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No 249 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr John Grandy 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 219 Sqn and assumed command of No 249 Sqn
Flt Lt R G Kellett 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 616 Sqn and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off R A Barton 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 41 Sqn and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off J B Nicholson 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 72 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Fg Off J R C Young 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 603 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Fg Off W Smith 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 SoTT for duty as Engineer Officer
Plt Off T F Neil 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 8 SFTS and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off M J S Beazley 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off P A Loweth 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 SFTS and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off J R B Meaker 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 263 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off E E Lommeyer 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Church Fenton for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off G D Gibson 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Catterick for duty as Intelligence Officer
Sgt J R Pether 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 8 SFTS and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt R Smithson 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 10 SFTS and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt E A Fletcher 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 SFTS and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt J M B Beard 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 609 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt P A Rotell 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 14 SFTS and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr D F W Atcherley 18 May 1940 Attached from the Air Ministry to assist in formation of the unit
Plt Off G D Gibson 20 May 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 219 Sqn, RAF Catterick
Sqn Ldr D F W Atcherley 22 May 1940 Ceased to be attached from the Air Ministry
Sqn Ldr P S Gomez 22 May 1940 Attached from the Air Ministry
Fg Off R A Barton 24 May 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 15 May 1940
Sqn Ldr P S Gomez 24 May 1940 Ceased to be attached from the Air Ministry
Fg Off D G Parnall 29 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off I N Bayles 29 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt M C B Boddington 29 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt A D W Main 29 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Fg Off J B Nicholson  5 Jun 1940 Attached to AFDU, RAF Northolt for Air Firing Instructors' Course
Plt Off I N Bayles  8 Jun 1940 Posted to No 152 Sqn
Sgt M C B Boddington  9 Jun 1940 Posted to No 234 Sqn
Flt Sgt T Kent 10 Jun 1940 Promoted to Temp WO
Plt Off M A King 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt F W G Killingback 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt J T Gregory 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt H J Davidson 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt R G Kellett 12 Jun 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off J B Nicholson 14 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to AFDU and appointed Sqn Air Fighting Instructor
Plt Off R G A Barclay 15 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell and attached to No 5 OTU
Plt Off P H V Wells 15 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell and attached to No 5 OTU
Plt Off R D S Fleming 15 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF College, Cranwell and attached to No 5 OTU
Fg Off W Smith 15 Jun 1940 Engineer Officer, posted to SHQ, RAF Leconfield
Sgt E A Fletcher 15 Jun 1940 Posted to No 7 BGS
Sgt D J Fenner 15 Jun 1940 Posted to No 12 OTU
Plt Off R G A Barclay 15 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off P H V Wells 15 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off R D S Fleming 15 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
WO T Kent 25 Jun 1940 Engineer Officer, posted to RAF Uxbridge pending posting overseas
Fg Off H Young 30 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry for duty as Intelligence Officer
Sgt A D W Main 15 Jul 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Flt Lt H R Tucker 19 Jul; 1940 Appointed to a commission in the Technical Branch in the rank of Plt Off
Sqn Ldr R G Kellett 19 Jul 1940 Posted to No 303 (Polish) Sqn, RAF Northolt to command
Plt Off P R F Burton 21 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off P H V Wells 22 Jul 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 11 Apr 1940
Plt Off Richard  4 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Edward  4 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Ney  4 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Elias Wynn  4 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr E B King  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting as supernumerary to gain experience
Sgt W L Davis  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight
Cpl Parry Jones  9 Aug 1940 Admitted to York Military Hospital after being injured in a re-arming accident
Flt Lt J B Nicholson 16 Aug 1940 Admitted to Royal Southampton Hospital with burns after being wounded in combat
Plt Off M A King 16 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr E B King 21 Aug 1940 Posted to No 151 Sqn, RAF Rochford to command
Flt Sgt Allan 25 Aug 1940 NCO i/c 'B' Flight, posted to Southern Rhodesia
Sgt E G Burton 25 Aug 1940 Appointed NCO i/c 'B' Flight
Sqn Ldr John Grandy  6 Sep 1940 Admitted to Maidstone Hospital after baling out
Plt Off R D S Fleming  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off P H V Wells  7 Sep 1940 Admitted to Shorncliffe Military Hospital after being wounded in action
Sqn Ldr John Grandy  7 Sep 1940 Discharged from  Maidstone Hospital
Sgt E G Burton  7 Sep 1940 NCO i/c 'B' Flight, promoted to Flt Sgt
Cpl G H Overton  7 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sgt
Plt Off K T Lofts 10 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 615 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt W R Evans 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt C E Hampshire 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt C L Whitnell 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off P A Worrall 13 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt J P Mills 13 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt C A Rust 13 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt C C Palliser 14 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off A G Lewis 14 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt C L Whitnell 17 Sep 1940 Returned to No 85 Sqn du to being not operationally trained
Flt Lt D G Parnall 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off M J S Beazley 18 Sep 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Sgt L H B Pearce 18 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off W H Millington 19 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 79 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off M J S Beazley 25 Sep 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off P R F Burton 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J R B Meaker 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off A G Lewis 28 Sep 1940 Admitted to Faversham Cottage Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off E S B Woolmer 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 46 Sqn for duty as Intelligence Officer
Sgt R J McNair 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off G Solak 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 151 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt J McPhee 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 151 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt G Perrin  1 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 615 Sqn
Sgt H Bouquilland  1 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 615 Sqn
Sgt E A Bayley 10 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt L H B Pearce 11 Oct 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn
Sgt G Perrin 12 Oct 1940 Admitted to hospital after being wounded in action
Sgt Young 12 Oct 1940 Sqn Armament NCO, promoted to Flt Sgt
Sgt Sowerbutts 12 Oct 1940 NCO i/c Signals Section, promoted to Flt Sgt
Sgt C E Hampshire 15 Oct 1940 Posted to No 422 Flight, RAF Shoreham
Fg Off M J S Beazley 15 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF North Weald as non-effective, sick
Plt Off A G Lewis 15 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF North Weald as non-effective, sick
Sgt W L Davis 15 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF North Weald as non-effective, sick
Sgt F W G Killingback 15 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF North Weald as non-effective, sick
Sgt C A Rust 15 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF North Weald as non-effective, sick
Fg Off E Cassidy 21 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting form No 25 Sqn
Sgt H Bouquilland 25 Oct 1940 Admitted to RN Hospital, Chatham after being wounded in action
AC1 T H Saunders 30 Oct 1940 Died from injuries
Plt Off W H Millington 30 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off H Young  3 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 56 Sqn
Plt Off Pauncefoote Legge  4 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 601 Sqn, RAF Exeter
Plt Off E S B Woolmer  6 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Fg Off, wef 28 Sep 1940
Plt Off R G A Barclay  7 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off
Plt Off R K Tongue 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 504 Sqn, RAF Filton
Sgt Bennet 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Sgt Hughes 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn, RAF Aldergrove
Sgt Fogler 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn, RAF Aldergrove
Plt Off R K Tongue 16 Nov 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF North Weald
Sgt Bennet 16 Nov 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn, RAF Martlesham Heath
Sgt Hughes 16 Nov 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn, RAF Martlesham Heath
Sgt Fogler 16 Nov 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn, RAF Martlesham Heath
Sgt Snythe 19 Nov 1940 Attached to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt
Sgt McPhee 20 Nov 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn, RAF Martlesham Heath
Sgt Waghorn 20 Nov 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn, RAF North Weald
Sgt G Perrin 25 Nov 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt
Plt Off P H V Wells 28 Nov 1940 Admitted to Leeds Castle Military Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off R G A Barclay 28 Nov 1940 Admitted to Pembrey Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off A C C Wenman  3 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Sgt H Bouquilland  4 Dec 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt
Fg Off F E Payolle  6 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 145 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Plt Off F de la Bouchere  6 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 145 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Fg Off H Skalaki  6 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 46 Sqn
Sgt Popek  6 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 46 Sqn
Sgt Stroud  6 Dec 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF North Weald
Sqn Ldr John Grandy  6 Dec 1940 Posted to HQ Fighter Command (Wg Cdr post)
Sgt Snythe  7 Dec 1940 Posted to No 615 Sqn, RAF Northolt, wef 18 Nov 1940
Plt Off R S Caskell  7 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 264 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Flt Lt R A Barton 13 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of No 249 Sqn
Plt Off T F Neil 13 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off A C C Wenman 15 Dec 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Plt Off R S Caskell 16 Dec 1940 Posted to No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off P A Worrall 17 Dec 1940 Posted overseas on 'Monsoon' Draft
Plt Off Pain 17 Dec 1940 Posted overseas on 'Monsoon' Draft
Sgt R Smithson 18 Dec 1940 Posted to No 96 Sqn, RAF Cranage
Sgt R J McNair 18 Dec 1940 Posted to No 96 Sqn, RAF Cranage
Plt Off A G Lewis 22 Dec 1940 Returned from convalescence
Sgt J M B Beard 27 Dec 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off and reposted to the unit
Sgt W R Evans 27 Dec 1940 Posted to No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down

Source - No 249 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1498)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1940

Date Notes
16 May 1940 Squadron formed at RAF Church Fenton in No 13 Group
16 May 1940 8 x Hurricane Is allotted by No 41 Group and two were collected from No 19 MU, RAF St Athan
17 May 1940 Squadron advised it would be equipped with Spitfires instead of Hurricanes
18 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Church Fenton to RAF Leconfield by road and air, the Hurricanes being left behind
18 May 1940 8 x Spitfire Is allotted from No 27 MU and two were collected
Spitfire I
18 May 1940 2 x Miles Masters delivered from Phillips & Powis, Reading
Master I - early WW2 scheme
20 May 1940 Squadron was fully equipped with 16 x Spitfires and all maintenance equipment
 5 Jun 1940 1 x Master loaned to No 607 Sqn
10 Jun 1940 Squadron advised it would re-equip with Hurricanes
11 Jun 1940 8 x Hurricanes delivered from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
Hurricane I of No 249 Squadron
11 Jun 1940 1 x Master transferred to RAF Leconfield
12 Jun 1940 8 x Hurricanes delivered from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
12 Jun 1940 8 x Spitfires collected by No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
13 Jun 1940 2 x Hurricanes delivered from No 12 MU, RAF Kirkbride
14 Jun 1940 8 x Spitfires collected by No 12 MU, RAF Kirkbride
 3 Jul 1940 Squadron declared operational by day
 7 Jul 1940 Squadron commenced the move from RAF Leconfield to RAF Church Fenton
 8 Jul 1940 Squadron completed its move from RAF Leconfield to RAF Church Fenton
12 Jul 1940 1 x Hurricane delivered from No 5 MU, RAF Kemble
13 Jul 1940 4 x Hurricanes delivered from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
 7 Aug 1940 Squadron was transferred from No 13 Group to No 12 Group, on change of Group boundaries
14 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Church Fenton to RAF Boscombe Down by air and road (less main servicing section)
14 Aug 1940 Squadron was transferred from No 12 Group to No 10 Group
29 Aug 1940 Maintenance Section arrived at RAF Boscombe Down from RAF Church Fenton
 1 Sep 1940 Pilots flew their aircraft to RAF North Weald to relieve No 56 Sqn, whose pilots flew the 249 Sqn aircraft back
 4 Sep 1940 Aircraft establishment reduced from 22 to 18 + 1 (for Station Commander, RAF North Weald)
24 Sep 1949 Squadron HQ and Maintenance Section moved from RAF Boscombe Down to RAF North Weald
 6 Nov 1940 Squadron retitled No 249 (Gold Coast) Sqn
15 Nov 1940 Announcement of t he award of the VC to Flt Lt J B Nicholson for his actions on 16 Aug 1940

Source - No 249 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1498)

This page was last updated on 23/07/21

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