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No 209 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Leonard G Maxton 15 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt T W Hamblin 15 Jan 1930 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Maurice H Ely  2 Jun 1930 Arrived on posting

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1930

Date Notes
15 Jan 1930

Reformed at RAF Mount Batten to be equipped with 3 x Blackburn Iris IIIs.

 5 Feb 1930 First Iris III, S1263, was delivered from the manufacturers at Brough
Iris III of No 209 Squadron
15 May 1930 Iris III, N238 was delivered from RAF Felixstowe but required extensive repairs
 4 Jun 1930 Third Iris III, S1264 was delivered from the manufacturers at Brough

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris III RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Leonard G Maxton  8 Mar 1930  
Flt Lt Maurice H Ely  2 Jun 1930  
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930  

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting for Engineer duties
Sgt Plt E W H Wilson 27 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 25 Aug 1930 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr C G Tucker 25 Aug 1930 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr C G Tucker  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off F K Wood  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt E W H Wilson  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC W S Rutledge  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC C G Davies  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC C Oates  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC H C Ongley  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC W H Stark  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
LAC W G Stevens  4 Feb 1931 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones  4 Feb 1931 Assumed temporary command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr Edward J P Burling 16 Apr 1931 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 16 Apr 1931 Relinquished temporary command of No 209 Sqn
Sgt Plt R H Howse 20 Apr 1931 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt

Gilbert E Nicholetts

 1 Jun 1931 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt G O Thomson  1 Jul 1931 Arrived on posting

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
 4 Feb 1931 Iris III, N238 was lost in a flying accident
 6 Jul 1931 Iris III, S1593, was delivered from the manufacturers at Brough to replace N328

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris III RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Edward J P Burling 16 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, DSC, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 16 Jan 1930
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt

Gilbert E Nicholetts

 2 Jun 1931 AFC; later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930  
-
2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting for Navigation duties
Wg Cdr Edward J P Burling  1 Oct 1931 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones  1 Oct 1931 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
 1 Nov 1931 Squadron commenced its Annual Bombing and Air Firing Training
18 Nov 1931 Iris III, S1263 was delivered to Brough for conversion to Iris V
31 Dec 1931 Squadron completed its Annual Bombing and Air Firing Training
16 Feb 1932 Saro A7, N240, was received for  service trials
xx Mar 1932 Iris III, S1264 was delivered to Brough for conversion to Iris V
 6 Jun 1932 Iris V, S1263 returned from Brough following conversion

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris III

Saro A7

Blackburn Iris V

RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Navigation duties; later AM
Flt Lt

Gilbert E Nicholetts

 2 Jun 1931 AFC; later AM
Fg Off Geoffrey I L Saye 17 Mar 1930 later AVM
Fg Off Charles Ryley 15 Jan 1930  
Plt Off Thomas King  5 Mar 1932  
Plt Off Neville A R Halliday  1 Apr 1932  
-
2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 19 Sep 1932 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Herbert M Massey 19 Sep 1932 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 17 Jan 1933 Resumed command of No 209 Sqn*
LAC A D Slater 12 Jan 1933 Drowned following a collision
Fg Off Roger B Brown 17 Feb 1933 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292), except*

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
 5 Jul 1932 Saro A7, N240, was lost when it sank after making a forced landing
12 Aug 1932 Short Singapore II arrived from Rochester for service trials
Singapore II
 8 Nov 1932 Singapore II flown to RAF Pembroke Dock for further trials with No 210 Sqn
10 Dec 1932 Iris III, S1593 was delivered to RAF Mount Batten for conversion to Iris V
 3 Jan 1933 Iris V, S1263 sank at her moorings at Felixstowe in a gale
12 Jan 1933 Iris V, S1263 sank after collision with naval launch
 3 Feb 1933 2 x Supermarine Southamptons, S1149 and S9901, arrived from RAF Base Calshot on loan
Southhampton II
31 Mar 1933 Iris V, S1593 returned from Brough following conversion
 6 Jun 1933 Iris V, S1593, departed RAF Mount Batten for Malta

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris V

Supermarine Southampton II

RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Albert W Fletcher  2 Jun 1933 OBE, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 21 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Roger B Brown 17 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Bruce W E R Bonsey 28 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Cyril E J Baines 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Neville A R Halliday  1 Apr 1932  
Plt Off William S Jenkins 10 Apr 1933  
-
2 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Iris V

Supermarine Southampton II

RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 15 Jan 1930 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr Albert W Fletcher  2 Jun 1933 OBE, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton 28 Sep 1931 Navigation duties; later AM
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 21 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Roger B Brown 17 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Bruce W E R Bonsey 28 Jan 1933  
Fg Off Cyril E J Baines 19 Mar 1933  
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Neville A R Halliday  1 Apr 1932  
Fg Off Jack Goodhart  4 Jun 1933  
Plt Off William S Jenkins 10 Apr 1933  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Charles E Chilton  6 Feb 1934 Posted to CFS, RAF Wittering
Fg Off Jack Goodhart  3 Mar 1934 Posted to No 202 Sqn, Malta
Flt Lt John E M Bainbridge 19 Apr 1934 Arrived on posting for Engineer duties, wef 19 Mar 1934
Plt Off Michael D Thunder 19 Apr 1934 Arrived on posting, wef 19 Mar 1934
Fg Off Neville A R Halliday  6 May 1934 Posted to MAEE, RAF Felixstowe
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock 10 May 1934 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 14 May 1934 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock 14 May 1934 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John H O Jones 16 May 1934 Posted to No 202 Sqn, Malta to command
Plt Off Charles J P Flood  3 Jun 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
 5 Jan 1934 First Blackburn Perth, K3581, arrived from the manufacturers at Brough
Perth
 4 Feb 1934 Second Perth, K3582, arrived from Brough
29 Apr 1934 Iris V, S1593, returned to RAF Mount Batten from Malta
31 May 1934 Third Perth, K3580 arrived from RAF Felixstowe
12 Jun 1934 Iris V, S1593 returned to Brough for reconditioning and struck off charge
27 Jun 1934 Southampton, S1149 flown to Supermarines for reconditioning and struck off charge

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Blackburn Perth RAF Mount Batten Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock 10 May 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  1 Jul 1930 Engineer duties
Flt Lt John E M Bainbridge 19 Mar 1934 Engineer duties
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 21 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Roger B Brown 7 Feb 1933  
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Plt Off William S Jenkins 10 Apr 1933  
Plt Off Michael D Thunder 19 Mar 1934  
Plt Off Charles J P Flood  3 Jun 1934  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Sgt Plt D King 12 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot
Plt Off Michael D Thunder 17 Sep 1934 Posted to No 205 Sqn, Singapore
Flt Lt Clarence E Williamson-Jones 17 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot for duty a Flight Commander
Flt Lt

Gareth G Barrett

 8 Sep 1934 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot for Navigation duties
Flt Lt Clarence E Williamson-Jones  1 Oct 1934 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt Dennis C Prance  8 Oct 1934 Engineer Officer, posted to MAEE, RAF Felixstowe
Fg Off Edwin M Gurney 27 Dec 1934 Transferred to RAFO
Plt Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot
Plt Off Arthur F Spurrier 27 Mar 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot
Fg Off William S Jenkins 27 Mar 1935 Posed to Navigation Course, RAF Calshot
Sgt Plt E Hill 16 Apr 1935 Discharged from the RAF
Fg Off Edwin Shipley  7 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot
Plt Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot
Plt Off John L Crosbie  7 Jun 1935 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 2 Jul 1934 Squadron proceeded to Armament Training Camp at Tayport
21 Jul 1934 Squadron returned from Armament Training Camp at Tayport
 5 Oct 1934

Short R24/31 arrived from RAF Felixstowe for service trials

 8 Oct 1934 All Perths were grounded due to structural problems with the tail units
xx Oct 1934 2 x Southamptons were taken from storage at Felixstowe as a temporary measure
29 Nov 1934 Service trials on Short R24/31 were completed and it was delivered to No 201 Sqn, RAF Calshot
 6 Nov 1934 Flying with Perths recommenced
xx Dec 1934 All Perths were grounded due to structural problems with the tail units
15 Jan 1935 Southampton, S1232, arrived on loan from No 201 Sqn, RAF Calshot
21 Jan 1935 Saro A27 (London), K3560, arrived on transfer from No 201 Sqn, RAF Calshot
London I
21 Feb 1935 Southampton V, K3973 (later renamed Stranraer) was delivered from RAF Calshot
xx Apr 1935 Short R24/31 arrived from RAF Felixstowe for service trials
 1 May 1935 Stores and Personnel moved from RAF Mount Batten to RAF Felixstowe, C & M Party left behind to maintain Perths

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Saro London

Supermarine Stranraer

RAF Felixstowe Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock 10 May 1934 Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr Clarence E Williamson-Jones 17 Sep 1934 DFC
Flt Lt

Gareth G Barrett

 8 Sep 1934 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt John E M Bainbridge 19 Mar 1934 Engineer duties
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Edwin Shipley  7 Jun 1935  
Plt Off Charles J P Flood  3 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Arthur F Spurrier 27 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935  
Plt Off John L Crosbie  7 Jun 1935  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Maurice Q Candler 12 Aug 1935 Arrived on posting from Home Aircraft Depot for Engineer duties
Flt Lt John E M Bainbridge 12 Aug 1935 Engineer Officer, posted to No 230 Sqn
Flt Lt

Gareth G Barrett

17 Sep 1935 Posted to No 230 Sqn
Plt Off Charles J P Flood 17 Sep 1935 Posted to No 210 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Clarence E Williamson-Jones 17 Sep 1934 Attached to Flying Boat Wing, RAF Mount Batten pending posting overseas
Flt Lt A C Mitchell xx Dec 1935 Arrived on posting from RAF Pembroke Dock
Wg Cdr

Claude R Cox

 1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 23 Dec 1935
Sqn Ldr W M M Hurley  1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 30 Dec 1935
Flt Lt A W Bates  1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 30 Dec 1935
Fg Off

Benjamin Ball

 1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 30 Dec 1935
Plt Off L M Laws  1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 30 Dec 1935
Plt Off J D T Revell  1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 30 Dec 1935
Sgt Plt L Mountjoy  1 Jan 1936 Arrived on posting from No 26 Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 30 Dec 1935
Wg Cdr

Claude R Cox

 6 Jan 1936 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr Gerald E Livock  4 Jan 1936 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn on posting to RN Staff College
Wg Cdr

Claude R Cox

 1 Oct 1936 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr G W Bentley  1 Oct 1936 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Wg Cdr

Claude R Cox

10 Oct 1936 Embarked at Tilbury on posting to Far East Command
Sqn Ldr W M M Hurley 12 Oct 1936 Posted to No 220 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton to command
Sqn Ldr A W Bates 12 Oct 1936 Assumed duties of Flight Commander

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
xx Sep 1935 Supermarine R24/31, K3973 (later renamed Stranraer) was returned to the makers
xx Sep 1935 Short R24/31 delivered to RAF Felixstowe
xx Sep 1935 Perth, K3580 crashed on take off and was struck off
xx Jan 1936 Perths, K3581 and K8582 were struck off charge
xx Jan 1936 Southamptons, S1229, S1149, S1042 and S2889 were collected, pending re-equipment with Singapore IIIs
 6 Feb 1936 London, K3560 was delivered to Saunders-Roe at Cowes
13 Feb 1936 First Short Singapore III, K6909 was collected from Rochester
Singapore III
xx Jun 1936 Squadron received its second Singapore III, K6915
 1 Jul 1936 Singapore III, K6914 was collected from Rochester
22 Oct 1936 Singapore III, K6919 was collected from Rochester
30 Nov 1936 Singapore III, K6921 was collected from Rochester

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Claude R Cox

23 Dec 1935 Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W M M Hurley 30 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt A W Bates 30 Dec 1935  
Flt Lt B Paddon  1 May 1936  
Flt Lt Maurice Q Candler  6 Aug 1935 Engineer duties
Fg Off Leslie F Brown  4 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Edwin Shipley  7 Jun 1935  
Fg Off

Benjamin Ball

30 Dec 1935 later AVM
Fg Off R A I Harrison  1 May 1936  
Fg Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935  
Plt Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935  
Plt Off L M Laws 30 Dec 1935  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Phillip Slocombe

11 Dec 1936 Arrived on posting from MAEE, for duty as Flight Commander
Fg Off

Benjamin Ball

29 Mar 1937 Promoted to Flt Lt
Flt Lt A Franklin 18 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF Calshot, wef 28 Mar 1937
Flt Lt

Benjamin Ball

25 Apr 1937 Posted to Electrical and Wireless School
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 Arrived on an exchange posting from RCAF
Wg Cdr W S Caster 19 May 1937 Attached from HQ Coastal Command preparatory for Malta Cruise
Plt Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 4 Feb 1937 Singapore III, K8567 was collected from Rochester
20 May 1937 4 x aircraft, K8857, K8567, K6921 and K6919 departed on a Cruise to Malta
 5 Jun 1937 4 x aircraft, K8857, K8567, K6921 and K6919 departed RAF Mount Batten for RAF Felixstowe and RAF Calshot
26 Jun 1937 All Singapores declared /us due to defective control cables

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr G W Bentley 21 Sep 1936 Officer Commanding, DFC
Sqn Ldr

Phillip Slocombe

11 Dec 1936 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt A Franklin 28 Mar 1937  
Flt Lt B Paddon  1 May 1936  
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R A I Harrison  1 May 1936  
Fg Off Peter D W Hackforth 27 Mar 1935  
Fg Off Basil A C Wood  7 Jun 1935  
Fg Off L M Laws 30 Dec 1935  
Plt Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Plt Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
-
4 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Peter D W Hackforth  1 Jul 1937 Posted to RAF Gosport
Plt Off M H Cox 19 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Course, RAF Calshot, wef 18 Jul 1937
Flt Lt A Franklin 31 Aug 1937 Posted to RAF Pembroke Dock
Fg Off R A I Harrison 24 Sep 1937 Promoted to Flt Lt, seniority 28 May 1937
Flt Lt B Paddon 27 Dec 1937 Posted to School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston
Fg Off L M Laws 10 Jan 1938 Adjutant, posted to No 228 Sqn, RAF Pembroke Dock
Plt Off F E R King 10 Jan 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Wg Cdr C L Scott 15 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting from HQ No 2 Group, pending assuming command of No 209 Sqn
Fg Off Basil A C Wood 16 Jan 1938 Posted to Air Armament School, RAF Eastchurch for Armament Course
Wg Cdr G W Bentley 29 Jan 1938 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn on posting to No 1 RAF Depot
Wg Cdr C L Scott 29 Jan 1938 Assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 201 Sqn, RAF Calshot
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting from No 201 Sqn, RAF Calshot
Plt Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr

Phillip Slocombe

 2 Jun 1938 Posted to RAF Halton
Flt Lt F A Sampson  2 Jun 1938 Assumed duties of Flight Commander
Plt Off F E R King 10 Jun 1938 Adjutant, promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Jun 1938
Flt Lt F A Sampson 26 Jun 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood 26 Jun 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Sgt Plt Bunting 26 Jun 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Fg Off R T F Gates 26 Jun 1938 Assumed duties of Flight Commander
Flt Lt B Paddon  3 Jul 1938 Posted to No

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
12 Jul 1937 Repairs to control cables completed and all aircraft declared serviceable
 6 Sep 1937 Squadron titles was changed from No 209 (Flying Boat) Sqn to No 209 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn
17 Sep 1937 Squadron departed RAF Felixstowe for RAF Mount Batten en-route to the Mediterranean
18 Sep 1937 Squadron departed RAF Mount Batten for Berre via Hourtin
19 Sep 1937 Squadron departed Berre for Malta
25 Sep 1937 Ground Party departed RAF Felixstowe for Tilbury and embarked on SS Montclare for Gibraltar
29 Sep 1937 Ground Party arrived at Gibraltar and transferred to HMS Cyclops for Malta
29 Sep 1937 Squadron transferred from Coastal Command to RAF Mediterranean
30 Sep 1937 Air Party departed RAF Kalafrana for Arzew
30 Sep 1937 Ground Party in HMS Cyclops set sail from Gibraltar for Arzew
31 Sep 1937 Ground Party in HMS Cyclops arrived at Arzew
13 Dec 1937 Air Party departed Arzew for Berre
15 Dec 1937 Air Party departed Berre for Hourtin
16 Dec 1937 4 x aircraft departed Houtin for RAF Calshot
16 Dec 1937 1 x aircraft departed Houtin late due to technical problems for RAF Mount Batten
16 Dec 1937 Ground Party in HMS Cyclops departed Arzew for Gibraltar
17 Dec 1937 Ground Party in HMS Cyclops arrived at Gibraltar
16 Dec 1937 4 x aircraft departed RAF Calshot for RAF Felixstowe
16 Dec 1937 1 x aircraft departed RAF Mount Batten for RAF Felixstowe
18 Dec 1937 Ground Party (part 1) embarked on SS Dunluce Castle at Gibraltar for West India Dock, London
20 Dec 1937 Ground Party (part 2) embarked on SS Kaiser-I-Hind at Gibraltar for Plymouth
22 Dec 1937 Ground Party (part 1) arrived at West India Dock, London
23 Dec 1937 Ground Party (part 2) arrived at Plymouth
22 May 1938 Squadron proceeded to Stranraer for Armament Training Camp at No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh
17 May 1938 Squadron returned from Stranraer on completion of Armament Training Camp at No 4 ATS, RAF West Freugh

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C L Scott 15 Jan 1938 Officer Commanding, DSC
Flt Lt R A I Harrison  1 May 1936  
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Fg Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Plt Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Plt Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  
-
3 Airmen Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt B Paddon  3 Jul 1938 Arrived on posting from the School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston
Plt Off J St J Thomson 18 Jul 1938 Proceeded to Invergordon by rail  for Codes and Cypher duties with CDX
Plt Off P E Bennett 18 Jul 1938 Proceeded to Invergordon by rail  for Codes and Cypher duties with CDX
Plt Off Robert R Holder 18 Jul 1938 Proceeded to Invergordon by rail  for Codes and Cypher duties with CDX
Plt Off P E Bennett 20 Jul 1938 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Jul 1938
Plt Off J St J Thomson 24 Jul 1938 Returned from Invergordon
Fg Off P E Bennett 24 Jul 1938 Returned from Invergordon
Plt Off Robert R Holder 24 Jul 1938 Returned from Invergordon
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938 Arrived on posting and assumed duties of Flight Commander
Plt Off Robert R Holder 26 Jul 1938 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 26 Jun 1938
Flt Lt B Paddon  1 Aug 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Flt Lt F A Sampson  1 Aug 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Fg Off R T F Gates  1 Aug 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Fg Off P E Bennett  1 Aug 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Flt Lt B Paddon  1 Aug 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off R T F Gates  5 Aug 1938 Departed RAF Pembroke Dock in Sunderland L2164 for Singapore
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood  5 Aug 1938 Departed RAF Pembroke Dock in Sunderland L2164 for Singapore
Sqn Ldr B Paddon 26 Aug 1938 Departed RAF Pembroke Dock in Sunderland L2166 for Singapore
Fg Off P E Bennett 26 Aug 1938 Departed RAF Pembroke Dock in Sunderland L2166 for Singapore
Fg Off R T F Gates 31 Aug 1938 Departed Singapore in Singapore, K6912 for Basrah
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood 31 Aug 1938 Departed Singapore in Singapore, K6912 for Basrah
Sqn Ldr C F H Grace  2 Sep 1938 Attached from RAF Staff College
Maj J Stephenson  2 Sep 1938 Attached from RAF Staff College
Plt Off Denis F Spotswood  3 Sep 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Sqn Ldr C F H Grace  8 Sep 1938 Ceased to be attached from RAF Staff College
Maj J Stephenson  8 Sep 1938 Ceased to be attached from RAF Staff College
Fg Off Ford  1 Oct 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J St J Thomson  2 Oct 1938 Assumed duties of Camp Commandant and Squadron Accounts
Sqn Ldr B Paddon  7 Oct 1938 Returned from Singapore
Fg Off P E Bennett  7 Oct 1938 Returned from Singapore
Plt Off M H Cox 17 Oct 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off J St J Thomson 23 Oct 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Sqn Ldr F A Sampson 23 Oct 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Fg Off J St J Thomson 23 Oct 1938 Attached to RAF Pembroke Dock pending the ferrying of a Sunderland to Singapore
Sqn Ldr B Paddon 23 Oct 1938 Posted to No 228 Sqn
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Oct 1938 Returned from Singapore
Fg Off Denis F Spotswood 27 Oct 1938 Returned from Singapore
Wg Cdr C L Scott  1 Nov 1938 Promoted to Gp Capt
Sqn Ldr F A Sampson  3 Nov 1938 Departed RAF Pembroke Dock in Sunderland L5801 for Singapore
Fg Off J St J Thomson  3 Nov 1938 Departed RAF Pembroke Dock in Sunderland L5801 for Singapore
Gp Capt C L Scott 25 Nov 1938 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn on posting to RAF Bircham Newton
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Nov 1938 Assumed temporary command of No 209 Sqn

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
27 Sep 1938 Squadron (6 x aircraft) departed RAF Felixstowe for Invergordon (War Station), only one arriving
28 Sep 1938 Ground Party arrived at RAF Evanton
29 Sep 1938 3 x aircraft arrived at Invergordon, having alighted en-route, one alighted at Tayport
30 Sep 1938 Last two aircraft arrived at Invergordon
 1 Oct 1938 Ground Party moved from RAF Evanton to Invergordon
 8 Oct 1938 Squadron departed Invergordon for RAF Felixstowe
13 Dec 1938 Squadron collected Supermarine Stranraer, K7301 from the manufacturers
London I

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Short Singapore III

Supermarine Stranraer

RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Fg Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Fg Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Fg Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan -Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off F E R King 14 Jan 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant, wef 1 Dec 1938
Fg Off M H Cox 14 Jan 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant, wef 1 Dec 1938
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

16 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 16 Jan 1939 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn and resumed duties of Flight Commander
Sgt Plt Webb 24 Feb 1939 Posted to the Far East
Flt Lt A Franklin 19 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr F A Sampson 21 Apr 1939 Departed on his return to Canada
Fg Off F E R King 24 Apr 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Mar 1939
Fg Off R T F Gates 24 Apr 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Mar 1939
Fg Off Robert R Holder 24 Apr 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Mar 1939
Fg Off P E Bennett 24 Apr 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Mar 1939
Fg Off Denis F Spotswood 24 Apr 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Mar 1939

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: Jan -Apr 1939

Date Notes
 1 Apr 1939 Squadron completed re-equipment wit Stranraers

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Stranraer RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

16 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Fg Off R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Fg Off Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Fg Off F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Fg Off P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Fg Off Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Fg Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C E Harris 20 Feb 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Stranraer RAF Felixstowe Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

16 Jan 1939 Officer Commanding, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 25 Jul 1938
Flt Lt F A Sampson  5 May 1937 attached from RCAF
Act Flt Lt R T F Gates 27 Jul 1936  
Act Flt Lt Robert R Holder  9 Mar 1938 later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt F E R King  7 Jun 1937  
Act Flt Lt P E Bennett  1 Mar 1938  
Act Flt Lt Denis F Spotswood 28 Feb 1938 later MRAF
Fg Off M H Cox 18 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J St J Thomson 28 Feb 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO C E Harris 20 Feb 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt A Franklin  1 Jun 1939 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Plt Off W H Flint 18 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 18 Flying Boat Conversion Course
Plt Off E M Pain 18 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 18 Flying Boat Conversion Course
Sqn Ldr A Franklin  3 Jul 1939 Posted to HQ Coastal Command
Fg Off J St J Thomson  3 Jul 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off A F Barber 17 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from No 19 Flying Boat Conversion Course
Plt Off M D Evans 17 Jul 1939 Arrived on posting from No 19 Flying Boat Conversion Course
Flt Lt Denis F Spotswood 16 Jul 1939 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Astronomical Extension Course No 14
Fg Off M H Cox  5 Aug 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off W H Flint  5 Aug 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt J L Crosbie  6 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from MAEE
LAC A W R T Braddock 13 Sep 1939 Promoted to Temp Cpl
Plt Off P M Boulton 15 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from SHQ RAF Invergordon
Plt Off J A Turner 15 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from SHQ RAF Invergordon
Plt Off K J Heinbuch 15 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from SHQ RAF Invergordon
Sgt Plt H V Bunting 15 Sep 1939 Pilot/Clerk GD, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt
Sgt G W W Baker 18 Sep 1939 WEM, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt
AC2 G B Brown 21 Sep 1939 ACH/GD, posted to No 1 Wing, No 1 Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell
AC2 W H Child 21 Sep 1939 ACH/GD, posted to No 1 Wing, No 1 Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell
AC2 R F Bowman 21 Sep 1939 ACH/GD, posted to No 1 Wing, No 1 Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell
AC2 G W Causer 21 Sep 1939 ACH/GD, posted to No 1 Wing, No 1 Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell
Cpl Troop 25 Sep 1939 Attached from MAEE, RAF Helensburgh for duty with PBY4
LAC Barker 25 Sep 1939 Attached from MAEE, RAF Helensburgh for duty with PBY4
AC Downs 25 Sep 1939 Attached from MAEE, RAF Helensburgh for duty with PBY4
AC2 Brittain 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Andover
AC2 Carpener 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Andover
Cpl Troop 26 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached from MAEE, RAF Helensburgh for duty with PBY4
LAC Barker 26 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached from MAEE, RAF Helensburgh for duty with PBY4
AC Downs 26 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached from MAEE, RAF Helensburgh for duty with PBY4
AC2 Lawrie 28 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
AC2 Macdonald 28 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
AC2 Taylor 28 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting
Flt Sgt Theaker 30 Sep 1939 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot on admission to RAF Hospital, Halton
Cpl Seaton  3 Oct 1939 Armourer, arrived on posting
AC2 Gall  5 Oct 1939 Posted to No 1 Wing, No 1 Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell
AC1 Allardyce  5 Oct 1939 Posted to No 141 Sqn, RAF Turnhouse
AC2 Jorden  6 Oct 1939 Posted to No 1 Wing, No 1 Electrical and Wireless School, RAF Cranwell
AC2 Brittain  6 Oct 1939 Posted to No 210 Sqn
AC2 Carpener  6 Oct 1939 Posted to No 210 Sqn
Plt Off J R Wylie  7 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
AC2 Harris  7 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt R J Fyfe 10 Oct 1939 Pilot/FAE, arrived on posting
Plt Off J R Wylie 11 Oct 1939 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Astronomical Navigation Course
Cpl A W R T Braddock 22 Oct 1939 Electrician, posted to No 13 MU, RAF Henlow
AC2 R Beech 24 Oct 1939 Instrument Repairer, arrived on posting for No 1 Electrical and Wireless School
Flt Lt R I B Winn 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
LAC G W Bowman  3 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 S C Colbridge  3 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Fg Off M H Cox 24 Nov 1939 Admitted to hospital
Plt Off W H Flint 20 Dec 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off P M Boulton 20 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
22 May 1939 Squadron (5 x aircraft) proceeded to Stranraer for Armament Training Camp at No 4 AOS, RAF West Freugh
17 Jul 1939 Squadron returned from Stranraer on completion of Armament Training Camp at No 4 AOS, RAF West Freugh
27 Aug 1939 Squadron departed for its War Station at Invergordon, except for the Servicing Party (41 Airmen)
30 Aug 1939 Squadron arrived at its War Station at Invergordon (From where various detachments were operated)
 4 Sep 1939 Squadron received a Consolidated PBY4  flying boat from the MAEE for trials
xx Sep 1939 Servicing Party moved from RAF Felixstowe to RAF Pembroke Dock
26 Sep 1939 Servicing Party commenced moving from RAF Pembroke Dock to RAF Calshot
28 Sep 1939 Servicing Party completed moving from RAF Pembroke Dock to RAF Calshot
 4 Oct 1939 Ground Party proceeded to RAF Oban
 7 Oct 1939 Squadron commenced the move from RAF Invergordon to RAF Oban
 9 Oct 1939 Main Party arrived at RAF Oban
 2 Dec 1939 First Saro Lerwick, L7255 for re-equipment arrived from Calshot
Lerwick I
26 Dec 1939 Second Lerwick, L7256 arrived from RAF Calshot

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Nominal Roll of Officers and Pilots: 1 Jan 1940

Rank Name Notes
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams Flight Commander
Flt Lt R I B Winn  
Flt Lt J L Crosbie  
Flt Lt R T F Gates  
Flt Lt P E Bennett  
Flt Lt Denis F Spotswood  
Plt Off W H Flint  
Plt Off P M Boulton Adjutant
Plt Off E M Pain  
Plt Lt B Lewin  
Plt Off J A Turner  
Plt Off K J Heinbuch  
Plt Off J J Meikle  
Plt Off J R Wylie Attached to RAF St Athan
Flt Sgt G A Corby  
Flt Sgt H V Bunting  
Sgt R J Fyfe  
Sgt H Arnold  

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1292)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt J L Crosbie 15 Jan 1940 Posted to HQ No 18 Group for Air Staff (Organisation) duties (Sqn Ldr post)
Plt Off J D Young 17 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Conversion Course (War)
Plt Off W E Ogle-Skan 17 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Conversion Course (War)
Plt Off W H Flint 22 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 18 Jan 1940
Plt Off B J Ward 27 Jan 1940 RAFVR, arrived on posting from HQ No 18 Group for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off P A Kimpton  5 Feb1940 Arrived on posting from Flying Boat Conversion Course (War)
Plt Off J R Wylie  6 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Plt Off J R Wylie  6 Feb 1940 Appointed to the vacant post of Squadron Navigation Officer
Plt Off J D Young 10 Feb 1940 Attached to HQ No 18 Group for temporary duty
Plt Off P A Kimpton 11 Feb1940 Attached to HQ Coastal Command of GR duties with Fighter Command
Flt Sgt G A Corby 20 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC G Peterson 20 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 R J Webber 20 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 L H Trumay 20 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr W G Abrams 26 Feb 1940 Posted to HQ No 15 Group
LAC W J Read 26 Feb 1940 Armourer, appointed to a Commission as a Plt Off on Probation for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off P M Boulton 28 Feb 1940 Attached to HQ No 18 Group
Sqn Ldr S T Misselbrook 28 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off J D Young 29 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 18 Group for temporary duty
Flt Lt R I B Winn 13 Mar 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Plt Off C S West 14 Mar 1940 Air Gunner, posted to No 240 Sqn
Sqn Ldr R I B Winn 15 Mar 1940 Assumed the duties of Flight Commander
Sqn Ldr S T Misselbrook 15 Mar 1940 Flight Commander, posted to No 201 Sqn
Plt Off R E Lewis 18 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner
Plt Off J C Lowe 20 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 Flying Boat Conversion War Course, wef 2 Mar 1940
Plt Off B Lewin 29 Mar 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Flt Sgt H V Bunting  4 Apr 1940 Appointed to a Commission, wef 1 Apr 1940
Sgt Plt D Briggs  8 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 18 Group
Flt Lt Denis F Spotswood 11 Apr 1940 Detached on Special Duty
Flt Lt Denis F Spotswood 23 Apr 1940 Ceased to be detached on Special Duty
Fg Off H E R Nelson 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Oban
Flt Lt R T F Gates  4 May 1940 Proceeded to Bristols Filton for an Engines Course
Plt Off P M Boulton  4 May 1940 Posted to HQ No 18 Group, wef 28 Feb 1940
Plt Off E F Cragg  6 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner, wef 4 May 1940
Flt Lt R T F Gates 12 May 1940 Returned from Bristols on completion of Engines Course
Plt Off R E Lewis 15 May 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Warmwell for Advanced Gunnery Course
Plt Off J C Lowe 18 May 1940 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Observers Advance Air Navigation Course
Wg Cdr

Cecil G Wigglesworth

31 May 1940 Relinquished command of No 209 Sqn on posting to RAF Invergordon
Sqn Ldr R I B Winn 31 May 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 209 Sqn
Plt Off J D Young 31 May 1940 Posted to No 2 School of General Reconnaissance
Sqn Ldr R I B Winn  8 Jun 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 209 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J E M Bembridge  8 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 209 Sqn, wef 6 Jun 1940 (Wg Cdr post)
Plt Off R E Lewis 17 Jun 1940 Air Gunner, ceased to be attached to RAF Warmwell
Plt Off J C Lowe 21 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Fg Off R E Fraser 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Engineer Officer
Fg Off L Fox  1 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting, wef 26 Jun 1940
Plt Off A D Light  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner
Plt Off A H Vanbergen  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner
Plt Off D Hope 10 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, posted to No 201 Sqn
Plt Off E F Cragg 11 Jul 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Warmwell for Advanced Gunnery Course
Plt Off M Pinker 11 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner
Sqn Ldr L G Belcham 29 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt H E R Nelson  4 Aug 1940 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Advance Astronomical Extension Course
Act Flt Lt E M Pain  4 Aug 1940 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Advance Astronomical Extension Course
Fg Off L Fox  4 Aug 1940 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Advance Astronomical Extension Course
Fg Off K J Heinbuch  4 Aug 1940 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Advance Astronomical Extension Course
Sgt Plt D Briggs  4 Aug 1940 Attached to School of Air Navigation for Advance Astronomical Extension Course
Flt Lt P E Bennett  8 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Lossiemouth for GR Instructional duties
Plt Off A D Light 10 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Warmwell for Advanced Gunnery Course
Plt Off A H Vanbergen 10 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Warmwell for Advanced Gunnery Course
Plt Off M Pinker 10 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Warmwell for Advanced Gunnery Course
Flt Lt R T F Gates 11 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Hucknall for GR Instructional duties
Plt Off W E Ogle-Skan 11 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Hucknall for GR Instructional duties
Sqn Ldr L G Belcham 11 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Eastchurch for GR Instructional duties
Plt Off J A Turner 11 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Eastchurch for GR Instructional duties
Plt Off E F Cragg 11 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, ceased to be attached to RAF Warmwell
Fg Off R E Fraser 19 Aug 1940 Engineer Officer, proceeded to Bristol Aeroplane Co for course on Hercules II
Fg Off R E Lewis 20 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Mount Batten for temporary duty
Fg Off R E Fraser 22 Aug 1940 Engineer Officer, returned from Bristol Aeroplane Co
Flt Lt R T F Gates 22 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF Oban for duty on 'G' Class Flying Boat
Flt Sgt R J Fyfe 24 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission, seniority 8 Aug 1940
Flt Lt H E R Nelson 24 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Act Flt Lt E M Pain 24 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Fg Off L Fox 24 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Fg Off K J Heinbuch 24 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Sgt Plt D Briggs 24 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation
Sqn Ldr L G Belcham 29 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Oban for temporary duties
Plt Off J A Turner 29 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Oban for temporary duties
Plt Off W E Ogle-Skan 29 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Oban for temporary duties
Fg Off K J Heinbuch  5 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF St Athan, wef 30 Sep 1940
Plt Off A D Light 13 Oct 1940 Attached to RAF Oban for temporary duties with No 210 Sqn
Plt Off J A Turner 19 Oct 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon for Instructor duties
Plt Off R J Jenner 20 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunner, wef 13 Oct 1940
Plt Off J C Lowe 26 Oct 1940 Attached to No 2 School of General Reconnaissance for Short Instructors' Course
Fg Off R E Lewis 30 Oct 1940 Air Gunner, attached to Rochester for temporary duty
Wg Cdr J E M Bembridge 31 Oct 1940 Attached to HQ Coastal Command for temporary duty
Plt Off R J Jenner  2 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, attached to RAF Warmwell for No 12 Gunnery Leaders' Course
Fg Off J J Meikle  5 Nov 1940 Proceeded to RAF Uxbridge for temporary duty in Canada
Plt Off O G E Roberts 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting, wef 27 Nov 1940
Plt Off W E Nixon 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting, wef 27 Nov 1940
Plt Off J C Lowe  7 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 School of General Reconnaissance, RAF Cranage
Flt Lt P E Bennett  8 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 CFS, RAF Cranwell
Sqn Ldr R I B Winn 13 Dec 1940 Posted to PDC, RAF Uxbridge for ferrying duties (Fortresses from the USA)
Flt Lt H E R Nelson 14 Dec 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Dec 1940
Sqn Ldr H E R Nelson 24 Dec 1940 Posted to HQ No 17 Group for Organisational duties
Fg Off R E Lewis 30 Dec 1940 Air Gunner, proceeded to the Air Ministry for interview in connection with special duty
Plt Off M Pinker 30 Dec 1940 Air Gunner, proceeded to the Air Ministry for interview in connection with special duty

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1293)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
17 Jan 1940 Lerwick L7257 arrived from Calshot via Stranraer
30 Apr 1940 Last Stranraer departed RAF Oban for RAF Calshot for disposal, squadron now fully equipped with Lerwicks
 4 May 1940 Lerwick L7254 arrived from Calshot
11 May 1940 Lerwick L7250 arrived from Calshot
17 May 1940 Lerwick L7255 arrived from Calshot
21 May 1940 Lerwick L7258 arrived from Calshot
31 May 1940 Lerwick L7260 arrived from Calshot
16 Jun 1940 Lerwick L7261 arrived from Calshot
29 Jun 1940 Lerwick L7261 sank after the starboard float collapsed whilst taxying cross wind
 1 Jul 1940 Lerwick L7262 arrived from Calshot
12 Jul 1940 Advance Party proceeded from RAF Oban to RAF Pembroke Dock by rail
16 Jul 1940 Main Party proceeded from RAF Oban to RAF Pembroke Dock by rail
16 Jul 1940 1st Air Party (1 x Lerwick) proceeded from RAF Oban to RAF Pembroke Dock
17 Jul 1940 2nd Air Party (2 x Lerwicks) proceeded from RAF Oban to RAF Pembroke Dock
20 Jul 1940 All Lerwick aircraft were removed from operational flying
 3 Aug 1940 All Lerwicks were grounded pending the fitting of Hercules II engines
 5 Aug 1940 Last Lerwick, L7257, arrived from Oban
27 Oct 1940 PBY aircraft, AM528, was attached for training purposes
 9 Dec 1940 Squadron proceeded from RAF Pembroke Dock to RAF Stranraer by rail

Source - No 209 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1293)

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