Gosling 29 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt F M Kerr 29 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt C A Hughes 30 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J R C Macpherson 31 Jul 1940 Posted out
Plt Off T H Hadley  2 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off R A Hadley  2 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off P A Matthews 10 Aug 1940 Posted out
Plt Off V B Lintott 13 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off H O Forth 16 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt F Aikens 24 Aug 1940 Posted out
Flt Lt Peter H Cribb 27 Aug 1940 Posted out
Sgt M Hill 31 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off B Brooke 31 Aug 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off A I Watterson xx Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt N C Harding  1 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr M Hallam  3 Sep 1940 Posted out
Sgt M A Terraneau  3 Sep 1940 Posted out
Sgt J Archer  4 Sep 1940 Posted out
Sgt H M Kesting  9 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt L F P Adlam  9 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off S P Daniels 10 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off P S Dally 10 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sub-Lt W H Johnstone 10 Sep 1940 RN.  Reported for duty
Sub-Lt I R Webb 10 Sep 1940 RN.  Reported for duty
Sgt A E Barlow 10 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt F R Elton 10 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J E Thomson & crew 11 Sep 1940 Missing, later reported as POW
Plt Off T H Hadley 11 Sep 1940 Missing, later reported as POW (part of Thomson crew)
Sqn Ldr J H Truscott 16 Sep 1940 Posted out
Sgt C A Wright 17 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt H J Walters 17 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt A A E Crossland 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D W Austen 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E Ford 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C F Marshall 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R E Salisbury 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Cornish 24 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt L H Taylor 24 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off A I Watterson 24 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J R J Rail 25 Sep 1940 Posted out
Sqn Ldr K B F Smith 26 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off M P Griffiths 28 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt H Stiles 29 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt W A Fullerton 29 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt W B Mackley 29 Sep 1940 RAAF. Reported for duty
Sgt S V Smith 29 Sep 1940 RAAF. Reported for duty
Sgt G S Halley 29 Sep 1940 RAAF. Reported for duty
Sgt R W Prout 29 Sep 1940 RAAF. Reported for duty
Plt Off E H Brown 31 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off W C Espley  3 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P S Dally  3 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A J Cheeseman  3 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A E Chetter  3 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt I A Zemek  3 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R F Owen  7 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off N F Hildyard  7 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off M M Fleming  8 Oct 1940 Posted out
Plt Off R A Hadley  8 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R A Phillips  8 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt G E Hall  8 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J M Ramsay  8 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt C A Wright  8 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off D R Hall 12 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J A Champness 13 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J G Kerry 13 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off M R Harvey 17 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off E H Brown 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L F P Adlam 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M C Caryll-Tilkin 21 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N O Clements 23 Oct 1940 Posted out
Sgt C S G Green 23 Oct 1940 Died from injuries
Plt Off R S Stamp 26 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off A F Barralet 26 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off C M Clementi 26 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt P Johnson 22 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt S D Greaves 22 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt R E Lister 22 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt E H Petford 22 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt R H Youngman 26 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt K L Watson 26 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off R G Fennell  2 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Sqn Ldr K B F Smith  7 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Wg Cdr J J A Sutton  7 Nov 1940 Posted out
Wg Cdr K B F Smith  7 Nov 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt N C Harding  7 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Sgt F R Elton  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return
Sgt L B Breeze  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return
Sgt G Graham  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return
Sgt R W Prout RAAF  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return
Sgt E A Shapland  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return
Plt Off A J Ogilvie 11 Nov 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off T J Gunn 11 Nov 1940 Posted out
Sgt C D Boothby 11 Nov 1940 Posted out
Plt Off L Crooks 13 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off J A Champness 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T Hanlon 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R B Lister 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt N S Smith 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C Stockman 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sub-Lt I R Webb 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H M Kesting 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt K W A Little 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T I McInnes 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R S Stamp 14 Nov 1940 Missing, later reported as a POW
Plt Off A F Barralet 14 Nov 1940 Missing, later reported as a POW
Plt Off W E Peers 21 Nov 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off P Langmead 25 Nov 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J H Frampton 25 Nov 1940 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr J S Bartlett  2 Nov 1940 Posted out
Plt Off H O Forth 23 Nov 1940 Posted out
Plt Off A Wilding 23 Nov 1940 Posted out
Plt Off B P O'Duffy 23 Nov 1940 Posted out
Sgt L G Bettridge 25 Nov 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt J McGregor Cheers 25 Nov 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt S V Bunn  1 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt W T W Large  1 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt D R Harborow  1 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off D F Walker  9 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt I J Phillips 10 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J Turner 12 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off T D L Robison 14 Dec 1940 Posted out
Sgt H P Shipley 16 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt T S Thurling 16 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt A J White 16 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt F Gibbs 17 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt S D Greaves 19 Dec 1940 Posted out
Fg Off S Bender 21 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt S V Smith 23 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W Chamberlain 23 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Gowing-Scopes 23 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Rowlands 23 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt K L Watson 23 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt I G Johnson 23 Dec 1940 Killed in a landing accident
Plt Off E R Cooper 29 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off E J Joshua 29 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off R Carrapiett 29 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off A A Law 29 Dec 1940 Reported for duty

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
14 Feb 1940

1st Air Party returned to RAF Linton-on-Ouse and the control Bomber Command

15 Feb 1940 2nd Air Party returned to RAF Linton-on-Ouse
16 Feb 1940 MT Party departed from RAF Boscombe Down for RAF Linton-on-Ouse
18 Feb 1940 MT Party arrived at RAF Linton-on-Ouse
29 Feb 1940 4 x Whitley IIIs ('A' Flight) were flown to RAF Kemble to exchange for Whitley Vs
Whitley V of No 58 Squadron (Bomber Command)
 1 Mar 1940 3 x Whitley Vs were delivered from RAF Kemble
 2 Mar 1940 1 x Whitley V was delivered from RAF Kemble
 8 Mar 1940 1 x Whitley V was collected from RAF Kemble ('A' Flight)
12 Mar 1940 1 x Whitley V, N1426, was collected from RAF Aston Down ('B' Flight)
16 Mar 1940 1 x Whitley V, N1434, was collected from RAF Aston Down ('A' Flight)
21 Mar 1940 3 x Whitley Vs, N1442, N1424 and N1427, were delivered from RAF Aston Down
 8 Apr 1940 Squadron declared partially operational following re-equipment with Whitley Vs

Source - No 58 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/543)

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