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No 112 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D M Somerville 16 May 1939 Assumed command of No 112 Sqn
Plt Off J H Sanderson 16 May 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Act Flt Lt W C Williams 16 May 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt K H Savage 16 May 1939 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Act Flt Lt P D J Strong 16 May 1939 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off J H Sanderson 16 Jun 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J F Fraser 16 Jun 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
WO C H Throrogood 24 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from India for duty as Sqn Engineer Officer
Act Flt Lt P D J Strong xx xxx 1939 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Uxbridge following car accident whilst on leave in UK
Plt Off J O Gale  3 Aug 1939 Equipment Officer, posted to RAF Ismailia
Plt Off H P Cochrane  3 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Dhaba
Fg Off C H Fry  3 Aug 1939 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off W A Booth 14 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from No 113 Sqn for duty as Sqn Engineer Officer
Plt Off L A Scott 25 Aug 1939 Posted to No 6 Sqn
Plt Off A R T Barnes 25 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Depot, Aboukir
Plt Off E T Banks 25 Aug 1939 Attached to HQ Middle East
Plt Off J F Fraser 17 Sep 1939 Injured in landing accident and admitted to hospital
Flt Lt C H Fry 26 Sep 1939 Attached to No 80 Sqn to test fly first Hawker Hurricane in the Middle East
Plt Off R H Smith 26 Sep 1939 Assumed command (acting) of 'C Flight
Plt Off D E De La Hoyde  1 Oct 1939 Attached to RAF Abu Sueir for No 1 Anti-Gas course
Plt Off J M Hayward  4 Oct 1939 Assumed temporary command of 'B Flight
Plt Off J F Fraser  4 Oct 1939 Returned from hospital and resumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J Hamlyn  6 Oct 1939 Returned from hospital and assumed duties of Sqn Intelligence Officer and Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off D E De La Hoyde 13 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Abu Sueir for No 1 Anti-Gas course, posted to 'B' Flight
Plt Off R H Clarke 19 Oct 1939 Attached to No 80 Sqn to test fly first Hawker Hurricane in the Middle East
Plt Off H B Kirk 21 Oct 1939 Attached to RAF Abu Sueir for No 2 Anti-Gas course
Plt Off D E De La Hoyde 24 Oct 1939 Admitted to Helmieh Military Hospital
Flt Lt C H Fry  1 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 80 Sqn
Plt Off R H Clarke  1 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 80 Sqn
Plt Off H B Kirk  2 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Abu Sueir for Gas course
Flt Lt K H Savage 11 Nov 1939 Discharged from 2/10th General Hospital, Helmieh
Plt Off P O V Green 13 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Abu Sueir for No 3 Anti-Gas course
Plt Off J Hamlyn  4 Dec 1939 Attached to RAF Abu Sueir for No 4 Anti-Gas course
Plt Off G B Smither  7 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 253 Sqn, wef 6 Dec 1939
Plt Off G B Smither  9 Dec 1939 Attached to No 102 MU for Refresher Course
Plt Off J Hamlyn 15 Dec 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Abu Sueir for No 4 Anti-Gas course
Plt Off P O V Green 21 Nov 1939 Admitted to 2/5th Hospital, Alexandria
Plt Off J F Fraser 21 Dec 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Mar 1939 (seniority 6 Dec 1938)
Plt Off R H Smith 21 Dec 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 14 Mar 1939
Plt Off D E De La Hoyde 27 Dec 1939 Recategorised for full flying duties

Source - No 112 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/872)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
16 May 1939 Squadron formed on board HMS Argus, equipped with 24 x Gloster Gladiators (code letters 'XO' adopted*)

Gladiator I of No 112 Squadron (coded XO)

17 May 1939 HMS Argus set sail for the Middle East
22 May 1939 HMS Argus anchored off Malta to collect supplies and then set sail for Alexandria
25 May 1939 HMS Argus arrived in Alexandria and unloading commenced
26 May 1939 Unloading of No 112 Sqn's equipment completed and main party entrained fro RAF Helwan
27 May 1939 Rear party departed Alexandria for RAF Helwan
28 May 1939 Aircraft and equipment arrived at RAF Helwan
30 May 1939 Re-assembly of aircraft commenced
14 Jun 1939 First Gladiator, K8024, assembled and ready for air testing
16 Jun 1939 11 more Gladiators declared serviceable
27 Jun 1939 8 further Gladiators declared serviceable
xx Sep 1939 Squadron ceased use of the code letters 'XO'*

Source - No 112 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/872), except*

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D V S Evans  2 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to SHQ, RAF Helwan
Plt Off G B Smither  3 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 102 MU on posting to No 102 MU
Sgt Plt C J W Tait  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
Sgt Plt E N Woodward  3 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
Plt Off T H Davison  4 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off J Hamlyn 11 Jan 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for short refresher course
Plt Off J Hamlyn 20 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 102 MU on completion of short refresher course
APO G A Wolsey 30 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
Plt Off H W Harrison  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 252 Wing
Fg Off W A Booth 13 Feb 1940 Engineer Officer, posted to SHQ, RAF Helwan
WO N K M Clark 14 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 80 Sqn for duty as Officer i/c Servicing Scetion
Plt Off P R N van der Heijdem 17 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from Khartoum
Plt Off J M Hayward  1 Mar 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off R B Whittington  1 Mar 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off A M Ross  1 Mar 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off E D Gosschalk  2 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 10s MU for duty as Sqn Equipment Officer
Plt Off D V S Evans 11 Mar 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for short refresher course
Fg Off T H Davison 12 Mar 1940 Posted to No 6 Sqn, RAF Ramleh
Sgt Plt G M Donaldson 14 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn, RAF Ramleh
Plt Off E D Lewis 15 Mar 1940 Attached from HQ Middle East for Intelligence duties
Fg Off W B Price-Owen  1 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn, wef 22 Mar 1940
Plt Off P O V Green  6 Apr 1940 Returned to the unit from sick leave
Plt Off A J Goar  7 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr D M Somerville 15 Apr 1940 Admitted to 2/10th General Hospital with burns (aircraft caught fire in the air)
Plt Off R J Bennett 15 Apr 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for Fire and Gas Course
Plt Off H P Cochrane 15 Apr 1940 Attached to El Dhaba for 'Special Duties'
Act Flt Lt W C Williams 15 Apr 1940 Assumed command of No 112 Sqn
Fg Off D McGregor 22 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from UK for Medical duties
Plt Off J T Lean 25 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from UK for Armament duties
Flt Lt C H Fry 30 Apr 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Habbaniya whilst on ferrying duties
Sqn Ldr A R G Bax xx May 1940 Attached and assumed temporary command of No 112 Sqn
Plt Off P E C Strahan  2 May 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt C H Fry  3 May 1940 Returned from RAF Hospital, Habbaniya
Fg Off A G Worcester  7 May 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt C H Fry  7 May 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off R J Bennett  8 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 102 MU for Fire and Gas Course
Plt Off L M Page 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting for Cypher duties
Plt Off J Hamlyn 23 May 1940 Relinquished duties of Sqn Fire Officer
Plt Off R J Bennett 23 May 1940 Assumed duties of Sqn Fire Officer
Sqn Ldr D M Somerville 23 May 1940 Discharged from 2/10th General Hospital and granted 28 days sick leave
Flt Sgt T C Pratley  6 Jun 1940 Appointed to a commission in the Technical Branch as a Plt Off for Signals duties
Plt Off T C Pratley  8 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Khartoum
Act Fg Off J T Lean  9 Jun 1940 Armament Officer, attached to No 33 Sqn, Mersa Matruh
Lt A Q Masson 10 Jun 1940 Attached from SAAF for training purposes
Lt A M Colenbrander 10 Jun 1940 Attached from SAAF for training purposes
2 Lt L R Viljoen 10 Jun 1940 Attached from SAAF for training purposes
2 Lt S deK Dudley 10 Jun 1940 Attached from SAAF for training purposes
Act Fg Off J T Lean 15 Jun 1940 Armament Officer, ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn, Mersa Matruh
Plt Off J T Lean 18 Jun 1940 Armament Officer, posted to No 33 Sqn, Mersa Matruh
Plt Off Preston 22 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Plt Off St Quentin 22 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Plt Off Bolton 22 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Flt Sgt Cottingham 22 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Plt Off R H Clarke 23 Jun 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off P R W Wickham 23 Jun 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off H W Harrison 23 Jun 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Sgt G M Donaldson 23 Jun 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A R G Bax 24 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached and relinquished temporary command of No 112 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D M Somerville 24 Jun 1940 Resumed command of No 112 Sqn
Plt Off Costello 29 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Fg Off Linch 30 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Fg Off Littler 30 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Flt Sgt Goodchild 30 Jun 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn for seven days' rest
Fg Off R H Smith  1 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off A G Worcester  1 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off W B Price-Owen  1 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off R J Bennett  1 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off D McGregor  5 Jul 1940 Medical Officer, posted to No 113 Sqn
Fg Off R H Smith  6 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off A G Worcester  6 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off W B Price-Owen  6 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off R J Bennett  6 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off A M Ross  6 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off E T Banks  6 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off A R Butcher  6 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off R A Acworth  6 Jul 1940 Attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off Starrett  6 Jul 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn
Plt Off R M Booth  6 Jul 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn
Plt Off Brown  7 Jul 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn
Sgt Craig  7 Jul 1940 Attached from No 33 Sqn
Fg Off J H L Newnham  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
2 Lt L R Viljoen  9 Jul 1940 Admitted to 2/10th General Hospital
Fg Off A M Ross  9 Jul 1940 Admitted to Field Hospital from Sidi Barrani
Plt Off E T Banks 12 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off A R Butcher 12 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off R A Acworth 12 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 33 Sqn
Fg Off A M Ross 13 Jul 1940 Discharged from 2/5th CCS
Plt Off H P Cochrane 13 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to El Dhaba for 'Special Duties'
Plt Off Brown 13 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 33 Sqn
Sgt Craig 13 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 33 Sqn
Fg Off A G Worcester 18 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Act Flt Lt W C Williams 18 Jul 1940 Posted to No 103 MU as Test and Issue Pilot
Flt Lt L G Schwab 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off R H Smith 25 Jul 1940 Admitted to hospital
Fg Off W B Price-Owen 25 Jul 1940 Admitted to hospital
Plt Off J L Groves 30 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off R H McDonald 30 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off L L Bartley 30 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off I G A Baulk 30 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East for Cypher duties
Plt Off Lorraine 31 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 33 Sqn for Cypher duties
Plt Off T Magner  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off P H Skey  7 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Middle East for Cypher duties
Fg Off J T Lean  8 Aug 1940 Armament Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off Grisewood  8 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 33 Sqn
Fg Off W B Price-Owen 12 Aug 1940 Granted sick leave until 18 Aug 1940
Plt Off D E De La Hoyde 13 Aug 1940 Admitted to 2/5th General Hospital, Alexandria
Plt Off R A Acworth 17 Aug 1940 Wounded in action and admitted to Field Hospital, Fuka
Plt Off D H V Smith 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Fg Off W B Price-Owen 19 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF Ramleh
Plt Off D E De La Hoyde 22 Aug 1940 Posted to PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off P R N van der Heijdem 22 Aug 1940 Posted to PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off C L Henn 23 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment from Amriya
Plt Off C L Henn 26 Aug 1940 Posted to No 80 Sqn
Plt Off J E Helfield 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 202 Group for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt R J Abrahams 29 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from the Communications Flight, Helwan
Plt Off A J Goar 30 Aug 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 202 Group
Flt Lt H L I Brown  4 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 Sqn
Plt Off R H Smith 10 Sep 1940 Posted to PRRP, RAF Ismailia
Fg Off J H Lapsley 10 Sep 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Sgt Clarke 13 Sep 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Flt Lt Marlow 13 Sep 1940 Attached from No 30 Sqn
Plt Off Jarvis 13 Sep 1940 Attached from No 30 Sqn
Lt R A Abblett 13 Sep 1940 Attached from No 1 Observer Screen Unit, Royal Artillery
Fg Off Couchman 19 Sep 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Fg Off J H Lapsley 19 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 274 Sqn
Fg Off Couchman 24 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 274 Sqn
Plt Off Mason 24 Sep 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Fg Off P E C Strahan 24 Sep 1940 Posted to PRRP, RAF Ismailia
2 Lt H H Geraty SAAF 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from TURP, RAF Ismailia
2 Lt E R Smith SAAF 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from TURP, RAF Ismailia
Plt Off Weller 28 Sep 1940 Attached from No 274 Sqn
Plt Off Mason 28 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 274 Sqn
Plt Off Weller 29 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 274 Sqn
Flt Lt H L I Brown 29 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr and assumed command of No 112 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D M Somerville 29 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of No 112 Sqn
Plt Off R A Acworth  4 Oct 1940 Returned from sick leave
Plt Off T Magner 14 Oct 1940 Admitted to 2/5th General Hospital, Alexandria
Fg Off J R Abrahams 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 27 Jul 1940
Act Flt Lt C H Fry 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 3 Sep1940
Plt Off R H Clarke 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Jul 1940
Plt Off E T Banks 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off R J Bennett 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off H P Cochrane 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off T Magner 25 Oct 1940 Returned to the unit on discharge from 2/5th General Hospital, Alexandria
2 Lt E G E S Engelbrecht 29 Oct 1940 Posted to TURP, RAF Ismailia
Fg Off H P Cochrane 29 Oct 1940 Admitted to No 21 MRS, Fuka
Plt Off A R Butcher 30 Oct 1940 Posted to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off P R W Wickham 30 Oct 1940 Posted to No 33 Sqn
Plt Off E H Brown 30 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn
Plt Off A R Costello 31 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 33 Sqn
Fg Off R H Clarke 31 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off B B E Duff 12 Nov 1940 Posted to RAF Helwan
Fg Off J F Fraser 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off T Magner 20 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 18 Oct 1940
Plt Off S P Bartlett  5 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 94 Sqn
Fg Off P O V Green 12 Dec 1940 Attached from 'K' Flight
Fg Off R J Whittington 12 Dec 1940 Attached from 'K' Flight
Flt Lt Scoular 16 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 202 Group
Sgt Woodward 16 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 202 Group

Source - No 112 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/872)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 1 Mar 1940 Squadron received 4 x Gloster Gauntlets from No 6 Sqn for training purposes to conserve Gladiator flying hours
Gauntlet II
29 Mar 1940 Squadron declared fully mobile
 7 May 1940 'C' Flight temporarily reformed for Delta Defence Exercises
18 May 1940 'C' Flight reformed on a permanent basis
xx xxx 1940 Squadron adopted the code letters 'RT'*
Gladiator I of No 112 Squadron (coded RT)
 1 Jun 1940 Ground echelon, 'B' Flight, departed RAF Helwan for Port Said by rail
 2 Jun 1940 Air party, 'B' Flight, departed RAF Helwan for Assiut to join Advanced Striking Force in the Sudan
23 Jun 1940 4 x Gladiators and pilots attached to No 33 Sqn
17 Jul 1940 Advance Ground echelon, 'A' Flight, departed RAF Helwan for Maaten Gerawla
19 Jul 1940 Advance Ground echelon, 'A' Flight, arrived at Maaten Gerawla
19 Jul 1940 Air party, 'A' Flight, arrived at Maaten Gerawla
20 Jul 1940 Wireless Section, departed RAF Helwan for Maaten Gerawla
21 Jul 1940 Wireless Section, arrived at Maaten Gerawla
23 Jul 1940 Main Party, departed RAF Helwan for Maaten Gerawla via Amriya
24 Jul 1940 Main Party, departed Amriya and arrived at Maaten Gerawla
27 Jul 1940 Ground Party, 'A' Flight, departed Maaten Gerawla for Sidi Barrani
28 Jul 1940 'A' Flight, departed Maaten Gerawla for Sidi Barrani
 1 Aug 1940 'A' Flight, returned to Maaten Gerawla from Sidi Barrani
16 Aug 1940 'A' Flight moved to Landing Ground 'X'
16 Aug 1940 'C' Flight moved to Landing Ground 'Y'
16 Aug 1940 Ground Party moved to Landing Grounds 'X' and 'Y'
17 Aug 1940 'A' and 'C' Flights and ground parties returned to Maaten Gerawla
 7 Sep 1940 Squadron moved from Maaten Gerawla to Sidi Haneish
 1 Dec 1940 Squadron pilots began ferrying Gladiators to Greece
 7 Dec 1940 Squadron pilots returned from Greece
31 Dec 1940 Squadron departed Sidi Haneish for Amriya

Source - No 112 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/872), except*

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