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'S' Sqn/No 244 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L C Slee 21 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from AHQ British Forces in Iraq and assumed command of 'S' Sqn
Fg Off E J P Jackson 21 Aug 1939 Transferred from Communications Flight, Habbaniya
Plt Off D C Wellburn 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 70 Sqn
Plt Off E S Knox 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 70 Sqn
Plt Off G H Jackson 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 70 Sqn
Sgt Plt S C Braybrooks 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 70 Sqn
Plt Off H A Lax 26 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 30 Sqn
Sqn Ldr L C Slee 11 Sep 1939 Posted to AHQ British Forces in Iraq and
Sqn Ldr D G Lewis 11 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS and assumed command of 'S' Sqn
Fg Off W I C Inness 12 Sep 1939 Attached from AHQ British Forces in Iraq for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off A S Smith 15 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from No 14 Sqn
Fg Off P J Waller 29 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAFO
Sgt W H T Beaumont  1 Nov 1939 Fitter I, promoted to Temp Flt Sgt
LAC L O Farley  1 Nov 1939 Fitter II, promoted to Cpl
LAC R Hills  1 Nov 1939 Rigger's Mate, promoted to Cpl (ACH)
Fg Off E J P Jackson  4 Nov 1939 Attached to AHQ British Forces in Iraq
Fg Off P J Waller  7 Nov 1939 Posted to No 4 SFTS
Flt Lt F R Balfour 16 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS
Sgt Plt S C Braybrooks  9 Dec 1939 Posted to ATS, No 4 SFTS
Act Sgt F G Hoad 16 Dec 1939 WEM/Plt, promoted to Sgt, wef 3 Sep 1939
Plt Off G B Haywood 19 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A D G Stephenson 19 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting
Cpl R S Kerswell 19 Dec 1939 Photographer, arrived on posting to form a Photographic Section

Source - No 244 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1476)

Organisational Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Date Notes
21 Aug 1939 'S' Sqn was formed at RAF Habbaniya as an improvised unit for operational duties
21 Aug 1939 3 x Vincents transferred from Communication Flight, Habbaniya
Vincent

Not shown in original markings

24 Aug 1939 1 x Vincent allotted from Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya
27 Aug 1939 1 x Vincent allotted from Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya
31 Aug 1939 2 x Vincents allotted from Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya
 8 Sep 1939 1 x Flight (3 x Vincents) detached to RAF Shaibah
12 Sep 1939 1 x Flight (3 x Vincents) proceeded to RAF Shaibah en-route to Sharjah
13 Sep 1939 1 x Flight (4 x Vincents) departed RAF Shaibah for Sharjah via Bahrein
14 Sep 1939 1 x Flight (4 x Vincents) departed Sharjah for Bahrein
15 Sep 1939 1 x Flight (4 x Vincents) departed Bahrein for Habbaniya via Shaibah
23 Sep 1939 1 x Vincent allotted from Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya
10 Oct 1939 1 x Flight (3 x Vincents) returned from detachment to RAF Shaibah

Source - No 244 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1476)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off A S Smith  5 Jan 1940 Posted to Home Establishment
Sqn Ldr H V Alloway 10 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS pending assuming command of 'S' Sqn
Sqn Ldr D G Lewis 12 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of 'S' Sqn
Sqn Ldr H V Alloway 12 Jan 1940 Assumed command of 'S' Sqn
Sqn Ldr D G Lewis 13 Jan 1940 Posted to No 84 Sqn, RAF Shaibah
Flt Lt F R Balfour 13 Jan 1940 Posted to RAF Basrah
Fg Off E J P Jackson 31 Jan 1940 Ceased top be attached to AHQ British Forces in Iraq
LAC W J Barrett 28 Mar 1940 Clerk/GD, promoted to Act Cpl
Fg Off E J P Jackson  3 Apr 1940 Attached to AHQ British Forces in Iraq for Cypher duties
Plt Off A D G Stephenson 11 Apr 1940 Injured in a flying accident and admitted to hospital
LAC F J Guest 11 Apr 1940 Injured in a flying accident and admitted to hospital
LAC G G Cumming 11 Apr 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC Molyneux 18 Apr 1940 Admitted to RAF General Hospital
LAC F J Guest 20 Apr 1940 Discharged from hospital
AC2 W Raeburn 20 Apr 1940 Discharged from hospital
LAC R J Reid 24 Apr 1940 Armourer, admitted to Field Hospital
AC1 J R Neal 25 Apr 1940 Flight Mechanic, admitted to Field Hospital
LAC R J Reid 30 Apr 1940 Armourer, discharged from Field Hospital
Flt Lt M G Stevenson  9 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 84 Sqn
AC1 E Batstone 12 May 1940 Flight Mechanic, admitted to RAF General Hospital
AC1 S Thompson 13 May 1940 Mate, admitted to RAF General Hospital
Cpl H Pickup 21 May 1940 Metal Rigger, arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS
Cpl O Mallinson-Bentley 27 May 1940 Photographer, arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot, Habbaniya
Flt Lt M G Stevenson 29 May 1940 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off E S Knox 31 May 1940 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off G H Jackson 31 May 1940 Posted to Home Establishment
Plt Off H A Lax 31 May 1940 Posted to Home Establishment
AC1 M Burns 16 Jun 1940 Wireless Operator, proceeded to Middle East on temporary duty
AC1 M Burns 20 Jun 1940 Wireless Operator, returned from Middle East on completion of temporary duty
Flt Sgt Plt A E Clift  1 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) WO
Plt Off T P K Scade  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Abu Sueir
Plt Off T R King  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Abu Sueir
Act Cpl J Greer 16 Jul 1940 WEM, arrived on posting from No 84 Sqn
Flt Sgt F G Hoad 20 Jul 1940 WEM, posted to No 1 ACC, Habbaniya
Plt Off A D G Stephenson 23 Jul 1940 Admitted to RAF General Hospital
AC1 H Bridge 27 Jul 1940 Photographer, admitted to RAF General Hospital
LAC E N Baker 29 Jul 1940 Mate, admitted to RAF General Hospital
Flt Sgt W Legg  1 Aug 1940 FAE, arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot
AC1 T Brough  1 Aug 1940 Armourer, reclassified LAC
AC2 W Nicholl  1 Aug 1940 Flight Mechanic, reclassified AC1
AC2 E Rose  1 Aug 1940 Flight Rigger, reclassified AC1
Plt Off A D G Stephenson  9 Aug1940 Discharged from RAF General Hospital
LAC J McDowell  9 Aug 1940 Mate, admitted to RAF General Hospital
LAC E N Baker 10 Aug 1940 Mate, discharged from RAF General Hospital
AC1 J R Neal 13 Aug 1940 Flight Mechanic, admitted to RAF General Hospital
AC1 J R Neal 20 Aug 1940 Flight Mechanic, discharged from RAF General Hospital
Cpl H Guiver 26 Aug 1940 Carpenter/Rigger, admitted to RAF General Hospital
Plt Off D C Wellburn 30 Aug 1940 Proceeded to RAF Heliopolis for temporary duty with No 70 Sqn Detachment
AC G C Walton  3 Sep 1940 Armourer, posted to RAF Basrah
Plt Off D C Wellburn  3 Sep 1940 Returned from RAF Heliopolis
Cpl H Guiver  4 Sep 1940 Carpenter/Rigger, discharged from RAF General Hospital
Flt Lt P B Chamberlain  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off N W Pinnington 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Basrah
Plt Off S H Trott 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from Aircraft Depot for Equipment duties
Plt Off T F C Churcher 17 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS
AC1 M B Archer 19 Sep 1940 Armourer, admitted to RAF General Hospital
Flt Lt G C Storey 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS
Act WO N J Green 21 Sep 1940 Fitter I, arrived on posting from No 4 SFTS for duty as Engineer Officer
Flt Lt P B Chamberlain 24 Sep 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Lt G C Storey 24 Sep 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off D C Wellburn 24 Sep 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
AC1 M B Archer 26 Sep 1940 Armourer, discharged from RAF General Hospital
Plt Off N W Pinnington  6 Oct 1940 Returned from No 1 Gas Defence Course at RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off T P K Scade  6 Oct 1940 Returned from No 1 Gas Defence Course at RAF Habbaniya
Flt Sgt Brown  6 Oct 1940 Returned from No 1 Gas Defence Course at RAF Habbaniya
Plt Off T P K Scade 16 Oct 1940 Appointed Sqn Gas Officer
Sgt Mushett 24 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Amman
APO C A Patton 26 Oct 1940 Air Gunner, attached from No 4 SFTS and admitted to SSQ, Makimah
APO R W Rainford 29 Oct 1940 Air Gunner, admitted to SSQ
APO C A Patton  1 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, discharged from SSQ, Makimah
Plt Off P Gearey  4 Nov 1940 Commenced training on Vincent aircraft
Plt Off N W Pinnington  7 Nov 1940 Attached to RAF Basrah for administration duties (war refugees)
Fg Off D C Wellburn 17 Dec 1940 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Plt Off G R L Gaunt 17 Dec 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off D C Wellburn 19 Dec 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off P Gearey 30 Dec 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off D C Wellburn 30 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight

Source - No 244 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1476)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
20 Apr 1940 Advance party moved from RAF Habbaniya to Plateau Camp
21 Apr 1940 3 x Vincents moved from RAF Habbaniya to Plateau Camp
22 Apr 1940 Rear party moved from RAF Habbaniya to Plateau Camp
 6 May 1940 Main party moved from Plateau Camp to RAF Habbaniya
 7 May 1940 Rear party moved from Plateau Camp to RAF Habbaniya
21 Sep 1940 Advance party departed RAF Habbaniya for RAF Shaibah
 1 Nov 1940 'S' Sqn was redesignated No 244 (Bomber) Sqn

Source - No 244 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1476)

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