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No 90 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt P G Heffernan 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 90 Sqn
Plt Off Hughie I Edwards 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A F M Sisley 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D R Biggs 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off G L B Hull 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C L Haddon 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C E Harris 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C S Kemp 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr E Burton 18 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 90 Sqn
Flt Lt P G Heffernan 18 Apr 1937 Relinquished command of No 90 Sqn and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off Hughie I Edwards 19 Apr 1937 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off D R Biggs 19 Apr 1937 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Fg Off T B Morton  1 Jun 1937 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off G L B Hull  1 Jun 1937 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sgt E Moorhouse 30 Jun 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 S H W Coomber 30 Jun 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 A G Martin 30 Jun 1937 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Date Notes
15 Mar 1937

Reformed at Bicester from 'A' Flight of No 101 Squadron equipped with Hawker Hinds

Hawker Hind of No 90 Squadron
19 May 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is
Bristiol Blnheim of No 90 Squadron (pre-war markings)
 7 Jun 1937 Last Hind was transferred to No 50 Sqn

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E Burton 19 Apr 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt P G Heffernan 15 Mar 1937 RAAF
Plt Off Hughie I Edwards 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre, VC
Plt Off A F M Sisley 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D R Biggs 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off G L B Hull 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C L Haddon 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C E Harris 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C S Kemp 15 Mar 1937  
APO P Edwards 24 Apr 1937  

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3 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off P Edwards 17 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl T H Robson 17 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off C E Harris 21 Jan 1938 Attached to No 62 Sqn, RAF Cranfield to provide dual-instruction
Flt Lt P G Heffernan 24 Apr 1938 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off C E Harris 24 Apr 1938 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

 9 May 1938 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of No 90 Sqn
Sqn Ldr E Burton xx May 1938 Relinquished command of No 90 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

xx May 1938 Assumed command of No 90 Sqn
Flt Lt P G Heffernan 24 May 1938 Ceased to be attached to No 90 Sqn on completion of his exchange from RAAF

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
15 Nov 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 6 ATC, Woodsford for Armament Training
 6 Dec 1937 Squadron returned from No 6 ATC, Woodsford on completion of Armament Training
 7 Dec 1937 Establishment of aircraft completed with collection of K7114 from Filton
31 Jan 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Training
26 Feb 1938 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Training
26 Jun 1938 'B' Flight attached to AFDU, RAF Northolt for affiliation duties
xx Jul 1938 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
26 Jul 1938 'B' Flight ceased to be attached to AFDU, RAF Northolt for affiliation duties
No 90 Squadron badge

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731), 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 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

 9 May 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off Hughie I Edwards 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre, VC
Fg Off A F M Sisley 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off D R Biggs 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G L B Hull 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off T N Partridge 18 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C L Haddon 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off C E Harris 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J R Cree  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off T A Cox  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off M L Watson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off R G Skelton  8 Jan 1938  

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8 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off C E Harris xx Jun 1938 Assumed command of 'X' Flight
Flt Lt Wilkins xx xxx 1938 Assumed command of 'X' Flight
Plt Off Hughie I Edwards 20 Aug 1938 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off C L Haddon 24 Aug 1938 Died in hospital
Plt Off Hughie I Edwards 30 Aug 1938 Admitted to hospital after abandoning Blenheim K7067
Sgt W F Nash 30 Aug 1938 Injured after abandoning Blenheim K7067
AC1 J A Theophilus 30 Aug 1938 Injured after abandoning Blenheim K7067
Fg Off D R Biggs 21 Nov 1938 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off C E Harris 21 Nov 1938 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
xx Jun 1938 'X' Flight was formed to co-operate with the ADEE, RAF Biggin Hill
26 Jul 1938 'B' Flight ceased to be attached to AFDU, RAF Northolt for affiliation duties
26 Sep 1938 Squadron adopted the code letters 'TW' due to International situation
Bristol Blenheim of No 90 Squadron (coded TW)
26 Sep 1938 Squadron was transferred from No 1 Group to No 2 Group

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

 9 May 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Fg Off D R Biggs 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G L B Hull 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off Hughie I Edwards 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre, VC
Fg Off T N Partridge 18 Nov 1937  
Plt Off C E Harris 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J R Cree  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off T A Cox  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off M L Watson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off R A Green 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off D B Gericke 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off C S Kemp 30 Aug 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

 9 Jan 1939 Relinquished command of No 90 Sqn on posting to RAF Staff College
Sqn Ldr D Addenbrooke  9 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 90 Sqn
Wg Cdr A Leach 13 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 90 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D Addenbrooke 13 Feb 1939 Relinquished command of No 90 Sqn and assumed duties of Officer i/c Training
Lt (SAAF) Pretorious  4 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
22 Mar 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim IVs
Bristol Blenheim IV
 5 Apr 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim IVs

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Bristol Blenheim IV

RAF Bicester Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr A Leach 13 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MC
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

 9 May 1938 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr D Addenbrooke  9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off D R Biggs 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G L B Hull 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off Hughie I Edwards 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre, VC
Fg Off T N Partridge 18 Nov 1937  
Fg Off C E Harris 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off C S Kemp 30 Aug 1938  
Plt Off J R Cree  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off T A Cox  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off M L Watson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off D B Gericke 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off A A McD Scott 28 Jan 1939  
APO E W Murray 17 Dec 1938  
APO W A Saunders 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO G L Blackman 23 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim IV RAF West Raynham Bomber Command/No 6 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr A Leach 13 Feb 1939 Officer Commanding, MC
Sqn Ldr

Gerrard J C Paul

 9 May 1938 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr D Addenbrooke  9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off D R Biggs 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G L B Hull 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off Hughie I Edwards 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre, VC
Fg Off T N Partridge 18 Nov 1937  
Fg Off C E Harris 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off C S Kemp 30 Aug 1938  
Lt V D Pretorius  4 Apr 1939 SAAF
Plt Off J R Cree  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off T A Cox  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off M L Watson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off D B Gericke 11 Jun 1938  
Plt Off A A McD Scott 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off I U McR Galloway  7 Mar 1939  
Plt Off M G McCraken 27 Mar 1939  
Plt Off E W Murray 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off W A Saunders 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off A A Campbell 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off B A Martyr 11 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO G L Blackman 23 Jan 1939  
WO I H Farrow  7 Apr 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off C S Kemp 10 Jun 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt C C House 19 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off D R Biggs 19 Jun 1939 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off T A Peeler 16 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt C F Laxton  4 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
10 May 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Bicester to RAF West Raynham
13 Aug 1939 Squadron proceeded to No 5 ATC, RAF Penrhos for Armament Training
25 Aug 1939 Squadron recalled from No 5 ATC, RAF Penrhos due to International situation
27 Aug 1939 Squadron returned from No 5 ATC, RAF Penrhos due to International situation
 2 Sep 1939 Squadron began using RAF Weston-on-the-Green under the 'Scatter Scheme'
 3 Sep 1939 Squadron also began using RAF Brize Norton under the 'Scatter Scheme'
 7 Sep 1939 Aircraft at RAF Brize Norton moved to RAF Weston-on-the-Green
16 Sep 1939 RAF Upwood replaced RAF Weston-on-the-Green as unit's 'Scatter Aerodrome'
18 Sep 1939 Squadron ceased to be operational on transfer to No 6 Group under the Group Pool Training Scheme
20 Sep 1939 Squadron moved from RAF West Raynham to RAF Upwood
21 Sep 1939 7 x Blenheim Is collected from RAF Watton for training purposes
 4 Oct 1939 Blenheim Is, L1354 and L1353 arrived from RAF Watton
11 Oct 1939 Blenheim IVs, L4877 and L4881 delivered to No 104 Sqn
11 Oct 1939 Blenheim IVs, L4874, L4880 and L4885 delivered to No 108 Sqn
16 Oct 1939 Blenheim I, L1183 collected from No 104 Sqn
17 Oct 1939 Blenheim IV, L4883 allotted to No 104 Sqn
18 Oct 1939 Ansons, N5082, N5097 and N5077 collected from RAF Scampton
20 Oct 1939 Anson, N5079 collected from RAF Scampton
 8 Nov 1939 Anson, N5112 collected from RAF Hemswell
 9 Nov 1939 Anson, N5085 collected from RAF Cottesmore

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Partridge  1 Jan 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt G L B Hull  1 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight whilst ill
Plt Off E W Murray 13 Jan 1940 Temporarily transferred to screened establishment
Plt Off J A D McLean 18 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A C Haigh 18 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 W McEwen 18 Feb 1940 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Sgt M C Cotterell 23 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R J Harbour 23 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 K C Winterton 23 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 3 Jan 1940 Blenheim I (Dual), L8376 collected from RAF Wyton
 6 Jan 1940 Course 'B' (6 x pilots, 5 x observers) arrived for training
 8 Jan 1940 Blenheim IVs, L9171 and L9172 collected from No 10 OTU, RAF Hullavington
20 Jan 1940 Blenheim I (Dual), L1315 collected from RAF Wyton
27 Jan 1940 Course 'C' (5 x observers) arrived for training from No 10 AOS
18 Feb 1940 4 x Blenheims equipped to operational standard flown to RAF Bicester for transfer to Finland
  6 Apr 1940 Squadron disbanded on being absorbed into No 17 Operational Training Unit

Source - No 90 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/731)

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

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