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No 65 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Aug 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Cecil H Harrison 20 Jul 1934 Posted to No 54 Sqn pending formation of No 65 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Frank O Soden  1 Aug 1934 Assumed command of squadron on formation
Flt Lt Cecil H Harrison  1 Aug 1934 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn on formation
Sgt Plt Papworth  1 Sep 1934 Reported for duty and allocated to 'C' Flight
Flt Lt Henry W Pearson-Rogers 10 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off Derek Price 15 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 25 Sqn
Fg Off Donald E Turner 15 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn
Fg Off Stuart E MacKenzie 15 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn
Sgt Plt Plested 25 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Plt Bisley 25 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Fg Off John G Younghusband 28 Oct 1934 Arrived on posting from No 2 Sqn and allocated to 'C' Flight
APO George F Chater  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off Haldane Georgeson  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Edmund K Piercy  4 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS and allocated to 'C' Flight wef 16 Feb 1935
Flt Lt Cecil H Harrison  1 Apr 1935 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt

Noel H Fresson

 3 May 1935 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

Organisational Movements: Aug 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 1 Aug 1934 Reformed at Hornchurch, equipped with Hawker Demons
Demon of No 65 Squadron
10 Jun 1935 Squadron proceeded to RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Training Camp
 6 Jul 1935 Squadron returned from RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Training Camp

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon RAF Hornchurch ADGB/Fighting Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Frank O Soden  1 Aug 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr Cecil H Harrison  1 Aug 1934  
Flt Lt Henry W Pearson-Rogers 10 Sep 1934  
Flt Lt

Noel H Fresson

 3 May 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John G Younghusband 28 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Stuart E MacKenzie 15 Sep 1934  
Fg Off Derek Price 15 Sep 1934  
Fg Off Donald E Turner 15 Sep 1934  
Plt Off Haldane Georgeson  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Edmund K Piercy 16 Feb 1935  
Plt Off George F Chater  4 Mar 1935

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Frank O Soden  1 Jul 1935 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr Frank O Soden 29 Jul 1935 Posted to No 58 Sqn as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Henry W Pearson-Rogers 29 Jul 1935 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off M E W Scott Mackirdy 25 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF college on appointment to a Permanent Commission
Fg Off John G Younghusband 30 Aug 1935 Assumed command of the squadron
Fg Off M Dawney  2 Sep 1935 Arrived on posting from HQ Fighting Area
Fg Off M Dawney  3 Sep 1935 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt Henry W Pearson-Rogers  3 Sep 1935 Embarked on HT Neuralia for Malta
Fg Off Donald E Turner  3 Sep 1935 Embarked on HT Neuralia for Malta
Fg Off Derek Price  3 Sep 1935 Embarked on HT Neuralia for Malta
Plt Off George F Chater  9 Sep 1935 Attached to RAF Manston for parachute Course
Plt Off Haldane Georgeson  9 Sep 1935 Attached to RAF Manston for parachute Course
Plt Off George F Chater 15 Sep 1935 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for parachute Course
Plt Off Haldane Georgeson 15 Sep 1935 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for parachute Course
Fg Off Stuart E MacKenzie 15 Sep 1935 Posted to CFS for Flying Instructors' Course
Plt Off George F Chater 16 Sep 1935 Posted to No 23 Sqn
Plt Off Haldane Georgeson 16 Sep 1935 Posted to No 23 Sqn
Plt Off Edmund K Piercy 16 Sep 1935 Posted to No 23 Sqn
Fg Off M Dawney 30 Sep 1935 Relinquished command of the squadron on return to HQ Fighting Area
Fg Off John G Younghusband 30 Sep 1935 Assumed command of the squadron
Fg Off John G Younghusband 10 Oct 1935 Relinquished command of the squadron on transfer to the Reserve
Plt Off M E W Scott MacKirdy 10 Oct 1935 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off M E W Scott MacKirdy  3 May 1936 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to Torpedo Bomber Course
Plt Off L C Bicknell 30 May 1936 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
 1 Jan 1936 Squadron reduced to cadre on account of Emergency Scheme
 3 May 1936 Squadron personnel consisted of one Senior NCO and 7 Airmen with 5 x Demons and 1 x Moth
30 May 1936 Squadron began to reform from cadre

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Demon RAF Hornchurch ADGB/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off L C Bicknell 30 May 1936

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off H V Horner 22 Jun 1936 Arrived on posting from Home Aircraft Depot
APO G A W Saunders 13 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
Sgt Plt Boxall 13 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS
APO A N Jones 10 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
APO A R Putt 10 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 10 FTS
Plt Off H S Giddings 20 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Plt Off R R S Tuck 20 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt Edwards 20 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
Sgt Plt Tew 20 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO G D Evers 31 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
APO W G Lockhart 31 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS
Flt Lt

Charles F H Grace

 7 Sep 1936 Assumed command of the squadron wef 23 Aug 1936
Fg Off H V Horner  7 Sep 1936 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off L C Bicknell  7 Sep 1936 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off H V Horner 13 Sep 1936 Promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt

Charles F H Grace

 1 Feb 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
11 Jul 1936 Squadron Establishment amended from HQ and three Flight to HQ and two Flights
12 Jul 1936 5 x Gloster Gauntlet IIs (4 x IE and 1 x IR) arrived and allocated to 'A' Flight
Gauntlet II of No 65 Squadron
27 Jul 1936 5 x Demons transferred to No 23 Sqn
27 Jul 1936 5 x Gloster Gauntlet IIs collected from Gloster Aircraft Co, Ltd, Brockworth
13 Sep 1936 Squadron markings (see above) authorised by HQ No 11 Group
21 Jan 1937 The Squadron Badge, which had been authorised by HM King Edward VIII was presented by AVM E L Gossage
No 65 (East India) Squadron badge
 1 Jun 1937 10 x Gloster Gladiator Is collected from Gloster Aircraft Co, Ltd, Hucclecote
Gladiator I of No 65 Squadron

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

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

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

July 1937

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles F H Grace

23 Aug 1936 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt D Cooke 26 May 1937  
Fg Off L C Bicknell 30 May 1936  
Plt Off H S Giddings 20 Aug 1936  
Plt Off R R S Tuck 20 Aug 1936  
Plt Off G A W Saunders 13 Jul 1936  
Plt Off A N Jones 10 Aug 1936  
Plt Off A R Putt 10 Aug 1936  
Plt Off C G C Olive 22 May 1937
APO A H Boyd 22 May 1937  

-

3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Charles F H Grace

13 Oct 1937 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to the Air Ministry
Flt Lt D Cooke 13 Oct 1937 Assumed command of the squadron
Sgt Plt Gaskell 17 Jan 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off P R Austin-Sparks 11 Feb 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt D Cooke  1 Apr 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr

During this period the ORB does not record general movements of personnel

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

July 1938

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D Cooke 26 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt L C Bicknell 30 May 1936  
Act Flt Lt A N Jones 10 Aug 1936  
Plt Off H S Giddings 20 Aug 1936  
Plt Off G A W Saunders 13 Jul 1936  
Plt Off R R S Tuck 20 Aug 1936  
Plt Off C G C Olive 22 May 1937  
Plt Off A H Boyd 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J C Kennedy 19 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J H Welford 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L H Leader  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off J B H Nicholas  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G V Proudman 19 Feb 1938  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
12 Jul 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Aldergrove for Armament Training Camp
27 Jul 1938 Squadron returned from RAF Aldergrove on completion of Armament Training Camp

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

January 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D Cooke 26 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt L C Bicknell 30 May 1936  
Fg Off H S Giddings 20 Aug 1936  
Fg Off G A W Saunders 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off A N Jones 10 Aug 1936  
Fg Off C G C Olive 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R R S Tuck 20 Aug 1936  
Plt Off A H Boyd 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J C Kennedy 19 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J H Welford 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J B H Nicholas  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G V Proudman 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C B F Kingcombe 30 Jul 1938

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
21 Mar 1939 First Supermarine Spitfire I was collected from Eastleigh for r-equipment of the squadron
Spitfire I of No 65 Squadron (coded FZ)
19 Apr 1939 Re-equipment with Spitfire Is completed

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I

Supermarine Spitfire I

RAF Hornchurch Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D Cooke 26 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off H S Giddings 20 Aug 1936  
Fg Off G A W Saunders 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off A N Jones 10 Aug 1936  
Fg Off C G C Olive 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R R S Tuck 20 Aug 1936  
Fg Off A H Boyd 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J C Kennedy 19 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J H Welford 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J B H Nicholas  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G V Proudman 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C B F Kingcombe 30 Jul 1938
Plt Off Stanley B Grant 17 Dec 1938 later AVM
APO J D B McKenzie 17 Dec 1938

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D Cooke 26 May 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt A N Jones 10 Aug 1936  
Fg Off H S Giddings 20 Aug 1936  
Fg Off G A W Saunders 13 Jul 1936  
Fg Off C G C Olive 22 May 1937  
Fg Off R R S Tuck 20 Aug 1936  
Fg Off A H Boyd 22 May 1937  
Plt Off J C Kennedy 19 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J H Welford 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J B H Nicholas  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off G V Proudman 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C B F Kingcombe 30 Jul 1938
Plt Off Stanley B Grant 17 Dec 1938 later AVM
Plt Off J D B McKenzie 17 Dec 1938
Warrant Officer
WO J W Kent 20 Oct 1936

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Nominal Roll of Officers and NCO Pilots - 3 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr D Cooke Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt C G C Olive OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off A W Ridler 'A' Flight
Fg Off J C Kennedy 'A' Flight
Fg Off J H Welford 'A' Flight
Fg Off W H M Walker 'A' Flight
Plt Off J B H Nicholas 'A' Flight
APO R S Wigg 'A' Flight
Flt Sgt Phillips 'A' Flight
Sgt McPherson 'A' Flight
Sgt H G Edwards 'A' Flight
Sgt Tew 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt G A W Saunders OC, 'B' Flight
Fg Off R R S Tuck 'B' Flight
Fg Off H S Giddings 'B' Flight
Fg Off A H Boyd 'B' Flight
Plt Off G V Proudman 'B' Flight
Plt Off C B F Kingcombe 'B' Flight
Plt Off Stanley B Grant 'B' Flight
Flt Sgt W H Franklin 'B' Flight
Sgt P Morfill 'B' Flight
Sgt Kilner 'B' Flight
Sgt Hayes 'B' Flight

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Sep 1939 Squadron code letters changed from 'FZ' to 'YT'
Spitfire I of No 65 Squadron (coded YT)
 2 Oct 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Northolt

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Recording of activities during the period from September 1939 to May 1940 is very sparse, if at all.

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt H G Edwards  1 Oct 1939 Posted to South Cerney on being Commissioned as a Plt Off
Fg Off H S Giddings  3 Oct 1939 Posted to No 615 Sqn
Fg Off A H Boyd 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 145 Sqn
Fg Off A W Ridler 31 Oct 1939 Posted to No 234 Sqn
Fg Off B Graham 25 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off R R S Tuck  1 May 1940 Posted to No 92 Sqn
Sgt P Morfill  5 May 1940 Posted to No 501 Sqn
Fg Off J C Kennedy 15 May 1940 Posted to No 238 Sqn
Fg Off J H Welford 26 May 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr H S Darley  6 Jun 1940 Supernumerary for Operations and Administrative duties
Sqn Ldr H C Sawyer  2 Jul 1940 Supernumerary for flying duties
Plt Off F S Gregory  6 Jul 1940 Reported for flying duties
Fg Off G V Proudman  7 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N J Brisbane  7 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P S Hayes  7 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr D Cooke  8 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr H C Sawyer  8 Jul 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off B E Finucane 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off E D Glasher 13 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off L L Pyman 20 Jul 1940 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr H C Sawyer  2 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off S Szulkowski  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Flt Sgt N T Phillips  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D I Kirton  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Drobinski 12 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off F S Gregory 13 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr A L Holland 13 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 501 Sqn and assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off L L Pyman 16 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Gruska 18 Aug 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Plt Off C G Chappell 19 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt M H E Hine 19 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt Mitchel 19 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt Stillwell 19 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Flt Sgt W H Franklin 20 Aug 1940 Posted to SHQ Hornchurch (Non-effective, sick)
Sgt M Keymer 22 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E B Lyons  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off N E Handcock  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off R Norwood  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off R H Strang  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt G Tabor  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Fg Off W H Walker 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ Hornchurch (Non-effective, sick)
Fg Off W H Walker 19 Sep 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU
Plt Off N E Handcock  9 Oct 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Plt Off C G Chappell  9 Oct 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt G Tabor  9 Oct 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Sgt V Lowson 11 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No No 54 Sqn
Sgt W Oldnall 11 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No No 54 Sqn
Sgt R Cooper 12 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No No 610 Sqn
Plt Off W H Franklin 13 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ Hornchurch (Non-effective, sick)
Plt Off F J Reynolds 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt I Moncur 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt I F Pearson 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt D Rees 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt I F Pearson 16 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J Ritchie 25 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off A G Heathfield 28 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt H Chalmers 28 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt P Rose 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sqn Ldr A L Holland 30 Oct 1940 Admitted to Edinburgh Infirmary and relinquished command of the squadron
Flt Lt G A W Saunders 30 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of the squadron
Sgt S Reeve  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt I Moncur 30 Nov 1940 Posted to No 54 Sqn
Plt Off W H Franklin 12 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M H E Hine 12 Dec 1940 Killed in action

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
28 Mar 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Northolt to RAF Hornchurch
29 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
 5 Jun 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey to RAF Hornchurch
15 Jul 1940 Squadron adopted the title 'East India' in recognition of the presentation of eight Spitfires by the East India Fund.
27 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Turnhouse via RAF Church Fenton
29 Nov 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Turnhouse to RAF Tangmere

Source - No 65 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/592)

 

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