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No 166 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Nov 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Clayton D C Boyce

 1 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 166 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John H C Wake

 2 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 166 Sqn
Flt Lt

Clayton D C Boyce

 2 Jan 1937 Relinquished command of No 166 Sqn
Sgt N W Baker 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E J McMillan 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J W Barker 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 E J McDonald 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 W H Gray 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 E J Musker 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

Organisational Movements: Nov 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 1 Nov 1936 Squadron reformed at Boscombe Down from 'A' Flight of No 97 Squadron, equipped with Handley Page Heyford IIIs
Handley Page Heyford
14 Jan 1937 Advance Party proceeded from RAF Boscombe Down to RAF Leconfield
20 Jan 1937 Main Party proceeded from RAF Boscombe Down to RAF Leconfield
 5 Feb 1937 Air Party proceeded from RAF Boscombe Down to RAF Leconfield
 1 Mar 1937 Squadron became independent from No 97 Sqn and second flight formed

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hadley Page Heyford III RAF Leconfield Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

John H C Wake

 2 Jan 1937 Officer Commanding, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt

Clayton D C Boyce

 1 Nov 1936 later AVM
Flt Lt G R Howie  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off G M Lindeman   1 Nov 1936  
Plt Off R B Harvey  1 Nov 1936  
Plt Off V P Paterson  1 Nov 1936  
Plt Off N C Harding 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off C A Richardson  7 Mar 1937  
Plt Off P F Rutter 14 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J W B Richardson 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off David M Strong 20 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt N W Baker 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E J McMillan 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J W Barker 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 E J McDonald 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 W H Gray 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 E J Musker 22 Jul 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr J C Foden  2 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 166 Sqn
Sqn Ldr

John H C Wake

 2 Oct 1937 Relinquished command of No 166 Sqn and assumed command of  'A' Flight
Fg Off R B Harvey 18 Oct 1937 Assumed the duties of Adjutant
Plt Off N C Harding 18 Oct 1937 Relinquished the duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr J C Foden  1 Jan 1938 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Plt Off H B Barton  1 May 1938 Killed in a motor accident

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
24 Aug 1937 Squadron proceeded to RAF Aldergrove for Annual Armament Training
19 Sep 1937 Squadron returned from RAF Aldergrove on completion of Annual Armament Training
15 Oct 1937 Detachment proceeded to RAF Upper Heyford to participate in bombing trials at Otmoor Ranges
21 Jan 1938 Detachment moved from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Mildenhall to continue trials at Landguard Fort
14 Apr 1938 Detachment returned to RAF Leconfield from RAF Mildenhall
 7 Jun 1938 Squadron ceased to be operational on the formation of Air Observers School

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hadley Page Heyford III RAF Leconfield Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J C Foden  1 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr R W M Clark  6 Jul 1937 DFC
Sqn Ldr

Clayton D C Boyce

 1 Nov 1936 later AVM
Fg Off G M Lindeman   1 Nov 1936  
Fg Off R B Harvey  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off P F Rutter 14 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J H Barrett 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off V P Paterson  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Plt Off N C Harding 19 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J W B Richardson 20 Dec 1936  
Plt Off David M Strong 20 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off RE Shorter 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off T P A Bradley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off G A Lane 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W B Keddy 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J A Piddington 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A J Hannigan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off L A McSherry 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D Gibson 19 Feb 1938  

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12 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt J B T Whitehead  1 Oct 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr R W M Clark xx Oct 1938 Assumed command of No 166 Sqn
Wg Cdr J C Foden xx Oct 1938 Relinquished command of No 166 Sqn on posting as No 4 Group Examining Officer

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
23 Nov 1938 Detachment proceeded to RAF Aldergrove for Gunnery and Bombing practice with No 26 Air Observers' Course
21 Dec 1938 Squadron returned from RAF Aldergrove

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hadley Page Heyford III RAF Leconfield Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J C Foden  1 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr R W M Clark  6 Jul 1937 DFC
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 22 Sep 1938  
Fg Off G M Lindeman   1 Nov 1936  
Fg Off R B Harvey  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off P F Rutter 14 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J H Barrett 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off V P Paterson  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off N C Harding 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J W B Richardson 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off David M Strong 20 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Plt Off J T Bouwens 18 Jul 1938  
Plt Off RE Shorter 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off T P A Bradley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off G A Lane 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W B Keddy 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J A Piddington 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A J Hannigan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off L A McSherry 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D Gibson 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A G Gibson 10 Jul 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hadley Page Heyford III RAF Leconfield Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J C Foden  1 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr R W M Clark  6 Jul 1937 DFC
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 22 Sep 1938  
Fg Off G M Lindeman   1 Nov 1936  
Fg Off R B Harvey  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off P F Rutter 14 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J H Barrett 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off V P Paterson  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off N C Harding 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J W B Richardson 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off David M Strong 20 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off RE Shorter 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J T Bouwens 18 Jul 1938  
Plt Off T P A Bradley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off G A Lane 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W B Keddy 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J A Piddington 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A J Hannigan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off L A McSherry 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D Gibson 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A G Gibson 10 Jul 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C Tompkins 15 Feb 1939 MM

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hadley Page Heyford III RAF Leconfield Bomber Command/No 4 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr J C Foden  1 Oct 1937 Officer Commanding, AFC
Sqn Ldr R W M Clark  6 Jul 1937 DFC
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 22 Sep 1938  
Flt Lt G M Lindeman   1 Nov 1936  
Fg Off R B Harvey  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off P F Rutter 14 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J H Barrett 27 Nov 1937  
Fg Off V P Paterson  1 Nov 1936 Navigation duties
Fg Off N C Harding 19 Dec 1936  
Fg Off J W B Richardson 20 Dec 1936  
Fg Off David M Strong 20 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Fg Off RE Shorter 30 Jun 1937  
Fg Off J T Bouwens 18 Jul 1938  
Plt Off T P A Bradley  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off G A Lane 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W B Keddy 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J A Piddington 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off A J Hannigan 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off L A McSherry 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off D Gibson 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off A G Gibson 10 Jul 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C Tompkins 15 Feb 1939 MM

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan 1939 - Apr 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Sgt E J Davidge 26 Sep 1939 Appointed to a Commission as a Plt Off and posted to No 77 SQn
Flt Lt R B Vaux 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off H B Hunter 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off P R Johnson 12 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089)

Organisational Movements: Jan 1939 - Apr 1940

Date Notes
xx Jan 1939 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Is*
Whitley I (with turrets)
 2 Sep 1939 Last Heyford was delivered to No 4 MU for disposal
 6 Sep 1939 12 x aircraft moved at short notice to RAF Benson
17 Sep 1939 All aircraft moved from RAF Benson to RAF Abingdon on transfer to No 6 Group as a Group Pool Training Sqn
28 Nov 1939 Squadron received its first Armstrong Whitworth Whitley III
Whitley III
 6 Apr 1940 Squadron disbanded on being absorbed into No 10 Operational Training Unit

Source - No 166 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1089), except *

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

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