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No 257 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr D W Bayne 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Kenley and assumed command of No 257 Sqn
Flt Lt H R A Beresford 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ, No 11 Group for duty as Senior Flight Commander
Fg Off L R G Mitchell 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off P H Bolton 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Hon D A Coke 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off B W D'Arcy-Irvine 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C R Bonseigneur 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C G Frizell 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off D W Hunt 17 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr I A E Edwards 18 May 1940 Attached from the Air Ministry to assist in the formation of the squadron
Flt Lt R S Bouyer 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off P C Wallis 18 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Linton-on-Ouse for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt H R A Beresford 20 May 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Act Flt Lt W S Bowyer 20 May 1940 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off Hon D A Coke 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off B W J D'Arcy-Irvine 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off D W Hunt 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'A' Flight
Fg Off L R G Mitchell 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off C R Bonseigneur 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off G C Frizell 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off C F A Capon 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt Girdwood 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Fraser 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'A' Flight
Sgt Forward 20 May 1940 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt Hulbert 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 601 Sqn
Sgt R C Nutter 21 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 601 Sqn
Plt Off A C Cochrane 23 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 263 Sqn
Flt Lt A E Loveday 24 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr I A E Edwards 25 May 1940 Ceased to be attached on return to the Air Ministry
Act Flt Lt W S Bowyer 28 May 1940 Appointed Sqn Armament Officer
Flt Lt A E Loveday 30 May 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to SHQ, RAF Hendon for Administrative duties
Flt Lt P N Hargreaves 30 May 1940 Arrived on posting from SHQ, RAF Hendon for duty as Intelligence Officer
Act Flt Lt W S Bowyer  4 Jun 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt N M Hall  4 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAE Farnborough and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off L R G Mitchell  2 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Plt Off Henderson  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G H Maffett  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt J A G Chomley  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Kent 20 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr T Harkness 22 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 257 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D W Bayne 22 Jul 1940 Relinquished command of No 257 Sqn on posting to HQ, Fighter Command
Flt Lt N M Hall 22 Jul 1940 Posted to RAE Farnborough
Flt Lt Kent 23 Jul 1940 Posted to RAE Farnborough
Flt Lt N M Hall 27 Jul 1940 Reposted from RAE Farnborough
Plt Off K C Gundry  3 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Sgt Robinson  3 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge
Flt Lt N M Hall  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off B W J D'Arcy-Irvine  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sgt K B Smith  8 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J A G Chomley 12 Aug 1940 Killed in action
LAC D G Underhill 26 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid
AC2 S Collier 26 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid
AC2 F G Holmes 26 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid
Plt Off Henderson 31 Aug 1940 Wounded in action and admitted to Brightlingsea RN Hospital
Plt Off G H Maffett 31 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off L H Schwind  1 Sep 1940 Arrived at Martlesham Heath on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt E Jessop  1 Sep 1940 Arrived at Martlesham Heath on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt A D Page  1 Sep 1940 Arrived at Martlesham Heath on posting from No 5 OTU
Sgt K M Allen  1 Sep 1940 Arrived at Martlesham Heath on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off C R Bonseigneur  3 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D W Hunt  3 Sep 1940 Wounded in action and admitted to Billericay Hospital
Flt Lt H R A Beresford  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off L R G Mitchell  7 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off E M Gunter  8 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Plt Off G C Bailey  8 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Flt Lt P M Brothers 10 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn, wef 9 Sep 1940
Fg Off L H Schwind 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Plt Off E M Gunter 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Plt Off G C Bailey 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 43 Sqn, RAF Usworth
Fg Off P H Bolton 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 30 MU
Flt Lt R R Stanford Tuck 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off North 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Plt Off Mortimer 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 85 Sqn
Flt Lt R R Stanford Tuck 12 Sep 1940 Assumed command of No 257 Sqn
Sqn Ldr T Harkness 12 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of No 257 Sqn on posting to RAF Boscombe Down
Plt Off Hon D A Coke 12 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Debden
Fg Off Kington 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Engineer Officer
Sgt Francis 13 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Pfeiffer 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off Pniak 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off G C Frizell 16 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Debden
Plt Off A C Cochrane 16 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Debden
Plt Off Chelmecki 17 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 17 Sqn
Plt Off J Redman 22 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 43 Sqn
Plt Off S E Andrews 22 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off Chelmecki 23 Sep 1940 Posted to No 17 Sqn
Plt Off Hon D A Coke 27 Sep 1940 Reposted from RAF Debden
Plt Off Pfeiffer 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 5 BGS
Plt Off B Davey 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off Kay 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 111 Sqn
Flt Lt R R Stanford Tuck  4 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Sqn Ldr
Fg Off H P Blatchford  4 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off N B Heywood 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Evans 17 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off N B Heywood 22 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R H B Fraser 22 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Surma 22 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt A G Girdwood 29 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt A D Page  8 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Myers 10 Nov 1940 Attached to RAF Uxbridge for an Intelligence Course
Sgt B Henson 17 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off Myers 17 Nov 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Uxbridge
Plt Off Evans 18 Nov 1940 Posted to No 85 Sqn
Plt Off Pniak 21 Nov 1940 Posted to No 305 (Polish) Sqn
Sgt S P Brejcha 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt H E Bennett  5 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting, wef 28 Nov 1940
Sgt Griffin  5 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off K C Gundry  9 Dec 1940 Posted to No 312 (Czech) Sqn
Fg Off Szczesny 12 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt Griffin 15 Dec 1940 Departed on posting overseas
Plt Off Mortimer 15 Dec 1940 Departed on posting overseas
Fg Off Szczesny 15 Dec 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Flt Lt P M Brothers 17 Dec 1940 Posted to No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off Surma 17 Dec 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
Flt Lt P B Hanks 17 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt L R Truman 17 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Henderson 17 Dec 1940 Posted to No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Sgt R C Nutter 18 Dec 1940 Posted to No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Sgt H E Bennett 21 Dec 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Sgt H N Hoyle 21 Dec 1940 Posted to No 145 Sqn, RAF Tangmere
Flt Lt Lazoryk 23 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt J Pentz 23 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Redman 24 Dec 1940 Posted to No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off A L Hedges 24 Dec 1940 Posted to No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off S E Andrews 25 Dec 1940 Posted to No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt J F Parrott 28 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt P B Hanks 29 Dec 1940 Attached to No 46 Sqn, RAF Digby
Fg Off Hon D A Coke 29 Dec 1940 Attached to No 46 Sqn, RAF Digby
Plt Off North 29 Dec 1940 Attached to No 46 Sqn, RAF Digby
Sgt Shead 29 Dec 1940 Attached to No 46 Sqn, RAF Digby
Sgt S E Lucas 29 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 CFS, RAF Cranwell
Sgt A H Warminger 31 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt P T Vowles 31 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt T H Johnston 31 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 55 OTU, RAF Aston Down

Source - No 257 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1526)

Organisational Movements: May - Dec 1940

Date Notes
17 May 1940 Squadron formed at RAF Hendon
17 May 1940 1 x Miles Master was collected on loan from No 56 Sqn
Master I - early WW2 scheme
18 May 1940 8 x Supermarine Spitfire Is delivered from RAF Llandow
Spitfire I
18 May 1940 1 x Miles Master was collected from RAF Kenley
21 May 1940 4 x Supermarine Spitfire Is delivered from RAF Ternhill
22 May 1940 Application of the code letters 'DT' began
11 Jun 1940 8 x Hawker Hurricane Is arrived for re-equipment
Hurricane I of No 257 Squadron (December 1940)
11 Jun 1940 11 x Spitfires flown away for storage
12 Jun 1940 8 x Hawker Hurricane Is arrived for re-equipment
13 Jun 1940 2 x Hawker Hurricane Is arrived for re-equipment
14 Jun 1940 7 x Spitfires flown away for storage
14 Jun 1940 1 x Miles Master delivered to RAF Digby and 1 x Master allotted to Station Flight, RAF Hendon
 4 Jul 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Hendon to RAF Northolt
15 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Northolt to RAF Debden
19 Aug 1940 Air element detached to RAF Martlesham Heath
 5 Sep 1940 Ground element moved from RAF Debden to join air element at RAF Martlesham Heath
 8 Oct 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF North Weald
  7 Nov 1940 Squadron moved from RAF North Weald to RAF Martlesham Heath
15 Dec 1940 Ground party departed RAF Martlesham Heath for RAF Coltishall
17 Dec 1940 Air party departed RAF Martlesham Heath for RAF Coltishall

Source - No 257 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1526)

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