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No 218 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Aug 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939  | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt B M Cary 16 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 218 Sqn
Plt Off A B Olney 16 Mar 1936 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt B M Cary 17 May 1936 Attached to School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston for Navigation Reconnaissance Course

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Jul 1936

Date Notes
16 Mar 1936 Reformed at Upper Heyford from 'A' Flight of No 57 Squadron, equipped with Hawker Hinds
Hawker Hind of No 218 Squadron

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upper Heyford ADGB/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt B M Cary 16 Mar 1936  
Plt Off A B Olney 16 Mar 1936  

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3 Airman 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
APO F D Beales 13 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS, RAF Peterborough
APO K G Sharp 13 Jul 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS, RAF Peterborough
APO G Beavis 24 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS, RAF Wittering
APO A H Smythe 24 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS, RAF Wittering
Sgt Plt Jarvis 24 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 11 FTS, RAF Wittering
Plt Off E Culverwell 31 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell
APO A V Rogers 31 Aug 1936 Arrived on posting from No 2 FTS, RAF Digby
Fg Off T B Morton  7 Sep 1936 Arrived on posting from No 7 Sqn, RAF Finningley for duty as Adjutant
Sgt Plt Pay 18 Sep 1936 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
APO F D Beales 20 Sep 1936 Attached to School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off H C Daish 30 Sep 1936 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS, RAF Grantham
Flt Lt B M Cary  4 Oct 1936 Posted to RAF Calshot
Sgt Plt G C Dodsworth  6 Oct 1936 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W J Devoil  6 Oct 1936 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A B Olney 15 Oct 1936 Posted to No 60 Sqn, Kohat, India
Flt Lt A L Christian 20 Oct 1936 Arrived on posting and assumed temporary command of No 218 Sqn
Sqn Ldr F H Shales  2 Nov 1936 Arrived on posting from No 40 Sqn and assumed command of No 218 Sqn
Plt Off E Culverwell 30 Nov 1936 Attached to No 1 FTS for training on Torpedo Spotter Reconnaissance aircraft
Plt Off E Culverwell  7 Dec 1936 Attached to RAF Calshot
Plt Off F D Beales 19 Dec 1936 Ceased to be attached to School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston
APO C A R Crews  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS, RAF Montrose, wef 25 Dec 1936
APO Couttes-Wood  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS, RAF Montrose, wef 25 Dec 1936
APO E A Hunt  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 8 FTS, RAF Montrose, wef 25 Dec 1936
Plt Off E Culverwell  4 Jan 1937 Posted to RAF Calshot
APO A Beck  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 18 Sqn
APO R J Oxley  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 18 Sqn
APO Warren  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 18 Sqn
APO Newton-Howes  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting from No 18 Sqn
Plt Off A H Smythe 13 Jan 1937 Posted to HQ, No 1 Group for duty as PA to AOC
APO Couttes-Wood 26 Jan 1937 Posted to No 21 Sqn
Plt Off K G Sharp  3 Feb 1937 Posted to Air Armament School
Plt Off R J Oxley 14 Feb 1937 Attached to RAF Manston for Parachute Course
APO Warren 15 Mar 1937 Posted to No 226 Sqn
Fg Off T B Morton 15 Mar 1937 Posted to No 90 Sqn
Plt Off R J Oxley 20 Mar 1937 Ceased to be attached to RAF Manston for Parachute Course
Plt Off A Beck 22 Mar 1937 Attached to School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston for Short Navigation Course
Plt Off A V Rogers 22 Mar 1937 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Sqn Ldr F H Shales 30 Mar 1937 Attended a course at School of Anti-Aircraft Defence, RAF Biggin Hill
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham  1 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 218 Sqn
Plt Off R J Oxley  8 Jun 1937 Posted to No 15 Sqn

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
 4 Oct 1936 Squadron proceeded to No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties for Annual Armament Training
20 Oct 1936 Squadron returned from No 2 ATC, RAF North Coates Fitties on completion of Annual Armament Training
24 Oct 1936 Squadron ceased being parented by No 57 Sqn
24 Apr 1937 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training
24 May 1937 Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Hind RAF Upper Heyford Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr F H Shales  2 Nov 1936 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham  1 Jun 1937  
Flt Lt A L Christian 20 Oct 1936  
Plt Off H C Daish 30 Sep 1936  
Plt Off F D Beales 13 Jul 1936  
Plt Off A V Rogers 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off G Beavis 24 Aug 1936  
Plt Off A Beck  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off R J Oxley  4 Jan 1937  
Plt Off C A R Crews 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off E A Hunt 25 Dec 1936  

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2 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr F H Shales 14 Jun 1937 Relinquished command of No 218 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham 14 Jun 1937 Assumed command of No 218 Sqn
Plt Off J E Inees-Crump 30 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
APO T C Brock 30 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
APO D Devoto 30 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
APO J E Mahony 30 Jun 1937 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Says? 13 Jul 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Mc M Hughes  2 Sep 1937 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell, wef 31 Jul 1937
Plt Off G Beavis  6 Sep 1937 Posted to Air Armament School
APO R H Balls  3 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
APO J L Calvert  3 Oct 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Mc M Hughes  4 Oct 1937 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off F H Fox 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off How 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Brown 27 Nov 1937 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E A Hunt 26 Nov 1937 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 J Thomas 26 Nov 1937 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham  4 Jan 1938 Relinquished command of No 218 Sqn on posting to RAF Staff College
Sqn Ldr L B Duggan  4 Jan 1938 Assumed command of No 218 Sqn
Plt Off A V Rogers  1 Feb 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
17 Jan 1938 Squadron received its first Fairey Battle from the manufacturers
Battle I of No 218 Squadron (pre-Munich markings)
11 Feb 1938 Squadron completed its re-equipment with Fairey Battles (12 x IE and 4 x IR)
22 Apr 1938 Squadron moved from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Boscombe Down
 1 Jun 1938 Squadron proceeded to No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh for Annual Armament Training
30 Jun 1938 Squadron returned from No 4 ATC, RAF West Freugh on completion of Annual Armament Training

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347), except *

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Boscombe Down Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L B Duggan 20 Dec 1937 Officer Commanding,
Fg Off J E Inees-Crump 30 Jun 1937  
Fg Off H C Daish 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off A V Rogers 31 Aug 1936  
Plt Off F D Beales 13 Jul 1936 Navigation duties
Plt Off W Kinane 31 Jan 1938  
Plt Off C A R Crews 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J Mc M Hughes 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off T C Brock 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off D Devoto 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off J E Mahony 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R H Balls  3 Oct 1937  
Plt Off J L Calvert  3 Oct 1937  
Plt Off F H Fox 27 Nov 1937  
Plt Off I G Richmond 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J F R Crane 19 Feb 1938  
APO W H Shaw  7 May 1938  

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4 Airman Pilots

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off C A R Crews  1 Oct 1938 Assumed duties of Adjutant

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
10 Oct 1938 Squadron commenced transferring Battle I (Merlin I) aircraft to No 185 Sqn and receiving Battle I (Merlin II) aircraft
26 Oct 1938 Squadron establishment increase to 16 x IE and 5 x IR aircraft
 6 Dec 1938 The Squadron Badge which had been authorised by HM King George VI was presented by AVM PH L Playfair CB, CVO, MC
No 218 Squadron badge

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Boscombe Down Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L B Duggan 20 Dec 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr G N Warrington  4 Nov 1938  
Fg Off H C Daish 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off A V Rogers 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off W Kinane 31 Jan 1938  
Fg Off C A R Crews 25 Dec 1936  
Plt Off J Mc M Hughes 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J E Mahony 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R H Balls  3 Oct 1937  
Plt Off I G Richmond 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J F R Crane 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off W H Shaw  7 May 1938  
Plt Off M G Robin 17 Oct 1938  
APO G M D Roberts  4 Jun 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Boscombe Down Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L B Duggan 20 Dec 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr G N Warrington  4 Nov 1938  
Fg Off H C Daish 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off A V Rogers 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off C A R Crews 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off W Kinane 31 Jan 1938  
Fg Off J Mc M Hughes 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J E Mahony 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R H Balls  3 Oct 1937  
Plt Off I G Richmond 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J F R Crane 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off W H Shaw  7 May 1938  
Plt Off M G Robin 17 Oct 1938  
Plt Off M I Freeman 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off R Thynne 28 Jan 1939  
APO A M Imrie 17 Dec 1938  
APO H O Forth 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO E W Etteridge  3 Jan 1939  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Organisational Movements: Apr - May 1939

Date Notes
xx Apr 1939 Squadron adopted the code letters 'SV'

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Fairey Battle I RAF Boscombe Down Bomber Command/No 1 (Bomber) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr L B Duggan 20 Dec 1937 Officer Commanding,
Sqn Ldr G N Warrington  4 Nov 1938  
Act Flt Lt H C Daish 30 Sep 1936  
Fg Off A V Rogers 31 Aug 1936  
Fg Off C A R Crews 25 Dec 1936  
Fg Off W Kinane 31 Jan 1938  
Fg Off J Mc M Hughes 31 Jul 1937  
Plt Off J E Mahony 30 Jun 1937  
Plt Off R H Balls  3 Oct 1937  
Plt Off I G Richmond 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off J F R Crane 19 Feb 1938  
Plt Off W H Shaw  7 May 1938  
Plt Off M G Robin 17 Oct 1938  
Plt Off M I Freeman 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off R Thynne 28 Jan 1939  
Plt Off A M Imrie 17 Dec 1938  
Plt Off H O Forth 17 Dec 1938  
Warrant Officer
WO E W Etteridge  3 Jan 1939  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Flt Lt W Kinane 11 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt P A Allen 11 Aug 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 I Roberts 13 Aug 1939 Died from injuries sustained in a flying accident
Fg Off J Mc M Hughes  9 Sep 1939 Attended Short Armament Course at RAF Boscombe Down (1 day?)
Plt Off M I Freeman 15 Oct 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off I G Richmond 10 Nov 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off R Thynne 11 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R C L Pike 11 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 V W L Richardson 11 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Sgt Mitchell 26 Nov 1939 Discharged from the RAF on appointment to a commission and departed
Plt Off W I Anstey 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H D Wardle 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt E Davidson 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt J H Jackson 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
AC1 A Bailey 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
AC2 G Thomas 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Mitchell 10 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting on appointment to a commission

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 3 Jun 1939 'C' Flight was formed
xx Sep 1939 Squadron changed its code letters from 'SV' to 'HA'
Battle I of No 218 Squadron (coded HA)
 3 Jul 1939 Squadron commenced collecting 11 x Battles from Austin Motors, Birmingham for formation of third flight
14 Jul 1939 Squadron completed collecting 11 x Battles from Austin Motors, Birmingham for formation of third flight
14 Aug 1939 Squadron ordered to mobilize as part of No 75 Wing, AASF
 2 Sep 1939 Forward sea party departed RAF Boscombe Down for Auberieve, France
 2 Sep 1939 Air party departed RAF Boscombe Down for Auberieve, France
18 Sep 1939 Main party arrived at Auberieve
23 Sep 1939 MT convoy arrived at Auberieve

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1347)

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G N Warrington  3 Jan 1940 Posted to a Salvage Section near Rheims
Flt Lt A V Rogers 15 Jan 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off Hulbert 15 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Proudfoot 15 Jan 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt Gudgeon 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Plt Off H G Waring  5 Feb 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off T Newton  7 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Clapperton  7 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting (Air Observer)
Flt Lt H C Daish 21 Feb 1940 Attached to PDU for special duty
Fg Off C A R Crews 21 Feb 1940 Attached to PDU for special duty
Fg Off I G Richmond 21 Feb 1940 Attached to PDU for special duty
Plt Off W H Shaw 28 Feb 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 12 Feb 1940
Plt Off A M Imrie 28 Feb 1940 Returned from Navigation Course
Fg Off Hulbert  1 Mar 1940 Injured in a flying accident
Sgt F Dewar  1 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 R F J Wiltshire  1 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt H C Daish xx Mar 1940 Posted to PDU for special duty
Fg Off I G Richmond xx Mar 1940 Posted to PDU for special duty
Plt Off Rock xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Murray xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Smith xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off F S Bazalgette xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Preston xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Marchand xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Sgt Fleet xx Mar 1940 Reverted to his basic trade
Plt Off Wardle 20 Apr 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sgt E Davison 20 Apr 1940 Killed in action
AC1 A Bailey 20 Apr 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Humbert 23 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for Interpreter duties
LAC H Baguley 10 May 1940 Killed in action*
Fg Off A J Hudson 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt P Stubbs 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
AC2 I G Adams 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Plt Off H W Murray 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt N H Thompson 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt C J E Dockrill 11 May 1940 Killed in action*
Sgt T S Evand 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt P F Dormer 11 May 1940 Killed in action*
AC1 K G Gregory 11 May 1940 Killed in action*
Fg Off C A R Crews 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt N H Thompson 11 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt C M Jennings 11 May 1940 Killed in action*
Flt Sgt J B Horner 12 May 1940 Killed in action*
Sgt L C Flisher 12 May 1940 Killed in action*
LAC L D Davies 12 May 1940 Killed in action*
Plt Off F S Bazalgette 12 May 1940 Killed in action*
Plt Off W A R Harris 14 May 1940 Wounded in action*
Sgt N B Herriot 14 May 1940 Killed in action*
AC1 W Robinson 14 May 1940 Killed in action*
Fg Off J F R Crane 14 May 1940 Killed in action*
LAC T W Holloway 14 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Fg Off A M Imrie 14 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
LAC A J Taylor 14 May 1940 Killed in action*
Fg Off D A J Foster 14 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
LAC T J Bryan 14 May 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Plt Off R T L Buttery 14 May 1940 Killed in action*
AC2 W C Waterston 14 May 1940 Killed in action*
Cpl Drummond 24 Jun 1940 Promoted to Sgt
LAC Jones 24 Jun 1940 Promoted to Sgt
Wg Cdr A R Combe 28 Jun 1940 Supposed to assume command of No 218 Sqn but was not advised
Wg Cdr L B Duggan 29 Jun 1940 Resumed command of No 218 Sqn, temporarily
Wg Cdr L B Duggan  2 Jul 1940 Proceeded to RAF Oakington to assume temporary command
Plt Off Johnson  4 Jul 1940 Equipment Officer, posted to RAF Oakington
Flt Lt Sanderson  5 Jul 1940 Intelligence Officer, attached to RAF Oakington
Plt Off Turnbull  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU
Plt Off Newton  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU
Plt Off Smith  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU
Plt Off Crosse  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU
Sgt Owen  8 Jul 1940 Returned from conversion course at No 17 OTU
Flt Lt Hughes 12 Jul 1940 Proceeded to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for conversion course
Fg Off Shaw 12 Jul 1940 Proceeded to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for conversion course
Plt Off Wheelwright 12 Jul 1940 Proceeded to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for conversion course
Plt Off Agar 12 Jul 1940 Proceeded to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for conversion course
Sgt Hoos 12 Jul 1940 Proceeded to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for conversion course
Plt Off T Newton 13 Jul  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt D V Malpass 13 Jul  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J N Routledge 13 Jul  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Wg Cdr A R Combe 13 Jul 1940 Proceeded to RAF Oakington and assumed command of No 218 Sqn
Plt Off J A G Skinner 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for Air Gunner duties
Plt Off Wheelwright 22 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Agar 22 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt G E Newton 29 Jul; 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Flt Lt, 'B' Flight
Plt Off J R Stainton  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr C C House  8 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt G E Newton 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt D W Dennis 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W L Smith 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 R H Harrison 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off W B Wheelwright 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J N Bilton 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt R W Clapperton 18 Aug  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off W I Anstey 21 Aug 1940 Unofficially attached to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for training on Blenheims
Plt Off Mitchell 21 Aug 1940 Unofficially attached to No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood for training on Blenheims
Sqn Ldr C C House 23 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt P T Leferve 23 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J D Howard 23 Aug 1940 Failed to return from an operation, but later reported to be a POW*
Sgt Read 25 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Parker 25 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting (Air Observer)
Sgt Hayward 25 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting (WOp/AG)
Sgt Green 25 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting (WOp/AG)
Plt Off Mansfield 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Magee 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting (Air Observer)
Plt Off R Dick-Larkam 30 Aug 1940 Posted for duty as Engineer Officer
Sgt G L Clayton  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt F C Coish  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G Taylor  8 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt J Mc M Hughes 15 Sep 1940 Posted to Radio Servicing Flight, RAF Biggin Hill
Plt Off Vaughan 17 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, posted to No 144 Sqn, RAF Hemswell
Fg Off Shaw 18 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Sgt Owen 22 Sep 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off Skinner 23 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, posted to No 38 Sqn, RAF Marham
Sqn Ldr Gillman 25 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Farnborough for Oxygen course
Sqn Ldr Gillman 29 Sep 1939 Returned from RAF Farnborough
Sgt Marchard  6 Oct 1940 Posted to No 12 SFTS, RAF Grantham
Sgt Mason  6 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Mount Batten and attached to No 10 Sqn RAAF
Sgt McClelland  6 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Mount Batten and attached to No 10 Sqn RAAF
Sgt Moss  6 Oct 1940 Posted to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton
Sgt Mott  6 Oct 1940 Posted to No 206 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton
Plt Off Lambert  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU
Act Flt Lt Shaw  7 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt, wef 15 Sep 1940
Sgt Reynolds  8 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Mount Batten
Sgt Norton  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Sgt Rees  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Sgt Griswold  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Sgt Stanley  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Plt Off Magee 12 Oct 1940 Attached to No 1 AAS, RAF Manby for Bombing Leaders' Course
Sgt J E C Young 22 Oct 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off on probation, wef 9 Oct 1940
Plt Off Turnbull 24 Oct 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off Magee 26 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Sgt Weir 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood
Sgt Ashworth 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 OTU, RAF Upwood
Plt Off A Hamilton 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Plt Off D B Clifford 30 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Sgt Madgwick 30 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Sgt Brockley 30 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 OTU, RAF Bicester
Flt Lt Magrath  5 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from CGS, RAF Warmwell
Sgt Farmes  5 Nov 1940 Posted to No 101 Sqn, RAF West Raynham
Plt Off Gamon  7 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 9 Sqn, RAF Honington
Flt Lt Magrath  5 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from CGS, RAF Warmwell
Flt Lt Shaw 10 Nov 1940 Attached to RA Watchfield for No 3 Standard Blind Approach Course
Sgt Payne 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from SDF, Christchurch
Sgt Coult 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 FPP, RAF Kemble
Plt Off Dunham 11 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn, RAF Stradishall
Plt Off J R Stainton 11 Nov 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Sgt Purdy 12 Nov 1940 Attached from No 9 Sqn, RAF Honington
Plt Off R Dick-Larkam 13 Nov 1940 Engineer Officer, attached to No 214 Sqn, RAF Stradishall
Sgt Kolitz 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Sgt Riding 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Sgt Dunk 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Sgt Rose 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Sgt Hodge 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt Read 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 9 Sqn, RAF Honington
Sgt Bowen 14 Nov 1940 Attached from No 9 Sqn, RAF Honington
Plt Off R Dick-Larkam 17 Nov 1940 Engineer Officer, ceased to be attached to No 214 Sqn, RAF Stradishall
Act Fg Off J R Stainton 19 Nov 1940 Adjutant, posted to PDC, RAF Uxbridge
Plt Off Mitchell 19 Nov 1940 Assumed the duties of Adjutant
Plt Off Byng-Hall 19 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 29 Sqn, RAF Digby
Plt Off Gamon 20 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Flt Lt Shaw 23 Nov 1940 Ceased to be attached to RA Watchfield
Sgt Sweetland 23 Nov 1940 Attached to No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Sgt E J Evans 28 Nov 1940 Died from injuries
Sqn Ldr E J P Davy 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 15 OTU, RAF Harwell
Act Flt Lt C E Turner  1 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 214 Sqn, RAF Stradishall for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off A Hamilton 13 Dec 1940 Posted to PDC, RAF Wilmslow, pending posting to School of Air Navigation
Act Fg Off Gamon 16 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Fg Off, wef 20 Nov 1940
Sqn Ldr E J P Davy 16 Dec 1940 Posted to No 40 Sqn
Flt Lt I G Richmond 17 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sqn Ldr
Flt Sgt A Glover 21 Dec 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 51 MU, RAF Lichfield
Plt Off B E Lymbery 31 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 15 OTU, RAF Harwell

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1348)

NB The ORB for May 1940 appears to have been lost during the fighting in France

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 1 Feb 1940 Rail party departed Auberieve for No 1 ATS, Perpignan
 7 Feb 1940 Air party departed Auberieve for Lazignan-Corbieres en-route to No 1 ATS, Perpignan
 8 Feb 1940 Air party (part) departed Lazignan-Corbieres for No 1 ATS, Perpignan
10 Feb 1940 Remainder of air party departed Lazignan-Corbieres for No 1 ATS, Perpignan
12 Feb 1940 Road party departed No 1 ATS, Perpignan for Auberieve
13 Feb 1940 Air party departed No 1 ATS, Perpignan for Nantes
13 Feb 1940 Rail party arrived back at Auberieves
15 Feb 1940 Air party departed Nantes for Auberieve
16 May 1940 Squadron moved from Auberieves to St Lucien Ferme*
16 May 1940 Squadron moved from St Lucien Ferme to Nantes*
 3 Jun 1940 Squadron advised that it would return to the UK, various air and ground personnel being posted out to other units
 5 Jun 1940 Further ground personnel posted to other units in France
11 Jun 1940 Squadron departed Nantes for the railhead at Bluguenains and entrained for Cherbourg
12 Jun 1940 Squadron arrived at Cherbourg by rail, embarked and set sail for Southampton
12 Jun 1940 Squadron arrived at Southampton, disembarked and proceeded to RAF Mildenhall by train and MT
24 Jun 1940 Airmen attached to various sections of No 149 Sqn
 5 Jul 1940 3 x Bristol Blenheim IVs delivered to the squadron
Bristol Blenheim IV
14 Jul 1940 Main party proceeded by road from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Oakington
25 Jul 1940 2 x Avro Ansons, N5014 and N5010 loaned to the squadron from RAF Upper Heyford for navigation training
12 Aug 1940 Ansons, N5014 and N5010 returned to RAF Upper Heyford
19 Aug 1940 Squadron declared operational
 5 Nov 1940 Squadron became non-operational on transfer to No 3 Group, pending re-equipment with Vickers Wellingtons
 6 Nov 1940 Wellington IA, L4293 (dual control) was delivered
 6 Nov 1940 First Wellington IC, R1009, was delivered
 7 Nov 1940 2 x Wellingtons ICs, R1008 and R1025 were delivered
10 Nov 1940 Blenheim IV, R3666 transferred to RAF West Raynham
10 Nov 1940 Blenheim IV, N3625 transferred to RAF Watton
13 Nov 1940 2 x Wellingtons ICs, T2801 and N2844 were delivered
13 Nov 1940 Wellington IA, N2937 (dual control) was delivered
14 Nov 1940 2 x Wellingtons ICs, T2885 and R1183 were delivered
15 Nov 1940 Wellington IC, R1210, was delivered
15 Nov 1940 2 x Blenheim IVs transferred to No 38 MU, RAF Llandow
15 Nov 1940 3 x Blenheim IVs transferred to No 33 MU, RAF Lyneham
21 Nov 1940 7 x Blenheim IVs collected by ferry pilots
23 Nov 1940 Advance party departed RAF Oakington for RAF Marham
25 Nov 1940 Main party departed RAF Oakington for RAF Marham
25 Nov 1940 Air party departed RAF Oakington for RAF Marham
26 Nov 1940 Rear party departed RAF Oakington for RAF Marham

Source - No 218 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1348), except *

NB The ORB for May 1940 appears to have been lost during the fighting in France

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