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No 237 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Apr - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr V E Maxwell 22 Apr 1940 Assumed command of No 237 Sqn on formation
Capt R E B Mortimer 19 Apr 1940 1st Btn, Northumberland Fusiliers, attached from No 202 Group for duty as AILO
Fg Off H C Peyton 16 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Cpl F H Kimpton 16 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Fg Off H C Peyton 22 May 1940 Posted as 'Missing'
Cpl F H Kimpton 22 May 1940 Posted as 'Missing'
Fg Off S E Flett 30 Jun 1940 Returned from No 102 MU on completion of Anti-Gas and Fire course
Plt Off Campbell 30 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS
Plt Off Storey 30 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS
Plt Off Cooper  2 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
Plt Off Miller  2 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
Plt Off Simmonds  2 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 102 MU
Plt Off Storey  3 Jul 1940 Attached to No 25 SFTS for Hart Conversion Course
Plt Off Miller  3 Jul 1940 Attached to No 25 SFTS for Hart Conversion Course
Plt Off Storey  4 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 25 SFTS
Plt Off Miller  4 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 25 SFTS
Fg Off White 30 Aug 1940 Attached to No 102 MU for Anti-Gas and Fire course
Flt Lt I deB C Fynn 14 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from Southern Rhodesia for Signals duties
Fg Off P H C Theodosiou 17 Sep 1940 Signals Officer, posted to HQ RATG, Salisbury
Cpl J F Dreyter 28 Oct 1940 Died in hospital
Flt Lt I deB C Fynn 30 Oct 1940 Signals Officer, posted to HQ RATG on account of ill-health
Capt K Balfour  6 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting to No 202 AIL Section
Capt P Groves 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting to No 202 AIL Section
Fg Off Campbell 16 Nov 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Sgt A P Burl 16 Nov 1940 Failed to return from a sortie
Fg Off Campbell 19 Nov 1940 Located safe
Sgt A P Burl 19 Nov 1940 Located safe
Sgt A P Burl 27 Nov 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 237 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1450)

Organisational Movements: Apr - Dec 1940

Date Notes
22 Apr 1940 Squadron was formed at RAF Nairobi from No 1 Sqn Southern Rhodesia Air Force equipped with Audax and Hardy
Hawker Audax
Hawker Hardy
 6 May 1940 Squadron became financial responsibility of RAF and personnel embodied into the RAF
 6 May 1940 'A' Flight detached to Wajir
10 May 1940 'B' Flight ground party departed on detachment to Malindi
12 May 1940 'B' Flight detached to Malindi
 3 Jun 1940 'C' Flight ground party departed on detachment to Garissa
 4 Jun 1940 'B' Flight detached to Garissa
xx Jun 1940 Squadron received some Hawker Harts, SR103 SR105 and SR106, from Southern Rhodesia
Hawker Hart
 7 Jul 1940 'B' Flight moved from Malindi to Bura
19 Jul 1940 'A' Flight returned to RAF Nairobi from Wajir
20 Jul 1940 'A' Flight ground party arrived at RAF Nairobi from Wajir
29 Jul 1940 'A' Flight detached to Tumboni
 3 Sep 1940 'A' Flight returned to RAF Nairobi from Tumboni
 7 Sep 1940 'B' Flight returned to RAF Nairobi from Bura
10 Sep 1940 2 x Harts and 1 x Audax (ex SRAF) despatched to Salisbury
10 Sep 1940 'C' Flight returned to RAF Nairobi from Garissa
17 Sep 1940 1st Road convoy departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
18 Sep 1940 1st Air party (5 x Hardys) departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
19 Sep 1940 2nd Air party (6 x Hardys) departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
20 Sep 1940 Advance party proceeded to Kisumu for conveyance to Khartoum by BOAC
20 Sep 1940 3rd Air party (6 x Hardys) departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
20 Sep 1940 1st Air party (5 x Hardys) arrived at Khartoum
20 Sep 1940 3rd Air party (6 x Hardys) arrived at Khartoum
21 Sep 1940 2nd Air party (6 x Hardys) arrived at Khartoum
22 Sep 1940 Advance party arrived at Khartoum
22 Sep 1940 2nd Road convoy departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
24 Sep 1940 3rd Road convoy departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
25 Sep 1940 1st Road convoy embarked on river steamers at Juba for Khartoum
26 Sep 1940 4th Road convoy departed RAF Nairobi for Khartoum
26 Sep 1940 Rail convoy departed RAF Nairobi for Soroti then by road to Juba
29 Sep 1940 Rear party proceeded to Kisumu for conveyance to Khartoum by BOAC
29 Sep 1940 1st Road convoy arrived at Khartoum from Juba
 1 Oct 1940 Rear party arrived at Khartoum
 2 Oct 1940 2nd, 3rd and 4th Road convoys embarked on river steamers at Juba for Khartoum
14 Oct 1940 2nd, 3rd and 4th Road convoys arrived at Khartoum from Juba
 2 Nov 1940 'C' Flight ground party departed Khartoum for Gedaref by rail en-route to Blackdown
 4 Nov 1940 'C' Flight departed Khartoum for Blackdown
24 Nov 1940 Squadron moved into temporary quarters at Gordon's Tree
27 Nov 1940 5 x Westland Lysanders arrived from No 102 MU
Lysander II as used by No 237 Squadron
29 Nov 1940 'B' Flight ground party departed Gordon's Tree for Gos Regab
30 Nov 1940 'B' Flight departed Gordon's Tree for Gos Regab
13 Dec 1940 'B' Flight moved from Gos Regab to Sarum
28 Dec 1940 'A' Flight departed Khartoum for Blackdown
30 Dec 1940 'C' Flight departed Blackdown for Khartoum

Source - No 237 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1450)

This page was last updated on 16/07/21

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