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No 104 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Aug 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939  | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt A A Jones  7 Jan 1936 Assumed command of No 104 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J E Hewitt  9 Apr 1936 Assumed command of No 104 Sqn
Flt Lt A A Jones  9 Apr 1936 Relinquished command of No 104 Sqn

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1936

Date Notes
 7 Jan 1936 Reformed at Abingdon from 'C' Flight of No 40 Squadron equipped with Hawker Hinds.
 1 Jul 1936 Squadron became independent from No 40 Sqn with 6 x IE and 1 x IR Hinds

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Abingdon ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J E Hewitt 9 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, RAAF
Flt Lt A A Jones  7 Jan 1936  
Plt Off V Ray  6 Mar 1936  
Plt Off D H C Hull 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off J A C Karran  4 Mar 1936  

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1 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
21 Aug 1936 Squadron moved from RAF Abingdon to RAF Hucknall
14 Nov 1936 'B' Flight completed formation bring squadron establishment to 12 x IE and 2 IR Hinds
xx Dec 1936 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 104 Squadron badge
15 Feb 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 1 ATC, RAF Catfoss for Armament Training
30 Mar 1937 Squadron returned from No 1 ATC, RAF Catfoss on completion Armament Training
 9 Apr 1937 Squadron badge presented by ACM Sir John Steel

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

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 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Hucknall Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J E Hewitt 9 Apr 1936 Officer Commanding, RAAF
Fg Off R E Baxter 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off V Ray  6 Mar 1936  
Plt Off D H C Hull 14 Mar 1936  
Plt Off D C Smythe 28 Jun 1936  
Plt Off N A F Cheeseman  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off N J Starr 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off G E Newton 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J R D Hird 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off H P Powell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off G H Stephens 21 Feb 1937  
APO J N Collins 22 May 1937  

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2 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J E Hewitt  9 Apr 1936 Relinquished command of No 104 Sqn on completing his exchange from RAAF
Sqn Ldr D P Lascelles 11 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 104 Sqn

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
26 Feb 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Andover to use Porton Bombing Range
12 Mar 1938 Squadron returned from RAF Andover
 2 May 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Hucknall to RAF Bassingbourn
10 May 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is
Blenheim I of No 104 Squadron
31 May 1938 Squadron completed re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

July 1938

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D P Lascelles 11 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding
Fg Off V Ray  6 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off D H C Hull 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off D C Smythe 28 Jun 1936 Navigation duties
Plt Off N A F Cheeseman  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off N J Starr 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off G E Newton 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J R D Hird 10 Jan 1937  
Plt Off H P Powell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off G H Stephens 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E H Lynch-Blosse 31 Jul 1937
Plt Off J N Collins 22 May 1937
Plt Off D A Smith  7 Aug 1937
Plt Off J C Breese 18 Dec 1937
Plt Off J H Read 27 Nov 1937
APO K Laxton 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

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5 Airman Pilot

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
xx Sep 1938 Squadron establishment raised to 16 x IE and 5 IR Blenheims
28 Nov 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 8 ATS, RAF Evanton for Air Firing Training
17 Dec 1938 Squadron returned from No 8 ATS, RAF Evanton on completion Air FiringTraining

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

January 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D P Lascelles 11 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding
Act Flt Lt V Ray  6 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off D H C Hull 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off D C Smythe 28 Jun 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off N A F Cheeseman  4 Jan 1937  
Fg Off N J Starr 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G E Newton 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J R D Hird 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off G H Stephens 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off H P Powell 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E H Lynch-Blosse 31 Jul 1937
Plt Off J N Collins 22 May 1937
Plt Off D A Smith  7 Aug 1937
Plt Off J C Breese 18 Dec 1937
Plt Off G E Bould 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off J W Oliver 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off K Laxton  7 Oct 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
19 Feb 1939 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training
 3 Mar 1939 Squadron returned from No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh on completion Armament Training

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

April 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D P Lascelles 11 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding, RAAF
Act Flt Lt V Ray  6 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off D H C Hull 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off D C Smythe 28 Jun 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off N J Starr 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G E Newton 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J R D Hird 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off G H Stephens 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off H P Powell 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off E H Lynch-Blosse 31 Jul 1937
Plt Off J N Collins 22 May 1937
Plt Off D A Smith  7 Aug 1937
Plt Off J C Breese 18 Dec 1937
Plt Off G E Bould 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off J W Oliver 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off K Laxton  7 Oct 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO E J Cole  8 Dec 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I

Avro Anson I

RAF Bassingbourn Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D P Lascelles 11 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding, RAAF
Act Flt Lt V Ray  6 Mar 1936 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt D H C Hull 14 Mar 1936  
Fg Off D C Smythe 28 Jun 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off N J Starr 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off G E Newton 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J R D Hird 10 Jan 1937  
Fg Off G H Stephens 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off H P Powell 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off E H Lynch-Blosse 31 Jul 1937
Plt Off J N Collins 22 May 1937
Plt Off D A Smith  7 Aug 1937
Plt Off J C Breese 18 Dec 1937
Plt Off K Laxton  7 Oct 1938  
Plt Off G E Bould 20 Aug 1938
Plt Off J W Oliver 20 Aug 1938
Warrant Officer
WO E J Cole  8 Dec 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO J O'B Power 11 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting from School of Air Navigation
6 x RAFVR Pilots  1 May 1939 Arrived on posting for three months training
Wg Cdr M B Mackay 15 May 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 ATS and assumed command of No 104 Sqn
Sqn Ldr E A Springall 15 May 1939 Arrived on posting on completion of attachment to RCAF
Plt Off J F S Price 25 May  1939 Arrived on posting from Home Aircraft Depot, RAF Henlow
Wg Cdr M B Mackay 30 May 1939 Attached to RAF Manston for Senior Officers' Short Navigation Course
Flt Lt V Ray  1 Jun 1939 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr E A Springall  1 Jun 1939 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off J N Collins  5 Jun 1939 Transferred to RNZAF
Fg Off J R D Hird 19 Jun 1939 Departed on posting
Fg Off G H Stephens 19 Jun 1939 Departed on posting
Fg Off J C Breese 19 Jun 1939 Departed on posting
Fg Off K Laxton 19 Jun 1939 Departed on posting
Sqn Ldr D P Lascelles 10 Jul 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt D H C Hull 10 Jul 1939 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off G E Newton 11 Jul 1939 Posted to HQ No 2 Group
Fg Off D A Smith 28 Aug 1939 Posted to RAF Andover on War Appointment
Sqn Ldr E A Springall 29 Aug 1939 Posted to RAF Wyton on War Appointment
Fg Off H P Powell 30 Aug 1939 Posted to RAF Abingdon on War Appointment
Plt Off B M Bell 30 Aug 1939 RAFVR, arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off B M Bell  6 Sep 1939 RAFVR, Assistant Adjutant posted to RAF Feltwell for Operations Room duties
2 x Air Observers  8 Sep 1939 Reported for operational training
17 x WOp (u/t Air Crew) 13 Sep 1939 Reported for operational training
Fg Off M L McColm 19 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting as Screened Personnel
Plt Off H J N Lindsaye 19 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting as Screened Personnel
Plt Off N T Marix 19 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting as Screened Personnel
Plt Off T R Goodbody 19 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting as Screened Personnel
Fg Off S W B Menaul 20 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting as Screened Personnel
4 x Air Observers  1 Oct 1939 Reported for operational training
2 x Pilots  2 Oct 1939 Reported for operational training
Sqn Ldr A L Christian  3 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
3 x Air Observers  5 Oct 1939 Reported for operational training
Fg Off D C Smythe 11 Oct 1939 Absorbed into Screened Personnel
Sqn Ldr A L Christian 16 Oct 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt V Ray 16 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off T R Goodbody 16 Oct 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
8 x WOp (u/t Air Crew) 18 Oct 1939 Reported for operational training
5 x Pilots 23 Oct 1939 Reported for operational training
11 x Pilots 23 Oct 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
1 x Pilot 30 Oct 1939 Reported for operational training
2 x Air Observers  6 Nov 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
9 x Pilots 11 Nov 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
1 x Pilot 13 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
1 x Pilot 16 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
2 x Air Observers (u/t) 17 Nov 1939 Temporarily Screened for Instructional duties
1 x Pilot 19 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
4 x Pilots 20 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
9 x Air Observers 22 Nov 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
1 x Pilot 27 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
3 x Air Observers 27 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
Fg Off F G R Thomas 27 Nov 1939 Screened on completion of training
Fg Off D H C Hull 27 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off E H Lynch-Blosse 27 Nov 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
2 x Air Observers 28 Nov 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
5 x Wireless Operators (Air)  2 Dec 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
2 x Pilots  3 Dec 1939 Attached for operational training
Sgt King  6 Dec 1939 Granted a commission in the rank of Plt Off, wef 6 Nov 1939
1 x Pilot 11 Dec 1939 Attached for operational training
5 x Air Observers 14 Dec 1939 Attached from RAF Wyton for operational training
4 x Air Observers 15 Dec 1939 Attached for operational training
1 x Air Observer 16 Dec 1939 Attached for operational training
4 x Air Observers 18 Dec 1939 Posted to No 101 Sqn
1 x Pilot 18 Dec 1939 Attached from SHQ for operational training
4 x Air Observers 29 Dec 1939 Posted to No 40 Sqn
1 x Air Observer 29 Dec 1939 Posted to RAF Mount Batten

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Date Notes
19 Feb 1939 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training
 3 Mar 1939 Squadron returned from No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh on completion Armament Training
xx May 1939 Squadron received some Avro Ansons for the training RAFVR pilots
Anson I
 1 Jun 1939 Squadron became a Group Training Squadron
 3 Sep 1939 Squadron was transferred from No 2 Group to No 6 Group with 21 x Blenheims and 10 x Ansons
17 Sep 1939 6 x aircraft flown to RAF Bicester
18 Sep 1939 Remaining aircraft flown to RAF Bicester
18 Sep 1939 Ground Party moved from RAF Bassingbourn to RAF Bicester
10 Oct 1938 Squadron received 3 x Bristol Blenheim IVs from No 90 Sqn in exchange for 3 x Blenheim Is
Bristol Blenheim IV
26 Oct 1938 Establishment increased to 18 x IE and 6 x IR Blenheims and 6 x IR and 2 x IR Ansons
29 Oct 1939 2 x Blenheim Is received from No 90 Sqn to replace losses
 2 Nov 1939 Anson, N5154, transferred to No 97 Sqn, RAF Abingdon
 8 Nov 1939 Anson, N5175, transferred to No 207 Sqn, RAF Abingdon
24 Nov 1939 3 x Blenheim IVs received from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble
25 Nov 1939  x Blenheim I received from No 90 Sqn
10 Dec 1939 Blenheim I, L1183, transferred to No 254 Sqn, RAF Sutton Bridge
17 Dec 1939 4 x Blenheim IVs collected from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
6 x Pilots  1 Jan 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
5 x Air Observers  5 Jan 1940 Attached for operational training
2 x Pilots (1 x officer, 1 x NCO)  6 Jan 1940 Attached from No 9 SFTS for operational training
1 x Sgt Pilot  7 Jan 1940 Attached from No 10 AOS for operational training
2 x Sgt Pilots  8 Jan 1940 Attached from No 9 SFTS for operational training
24 x Finnish Air Force Air Crew 10 Jan 1940 Attached from Filton for training on Blenheims
24 x Finnish Air Force Air Crew 13 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached from Filton for training on Blenheims
1 x Air Observer 17 Jan 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Wg Cdr Coggle 23 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 16 Group pending assuming command of No 104 Sqn
Plt Off McGillivray 24 Jan 1940 Removed from training as being assessed unfit for operational flying
2 x Sgt Pilots  1 Feb 1940 Attached for operational training
6 x Pilots (3 x officers, 3 x Sgts)  2 Feb 1940 Attached for operational training
3 x Pilots (2 x officers, 1 x Sgt)  3 Feb 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
4 x Pilots (1 x officer, 3 x Sgts)  3 Feb 1940 Attached for operational training
Wg Cdr M B Mackay  5 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of No 104 Sqn on posting to the Air Ministry
Wg Cdr Coggle  5 Feb 1940 Assumed command of No 104 Sqn
4 x Pilots (1 x officer, 3 x Sgts)  5 Feb 1940 Attached for operational training
3 x Air Observers  7 Feb 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
3 x Air Observers 16 Feb 1940 Attached for operational training
Fg Off H P Powell 17 Feb 1940 Attached from SHQ for conversion course
13 LAC Air Gunners (u/t) 23 Feb 1940 Attached from SHQ for operational training
Plt Off McGillivray 24 Feb 1940 Posted to RAF North Coates Fitties for flying duties
Fg Off N J Starr  1 Mar 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Bicester for duty as Flt Lt Navigation, wef 24 Feb 1940
Flt Lt D H C Hull  9 Mar 1940 Assumed duties of Station Adjutant
Plt Off N T Marix  9 Mar 1940 Assumed duties of Station Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off E H Lynch-Blosse  9 Mar 1940 Assumed duties of Squadron Adjutant
4 x Pilots 15 Mar 1940 Attached from Station Pool for operational training
2 x Pilots 16 Mar 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
3 x Pilots 16 Mar 1940 Attached from Station Pool for operational training
Plt Off N T Marix 16 Mar 1940 Posted to No 2 Ferry Pilots Pool
4 x Air Observers 29 Mar 1940 Completed training and returned to Station Pool, pending posting
4 x Air Observers 29 Mar 1940 Attached from Station Pool for operational training
1 x Air Observer 29 Mar 1940 Completed training and added to screened establishment
1 x Pilot 30 Mar 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
2 x Officer Pilots  7 Apr 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Date Notes
20 Jan 1940 1 x Blenheim IV collected from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
23 Feb 1940 4 x Blenheim Is allocated to Bristol Aeroplane Co for transfer to Finnish Air Force
23 Feb 1940 1 x Blenheim IV allocated from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
 6 Mar 1940 1 x Blenheim IV delivered from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
21 Mar 1940 1 x Blenheim I received from RAF Upper Heyford
23 Mar 1940 2 x Blenheim Is received from RAF West Raynham
 8 Apr 1940 Squadron merged with No 108 Sqn to for No 13 Operational Training Unit

Source - No 104 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/821)

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