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No 85 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Jun - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt D E Turner  1 Jun 1938 Posted in and assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Organisational Movements: Jun - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 1 Jun 1938

Reformed at Debden from 'A' Flight of No 87 Squadron, equipped with Gloster Gladiators

Gladiator I

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

July 1938

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt D E Turner  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off J R M Boothby  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off R H A Lee  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off K H Blair  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off D H Allen  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off W N Lepine  1 Jun 1938  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt A C P Carver 12 Aug 1938 Posted in as Supernumerary
Flt Lt A C P Carver 13 Aug 1938 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt D E Turner 13 Aug 1938 Transferred to the Reserve
Flt Lt A C P Carver  1 Nov 1938 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr

David F W Atcherley

 1 Nov 1938 Assumed command of the squadron

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 4 Sep 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Hawker Hurricane Is
Hurricane I of No 85 Squadron
18 Oct 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 2 ATC, RAF Aldergrove for Annual Armament Training
11 Nov 1938 Squadron returned from No 2 ATC, RAF Aldergrove on completion of Annual Armament Training

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I RAF Debden Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

David F W Atcherley

 1 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt A C P Carver 12 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J R M Boothby  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off R H A Lee  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off K H Blair  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off D H Allen  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off W N Lepine  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off L R G Mitchell 27 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J W Leckey  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D V G Mawhood  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off A B Angus  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R N F Fowler  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off S P Stephenson 20 Aug 1938  
APO A V Gowers  10 Aug 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
WO Newton  1 Mar 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Maintenance Flight

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
 1 Mar 1939 Maintenance Flight formed

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I RAF Debden Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

David F W Atcherley

 1 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Flt Lt A C P Carver 12 Aug 1938  
Fg Off R L Lorimer 28 Dec 1938  
Fg Off J R M Boothby  1 Jun 1938  
Fg Off R H A Lee  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off K H Blair  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off D H Allen  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off W N Lepine  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off L R G Mitchell 27 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J W Leckey  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D V G Mawhood  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off A B Angus  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R N F Fowler  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off S P Stephenson 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D H Clarke 17 Dec 1939  
APO A V Gowers 10 Aug 1938  
APO J A Hemingway 17 Dec 1938  
APO M H G Rawlinson  6 Feb 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO H V Coulter 16 Jan 1939  
WO S R Newton  1 Jun 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hurricane I RAF Debden Fighter Command/No 11 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

David F W Atcherley

 1 Nov 1938 Officer Commanding, later AVM
Act Flt Lt R L Lorimer 28 Dec 1938  
Act Flt Lt R H A Lee  1 Jun 1938  
Fg Off J R M Boothby  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off K H Blair  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off D H Allen  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off W N Lepine  1 Jun 1938  
Plt Off L R G Mitchell 27 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J W Leckey  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off D V G Mawhood  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off A B Angus  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off S P Stephenson 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off D H Clarke 17 Dec 1939  
Plt Off A V Gowers 10 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J A Hemingway 17 Dec 1938  
APO M H G Rawlinson  6 Feb 1939  
Warrant Officers
WO H V Coulter 16 Jan 1939  
WO S R Newton  1 Jun 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
  28 x Class 'E' Reservists 25 Aug 1939 Posted in from Personnel Transit Centres
  44 x Class 'E' Reservists 26 Aug 1939 Posted in from Personnel Transit Centres
Sqn Ldr J H Hill  4 Sep 1939 Attached for Ops Room duties, proceeded to Rouen by air
Plt Off M H G Rawlinson  4 Sep 1939 Proceeded to France by rail with Main Party
Plt Off M H G Rawlinson  5 Sep 1939 Arrived at Boos (Rouen)
Plt Off L R G Mitchell  5 Sep 1939 Posted to No 611 Sqn
Plt Off S P Stephenson 12 Nov 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and reverted to flying duties
Plt Off T J Molony 12 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr J H Hill 16 Nov 1939 Posted to No 87 Sqn as OC

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
27 Jun 1939 Squadron allocated to Field Force as part of the RAF Component under No 60 Wing
xx Sep 1939 Squadron changed its code letters from 'NO' to 'VY'
Hurricane I of No 85 Squadron (France - 1940)
 4 Sep 1939 Main Party, proceeded to France by rail
 5 Sep 1939 Main Party, arrived at Boos (Rouen)
 9 Sep 1939 Air Party, proceeded to Boos via Thorney Island
11 Sep 1939 Sqn MT , proceeded to port of embarkation
15 Sep 1939 Rear Party, proceeded to Boos via Southampton
16 Sep 1939 Rear Party, arrived at Boos
26 Sep 1939 Advance Party, departed Boos for Merville
29 Sep 1939 Air Party, arrived at Merville
29 Sep 1939 Main Party, arrived at Merville by rail
 1 Oct 1939 Rear Party arrived at Merville by road
 2 Nov 1939 Advance Party, departed Merville for Lille-Seclin
 5 Nov 1939 Squadron completed the move from Merville to Lille-Seclin

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

David F W Atcherley

 8 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron
Sqn Ldr

J O W Oliver

 8 Jan 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt R L Lorimer  8 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight on reporting sick
Fg Off K H Blair  8 Jan 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off T J Molony 10 Jan 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant whilst in SSQ
Plt Off S P Stephenson 10 Jan 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off K H Blair 17 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off J R M Boothby 17 Jan 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off W N Lepine 15 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on admission to hospital
Fg Off K H Blair 15 Feb 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sgt S W Lenton  6 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt L A Crozier  8 Mar 1940 Reported for duty and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off J H Ashton 11 Mar 1940 Reported for duty and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt A H Deacon 15 Mar 1940 Reported for duty and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt J M Little 23 Mar 1940 Reported for duty and allocated to 'A' Flight
Fg Off J R M Boothby 25 Mar 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 8 Jan 1940
Plt Off M H G Rawlinson 26 Apr 1940 Returned to unit from sick leave

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Officers and NCO Pilots serving with the unit during April 1940

Sqn Ldr J O W Oliver - Squadron Commander -
Fg Off T J Molony - Squadron Adjutant
Flt Lt S M Bieber - Medical Officer
Plt Off R Bradshaw - Equipment Officer
Rank Name Rank Name
'A' Flight 'B' Flight
Flt Lt J R M Boothby Flt Lt R H A Lee
Fg Off K H Blair Fg Off W N Lepine
Fg Off D V G Mawhood Fg Off A B Angus
Plt Off J W Lecky Fg Off D H Allen
Plt Off S P Stephenson Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen
Plt Off M H G Rawlinson Plt Off J A Hemingway
Plt Off J H Ashton Sgt Goodman
Sgt G Allard Sgt Jowett
Sgt Hampshire Sgt Deacon
Sgt L A Crozier    
Sgt J M Little    

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Organisational Movements: Jan - May 1940

Date Notes
10 Jan 1940 Squadron began operating detachment at Le Touquet, Abbeville and Peronne
13 Jan 1940 Detachment at Abbeville and Peronne returned to Lille
17 Jan 1940 Detachment at Le Touquet returned to Lille
20 Jan 1940 No 60 Wing took control of Nos 85 and 87 Sqns
10 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from Lille-Seclin to Mons-en-Chaussee near Peronne
26 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from Mons-en-Chaussee to Lille-Seclin
19 May 1940 Sqn MT departed Lille-Seclin for Merville
20 May 1940 Road Party departed Merville for Boulogne
20 May 1940 Air Party, departed Merville for RAF Hendon
21 May 1940 Road Party departed Boulogne by sea, arrived in Dover and proceeded to Tidworth Camp
22 May 1940 Road Party proceeded to RAF Debden from Tidworth

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Officers and NCO Pilots serving with the unit on 10 May 1940

Sqn Ldr J O W Oliver - Squadron Commander -
Fg Off T J Molony - Squadron Adjutant
Flt Lt S M Bieber - Medical Officer
Plt Off R Bradshaw - Equipment Officer
Plt Off P C Martin - Intelligence Officer
Rank Name Rank Name
'A' Flight 'B' Flight
Flt Lt J R M Boothby Flt Lt R H A Lee
Fg Off K H Blair Fg Off W N Lepine
Fg Off D V G Mawhood Fg Off A B Angus
Plt Off J W Lecky Fg Off D H Allen
Plt Off S P Stephenson Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen
Plt Off M H G Rawlinson Plt Off J A Hemingway
Plt Off T C Pace Plt Off D H Wissler
Plt Off J H Ashton Sgt Jowett
Plt Off A G Lewis Sgt Deacon
Sgt G Allard    
Sgt J M Little    
Sgt L A Crozier    

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Personnel Movements May - Sep 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt R H A Lee 11 May 1940 Missing
AC1 W J Bolton 11 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt R H A Lee 12 May 1940 Reported back to unit
Sqn Ldr

J O W Oliver

13 May 1940 Missing but returned later the same day
Flt Lt D R Miller 14 May 1940 Posted in from No 242 Sqn
Plt Off L E Chambers 14 May 1940 Posted in from No 242 Sqn
Plt Off A H Wiens 14 May 1940 Posted in from No 242 Sqn
Plt Off M K Brown 14 May 1940 Posted in from No 242 Sqn
Plt Off MacQueen 14 May 1940 Posted in from No 242 Sqn
Fg Off D H Allen 15 May 1940 Missing
Fg Off T C Pace 15 May 1940 Missing, later reported to have been injured and returned to the UK
Plt Off J H Ashton 15 May 1940 Missing
Fg Off D H Allen 16 May 1940 Reported back to unit
Plt Off J H Ashton 16 May 1940 Reported back to unit
Sgt L A Crozier 16 May 1940 Missing
Fg Off A B Angus 16 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M H G Rawlinson 16 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L A Crozier 17 May 1940 Reported to be safe
Plt Off J W Lecky 18 May 1940 Killed in a road accident
Fg Off J R M Boothby 18 May 1940 Injured in a road accident
Plt Off A H Wiens 18 May 1940 Missing
Plt Off W N Lepine 18 May 1940 Missing, later reported as a POW
Fg Off D H Allen 18 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off L E Chambers 18 May 1940 Missing
Sgt J M Little 19 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J E Marshall xx May 1940 Posted in
Plt Off A V Gowers xx May 1940 Posted in from hospital
Plt Off H D Clark xx May 1940 Posted in
Plt Off Count M B Czernin xx May 1940 Posted in
Plt Off R W Burton xx May 1940 Posted in
Plt Off R W Shrewsbury xx May 1940 Posted in
Sgt Rust xx May 1940 Posted in
Sgt H N Howes xx May 1940 Posted in
Sgt Butler xx May 1940 Posted in
Sgt Allgood xx May 1940 Posted in
Sgt Walker-Smith xx May 1940 Posted in
Sqn Ldr

J O W Oliver

20 May 1940 Relinquished command of the squadron on returning to UK, sick
Sqn Ldr

M Peacock

20 May 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen 20 May 1940 Returned to UK, sick
Sgt A H Deacon 20 May 1940 Returned to UK, sick
Sgt H N Howes 20 May 1940 Missing
Sqn Ldr

M Peacock

20 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J W Burton 20 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R W Shrewsbury 20 May 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr P W Townsend 23 May 1940 Reported for duty and assumed command of the squadron
Flt Lt J Jefferies 24 May 1940 Reported for duty and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off P L Gossage 24 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off J Lockhart 24 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off J L Bickerdike 24 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off W H Hodgson 24 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Flt Lt H R Hamilton 25 May 1940 Posted in from No 611 Sqn and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off R Bradshaw 25 May 1940 Posted to RAF Coltishall
Plt Off G C T Carthew 25 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 229 Sqn
Sgt Evans 25 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off C E English 26 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off A B Tucker 27 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 73 Sqn
Sgt Cooper 28 May 1940 Reported for duty from No 229 Sqn
Plt Off P L Gossage 31 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt L R Butler 31 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off G C T Carthew  4 Jun 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn
Plt Off A B Tucker  4 Jun 1940 Posted to No 151 Sqn
Sgt A H Deacon  6 Jun 1940 Returned to the squadron from sick leave, posted to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Count M B Czernin  8 Jun 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn
Plt Off D H Wissler  8 Jun 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn
Plt Off J A Hemingway 15 Jun 1940 Reported for duty from No 253 Sqn and posted to 'A' Flight
Plt Off A V Gowers 21 Jun 1940 Returned to unit from hospital and posted to 'B' Flight
Sgt Allgood 22 Jun 1940 Returned to unit and posted to 'A' Flight
Flt Lt R H A Lee 29 Jun 1940 Returned to unit and posted to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt J Jefferies  9 Jul 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight on posting to No 310 Sqn
Flt Lt R H A Lee  9 Jul 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sgt G Allard 10 Jul 1940 Promoted to Flt Sgt wef 1 Jun 1940
Sgt L Jowitt 12 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H N Howes 13 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Uxbridge pending posting to the Middle East
WO Newton 14 Jul 1940 Appointed to a commission as Flying Officer Engineer
Sgt G B Booth 15 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU and posted to 'B' Flight
Plt Off P A Worrall 21 Jul 1940 Reported for duty and posted to 'A' Flight
Plt Off J L Bickerdike 22 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt H N Howes 24 Jul 1940 Reported back from RAF Uxbridge
Fg Off S P Stephenson  4 Aug 1940 Posted to No 7 OTU as an instructor
Plt Off J A Hemingway 18 Aug 1940 Shot down during air combat and baled out over the sea
Flt Lt R H A Lee 18 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J A Hemingway 19 Aug 1940 Returned to unit having been rescued by MTB
Flt Lt H R Hamilton 29 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr P W Townsend 31 Aug 1940 Wounded in action and admitted to hospital
Fg Off Gowers  1 Sep 1940 Shot down and admitted to hospital with burns to his hands
Sgt Booth  1 Sep 1940 Shot down and admitted to Purley Hospital with broken bones
Plt Off P P Woods-Scawen  1 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J H M Ellis  1 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off North  2 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Sgt Berkeley  2 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Fg Off H V Smith  3 Sep 1940 Reported for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off Mortimer  4 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU via No 616 Sqn
Sgt Nicholls  4 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU via No 616 Sqn
Sgt Whitnell  4 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU via No 616 Sqn
Sgt Staples  4 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU via No 616 Sqn

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Personnel Movements Sep - Oct 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G Allard  8 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt and appointed OC, 'A' Flight
Plt Off J E Marshall  8 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt and appointed OC, 'B' Flight
Plt Off North 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 257 Sqn
Plt Off Mortimer 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 257 Sqn
Sgt Rust 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn
Sgt Evans 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn
Sgt Whitnell 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn
Sgt Nicholls 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Sgt Staples 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Plt Off C E English 12 Sep 1940 Posted to No 605 Sqn
Sgt H N Howes 12 Sep 1940 Posted to No 605 Sqn
Sgt Kita 12 Sep 1940 Reported for duty (Polish)
Sgt Muchowski 12 Sep 1940 Reported for duty (Polish)
Sgt Paleniczer 12 Sep 1940 Reported for duty (Polish)
Plt Off P A Worrall 13 Sep 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn
Sgt De La Bouchere 13 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 5 OTU (French)
Sgt Fayolle 13 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 5 OTU (French)
Plt Off Lewis 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn
Plt Off B A Rogers 15 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU
Plt Off J Lockhart 16 Sep 1940 Posted to No 213 Sqn
Plt Off M C Kinder 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU
Plt Off F A Robshaw 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 7 OTU
Plt Off R G Graves 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 253 Sqn
Sgt Jones 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No ? OTU
Sgt Hutton 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No ? OTU
Sgt Johnson 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No ? OTU
Sgt Gray 16 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No ? OTU
Sqn Ldr P W Townsend 21 Sep 1940 Returned to unit from sick leave
Plt Off I B Difford 23 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Sgt Calderwood 23 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off G C T Carthew 24 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 253 Sqn
Plt Off P W Arbon 26 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 5 OTU
Plt Off R G Graves 27 Sep 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn
Plt Off F A Robshaw 27 Sep 1940 Posted to No 229 Sqn
Plt Off B A Rogers 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Sgt Allgood 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn
Plt Off M C Kinder 29 Sep 1940 Posted to No 607 Sqn
Plt Off C H Hedley 29 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off N L D Kemp 29 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off C B Savory 29 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off A R P Thomson 29 Sep 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Sgt Kita 30 Sep 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn
Plt Off I B Difford  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 607 Sqn
Fg Off J B Reynolds  5 Oct 1940 Attached from No 5 OTU (RCAF)
Fg Off J D Morrison  5 Oct 1940 Attached from No 5 OTU (RCAF)
Fg Off N R Johnstone  5 Oct 1940 Attached from No 5 OTU (RCAF)
Plt Off C Tarkowski  7 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU (Polish)
Plt Off C Gauze  7 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU (Polish)
Fg Off I D Watson  9 Oct 1940 Attached from No 151 Sqn (RCAF)
Plt Off J J Robinson  9 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU
Plt Off G C T Carthew 13 Oct 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn
Plt Off A R P Thomson 14 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF North Weald
Sgt Calderwood 14 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 501 Sqn
Sgt Strihavka 14 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU (Czech)
Sgt Dygryn 14 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU (Czech)
Plt Off A Velebnovsky 16 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU (Czech)
Plt Off E Foit 16 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 6 OTU (Czech)
Sgt Johnson 16 Oct 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn
Plt Off N L D Kemp 17 Oct 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Plt Off C B Savory 17 Oct 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Plt Off C H Hedley 17 Oct 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn
Sgt Jones 18 Oct 1940 Posted to No 605 Sqn
Plt Off E G Bidgood 19 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot pending posting to Malta
Sgt Paleniczer 19 Oct 1940 Posted to No 18 OTU
Fg Off J B Reynolds 21 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 Sqn, RCAF
Fg Off J D Morrison 21 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 Sqn, RCAF
Fg Off N R Johnstone 21 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 Sqn, RCAF
Fg Off I D Watson 21 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 Sqn, RCAF
Plt Off E Foit 22 Oct 1940 Posted to No 310 Sqn
Sgt Strihavka 22 Oct 1940 Posted to No 310 Sqn
Sgt Brezousky 22 Oct 1940 Posted to No 310 Sqn
Sgt Mlejnecky 22 Oct 1940 Posted to No 310 Sqn
Plt Off A Velebnovsky 22 Oct 1940 Posted to No 1 Sqn
Fg Off W F Carnaby 22 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 264 Sqn
Plt Off J R A Bailey 22 Oct 1940 Reported for duty from No 264 Sqn
Sgt F R Walker-Smith 22 Oct 1940 Returned to unit from sick leave
Plt Off C Tarkowski 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 605 Sqn
Plt Off C Gauze 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 605 Sqn
Plt Off J J Robinson 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Sgt Muchowski 23 Oct 1940 Posted to No 501 Sqn

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Officers and NCO Pilots serving with the unit on 23 October 1940

Sqn Ldr P W Townsend DFC - Squadron Commander -
Fg Off T J Molony - Squadron Adjutant
Fg Off S R Newton MBE - Engineer Officer
Fg Off H V Martin - Intelligence Officer
Rank Name Rank Name
'A' Flight 'B' Flight
Flt Lt G Allard Flt Lt J E Marshall
Fg Off W F Carnaby Fg Off J A Hemingway
Plt Off W H Hodgson Plt Off J R A Bailey
Plt Off P W Arbon Plt Off De Le Bouchere
Plt Off E F Fayolle Sgt G  Goodman
Sgt T M Calderwood Sgt F R Walker-Smith
Sgt S R Hutton Sgt E R Webster
Sgt T C E Berkeley Sgt K W Gray

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Personnel Movements Nov - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G L Howitt 15 Nov 1940 Reported for duty from No 615 Sqn
Flt Sgt Burnard 15 Nov 1940 Reported for duty from No 72 Sqn
Plt Off Evans 19 Nov 1940 Reported for duty from No 257 Sqn
Fg Off D S G Honor  2 Dec 1940 Reported for duty from No 145 Sqn
Plt Off E F Fayolle  3 Dec 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn
Plt Off De Le Bouchere  3 Dec 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn
Sgt H N Howes  9 Dec 1940 Rejoined squadron
Plt Off V J Wheeler 19 Dec 1940 Reported for duty from No 56 OTU
Sgt H N Howes 22 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N P W Hancock 23 Dec 1940 Reported for duty from No 1 Sqn
Fg Off A V Gowers 28 Dec 1940 Returned to squadron from sick leave

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 8 Jun 1940 Squadron began using RAF Martlesham Heath as an advanced base
28 Jun 1940 Squadron began using the satellite at RAF Castle Camps
10 Aug 1940 RAF Debden was transferred from No 12 Group to No 11 Group
19 Aug 1940 Squadron moved to RAF Croydon
 3 Sep 1940 Squadron moved to RAF Castle Camps
 5 Sep 1940

Squadron moved to Church Fenton, where it was reclassified as a Type C squadron.  It was now tasked with taking pilots from OTUs giving them further training before passing them on to operational units, with 'A' Flight becoming the training flight whilst 'B' Flight remained operational.

21 Sep 1940 Ground personnel moved from RAF Castle Camps to RAF Church Fenton
20 Oct 1940 Squadron advised that it had been selected to specialise in night fighting
23 Oct 1940

Squadron moved to RAF Kirton Lindsey where it became operational again, but now in the night fighting role.

25 Oct 1940 All aircraft were flown to the satellite at Caistor
 2 Nov 1940 All aircraft returned to RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
 7 Nov 1940

'A' Flight moved to Debden and transferred to No 11 Group, 'B' Flight remained at Kirton to complete it's night training

13 Nov 1940 Maintenance Flight moved to RAF Debden
17 Nov 1940 'A' Flight moved to Gravesend
21 Nov 1940 'B' Flight commenced moving to RAF Gravesend
23 Nov 1940 'B' Flight completed the move to RAF Gravesend
31 Dec 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Gravesend to RAF Debden

Source - No 85 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/703)

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