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No 242 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr F M Gobeil  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 242 Sqn
Flt Lt P R Miller  3 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off J L Sullivan  3 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off J W Graafstra  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E D Grassick  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off L C Chambers  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R L Hill  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G L MacKnight  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J W Mitchell  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H L Niccolls  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off M K Browm  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G A Madore  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D C MacQueen  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R H Weins  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D F Jones  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J B Smiley  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A H Deacons  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P D Macdonald  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off R Coe  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J B Latta 16 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Locking for Parachute Course
Plt Off J F Howett 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off T N Waterton 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off P S Turner 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Act Sgt N G B Summers  8 Dec 1939 Air Observer, arrived on posting

Source - No 242 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1471)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron was formed at RAF Church Fenton
11 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1824 collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Magister - early WW2 scheme
14 Nov 1939 A Harvard was collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
15 Nov 1939 2 x Magisters, R1829 and P2441 collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
16 Nov 1939 Tiger Moth, N6932 delivered from RAF Usworth
Tiger Moth - early WW2 scheme
16 Dec 1939 4 x Bristol Blenheim Is, L6789, L6790, L6791 and L6792 collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
Blenheim IF
27 Dec 1939 3 x Bristol Blenheim Is, L1521, L1523 and L1524 collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
29 Dec 1939 Blenheims, L6792, L6789, L6790 and K7122 delivered to No 235 Sqn, RAF Manston
29 Dec 1939 3 x Fairey Battles, L5014, L5133 and L5406 delivered for training
Battle I
29 Dec 1939 1 x Bristol Blenheim I, L1522 was collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton

Source - No 242 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1471)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt P R Miller  2 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Firing Instructors' Course
Plt Off R Coe 10 Jan 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A H Deacons  2 Feb 1940 Attached to No 11 Group Pool, RAF St Athan for training
Plt Off D F Jones  2 Feb 1940 Attached to No 11 Group Pool, RAF St Athan for training
Plt Off J F Howett  2 Feb 1940 Attached to No 11 Group Pool, RAF St Athan for training
Plt Off Stansfield  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 Group Pool, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off J Benzie  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 Group Pool, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off H V Massey  1 Mar 1940 Attached from RCAF for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off H L Niccolls  5 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A H Deacon  3 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 11 Group Pool, RAF St Athan
Plt Off D F Jones  3 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 11 Group Pool, RAF St Athan
Plt Off J F Howett  3 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 11 Group Pool, RAF St Athan
Plt Off H V Massey 10 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from RCAF
Fg Off P D Macdonald  4 Apr 1940 Proceeded to London to undertake a reconnaissance visit to France
Plt Off Stansfield  4 Apr 1940 Proceeded to London to undertake a reconnaissance visit to France
Fg Off P D Macdonald  8 Apr 1940 Returned from reconnaissance visit to France
Flt Lt P R Miller  9 Apr 1940 Proceeded to France with Advance party
Flt Lt J L Sullivan  9 Apr 1940 Proceeded to France with Advance party
Plt Off Stansfield 17 Apr 1940 Returned from reconnaissance visit to France
Flt Lt P R Miller 17 Apr 1940 Returned with Advance party
Flt Lt J L Sullivan 17 Apr 1940 Returned with Advance party
Cpl J M Clavering 18 Apr 1940 Killed in an accident
Flt Lt J L Sullivan 14 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R H Weins 18 May 1940 Wounded in action and admitted to hospital in France
Plt Off M K Brown 18 May 1940 Wounded in action and admitted to hospital in France
Plt Off L C Chambers 18 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie and later reported to be a POW
Flt Lt P R Miller 19 May 1940 Returned from detachment in France
Plt Off D C MacQueen 19 May 1940 Returned from detachment in France
Plt Off A H Deacons 19 May 1940 Returned from detachment in France
Plt Off J W Graafstra 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G A Madore 23 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J Benzie 23 May 1940 Wounded in action
Plt Off J B Smiley 23 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off R L Hill 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J W Mitchell 24 May 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off G H Plinston 28 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 607 Sqn
Plt Off Stewart 28 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 607 Sqn for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off A H Deacon 28 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie and later reported to be a POW
Plt Off D F Jones 28 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G M Stewart 28 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 607 Sqn
Fg Off G H Plinston 29 May 1940 Promoted Act Flt Lt and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off G M Stewart 31 May 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr D R S Bader 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 222 Sqn and assumed command of No 242 Sqn
Flt Lt G M Ball 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt G H Plinston 30 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Sutton Bridge
Sub-Lt R J Cork  1 Jul 1940 RN, arrived on posting
Sub-Lt R E Gardner  1 Jul 1940 RN, arrived on posting
Mid'n R J Patterson  1 Jul 1940 RN, arrived on posting
Plt Off J Benzie 11 Jul 1940 Returned from hospital in Torquay
Plt Off M K Brown 15 Jul 1940 Returned from hospital
Plt Off N Hart 18 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry
Plt Off N Hart 19 Jul 1940 Attached to No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down for training
Sgt Lonsdale 20 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 46 Sqn
Fg Off G P Christie 21 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Heston
Plt Off P S Turner  1 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Firing Instructors' Course
Plt Off Stansfield  2 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF St Athan for Navigation Course
Plt Off J Benzie  2 Aug 1940 Attached to RAF Weeton for Parachute Course
Plt Off H N Tamblyn  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 141 Sqn
Sgt Meredith  9 Aug 1940 Posted to No 141 Sqn
Plt Off Atkinson 10 Aug 1940 Posted to to No 600 Sqn
Sgt Porter 10 Aug 1940 Posted to to No 615 Sqn
Fg Off Cave 11 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 600 Sqn
Plt Off N Hart 12 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off T N Waterton 16 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from Medical Board for non-flying duties
Mid'n R J Patterson 20 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T N Waterton 20 Aug 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off Stansfield  25 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF St Athan
Plt Off K M Sclanders 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge, allocated to 'B' Flight
Fg Off H V Smith  1 Sep 1940 Posted to No 65 Sqn as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off E A Summer  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Fg Off G P Christie  3 Sep 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off L E Cryderman  4 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Andover and attached to No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off J Benzie  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off K M Sclanders  9 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt Powell-Sheddon 15 Sep 1940 Admitted to Rye Hospital after baling out
Flt Lt Powell-Sheddon 20 Sep 1940 Transferred to RAF Hospital, Rauceby
Plt Off Dibnah 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn
Plt Off M G Homer 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn
Sgt J E Savill 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 151 Sqn
Plt Off L E Cryderman 25 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off M G Homer 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Stansfield 29 Sep 1940 Posted to No 229 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off N N Campbell 17 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Wareham 17 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn
Plt Off Millard 17 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Sqn
Plt Off Savory 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Plt Off Kemp 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Plt Off Robinson 24 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Plt Off Millard  3 Nov 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt
Plt Off Smith  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 141 Sqn
Plt Off N Hart  5 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Wareham  6 Nov 1940 Posted to No 73 Sqn
Sgt Brimble  6 Nov 1940 Posted to No 73 Sqn
Plt Off Dibnah  6 Nov 1940 Proceeded on sick leave
Fg Off Lang  6 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt Truman  7 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sqn Ldr W E Taylor  7 Nov 1940 Attached from No 71 (Eagle) Sqn for 14 days training
Flt Lt Powell-Sheddon 22 Nov 1940 Posted to No 258 Sqn, RAF Leconfield
Plt Off Edmunds 22 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 615 Sqn
Fg Off Price 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 56 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off McKenna 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 56 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Plt Off Arthur 12 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 141 Sqn
Plt Off Surma 17 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 257 Sqn
Plt Off Szczesny 17 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 257 Sqn
Plt Off Dibnah 30 Dec 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon
Plt Off Deschamps 30 Dec 1940 Posted to CFS, RAF Upavon

Source - No 242 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1471)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
10 Jan 1940 6 x Hawker Hurricanes collected from RAF St Athan
16 Jan 1940 3 x Hurricanes (from 6 collected on 10 Jan) arrived at RAF Church Fenton
17 Jan 1940 1 x Hurricane (from 6 collected on 10 Jan) arrived at RAF Church Fenton from RAF Ringway
10 Feb 1940 Hurricanes, L1595, L1639, L1922 and L1949 delivered by No 504 Sqn, RAF Debden
10 Feb 1940 Hurricanes, L2003 and L2004 delivered by No 56 Sqn, RAF North Weald
11 Feb 1940 Hurricanes, L1572, L1665, L1666 and L1972 delivered by No 32 Sqn, RAF Gravesend
12 Feb 1940 Hurricanes, L2002 and N2320 delivered by No 56 Sqn, RAF North Weald
17 Feb 1940 Harvard, P5868, collected from No 152 Sqn, RAF Leconfield
19 Feb 1940 Squadron adopted the code letters 'LE'
Hurricane I of No 242 Squadron
29 Feb 1940 Miles Master, N7566, arrived from Reading
Master I - early WW2 scheme
20 Mar 1940 Hurricanes, L1981, L1983 and L1992 collected from RAF North Weald
23 Mar 1940 Squadron declared operational by day
29 Mar 1940 Squadron stood down from operations pending posting overseas
 9 Apr 1940 Advance party departed RAF Church Fenton for France
12 Apr 1940 Squadron move to France cancelled and reverted to being operational
13 May 1940 4 x Hurricanes and pilots detached to RAF Manston
16 May 1940 'A' Flight detached to RAF Manston
18 May 1940 Hurricanes, P3266, P3269, P3272, P2854, P2809 and P2750 delivered from No 41 Group
19 May 1940 Hurricanes, P2738, P2550, P3392, P2878 and P3371 delivered from No 41 Group
19 May 1940 'A' Flight returned from detachment in France
21 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Church Fenton to RAF Biggin Hill
 8 Jun 1940 Squadron proceeded to Chateaudun in France**
13 Jun 1940 Air party departed Chateaudun for Ancenis
14 Jun 1940 Ground convoy moved from Chateaudun to Ancenis
15 Jun 1940 Ground convoy from Ancenis to Nantes
16 Jun 1940 Squadron personnel embarked on SS Sobieski at St Nazaire
18 Jun 1940 Squadron aircraft departed France and landed at RAF Coltishall (some force landing en-route)
19 Jun 1940 Squadron personnel disembarked from SS Sobieski at Falmouth and entrained for RAF Locking for London
20 Jun 1940 Squadron personnel entrained for RAF Duxford an then on to RAF Coltishall by bus
 4 Jul 1940 Squadron declared operational by day as regards pilots but not equipment
 9 Jul 1940 Squadron declared fully operational by day as regards pilots and equipment
19 Aug 1940 Magister, N3952 received from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble
19 Oct 1940 First ground party moved from RAF Coltishall to RAF Duxford
20 Oct 1940 Aircraft and second ground party moved from RAF Coltishall to RAF Duxford
26 Oct 1940 HQ and Maintenance party moved from RAF Coltishall to RAF Duxford
30 Nov 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Duxford to RAF Coltishall by road
30 Nov 1940 Squadron commenced the move from RAF Duxford to RAF Coltishall by road
 2 Dec 1940 Squadron completed the move from RAF Duxford to RAF Coltishall by air and road
16 Dec 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Coltishall to RAF Martlesham Heath by road
17 Dec 1940 Air party moved from RAF Coltishall to RAF Martlesham Heath by road
xx Dec 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 242 (Canadian) Squadron badge

Source - No 242 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1471), except*

**Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford (ORB for 1 - 12 Jun 1940 missing)

The Squadron Badge on this page is Crown Copyright and has been produced by Mary Denton on behalf of the RAF Heraldry Trust and is displayed on this page with the permission of the RAFHT.

Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights

This page was last updated on 20/07/21

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