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No 61 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt D D Christie  8 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 206 Sqn
Fg Off F M Loudon 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off J A Crockett 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off A S K Scarf 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off E A Keegan 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off J R Sullivan 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
APO D J How 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Sgt Plt T G Ross 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Sgt Plt C A Saunders 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn as Officer Commanding
Plt Off K T Thompson 22 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn
Plt Off G J K Hutchins 22 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn
Sgt Plt W A Jones 23 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn
Sgt Plt V Emanuel 23 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn
Sgt Plt D H Davis 23 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn
Plt Off A S K Scarf 19 Apr 1937 Posted to No 40 Sqn
Plt Off E A Keegan 19 Apr 1937 Posted to No 40 Sqn
Plt Off G J K Hutchins 19 Apr 1937 Posted to No 40 Sqn
Plt Off L S Lawrence 19 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 216 Sqn wef 4 Apr 1937
Plt Off J R Sullivan 23 Apr 1937 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Fg Off F M Loudon 25 Apr 1937 Attached to CFS
APO M J S Newman 25 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS wef 24 Apr 1937
Plt Off J A Crockett 28 Apr 1937 Attached to No 24 Sqn for Link Trainer Course
Plt Off J R Sullivan  1 May 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off J A Crockett  5 May 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 24 Sqn for Link Trainer Course
APO D J How  6 May 1937 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off
Plt Off K T Thompson  9 May 1937 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off K T Thompson 18 May 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 14 Jun 1937 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 19 Jun 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Sqn Ldr C H Brill 20 Jun 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off C J F Kydd 20 Jun 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off D J How 20 Jun 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off J A Crockett  1 Jul 1937 Posted to No 77 Sqn
Plt Off K T Thompson  1 Jul 1937 Posted to No 77 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C H Brill  3 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off C J F Kydd  3 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off D J How  3 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 8 Mar 1937

Squadron reformed at Hemswell, equipped with Hawker Audaxes for the first month.

Hawker Audax
19 Mar 1937 Squadron received first Avro Anson, K6303 from the manufacturers
Anson I of No 61 Squadron
24 Mar 1937 Ansons, K6304 and K6305 received from Woodford
25 Mar 1937 Ansons, K6306, K6308 and K6309 received from Woodford
 7 Apr 1937 One Anson, K6307 received from Woodford

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt D D Christie  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off F M Loudon 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off L S Lawrence  4 Apr 1937  
Plt Off D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D J How 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J R Sullivan 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937  
APO M J S Newman 24 Apr 1937  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel movements: Jul 1937 - Jan 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell  4 Jul 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
APO M J S Newman  4 Jul 1937 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Fg Off F M Loudon 1 Jul 1937 Posted to No 615 Sqn on completion of Flying Instructors' Course
APO M J S Newman 13 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
APO M J S Newman 14 Jul 1937 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 17 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off L S Lawrence 17 Jul 1937 Attached to AST Ltd, Hamble for Navigation Course
APO A G Newton  7 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
APO A D Steele-Perkins  7 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
Plt Off D M Barrett 16 Aug 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
APO A D Steele-Perkins 28 Aug 1937 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off C J F Kydd 16 Oct 1937 Attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off M J S Newman 16 Oct 1937 Attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off L S Lawrence 19 Oct 1937 Ceased to be attached to AST Ltd, Hamble for Navigation Course
Plt Off D M Barrett 23 Oct 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off D M Barrett 23 Oct 1937 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off M J S Newman 23 Oct 1937 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off D J How 25 Oct 1937 Attached to Gas School, Uxbridge for course of instruction
APO A G Newton 26 Oct 1937 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 12 Oct 1937
APO A D Steele-Perkins 26 Oct 1937 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 12 Oct 1937
Plt Off L S Lawrence  1 Nov 1937 Attached to CFS for Link Trainer Course
Plt Off D J How  5 Nov 1937 Ceased to be attached to Gas School, Uxbridge for course of instruction
Plt Off L S Lawrence  5 Nov 1937 Ceased to be attached to CFS for Link Trainer Course
Plt Off C W Glover 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
Plt Off D M Barrett  6 Dec 1937 Promoted to Fg Off wef 16 Nov 1937

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Airmen Pilots - 1 Jan 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt D D Christie  8 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off L S Lawrence  4 Apr 1937  
Plt Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J R Sullivan 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D J How 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off M J S Newman 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A G Newton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off A D Steele-Perkins  7 Aug 1937  
APO C W Glover 27 Nov 1937  
Sgt Plt T G Ross 15 Mar 1937  
Sgt Plt C A Saunders 15 Mar 1937  
Sgt Plt W A Jones 23 Mar 1937  
Sgt Plt V Emanuel 23 Mar 1937  
Sgt Plt D H Davis 23 Mar 1937  

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Personnel movements: Jan - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J R Guthrie  4 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from RAF College on appointment to a Permanent Commission wef 18 Dec 1937
Flt Lt C J Giles  4 Jan 1938 Attached from No 2 ATC for Armament duties
APO D R H Drummond  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from 2 FTS
Plt Off C J F Kydd 21 Jan 1938 Ceased to be attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off M J S Newman 21 Jan 1938 Ceased to be attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off D J How 25 Jan 1938 Attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 25 Jan 1938 Attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Flt Lt C J Giles 29 Jan 1938 Ceased to be attached from No 2 ATC for Armament duties
APO D C G Clinkard 19 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Plt Off C W Glover 20 Feb 1938 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off C W Glover 26 Feb 1938 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
APO D R H Drummond 21 Mar 1938 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off C W Glover 28 Mar 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 8 Mar 1938
APO D R H Drummond  7 Apr 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 15 Mar 1938
Plt Off D J How 29 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 29 Apr 1938 Ceased to be attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
Plt Off D C G Clinkard  1 May 1938 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
APO K A Porter  7 May 1938 Arrived on posting from 6 FTS
APO D C G Clinkard  8 May 1938 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off A G Newton 25  May 1938 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
APO D C G Clinkard 24 May 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 10 May 1938
Plt Off D R H Drummond 28 May 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off L S Lawrence 31 May 1938 Promoted to Fg Off wef 21 May 1938
Sgt Plt W A Jones  8 Jul 1938 Posted to Electrical and Wireless School for flying duties

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 3 Jan 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF North Coates Fitties for Armament Training Camp
17 Jan 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim I when K7159 and K7160 arrived from Filton
Blenheim I of No 61 Squadron
19 Jan 1938 Blenheim I, K7161, arrived from Filton
21 Jan 1938 Blenheim Is, K7162, K7163 and K7164 arrived from Filton
22 Jan 1938 Blenheim Is, K7166 and K7166 arrived from Filton
28 Jan 1938 Blenheim I, K7167, arrived from Filton
29 Jan 1938 Squadron returned from RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Armament Training Camp
 1 Feb 1938 Blenheim I, K7169, arrived from Filton
 1 Feb 1938 Ansons, K6304 and K6307 allotted to A V Roe Ltd
 4 Feb 1938 Ansons, K6303, K6305, K6308, K6309, K6263 and K6264 allotted to No 48 Sqn
 4 Feb 1938 Blenheim Is, K7170 and K7171 arrived from Filton
10 Feb 1938 Anson, K6306 allotted to No 10 FTS, RAF Ternhill
10 Feb 1938 Ansons, K6266 and K6269 allotted to A V Roe Ltd
 8 Feb 1938 Blenheim I, K7172, arrived from Filton
 9 Feb 1938 Blenheim Is, K7173 and K7175 arrived from Filton
17 Feb 1938 Blenheim I, K7168, arrived from Filton

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt D D Christie  8 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off L S Lawrence  4 Apr 1937  
Plt Off D J How 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J R Sullivan 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off M J S Newman 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A G Newton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off A D Steele-Perkins  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J R Guthrie 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Glover 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D R H Drummond  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off D C G Clinkard 19 Feb 1938  
APO K A Porter  7 May 1938  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO R S E Aldridge  9 Jul 1938 Class 'A' Reserve.  Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS
APO K A Porter 19 Jul 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 12 Jul 1938
Plt Off A G Newton 19 Aug 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for Navigation Course
APO T May 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 41 Short Navigation Course, School of Air Navigation
APO D C Skene 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
APO S B Morley 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
APO G M Wyatt 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Plt Off M J S Newman 22 Aug 1938 Relinquished his commission on transfer to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
APO K A Porter 22 Aug 1938 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
Sgt Plt T G Ross 22 Aug 1938 Attached to AST Ltd, Hamble for Short Navigation Course
Flt Lt D D Christie 23 Aug 1938 Attached to HQ No 5 Group as Group Flying Instructor and Accident Investigator
APO K A Porter 28 Aug 1938 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
APO T May  2 Sep 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 23 Aug 1938
Plt Off C J F Kydd 13 Sep 1938 Promoted to Fg Off wef 25 Aug 1938
Cpl H E West 18 Sep 1938 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 J S Gray 18 Sep 1938 Killed in a flying accident
APO R S E Aldridge 23 Sep 1938 Appointed to a Short Service Commission and confirmed in his rank of Plt Off
Plt Off K A Porter  3 Oct 1938 Attached to RAF Manston for No 44 Short Navigation Course
Flt Lt D D Christie  5 Oct 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr wef 1 Oct 1938
Plt Off D J How  6 Oct 1938 Promoted to Fg Off wef  9 Sep 1938
Plt Off J R Guthrie 13  Oct 1938 Attached to RAF School of PT for No 5 Fencing Course
Flt Lt H M Cox 15 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting from No 50 Sqn
Plt Off D R H Drummond 17 Oct 1938 Relinquished his commission on transfer to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
Plt Off T May 23 Oct 1938 Attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
APO D C Skene 23 Oct 1938 Attached to CFS for Flying Instructors' Course
Sqn Ldr D D Christie 24 Oct 1938 Posted to RAF Hemswell for flying (administrative) duties
APO D C Skene 25 Oct 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 20 Oct 1938
APO R O Altmann 29 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS, Class 'A' Reserve
Plt Off T May 30 Oct 1938 Ceased to be attached to No 3 SoTT, Manston for Parachute Course
APO S B Morley  1 Nov 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 25 Oct 1938
APO G M Wyatt  1 Nov 1938 Confirmed in his rank and regraded as Plt Off wef 25 Oct 1938
Plt Off E C S Fewtrell  1 Nov 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off J R Sullivan  1 Nov 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Cpl J W B Bentley  7 Nov 1938 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 A C Laurens  7 Nov 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J R Guthrie 28 Nov 1938 Ceased to be attached to RAF School of PT for No 5 Fencing Course
Plt Off K A Porter 10 Dec 1938 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for No 44 Short Navigation Course
Flt Lt H M Cox 14 Dec 1938 Attached to RAF Wittering for Flying Instructors' duties
Flt Lt H M Cox 21 Dec 1938 Ceased to be attached to RAF Wittering for Flying Instructors' duties
Plt Off D C Skene 23 Dec 1938 Posted to CFS for Flying Instructors' Course

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
13 Sep 1938 Blenheim I, L1321 arrived from Filton
15 Sep 1938 Blenheim I, L1325 arrived from Filton
16 Sep 1938 Blenheim I, L1327 arrived from Filton
17 Sep 1938 Blenheim I, L1326 arrived from Filton
21 Sep 1938 Blenheim Is, L1328 and L1329 arrived from Filton
21 Sep 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton for Armament Training Camp
 1 Oct 1938 Squadron returned from No 8 ATC, RAF Evanton on completion of Armament Training Camp
 1 Nov 1938 Squadron was placed on Medium Bomber Establishment (16 IE aircraft)
29 Nov 1938 Blenheim I, L1245 received from No 34 Sqn, RAF Upper Heyford
12 Dec 1938 Blenheim I, K7051 received from No 90 Sqn, RAF Bicester

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt H M Cox 15 Oct 1938  
Fg Off D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off L S Lawrence  4 Apr 1937  
Fg Off D J How 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J R Sullivan 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A G Newton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off A D Steele-Perkins  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J R Guthrie 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Glover 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D C G Clinkard 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off K A Porter  7 May 1938  
Plt Off T May 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R S E Aldridge  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off S B Morley 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off G M Wyatt 20 Aug 1938  
APO R O Altmann 29 Oct 1938  

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel movements: Dec 1938 - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off T May 23 Dec 1938 Killed in a motor accident
APO R O Altmann 29 Dec 1938 Attached to No 110 Sqn, RAF Waddington
Fg Off J R Sullivan  1 Jan 1939 Relinquished his commission on transfer to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
Flt Lt H M Cox  5 Jan 1939 Transferred to the Reserve on completion of six years regular service
APO R O Altmann 10 Jan 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 110 Sqn, RAF Waddington
APO R O Altmann 17 Jan 1939 Appointed to a Short Service Commission and confirmed in his rank of Plt Off on probation
Plt Off A D Steele-Perkins 17 Jan 1939 Transferred to the Reserve at his own request
Sqn Ldr C H Brill  1 Mar 1939 Promoted to Wg Cdr

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
14 Jan 1939 Squadron commenced Armament Training Camp with No 1 ATC, RAF Catfoss but operating from RAF Hemswell
16 Feb 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens (12 x IE and 4 x IR aircraft)
Hampden I of No 61 Squadron
 8 Mar 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens
21 Mar 1939 Squadron's Blenheim disposed of to various MUs and units
30 Mar 1939 Ansons, N5110, N5111, N5112 and N5113 received from Woodford

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hampden RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off L S Lawrence  4 Apr 1937  
Fg Off D J How 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A G Newton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J R Guthrie 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Glover 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D C G Clinkard 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off K A Porter  7 May 1938  
Plt Off R S E Aldridge  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off S B Morley 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off G M Wyatt 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R O Altmann 29 Oct 1938  

Warrant Officer

WO W Rowley 16 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel movements: Mar - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H Lee 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Navigation Course
Plt Off T C Cundill 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Navigation Course
Plt Off A C Pascoe 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Navigation Course
Plt Off A H Gould 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Navigation Course
Plt Off D A Helsby 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Navigation Course
Sgt Plt R Etheridge 20 Mar 1939 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr J G MacIntyre  3 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hampden RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C H Brill 22 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J G MacIntyre  3 Apr 1939  
Act Flt Lt D M Barrett 15 Mar 1937  
Act Flt Lt L S Lawrence  4 Apr 1937  
Act Flt Lt (Plt Off) G M Wyatt 20 Aug 1938  
Fg Off D J How 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off C J F Kydd 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off E C S Fewtrell 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A G Newton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J R Guthrie 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off C W Glover 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D C G Clinkard 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off K A Porter  7 May 1938  
Plt Off S B Morley 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R S E Aldridge  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R O Altmann 29 Oct 1938  
Plt Off D A Helsby 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off H Lee 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off A G Pascoe 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off T C Cundill 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off A H Gould 11 Mar 1939  

Warrant Officer

WO W Rowley 16 Jan 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel movements: Apr - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off K Jones 15 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Astronomical Extension Course
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny  8 May 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ No 5 Group
Plt Off J E A Friend 13 May 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation on completion of Short Astronomical Extension Course
Fg Off Culverwell  1 Jun 1939 Posted from No 76 Sqn but dismissed from the service by sentence of a GCM before arrival
Plt Off C A Baskett  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 76 Sqn
Plt Off D C Ross  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 76 Sqn but did not report for duty (see below)
Plt Off R H Bullard-Davis  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 76 Sqn
Sgt Plt C Wathey  1 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 76 Sqn
Plt Off A G Newton  6 Jun 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt G H Fawcett  6 Jun 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 R G Thomas  6 Jun 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off D C Ross  1 Aug 1939 Relinquished his SSC on account of ill health having never reported for duty
Fg Off D L England 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley wef 12 Sep 1939
Sgt Plt J de L Wooldridge 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley wef 12 Sep 1939
Sgt Plt C C Hobbs 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley wef 12 Sep 1939
Sgt Plt J W Wooton 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley wef 12 Sep 1939

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Personnel movements and casualties: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Cuthbert 19 Sep 1939 RAFVR.  Reported for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off G M Wyatt 19 Sep 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Wg Cdr C H Brill 26 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to RAF Henlow
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny 26 Sep 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny  3 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr wef 26 Sep 1939
Fg Off R H Bullard-Davies  3 Oct 1939 Attached to No 144 Sqn
Plt Off R O Altmann  3 Oct 1939 Attached to No 144 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D J P Lee 22 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Cottesmore
Plt Off E Hewitt 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Upper Heyford

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 4 Jun 1939 Squadron proceeded to RAF Leuchars for Armament Training Camp
24 Jun 1939 Squadron returned from RAF Leuchars on completion of Armament Training Camp
 1 Sep 1939 Squadron proceeded to Speke under 'Scatter Scheme'
 2 Sep 1939 Squadron returned from Speke having been recalled
 6 Sep 1939 Squadron proceeded to Speke under 'Scatter Scheme'
 8 Sep 1939 Squadron returned from Speke having been recalled
26 Sep 1939 Squadron began to use RAF Finningley as a 'Scatter' areodrome
 6 Oct 1939 Squadron began to use RAF Doncaster as a 'Scatter' aerodrome
24 Nov 1939 Squadron detached to RAF Wick for operations in support of Coastal Command
 2 Dec 1939 Squadron aircraft returned from detachment at RAF Wick

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Airmen Pilots - Mid Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr C H Brill Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny  
Sqn Ldr J G MacIntyre  
Flt Lt D M Barrett  
Flt Lt L S Lawrence  
Fg Off D J How  
Fg Off C J F Kydd  
Fg Off J M Warren  
Fg Off E C S Fewtrell  
Fg Off R H Bullard-Davies  
Fg Off J R Guthrie  
Fg Off D L England  
Fg Off C A Baskett  
Plt Off C W Glover  
Plt Off D C G Clinkard  
Plt Off G M Wyatt  
Plt Off K A Porter  
Plt Off R S E Aldridge  
Plt Off S B Morley  
Plt Off R O Altmann  
Plt Off A G Pascoe  
Plt Off T C Cundill  
Plt Off A H Gould  
Plt Off H Lee  
Plt Off K Jones  
Plt Off T C Cundill  
Plt Off D A Helsby  
Plt Off J E A Friend  
Flt Sgt Plt T G Ross  
Sgt Plt C A Saunders  
Sgt Plt C Wathey  
Sgt Plt H Shields  
Sgt Plt J W Wooton  
Sgt Plt V Emanuel  
Sgt Plt D H Davis  
Sgt Plt R Etheridge  
Sgt Plt J de L Wooldridge  
Sgt Plt C C Hobbs  

Source - No 61 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/576)

Personnel movements and casualties: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Webster  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley
Wg Cdr F M Denny 29 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley pending taking over command
Wg Cdr C M Champion de Crespigny 12 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Wg Cdr F M Denny 29 Jan 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off A C Manaton 18 Feb 1940 Returned from Short Navigation Course
Plt Off Adams 18 Feb 1940 Returned from Short Navigation Course
Plt Off Hall 18 Feb 1940 Returned from Short Navigation Course
Fg Off D C G Clinkard  8 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R P Glasson  8 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt C C Hobbs  8 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC W K Wood  8 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A C Manaton 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off E I Hewett 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J D Hartley 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC H S Burke 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt V Emanuel 15 Apr 1940 Failed to return from operations
Sgt Plt R Etheridge 15 Apr 1940 Failed to return from operations
Sgt J Atkinson 15 Apr 1940 Failed to return from operations
AC1 P G Graham 15 Apr 1940 Failed to return from operations
Fg Off C W Glover  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J E A Friend  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C Frost  1 May 1940 Killed in action
AC1 J B Greenall  1 May 1940 Killed in action
Wg Cdr F M Denny 19 May 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Wg Cdr W C Sheen 19 May 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Sgt Plt T G Ross 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt Plt J W Wootten 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt E R Corrigan 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Cpl L Walker 23 May 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Flt Lt L S Lawrence 29 May 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off G A Atkinson 13 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt S J Golding 13 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off A S Smith 20 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C Matheson 20 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R S Powell 20 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W S Rowcliffe 20 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt Barrett 21 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Plt Off J G Mitchell 22 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R Houghton-Grown 22 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C N Webster 22 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A G Pascoe 29 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A C Ennis 29 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W Greig 29 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F Fursglove 29 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off G M Wyatt 29 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R Burnett 29 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off L S Adams 29 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt R G Hill 29 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Flt Lt E C S Fewtrell  8 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Plt Off J Eadie  8 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E V Gawith  8 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt K B Wood  8 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Plt Off D S Carnegie 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A H Gould 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt J F Cowan 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt J N Predergast 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Plt Off D H Davis 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Plt Off M R Tagg 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F S Waltho 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A McN Cockburn 20 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off K Jones 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt G A Wright 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt E Bonson 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt D D Cain 20 Jul 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt G H McCrory  5 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off T C Cundill 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D E Gardener 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W B Taylor 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D R Alson 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H C Sheldon 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Flt Sgt W Ward 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R McC Morrison 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C E Thrower 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
LAC D E Douglas 23 Aug 1940 Killed in a motor accident
Sgt C J Knight  6 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt D J How 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A A Brooker 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R C Dickenson 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T H N Lane 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W S Bissett 14 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J E Hills 24 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R P Earl 26 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W D Hermon 26 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J C Williams 26 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D Sinclair 26 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G D D'Arcy-Wrihgt  6 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W A Cannon  6 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W B Rayment  6 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Algar  6 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt N W Neville 11 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W H Clemerson 17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E C Gardner 17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W M Hewitt 17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D Flanagan 17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H C Loadsman 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt K R Humphrey 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D I Pallett 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F D Walter 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr J H R Oldfield  6 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R S E Hamilton  6 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J I Moyes  6 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Robertson  6 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J G Langford 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C D Chapman 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R Sinclair 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C E Russell 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt A Moncrieff 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E F Edwin 14 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R S C Ivatt 22 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R Pelham 22 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J Hopkins 26 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt G F Williamson 26 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E P Fenwick 26 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt S Clark 26 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J F Williams  8 Dec 1940 Missing, later reported POW
Sgt R A Attfield  8 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J A Waters  8 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt O Deehan  8 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G E Cowan  17 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H R Richardson  17 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A J P Casey  17 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off E Rereve  17 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt F E H Cooper 20 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off E N Ward 20 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt S Evans 20 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident

From March 1940, the F540 does not give details of personnel being posted in or out and the relevant appendices are not available.

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
xx Mar 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI
No 61 Squadron badge

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