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No 73 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Initial Personnel Allocation

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt R V McIntyre 15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off L H Pomeroy 15 Mar 1937 OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off F M Thomas 15 Mar 1937 OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off D Kain 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J A Thomson 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off N G C Heath 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Scoular 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off P H R R Terry 15 Mar 1937  
1 x Airman Pilot 15 Mar 1937  

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Date Notes
15 Mar 1937 Squadron reformed at RAF Mildenhall equipped with Fury Is, in No 11 Group, Fighter Command
Fury II
xx Jun 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Gloster Gladiators
Gladiator I of No 73 Squadron
12 Jun 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Debden

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Personnel Movements

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off N G C Heath 23 Jun 1937 Returned under close arrest having been absent without leave since 22 Mar 1937
Plt Off N G C Heath 23 Jun 1937 Escaped close arrest during the night
Plt Off N G C Heath 24 Jun 1937 Returned after having escaped close arrest during the night

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Debden Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E S Finch 19 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt R V McIntyre 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off N G C Heath 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D Kain 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J A Thomson 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J R I Bell 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off P H R R Terry 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Scoular 15 Mar 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul - Nov 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off N G C Heath 22 Aug 1937 Tried by Court Martial and found guilty
Plt Off N G C Heath 21 Sep 1937 Sentence of CM promulgated - to be cashiered but commuted to dismissal

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Nominal Roll: 9 Nov 1937

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr E S Finch Officer Commanding,
Plt Off J E Scoular Adjutant
Flt Lt W W E Oliver OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off F M Thomas OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off D Kain  
Plt Off H C Maudsley  
Plt Off J A Thomson  
Plt Off J F Pearce  
Plt Off T H T Forshaw  
Plt Off N Orton  

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 4 Oct 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Practice Camp
23 Oct 1937 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Practice Camp
9 Nov 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Digby

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Personnel Movements: Nov 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J F Pearce 21 Mar 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J E Scoular  1 Apr 1938 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to 'B' Flight
Plt Off J A Thomson  1 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting from 'A' Flight and assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I RAF Digby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E S Finch 19 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off F M Thomas 13 Sep 1937  
Fg Off H C Maudsley 21 Sep 1937  
Plt Off D Kain 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J A Thomson 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Scoular 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T H T Forshaw 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off N Orton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off E J Kain 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off A D'O Lamarque  7 Jan 1938  
Plt Off H G Paul 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off P Walker 19 Feb 1938  
APO W J W Kingston 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Nominal Roll: 31 Aug 1938

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr E S Finch Officer Commanding,
Fg Off D Kain OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off F M Thomas OC, 'B' Flight
Fg Off J A Thomson Adjutant
Fg Off H C Maudsley Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off J E Scoular  
Plt Off T H T Forshaw  
Plt Off N Orton  
Plt Off E J Kain  
Plt Off A D'O Lamarque  
Plt Off H G Paul  
Plt Off P Walker  
Plt Off C M Wright  
APO J G Perry  

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off H C Maudsley  7 Oct 1938 Placed under open arrest for low flying offence
Fg Off H C Maudsley  7 Dec 1938 Tried by Court Martial

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
11 Jul 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Hawker Hurricane Is
Hurricane I of No 73 Squaddron (France - March 1940)
xx Oct 1938 Squadron allocated the code letters 'HV' during the 'Munich Crisis'

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I RAF Digby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E S Finch 19 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt F M Thomas 13 Sep 1937  
Fg Off H C Maudsley 21 Sep 1937  
Fg Off D Kain 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J A Thomson 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Scoular 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T H T Forshaw 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off N Orton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off E J Kain 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off A D'O Lamarque  7 Jan 1938  
Plt Off H G Paul 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off P Walker 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C M Wright 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J G Perry 20 Aug 1938  
APO H T Gilbert 17 Sep 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan -Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E S Finch 13 Feb 1939 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to RAF Catterick
Sqn Ldr R K Brougham 13 Feb 1939 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I RAF Digby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R K Brougham 13 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt F M Thomas 13 Sep 1937  
Fg Off J A Thomson 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D Kain 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Scoular 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off N Orton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off E J Kain 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off A D'O Lamarque  7 Jan 1938  
Plt Off H G Paul 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off P Walker 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C M Wright 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J G Perry 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R H Clarke 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off G F Brotchie 30 Jan 1939  
APO B B E Duff 17 Dec 1938  
APO G S C Holliday 17 Dec 1838  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I RAF Digby Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R K Brougham 13 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt F M Thomas 13 Sep 1937  
Act Flt Lt J A Thomson 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D Kain 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J E Scoular 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off N Orton  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off E J Kain 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off A D'O Lamarque  7 Jan 1938  
Plt Off H G Paul 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off P Walker 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C M Wright 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J G Perry 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off R H Clarke 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off G F Brotchie 30 Jan 1939  
Plt Off B B E Duff 17 Dec 1938  
APO G S C Holliday 17 Dec 1838  
Warrant Officers
WO W H Neale  1 Mar 1939  
WO A G Haggar 20 Dec 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jun - Aug 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R K Brougham 11 May 1939 Relinquished command of the squadron on posting to RAF Wittering
Flt Lt B W Knox 11 May 1939 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off A D'O Lamarque  23 Jun 1939 Died from injuries

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Organisational Movements: Jun - Aug 1939

Date Notes
16 Jun 1939 The Squadron Badge which had been authorised by HM King George VI was presented by AVM T L Leigh-Mallory
No 73 Squadron badge
24 Aug 1939 Squadron ordered to mobilise as part No 60 Wing

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

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

Nominal Roll: 24 Aug 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr B W Knox Officer Commanding,
Fg Off R E Lovett OC, 'A' Flight
Fg Off J E Scoular OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off H G Paul Adjutant
Fg Off J A Thomson  
Fg Off D Kain  
Fg Off N Orton  
Plt Off E J Kain  
Plt Off G F Brotchie  
Plt Off P Walker  
Plt Off C M Wright  
Plt Off J G Perry  
Plt Off G S E Holliday  
Plt Off A B Tucker  
Plt Off R F Martin  
APO B E G White  
APO J R Hardacre  

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Personnel Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt R M Outfin 29 Aug 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Medical Officer
Flt Lt C H Press 29 Aug 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Armament Officer
Plt Off R Williams 29 Aug 1939 Reported for duty as Sqn Equipment Officer
APO P V Ayerst  6 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS
Plt Off E Hall  4 Oct 1939 Reported for Administrative duties
Plt Off E Hall  6 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off E Hall  6 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off H G Paul  6 Oct 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and returned to flying duties
Plt Off R F Martin  9 Nov 1939 Shot down and interned in Luxembourg
Fg Off D Kain 25 Nov 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off R E Lovett 25 Nov 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off J E Scoular 25 Nov 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off G F Brotchie  6 Dec 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off G S E Holliday  9 Dec 1939 Appointed Sqn Gas Officer
Flt Lt R E Lovett 21 Dec 1939 Placed under open arrest after shooting down a French aircraft
Sgt R M Perry 22 Dec 1939 Killed in action
Sgt J Winn 22 Dec 1939 Killed in action
Plt Off R F Martin 26 Dec 1939 Reported as being at Metz having escaped the previous day

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Organisational Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Sep 1939 Squadron changed its code letters from 'HV' to 'TP'
Hurricane I of No 73 Squadron
 4 Sep 1939 Advance Party, left by train for France
 9 Sep 1939 Air Party, left for Havre, France via Tangmere, Shoreham and Le Treport
17 Sep 1939 Main Party, arrived at Havre via Cherbourg
22 Sep 1939 Squadron Transport, arrived at Havre via Brest, Le Mans and Rouen
26 Sep 1939 Squadron commenced moving to new a aerodrome at Norrent Fontes
28 Sep 1939 Squadron completed the move to a new aerodrome at Norrent Fontes
 8 Oct 1939 Squadron commenced moving to new a aerodrome at Rouvres
10 Oct 1939 Squadron completed the move to a new aerodrome at Rouvres

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Nov 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Marchand  1 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 Ferry Pool, Filton
Sgt L S Pilkington 10 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 Ferry Pool, Filton
Sgt L G Dibden 10 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 Ferry Pool, Filton
Plt Off R F Martin 13 Jan 1940 Reported for duty having been on leave following his escape
Sgt T Pritchard 13 Jan 1940 WEM, from No 74 Wing as NCO i/c Signals
Sgt Wollstonecroft 13 Jan 1940 Posted out
Sgt Phillips 15 Jan 1940 Returned to England on ground duties pending medical board
Plt Off G S E Holliday 23 Jan 1940 Granted sick leave and reported to RAF Hospital, Matlock
Plt Off H G Paul 21 Feb 1940 Proceeded to Rollestone Camp for Gas Course
Plt Off G S E Holliday 22 Feb 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot (Non-effective, sick)
Plt Off L G Bishop 24 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 Ferry Pool, Filton
Flt Sgt Coltman 25 Feb 1940 Promoted to WO (MT)
Cpl Gowing 25 Feb 1940 Promoted to T/Sgt (Armourer)
Plt Off L G Bishop 24 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr K A K McEwen 24 Mar 1940 Supernumerary pending taking over command of the squadron
Plt Off D S Scott 24 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sqn Ldr B W Knox 27 Mar 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr K A K McEwen 27 Mar 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off J G Perry 29 Mar 1940 Killed in action
WO R Lipscombe 29 Mar1940 Fitter/Armourer reported for duty
Plt Off E Hall  3 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off wef 11 Mar 1940
Sqn Ldr K A K McEwen 13 Apr 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr J W C More 13 Apr 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
WO Pitman 29 Apr 1940 Reported for duty as WO Discipline
Sgt Gallagher 29 Apr 1940 Proceeded to England on a course on ROTOL airscrews
Plt Off A McFadden  5 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off V O M Roe  5 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off H W Elliott  5 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt L Y T Friend  5 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Fg Off Gillie 12 May 1940 Attached from HQ 'Panther' for temporary duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off Tucker 12 May 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Sgt Stuckey 12 May 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Sgt Sewell 12 May 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Sgt Speake 12 May 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Plt Off F Sydenham 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off R D Rutter 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off C A McGaw 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off N G Langham-Hobart 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off J E P Thompson 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off B P Legge 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt A E Marshall 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt A E Scott 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt T B G Pyne 14 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off V D M Roe 14 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L G M Dibden 14 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off N Orton 15 May 1940 Failed to return from operations, later reported wounded but safe
Sgt Humphries 15 May 1940 Failed to return from operations, but later reported safe in a CCS
Flt Lt C W K Nichols 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from A & AEE
Fg Off H B Bell-Seyer 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from A & AEE
Plt Off I D Hawken 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 605 Sqn
Plt Off P E G Carter 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 605 Sqn
Sgt W Milner 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from AACU
Sgt G W Garton 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn
Fg Off D Kain 21 May 1940 Posted to AFDU, Northolt
Plt Off I G G Potts 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 AACU
Plt Off P V Ayerst 23 May 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Fg Off H G Paul 23 May 1940 Posted to No 12 Group pending further posting
Plt Off R F Martin 23 May 1940 Posted to No 12 Group pending further posting
Sgt Campbell 23 May 1940 Posted to No 12 Group pending further posting
Sgt Pilkington 23 May 1940 Posted to No 12 Group pending further posting
Flt Lt Lavers 23 May 1940 Reported for duty as Intelligence Officer
Fg Off H B Bell-Seyer 24 May 1940 Missing but reported safe the following day
Plt Off P E G Carter 24 May 1940 Missing but reported safe the following day
Fg Off Gillie 25 May 1940 Ceased to be attached from HQ 'Panther' for temporary duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off F Sydenham 26 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Sgt Savage 26 May 1940 MT, evacuated to UK on medical grounds
AC1 Hughes 26 May 1940 Evacuated to UK on medical grounds
Fg Off D Stafford-Clark 27 May 1940 Reported for duty as Sqn Medical Officer
Plt Off J O Smith 27 May 1940 Reported for duty
Cpl Grinley 29 May 1940 MT, promoted to Temp Sgt
Cpl Duncan 29 May 1940 C/B, promoted to Temp Sgt
Flt Lt R M Outfin 30 May 1940 Posted out
Sgt J J Griffen 31 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 FPP
Sgt E McNey 31 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 FPP
Sgt A B Leng 31 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 FPP
Sgt Brimble 31 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 FPP
Plt Off I G G Potts  1 Jun 1940 Missing, later reported to be a POW
Sgt Milner  1 Jun 1940 Missing
Sgt O'Byrne  2 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off I D Hawken  3 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E J Kain  7 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off R E Drake  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off D N W L Antony  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt H G Webster  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt R V Ellis  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off R Williams  8 Jun 1940 Equipment Officer promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off E Hall 12 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt J E Scoular 15 Jun 1940 Posted to No 12 Group
Sgt E McNey 17 Jun 1940 Missing
Fg Off D Stafford-Clark  5 Jul 1940 Posted to No 928 Sqn
Fg Off R Williams  6 Jul 1940 Posted to No 6 RSU
Plt Off R A Marchand  6 Jul 1940 Returned to the unit from sick leave and recuperation
Plt Off A McFadden  6 Jul 1940 Returned to the unit from sick leave and recuperation
Plt Off P E G Carter  8 Jul 1940 Proceeded on leave pending posting overseas
Sgt O'Byrne  8 Jul 1940 Proceeded on leave pending posting overseas
Fg Off G F Brotchie 10 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Sealand
Fg Off P Walker 10 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Sealand
Plt Off P E G Carter 14 Jul 1940 His overseas posting having been cancelled was posted to Uxbridge (SDL)
Flt Lt C W K Nichols 21 Jul 1940 Posted to A & AEE (Armament Sqn)
Fg Off R E Drake 21 Jul 1940 Posted to A & AEE (Performance Test Sqn)
Sgt Corfe 21 Jul 1940 Posted to No 610 Sqn
Sgt E McNey 21 Jul 1940 Returned to the unit after being shot down in France in 17 Jun 1940
Plt Off P E G Carter 23 Jul 1940 Returned from special duty at Uxbridge
Flt Lt R E Lovett 23 Jul 1940 Reported back to the unit as OC, 'A' Flight
Flt Lt M ff Beytagh 24 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 10 B & GS
Plt Off N G Langham-Hobart 26 Jul 1940 Attached to St Athans for Navigation Course
Sqn Ldr M W S Robinson 31 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, supernumerary, pending taking command of the squadron
WO Neale  1 Aug 1940 Engineer Officer, to Aviation Candidate Board for trade test duties
Cpl R Walker  5 Aug 1940 Clerk-GD, promoted to Temp Sgt
Sgt Pritchard  5 Aug 1940 Signals, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt
Plt Off Scott 10 Aug 1940 Returned from a course at AFDU
Plt Off P E G Carter 24 Aug 1940 Attached to No 302 Sqn
Plt Off J A C Baker-Harber 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Fg Off E Hall 30 Aug 1940 Posted to No 14 Balloon Centre
Plt Off J A C Baker-Harber 30 Aug 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr J W C More  5 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr M W S Robinson  5 Sep 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt R E Lovett  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr M W S Robinson 14 Sep 1940 Shot down and admitted to the Kent and Sussex Hospital
Flt Lt M ff Beytagh 14 Sep 1940 Assumed command of the squadron temporarily
Plt Off R A Marchand 15 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt M ff Beytagh 27 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr A D Murray 27 Sep 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off McLoughlin 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 145 Sqn
Plt Off Storrar 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 145 Sqn
Sgt Scott 13 Oct 1940 Posted to No 422 Flight
Sgt Price 14 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off J E Storrar 20 Oct 1940 Posted to No 421 Flight
Fg Off McLachlan 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot, pending posting to Malta
Plt Off Elliot 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot, pending posting to Malta
Plt Off McGaw 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Sgt O'Byrne 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 501 Sqn
Sgt Perkin 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 421 Flight
Sgt Price 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Sgt Hopton 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Plt Off J E Storrar 25 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 421 Flight
Sgt Copeland 25 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 66 Sqn
Sgt Hopewell 25 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 66 Sqn
Sgt Saville 26 Oct 1940 Reported for duty

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Nominal Roll - Pilots: 9 Nov 1940

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr A D Murray Officer Commanding,
Fg Off J D Smith  
Plt Off P Haldenby  
Plt Off R L Goord  
Plt Off O E Lamb  
Fg Off D S Scott  
Plt Off A McFadden  
Plt Off M P Wareham  
Sub Lt D H Richards RN
Sub Lt R W M Walsh RN
Plt Off J E Storrar  
Plt Off K M Millist  
Plt Off C C O Joubert  
Plt Off C K Gray  
Plt Off J B McColl  
Flt Lt M ff Beytagh  
Plt Off W T Eidy  
Plt Off Goodman  
Plt Off Wainright  
Plt Off Legge  
Plt Off Humphries  
Sgt Marshall  
Sgt White  
Sgt Wills  
Sgt Leng  
Sgt Coussens  
Sgt Webster  
Sgt Ellis  
Sgt Griffiths  
Sgt Genders  
Sgt Carton  
Sgt Laing  
Sgt Stenhouse  
Sgt Brimble  

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt G W Brimble  1 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Scott  5 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off McFadden  5 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Sgt 3 x pilots  5 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Flt Lt Smith  6 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Haldenby  6 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Goord  6 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Sgt 3 x pilots  6 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Joubert  7 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Gray  7 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off McColl  7 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Sgt 3 x pilots  7 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Flt Lt Beytagh  8 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Eily  8 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Goodman  8 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Plt Off Lamb  8 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Sqn Ldr A D Murray  8 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Sgt Garton  8 Dec 1940 Arrived at Heliopolis from Takoradi by air
Flt Lt M ff Beytagh 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Fg Off J E Storrar 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off Goodman 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off Millist 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off Eily 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off McColl 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Sgt Webster 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Sgt Ellis 11 Dec 1940 Attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Sub Lt D H Richards 12 Dec 1940 Posted to FAA unit at Dakheila
Sub Lt R W M Walsh 12 Dec 1940 Posted to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off C K Gray 12 Dec 1940 Posted to No 70 OTU
Plt Off J A C Baker-Harber 12 Dec 1940 Admitted to hospital
Fg Off Hoole 12 Dec 1940 Intelligence Officer, also assumed duties of Adjutant
Sgt Genders 13 Dec 1940 Posted to No 70 OTU
Flt Lt Smith 15 Dec 1940 Attached to No 274 Sqn
Plt Off A McFadden 15 Dec 1940 Attached to No 274 Sqn
Sgt Marshall 15 Dec 1940 Attached to No 274 Sqn
Sgt Wills 15 Dec 1940 Attached to No 274 Sqn
Fg Off Couchman 16 Dec 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Plt Off J A C Baker-Harber 16 Dec 1940 Discharged to hospital and resumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Scott 16 Dec 1940 Admitted to 10th General Hospital, Cairo with a severe attack of colitis
Flt Lt Smith 20 Dec 1940 Admitted to hospital
Plt Off Goord 20 Dec 1940 Attached to No 274 Sqn (as replacement for Flt Lt Smith)
Flt Lt M ff Beytagh 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Fg Off J E Storrar 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off Goodman 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off Millist 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off Eily 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Plt Off McColl 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Sgt Webster 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila
Sgt Ellis 31 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to FAA unit at Dakheila

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
11 Apr 1940 Squadron moved to new aerodrome at Reims-Champagne
19 Apr 1940 Squadron returned to the aerodrome at Rouvres
10 May 1940 Squadron moved to the aerodrome at Reims-Champagne
16 May 1940 Squadron moved to a new aerodrome at Villeneuve
18 May 1940 Squadron moved to a new aerodrome at Gaye
 3 Jun 1940 Air Party departed Gaye for Echimenes
 3 Jun 1940 Ground Party departed Gaye for Echimenes
 3 Jun 1940 Main Party departed Gaye for Raudin
 7 Jun 1940 Air Party moved from Echimenes to Raudin
15 Jun 1940 Squadron moved to a new aerodrome at Saumur and then to Nantes
16 Jun 1940 1st Party moved to Brest for embarkation to the UK
17 Jun 1940 Remainder of squadron moved to La Rochelle for embarkation to the UK
18-20 Jun 1940 Squadron in transit by sea to the UK
20 Jun 1940 Squadron arrived and disembarked at Newport, Monmouthshire
21 Jun 1940 Squadron departed by train to Calne, Wiltshire
21 Jun 1940 Squadron departed by train to RAF Church Fenton
22 Jun 1940 Arrived at RAF Church Fenton
 5 Sep 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Church Fenton to F1 (Debden's satellite at Castle Camps)
 6 Nov 1940 Squadron notified to prepare for overseas
 9 Nov 1940 Squadron proceeded from RAF Debden by coaches to Birkenhead
xx Nov 1940 Pilots and aircraft Embarked on HMS Furious
xx Nov 1940 Ground personnel Embarked on SS Franconia
16 Nov 1940 HMS Furious joined a convoy which also included SS Franconia and HMS Manchester
22 Nov 1940 SS Franconia arrived in Gibraltar
24 Nov 1940 Ground personnel transferred from SS Franconia to HMS Manchester
25 Nov 1940 Ground personnel proceeded on board HMS Manchester through the Mediterranean
27 Nov 1940 HMS Furious arrived at Takoradi
27 Nov 1940 1st Air Party flown off HMS Furious to Takoradi and from there via the overland route commenced the flight to Egypt
28 Nov 1940 2nd Air Party flown off HMS Furious to Takoradi and from there via the overland route commenced the flight to Egypt
30 Nov 1940 HMS Manchester docked in Alexandria with ground personnel disembarking and proceeding to RAF Heliopolis
 6 Dec 1940 First six aircraft arrived at RAF Heliopolis from Takoradi
 7 Dec 1940 Another six aircraft arrived at RAF Heliopolis from Takoradi
15 Dec 1940 Detachment proceeded to join No 274 Sqn in the Western Desart
28 Dec 1940 Advance Party moved to Amriya
29 Dec 1940 Main Party moved to Amriya
29 Dec 1940 Advance Party moved to Sidi Hanaish
30 Dec 1940 Main Party moved to Sidi Hanaish
31 Dec 1940 Air Party moved to Sidi Hanaish

Source - No 73 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/629)

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