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No 63 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Feb - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V S Parker 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF Andover and assumed command of No 63 Sqn
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off J W S Fowler 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn
Plt Off L V James 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn
APO B J Rogers 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn for duty as Adjutant
Sgt Plt Brain 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt Burden 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt Chinnery 15 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr V S Parker 22 Feb 1937 Relinquished command of No 63 Sqn on proceeding to RAF Upwood
APO P Corbishley 22 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 114 Sqn
Plt Off K Ault 22 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 114 Sqn
Plt Off H H A Ironside 23 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 35 Sqn
APO J Ellis 24 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 114 Sqn
Sgt Plt Powell 24 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R H G Grey  1 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 83 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V S Parker 12 Apr 1937 Resumed command of No 63 Sqn
Plt Off K Ault 12 Apr 1937 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
APO A E Hyde Parker  1 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, wef 24 Apr 1937
APO C L G Back  1 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, wef 24 Apr 1937
APO J G W Swain 23 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, wef 22 May 1937

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Pilots - 12 Apr 1937

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr V S Parker Officer Commanding, No 63 Sqn
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls Officer Commanding, 'A' Flight
Plt Off J W S Fowler 'A' Flight
Plt Off L V James 'A' Flight
APO P Corbishley 'A' Flight
APO J Ellis 'A' Flight
Sgt Plt Powell 'A' Flight
Sgt Plt Burden 'A' Flight
Plt Off K Ault Officer Commanding, 'B' Flight
Plt Off H H A Ironside 'B' Flight
Plt Off R H G Grey 'B' Flight
APO B J Rogers 'B' Flight
Sgt Plt Brain 'B' Flight
Sgt Plt Chinnery 'B' Flight

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Organisational Movements: Feb - Jul 1937

Date Notes
15 Feb 1937

Squadron reformed at RAF Andover from 'B' Flight of No 12 Squadron equipped with Hawker Hinds

Hawker Hind of No 63 Squadron
 1 Mar 1937 Squadron collected four Hawker Audax aircraft from A V Roe Ltd and delivered them to RAF Upwood
Hawker Audax
3 Mar 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Abingdon to RAF Upwood
15 Mar 1937 Squadron collected three Hawker Audax aircraft from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford
17 Mar 1937 Squadron collected three Hawker Audax aircraft from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford
18 Mar 1937 Squadron collected two Hawker Audax aircraft from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford
12 Apr 1937 Second Flight was formed
20 May 1937 Squadron received its first Fairey Battle, K7559, the first squadron to receive the type
Battle I of No 63 Squadron
 9 Jun 1937 Squadron received Battle, K7563
16 Jun 1937 Battle, K7562 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
22 Jun 1937 Battle, K7566 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
 1 Jul 1937 Battle, K7561 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
 6 Jul 1937 Battle, K7564 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
10 Jul 1937 Battle, K7565 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
14 Jul 1937 Battle, K7560 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Audax

Fairey Battle I

RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V S Parker 22 Feb 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J W S Fowler 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off L V James 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off B J Rogers 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off P Corbishley 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off K Ault 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H H A Ironside 23 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R H G Grey  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J Ellis 24 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A E Hyde Parker 24 Apr 1937  
APO C L G Back 24 Apr 1937  
APO J G W Swain 22 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
APO C K Gratton-Bushe  9 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO C L G Back 12 Aug 1937 His commission was terminated
Plt Off K Ault 17 Aug 1937 Posted to School of Air Navigation for course, pending posting to a FTS
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 11 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 63 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V S Parker 11 Oct 1937 Relinquished command of No 63 Sqn
Plt Off W M Blom 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS
Sgt Plt Powell  3 Jan 1938 Posted to CFS for Instructors Course
Plt Off W S Herd  8 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Plt Off A E Hyde Parker 13 Jan 1938 Posted to No 12 Sqn
Flt Sgt Plt Brain 13 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H H A Ironside  8 Feb 1938 Transferred to 'A' Flight and promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Jan 1938
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 15 Feb 1937 Attached to Civil Air Lines for navigation experience
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 18 Feb 1937 Ceased to be attached to Civil Air Lines for navigation experience
APO F G Haywood 26 Mar 1938 RAFO, arrived from No 8 FTS for Reserve Training
APO F G Haywood 31 May 1938 RAFO, completed his Reserve Training

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Pilots - 17 Aug 1937

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr V S Parker Officer Commanding, No 63 Sqn
Plt Off J W S Fowler Adjutant and 'A' Flight
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls Officer Commanding, 'A' Flight
Plt Off R H G Grey 'A' Flight
Plt Off P Corbishley 'A' Flight
APO A E Hyde Parker 'A' Flight
Sgt Plt Powell 'A' Flight
Sgt Plt Burden 'A' Flight
Plt Off B J Rogers Officer Commanding, 'B' Flight
Plt Off H H A Ironside 'B' Flight
Plt Off L V James 'B' Flight
APO J Ellis 'B' Flight
APO C K Gratton-Bushe 'B' Flight
Sgt Plt Brain 'B' Flight
Sgt Plt Chinnery 'B' Flight

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - May 1938

Date Notes
 6 Aug 1937 Battles, K7568, K7569 and K7570 were collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
17 Aug 1937 Battle, K7567 was collected from RAE Farnborough
24 Oct 1937 Squadron (8 x aircraft) proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training Camp
24 Oct 1937 Detached Flight (4 x aircraft) remained at RAF Upwood to continue development trials
25 Nov 1937 Squadron (8 x aircraft) returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
29 Nov 1937 Battles, K7613 and K7614 were collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
11 Dec 1937 Battle, K7621 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
13 Jan 1938 Battle, K7545 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
14 Jan 1938 Battle, K7546 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
16 Jan 1938 Battle, K7548 was collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
17 Jan 1938 Battles, K7649 and K7650 were collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway Aerodrome
17 Jan 1938 Battle, K7568 was delivered to RAF Henlow on transfer to that unit
19 Jan 1938 Battle, K7560 was delivered to RAF Henlow on transfer to that unit
19 Jan 1938 Battle, K7569 was delivered to RAF Halton on transfer to that unit
21 Jan 1938 Battle, K7561 was delivered to RAF Henlow on transfer to that unit
24 Jan 1938 Battle, K7550 was delivered to RAF Manston on transfer to that unit

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 11 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 15 Feb 1937  
Fg Off H H A Ironside 23 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R H G Grey  1 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J W S Fowler 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off L V James 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off B J Rogers 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off P Corbishley 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off J Ellis 24 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J G W Swain 22 May 1937  
Plt Off W M Blom 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off W S Herd  8 Jan 1938  
APO F G Haywood 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off P C D Eaton  4 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Plt Off H E Broadsmith  4 Jun 1938 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Plt Off J Ing 19 Jul 1938 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation, allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off J W S Fowler 25 Jul 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant pending posting on Short Navigation Course
Plt Off L V James xx Jul 1938 Attached to School of Air Navigation for short navigation course
Plt Off W S Herd 25 Jul 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off H H A Ironside 21 Aug 1938 Posted to RAF Bentley Priory to be PA to C-in-C, Fighter Command
Plt Off F H Savage 20 Aug 1938 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation
Plt Off L V James 17 Sep 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off W M Blom  4 Oct 1938 Attached to School of Air Navigation for short navigation course
Plt Off H G L Lawson  6 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting, wef 9 Jul 1938 form navigation course at No 4 E & RFTS
Plt Off J C Martin  6 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting, wef 9 Jul 1938 form navigation course at No 4 E & RFTS
Plt Off P Corbishley  9 Oct 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off J W S Fowler 21 Nov 1938 Returned on completion of Short Navigation Course and leave
Plt Off J W S Fowler 21 Nov 1938 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 17 Nov 1938
Plt Off J Ellis 25 Nov 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off L V James 28 Nov 1938 Returned on completion of Short Navigation Course and leave
Plt Off B J Rogers  9 Dec 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off W M Blom 10 Dec 1938 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for short navigation course

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Organisational Movements: May 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
28 Aug 1938 Main Rail Party proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training Camp
29 Aug 1938 Air Party proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training Camp
24 Sep 1938 Main Rail Party returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
26 Sep 1938 Air Party returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
26 Sep 1938 Rear Rail Party returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
10 Dec 1938 Battles, K9412, K9413, K9414, K9416, K9417, K9418 and K9419 were collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway
10 Dec 1938 Battles, L4955, L4960 and L4961 were collected from Austin Ltd, Longbridge
12 Dec 1938 Battles, K9415, K9420, K9421, K9422 and K9423 were collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Ringway
14 Dec 1938 Battle, L4959 was collected from Austin Ltd, Longbridge
14 Dec 1938 Battle, L4958 was received from No 52 Sqn having been collected from Austin Ltd, Longbridge

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587), except *

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 11 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 15 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L V James 15 Feb 1937  
Fg Off P Corbishley 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off J W S Fowler 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off B J Rogers 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J G W Swain 22 May 1937  
Plt Off W M Blom 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off W S Herd  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J Ing 19 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J E Watts  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F H Savage 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P C D Eaton  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off H E Broadsmith  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off H G L Lawson  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J C Martin  9 Jul 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off C R Coventry 20 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation, wef 28 Jan 1939
Plt Off I S Henderson 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell, wef 17 Dec 1938
Plt Off K P MacKenzie 11 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell, wef 17 Dec 1938
Plt Off J G W Swain 11 Mar 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 13 Jan 1939
Sgt Plt Kier  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 11 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt Duff  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 11 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt Wood  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 11 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt Halley  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 11 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt MacLaren  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 11 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt McCash  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 11 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt Morrison  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 12 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training
Sgt Plt Weymouth  1 Apr 1939 VR Pilot arrived on posting from No 3 E & RFTS, Prestwick for training

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
28 Jan 1939 Advance Party proceeded to No 6 ATC, RAF Warmwell for Annual Armament Training Camp
30 Jan 1939 Air Party proceeded to No 6 ATC, RAF Warmwell for Annual Armament Training Camp
30 Jan 1939 Main Rail Party arrived at No 6 ATC, RAF Warmwell for Annual Armament Training Camp
31 Jan 1939 Battle, L4935 was collected from RAF Martlesham Heath
 6 Feb 1939 Battles, N2021, N2022 and N2023 were collected from Fairey Aviation Co, Stockport
17 Feb 1939 Air Party returned from No 6 ATC, RAF Warmwell on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
18 Feb 1939 Main rail party returned from No 6 ATC, RAF Warmwell on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
19 Feb 1939 Rear rail party returned from No 6 ATC, RAF Warmwell on completion of Annual Armament Training Camp
17 Mar 1939 Squadron that it was to became a non-mobilising training unit, in the near future, to train pilots for operational units
17 Mar 1939 Avro Ansons, N5035, N5036 and N5037 were collected from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford
Anson I
30 Mar 1939 Avro Anson, N5070 was collected from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford
 6 Apr 1939 Avro Ansons, N5071, N5072, N5073, N5076 and N5077 were collected from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford
21 Apr 1939 Avro Anson, N5103 was collected from A V Roe Ltd, Woodford

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I

Avro Anson I

RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 11 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 15 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L V James 15 Feb 1937  
Fg Off P Corbishley 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off J W S Fowler 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off B J Rogers 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J G W Swain 15 Feb 1937  
Plt Off W M Blom 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off W S Herd  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J Ing 19 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J E Watts  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F H Savage 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P C D Eaton  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off H E Broadsmith  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off H G L Lawson  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J C Martin  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off C R Coventry 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off I S Henderson 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off K P MacKenzie 17 Dec 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I

Avro Anson I

RAF Upwood Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 11 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 15 Feb 1937  
Fg Off L V James 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off P Corbishley 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off J W S Fowler 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off B J Rogers 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J G W Swain 22 May 1937  
Plt Off W M Blom 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off W S Herd  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J Ing 19 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J E Watts  6 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F H Savage 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P C D Eaton  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off H E Broadsmith  4 Jun 1938  
Plt Off H G L Lawson  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J C Martin  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off C R Coventry 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off I S Henderson 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off K P MacKenzie 17 Dec 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 13 May 1939 Returned from short navigation course at Air Service Training, Hamble
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 15 May 1939 Relinquished command of No 63 Sqn
Wg Cdr P J R King 15 May 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 63 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John A Hawkings 22 May 1939 Posted to HQ, No 2 Group for Engineer duties
Fg Off J W S Fowler 30 May 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off W S Herd 30 May 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant pending posting on Short Navigation Course
Sqn Ldr J F Stephens  5 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer i/c Training
Sgt A J Shepherd 25 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A A J Sherriff 25 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 W Murphy 25 Jul 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 24 Aug 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant on upgrading of post
Fg Off J W S Fowler 24 Aug 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on upgrading of post
Fg Off P Corbishley 30 Aug 1939 Assumed command of the newly formed 'C' Flight
Sqn Ldr R H Young 13 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer i/c Training
Plt Off W S Herd 18 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 2 Group and assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 18 Sep 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off W S Herd 18 Sep 1939 Adjutant, promoted to Act Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr R H Young 18 Sep 1939 Officer i/c Training, attached to SHQ RAF Benson for duty as Chief Ground Instructor
Plt Off S E Rowley 30 Oct 1939 RAFVR, arrived on posting for training in Adjutant duties
Plt Off G F A Barwell  3 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off C R Coventry  1 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A Cameron  1 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A G Gibson  1 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 H O Gormley  1 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 J C Buckland  1 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Original 'Screened' Personnel - 9 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr P J R King Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr J F Stephens Officer i/c Training
Plt Off W S Herd Adjutant (on temporary duty at HQ No 2 Group)
Act Flt Lt L V James Flight Commander
Act Flt Lt P Corbishley Flight Commander
Act Flt Lt B J Rogers Flight Commander
Fg Off J G W Swain Captain of Aircraft
Plt Off J E Watts Captain of Aircraft
Plt Off H E Broadsmith Captain of Aircraft
Plt Off J C Martin Captain of Aircraft
Plt Off H G L Lawson Captain of Aircraft
Plt Off I S Henderson Captain of Aircraft
Plt Off C R Coventry Captain of Aircraft
Sgt Plt W B Burden Captain of Aircraft (Fitter I)
Sgt Plt A Fletcher Captain of Aircraft (Fitter/Armourer)
Sgt E W Nancarrow Air Observer (Fitter I)
Sgt G F Oliver Air Observer
Sgt C B Walter Air Observer (Wireless Electrical Mechanic)
Cpl R T Medway Air Observer/Air Gunner (Rigger Aero)
LAC W H Norledge Air Observer/Air Gunner (Flight Mechanic)
AC1 P F Dunham Air Observer/Air Gunner (Flight Rigger)
AC1 J G Brewster Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
AC2 T Bruckshaw Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Plt Off K P MacKenzie Navigation Officer
Sgt Plt L R Barr Link Trainer Instructor (Equipment Assistant)

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 5 May 1939 The Squadron Badge, which had been authorised by HM King George VI was presented by the AOC, No 2 Group
No 63 Squadron badge
30 Jun 1939 New Establishment received expanding squadron to three flights and a HQ with 24 IE and 8 IR Battles
30 Aug 1939 'C' Flight formed as laid down in new Establishment
 7 Sep 1939 Air Party, departed RAF Upwood for RAF Abingdon
 8 Sep 1939 Main Party, departed RAF Upwood for RAF Abingdon
 8 Sep 1939 Squadron was transferred from No 2 Group to No 6 Group
17 Sep 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Abingdon to RAF Benson
18 Sep 1939 No 63 Sqn assumed responsibility for the elementary phase of training, 'C' Flight to the training of Air Gunners
26 Oct 1939 Establishment amended to
  • Battle aircraft -  18 IE and 6 IR
  • Anson aircraft -  6 IE and  2 IR

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

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

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

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Flt Lt W S Herd 19 Feb 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posting to No 15 SFTS
Plt Off G F Ward 19 Feb 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Wg Cdr W L Payne 23 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of No 63 Sqn
Wg Cdr P J R King 26 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of No 63 Sqn on posting to No 26 Group on formation
Wg Cdr W L Payne 26 Feb 1940 Assumed command of No 63 Sqn

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 6 Apr 1940 No 63 Sqn amalgamated with No 52 Sqn to form No 12 Operational Training Unit

Source - No 63 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/587)

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