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No 217 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off S M Boal 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Jeaffreson H Greswell 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H A A Webster 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off N B Mole 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt P J Barwick 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt P G Cory 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt A Reece 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt G Shorrock 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt C G L Williams 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt R E Williams 15 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr D d'H Humphreys 19 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 217 Sqn
Plt Off J A Bateson 25 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt B W Bowman 25 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt C W Mott 25 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt R N Clarke 28 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Fg Off F B Chapman 28 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G E Ford 20 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO K F Arnold 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO D P Bamber 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO J E Bussey 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO V H Furlong 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO A H McLaren 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO C H Milton 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO D C Pritchard 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO D A Robertson 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt T S Kitching 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt J Portman 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt A W Southall 24 Apr 1937 Arrived on posting
APO L S S Edeson 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting
APO B T Scott 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt F A B Tams 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt L Wood 22 May 1937 Arrived on posting

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Date Notes
15 Mar 1937 Reformed at Boscombe Down as a General Reconnaissance unit, equipped with Avro Ansons
Anson I of No 217 Squadron (pre-war scheme)
 7 Jun 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Boscombe Down to RAF Tangmere

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Tangmere Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D d'H Humphreys 19 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt R N Clarke 28 Mar 1937  
Fg Off F B Chapman 28 Mar 1937  
Plt Off Jeaffreson H Greswell 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off S M Boal 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off H A A Webster 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off D E Hughes 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off N B Mole 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J A Bateson 28 Mar 1937  
Plt Off G E Ford 20 Apr 1937  
APO J E Bussey 24 Apr 1937  
APO V H Furlong 24 Apr 1937  
APO C H Milton 24 Apr 1937  
APO K F Arnold 24 Apr 1937  
APO D P Bamber 24 Apr 1937  
APO A H McLaren 24 Apr 1937  
APO D C Pritchard 24 Apr 1937  
APO D A Robertson 24 Apr 1937  
APO L S S Edeson 22 May 1937  
APO B T Scott 22 May 1937  

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6 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Lawrence P Moore

 1 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off N M Bayliss  7 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting
APO R F D Anstead  7 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting
APO A V Hunter  7 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting
APO K Petrie  7 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting
APO J D Tilliott  4 Sep 1937 Arrived on posting
APO J A C White  4 Sep 1937 Arrived on posting
APO W P Green 23 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
APO J A D Stuges 23 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
APO W P Bain 23 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
APO R D C Chambers 23 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt Lazelle 23 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J W Boreham 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off B G Haylock 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off L M Moore 18 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off T I Mathewson 18 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr C W Hill  3 Jan 1938 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 217 Sqn
Fg Off P W Townsend  5 Feb 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Jeaffreson H Greswell  6 Feb 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Sqn Ldr D d'H Humphreys 28 Feb 1938 Assumed command of No 217 Sqn
Flt Lt T U Rolfe  1 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off N M Bayliss 15 Mar 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
APO J P Thompson 29 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting, wef 26 Mar 1938
Sgt Plt G L Wood 29 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
16 Aug 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Tangmere to RAF Bicester
13 Sep 1937 Squadron moved from RAF Bicester to RAF Tangmere
 1 Feb 1938 Squadron proceeded to RAF Leuchars for Annual Armament Training
26 Feb 1938 Squadron returned from RAF Leuchars on completion of Annual Armament Training
xx Feb 1938 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 217 Squadron badge

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338), except *

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Tangmere Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D d'H Humphreys 19 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

Lawrence P Moore

 1 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R N Clarke 28 Mar 1937  
Flt Lt F B Chapman 28 Mar 1937  
Flt Lt T U Rolfe  1 Mar 1938 Navigation duties
Fg Off P W Townsend  5 Feb 1938  
Fg Off Jeaffreson H Greswell 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre
Plt Off S M Boal 15 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J A Bateson 28 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Bussey 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off V H Furlong 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off C H Milton 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off K F Arnold 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A H McLaren 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off D A Robertson 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off L S S Edeson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off B T Scott 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R F D Anstead  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off A V Hunter  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off K Petrie  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J D Tilliott  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off J A C White  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off W P Green 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J A D Stuges 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off W P Bain 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off R D C Chambers 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L M Moore 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off T I Mathewson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J W Boreham 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off B G Haylock 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off J P Thompson 26 Mar 1938  

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15 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO C E L Powell 17 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt A P Morgan 17 Sep 1938 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J A Bateson 17 Sep 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt T U Rolfe  5 Oct 1938 Posted to No 8 Sqn, Aden
Sgt Plt J V West-Stedman 29 Oct 1938 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr D d'H Humphreys  1 Nov 1938 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Plt Off S M Boal  3 Nov 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off D A Robertson  7 Nov 1938 Posted to RAF Evanton
Plt Off K F Arnold 29 Dec 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off A H McLaren 29 Dec 1938 Promoted to Fg Off
APO R J Fursman 29 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt N S Petch 29 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
26 Sep 1938 Squadron from RAF Tangmere to RAF Warmwell
 5 Oct 1938 Squadron from RAF Warmwell to RAF Tangmere

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Tangmere Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr D d'H Humphreys 19 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

Lawrence P Moore

 1 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt F B Chapman 28 Mar 1937  
Fg Off Jeaffreson H Greswell 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre
Fg Off S M Boal 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J A Bateson 28 Mar 1937  
Plt Off J E Bussey 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off V H Furlong 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off C H Milton 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off K F Arnold 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off A H McLaren 24 Apr 1937  
Plt Off L S S Edeson 22 May 1937  
Plt Off B T Scott 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R F D Anstead  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A C White  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off W P Green 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J A D Stuges 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L M Moore 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off T I Mathewson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J P Thompson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off C E L Powell 17 Sep 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jan - May 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO Arthur F Johnson 14 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting
APO K J Heinbuch 14 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J E Bussey 29 Jan 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off V H Furlong 29 Jan 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off C H Milton 29 Jan 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off L S S Edeson  6 Feb 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Fg Off Jeaffreson H Greswell  6 Feb 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off J A D Stuges 13 Feb 1939 Posted to School of Naval Co-operation
Fg Off A H McLaren 18 Feb 1939 Posted to No 233 Sqn, RAF Leuchars
Plt Off A G M Paul  1 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from No 220 Sqn
Plt Off C E L Powell  1 Mar 1939 Posted to No 220 Sqn
Fg Off S M Boal  2 Mar 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off B T Scott  3 Mar 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
APO A Gordon Peiniger  4 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting
APO J A R M Reid  4 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting
APO A Blackwell  5 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt A W Southall 21 Mar 1939 Posted to School of Air Navigation

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Mar 1939

Date Notes
26 Sep 1938 Squadron from RAF Tangmere to RAF Warmwell
 5 Oct 1938 Squadron from RAF Warmwell to RAF Tangmere
18 Feb 1939 Squadron proceeded to RAF Leuchars for Annual Armament Training
11 Mar 1939 Squadron returned from RAF Leuchars on completion of Annual Armament Training

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Tangmere Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr D d'H Humphreys 19 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

Lawrence P Moore

 1 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R C Gordon 28 May 1938 RCAF
Act Flt Lt Jeaffreson H Greswell 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre
Fg Off S M Boal 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J A Bateson 28 Mar 1937  
Fg Off K F Arnold 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off J E Bussey 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off V H Furlong 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off C H Milton 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off L S S Edeson 22 May 1937  
Fg Off B T Scott 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R F D Anstead  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A C White  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off W P Green 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L M Moore 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off T I Mathewson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J P Thompson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off Arthur F Johnson 14 Jan 1939 later A/Cdre
Plt Off A G M Paul  1 Mar 1939  
APO R J Fursman 17 Dec 1938  
APO K J Heinbuch 14 Jan 1939  
APO A Blackwell  4 Mar 1939  
APO A Gordon Peiniger  4 Mar 1939  
APO J A R M Reid  4 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO E R Cuff 22 May 1937  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro Anson I RAF Tangmere Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr D d'H Humphreys 19 Mar 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr

Lawrence P Moore

 1 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt R C Gordon 28 May 1938 RCAF
Act Flt Lt Jeaffreson H Greswell 15 Mar 1937 later A/Cdre
Act Flt Lt S M Boal 15 Mar 1937  
Fg Off J A Bateson 28 Mar 1937  
Fg Off K F Arnold 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off J E Bussey 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off V H Furlong 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off C H Milton 24 Apr 1937  
Fg Off L S S Edeson 22 May 1937  
Fg Off B T Scott 22 May 1937  
Plt Off R F D Anstead  7 Aug 1937  
Plt Off J A C White  4 Sep 1937  
Plt Off W P Green 23 Oct 1937  
Plt Off L M Moore 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off T I Mathewson 18 Dec 1937  
Plt Off J P Thompson 26 Mar 1938  
Plt Off Arthur F Johnson 14 Jan 1939 later A/Cdre
Plt Off A G M Paul  1 Mar 1939  
Plt Off R J Fursman 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off R W Gair 29 Mar 1939  
Plt Off L G W Lililly 29 Mar 1939  
APO K J Heinbuch 14 Jan 1939  
APO A Blackwell  4 Mar 1939  
APO A Gordon Peiniger  4 Mar 1939  
APO J A R M Reid  4 Mar 1939  
Warrant Officer
WO H Clarke  1 Mar 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO R W Gair 29 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting
APO L G W Lililly 29 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting
APO F J Fenton  1 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting
APO D E H Levin-Raw  1 Apr 1939 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr A P Revington  4 May 1939 Arrived on posting, pending assuming command of No 217 Sqn
Sgt Plt F W Walker  4 May 1939 Arrived on posting from No 220 Sqn
Sgt Plt A Woodward  4 May 1939 Posted to No 220 Sqn
Sgt Plt N H Webb  6 May 1939 Arrived on posting from School of General Reconnaissance
Plt Off R F D Anstead 12 May 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt R C Gordon 13 May 1939 RCAF, embarked for Canada on completion of interchange duties
Sgt Plt K J Holmes 13 May 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt L W G Ward 13 May 1939 Arrived on posting
APO D Forward 15 May 1939 Arrived on posting
APO H E Mussenden 15 May 1939 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr A P Revington 18 May 1939 Assumed command of No 217 Sqn
Wg Cdr D d'H Humphreys 18 May 1939 Relinquished command of No 217 Sqn on posting to HQ Coastal Command
APO Arthur F Johnson  3 Jun 1939 Posted to No 240 Sqn
APO K J Heinbuch  3 Jun 1939 Posted to No 240 Sqn
Sgt Plt J Welsh  5 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt F Parvin  5 Jun 1939 Posted to No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt W L Ather  5 Jun 1939 Posted to No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt F F Bousefield  5 Jun 1939 Posted to No 233 Sqn
Sqn Ldr L H Anderson  6 Jun 1939 Arrived on posted and assumed command of detached flight at RAF Warmwell
APO Wylde 26 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
APO Watkin 26 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr W E Oulton 31 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr W E Oulton  2 Sep 1939 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Fg Off R F D Anstead 26 Oct 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt K F Arnold 26 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight
Sqn Ldr Fairtlonal? 27 Oct 1939 Posted to RAF Leuchars
AC1 Troubridge  1 Nov 1939 Posted to Blenheim Fighter Sqn, RAF Leuchars
Plt Off Mace 14 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF St Athan for duty with Coastal Patrol Flight
Plt Off Franklin 14 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF St Athan for duty with Coastal Patrol Flight
Plt Off Cook 14 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF St Athan for duty with Coastal Patrol Flight
Plt Off Gordon-Dean 14 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF St Athan for duty with Coastal Patrol Flight
Plt Off Spink 14 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF St Athan for duty with Coastal Patrol Flight
Fg Off Milton 14 Nov 1939 Assumed command of Coastal Patrol Flight
Plt Off W C Potter 24 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H T Smith 28 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off S Livingston 28 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off H Wright 28 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off J R Bloxham 28 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off T F Kerr 28 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off R M Coulman  5 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island, wef 2 Dec 1939
Plt Off H E Mussenden 28 Dec 1939 Attached to HQ No 15 Group
Plt Off D C Carlton 30 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for duty with Coastal Patrol Flight

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Apr 1939 Squadron adopted the code letters 'YQ'*
25 Aug 1939 'A' and 'B' Flights moved to RAF Warmwell
25 Aug 1939 'C' Flight moved to RAF Carew Cheriton
xx Sep 1939 Squadron changed its code letters from 'YQ' to 'MW'*
Anson I of No 217 Squadron (camouflage scheme)
 2 Oct 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Warmwell to RAF St Eval

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338), except *

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H E Mussenden  8 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 15 Group
Fg Off L M Moore  9 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF St Eval
Sqn Ldr L H Anderson 20 Jan 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF St Eval
Act Flt Lt L S S Edeson  3 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached to School of Administration, Gerrard's Cross
Fg Off J A C White  6 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off H Wright  6 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC H J N Marsden  6 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off P A Hughes 19 Feb 1940 Attached from No 6 CPF
Plt Off J B Holgate 19 Feb 1940 Attached from No 6 CPF
Plt Off E B Weir  3 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off R A Robertson  3 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
Plt Off R J S Wootton  3 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island
APO A C Blake  6 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from Newton Down for Air Gunner duties
APO E A M Sack  6 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from Newton Down for Air Gunner duties
APO A G F Hobb  6 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from Newton Down for Air Gunner duties
Fg Off L M Moore 11 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Boscombe Down for No 11 Blind Approach Course
Plt Off L G Buchanan 11 Mar 1940 Attached from No 6 CPF
Plt Off P A Hughes  8 Apr 1940 Posted from No 6 CPF
Plt Off J B Holgate  8 Apr 1940 Posted from No 6 CPF
Plt Off L G Buchanan  8 Apr 1940 Posted from No 6 CPF
Sqn Ldr L H Anderson 15 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF St Eval
Fg Off R F D Anstead 14 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Boscombe Down for Blind Approach Course
Plt Off R J Weaver 26 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for Regional Control duties
Plt Off R H Kewish  1 May 1940 Resigned his commission
Flt Sgt Plt A W Southall  1 May 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off
Sgt Plt T S Kitching  1 May 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off
Sgt Plt F A B Tams  1 May 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off
Plt Off L Barry  4 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 8 BGS, RAF Evanton
Sqn Ldr L H Anderson  5 May 1940 Attached to RAF Farnborough for Oxygen Course
Plt Off H M D Walker 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF St Eval
Fg Off R F D Anstead 25 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Silloth for Beaufort course
Plt Off F A B Tams 25 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Silloth for Beaufort course
Sqn Ldr L H Anderson  1 Jun 1940 Assumed command of No 217 Sqn*
Plt Off H M D Walker 10 Jun 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 17 May 1940
Sqn Ldr L H Anderson 15 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr, wef 1 Jun 1940
Plt Off P S Rivington 15 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Wick, wef 12 Jun 1940
Sqn Ldr L B B King 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Coastal Command
Plt Off J W B Blennerhassel 14 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Jurby, wef 12 Jul 1940
Plt Off P S Rivington 14 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF St Athan
Plt Off P A Hughes 14 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF St Athan
Plt Off C S H McDonald 14 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr L H Anderson 16 Jul 1940 Relinquished command of No 217 Sqn
Sqn Ldr L B B King 16 Jul 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 217 Sqn
Plt Off J K Punshon 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Warmwell
Plt Off E B Weir 24 Jul 1940 Posted to No 417 Flight, RAF St Athan
Sgt Plt C W Mott 24 Jul 1940 Posted to No 417 Flight, RAF St Athan
Flt Sgt Plt H M Marple? 24 Jul 1940 Posted to No 417 Flight, RAF St Athan
Fg Off D A Robertson 24 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF St Athan
Fg Off L M Moore 10 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF St Athan for Specialist Navigation Course
Plt Off R M Coulman 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A Gordon Peiniger 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E Hopperton 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E K Mellody 11 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr C Bolland 14 Aug 1940 Arrived on and assumed command of No 217 Sqn
Plt Off A G M Paul  1 Sep 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 29 Jun 1940
Fg Off H M D Walker  1 Sep 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 17 Aug 1940
Plt Off L G W Lililly  7 Sep 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off B L Watkin  7 Sep 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off L B Barry  8 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Warmwell
Plt Off A H Stratford  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting wef, 7 Sep 1940 and attached to RAF Silloth
Plt Off J G Yates  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting wef, 7 Sep 1940 and attached to RAF Silloth
Plt Off R G Fowles  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting wef, 7 Sep 1940 and attached to RAF Silloth
Sgt Plt W H Wake  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting wef, 7 Sep 1940 and attached to RAF Silloth
Fg Off L M Moore 11 Sep 1940 Posted to School of Air Navigation, RAF St Athan, wef 11 Aug 1940
Act Flt Lt H M D Walker 18 Sep 1940 Adjutant, attached to SHQ, RAF St Eval
Sgt Plt W H Wake 30 Sep 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off E A Rance  5 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Silloth
Plt Off F Parvin  7 Oct 1940 Posted to PRU, RAF St Eval
Plt Off A H Stratford 10 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Silloth, wef 3 Oct 1940
Plt Off J G Yates 10 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Silloth, wef 3 Oct 1940
Sgt Plt Tiplady 10 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 224 Sqn, RAF Leuchars
Fg Off T I Mathewson 17 Oct 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off R J S Wootton 19 Oct 1940 Posted to No 431 Flight, RAF Bircham Newton
Plt Off J R Bloxham 19 Oct 1940 Posted to No 431 Flight, RAF Bircham Newton
Fg Off K F Arnold 19 Oct 1940 Posted to PRU, RAF Heston
Fg Off L S S Edeson 19 Oct 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Flt Lt C H Milton 25 Oct 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off Gubbins 30 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Plt Off Spencer-Schralder 31 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Plt Off Howard 31 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Flt Lt R F D Anstead  3 Nov 1940 Posted to No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Plt Off K C Stevens  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Sgt Hickson  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Plt Off J E Gibson 21 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley
Plt Off G H Brooks 22 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Finningley
Plt Off Kenny 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 48 Sqn
Plt Off Bolt 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 48 Sqn
Plt Off Dunn 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 48 Sqn
Flt Lt Hunter 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 48 Sqn
Plt Off Tilson 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 48 Sqn
Flt Lt J E Bussey 28 Nov 1940 Posted to No 48 Sqn
Fg Off H E Mussenden  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G H Brooks  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt T J G Eede  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J W Pratt  7 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D A G Matthews 17 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Massey 17 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sgt Ayres 17 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sgt Hastie 17 Dec 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sgt H E Postill 17 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off N H Webb 20 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C M Tiplady 20 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt P Milligan 20 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W S Plant 20 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R A Robertson 24 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338, AIR 27/1339 & AIR 27/1340), except *

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
24 May 1940 Squadron received 3 x Beauforts (dual control) from RAF Cosford
18 Jul 1940 Air Party 'C' Flight moved from RAF Carew Cheriton to RAF St Eval on ceasing to be detached
19 Jul 1940 Road and Rail Parties, 'C' Flight arrived at RAF St Eval from RAF Carew Cheriton
25 Sep 1940 Squadron conducted its first operation with Beauforts, when two attacked Brest harbour
 6 Jan 1940 6 x surplus Beauforts allotted to TTU
 7 Jan 1940 7 x surplus Beauforts allotted to TTU

Source - No 217 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1338, AIR 27/1339 & AIR 27/1340)

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