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No 253 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr E D Elliott 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 253 Sqn
Plt Off H T J Anderson  2 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Fg Off G Harris 10 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater 27 Nov 1939 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Halton
Plt Off M B Mallett 11 Dec 1939 Admitted to RN Hospital, Chatham
Plt Off M B Mallett 16 Dec 1939 Transferred to RAF Convalescent Home, Torquay
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater 23 Dec 1939 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot as non-effective, sick, wef 27 Nov 1939

Source - No 253 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1511)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Formed at RAF Manston in No 11 Group to be equipped with 16 x Blenheims
 4 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1834, collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Magister - early WW2 scheme
 7 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1836, collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
15 Nov 1939 Miles Magister, R1831, collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington but damaged in a forced landing
xx Dec 1939 Establishment amended from 16 x Blenheims to 16 x Battles, 15 of which had arrived by 23 Dec 1939
Battle I

Source - No 253 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1511)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater 13 Jan 1940 Reposted from No 1 RAF Depot
Plt Off J R Urwin-Mann 26 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Group Pool
Act Fg Off H T J Anderson 12 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 2 Nov 1939
Plt Off J T Strang 22 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 Ferry Pilots' Pool
Plt Off M B Mallett 14 Mar 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot as non-effective, sick, wef 16 Dec 1939
Plt Off H T J Anderson 21 Mar 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 27 Feb 1940
Sgt J A Anderson 26 Apr 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Uxbridge after abandoning Hurricane, L1668
Plt Off D L Bisgood 13 May 1940 Proceeded to France via RAF Manston
Plt Off C G Jefferies 13 May 1940 Proceeded to France via RAF Manston
Plt Off J B Hobbs 13 May 1940 Proceeded to France via RAF Manston
Plt Off J T Strang 18 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned safe
Plt Off J D Ford 18 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned safe
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater 18 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned safe
Sgt R A Brackley 18 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned safe
Flt Lt G Harris 19 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned safe
Flt Lt H T J Anderson 19 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off F W Ratford 19 May 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr E D Elliott 21 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later reported to be a POW
Plt Off J T Strang 21 May 1940 Returned after being shot down
Plt Off J D Ford 21 May 1940 Returned after being shot down
Sgt R A Brackley 21 May 1940 Returned after being shot down
Flt Lt F N Clouston 22 May 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 253 Sqn
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater 22 May 1940 Returned after being shot down
Plt Off J D Ford 23 May 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later returned safe
Sqn Ldr David F W Atcherley 28 May 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 253 Sqn
Sqn Ldr T P Gleave  2 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Fighter Command
Flt Lt W P Cambridge  4 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting course (10 days)
Plt Off L L Barnard  4 Jun 1940 Attached for instruction as Adjutant
Plt Off G C T Carthew  6 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Sqn Ldr David F W Atcherley  8 Jun 1940 Promoted to Wg Cdr, wef 1 Mar 1940
Plt Off P L Dawburn  8 Jun 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn
Sqn Ldr T P Gleave  9 Jun 1940 Assumed command of No 253 Sqn
Sqn Ldr David F W Atcherley  9 Jun 1940 Relinquished command of No 253 Sqn on posting to RAF Castletown to command
Plt Off J T Hemingway 15 Jun 1940 Posted to No 85 Sqn
Plt Off C D Francis 17 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Fg Off J H Wedgwood 18 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off L L Barnard 28 Jun 1940 Attached to HQ, No 12 Group for temporary duty
Fg Off R F Watts  1 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off T Nowak 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off M Samolinski 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sqn Ldr E B King 17 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU as supernumerary
Plt Off A A G Trueman 20 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Sqn Ldr E B King  5 Aug 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn to command
Sqn Ldr T P Gleave 10 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of No 253 Sqn but remained as supernumerary
Sqn Ldr H M Starr 10 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 253 Sqn
Plt Off W Glowacki 16 Aug 1940 Attached from No 145 Sqn
Plt Off W Urbanowicz 16 Aug 1940 Attached from No 145 Sqn
Plt Off W Glowacki 20 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 145 Sqn
Plt Off W Urbanowicz 21 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 145 Sqn
Fg Off J H Wedgwood 28 Aug 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 6 Jul 1940
Flt Lt G A Brown 30 Aug 1940 Admitted to Preston Hall Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off C D Francis 30 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D N O Jenkins 30 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J H Dickinson 30 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr T P Gleave 31 Aug 1940 Admitted to Orpington Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off J K G Clifton  1 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater  2 Sep 1940 Admitted to Rye Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off A A G Trueman  4 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt W P Cambridge  6 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Act Sqn Ldr G R Edge  7 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 605 Sqn and assumed command of No 253 Sqn
Fg Off R F Watts  7 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off R G Graves  9 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU
Plt Off A R H Barton 10 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Flt Lt R M B D Duke-Woolley 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 23 Sqn
Plt Off A J Jones 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 15 OTU for Engineer duties
Plt Off A F Eckford 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off R G Graves 14 Sep 1940 Posted to No 85 Sqn for further training
Plt Off G C T Carthew 20 Sep 1940 Posted to No 85 Sqn for further training
Plt Off A R H Barton 20 Sep 1940 Admitted to Ashford Hospital after being wounded in action
Plt Off G Marsland 24 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn
Flt Lt J H Wedgwood 26 Sep 1940 Posted to Flying Flight, Czech Depot, RAF Cosford as Flight Commander
Act Sqn Ldr G R Edge 27 Sep 1940 Admitted to Willsborough Hospital, Ashford after being wounded in action
Flt Lt R M B D Duke-Woolley 27 Sep 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 253 Sqn
Plt Off M Samolinski 27 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R G Graves 28 Sep 1940 Re-posted from No 85 Sqn
Plt Off R G Graves 29 Sep 1940 Admitted to Brockley Park Hospital, Weybridge after being wounded in action
Plt Off G Henry  1 Oct 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 12 Jul 1940
Flt Lt G A Brown  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 71 Sqn
Plt Off D S Yapp  1 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn
Sqn Ldr T P Gleave  5 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick, wef 31 Aug 1940
Act Sqn Ldr G R Edge  5 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick, wef 29 Sep 1940
Plt Off D B Bell-Slater  5 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick, wef 2 Sep 1940
Plt Off A R H Barton  5 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick, wef 20 Sep 1940
Plt Off R G Graves  5 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick, wef 22 Sep 1940
Sgt H H Allgood 10 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off L C Murch 11 Oct 1940 Admitted to Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tonbridge Wells after being wounded in action
Plt Off L C Murch 11 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick
Plt Off D A Pennington 13 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn
Plt Off P G Wall 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant (RAFVR)
Plt Off C W Hammond 16 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn
Plt Off A H Corkett 19 Oct 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick
Plt Off J D Ford 28 Oct 1940 Rejoined the squadron from RAF Convalescent Home Torquay for ground duties
Sgt P J Moore 30 Oct 1940 Admitted to SSQ following a flying accident
Plt Off G H Wass 30 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 15 OTU for Engineer duties
Act Flt Lt G Harris  2 Nov 1940 Rejoined the squadron from RAF Convalescent Home Torquay
Plt Off A J Jones  5 Nov 1940 Engineer Officer, relinquished his commission on account of ill-health
Act Fg Off A C Pring  6 Nov 1940 Adjutant, embarked at Liverpool on posting to India
Plt Off R G Graves  6 Nov 1940 Reposted from SHQ, RAF Kenley (ex non-effective, sick)
Plt Off J D Ford 11 Nov 1940 Posted to SHQ, RAF Kenley as non-effective, sick
Act Sqn Ldr G R Edge 14 Nov 1940 Posted from SHQ, RAF Kenley (ex non-effective, sick) as supernumerary
Act Sqn Ldr P R Walker 15 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU and assumed command of No 253 Sqn
Flt Lt R M B D Duke-Woolley 15 Nov 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 253 Sqn
Act Flt Lt G Harris 15 Nov 1940 Posted to No 56 OTU
Plt Off T Nowak 16 Nov 1940 Posted to No 303 (Polish) Sqn
Capt C J M F de Scitiveux  4 Dec 1940 French Air Force, arrived on posting from No 245 Sqn, wef 29 Nov 1940
Plt Off A H Corkett  4 Dec 1940 Reposted from SHQ, RAF Kenley (ex non-effective, sick), wef 24 Nov 1940
Plt Off J P B Greenwood  9 Dec 1940 Posted to No 5 SFTS for Instructor duty
Plt Off J T Strang 11 Dec 1940 Posted to No 14 SFTS for Instructor duty
Plt Off A H Corkett 12 Dec 1940 Attached to HQ, No 11 Group for R/T and Fighter Tactics course (3 days)
Fg Off S R Peacock-Edwrds 17 Dec 1940 Embarked at Liverpool on posting overseas
Plt Off D J Hammond 17 Dec 1940 Embarked at Liverpool on posting overseas
Fg Off J P Forde 21 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF Kenley for Medical duties

Source - No 253 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1511)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
15 Jan 1940 Squadron advised the it would re-equip with Hawker Hurricanes, 1 having been received by the end of the month
Hurricane I of No 253 Squadron
14 Feb 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Manston to RAF Northolt
14 Feb 1940 A total of 10 x Hurricanes had been delivered by this date
29 Feb 1940 A total of 16 x Hurricanes had been delivered by this date
31 Mar 1940 A total of 20 x Hurricanes had been delivered by this date
 9 May 1940 Squadron completed the move from RAF Northolt to RAF Kenley
16 May 1940 'B' Flight proceeded to France
17 May 1940 'A' Flight joined a flight of No 111 Sqn to form a composite squadron to operate from France during the day but return to RAF Kenley overnight
20 May 1940 No 111/253 Sqn disbanded but 'A' Flight joined with No 229 Sqn to for 253/229 Composite Sqn
24 May 1940 No 253/229 Sqn disbanded
24 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Kenley to RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
 6 Jul 1940 'A' Flight detached to satellite airfield at Coleby Grange
 7 Jul 1940 'A' Flight moved from satellite airfield at Coleby Grange to satellite airfield at Ringway
20 Jul 1940 'A' Flight returned from satellite airfield at Ringway
21 Jul 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey to RAF Turnhouse
23 Aug 1940 Squadron, except Maintenance Flight, moved from RAF Turnhouse to RAF Prestwick
29 Aug 1940 Squadron, (pilots, aircraft and 32 ground personnel), moved from RAF Prestwick to RAF Kenley
 1 Sep 1940 Maintenance Flight moved from RAF Turnhouse to RAF Grangemouth
16 Sep 1940 HQ and remaining personnel departed RAF Prestwick for RAF Kenley
16 Sep 1940 Maintenance Flight departed RAF Grangemouth for RAF Kenley
 8 Nov 1940 Squadron was re-designated No 253 (Hyderabad State) (Fighter) Sqn

Source - No 253 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1511)

This page was last updated on 26/07/21

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