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No 245 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr F A Tyson 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 245 Sqn
Flt Lt J A Thomson  1 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight and also acting Adjutant
Sqn Ldr F A Tyson  2 Nov 1939 Admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary following a car accident
Flt Lt J A Thomson  2 Nov 1939 Assumed command of No 245 Sqn
Sqn Ldr E W Whitley  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 245 Sqn
Flt Lt J A Thomson  6 Nov 1939 Relinquished command of No 245 Sqn
APO R J Wright  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO T R Kitson  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO K R McGlashan  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO G E Hill  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO D S Yapp  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO J S Southwell  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO D A Pennington  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO G Marsland  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO J Redman  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO J S Humphreys  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO N J Mowat  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO R A West  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO K Laverty  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
APO A L Treanor  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Fg Off J M Shewell  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off G C H Culley  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
APO N J Mowat 26 Nov 1939 Appointed Navigation Officer
APO G E Hill  8 Dec 1939 Appointed Parachute Officer
APO G Marsland 14 Dec 1939 Appointed Armament Officer
APO D S Yapp 14 Dec 1939 Appointed Intelligence Officer
APO T R Kitson 14 Dec 1939 Appointed Signals Officer
APO J Redman 14 Dec 1939 Appointed Link Trainer Officer
APO A L Treanor 14 Dec 1939 Appointed Lectures Officer

Source - No 245 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1481)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron was formed at RAF Leconfield in No 13 Group
 6 Nov 1939 3 x Miles Magisters, N3861, N3869 and N8984 received for training
Magister - early WW2 scheme
20 Nov 1939 Avro Tutor, K6109, was collected from No 152 Sqn at RAF Acklington
Avro Tutor
29 Nov 1939 3 x Bristol Blenheim Is, L6780, L6781 and L6788, collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
Blenheim IF
 1 Dec 1939 1 x Blenheim I (dual), L1270, was delivered
 6 Dec 1939 3 x Bristol Blenheim Is, L6797, L6798 and L6799, collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill

Source - No 245 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1481)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off G C H Culley  8 Mar 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Fg Off, wef 27 Feb 1940
Flt Lt J M Shewell 17 Apr 1940 'B' Flight Commander, reported sick
Plt Off N J Mowat 17 Apr 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off J T Denman 12 May 1940 Attached from SHQ, RAF Leconfield for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off D Carlson 14 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 616 Sqn
Flt Lt J A Thomson 15 May 1940 Returned from RAF Northolt on completion of Navigation Course
Fg Off D Carlson 16 May 1940 Admitted to Edinburgh Castle Hospital following a flying accident
Plt Off J C Nixon 18 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off E R Edmunds 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R I Chaffe 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A L Hedges 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R A West  1 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A L Treanor  1 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J C Nixon xx Jun 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 501 Sqn
Fg Off S A Hamilton-Bowyer  6 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off D J Spence 13 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 4 FPP
Plt Off W W McConnell 20 Jun 1940 Arrived at Hawkinge on posting from No 6 SFTS
Flt Lt J A Thomson 13 Jul 1940 Posted to No 302 Sqn as Flight Commander
Sub-Lt R F Bryant 13 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 253 Sqn
Fg Off C A C Stone 13 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 253 Sqn
Sqn Ldr H M Starr 21 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU as supernumerary
Sgt P Killick 28 Jul 1940 Admitted to Stranmills Military Hospital following a flying accident
Fg Off D Carlson 31 Jul 1940 Returned to duty on limited flying duties
Fg Off D Carlson  1 Aug 1940 Proceeded to No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sqn Ldr H M Starr  9 Aug 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn to command
Plt Off A L Hedges 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 257 Sqn, RAF Debden
Sgt Perrin 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Lafont 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Mouchotte 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt H Bouquilliard 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off R I Chaffe 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Plt Off D S Yapp 18 Sep 1940 Attached to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Sgt Perrin 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Prestwick
Sgt Lafont 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Prestwick
Sgt Mouchotte 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Prestwick
Sgt H Bouquilliard 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Prestwick
Sgt Baake 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 32 Sqn, RAF Acklington
Sgt K R Jarrett 18 Sep 1940 Attached to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Plt Off W W McConnell 24 Sep 1940 Posted to No 607 Sqn
Plt Off G Marsland 24 Sep 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn
Plt Off J Redman 24 Sep 1940 Posted to No 257 Sqn
Sgt Banks 24 Sep 1940 Posted to No 504 Sqn
Plt Off D S Yapp 26 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Sgt K R Jarrett 26 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Plt Off D Hammond 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Plt Off D Hollis 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off M R McClancy 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Sgt Price 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Sgt Harvey 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Sgt Steedman 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Fg Off S A Hamilton-Bowyer 29 Sep 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 22 EFTS for Instructors' Course
Plt Off J J Beedham 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off V B de la Perelle 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off W T Eiby 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off D Whitney 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt A L Hughes 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off D S Yapp  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn, RAF Kenley
Sgt C B Brown  4 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt M Hare  4 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off J J Beedham  7 Oct  1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off E R Edmunds  9 Oct 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt
Sgt J Kucera  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt V Folger  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off D A Pennington 11 Oct 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn, RAF Kenley
Plt Off D Hammond 12 Oct 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn, RAF Kenley
Sgt Price 12 Oct 1940 Posted to No 73 Sqn, RAF Debden
Sgt P Killick 16 Oct 1940 Re-posted following a medical board at RAF Halton
Capt de Soitivaux 16 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Beguin 16 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off F Haldenby 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt E G Greenwood 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off C Leggett 18 Oct 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF North Weald
Sgt Steedman 18 Oct 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF North Weald
Sgt G E Genders 19 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt J E T Dykes 19 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt Jenkins 19 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt Blott 19 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt E G Greenwood 21 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A Glendinning 24 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off F Haldenby  5 Nov 1940 Posted to No 73 Sqn, RAF Debden
Plt Off W T Eiby  5 Nov 1940 Posted to No 73 Sqn, RAF Debden
Sgt G E Genders  5 Nov 1940 Posted to No 73 Sqn, RAF Debden
Plt Off J Mackinder  8 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Todd  8 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Dawes  8 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Williams  8 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sgt Vardy  8 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Flt Lt Szczesniewski  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 303 Sqn
Plt Off Koc  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 303 Sqn
Sgt Koscik  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 303 Sqn
Sgt Pretkiewicz  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 303 Sqn
Sgt Brzeski  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 303 Sqn
Sgt V Folger 11 Nov 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn, RAF North Weald
Sgt A L Hughes 11 Nov 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn, RAF North Weald
Plt Off D Hollis 11 Nov 1940 Posted to No 11 SFTS, RAF Shawbury
Plt Off M R McClancy 12 Nov 1940 Posted to No 226 Sqn, RAF Sydenham
Plt Off D Whitney 12 Nov 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn, RAF Martlesham Heath
Capt de Soitivaux 16 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off V B de la Perelle 13 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Sgt Beguin 13 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Sgt C B Brown 13 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Sgt Jenkins 13 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Sgt J Kucera 13 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Sgt M Hare 13 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Orzechewski 16 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 306 Sqn for operational training
Sqn Ldr Orzechewski 18 Nov 1940 Transferred from the Training List to the Operational List of No 245 Sqn
Fg Off Wisniewski 20 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU
Sgt Jones 20 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU
Sgt Bennet 20 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU
Sgt Elkins 20 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU
Sgt Leveridge 20 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU
Plt Off V B de la Perelle 25 Nov 1940 Posted to No 258 Sqn, RAF Leconfield
Sgt J E T Dykes 25 Nov 1940 Posted to No 213 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Sgt Beguin 25 Nov 1940 Posted to No 213 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Plt Off A Glendinning 25 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, returned from an attachment in England
Capt de Soitivaux 27 Nov 1940 Posted to No 253 Sqn, RAF Kenley
Sqn Ldr Orzechewski 27 Nov 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt
Sgt Pretkiewicz 30 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off G E Hill  6 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 CFS, RAF Cranwell for Instructors' Course
Plt Off J S Southwell 10 Dec 1940 Departed on posting overseas
Plt Off D J Spence 10 Dec 1940 Departed on posting overseas
Plt Off J Mackinder 10 Dec 1940 Departed on posting overseas
Flt Lt Laskiewicz 14 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU
Sqn Ldr J W C Simpson 16 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 245 Sqn
Plt Off K R McGlashan 17 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Cranage for duty on night fighters
Flt Lt C A C Stone 18 Dec 1940 Posted to No 607 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Sqn Ldr E W Whitley 19 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of No 245 Sqn on posting to HQ No 13 Group (Wg Cdr post)
Sqn Ldr J W C Simpson 19 Dec 1940 Assumed command of No 245 Sqn
Plt Off R I Chaffe 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn

Source - No 245 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1481)

Organisational Movements:  Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 9 Feb 1940 Fairey Battle L5031 collected from RAF Sutton Bridge
Battle I
 9 Feb 1940 'B' Flight detached to RAF Acklington for training owing to unserviceability of RAF Leconfield
10 Feb 1940 Fairey Battle P5251 collected from RAF Sutton Bridge
10 Feb 1940 Fairey Battle N2103 collected from No 602 Sqn, RAF Abbotsinch but force landed en-route
14 Feb 1940 Fairey Battle P5240 collected from RAF Sutton Bridge
21 Feb 1940 'B' Flight returned from RAF Acklington
 7 Mar 1940 3 x Hawker Hurricanes received for re-equipment with Single engine fighters
Hurricane I of No 245 Squadron
15 Mar 1940 9 x Hawker Hurricanes delivered by ferry pilots
22 Mar 1940 4 x Hawker Hurricanes collected
 5 Apr 1940 4 x Sections detached to RAF Church Fenton for training under Sector Control
12 Apr 1940 4 x Sections ceased to be detached to RAF Church Fenton
13 Apr 1940 Squadron declared operational
11 May 1940 Advance party departed RAF Leconfield for RAF Drem
12 May 1940 Rail party departed RAF Leconfield for RAF Drem
12 May 1940 Air party departed RAF Leconfield for RAF Drem
15 May 1940 'A' Flight departed RAF Drem for France via Digby and Manston
21 May 1940 'A' Flight (part) returned from France
24 May 1940 'A' Flight (part) returned from France
28 May 1940 Air Party departed RAF Drem for RAF Hawkinge (Admin and Maintenance remained at Drem)
 5 Jun 1940 Air Party departed RAF Hawkinge for RAF Turnhouse
 5 Jun 1940 Admin and Maintenance Sections departed RAF Drem for RAF Turnhouse
 9 Jun 1940 Air Party departed RAF Turnhouse for RAF Hawkinge (Admin and Maintenance remained at Turnhouse)
30 Jun 1940 Air Party departed RAF Hawkinge for RAF Turnhouse
20 Jul 1940 Air party departed RAF Turnhouse for RAF Aldergrove by air
23 Jul 1940 Main party departed arrived at RAF Aldergrove by rail and sea
27 Sep 1940 Squadron informed it was to operate as an OTU
15 Oct 1940 Squadron informed that the Squadron Badge had been authorised by HM King George VI
No 245 (North Rhodesian) Squadron badge
24 Oct 1940 Squadron badge was presented by AVM R E Saul, AOC, No 13 Group

Source - No 245 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1481)

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.

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This page was last updated on 21/07/21

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