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No 248 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J H Hutchinson 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 248 Sqn
Fg Off J Pennington-Legh 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off R E G Morewood 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off C A Hopkins 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed duties of Adjutant
APO R H McHardy 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO A L Hamilton 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO C C Bennett 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO A E Bourgeois 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO S R Gane 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO A H Garrard 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO A F Holderness 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO F R Elger 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO G B Atkinson 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO A L Fowler 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO C G Arthur 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO G M Baird 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO A E Hill 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
WO F A Chambers 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Fg Off J Pennington-Legh 13 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 1 Nov 1939
Fg Off R E G Morewood 13 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 1 Nov 1939
APO A E Bourgeois 20 Nov 1939 Appointed Sqn Armament Officer
APO A L Hamilton 20 Nov 1939 Appointed Sqn Navigation Officer
APO A L Fowler 20 Nov 1939 Appointed Sqn Signals Officer
APO C C Bennett 11 Dec 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Link Trainer
APO A H Garrard 11 Dec 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Parachutes
APO G B Atkinson 11 Dec 1939 Appointed Officer i/c Sports
Sgt Plt Havilland 14 Dec 1939 Appointed to a commission in the rank of APO

Source - No 248 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1495)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron was formed at RAF Hendon as a Blenheim Fighter Squadron
 1 Nov 1939 3 x Miles Magisters allotted to the squadron
Magister - early WW2 scheme
 4 Dec 1939 First Bristol Blenheim I (dual) received
Bristol Blenheim IF of No 248 Squadron
16 Dec 1939 4 x Blenheim IFs collected from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble
17 Dec 1939 1 x Blenheim IF collected from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble
21 Dec 1939 3 x Blenheim IFs collected from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble

Source - No 248 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1495)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt J Pennington-Legh  3 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Flt Lt R E G Morewood  3 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Plt Off A E Hill  3 Jan 1940 Attached to No 25 Sqn for R/T Course
APO C G Arthur 10 Jan 1940 Attached to No 92 Sqn for Blenheim Conversion Course
Flt Lt P H Woodruff 13 Jan 1940 Attached to assist in flying instruction
Plt Off Ricketts 10 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Kimpton 14 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting as General Reconnaissance Officer
Plt Off S G Tater  3 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J G Peterkin  5 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr V C F Streatfield  6 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 248 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J H Hutchinson  8 Mar 1940 Relinquished command of No 248 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V C F Streatfield  8 Mar 1940 Assumed command of No 248 Sqn
Plt Off J Morris 18 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF West Freugh
Plt Off C E Leatham 18 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF West Freugh
Plt Off M E Shields 20 Mar 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting from RAF Manby
Plt Off Sharman 30 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Jurby
Plt Off Schollar 30 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Jurby
Plt Off Welles 30 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Jurby
Plt Off Warren 30 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF Jurby
Plt Off M D Green 30 Mar 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting from RAF West Freugh
Plt Off A G Smitz  5 May 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Flt Lt R E G Morewood 11 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off R H McHardy 11 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off J Morris 11 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off C E Leatham 11 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Flt Lt J Pennington-Legh 15 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off G M Baird 15 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off F R Elger 15 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off A L Fowler 15 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off M E Shields 17 May 1940 Attached to No 235 Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton for operational duties
Plt Off A E Bourgeois 20 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off S G Tater 20 May 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R J Kenworty  3 Jun 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Fg Off Walker  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Engineer Officer
Plt Off German-Ribon  7 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Plt Off C A Hopkins 19 Jun 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 27 Feb 1940
Plt Off A J Hitchman 26 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Catterick, wef 20 Jun 1940
Flt Lt P H Woodruff 26 Jun 1940 Posted to No 1 (C) OTU, RAF Silloth
Plt Off West  7 Jul 1940 Attached from No 1 (C) OTU, to supervise training of aircrew
Sqn Ldr V C F Streatfield 10 Jul 1940 Proceeded to RAF Farnborough for High Altitude Physiology Course
Plt Off J G Peterkin 10 Jul 1940 Proceeded to RAF Warmwell for Air Gunnery Course
Fg Off C A Hopkins 10 Jul 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 27 Feb 1940
Sqn Ldr V C F Streatfield 12 Jul 1940 Returned from RAF Farnborough on completion of High Altitude Physiology Course
Plt Off West 25 Jul 1940 Ceased top be attached on return to No 1 (C) OTU
Plt Off J G Peterkin  9 Aug 1940 Returned from RAF Warmwell on completion of Air Gunnery Course
Plt Off R J Kenworty 11 Aug 1940 Air Gunner, attached to No 1 (C) OTU for W/T Course
Sgt J H Round 19 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt W H Want 19 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt M P Digby-Worsley 19 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt C J Arthur 27 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R C R Cox 27 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E A Ringwood 27 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Havilland 28 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC2 R Moon 28 Aug 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt W J Garfield 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt B W Mesner 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A Kay 13 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J S Hamilton 25 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt K Massey 25 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt D A Easton 25 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt L Thomas 25 Sep 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Sgt L N Palmer 25 Sep 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Sgt F G Foster 25 Sep 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Sgt H J Beck 25 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Sgt J W Bradley 25 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Sgt S Mead 25 Sep 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting
Plt Off H J Powell 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J D Dodd 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A H E Khan 29 Sep 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off S F Jefferson 29 Sep 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off A F Pettet 29 Sep 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Flt Lt J Pennington-Legh  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 232 Sqn to command
Plt Off R H McHardy  1 Oct 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off C C Bennett  1 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G S Clarke  1 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt G B Brash  1 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Dryden  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 50 Group Pool
Sgt J C Lumsden?  5 Oct 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt W G Barratt?  5 Oct 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt J Ferguson  9 Oct 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt R I Mowat  9 Oct 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt D L Burton 19 Oct 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Sgt F T Solomon? 19 Oct 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off G M Baird 20 Oct 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt R Copcutt 20 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt D L Burton 20 Oct 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
Sgt S V Wood 20 Oct 1940 Failed to return from an operation and later reported to be a POW
APO S R Gane 20 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M D Green 20 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt N J Stocks 20 Oct 1940 Killed in action
LAC P Hunter? 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC G Gatehouse 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC R Carter 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC J Paget 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC D Richardson 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC E Robinson 27 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off B Brown 31 Oct 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Sgt C Pugh 31 Oct 1940 Air Observer, arrived on posting
Plt Off Welles  1 Nov 1940 Air Observer, posted to RAF Bircham Newton
Plt Off A H Garrard  3 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt E J Bayliss  3 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H F J Moynham  3 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L Newman 18 Nov 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt L Rushforth 18 Nov 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt S Henshaw 18 Nov 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt D P Harris 27 Nov 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt H E Howett 27 Nov 1940 WOp/AG, arrived on posting
Plt Off F R Elger 28 Nov 1940 Posted to No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Fg Off W H Boyes  8 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Engineer Officer
Fg Off Walker 12 Dec 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Sumburgh
Plt Off J D Dodd 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A F Pettet 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt A Hook 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
LAC L S J Bright 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 A H Moore 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J S Hamilton 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt H W Walmsley 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt J H May 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 S Julian 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
AC1 G W Monks 13 Dec 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sqn Ldr J J E Coates 17 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 248 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V C F Streatfield 28 Dec 1940 Relinquished command of No 248 Sqn on posting to Cambridge UAS
Sqn Ldr J J E Coates 28 Dec 1940 Assumed command of No 248 Sqn

Source - No 248 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1495)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
15 Feb 1940 Blenheim IF, L1226 delivered to RAF Northolt
15 Feb 1940 Blenheim IVF, P4847 delivered from RAF Northolt
15 Feb 1940 Blenheim IVF, N6193 delivered from RAF North Weald
Blenheim IVF of No 248 Squadron
25 Feb 1940 Blenheim IVF, N6139 delivered from No 600 Sqn, RAF Manston
25 Feb 1940 Advance party departed RAF Hendon for RAF North Coates Fitties
25 Feb 1940 Main party departed RAF Hendon for RAF North Coates Fitties, leaving a maintenance party behind
27 Feb 1940 Air party departed RAF Hendon for RAF North Coates Fitties (1 x Blenheim I, 7 Blenheim IVs and 1 x Magister)
27 Feb 1940 Squadron transferred from Fighter Command to Coastal Command
 1 Mar 1940 Blenheim IVF, N6193 transferred to No 235 Sqn
 1 Mar 1940 Blenheim IVF, P4847 and Magister, R1832 brought to RAF North Coates from RAF Hendon
 2 Mar 1940 Blenheim IF, L1212 transferred to No 25 Sqn, RAF North Weald
 9 Mar 1940 Blenheim IVF, N6233 delivered from No 25 Sqn, RAF North Weald
 8 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from RAF North Coates Fitties to RAF Thorney Island
11 Apr 1940 1 x Blenheim I was collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
15 Apr 1940 1 x Blenheim I was collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
16 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Thorney Island to RAF Gosport
21 Apr 1940 1 x Blenheim IVF was collected from No 10 MU
23 Apr 1940 8 x Blenheim IVFs was collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
17 May 1940 1 x Blenheim IVF, L9455 received from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
22 May 1940 Squadron was transferred from Coastal Command to No 13 Group, Fighter Command
22 May 1940 'A' Flight moved to RAF Montrose
22 May 1940 Sqn HQ, 'B' Flight and Maintenance Flight moved to RAF Dyce
23 May 1940 2 x Blenheim IVFs, L9453 and L9454 collected from from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
26 May 1940 2 x Blenheim IVFs, L9394 and P6952 collected from from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
xx May 1940 All Air Observers were posted to RAF Silloth
21 Jun 1940 Squadron was transferred from No 13 Group, Fighter Command to Coastal Command
21 Jun 1940 'A' Flight moved from RAF Montrose to RAF Dyce
20 Jul 1940 1st air party departed RAF Dyce for RAF Sumburgh
23 Jul 1940 2nd air party departed RAF Dyce for RAF Sumburgh
28 Jul 1940 3rd air party departed RAF Dyce for RAF Sumburgh
30 Jul 1940 Advance ground party proceeded to RAF Sumburgh by boat
31 Jul 1940 Main ground party proceeded to RAF Sumburgh by boat
xx Aug 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 248 Squadron badge

Source - No 248 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1495), except *

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 22/07/21

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