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No 70 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Organisational Movements: Feb - Jul 1920

Date Notes
 1 Feb 1920

Reformed at RAF Heliopolis by redesignating No 58 Squadron, equipped with Handley Page O/400 and Vickers Vimys

Handley Page O/400

Vimy

xx Apr 1920 O/400s disposed of

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy Heliopolis, Egypt Middle East Area/Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith A 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ivor T Lloyd A 18 Jun 1919 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard C L Holme A 17 Sep 1919 MC
Flt Lt Robert Jope-Slade Ad 13 Nov 1919 DSC
Fg Off Ian D A McDonald A 29 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Kenneth B Lloyd A 17 Sep 1919 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off Sydney G Frogley A  8 Mar 1920 DSO, DFC
Fg Off Phillips M McSwiney A  8 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward G Hilton A & S  3 May 1919  
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough A  4 Jul 1918  
Fg Off William W Saunders A 26 Mar 1920 AFC
Fg Off Hugh J Young Ad 10 Apr 1919 MBE
Obs Off Patrick Loftus O 10 Mar 1919  
Fg Off James C Foden A 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Leslie A Walters A 15 May 1920  
Plt Off Fred Dorsey A 10 Nov 1919  

Dates prior to 1 February 1920 indicate previous service with No 58 Squadron.

Source - July 1920 Air Force List

August 1920

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy Heliopolis, Egypt Middle East Area/Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith A 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Ivor T Lloyd A 18 Jun 1919 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard C L Holme A 17 Sep 1919 MC
Flt Lt Robert Jope-Slade Ad 13 Nov 1919 DSC
Fg Off Ian D A McDonald A 29 Apr 1920  
Fg Off Kenneth B Lloyd A 17 Sep 1919 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off Phillips M McSwiney A  8 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward G Hilton A & S  3 May 1919  
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough A  4 Jul 1918  
Fg Off William W Saunders A 26 Mar 1920 AFC
Fg Off Hugh J Young Ad 10 Apr 1919 MBE
Obs Off Patrick Loftus O 10 Mar 1919  
Fg Off James C Foden A 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Leslie A Walters A 15 May 1920  
Fg Off Frank W Taylor Stores  9 May 1920  
Plt Off Fred Dorsey A 10 Nov 1919  

Source - August 1920 Air Force List

April 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy Heliopolis, Egypt Middle East Area/Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith A 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard C L Holme A 17 Sep 1919 MC
Flt Lt Robert Jope-Slade Ad 13 Nov 1919 DSC
Fg Off Kenneth B Lloyd A 17 Sep 1919 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off William H Markham A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Tom O Clogstoun A 30 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Thomas A Thornton A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Phillips M McSwiney A  8 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward G Hilton A & S  1 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off John M Mason A  1 Jan 1921 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert S Broughall A  8 Feb 1921 MC
Fg Off Dudley d'H Humphreys A & S 10 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Stanley M Park A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Ernest W Nicholson A 17 Nov 1920  
Fg Off John J Lloyd-Williams A  2 Mar 1920 MC
Fg Off Thomas S Horry A 25 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off John S J Craigen A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Eric H Oxley-Boyle A  8 Feb 1921  
Fg Off Charles E Barraclough A  4 Jul 1918  
Fg Off William W Saunders A  3 May 1921  
Fg Off Charles J Poole T 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Hugh J Young Ad 10 Apr 1919 MBE
Obs Off James S Nichol O 20 Jul 1920  
Fg Off James C Foden A 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Stores Officer
Fg Off Maurice J James Stores 20 Sep 1920 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edward G O'Gorman Med 13 Apr 1920  

Source - April 1921 Air Force List

July 1921

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy Heliopolis, Egypt Middle East Area/Egyptian Group

 

Rank Name Branch Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith A 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Richard C L Holme A 17 Sep 1919 MC
Flt Lt Robert Jope-Slade Ad 13 Nov 1919 DSC
Fg Off Kenneth B Lloyd A 17 Sep 1919 AFC; later AVM
Fg Off William H Markham A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Tom O Clogstoun A 30 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Thomas A Thornton A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Phillips M McSwiney A  8 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward G Hilton A & S  1 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off John M Mason A  1 Jan 1921 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Fg Off Herbert S Broughall A  8 Feb 1921 MC
Fg Off Dudley d'H Humphreys A & S 10 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Stanley M Park A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Ernest W Nicholson A 17 Nov 1920  
Fg Off John J Lloyd-Williams A  2 Mar 1920 MC
Fg Off Thomas S Horry A 25 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off John S J Craigen A 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Eric H Oxley-Boyle A  8 Feb 1921  
Fg Off William W Saunders A  3 May 1921  
Fg Off Charles J Poole T 25 Jul 1920  
Obs Off Montague J Wyatt O 25 Jul 1920 MC
Fg Off Hugh J Young Ad 10 Apr 1919 MBE
Obs Off James S Nichol O 20 Jul 1920  
Fg Off James C Foden A 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Stores Officer
Fg Off Maurice J James Stores 20 Sep 1920 later A/Cdre
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Edward G O'Gorman Med 13 Apr 1920  
Dental
Flt Lt John Wren Den  1 Feb 1920  

Source - July 1921 Air Force List

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

Organisational Movements: Jul 1921 - Jul 1922

Date Notes
16 Jan 1922 Squadron moved from RAF Heliopolis to Baghdad West, Iraq
31 May 1922 Squadron moved from Baghdad West to RAF Hinaidi, Iraq
xx Feb 1922 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Vickers Vernon Is
Vernon of No 45 Squadron

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1922

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vimy

Vickers Vernon I

Hinaidi RAF Iraq

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Francis P Don

 8 Dec 1921 later AVM
Flt Lt Christopher R Richardson 19 Jan 1922  
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 21 Apr 1922 AFC
Flt Lt Robert Jope-Slade 13 Nov 1919 DSC
Fg Off Tom O Clogstoun 30 Mar 1920  
Fg Off James C Stevens 21 Apr 1922  
Fg Off Herbert N Hampton  1 Nov 1921 DFC
Fg Off Phillips M McSwiney  8 Mar 1920  
Fg Off Edward G Hilton  1 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off Herbert S Broughall  8 Feb 1921 MC
Fg Off Dudley d'H Humphreys 10 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Ernest W Nicholson 17 Nov 1920  
Fg Off John J Lloyd-Williams  2 Mar 1920 MC
Fg Off Edward L Barrington 24 Feb 1922 MC, DFC
Fg Off Thomas S Horry 25 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off John S J Craigen 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Eric H Oxley-Boyle  8 Feb 1921  
Fg Off William W Saunders  3 May 1921  
Fg Off Hugh J Young 10 Apr 1919 MBE
Fg Off James C Foden 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Marion H Aten 31 Oct 1921 DFC
Fg Off John T Hall  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Archer S White  8 Dec 1921  AFC
Fg Off Oswald E Worsley 31 Oct 1921  
Stores Officer
Fg Off Maurice J James 20 Sep 1920 MBE; later A/Cdre

Source - July 1922 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1922 - May 1923

Date Notes
xx Nov 1922 Last Vimy was disposed of
xx Jan 1923 SQuadron received some Vickers Vernon IIs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

May 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I

Vickers Vernon II

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Francis P Don

 8 Dec 1921 later AVM
Flt Lt

Hugh E F Wyncoll

 1 Dec 1922 OBE, MC
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff  5 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Alfred M Blake 13 Dec 1922 AFC
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 21 Apr 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Robert Jope-Slade 13 Nov 1919 DSC
Flt Lt Phillips M McSwiney  8 Mar 1920  
Flt Lt Edward G Hilton  1 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off William H Markham 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Herbert N Hampton  1 Nov 1921 DFC
Fg Off Dudley d'H Humphreys 10 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Ernest W Nicholson 17 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Edward L Barrington 24 Feb 1922 MC, DFC
Fg Off Thomas S Horry 25 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off Hugh J Young 10 Apr 1919 MBE
Fg Off James C Foden 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Marion H Aten 31 Oct 1921 DFC
Fg Off John T Hall  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Oswald E Worsley 31 Oct 1921  
Fg Off Thomas N Stack 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Robert D V Howard 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Gordon H Vasse 14 Sep 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Sydney A Lane 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Douglas M N Coles 13 Dec 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Eric L Ridley 23 Feb 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John C Christian 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - May 1923 Air Force List

July 1923

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I

Vickers Vernon II

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sydney W Smith 28 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, OBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Hugh E F Wyncoll

 1 Dec 1922 OBE, MC
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff  5 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Alfred M Blake 13 Dec 1922 AFC
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 21 Apr 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Phillips M McSwiney  8 Mar 1920  
Flt Lt Edward G Hilton  1 Feb 1920 AFC
Fg Off William H Markham 25 Jul 1920  
Fg Off Dudley d'H Humphreys 10 Jun 1920  
Fg Off Ernest W Nicholson 17 Nov 1920  
Fg Off Thomas S Horry 25 Jul 1920 DFC
Fg Off James C Foden 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Marion H Aten 31 Oct 1921 DFC
Fg Off Oswald E Worsley 31 Oct 1921  
Fg Off Thomas N Stack 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John T Hall  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Robert D V Howard 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Sydney A Lane 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Douglas M N Coles 13 Dec 1922  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Eric L Ridley 23 Feb 1923 later A/Cdre
Fg Off John C Christian 18 Jul 1922 Accountant

Source - July 1923 Air Force List

January 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I & II Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Douglas C S Evill 12 Oct 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt James E B B MacLean 10 Oct 1923  
Flt Lt

Hugh E F Wyncoll

 1 Dec 1922 OBE, MC
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff  5 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Charles L Scott 14 Sep 1923 DSC
Flt Lt James A Slater 25 Sep 1923 MC, AFC
Flt Lt Alfred M Blake 13 Dec 1922 AFC
Flt Lt John F Roche 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 21 Apr 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Eugene J McLoughlin 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off James C Foden 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Lionel W Beck 25 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Marion H Aten 31 Oct 1921 DFC
Fg Off Oswald E Worsley 31 Oct 1921  
Fg Off Thomas N Stack 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John T Hall  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Robert D V Howard 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Sydney A Lane 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Douglas M N Coles 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Charles Sutton 19 May 1923  
Fg Off Leonard Butler 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off John S Phillips 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Dennis R Dawson 23 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Alexander M Rowe 23 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Edmund C Roark 23 Nov 1923  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Eric L Ridley 23 Feb 1923 later A/Cdre
Accountant
Fg Off John C Christian 18 Jul 1922  

Source - January 1924 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - May 1924

Date Notes
xx Jan 1924 Squadron received some Vickers Victoria Is
Vickers Victoria

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

May 1924

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I & II

Vickers Victoria I

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Douglas C S Evill 12 Oct 1923 Officer Commanding, DSC, AFC; later ACM
Flt Lt James E B B MacLean 10 Oct 1923  
Flt Lt

Hugh E F Wyncoll

 1 Dec 1922 OBE, MC
Flt Lt Richard C Hardstaff  5 Mar 1923  
Flt Lt Charles L Scott 14 Sep 1923 DSC
Flt Lt James A Slater 25 Sep 1923 MC, AFC
Flt Lt John F Roche 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Edward F Turner 21 Apr 1923 AFC
Flt Lt Eugene J McLoughlin 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Gilbert H Martingell 17 Mar 1924  
Flt Lt James C Foden 13 Nov 1918 AFC
Fg Off Herbert J T Russell  8 Jan 1924  
Fg Off Lionel W Beck 25 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Oswald E Worsley 31 Oct 1921 DFC
Fg Off Thomas N Stack 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off John T Hall  7 Mar 1922  
Fg Off Robert D V Howard 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Sydney A Lane 14 Sep 1922  
Fg Off Gilbert H Smith 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Douglas M N Coles 13 Dec 1922  
Fg Off Charles Sutton 19 May 1923  
Fg Off Leonard Butler 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off John S Phillips 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Dennis R Dawson 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Alexander M Rowe 23 Nov 1923  
Plt Off Edmund C Roark 23 Nov 1923  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Eric L Ridley 23 Feb 1923 later A/Cdre
Accountant
Fg Off John C Christian 18 Jul 1922  

Source - May 1924 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: May 1923 - Jul 1925

Date Notes
26 May 1924 Squadron moved from RAF Hinaidi to Kingerban
29 May 1924 Squadron returned to RAF Hinaidi

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

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

July 1925

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon I & II

Vickers Victoria I

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Theodore Q Studd  1 Sep 1924 Officer Commanding, DFC
Flt Lt Charles L Scott 14 Sep 1923 DSC
Flt Lt James J Williamson 11 Apr 1924 DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Eugene J McLoughlin 14 Sep 1923  
Flt Lt Gilbert H Martingell 17 Mar 1924  
Flt Lt Frederick Thomasson  1 May 1925  
Fg Off Charles H Cahill 20 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Thomas O Oakes  3 May 1925  
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson  1 Jan 1925  
Fg Off Lionel W Beck 25 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leonard Butler 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off John S Phillips 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off Alexander M Rowe 23 Nov 1923  
Fg Off George Terrill 14 May 1924  
Fg Off John W New 18 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Patrick R Stroud  6 Aug 1924  
Fg Off George J Gaynor 8 Mar 1925  
Plt Off George M Pitts-Tucker 25 Mar 1925  
Plt Off James E Preston  5 Feb 1925  
Plt Off Harold Thomas  5 Feb 1925  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Hector R S Ballantyne 18 Sep 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Eric K Grimshaw  6 Feb 1925  

Source - July 1925 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1925 - Mar 1926

Date Notes
xx Jul 1925 Squadron received some Vernon IIIs
xx Jan 1926 Squadron disposed of the Vernon Is
xx Feb 1926 Squadron received some Victoria IIIs
Vickers Victoria
xx Mar 1926 Squadron disposed of the Victoria Is

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

March 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon II

Vickers Vernon III

Vickers Victoria III

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Ernest W Norton  1 Dec 1925 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Theodore Q Studd  1 Sep 1924 DFC
Flt Lt Gilbert H Martingell 17 Mar 1924  
Flt Lt Maurice Ballard 22 Oct 1925  
Flt Lt

Charles L King

15 Dec 1925 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Francis C B Savile 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Charles H Cahill 20 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Alexander A C Hyde 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Thomas O Oakes  3 May 1925  
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson  1 Jan 1925 DFC
Fg Off Lionel W Beck 25 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leonard Butler 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off John R Brown 18 Nov 1926 DFC
Fg Off John W New 18 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Patrick R Stroud  6 Aug 1924  
Fg Off George J Gaynor 8 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Henry D Mitchelmore 21 Jun 1925  
Fg Off James E Preston  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off George M Pitts-Tucker 25 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Harold Thomas  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off William Von R Nicholl 18 Nov 1925  
Plt Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  

-

1 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Hector R S Ballantyne 18 Sep 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Eric K Grimshaw  6 Feb 1925  

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon II

Vickers Vernon III

Vickers Victoria III

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Ernest W Norton  1 Dec 1925 Officer Commanding, DSC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Theodore Q Studd  1 Sep 1924 DFC
Sqn Ldr William S Caster  8 May 1926 MC
Flt Lt Gilbert H Martingell 17 Mar 1924  
Flt Lt Maurice Ballard 22 Oct 1925  
Flt Lt

Charles L King

15 Dec 1925 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Francis C B Savile 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Charles H Cahill 20 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Alexander A C Hyde 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off Thomas O Oakes  3 May 1925  
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson  1 Jan 1925 DFC
Fg Off Lionel W Beck 25 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Leonard Butler 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off John R Brown 18 Nov 1926 DFC
Fg Off John W New 18 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Patrick R Stroud  6 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Henry D Mitchelmore 21 Jun 1925  
Fg Off James E Preston  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off George M Pitts-Tucker 25 Mar 1925  
Fg Off Harold Thomas  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off William Von R Nicholl 18 Nov 1925  
Plt Off Eric G D Stewart 22 Feb 1926  

-

4 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Hector R S Ballantyne 18 Sep 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J Heneghan 19 May 1926  
Fg Off Eric K Grimshaw  6 Feb 1925  

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Date Notes
xx Nov 1926 Squadron disposed of the Vernon IIs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon III

Vickers Victoria III

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Hazelton R Nicholl

 3 Sep 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Claude H Keith 21 Sep 1926  
Sqn Ldr Theodore Q Studd  1 Sep 1924 DFC
Sqn Ldr William S Caster  8 May 1926 MC
Flt Lt Thomas Henderson 21 Sep 1926 MC, AFC
Flt Lt

Kenneth B Lloyd

21 Sep 1926 AFC, later AVM
Flt Lt Gilbert H Martingell 17 Mar 1924  
Flt Lt

Charles L King

15 Dec 1925 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Francis C B Savile 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Charles H Cahill 20 Dec 1924  
Fg Off Alexander A C Hyde 18 Nov 1925 Armament Duties
Fg Off Thomas O Oakes  3 May 1925  
Fg Off Eric R C Hobson  1 Jan 1925 DFC
Fg Off Leonard Butler 14 Sep 1923  
Fg Off John R Brown 18 Nov 1926 Signal Branch, DFC
Fg Off Gilbert S White 22 Sep 1925  
Fg Off John H Parry 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off John W New 18 Sep 1924  
Fg Off Patrick R Stroud  6 Aug 1924  
Fg Off Henry D Mitchelmore 21 Jun 1925  
Fg Off James E Preston  5 Feb 1925  
Fg Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Christopher W Switzer 21 Sep 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Eric G D Stewart 22 Feb 1926 MC
Plt Off Harold V Crowder  1 Oct 1926  
Plt Off Frederick G H Ewens  1 Oct 1926 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Edward C L Richardson 27 Jul 1926  
Plt Off William J M Spaight  1 Oct 1926  

-

2 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Hector R S Ballantyne 18 Sep 1924  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J Heneghan 19 May 1926

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Vernon III

Vickers Victoria III

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Hazelton R Nicholl

 3 Sep 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Gilbert S M Insall 25 Apr 1927 VC, MC
Sqn Ldr Claude H Keith 21 Sep 1926  
Flt Lt

Kenneth B Lloyd

21 Sep 1926 AFC, later AVM
Flt Lt

Charles L King

15 Dec 1925 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Francis C B Savile 22 Sep 1925  
Flt Lt Thomas S Horry 22 Oct 1926 DFC
Flt Lt Alexander A C Hyde 18 Nov 1925  
Fg Off John H Parry 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 23 May 1927  
Fg Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Christopher W Switzer 21 Sep 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Eric G D Stewart 22 Feb 1926 MC
Fg Off Frederick G H Ewens  1 Oct 1926 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Edward C L Richardson 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Harold V Crowder  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off William J M Spaight  1 Oct 1926  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Joe Davison  2 Jan 1927  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off William J Heneghan 19 May 1926

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
xx Apr 1928 Squadron disposed of the Vernon IIIs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria III

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Hazelton R Nicholl

 3 Sep 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Gilbert S M Insall 25 Apr 1927 VC, MC
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell  1 Nov 1927 MC, DFC
Flt Lt

Charles L King

15 Dec 1925 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas S Horry 22 Oct 1926 DFC
Flt Lt

Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman

23 Feb 1928 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off John H Parry 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 23 May 1927  
Fg Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Christopher W Switzer 21 Sep 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Paul McK Terry  9 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Eric G D Stewart 22 Feb 1926 MC
Fg Off Edward C L Richardson 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Harold V Crowder  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off William J M Spaight  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off Lionel H Anness 23 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Colin A Anderson 20 Sep 1927  
Plt Off Bertram H Ashton  3 Oct 1927  
Plt Off Robert C Greenhalgh 14 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Arthur R S Davies  4 May 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 20 Sep 1927 later AVM

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Victoria III Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Hazelton R Nicholl

 3 Sep 1926 Officer Commanding, OBE; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Gilbert S M Insall 25 Apr 1927 VC, MC
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell  1 Nov 1927 MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Charles L King

15 Dec 1925 MC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas S Horry 22 Oct 1926 DFC
Flt Lt

Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman

23 Feb 1928 DFC; later ACM
Fg Off John H Parry 21 Sep 1926  
Fg Off Leslie S Potter 23 May 1927  
Fg Off Harry T Messenger  3 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Christopher W Switzer 21 Sep 1926 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Paul McK Terry  9 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Eric G D Stewart 22 Feb 1926 MC
Fg Off Edward C L Richardson 27 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Harold V Crowder  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off William J M Spaight  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off Lionel H Anness 23 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Colin A Anderson 20 Sep 1927  
Plt Off Bertram H Ashton  3 Oct 1927  
Plt Off Robert C Greenhalgh 14 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Arthur R S Davies  4 May 1928  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 20 Sep 1927 later AVM

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Hazelton R Nicholl

26 Nov 1928 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn
Wg Cdr

John A G De Courcey

26 Nov 1928 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
xx Nov 1928 Squadron received some Victoria IVs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria III

Vickers Victoria IV

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John A G De Courcey

20 Oct 1928 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Edward B Rice 20 Oct 1928  
Sqn Ldr Reginald S Maxwell  1 Nov 1927 MC, DFC
Flt Lt

John M Mason

20 Oct 1928 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas S Horry 22 Oct 1926 DFC
Flt Lt

Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman

23 Feb 1928 DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

Charles A Horn

11 Jan 1929
Flt Lt

Edward S C Davis

23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Paul McK Terry  9 Mar 1928  
Fg Off Harold V Crowder  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off William J M Spaight  1 Oct 1926  
Fg Off Lionel H Anness 23 Feb 1928 Armament duties
Fg Off Bertram H Ashton  3 Oct 1927  
Fg Off Arthur R S Davies  4 May 1928  
Fg Off Ivo B Beesley  2 Aug 1929  
Plt Off Oswald G Williams  2 Aug 1928  
Plt Off Sydney R Ubee  3 Jan 1929 later AVM
Plt Off George F Hales  3 Jan 1929  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Frank W Felgate 20 Sep 1927 later AVM

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John A G De Courcey

xx Feb 1929 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment (sick)
Wg Cdr Reginald S Maxwell xx Feb 1929 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
xx Apr 1930 Squadron received some Victoria Vs
Victoria V

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria III

Vickers Victoria IV

Vickers Victoria V

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Reginald S Maxwell  1 Nov 1927 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr Edward B Rice 20 Oct 1928  
Sqn Ldr Donald W Clappen 14 Feb 1930 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John M Mason

20 Oct 1928 DSC, DFC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Charles A Horn

11 Jan 1929
Flt Lt Gerard L Gandy 30 Apr 1930  
Flt Lt

Edward S C Davis

23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Paul McK Terry  9 Mar 1928

 

Fg Off Thomas L Harrison 21 Jan 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off Sydney R Ubee  3 Jan 1929 later AVM
Fg Off Patrick J J Cullinan 13 Jun 1929  
Fg Off George A E Harkness 13 Jun 1929  
Fg Off Ronald Louis 13 Jun 1929  
Plt Off Alwyn G M Cary  6 Sep 1929  
Plt Off Cecil Sarfield-Sampson 13 Sep 1929  
Plt Off Roy H Cave-Penney 14 Feb 1930  
Plt Off Harold B Robertson 10 Apr 1930  
Plt Off Frederick A Wardell  6 Sep 1929  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off John E R Sowman  8 Oct 1929 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Reginald S Maxwell 31 Oct 1930 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

31 Oct 1930 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn
Plt Off Cecil Sarfield-Sampson xx Nov 1930 Posted to No 84 Sqn
Fg Off Thomas L Harrison 21 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting from No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt

John M Mason

xx Dec 1930 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr Hardstaff xx Jan 1931 Posted to command No 84 Sqn
Plt Off Douglas W H Heath xx Jan 1931 Arrived on posting from No 55 Sqn
Plt Off Douglas W H Heath xx Feb 1931 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt Gerard L Gandy xx Mar 1931 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt John M Glaisher 25 Mar 1931 Arrived on posting, wef 10 Mar 1931
Fg Off Sydney R Ubee xx Apr 1931 Posted to AHQ Iraq
Sqn Ldr George S N Johnston 15 May 1931 Arrived on posting from RAF Amman
Plt Off Horace L J Hawkins 15 May 1931 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
xx Jul 1931 Squadron received some Victoria VIs
Vickers Victoria VI

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria III

Vickers Victoria IV

Vickers Victoria V

Vickers Victoria VI

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

 3 Oct 1930 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr Ryder Young  7 Oct 1930  
Sqn Ldr George S N Johnston 15 May 1931  
Flt Lt

Robert M Foster

 7 Oct 1930 DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt John M Glaisher 10 Mar 1931 DFC
Flt Lt

Sidney N Webster

18 Aug 1930 AFC, later AVM
Flt Lt

Edward S C Davis

23 Feb 1929 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Paul McK Terry  9 Mar 1928

 

Fg Off Thomas L Harrison 21 Jan 1930 Armament duties
Fg Off George A E Harkness 13 Jun 1929  
Fg Off Ronald Louis 13 Jun 1929  
Fg Off Alwyn G M Cary  6 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Frederick A Wardell  6 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Roy H Cave-Penney 14 Feb 1930  
Fg Off Harold B Robertson 10 Apr 1930  
Fg Off Douglas W H Heath 11 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Herbert R Clay 11 Jul 1930  

-

7 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off Harold W Penney  7 Jul 1930 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Edward S C Davis

xx Jul 1931 Assumed duties of Operational Adjutant
Sqn Ldr Malet xx Jul 1931 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East
Sqn Ldr George S N Johnston xx Jul 1931 Posted to No 30 Sqn to command
Flt Lt

John H C Wake

xx Jul 1931 Arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot, Iraq
Cpl Willmott xx Jul 1931 Promoted to Sgt
Fg Off Paul McK Terry xx Sep 1931 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Bernard A Casey 16 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting
Plt Off William Pickersgill 16 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Harry L Tancred 16 Oct 1931 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt

Edward S C Davis

xx Nov 1931 Relinquished duties of Operational Adjutant
Flt Lt

Robert M Foster

xx Nov 1931 Assumed duties of Operational Adjutant
Fg Off Thomas L Harrison xx Feb 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Harold W Penney xx Feb 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Harold B Robertson xx Feb 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off White xx Feb 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt

George D Harvey

xx Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 23 Jan 1932
Fg Off Guy H A Blackwood xx Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 23 Jan 1932
Fg Off Ian L S McNichol xx Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 23 Jan 1932
Fg Off James E Reynolds xx Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 26 Jan 1932 for Stores duties
Fg Off Judge xx Feb 1932 Arrived on posting from No 55 Sqn
Flt Lt

Robert M Foster

xx Mar 1932 Relinquished duties of Operational Adjutant
Flt Lt

John H C Wake

xx Mar 1932 Assumed duties of Operational Adjutant
Sqn Ldr George T Richardson  4 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

 4 Mar 1932 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr

Charles H B Blount

xx Apr 1932 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn on posting to Home Establishment
Wg Cdr George C Bailey xx Apr 1932 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn
Flt Lt

Sidney N Webster

xx Apr 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off Alfred Threapleton 19 May 1932 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Fg Off Paul McK Terry xx Jun 1932 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off Sydney R Ubee 27 Jun 1932 Arrived on posting from AHQ Iraq
Flt Lt

Robert M Foster

xx Jun 1932 Posted to AHQ Iraq for Staff duties

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria III

Vickers Victoria IV

Vickers Victoria V

Vickers Victoria VI

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr George C Bailey 18 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Ryder Young  7 Oct 1930  
Sqn Ldr George T Richardson  4 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt

Robert M Foster

 7 Oct 1930 DFC; later ACM
Flt Lt

John L Kirby

 4 Mar 1932 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

John H C Wake

13 Sep 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

George D Harvey

23 Jan 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Paul McK Terry  9 Mar 1928

AFC

Fg Off Alwyn G M Cary  6 Sep 1929  
Fg Off Guy H A Blackwood 23 Jan 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Ian L S McNichol 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Douglas W H Heath 11 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Herbert R Clay 11 Jul 1930  
Fg Off Horace L J Hawkins 15 May 1931  
Plt Off Bernard A Casey 16 Oct 1931 later A/Cdre
Plt Off William Pickersgill 16 Oct 1931  
Plt Off Harry L Tancred 16 Oct 1931  
Plt Off Alfred Threapleton 19 May 1932  
Stores Branch
Fg Off James E Reynolds 26 Jan 1932  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Judge xx Aug 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off Malcolm F Calder 29 Aug 1932 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Fg Off Sydney R Ubee xx Sep 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Douglas W H Heath xx Sep 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr Ryder Young xx Oct 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Flt Lt Paul McK Terry xx Oct 1932 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off Alwyn G M Cary xx Oct 1932 Posted to Iraq Communication Flight, Aircraft Depot
Sqn Ldr

Ernest J Cuckney

xx Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 1 Oct 1932
Flt Lt Patrick V Williams xx Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 4 Oct 1932
Flt Lt Woolliams xx Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment
Fg Off Fraser xx Oct 1932 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment for Accountant duties
Fg Off Horace L J Hawkins xx Jan 1933 Posted to Home Establishment
Fg Off William Pickersgill xx Jan 1933 Posted back from No 203 Sqn
Fg Off John G Mansfield xx Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 27 Jan 1933
Fg Off William E Hooper xx Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 27 Jan 1933
Fg Off John A Dobson xx Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 27 Jan 1933
Fg Off Lennox S Lamb xx Feb 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 8 Feb 1933
Fg Off George H Denholm xx Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 28 Feb 1933
Fg Off Maurice R D Trewby xx Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 28 Feb 1933
Plt Off John N H Whitworth xx Mar 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, wef 28 Feb 1933
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing Smith  1 Apr 1933 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria III

Vickers Victoria IV

Vickers Victoria V

Vickers Victoria VI

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr George C Bailey 18 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Ernest J Cuckney

 1 Oct 1932 DSC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr George T Richardson  4 Mar 1932  
Flt Lt

George D Harvey

23 Jan 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Patrick V Williams  4 Oct 1932
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing Smith  1 Apr 1933
Fg Off Guy H A Blackwood 23 Jan 1932 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Ian L S McNichol 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Herbert R Clay 11 Jul 1930  
Fg Off John G Mansfield 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off William E Hooper 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off John A Dobson 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Lennox S Lamb  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Maurice R D Trewby 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Bernard A Casey 16 Oct 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Harry L Tancred 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off William Pickersgill 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off George H Denholm 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Malcolm F Calder 29 Aug 1932  
Plt Off John N H Whitworth 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Stores Branch
Fg Off James E Reynolds 26 Jan 1932  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George D Merron 17 Feb 1932  
WO II George G Meager 10 Mar 1933  
WO II Arthur Wordon 11 Nov 1931  

-

8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Harry L Tancred xx Jul 1933 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off Gerald J Spence 25 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Plt Off Norman W Wakelin 25 Aug 1933 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Vickers Victoria III

Vickers Victoria IV

Vickers Victoria V

Vickers Victoria VI

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr George C Bailey 18 Mar 1932 Officer Commanding, DSO; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Ernest J Cuckney

 1 Oct 1932 DSC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr George T Richardson  4 Mar 1932  
Sqn Ldr

William M Yool

12 Oct 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt

George D Harvey

23 Jan 1932 later AVM
Flt Lt Patrick V Williams  4 Oct 1932
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing Smith  1 Apr 1933
Flt Lt Ivan McL Cameron 12 Oct 1933
Fg Off Ian L S McNichol 23 Jan 1932  
Fg Off Herbert R Clay 11 Jul 1930  
Fg Off John G Mansfield 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off William E Hooper 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Maurice R D Trewby 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John A Dobson 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Bernard A Casey 16 Oct 1931 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Harry L Tancred 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off William Pickersgill 16 Oct 1931  
Fg Off Lennox S Lamb  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George H Denholm 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Malcolm F Calder 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off John N H Whitworth 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Gerald J Spence 25 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Norman W Wakelin 25 Aug 1933  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Stores Branch
Fg Off James E Reynolds 26 Jan 1932  
Warrant Officers
WO John H Lloyd 11 Nov 1933  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II George G Meager 10 Mar 1933  
WO II Arthur Wordon 11 Nov 1931  

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr George C Bailey  7 Apr 1934 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Henry K Thorold

 7 Apr 1934 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
xx May 1934 Squadron disposed of the Victoria IVs
xx Jun 1934 Squadron disposed of the Victoria IIIs

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria V

Vickers Victoria VI

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Henry K Thorold

26 Feb 1934 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

Ernest J Cuckney

 1 Oct 1932 DSC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr James H Dand 26 Feb 1934 MBE
Sqn Ldr

William M Yool

12 Oct 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt Patrick V Williams  4 Oct 1932
Flt Lt Patrick de C Festing Smith  1 Apr 1933
Flt Lt Ivan McL Cameron 12 Oct 1933
Flt Lt Leonard S Snaith 14 Apr 1934 AFC
Fg Off John J Owen 10 Jan 1934 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Herbert R Clay 11 Jul 1930  
Fg Off John G Mansfield 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off William E Hooper 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Maurice R D Trewby 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John A Dobson 27 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Lennox S Lamb  8 Feb 1933  
Fg Off George H Denholm 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Malcolm F Calder 29 Aug 1932  
Fg Off John N H Whitworth 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Gerald J Spence 25 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Norman W Wakelin 25 Aug 1933  
Plt Off Hamilton C S Vetch 26 Jan 1933  
Plt Off George W Colledge 26 Jan 1933  
Plt Off Frederick E H Cooper 26 Jan 1933  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Gordon C Allen 26 Feb 1934  
Warrant Officers
WO George G Meager 10 Mar 1933  
WO John Raeside 23 Mar 1934  
Warrant Officers - 2nd Class
WO II John Doig 23 Mar 1934  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - May 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Henry K Thorold

 1 Aug 1934 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn on posting to AHQ Iraq
Wg Cdr

William Sowrey

 1 Sep 1934 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn
APO Robert E Sharp  6 Apr 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Victoria V

Vickers Victoria VI

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William Sowrey

 1 Sep 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr Howard O Long 10 Oct 1934 DSO
Sqn Ldr James H Dand 26 Feb 1934 MBE
Sqn Ldr

William M Yool

12 Oct 1933 later AVM
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison 10 Oct 1934
Flt Lt Ivan McL Cameron 12 Oct 1933
Flt Lt Leonard S Snaith 14 Apr 1934 AFC
Flt Lt John J Owen 10 Jan 1934 Pilotage (Navigation) duties
Fg Off Maurice R D Trewby 28 Feb 1933  
Fg Off John N H Whitworth 28 Feb 1933 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Arthur H Jarrand 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Norman W Wakelin 25 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Gerald J Spence 25 Aug 1933  
Fg Off Ian H D Walker 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Gilbert R Howie 23 Jan 1935  
Plt Off Hamilton C S Vetch 26 Jan 1933  
Plt Off George W Colledge 26 Jan 1933  
Plt Off Frederick E H Cooper 26 Jan 1933  
Plt Off Denys F Balsdon 29 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Robert E Sharp  6 Apr 1935  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Gordon C Allen 26 Feb 1934  
Warrant Officers
WO John C Steadman 21 Feb 1935  
WO John Raeside 23 Mar 1934  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1935 - May 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
APO Alan Flowerdew 25 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS
Sgt Page 25 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from No 4 FTS

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
xx Aug 1935 Squadron disposed of the Victoria Vs
xx Nov 1935 Squadron disposed of the Victoria VIs
xx Nov 1935 Squadron re-equipped with Vickers Valentias
Valentia I

Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Valentia

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William Sowrey

 1 Sep 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Howard O Long 10 Oct 1934 DSO
Sqn Ldr C Findlay 28 Jan 1936 DFC
Sqn Ldr John Bussey  9 Nov 1935  
Flt Lt Joseph A P Harrison 10 Oct 1934
Flt Lt Ivan McL Cameron 12 Oct 1933
Flt Lt Leonard S Snaith 14 Apr 1934 AFC
Fg Off Arthur H Jarrand 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Ian H D Walker 10 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Gilbert R Howie 23 Jan 1935  
Fg Off Denys F Balsdon 29 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Robert E Sharp  6 Apr 1935  
Fg Off Charles Fothergill 30 Aug 1935  
Fg Off Alan Flowerdew 25 Jun 1935  
Under instruction
Plt Off Kenneth J Mellor  9 Nov 1935  
Plt Off John B Voyce  9 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Plt Off William A L Locker  9 Nov 1935  
Plt Off James Mercer  9 Nov 1935  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off T A Head 10 Apr 1936  
Warrant Officers
WO M Kemp 10 Apr 1936  
WO F E Boyce 10 Apr 1936  

-

6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

William Sowrey

 1 Jun 1936 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn on posting to AHQ Iraq
Wg Cdr W R D Acland  1 Jun 1936 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Jun 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
29 Oct 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King Edward VIII*
No 70 Squadron badge
xx Jan 1937 9 x aircraft accompanied Nos 11, 27, 45 and 45 Sqns in the 1937 Singapore Reinforcement Flight
xx Feb 1937 9 x aircraft returned from the 1937 Singapore Reinforcement Flight
25 May 1937 4 x aircraft (India Reinforcement Flight) departed RAF Hinaidi for India
27 May 1937 India Reinforcement Flight arrived at Karachi
29 May 1937 India Reinforcement Flight arrived at Lahore
31 May 1937 India Reinforcement Flight arrived at Risalpur

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613), except*

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

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

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Valentia

Hinaidi Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr W R D Acland  1 Jun 1936 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Wg Cdr C Findlay 28 Jan 1936 DFC
Sqn Ldr J H Woodin 24 Oct 1936  
Sqn Ldr John Bussey  9 Nov 1935  
Flt Lt

Joseph Cox

24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R G Coventry 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off Kenneth J Mellor  9 Nov 1935  
Fg Off J Edwardes 24 Oct 1936  
Fg Off Charles Fothergill 30 Aug 1935  
Fg Off John B Voyce  9 Nov 1935 later A/Cdre
Fg Off William A L Locker  9 Nov 1935  
Fg Off James Mercer  9 Nov 1935  
Fg Off G R H Black 24 Oct 1936
Plt Off J N Mahler 21 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J A Mackie 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off S J Monroe 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off W C S A G Cooper  3 Apr 1937  
APO J F H Booth  6 Apr 1937  
APO J S Douglas Cooper 12 Apr 1937  
APO G E Watkins 12 Apr 1937  
APO G C Kain 27 May 1937  
APO D F Laslett 27 May 1937  
APO G L M Schrader 27 May 1937  
APO G V Gordon 27 May 1937  
APO E A Williamson 27 May 1937  
APO J T I Charles 27 May 1937  
APO R C Dundas 27 May 1937  
APO D W Lindsay 27 May 1937  
APO E J Sheeran 27 May 1937  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off Cyril J Salmon 24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO M Kemp 10 Apr 1936  
WO F E Boyce 10 Apr 1936  
WO B E Gilder 13 May 1936  

-

9 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C Findlay 28 Apr 1938 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn
Wg Cdr H S Broughall 25 Apr 1938 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

Organisational Movements: Jun 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
16 Aug 1937 1 x aircraft departed Karachi
17 Aug 1937 1 x aircraft arrived at RAF Hinaidi
10 Sep 1937 2 x aircraft departed Karachi
11 Sep 1937 2 x aircraft arrived at RAF Hinaidi
13 Sep 1937 1 x aircraft departed Karachi
14 Sep 1937 1 x aircraft arrived at RAF Hinaidi
16 Oct 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Hinaidi to RAF Dhibban
xx Jan 1938 9 x aircraft accompanied Nos 38, 60 and 84 Sqns in the 1938 Singapore Reinforcement Flight
xx Feb 1938 9 x aircraft returned from the 1938 Singapore Reinforcement Flight
 1 May 1938 RAF Dhibban renamed RAF Habbaniya

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Valentia

Habbaniya Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr H S Broughall 23 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr J H Woodin 24 Oct 1936  
Sqn Ldr A Allen 15 Nov 1937  
Sqn Ldr

Joseph Cox

24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W R Beaman 24 Mar 1938  
Flt Lt

Dudley G Lewis

30 Apr 1938 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R G Coventry 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off G R H Black 24 Oct 1936
Plt Off J N Mahler 21 Aug 1936  
Plt Off J A Mackie 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off S J Monroe 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J F H Booth  6 Apr 1937  
Plt Off W C S A G Cooper  3 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J S Douglas Cooper 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off G E Watkins 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off Terence R Thomas  9 Jan 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off R G Le Dieu 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Gray 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off B D Wigginton 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H W Barnard 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off E Garrod-Cole 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H J Honour 29 Mar 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off Cyril J Salmon 24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO J A C Robinson 17 Nov 1936  
WO N Kiddier 15 Nov 1937  

-

12 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Valentia

Habbaniya Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr H S Broughall 23 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Sqn Ldr A Allen 15 Nov 1937  
Sqn Ldr

John G Elton

25 Oct 1938 AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr R V McIntyre 27 Aug 1938
Sqn Ldr H A Simmons 19 Oct 1938  
Flt Lt R G Coventry 24 Oct 1936
Fg Off Terence R Thomas  9 Jan 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off J A Mackie 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off S J Monroe 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J F H Booth  6 Apr 1937  
Plt Off J S Douglas Cooper 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off G E Watkins 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R G Le Dieu 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Gray 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off B D Wigginton 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H W Barnard 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off E Garrod-Cole 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H J Honour 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off V G Bamber 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off B M Browning 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P Gearey 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R D Hesketh 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off A F Pain 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R J Wells 13 Oct 1938  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off Cyril J R Salmon 24 Oct 1936 later A/Cdre
Warrant Officers
WO A S Kerr 23 Jul 1938  
WO L W Ayres 13 Apr 1938  
WO N Kiddier 15 Nov 1937

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr H S Broughall  1 Mar 1939 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn
Wg Cdr

John W F Merer

 1 Mar 1939 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn
Wg Cdr H S Broughall  3 Mar 1939 Posted to Home Establishment

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Valentia

Habbaniya Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr H S Broughall 23 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC
Wg Cdr

John W F Merer

10 Feb 1939 later AVM
Sqn Ldr

John G Elton

25 Oct 1938 AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr R V McIntyre 27 Aug 1938
Sqn Ldr H A Simmons 19 Oct 1938  
Fg Off Terence R Thomas  9 Jan 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off S J Monroe 15 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G E Watkins 12 Apr 1937  
Plt Off R G Le Dieu 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off J A Gray 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off B D Wigginton 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H W Barnard 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off E Garrod-Cole 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H J Honour 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off V G Bamber 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off B M Browning 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P Gearey 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R D Hesketh 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off A F Pain 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R J Wells 13 Oct 1938  
APO F A Connolly  4 Jan 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO A S Kerr 23 Jul 1938  
WO J W Wilson 18 Nov 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Vickers Valentia

Habbaniya Iraq Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

John W F Merer

10 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding; later AVM
Sqn Ldr

John G Elton

25 Oct 1938 AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr R V McIntyre 27 Aug 1938
Sqn Ldr H A Simmons 19 Oct 1938  
Fg Off Terence R Thomas  9 Jan 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off S J Monroe 15 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J A Gray 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off B D Wigginton 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H W Barnard 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off E Garrod-Cole 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off H J Honour 29 Mar 1938  
Plt Off V G Bamber 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off B M Browning 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P Gearey 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R D Hesketh 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off A F Pain 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off R J Wells 13 Oct 1938  
Plt Off F A Connolly  4 Jan 1939  
Equipment Branch
Fg Off M G Lees  8 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO A S Kerr 23 Jul 1938  
WO J W Wilson 18 Nov 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO D C Wellburn 27 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'C' Flight
APO J E D Taylor 27 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off C V Reade  2 May 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Heliopolis, allocated to 'A' Flight
APO B S M Jones  2 May 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'A' Flight
APO E S Knox  2 May 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'C' Flight
APO M R Skeet  4 May 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'C' Flight
Sgt R C Phillips  2 Jun 1939 Died from injuries
Plt Off G H Jackson  6 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off P A S Baker  6 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt C Clements 22 Jun 1939 Pilot/Fitter I, arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt S C Braybrooke 22 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from Home Establishment, allocated to 'C' Flight
Plt Off R J Wells 23 Jun 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J A Gray 23 Jun 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off C V Reade  4 Jul 1939 Attached to Communication Flight, RAF Habbaniya for temporary duty
Plt Off C V Reade 12 Jul 1939 Ceased to be attached to Communication Flight, RAF Habbaniya for temporary duty
Plt Off V G Bamber  3 Aug 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off H W Barnard  3 Aug 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt and transferred to 'C' Flight
Plt Off D C Wellburn 24 Aug 1939 Attached to Communication Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off E S Knox 24 Aug 1939 Attached to Communication Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off G H Jackson 24 Aug 1939 Attached to Communication Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off A F Pain 24 Aug 1939 Attached to Communication Flight, RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off E S Knox 24 Aug 1939 Posted to 'S' Squadron, wef 21 Aug 1939
Plt Off A F Pain 29 Aug 1939 Ceased to be attached to Communication Flight and attached to Ferry Pilots Pool
Plt Off R J Wells  4 Sep 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J A Gray  4 Sep 1939 Resumed duties of Adjutant
Act Flt Lt V G Bamber 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Intelligence Officer
Plt Off P A S Baker 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Operations Officer
Plt Off J A Gray 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Imprest Holder
Plt Off R J Wells 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Signals Officer
Plt Off F A Connolly 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Anti-Gas Officer
Plt Off C V Reade 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Armament Officer
Plt Off B M Browning 25 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of MT Officer
Fg Off G E Robinson  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Habbaniya for Equipment duties
Plt Off H R K Wells 13 Oct 1939 Equipment Officer, posted to Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya
Fg Off G E Robinson 13 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Equipment Officer
Sqn Ldr John G Elton 14 Oct 1939 Posted to command No 47 Sqn
Plt Off R J Wells 14 Oct 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off A E Brian 17 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from No 80 Sqn
Flt Sgt Knight  3 Nov 1939 Wireless Electrical Mechanic, promoted to WO, wef 30 Sep 1939
AC1 Berry  8 Nov 939 Equipment Assistant, posted to No 102 MU, wef 7 Nov 1939
LAC Walters 16 Nov 939 OP Room Assistant, posted to RAF Hospital, Sarafand, wef 14 Nov 1939
Cpl Perry 25 Nov 1939 ACH, promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1939
Cpl Collins 25 Nov 1939 Fitter I, promoted to Sgt, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC Bailey 25 Nov 1939 Mate, remustered ACH and promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC Griffiths 25 Nov 1939 Mate, remustered ACH and promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC Aston 25 Nov 1939 Mate, remustered ACH and promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC Cooper 25 Nov 1939 Mate, remustered ACH and promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC Staniey 25 Nov 1939 Fitter II promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
Plt Off F A Connolly 19 Dec 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Stephens 19 Dec 1939 WEM, arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn wef 18 Dec 1939
AC1 McMahon 20 Dec 1939 Fitter II, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Nicholls 20 Dec 1939 Fitter II, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Haines 20 Dec 1939 Fitter Armourer, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Acton 20 Dec 1939 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Pascoe 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 March 20 Dec 1939 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Eastwood 20 Dec 1939 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Barbour 20 Dec 1939 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Medhurst 20 Dec 1939 Flight Rigger, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 White 20 Dec 1939 Flight Rigger, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 Fayers 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Electrical Mechanic, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Antcliffe 20 Dec 1939 Electrician, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Bardsley 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Bland 20 Dec 1939 Flight Rigger, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Beacher 20 Dec 1939 Driver-Petrol, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Stevens 20 Dec 1939 Equipment Assistant, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Brown 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Sharpe 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Douglas 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Wagstaff 20 Dec 1939 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
AC1 Schofield 20 Dec 1939 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC, wef 1 Dec 1939
LAC F G Powell 23 Dec 1939 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Cpl Berry 29 Dec 1929 ACH, posted to Home Establishment
Cpl James 29 Dec 1929 ACH, posted to Home Establishment
Cpl Challon 29 Dec 1929 ACH, posted to Home Establishment
Cpl Griffiths 29 Dec 1929 ACH, posted to Home Establishment
WO R T Knight 29 Dec 1929 WEM, posted to China Bay, wef 28 Dec 1939

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613 and 27/614)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
27 Aug 1939 Ground Echelon departed RAF Habbaniya for RAF Helwan
30 Aug 1939 Air Echelon departed RAF Habbaniya for RAF Helwan, 'C' Flight remaining at RAF Habbaniya
 5 Sep 1939 Ground Echelon arrived at RAF Helwan
 9 Oct 1939 'C' Flight rejoined the squadron at RAF Helwan from RAF Habbaniya, but detachment of two aircraft remained at the latter

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/613 and 27/614)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Cpl G A Cooper  7 Jan 1940 ACH, posted to Home Establishment
Cpl B Aston  7 Jan 1940 ACH, posted to Home Establishment
AC1 J Hunter 10 Jan 1940 ACH, posted to No 102 MU
Cpl J W Maynard 11 Jan 1940 Equipment Assistant, arrived on posting from No 31 ASP
Cpl D A Connell 19 Jan 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn
Cpl J Willis 19 Jan 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn
Wg Cdr

John W F Merer

25 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of No 70 Sqn
Sqn Ldr R V McIntyre 25 Jan 1940 Assumed command of No 70 Sqn
LAC T L Heike 26 Jan 1940 Wireless Operator, arrived on posting from HQ Middle East
APO L F W McCarton-Mooney 31 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
APO D H L Farmer 31 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
APO A W Butler 31 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
LAC G E Chamley xx Jan 1940 Nursing Orderly, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
AC1 M M Loughlin xx Jan 1940 ACH, reclassified LAC wef 1 Oct 1939
AC1 W J Houenstein xx Jan 1940 ACH, reclassified LAC wef 1 Oct 1939
LAC W L Jones xx Jan 1940 Fitter II, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Dec 1939
LAC G Malpass  1 Feb 1940 Fitter Armourer, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Jan 1940
AC1 T Needham  1 Feb 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC
AC1 R Montgomery  1 Feb 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC
AC1 J Morgan  1 Feb 1940 Instrument Maker, reclassified LAC
AC1 W Sissons  1 Feb 1940 Fitter II, reclassified LAC
AC1 R Fraser  1 Feb 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 J Harris  1 Feb 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 R McMillan  1 Feb 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 E Gallagher  1 Feb 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 A Fairhurst  1 Feb 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 J Forrest  1 Feb 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 H Scorgie  1 Feb 1940 WEM, reclassified LAC
AC1 W Ellam  1 Feb 1940 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC
AC1 I Cook  1 Feb 1940 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC
AC1 J McKittrick  1 Feb 1940 Wireless Operator, reclassified LAC
AC1 S Pitman  1 Feb 1940 Armourer, reclassified LAC
AC1 W Tulip  1 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, reclassified LAC
AC1 J Kenealy  1 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, reclassified LAC
AC1 G Vickers  1 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, reclassified LAC
Sgt P Woolley  7 Feb 1940 WEM, arrived on posting from No 112 Sqn
Flt Lt L Stephens  9 Feb 1940 WEM, posted to RAF Helwan
Fg Off R J Wells 12 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 4 Sep 1939
Sgt J Stanley 17 Feb 1940 Plt/Fitter/Armourer, arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn
Fg Off C G Fisher 21 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 47 Sqn, allocated to 'C' Flight
LAC W Tulip 21 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, posted to No 113 Sqn
LAC J Kenealy 21 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, posted to No 113 Sqn
LAC S Miller 21 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, posted to No 113 Sqn
LAC G Kidd 21 Feb 1940 Driver-Petrol, posted to No 113 Sqn
AC1 A Anderson 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 G Armitage 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 C Everitt 28 Feb 1940 Clerk/GD, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 P Fletcher 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 E Harris 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 E Hewitt 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 A Howland 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 J Jackson 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 D Roper 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 H Tappenden 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 T Wilson 28 Feb 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from Home Establishment
AC1 P Warren  1 Mar 1940 Fitter II, reclassified LAC
AC1 J Walker  1 Mar 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 R Grayshon  1 Mar 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
Cpl E A Sigton  4 Mar 1940 Admitted to Military Hospital, Helmeih for operation (Gastric Ulcer)
Cpl T O'Brien xx Mar 1940 WEM, posted to No 253 Wing
Cpl G Chamley xx Mar 1940 Medical Orderly, posted to No 112 Sqn
Act Cpl A Bird xx Mar 1940 Cook and Butcher, posted to No 112 Sqn
LAC J Horwood xx Mar 1940 Cook and Butcher, posted to No 112 Sqn
LAC A Cruikshank xx Mar 1940 Fitter II, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC W C Larkin xx Mar 1940 Fitter II, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
LAC C P James xx Mar 1940 Fitter II, promoted to Cpl, wef 1 Nov 1939
AC1 G Pinnick xx Mar 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 A J Moody xx Mar 1940 Mate, reclassified LAC, wef 3 Sep 1939
AC1 A Anderson 31 Mar 1940 Admitted to Military Hospital, Helmeih for operation (Hernia)
AC1 E W Hedley  1 Apr 1940 Flight Rigger, reclassified LAC
AC1 R J Power  1 Apr 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified LAC
AC1 E T Grigg  1 Apr 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC
AC1 R W Lewis  1 Apr 1940 ACH, reclassified LAC
AC1 E Sutton  1 Apr 1940 Fitter II, reclassified LAC
AC1 C Taylor  1 Apr 1940 Fitter II, reclassified LAC
AC1 W Sykes  1 Apr 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC
AC1 H McKeever  1 Apr 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, reclassified LAC
AC1 E Simpson  1 Apr 1940 Fitter II, reclassified LAC
AC1 K Llewelyn  1 Apr 1940 Fitter II, reclassified LAC
AC1 J C Reid  1 Apr 1940 ACH, reclassified LAC
Cpl E A Sigton  2 Apr 1940 Discharged from Military Hospital, Helmeih and placed on light duties
LAC N Rossiter xx Apr 1940 Equipment Assistant, promoted to Cpl, wef 14 Mar 1940
WO J Wilson xx Apr 1940 ACH, posted to No 113 Sqn
Cpl R T Selby xx Apr 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl C R Kirk xx Apr 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl C Kimber xx Apr 1940 Fitter I, promoted to Sgt, wef 14 Mar 1940
Cpl R Hurst xx Apr 1940 Clerk/GD, posted to No 250 Wing
Cpl N Rossiter xx Apr 1940 Equipment Assistant, posted to RAF Helwan
Cpl G T Chater xx Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 31 ASP
Sqn Ldr H A Simmons  3 May 1940 Relinquished command of 'C' Flight
Sqn Ldr A R G Bax  3 May 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'C' Flight
AC1 A Anderson 10 May 1940 Discharged from Military Hospital, Helmeih
Sgt Stanley xx May 1940 Pilot, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Apr 1940
Sgt Woolley xx May 1940 WEM, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Apr 1940
Sgt C Riley xx May 1940 ACH, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt, wef 1 Apr 1940
LAC Heike xx May 1940 Wireless Operator, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Apr 1940
LAC Haines xx May 1940 Fitter Armourer, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Apr 1940
LAC Burrows xx May 1940 Wireless Operator, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Mar 1940
Cpl Hann 20 May 1940 Driver/Petrol, posted to No 103 MU
LAC Niven 20 May 1940 Driver/Petrol, posted to No 103 MU
LAC Garret 20 May 1940 Driver/Petrol, posted to No 103 MU
Sgt Gilbert 28 May 1940 Fitter I, posted to No 113 Sqn
Sgt P Lewis  4 Jun 1940 Pilot, arrived on posting
Sgt S Keith 10 Jun 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from SHQ RAF Heliopolis
Sgt P Lewis 15 Jun 1940 Pilot, posted to No 216 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A R G Bax xx Jun 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Helwan
Sgt E Collins xx Jun 1940 Fitter I, posted to No 103 MU
Sgt C Kirk xx Jun 1940 Fitter I, posted to No 103 MU
Flt Sgt C Riley xx Jun 1940 ACH, posted to No 223 Sqn
Flt Sgt F Steele xx Jun 1940 Pilot/Fitter Aero-Engine, arrived on posting from AHQ Iraq
Flt Sgt R Fear xx Jun 1940 Pilot/Clerk/GD, arrived on posting from AHQ Iraq
Flt Sgt W Smart xx Jun 1940 Fitter Aero-Engine, arrived on posting from AHQ Iraq
Cpl L Neale  3 Jul 1940 Carpenter/Rigger, arrived on posting from No 208 Sqn and promoted to Sgt
Sqn Ldr T U Rolfe  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Palestine and Transjordan
Plt Off Kirsopp  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr R H Bennett 14 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 Sqn
Sgt L Chreighton xx Jul 1940 Fitter I, posted to No 112 Sqn
Cpl A Stringfellow xx Jul 1940 Armourer, posted to Communication Flight, RAF Heliopolis
Sgt B N Brooks  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J H Keddie  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C W Laughton  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D Philip  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E R Pitts  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt V J Morgan  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt A E Brian  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Ellam  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J A Selley  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G S Wilson  7 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Rawlings  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return from an operation (Flt Lt Brian's crew)
Sgt Mitchell  7 Nov 1940 Failed to return from an operation (Flt Lt Brian's crew)
Sgt S D J Jenkyns 29 Nov 1940 Died from injuries

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/614)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
xx Aug 1940 4 x Valentias were flown to Khartoum for transfer to the SAAF pending re-equipment
 1 Sep 1940 First six Wellingtons, T2730, T2731, T2732, T2733, T2734 and T2735, arrived from the UK for re-equipment of the squadron
Wellington IC of No 70 Squadron
 9 Sep 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Heliopolis to RAF Kabrit
18 Sep 1940 Squadron carried out its first operational bombing operation with Wellingtons
24 Sep 1940 Squadron received Miles Magister, R1949
25 Sep 1940 2 x Wellingtons, T2826 and T2832 arrived from the UK and were allocated to 'B' Flight
30 Sep 1940 3 x Wellingtons, T2813, T2814 and T2816 arrived from the UK

Source - No 70 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/614)

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