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No 81 Sqn/Air Component Communications Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G R Ashton 25 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of Air Component Communications Sqn
Fg Off R A G Morgan 25 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off M R Fraser 25 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Fg Off Geoghegan 27 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Fg Off A J Hudson 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn
Fg Off W B Baxter 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn
Flt Sgt W J Calver 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn
Sgt H J Talbot 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn
Sgt G R Wheeldon 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 207 Sqn
Fg Off D A Smith 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 104 Sqn
WO Murphy 28 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Sqn Disciplinary WO
Fg Off A J Hudson 29 Aug 1939 Appointed Billeting Officer
Fg Off W B Baxter 29 Aug 1939 Appointed Armament Officer
Fg Off D A Smith 29 Aug 1939 Appointed Transport Officer
Sgt H J Talbot 30 Aug 1939 Appointed Sqn Navigation Officer
WO Turner  4 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Sqn Disciplinary WO
WO Murphy  4 Sep 1939 Sqn Disciplinary WO, posted
Fg Off A J Hudson  5 Sep 1939 Admitted to Salisbury Hospital as the result of a car accident
Fg Off W B Baxter  5 Sep 1939 Admitted to Salisbury Hospital as the result of a car accident
Fg Off J W Rabone  8 Sep 1939 RAFVR, arrived on posting
Fg Off A J Sayer  9 Sep 1939 RAFVR, arrived on posting
Fg Off R A G Morgan 25 Sep 1939 Admitted to No 4 General Hospital
Sgt Talbot 26 Sep 1939 Attached to HQ No 70 Wing
Sgt Wheeldon 26 Sep 1939 Attached to HQ No 50 Wing
Fg Off Foulsham  2 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off Sayers  4 Oct 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Ground Defence
WO Barrett  4 Oct 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Motor Transport
Sgt Wheeldon  5 Oct1939 Attached to Rote with a Fitter Aero-Engine
Fg Off Geoghegan  5 Oct 1939 Medical Officer, appointed Security Officer
Flt Lt Packenham  6 Oct 1939 Returned to UK
Flt Lt Walker  6 Oct 1939 Returned to UK
Flt Lt Lacey  6 Oct 1939 Returned to UK
Fg Off R A G Morgan  7 Oct 1939 Discharged from No 4 General Hospital
Plt Off Lockett  8 Oct 1939 Attached to Arras
Fg Off Gauthier 10 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off R A G Morgan 10 Oct 1939 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off D A Smith 10 Oct 1939 Appointed Parachute Officer
Fg Off T B Byrne 10 Oct 1939 Appointed Navigation Officer
Sgt H J Talbot 10 Oct 1939 Appointed Assistant Navigation Officer
Plt Off Lockett 11 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached to Arras
Fg Off J W Rabone 13 Oct 1939 Attached to HQ No 70 Wing
Sgt Talbot 13 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 70 Wing
Plt Off Lockett 13 Oct 1939 Attached to Abbeville with two Tiger Moths
Flt Sgt W J Calver 17 Oct 1939 Attached to HQ No 50 Wing
Sgt Talbot 23 Oct 1939 Attached to HQ No 50 Wing
Flt Sgt W J Calver 23 Oct 1939 Ceased to be a No 50 Wing
Sgt Bevis 24 Oct 1939 Attached to Abbeville
Fg Off T B Byrne 29 Oct 1939 Attached to Arras
Fg Off Sayers 29 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached to Arras
Fg Off R A G Morgan 30 Oct 1939 Appointed Anti-Sabotage Officer
Fg Off D A Smith  3 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off R A G Morgan  3 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt A A Malan  8 Dec 1939 Attached for duty with Operational Flight, Glisy
Plt Off W G Sansom 18 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Plt Off M R Fraser 20 Dec 1939 Equipment Officer, posted to the Air Ministry
Plt Off D Secretan 20 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for duty with Operational Flight, Glisy
Plt Off E F J Charles 20 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for duty with Operational Flight, Glisy
Fg Off T E Syms 23 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 18 Sqn for duty with Operational Flight, Glisy

Source - No 81 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/677)

Organisational Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Date Notes
25 Aug 1939 Air Component Communication Sqn formed at RAF Andover
11 Sep 1939 9 x Tiger Moths were delivered from RAF Hullavington
Tiger Moth
11 Sep 1939 MT departed RAF Andover for the Port of Embarkation, staying overnight at Romsey
12 Sep 1939 6 x vehicles proceeded from Romsey to Southampton for shipment to France
12 Sep 1939 2 x Tiger Moths departed RAF Andover for France
13 Sep 1939 Remainder of MT proceeded to Southampton
13 Sep 1939 9 x Tiger Moths collected from RAF Aston Down
14 Sep 1939 Loading of MT commenced at Southampton
15 Sep 1939 Main Rail Party, departed RAF Andover for Port of Embarkation
15 Sep 1939 MT Personnel embarked and set sail for France
16 Sep 1939 MT Personnel arrived in Brest
17 Sep 1939 Unloading of MT commenced
17 Sep 1939 7 x Tiger Moths departed RAF Andover for Laval in France via Shoreham and Poix,
18 Sep 1939 Main Rail Party arrived at Laval
19 Sep 1939 First 10 MT vehicles departed Brest for Laval
22 Sep 1939 9 more MT vehicles arrived at Laval from Brest
29 Sep 1939 Remainder of MT vehicles arrived at Laval from Brest
 1 Oct 1939 Rail and Road Parties departed Laval for Amiens
 1 Oct 1939 Air Party departed Laval for Glisy
 2 Oct 1939 Road and Rail Parties arrived at Amiens
 3 Oct 1939 Air Party departed Glisy for Mount Joie
 6 Oct 1939 Rail Party of 'B' Flight arrived
 6 Oct 1939 Ai Party, 'B' Flight departed RAF Andover for Mount Joie via Shoreham
20 Oct 1939 2 x Sergeants arrived for duty with the Auto-gyro, to be attached to the squadron
22 Oct 1939 1 x Tiger Moth delivered from RAF Andover to complete the unit establishment
21 Nov 1939 Squadron redesignated No 81 Sqn*
30 Nov 1939 Maintenance Flight formed
 3 Dec 1939 1 x Tiger Moth delivered from RAF Tangmere
xx Dec 1939 Cierva C40 Rota II attached to the squadron
Rota II

Source - No 81 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/677), except*

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jun 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt A A Malan  1 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr A A Malan  6 Jan 1940 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off A M Roberts  9 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 ASP for duty with Operational Flight, Glisy
Sqn Ldr J H Hills  1 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 81 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G R Ashton  5 Mar 1940 Relinquished command of No 81 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J H Hills  5 Mar 1940 Assumed command of No 81 Sqn
Sgt Bevis  8 Mar 1940 Proceeded to UK for Goggle Fitting Course
Plt Off Fairbank 15 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
LAC J C Wade 16 Mar 1940 Admitted to hospital on Dangerously Ill List
LAC J C Wade 17 Mar 1940 Died in hospital
Sgt Bevis 18 Mar 1940 Returned from UK on completion of Goggle Fitting Course
Sgt L W Hole 22 Mar 1940 Promoted to Flt Sgt, wef 1 Mar 1940
Temp Sgt A J Bellchambers 22 Mar 1940 Remustered to the trade of Service Police, wef 1 Apr 1940
Temp Cpl F Blogg 25 Mar 1940 Remustered to the trade of Service Police, wef 1 Apr 1940
AC1 F W Chapman 25 Mar 1940 ACH/Service Police, reclassified as LAC, wef 1 Oct 1939
All entries for April and May 1940 are missing

Source - No 81 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/677)

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