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No 234 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr W A J Satchell 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ No 13 Group and assumed command of No 234 Sqn
Sgt Baker 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from HQ No 13 Group
Plt Off E C Owens  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF North Coates for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off G J Thailmann  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 41 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off H P Blatchford  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 41 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Sqn Ldr W A J Satchell  2 Nov1939 Admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary following a car accident
Plt Off H P Blatchford  4 Nov 1939 Posted to No 41 Sqn, RAF Catterick
Sqn Ldr R E Barnett  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 234 Sqn
Plt Off G R Avery  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off G S Crimp  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off D W Coysh  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off E S Dewhurst  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off B F T Doe  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off C B Elsdon  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off W H Gordon  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off G R Gout  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off R Hardy  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off J Hemingway  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off C H Hight  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off F W Horton  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off K A Lawrence  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off E B Mortimer-Rose  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Fg Off P C Hughes  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 64 Sqn
Plt Off G S Crimp 23 Nov 1939 Attached to Recruiting Centre, Liverpool
Plt Off J Hemingway 15 Dec 1939 Admitted to hospital following an accident in Magister N3860
Plt Off C B Elsdon 15 Dec 1939 Admitted to hospital following an accident in Magister N3860

Source - No 234 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1439)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron formed  at RAF Leconfield
 1 Nov 1939 3 x Miles Magisters allotted from No 41 MU
Magister - early WW2 scheme
16 Nov 1939 1 x Fairey Battle (dual control) loaned by No 616 Sqn
Battle I
16 Nov 1939 3 x Gloster Gauntlets loaned by No 616 Sqn
Gauntlet II
xx Nov 1939 Squadron receive an Avro Tutor
Avro Tutor
30 Nov 1939 3 x Blenheim IFs collected from No 20 MU
Blenheim IF
 6 Dec 1939 1 x Blenheim IF collected from No 20 MU
17 Dec 1939 1 x Blenheim I (dual control), L1403, collected from No 90 Sqn
xx Dec 1939 3 x Gauntlets returned to No 616 Sqn
29 Dec 1939 3 x Blenheim IFs collected from No 20 MU

Source - No 234 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1439)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D W Coysh 21 Feb 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off C P Igglesden 23 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 64 Sqn
Sgt Plt W W Thompson 22 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 603 Sqn, RAF Turnhouse
Flt Lt P C Hughes 26 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Plt Off G R Avery 28 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Usworth
Flt Lt P C Hughes  8 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Plt Off Parker 10 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 SFTS
Plt Off J H Young 10 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 SFTS
Plt Off G R Avery 10 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Usworth on posting to No 5 BGS, RAF Jurby
Plt Off G S Crimp 14 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Wick
Plt Off G Krikorlan  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off J Hemingway 20 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell
Plt Off G R Gout 25 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt G J Thailmann  7 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF St Eval as non-effective, sick
Sqn Ldr R E Barnett 13 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of No 234 Sqn
Plt Off C H Hight 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr J S O'Brien 17 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 234 Sqn
Flt Lt Page 19 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sgt E W Wootton 19 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W H G Gordon  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr J S O'Brien  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt P C Hughes  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt Page  7 Sep 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 234 Sqn
11 pilots (various ranks) 18 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr M V Blake 22 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 234 Sqn
Flt Lt Page 22 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of No 234 Sqn and resumed command of 'A' Flight
Sgt Sharpley 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Baynham  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Sgt Klein  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Sgt Salagowski  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Plt Off Olenski  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Plt Off Zurakowski  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt Bodington  5 Nov 1940 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR in the rank of Plt Off
Flt Lt Page 21 Nov 1940 Posted to No 1 School of Army Co-operation, RAF Old Sarum
Plt Off Taylor 22 Nov 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt Boyd 22 Nov 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Flt Lt Young 23 Nov 1940 Posted to No 1 Central Flying School, RAF Upavon
Plt Off Atkinson  2 Dec 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt Hickman  2 Dec 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt Walker  2 Dec 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt Rouse  2 Dec 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Sgt Anderson  2 Dec 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Plt Off Wilford  3 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt Hemingway  3 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Sgt Palmer  5 Dec 1940 Posted to No 609 Sqn
Plt Off Taylor  5 Dec 1940 Reposted from No 609 Sqn
Plt Off Edwards 14 Dec 1940 Posted to No 1 Central Flying School, RAF Upavon
Plt Off Taylor 16 Dec 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Plt Off Miller 16 Dec 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Plt Off Hobson 16 Dec 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn

Source - No 234 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1439)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 6 Jan 1940 1 x Blenheim IF collected from No 20 MU
15 Feb 1940 3 x Battles delivered from RAF Sutton Bridge
23 Feb 1940 1 x Battle collected from RAF Abbottsinch
24 Feb 1940 2 x Battles collected from RAF Hendon and RAF Croydon
10 Mar 1940 2 x Blenheims despatched to No 23 Sqn, RAF Wittering
11 Mar 1940 7 x Blenheims delivered to No 23 Sqn, RAF Wittering
14 Mar 1940 6 x Supermarine Spitfire Is collected from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
Spitfire I of No 234 Squadron (black/white undersurfaces) 

Spitfire I of No 234 Squadron (sky undersurfaces)

15 Mar 1940 2 x Spitfire Is collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
29 Mar 1940 1 x Spitfire I collected from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
 8 Apr 1940 2 x Spitfire Is collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
15 Apr 1940 3 x Spitfire Is collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
25 Apr 1940 2 x Spitfire Is collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
 8 May 1940 Squadron declared operational by day
18 May 1940 1 x Spitfire I delivered from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
20 May 1940 4 x Spitfire Is collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
21 May 1940 Advance and air parties departed RAF Leconfield for RAF Church Fenton
22 May 1940 Main departed RAF Leconfield for RAF Church Fenton
18 Jun 1940 Air party departed RAF Church Fenton for RAF St Eval
18 Jun 1940 Main party departed RAF Church Fenton for RAF St Eval by rail
19 Jun 1940 Main party arrived at RAF St Eval
15 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF St Eval to RAF Middle Wallop
xx Aug 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 234 Squadron badge
11 Sep 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Middle Wallop to RAF St Eval

Source - No 234 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1439)

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This page was last updated on 09/07/21

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