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No 87 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements Mar - Jun 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

John R Jones

15 Mar 1937 Posted from No 54 Sqn on formation
Plt Off G H J Feeny 15 Mar 1937 Posted from No 54 Sqn on formation
Plt Off M C F Mee 15 Mar 1937 Posted from No 54 Sqn on formation
Plt Off R A Milburn 15 Mar 1937 Posted from No 54 Sqn on formation
  2 x SNCOs 15 Mar 1937 Posted from No 54 Sqn on formation
  33 x Other ranks 15 Mar 1937 Posted from No 54 Sqn on formation
Flt Lt

John R Jones

 1 Apr 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr and assumed command of squadron

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jun 1937

Date Notes
15 Mar 1937

Reformed at Tangmere from a nucleus proved by No 54 Squadron equipped with Fury IIs

Fury II
 3 May 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Training
21 May 1937 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Training
 7 Jun 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Tangmere to RAF Debden
 7 Jun 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Gloster Gladiator Is
Gladiator I of no 87 Squadron

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

July 1937

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

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt D E Turner 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off G H J Feeny 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off A R L Griffiths 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off M C F Mee 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C L F Colmore 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R L Lorimer 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R A Milburn 15 Mar 1937  
APO J R M Boothby 24 Apr 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

 4 Jan 1938 Detached to No 3 ATC as OC, No 1 Air Firing Instructors Course
Flt Lt D E Turner  4 Jan 1938 Assumed command of squadron
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

30 Jan 1938 Resumed command of squadron
Flt Lt D E Turner 30 Jan 1938 Relinquished command of squadron
Flt Lt D E Turner  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Plt Off D H Allen  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Plt Off K H Blair  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Plt Off J R M Boothby  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Plt Off R H A Lee  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Plt Off W N Lepine  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Sgt G Allard  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Sgt L G Faulkner  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Sgt G Goodman  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation
Sgt S W Lenton  1 Jun 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn on formation

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
20 Jan 1938 The Squadron Badge which had been authorised by HM King George VI was presented by AVM E L Gossage
No 87 Squadron badge
 1 Jun 1938 'A' Flight was detached to form the nucleus of No 85 Sqn

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

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 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Gloster Gladiator I

Hawker Hurricane I

RAF Debden Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton  8 Oct 1937 later AVM
Fg Off G H J Feeny 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C L F Colmore 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R L Lorimer 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R V Jeff  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A Campbell 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off P H Woodruff  8 Jan 1938  
APO T J Edwards 26 Mar 1938 RAFO
APO T J A King-Joyce 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

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3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jul - Sep 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt T F D Dewdney 14 Sep 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Organisational Movements: Jul - Sep 1938

Date Notes
12 Jul 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Hawker Hurricane Is
Hurricane I of No 87 Squadron (France - March 1940)
24 Aug 1938 Squadron completed re-equipment with Hawker Hurricane Is (coded not applied at this stage
29 Aug 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Annual Armament Training
16 Sep 1938 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Annual Armament Training
27 Sep 1938 A new 'A' Flight formed - see below for revised structure
xx Sep 1938 Squadron adopted the code letters 'LK'

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Revised structure - 27 Sep 1938

'A' Flight 'B' Flight
Rank Name Rank Name
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton
Plt Off C L F Colmore Plt Off R V Jeff
Plt Off R L Lorimer Plt Off J A Campbell
APO K W Tait APO T H K O'Brien
APO R M S Rayner APO J D D Reed
APO R Watson Sgt F H Thurgar
Sgt L Francis Sgt A G Janes
Sgt J Cowley Sgt G H Spencer

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Personnel Movements Sep - Dec 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt T F D Dewdney 14 Sep 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt G H Spencer 17 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off G H J Feeny  3 Oct 1938 Transferred to the Air Branch of the Royal Navy
Plt Off J D Smith  6 Oct 1938 Returned from No 4 E & RFTS (Navigation Course)
Plt Off F P Joyce  6 Oct 1938 Returned from No 4 E & RFTS (Navigation Course)
Plt Off P C B St John  6 Oct 1938 Returned from No 4 E & RFTS (Navigation Course)
Plt Off R L Glyde 24 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting from No 1 AACU
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

 1 Dec 1938 Injured in a motor accident
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton  1 Dec 1938 Assumed command of squadron

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Airmen Pilots - 1 Jan 1939

'A' Flight 'B' Flight
Rank Name Rank Name
Fg Off C L F Colmore Plt Off R V Jeff
Plt Off J A Campbell Plt Off T H K O'Brien
Plt Off R L Glyde Plt Off J D D Reed
Plt Off R M S Rayner Plt Off H J R Dunn
Plt Off R M S Rayner APO J R Cock
Plt Off P C B St John APO C C D Mackworth
Plt Off K W Tait Sgt F H Thurgar
Plt Off R Watson Sgt A G Janes
Sgt L Francis Sgt G H Spencer
Sgt J Cowley    
Sgt G G Witty    

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

January 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

15 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre (Non-effective - Sick)
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton  8 Oct 1937 Acting OC, later AVM
Fg Off C L F Colmore 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off R L Lorimer 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R V Jeff  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A Campbell 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R M S Rayner 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F P Joyce  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J D Smith  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R L Glyde 24 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P C B St John  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off K W Tait 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off T H K O'Brien 20 Aug 1936  
APO J D D Reed 17 Sep 1938  
APO R Watson 17 Sep 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO J R Cock 17 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
APO C C D Mackworth 17 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Sgt G G Witty 17 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
Fg Off R L Lorimer 28 Dec 1938 Posted to No 85 Sqn
Plt Off H J R Dunn 30 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting from RAF College on award of Permanent Commission
Plt Off T H K O'Brien  2 Feb 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr

John R Jones

23 Feb 1939 Posted to No 11 Group Pool
Sgt G H Spencer 20 Mar 1939 Posted to No 2 Ferry Pilots Pool, Filton
Sgt Fokes 25 Mar 1939 RAFVR, attached from North Weald
Sgt Penikett  1 Apr 1939 RAFVR, attached from VR Centre, Brighton
Sgt Nowell  2 Apr 1939 RAFVR, attached from VR Centre, Coventry
APO Edwards  2 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting on appointment to a commission
Sqn Ldr W E Coope 17 Apr 1939 Assumed command of squadron
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton 17 Apr 1939 Relinquished command of squadron
Sgt J A Terras 17 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

April 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton  8 Oct 1937 later AVM
Fg Off C L F Colmore 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R V Jeff  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A Campbell 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R M S Rayner 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F P Joyce  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J D Smith  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R L Glyde 24 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P C B St John  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off K W Tait 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J D D Reed 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R Watson 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off H J R Dunn 17 Dec 1938  
APO J R Cook 17 Dec 1938  
APO C C D Mackworth 17 Dec 1938  
APO W D David  6 Feb 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO W J Hendley 27 Feb 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton  8 Oct 1937 later AVM
Fg Off C L F Colmore 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R V Jeff  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A Campbell 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R M S Rayner 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off F P Joyce  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off J D Smith  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R L Glyde 24 Oct 1938  
Plt Off P C B St John  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off K W Tait 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J D D Reed 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off R Watson 17 Sep 1938  
Plt Off H J R Dunn 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off J R Cook 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off C C D Mackworth 17 Dec 1938  
APO W D David  6 Feb 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO W J Hendley 27 Feb 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt Penikett  1 Apr 1939 RAFVR, attached from VR Centre, Brighton
Sgt Nowell  2 Apr 1939 RAFVR, attached from VR Centre, Coventry
APO Edwards  2 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting on appointment to a commission
Sqn Ldr W E Coope 17 Apr 1939 Assumed command of squadron
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton 17 Apr 1939 Relinquished command of squadron
Sgt J A Terras 17 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Lt J D D Reed 10 May 1939 Relinquished his commission on account of ill-health
Flt Lt Frederick S Stapleton 17 Jul 1939 Promoted to rank of Sqn Ldr
APO Mitchell  6 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
APO P S C Pollard  6 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 FTS
APO P S C Pollard  5 Sep 1939 Posted to No 611 Sqn
Sgt G G Witty  5 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Howell 18 Oct 1939 Posted from No 3 Sqn
Plt Off H J R Dunn 10 Nov 1939 Force landed in Belgium through lack of fuel and interned
Plt Off Fairbank 12 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 1 BTU as Squadron Adjutant
Sqn Ldr W E Coope 14 Nov 1939 Force landed in Belgium through bad weather and interned
Fg Off R L Glyde 14 Nov 1939 Force landed in Belgium through bad weather and interned
Flt Lt C L F Colmore 14 Nov 1939 Assumed command of squadron
Sqn Ldr Hill 17 Nov 1939 Assumed command of squadron
Plt Off Beamont 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from Fighter Pool
Plt Off Saunders 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from Fighter Pool
Fg Off R L Glyde 27 Nov 1939 Returned to unit after escaping from internment and returned to UK
Plt Off H J R Dunn 27 Nov 1939 Returned to unit after escaping from internment and returned to UK
Sqn Ldr J S Dewar  2 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from Thorney Island and assumed command of squadron

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 4 Sep 1939 Advance Party departed for France via Southampton and Cherbourg (SS Isle of Guernsey)
 5 Sep 1939 Advance Party arrived at Boos in France
 6 Sep 1939 MT Section loaded for departure for France
 9 Sep 1939 Air Party departed for France and landed at Boos
17 Sep 1939 Main Party arrived at Rouen and transported to Boos by motor-bus
28 Sep 1939 Advance Party departed Boos for Merville
29 Sep 1939 Air Party departed Boos for Merville
 5 Nov 1939 Squadron moved from Merville to Lille-Seclin by road
Hurricane I of No 87 Squadron (France - May 1940)

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Personnel Movements Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt P F H Thurgar 12 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Marshall 28 Feb 1940 Attached to Fighter Pool for training
Sqn Ldr J H Hill  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 81 Sqn as OC
Fg Off J D Smith  3 Mar 1940 Posted to Sutton Bridge
Sgt Penikett  3 Mar 1940 Posted to Sutton Bridge
Sgt J A Terras  3 Mar 1940 Posted to Sutton Bridge
Plt Off Jay  6 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from Fighter Pool
Plt Off Darwin  6 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from Fighter Pool
  9 x MT Drivers  9 Mar 1940 Posted out to No 14 Group
Flt Lt Lister-Robinson 22 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from Seclin and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off J A Campbell 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P L Jarvis 14 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C C D Mackworth 14 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T J Edwards 15 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G C Saunders 19 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H J R Dunn  1 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off J A Currie  7 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Church Fenton
Sqn Ldr T G Lovell-Gregg 15 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting as Supernumerary
Plt Off E M Sopwith 15 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Eastchurch
Plt Off D T Jay 17 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off A M R McLure 18 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Thorogood 18 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt S R E Wakeling 18 Jun 1940 Reported for duty
Flt Lt H de G Donville 26 Jun 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to RAF Hatfield Woodhouse (Lindholme)
Flt Lt R M Williams 27 Jun 1940 Posted to HQ, Recruit Centre, Blackpool
Sqn Ldr R A E Traill 27 Jun 1940 Posted to HQ, No 11 Group
Plt Off K L Coghlan 28 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting as Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr J S Dewar 12 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Exeter as OC
Sqn Ldr T G Lovell-Gregg 12 Jul 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Plt Off W K Sutton 12 Jul 1940 Reported for duty as Squadron Adjutant
Sgt J H Culverwell 25 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Darwin 28 Jul 1940 Injured in a flying accident and admitted to hospital
Flt Lt R V Jeff 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Van Lierde 12 Aug 1940 Reported for duty (Belgian)
Plt Off Malegreau 12 Aug 1940 Reported for duty (Belgian)
Plt Off de Spirlet 12 Aug 1940 Reported for duty (Belgian)
Fg Off R L Gylde 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr T G Lovell-Gregg 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P W Comely 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr R S Mills 18 Aug 1940 Reported for duty and assumed command of the squadron
Sgt S R E Wakeling 25 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Carver 30 Sep 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off Laycock  8 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Plt Off Roscoe  8 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Cowley 14 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Exeter
Plt Off D T Jay 24 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off Musgrove 30 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Thom 30 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Went 30 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Wood 30 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Stirling 30 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Sgt Milburn 31 Oct 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off W D David 13 Nov 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Plt Off Malegreau 29 Nov 1940 Posted to No 56 Sqn
Plt Off de Spirlet 29 Nov 1940 Posted to No 56 Sqn
Plt Off Forsyth  1 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off D G Smallwood  3 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Fg Off Tait  3 Dec 1940 Posted to No 56 OTU
Plt Off Mitchell  6 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Montrose
Plt Off Cock  8 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 CFS, Cranwell
Flt Lt Fordham 12 Dec 1940 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr R S Mills 24 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Colerne
Flt Lt I R Gleed 24 Dec 1940 Assumed command of the squadron
Fg Off W K Sutton 27 Dec 1940 Adjutant, posted to RAF Sutton Bridge
Fg Off Wood 27 Dec 1940 Reported for duty as Adjutant

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
22 Feb 1940 Squadron moved to Le Touquet due to poor conditions at Seclin
 8 Mar 1940 'A' Flight returned to Seclin
 9 Mar 1940 'B' Flight returned to Seclin
20 May 1940 Serviceable squadron aircraft were flown from Seclin to RAF Denbden
20 May 1940 Ground personnel departed Seclin for RAF Debden by air and sea
22 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Debden to RAF Church Fenton for re-equipment
21 Jun 1940 Squadron declared operational
 5 Jul 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Church Fenton to RAF Exeter
12 Jul 1940 'A' Flight detached to RAF Hullavington for night fighting duties
24 Jul 1940 'A' Flight returned from RAF Hullavington
24 Jul 1940 'B' Flight detached to RAF Hullavington for night fighting duties
31 Jul 1940 'B' Flight returned from RAF Hullavington
 7 Aug 1940 'A' Flight detached to Bibury Farm for night fighting duties
xx Aug 1940 'A' Flight returned from Bibury Farm
 3 Sep 1940 'B' Flight detached to Bibury Farm for night fighting duties
10 Sep 1940 'A' Flight  replaced 'B' Flight at Bibury Farm
25 Sep 1940 'A' Flight  replaced 'B' Flight at Bibury Farm
 2 Oct 1940 'B' Flight  replaced 'A' Flight at Bibury Farm
 9 Oct 1940 'A' Flight  replaced 'B' Flight at Bibury Farm
16 Oct 1940 'A' Flight returned from Bibury Farm
17 Oct 1940 'B' Flight  replaced 'A' Flight at Bibury Farm
24 Oct 1940 'A' Flight  replaced 'B' Flight at Bibury Farm
30 Oct 1940 'B' Flight  replaced 'A' Flight at Bibury Farm
 8 Nov 1940 'A' Flight  replaced 'B' Flight at Bibury Farm
15 Nov 1940 'B' Flight  replaced 'A' Flight at Bibury Farm
22 Nov 1940 'A' Flight  replaced 'B' Flight at Bibury Farm
28 Nov 1940 Squadron moved to RAF Colerne for permanent night fighting duties being located at the satellite, Charmy Down
Hurricane I of No 87 Squadron (February 1941)
18 Dec 1940 'A' Flight re-joined the squadron at Charmy Down from Bibury Down

Source - No 87 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/712)

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