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No 229 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt F E Rosier  5 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off A S Linney  5 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr H J Maguire  6 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 229 Sqn
Plt Off G M Simpson  6 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R R Smith  6 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C M B Symons  8 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W H G Leggett  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off A R Grevstad  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G C Saunders  9 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E K Hofton 10 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P F N Lomax 22 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A R Grevstad 23 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 Group Pool for training
Plt Off G C Saunders 23 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 Group Pool for training
Plt Off C M B Symons 23 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 Group Pool for training
Plt Off R E Bary 24 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R C Brown 24 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Carriere 24 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J E M Collins 24 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt F N Clouston  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting to command 'B' Flight
AC2 B France 29 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off E K Hofton  2 Dec 1939 Departed on posting
Plt Off R R Smith  3 Dec 1939 Attached to RAF Locking for Parachute Course
Plt Off P S B Ensor  4 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D de C C Gower  7 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P S B Ensor  8 Dec 1939 Departed on posting

Source - No 229 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1418)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 6 Oct 1939 Squadron commenced forming at RAF Digby on a single flight basis
25 Oct 1939 Bristol Blenheim I (dual), L1265 attached from No 23 Sqn for training
 6 Nov 1940 4 x Blenheim Is , L8692, L8722, L8723 and L8727 received
Blenheim IF of No 229 Squadron
 8 Nov 1940 3 x Blenheim Is , L8728, L6737 and L6742 received
15 Nov 1940 3 x Blenheim Is , K7117, L1370 and L6743 received
15 Nov 1940 5 x Blenheim Is , L1128, L1261, L1113, L8678 and L8684 collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
21 Dec 1939 Squadron (Red Section) carried out first operational patrol

Source - No 229 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1418)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
WO A N Jarvis 15 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Sqn Engineer Officer
Plt Off P F N Lomax 24 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC G A Carter 24 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Lt J G Winks 24 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident, Searchlight Liaison Officer
APO R Jamieson 256 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Air Gunnery Leader
Plt Off W H G Leggett  4 Mar 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off M Ravenhill 18 Mar1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt G L Dent 18 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R C Brown 25 Mar 1940 Arrived on re-posting
Plt Off H W A Britton 25 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Aston Down
Plt Off D deC C Gower xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt Cooper xx Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt G L Dent  9 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off H W A Britton 26 Apr 1940 Posted to No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
Fg Off W H G Leggett  5 May 1940 Adjutant, posted to RAF Staff College
Plt Off Verity 13 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Manston for posting to France
Plt Off M Ravenhill 13 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Manston for posting to France
Plt Off Collins 13 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Manston for posting to France
Plt Off M A Bussey 17 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off A M Dillon 17 May 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt F E Rosier 17 May 1940 Admitted to hospital with burns after being shot down in France
Plt Off Collins 19 May 1940 Returned from detachment in France
Plt Off G M Simpson 19 May 1940 Returned from detachment in France
Plt Off M Ravenhill 20 May 1940 Returned from detachment in France flying a Gladiator
Fg Off New 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn
Plt Off Carthew 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn
Plt Off D Allcock 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn
Flt Sgt Plt Grayson 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn
Sgt Plt Llewellyn 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 213 Sqn
Flt Lt Browne 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Kellaw 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Bright 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Higgs 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off James 22 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D deC C Gower 22 May 1940 Reported missing in France
Fg Off Kellaw 25 May 1940 Departed on posting
Fg Off Higgs 25 May 1940 Departed on posting
Plt Off Carthew 25 May 1940 Departed on posting
Flt Sgt Plt Grayson 25 May 1940 Departed on posting
Sgt Plt Cooper 25 May 1940 Departed on posting
Sgt Plt Llewellyn 25 May 1940 Departed on posting
Plt Off Hogan 25 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off R A L Du Vivier  4 Jun 1940 Attached to No 79 Sqn
Plt Off D Allcock  4 Jun 1940 Attached to No 79 Sqn
Plt Off M Ravenhill  8 Jun 1940 Attached to No 17 Sqn
Plt Off D B H McHardy  9 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off J W Hamill  9 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Fg Off W A Smith 11 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight, promoted Act Flt Lt
Fg Off R F Rimmer 13 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight, promoted Act Flt Lt
Plt Off Carver 11 Sep 1940 Admitted to hospital with burns after being shot down
Plt Off M Ravenhill 11 Sep 1940 Admitted to Langley Hospital suffering from shock after being shot down
Plt Off G L J Doutrepont 15 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M Ravenhill 15 Sep 1940 Discharged from Langley Hospital
Plt Off D Allcock 23 Sep 1940 Admitted to Southend General Hospital after being wounded in combat
Flt Lt R F Rimmer 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M Ravenhill 30 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J R Farrow  8 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr A J Banham 15 Oct 1940 Wounded in action
Sqn Ldr F E Rosier xx Oct 1940 Assumed command of No 229 Sqn*
Plt Off G M Simpson 26 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D B H McHardy 26 Oct 1940 Failed to return from a sortie and later reported to be a POW

Source - No 229 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1418), except *

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 5 Mar 1940 2 x Blenheims, L6737 and L6743 were delivered to No 23 Sqn, RAF Wittering
 5 Mar 1940 Miles Master, N7568 arrived from RAF Martlesham Heath
Master I - early WW2 scheme
 6 Mar 1940 2 x Blenheims, L8722 and L8728 were delivered to No 23 Sqn, RAF Wittering
 6 Mar 1940 4 x Hawker Hurricanes, L1770, L1780, L1783 and L1808 delivered from No 213 Sqn, RAF Wittering
Hurricane I of No 229 Squadron
 7 Mar 1940 2 x Blenheims, L8684 and L8687 were delivered to No 23 Sqn, RAF Wittering
 7 Mar 1940 5 x Hawker Hurricanes, L2060, L1812, L1889, L1786 and L1790 delivered from No 213 Sqn, RAF Wittering
 7 Mar 1940 3 x Hawker Hurricanes, L1829, L2142 and L1852 collected from No 213 Sqn, RAF Wittering
11 Mar 1940 3 x Blenheims, L8692, L8723 and L8727 were delivered to No 219 Sqn, RAF Catterick
11 Mar 1940 6 x Hawker Hurricanes, L1989, L1982, L2000, L1998, L1980 and L1988 collected from No 56 Sqn, RAF North Weald
19 Mar 1940 3 x Blenheims, L1113, L1128 and L1261 were collected by No 219 Sqn, RAF Catterick
21 Mar 1940 'A' Flight declared operational on Hurricanes
16 May 1940 6 x aircraft detached for service in France
24 May 1940 Remainder of squadron in France returned
27 May 1940 Ground crews and 14 x aircraft proceeded to RAF Biggin Hill
 5 Jun 1940 7 x aircraft returned from detachment at RAF Biggin Hill
25 Jun 1940 Advance departed RAF Digby for RAF Wittering by road
26 Jun 1940 Squadron departed RAF Digby for RAF Wittering by air and road
11 Jul 1940 From this date the two flights were detached to RAF Bircham Newton on an alternating weekly basis
 9 Sep 1940 All aircraft and pilots departed RAF Wittering for RAF Northolt to relieve No 1 Sqn
19 Sep 1940 Remaining personnel departed RAF Wittering for RAF Northolt
15 Dec 1940 Road and Rail parties departed RAF Northolt for RAF Wittering
15 Dec 1940 Air Party departed RAF Northolt for RAF Wittering
22 Dec 1940 Squadron departed RAF Wittering for RAF Speke

Source - No 229 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1418)

This page was last updated on 02/07/21

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