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No 254 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr P A Hunter 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 254 Sqn
Sgt Plt T K Rees  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off K I Mackenzie  6 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R E Bright  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off A J Hill  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off S T Beal  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P C Gaylard  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off K Illingworth  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E H Alexander  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt F D Mottram  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Sgt Plt C D Mace  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Act Flt Lt K M Gillies 13 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Flt Sgt R Darker 22 Nov 1939 Promoted to Temp WO for duty as Engineer Officer
Plt Off N L Banks 16 Dec 1939 Attached as Officer, i/c Henley Target Towing Flight
Sgt Plt R F Worsdell 16 Dec 1939 Attached as with Henley Target Towing Flight
Sgt Plt M U Wilkin 16 Dec 1939 Attached as with Henley Target Towing Flight
Sgt Plt J M Cockburn 16 Dec 1939 Attached as with Henley Target Towing Flight
Sgt Plt H M P Ashby 17 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting

Source - No 254 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1514)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron HQ and one flight formed at RAF Stradishall in No 12 Group
30 Oct 1939 Second flight being in the process of forming at RAF Leuchars, attached to No 233 Sqn
30 Oct 1939 1 x Miles Magister was collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Magister - early WW2 scheme
24 Nov 1939 4 x Blenheim Is collected from No 19 MU, RAF St Athan
Bristol Blenheim IF
28 Nov 1939 4 x Blenheim Is collected from No 19 MU, RAF St Athan
 7 Dec 1939 Advance party departed RAF Stradishall for RAF Sutton Bridge
 9 Dec 1939 Main party departed RAF Stradishall for RAF Sutton Bridge
 9 Dec 1939 Air party departed RAF Stradishall for RAF Sutton Bridge
10 Dec 1939 1 x Blenheim I (dual control) was delivered from No 104 Sqn
16 Dec 1939 Henley Target Towing Flight attached to No 254 Sqn for maintenance and discipline

Source - No 254 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1514)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off N L Banks 27 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached
Sgt Plt R F Worsdell 27 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached
Sgt Plt M U Wilkin 27 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached
Sgt Plt J M Cockburn 27 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached
Sqn Ldr P A Hunter 28 Jan 1940 Relinquished command of No 254 Sqn
Sqn Ldr G K Fairtlough 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn and assumed command of No 254 Sqn
Fg Off J W Baird 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Fg Off L P Bain 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Plt Off D Shawe 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Plt Off K G Taylor 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt R A Bate 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt P G Cory 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt A W Tubbs 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt C F Rose 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Sgt Plt H G Hughes 28 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight, No 233 Sqn
Flt Lt A C Heath  9 May 1940 Killed in action
Lt R B Nuthall RN  9 May 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S A Nicholls  9 May 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off G W Spiers  1 Jun 1940 Failed to return from a sortie but later reported safe
Sgt R Roskrow  1 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R A Bate  1 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J C Love  1 Jun 1940 Killed in action
LAC W T Harrison  1 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Flt Lt P S Jolliffe 24 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A B Norfolk 24 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J Price 24 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt H G Hughes 24 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt J F Burrows 24 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt S Longstaff 24 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Plt A W Tubbs  6 Jul 1940 Shot down during a sortie but rescued by HMS Cossack
Sgt Plt R A McVeigh  6 Jul 1940 Shot down during a sortie but died from wounds after being rescued by HMS Cossack
Sgt Plt A C Johnston  6 Jul 1940 Shot down during a sortie but rescued by HMS Cossack
Plt Off V J Patterson  6 Jul 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R D McLaren  6 Jul 1940 Shot down and wounded during a sortie but rescued by HMS Fortune
Sgt A P Savage  6 Jul 1940 Shot down during a sortie but rescued by HMS Fortune
Sgt Clegg  4 Nov 1940 Proceeded to No 16 ACSB, Edinburgh
Sgt Murphy  4 Nov 1940 Proceeded to No 16 ACSB, Edinburgh
Sgt Ravenscroft  4 Nov 1940 Proceeded to No 16 ACSB, Edinburgh
Plt Off H W Sillard?  7 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties
Sgt Pocock  8 Nov 1940 WOP/AG, arrived on posting
Sgt Timoney  8 Nov 1940 WOP/AG, arrived on posting
WO R Darker 11 Nov 1940 Engineer Officer, appointed to a commission and posted to No 25 Sqn
Plt Off J I N Hiscocin 19 Nov 1940 Engineer Officer, posted to No 234 Sqn, RAF Sumburgh
Flt Lt Gallaway 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'T' Flight
Plt Off T W Ward 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Plt Off J A Parry 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Plt Off Gibson 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Sgt R Stringer 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Sgt L Taylor 26 Nov 1940 Observer, arrived on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Sgt R Thompson 26 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, arrived on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Sgt Brayshaw 26 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Sgt J Smart 26 Nov 1940 Air Gunner, on posting from No 2 (C) OTU, RAF Catfoss
Sgt D K Leaver  6 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A F Bean  6 Dec 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A C Johnston  6 Dec 1940 Killed in action

Source - No 254 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1514) - From February to November 1940 the ORB does not show personnel movements

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
27 Jan 1940 Advance party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Bircham Newton
27 Jan 1940 Henley Target Towing Flight ceased to be attached to No 254 Sqn
28 Jan 1940 Main party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Bircham Newton
28 Jan 1940 'D' Flight, No 233  Sqn, RAF Bircham Newton became 'B' Flight, No 254 Sqn, equipped with Blenheim IVs
Bristol Blenheim IV of No 254 Squadron
24 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Bircham Newton to RNAS Hatston
16 May 1940 Squadron moved from RNAS Hatston to RAF Sumburgh*
 2 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Sumburgh to RAF Dyce*
26 Nov 1940 'T' Flight formed for training purposes

Source - No 254 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1514)

*Source - 'RAF Squadrons' by C G Jefford

This page was last updated on 27/07/21

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