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No 144 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off G T Toland 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 144 Sqn
Plt Off J N Dowland 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R A Watson 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt P Paterson 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt N Kirkus 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt L Whitmore 11 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R A Watson 11 Jan 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off V C Wood 22 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting for duty as a Flight Commander
Plt Off J N Dowland 22 Mar 1937 Appointed as a Flight Commander
Fg Off G T Toland 30 Mar 1937 Relinquished command of No 144 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C W L Truck 30 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 144 Sqn

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1937

Date Notes
11 Jan 1937 Reformed at Bicester from 'B' Flight of No 101 Squadron equipped with Overstrands
Overstrand
29 Jan 1937 Squadron received 7 x Avro Ansons
Anson I
xx Feb 1937 Squadron ceased using Overstrands
 9 Feb 1937 Moved from RAF Bicester to RAF Hemswell
29 Jan 1937 Squadron received 7 x Hawker Audaxes
Hawker Audax

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I

Hawker Audax

RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 3 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C W L Truck 30 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off G T Toland 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off V C Wood 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J N Dowland 11 Jan 1937  
Plt Off G Thomas  2 Feb 1937  
Plt Off F C Stibbard 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R D Stubbs 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R D H Maxwell 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J B J Boardman 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off G F Rodney 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off G E Saddington 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off Thomas W Piper 21 Feb 1937 later AM
APO R D Baughan 21 Feb 1937  
APO N C Beck 21 Feb 1937  
APO L C Mitchell 24 Apr 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr C W L Truck 15 Sep 1937 Relinquished command of No 144 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G M Knocker 15 Sep 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 144 Sqn
Plt Off L C Mitchell 11 Feb 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl G Henderson 11 Feb 1938 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 C A Smith 11 Feb 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R D H Maxwell 10 May 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Cpl D S Wissett 10 May 1938 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
28 Aug 1937 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is
Bristol Blenheim I
 1 Sep 1937 Squadron was transferred from No 3 Group to No 5 Group
17 Dec 1937 Squadron completed re-equipment with Bristol Blenheim Is (12 x IE and 4 x IR)
 9 Apr 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties for Armament Training
 9 May 1938 Squadron returned from No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties on completion Armament Training
xx Mar 1938 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 144 Squadron badge

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980), 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 (from Aug 1937) RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G M Knocker 15 Sep 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt V C Wood 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off J N Dowland 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off R D Stubbs 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G Thomas  2 Feb 1937  
Plt Off F C Stibbard 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R D Baughan 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off N C Beck 21 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off V Viatkin 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D H Edwards  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C D Curtis 19 Feb 1938  
APO C E Jones  7 May 1938  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G M Knocker  1 Jul 1938 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr Reginald C Field 25 Jul 1938 Assumed command of No 144 Sqn
Wg Cdr G M Knocker 25 Jul 1938 Relinquished command of No 144 Sqn on posting to the Air Ministry
AC1 S D McNaughton 14 Nov 1938 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham 31 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 144 Sqn

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 8 Oct 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 8 ATS, RAF Evanton for Armament Training
10 Oct 1938 Squadron returned from No 8 ATS, RAF Evanton on completion Armament Training

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Bristol Blenheim I RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Reginald C Field

23 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt V C Wood 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt J N Dowland 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off R D Stubbs 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G Thomas  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off F C Stibbard 22 Mar 1937  
Plt Off R D Baughan 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off N C Beck 21 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Plt Off V Viatkin 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D H Edwards  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C D Curtis 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C E Jones  7 May 1938  
Plt Off E P Willcox  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R W Reynolds 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P D S Bennett 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P S Goulder 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off E Coton 20 Aug 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham xx Jan 1939 Assumed command of No 144 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Reginald C Field xx Jan 1939 Relinquished command of No 144 Sqn on posting RAF Staff College
Plt Off C E Jones 20 Apr 1939 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Apr 1939

Date Notes
10 Mar 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens
Hampden I of No 144 Squadron (coded NV) - May 1939
xx Apr 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment with Handley Page Hampdens

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Handley Page Hampden

RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham 31 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt V C Wood 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt J N Dowland 11 Jan 1937  
Fg Off G Thomas  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off N C Beck 21 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off F C Stibbard 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off R D Stubbs 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off R D Baughan 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off V Viatkin 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D H Edwards  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C D Curtis 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C E Jones  7 May 1938  
Plt Off E P Willcox  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R W Reynolds 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P D S Bennett 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P S Goulder 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off E Coton 20 Aug 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Handley Page Hampden RAF Hemswell Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham 31 Dec 1938 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt V C Wood 22 Mar 1937 Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt J N Dowland 11 Jan 1937  
Act Flt Lt R D Stubbs 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off G Thomas  2 Feb 1937  
Fg Off N C Beck 21 Feb 1937 Navigation duties
Fg Off F C Stibbard 22 Mar 1937  
Fg Off R D Baughan 21 Feb 1937  
Plt Off V Viatkin 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D H Edwards  8 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C D Curtis 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C E Jones  7 May 1938  
Plt Off E P Willcox  9 Jul 1938  
Plt Off R W Reynolds 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P D S Bennett 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off P S Goulder 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off E Coton 20 Aug 1938  
Plt Off N N Ezeckiel 11 Mar 1939  
Plt Off H S James 11 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H S James  2 Jun 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt H Kinloch  2 Jun 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 D E Shimmin  2 Jun 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr J B Sing 10 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr W J H Lindley 21 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham 21 Sep 1939 Promoted to Wg Cdr
AC1 R G Davies 25 Sep 1939 Died from injuries
Fg Off R H Bullard-Davies  3 Oct 1939 Attached, pending posting
Plt Off R O Altmann  3 Oct 1939 Attached, pending posting
Plt Off R E Allitt  3 Oct 1939 Attached, pending posting
Plt Off A A G Trueman  3 Oct 1939 Attached, pending posting
Sgt J Windsor  3 Oct 1939 Attached, pending posting
Sgt Evan  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer, attached, pending posting
Sgt Brown  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer, attached, pending posting
Sgt W Cuthbert  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer, attached, pending posting
Sgt Hudson  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer, attached, pending posting
Sgt J R Collingham  3 Oct 1939 Air Observer, attached, pending posting
AC1 Paxton  3 Oct 1939 WOp/AG, attached, pending posting
AC1 Mackay  3 Oct 1939 WOp/AG, attached, pending posting
AC2 Nicholl  3 Oct 1939 WOp/AG, attached, pending posting
AC2 McGregor  3 Oct 1939 WOp/AG, attached, pending posting
AC2 Taylor  3 Oct 1939 WOp/AG, attached, pending posting
Wg Cdr J C Cunningham  5 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of No 144 Sqn
Wg Cdr Richard B Jordan  5 Oct 1939 Assumed command of No 144 Sqn
WO C E Rolfe  9 Oct 1939 Fitter I, arrived on posting
Sgt W F G Hollister  9 Oct 1939 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off H C Randall 10 Oct 1 939 Posted to No 224 Sqn, RAF Abbotsinch
Fg Off D Parker 11 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off B W Taylor 11 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off B G Meyer 11 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W Tudhope 11 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt R F Carter 11 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt A E Jones 15 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Cottesmore
Sgt Plt A Duncan 15 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Cottesmore
Sgt J A Smyth 17 Oct 1939 Pilot/FAE, arrived on posting
Sgt H Shields 17 Oct 1939 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr A N Luxmoore  6 Nov 1939 Attached, pending posting
Sgt K L Rendell 18 Nov 1939 Air Observer, arrived on attachment
Act Sgt C Woodhouse 29 Nov 1939 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Finningley
Sgt J R Collingham 29 Nov 1939 Air Observer, attached to No 106 Sqn, RAF Finningley
Plt Off J F E Andrews  9 Dec 1939 Attached, pending posting
Sgt Plt S B Fuller 20 Dec 1939 Attached, pending posting

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Sep 1939 Squadron changed its code letters from 'NV' to 'PL'
Hampden I of No 144 Squadron (coded PL)

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt P A Roberts  2 Jan 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Upper Heyford
Sgt P H Yorath  2 Jan 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Upper Heyford
Sgt R L Wake 17 Jan 1940 Air Observer, attached, pending posting
Fg Off T H Boylan 27 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 106 Sqn
Fg Off F C Stibbard  3 Feb 1940 Attached, pending posting to HQ No 5 Group as Group Gunnery Officer
Fg Off D P W R Robinson  6 Feb 1940 Attached, pending posting from RAF Finningley
Sgt C Kenmure 14 Feb 1940 Attached pending posting to No 106 Sqn
Plt Off G Hipkin  4 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J G Barnett  4 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt C G Masters 14 Mar 1940 Attached, pending posting from RAF Finningley for Air Gunnery duties
Fg Off R H Bullard-Davies 20 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A H Woodward 20 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC D G Doughty 20 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt S F H Keene 28 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Uxbridge
Sgt Plt A S Wickens 28 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Uxbridge
Fg Off D Parker 15 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Sgt J Windsor 17 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R F Carter 17 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W Cuthbert 17 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 D Burnside 17 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off H O Jones 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 106 Sqn
Plt Off J H Gilling 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 106 Sqn
Act Wg Cdr A N Luxmoore 12 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H O Jones 22 May 1940 Reported missing after abandoning his aircraft and later reported to be a POW
Sgt C J Shewry 22 May 1940 Killed in action
Cpl W G Smith 22 May 1940 Reported missing after abandoning his aircraft and later reported to be a POW
Sgt A E Jones 25 May 1940 Reported missing after abandoning his aircraft and later reported to be a POW
Sgt J A Smyth 25 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C Woodhouse 25 May 1940 Killed in action
Cpl T Baybutt 25 May 1940 Killed in action
Wg Cdr J J Watts 13 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J F E Andrews 13 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R Jolly 13 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A Winstanley 13 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W F G Hollister 20 Jun 1940 Died from wounds
Fg Off B A Taylor 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off C D Frost 23 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D H Dunt 23 Jun 1940 Reported missing and later reported to be a POW
Sgt H G Cumpstey 23 Jun 1940 Reported missing and later reported to be a POW
Fg Off E B Lancaster  4 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J H Gilling  4 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P F Bailey  4 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A I J Nicol  4 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off I M Hossack 11 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E B H France 11 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E D Leamy 11 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C Rose 11 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt D H Edwards 21 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B N Dingle 21 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt  Wylie 21 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A J Giles 21 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off W F Tudhope 10 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S L S Belton 10 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D MacKay 10 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A J Griffiths 10 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr P H Rebbeck 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D Hutchins 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B H Foster 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Dickinson 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H A T Skehill 17 Aug 1940 Reported missing and later reported to be a POW
Sgt W A Hughes 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R L Wake 17 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D Perritt 17 Aug 1940 Reported missing and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off A Robson 22 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D L Wingate 22 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A A Wilmot 22 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Chambers 22 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R S A Churchill  2 Sep 1940 Reported missing and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off I C Kirk  2 Sep 1940 Reported missing and later reported to be a POW
Sgt A E Walker  2 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A C H Edmeads  2 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J Newton-Clare  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C O Clarke  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W Thomson  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W L Powell  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W Carter  6 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W I Mackay  6 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off F J Drake Carrell  6 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R J Neale  5 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H Bennett  5 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G Wood  5 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P H Yorwath  5 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J H Brown  17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R G Young  17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J A Ferguson  17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E A G Rands  17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J J Jackson  17 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off G Morgan   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D A Jenner   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P D Adams   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E J Bushell   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T Dawson   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E A Barker   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R L Hayes   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Cutler   1 Nov 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 144 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/980)

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