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No 107 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Aug 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt E Johns  1 Sep 1936 Fitter I, arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn and took charge of No 107 Sqn
Flt Lt E A Healy 25 Sep 1936 Arrived on posting from No 41 Sqn and assumed command of No 107 Sqn
APO L G Hamer 11 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
APO T D B Blake 11 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
APO Grey 11 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C J D Donovan 12 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
APO Gareth T B Clayton 19 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
APO Grey 19 Oct 1936 Posted to No 83 Sqn
APO C P Bomford 25 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C J D Donovan 11 Jan 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for course
APO L G Hamer 11 Jan 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation for course
Flt Lt E A Healy  1 Feb 1937 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
APO H B Lightoller 21 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
APO B A Sisson 21 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
APO P E Warne 21 Feb 1937 Arrived on posting from No 5 FTS
Plt Off C J D Donovan 20 Mar 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for course
Plt Off L G Hamer 20 Mar 1937 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation for course
APO H B Lightoller  4 Apr 1937 Attached to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for conversion to Ansons
APO B A Sisson  4 Apr 1937 Attached to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for conversion to Ansons
APO P E Warne  4 Apr 1937 Attached to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for conversion to Ansons
Plt Off Gareth T B Clayton 18 Apr 1937 Attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for course
APO H B Lightoller 21 Apr 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for conversion to Ansons
APO B A Sisson 21 Apr 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for conversion to Ansons
APO P E Warne 21 Apr 1937 Ceased to be attached to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for conversion to Ansons
Plt Off E A Warfield 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO R Hutchinson 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
APO T V Poltock 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
APO F E O Temple-West 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS
Plt Off Gareth T B Clayton 116 Jul 1937 Ceased to be attached to Imperial School of Air Navigation for course

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

Organisational Movements: Aug 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
10 Aug 1936 Reformed at Andover, equipped with Hawker Hinds (6 x IE and 1 x IR)
xx Sep 1936 6 x IE Hinds delivered by pilots of Station Flight, RAF Andover and 1 x IR delivered by road
Hawker Hind of No 107 Squadron
 5 Feb 1937 1 x Hind delivered from Brooklands
 6 Feb 1937 1 x Hind delivered from Brooklands
 8 Feb 1937 2 x Hinds delivered from Brooklands
 9 Feb 1937 2 x Hinds delivered from Brooklands
25 Feb 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Andover to RAF Old Sarum
25 Feb 1937 Squadron under operational control of No 2 Group but Administrative control of No 22 Group
20 Mar 1937 1 x Hind delivered from Brooklands
24 Mar 1937 Squadron split into 'A' and 'B' Flights
24 Apr 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training
15 May 1937 Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training
14 Jun 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Old Sarum to RAF Harwell under the operational and Administrative control of No 2 Group
 1 Jul 1937 Squadron transferred from No 2 Group to No 1 Group

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

July 1937

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E A Healy 25 Sep 1936 Officer Commanding,
Plt Off C J D Donovan 12 Oct 1936  
Plt Off T D B Blake 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off L G Hamer 11 Oct 1936  
Plt Off Gareth T B Clayton 19 Oct 1936 later AM
Plt Off C P Bomford 25 Oct 1936  
Plt Off H B Lightoller 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off B A Sisson 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off P E Warne 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E A Warfield 24 Apr 1937  
APO R Hutchinson 22 May 1937  
APO T V Poltock 22 May 1937  
APO F E O Temple-West 22 May 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G B B Doudney 24 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting from No 101 Sqn
Plt Off T D B Blake  7 Sep 1937 Posted to No 5 ATC, RAF Penrhos
Sqn Ldr E A Healy 29 Oct 1937 Relinquished command of No 107 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V Q Blackden 29 Oct 1937 Assumed command of No 107 Sqn
Plt Off H F Thomson 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS
APO K C Jackman 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS (Class  'A' Reserve)
Plt Off T V Poltock 28 Nov 1937 Proceeded on Parachute course
Plt Off B A Sisson 30 Nov 1937 Posted to No 1 CACU, RAF Gosport
Plt Off T V Poltock  4 Dec 1937 Returned on completion of Parachute course
APO K C Jackman 12 Dec 1937 Attached to CFS, RAF Upavon for Link Trainer Instructors' course
APO K C Jackman 17 Dec 1937 Ceased to be attached to CFS, RAF Upavon for Link Trainer Instructors' course
Act Flt Lt W F Barton  1 Feb 1938 Assumed command of Flying Flight

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
 3 Jan 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge for Armament Training
29 Jan 1938 Squadron returned from No 3 ATC, RAF Sutton Bridge on completion of Armament Training
 1 Feb 1938 Squadron changed its organisation to a Maintenance Flight and Flying Flight (experimental for 3 months)
 3 Feb 1938 Squadron reached its full establishment of aircraft - 12 x IE and 4 x IR
 7 May 1938 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI
No 107 Squadron badge

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

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
Hawker Hind RAF Harwell Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V Q Blackden 25 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt W F Barton 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off L G Hamer 11 Oct 1936 Navigation duties
Plt Off Gareth T B Clayton 19 Oct 1936 Navigation duties; later AM
Plt Off C P Bomford 25 Oct 1936  
Plt Off H B Lightoller 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off P E Warne 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E A Warfield 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T V Poltock 22 May 1937  
Plt Off F E O Temple-West 22 May 1937  
Plt Off G B B Doudney 24 Aug 1937  
Plt Off H F Thomson 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off W J Murphy  8 Jan 1938  
APO D K Robertson 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

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5 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt W F Barton 21 Nov 1938 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Gareth T B Clayton 21 Nov 1938 Assumed command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
xx Aug 1938 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is
Bristol Blenheim I
 7 Sep 1939 Squadron reached its full establishment of aircraft - 12 x IE and 4 x IR
27 Sep 1939 All peace-time marking were removed from aircraft to be replaced by the code letters 'BZ'
10 Oct 1938 Aircraft Establishment raised to 16 x IE and 5 x IR
 1 Nov 1938 Experimental maintenance system was made permanent
21 Nov 1938 Flying Flight split into 'A' and 'B' Flights
 9 Jan 1938 Ground Party proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training
12 Jan 1939 Air Party proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Armament Training
28 Jan 1939 Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Armament Training

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

January 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V Q Blackden 25 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Act Flt Lt W F Barton 31 Jan 1938  
Fg Off H F Thomson 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off Gareth T B Clayton 19 Oct 1936 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off L G Hamer 11 Oct 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off C P Bomford 25 Oct 1936  
Plt Off H B Lightoller 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off P E Warne 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off E A Warfield 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off T V Poltock 22 May 1937  
Plt Off G B B Doudney 24 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W J Murphy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R C Rotherham 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off A E Newitt  5 Nov 1938  
APO D K Robertson 26 Mar 1938 RAFO

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

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

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V Q Blackden 25 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W F Barton 31 Jan 1938  
Fg Off Gareth T B Clayton 19 Oct 1936 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off L G Hamer 11 Oct 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off C P Bomford 25 Oct 1936  
Fg Off H B Lightoller 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off P E Warne 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off E A Warfield 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off H F Thomson 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off T V Poltock 22 May 1937  
Fg Off G B B Doudney 24 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W J Murphy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R C Rotherham 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off A E Newitt  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W Bunting 28 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
11 May 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Harwell to RAF Wattisham and transferred to No 6 Group

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I

Bristol Blenheim IV

RAF Wattisham Bomber Command/No 6 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V Q Blackden 25 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt W F Barton 31 Jan 1938  
Act Flt Lt Gareth T B Clayton 19 Oct 1936 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off C P Bomford 25 Oct 1936  
Fg Off H B Lightoller 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off P E Warne 21 Feb 1937  
Fg Off E A Warfield 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off H F Thomson 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off T V Poltock 22 May 1937  
Fg Off G B B Doudney 24 Aug 1937  
Plt Off W J Murphy  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off R C Rotherham 30 Jul 1938  
Plt Off A E Newitt  5 Nov 1938  
Plt Off W Bunting 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off E R Berry  8 Mar 1939  
Plt Off J W Stephens  7 Mar 1939  
Plt Off J D Murphy 29 Mar 1939  
Plt Off K D'A Taute 11 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
WO Edwards  1 Jun 1939 Assumed command of Servicing Flight
Sqn Ldr V Q Blackden  5 Jun 1939 Relinquished command of No 107 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G Bearne  5 Jun 1939 Assumed command of No 107 Sqn
Sqn Ldr W L Stedman  3 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as OC - Flying (Acting)
Sgt H D P Farrow  7 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Act Sgt A J W Sergeant  7 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 L Phillips  7 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr G Bearne 24 Aug 1939 Relinquished command of No 107 Sqn
Wg Cdr E F Haylock 24 Aug 1939 Assumed command of No 107 Sqn
Sqn Ldr W L Stedman  2 Aug 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr G Bearne  2 Aug 1939 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Wg Cdr E F Haylock 15 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of No 107 Sqn
Wg Cdr B E Embry 15 Sep 1939 Assumed command of No 107 Sqn
Plt Off K Laxton 27 Dec 1839 Killed in action
LAC T V Lewis 27 Dec 1839 Killed in action

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
29 May 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim IVs
Bristol Blenheim IV of No 107 Squadron
 1 Jun 1939 Squadron re-organised into 'A' and 'B' Flights and a Servicing Flight
26 Jun 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim IVs

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Sgt D W G Nicholls 27 Mar 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G H Stiles 27 Mar 1940 Killed in action
LAC J B Roberts 27 Mar 1940 Killed in action
WO D Edwards 15 Apr 1940 Appointed to a commission in the Technical Branch and retained as Sqn Engineer Officer
Plt Off J D Murphy 24 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G C Durie 24 Apr 1940 Killed in action
LAC E L Weeks 24 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off S G Thornton 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt K Mellership 12 May 1940 Killed in action
AC2 J R Mayor 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off O H Keedwell 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L J  Merritt 12 May 1940 Killed in action
AC1 L A Berridge 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W H Edwards 12 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt V G L Luter 12 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
LAC W E Palmer 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J A Miller 22 May 1940 Admitted to hospital after ditching in the English Channel
Sgt R J Saunders 22 May 1940 Admitted to hospital after ditching in the English Channel
LAC W Stokell 22 May 1940 Admitted to hospital after ditching in the English Channel
Wg Cdr B E Embry 27 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW but later escaped
Fg Off T A Whiting 27 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Cpl G E Lang 27 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation and died from his injuries on 28 May
Sgt H Warman 27 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W C H Paish 27 May 1940 Killed in action
LAC J Mahoney 27 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off C P Bomford  9 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off F E Frayn  9 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation but returned three days later
Sgt R A Bowman  9 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C P Bomford  9 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R H M Bennett  9 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation but later returned
Sgt A E Langford  9 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation but later returned
Sgt H T Denison  9 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation but later returned
Fg Off C Y Buckley  9 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off C Campbell  9 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E H B Cotton  9 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off B D G H Reid 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R W Lawrence 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C A Bartlett 12 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A F Stidston 13 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F C Higgins 13 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J R Browning 13 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off S G Esson 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J J Tozer 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G R Murchison 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt J W Stephens 23 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt P E F Adams 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W J Barrett 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr H Pilling 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F H S Roche 30 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt H T Denison 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R H M Bennett 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A B Langford 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D S Harrison 30 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J P Quirke 30 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt D C Hawkins 30 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt K E Murray 30 Jun 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off H L Atkin-Berry 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R D Cook 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R Mercer 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T W Maslin 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G T Truscott 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S E Hinton 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E A Wray 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G T Drew 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S M Wood 10 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J P North-Lewis 10 Ju1 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt R V Lonsdale 10 Ju1 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt B R George 10 Ju1 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt S L Bain 10 Ju1 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt G C G Hawkins 10 Ju1 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt G A Allison 10 Ju1 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off P G A Watson 22 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C J Holland 22 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W P O'Heney 22 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Wg Cdr B E Embry  2 Aug 1940 Temporarily returned to the squadron following his escape from France
Plt Off K D Taute  3 Aug 1940 Returned to squadron
Fg Off E R Berry 30 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Bentham 30 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A P Sully 30 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off F J Otterway  4 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt S Bews  4 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off A B T Cazalet  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L Charnock  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E F Thompson  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C deV Halkett  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J H Easton  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A V Jacobs  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T D W Ross 19 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C Preston 19 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W H Kilgour 19 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W S Shann 25 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A F Etherington 25 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W H Powell 25 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J E Merrett 30 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt S Walters 30 Sep 1940 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Plt Off M Bywater 10 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R P Adlam 10 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt K A Brooker 10 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC H Key 10 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W H Culling 10 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt A Brown 10 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt E T Perry 10 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
14 Apr 1940 Squadron departed RAF Wattisham for RAF Lossiemouth by rail and air
 5 May 1940 Squadron returned to RAF Wattisham from RAF Lossiemouth
17 Dec 1940 Detachment (9 x aircraft) proceeded to RAF St Eval for operations
20 Dec 1940 Detachment (9 x aircraft) returned from RAF St Eval

Source - No 107 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/841)

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