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No 266 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr J W A Hunnard 30 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Hucknall and assumed command of No 266 Sqn
Act Flt Lt I R Gleed  7 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 46 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Act Flt Lt J B Coward 11 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
LAC B Walker 13 Nov 1939 Admitted to SSQ after being injure in an airscrew accident
Plt Off S W Cobb 20 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off J W B Stevenson 27 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Firing Instructors' Course
LAC B Walker 30 Nov 1939 Discharged from SSQ and sent on sick leave
Plt Off C A G Clark 10 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off P H G Mitchell 10 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Plt Off R J B Roach 10 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 8 SFTS, RAF Montrose
Fg Off N W Burnett 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Plt Off D G Ashton 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
Plt Off D L Armitage 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
Plt Off E G Barwell 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
Sgt Plt R G V Barraclough 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
Plt Off E G Barwell 31 Dec 1939 Posted to No 12 Group Pool, RAF Aston Down

Source - No 266 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1558)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1939

Date Notes
30 Oct 1939 Squadron was formed at RAF Sutton Bridge to be equipped with Bristol Blenheims
 6 Nov 1939 14 x Officer pilots and 4 x Airmen pilots reported for duty direct from various SFTS
11 Nov 1939 3 x Miles Magisters collected from No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Magister - early WW2 scheme
18 Nov 1939 Squadron advised it would be equipped with Fairey Battles rather than Blenheims
25 Nov 1939 3 x Plt Off posted to No 222 Sqn, RAF Duxford
25 Nov 1939 3 x Plt Off and 2 Airman Plts posted to No 229 Sqn, RAF Digby
27 Nov 1939 7 x Air Gunners proceeded to No 10 AOS, RAF Warmwell for Air Gunnery Course
27 Nov 1939 4 x Air Gunners proceeded to No 9 AOS, RAF Penrhos for Air Gunnery Course
 4 Dec 1939 3 x Battles, L5348, L5350 and L5374, collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
Battle I
 9 Dec 1939 3 x Battles, P5244, L5343 and L5365, delivered by No 1 Ferry Pool
10 Dec 1939 5 x Battles, L5442, L5375, P5369, P5368 and P5248, collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
19 Dec 1939 3 x Battles collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill

Source - No 266 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1558)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off S A C Sibley  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell
Plt Off T A Vigors  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell
Sgt R T Kidman  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS
Sgt Land  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS
Plt Off S A C Sibley 17 Jan 1940 Posted to No 12 Group Pool
Plt Off T A Vigors 17 Jan 1940 Posted to No 12 Group Pool
Sgt Land 17 Jan 1940 Posted to No 12 Group Pool
Act Flt Lt I R Gleed 18 Feb 1940 Slightly injured after baling out of Spitfire I, N3120 and reported sick
Act Flt Lt S H Bazley 29 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 611 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off H H Chalder 15 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 66 Sqn, RAF Duxford
Fg Off I R Gleed 21 Apr 1940 Returned from sick leave
Plt Off L S Gunning 22 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J L Wilkie 26 Apr 1940 Posted to No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Plt Off L S Gunning 26 Apr 1940 Posted to No 10 MU, RAF Hullavington
Plt Off N P W Hancock 11 May 1940 Posted to No 1 Sqn
Fg Off I R Gleed 14 May 1940 Posted to No 87 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off J W B Stevenson  2 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R T Kidman  2 Jun 1940 Killed in action
Sgt R H Gretton 12 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt F B Hawley 12 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sgt D E Kingaby 23 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Plt Off C A G Clark 24 Jun 1940 Posted to Fighter Interception Unit
Act Flt Lt J B Coward 27 Jun 1940 Posted to No 19 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Plt Off J F Soden 27 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
Sqn Ldr R L Wilkinson 29 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU, pending assuming command of No 266 Sqn
Sub-Lt RNVR H C Greenshields  1 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt H W Ayre  1 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Flt Lt D W Balden  4 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 SFTS, RAF Sealand
Sqn Ldr J W A Hunnard  6 Jul 1940 Relinquished command of No 266 Sqn on posting to HQ No 12 Group
Sqn Ldr R L Wilkinson  6 Jul 1940 Assumed command of No 266 Sqn
Flt Lt D W Balden 17 Jul 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot for temporary duty with No 418 Flight
Sgt H W Ayre 17 Jul 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot for temporary duty with No 418 Flight
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 25 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment from RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Plt Off H M T Heron 27 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF St Athan for Fighter Navigation Instructors Course
Fg Off N W Burnett  1 Aug 1940 Posted to No 46 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Flt Lt D W Balden  3 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 418 Flight on posting to No 261 Sqn
Sgt H W Ayre  3 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 418 Flight on posting to No 261 Sqn
Plt Off D L Armitage  3 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off D G Ashton 12 Aug 1940 Killed in action
AC1 J B Brawley 13 Aug 1940 Killed in an air raid
AC2 E Crossley 13 Aug 1940 Died from injuries
Sgt F B Hawley 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off F W Cale 15 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr R L Wilkinson 16 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Sub-Lt RNVR H C Greenshields 16 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N G Bowen 16 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Act Flt Lt S H Bazley 16 Aug 1940 Admitted to hospital with burns after baling out
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 17 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 266 Sqn
Plt Off C Logan 20 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn
Fg Off E H Thomas 24 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn
Flt Sgt C Sydney 24 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 19 Sqn
Plt Off W A Middleton 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off H D Pool 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off J G Pattison 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off R H Thomas 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off E P Wells 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt H Cook 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt W Ellis 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off J C R Clarke 27 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off T D Davey 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn
Plt Off G M Hayton 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 Sqn
Plt Off R H Thomas 28 Aug 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 10 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of No 266 Sqn on posting to No 257 Sqn
Fg Off E H Thomas 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Sgt R H Gretton 10 Sep 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off H M T Heron 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 92 Sqn
Plt Off J G Pattison 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 92 Sqn
Sgt H Cook 11 Sep 1940 Posted to No 92 Sqn
Sqn Ldr H W Mermagen 12 Sep 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 266 Sqn
Plt Off W Jones 13 Sep 1940 Posted to No 602 Sqn
Sgt A W Eade 13 Sep 1940 Posted to No 602 Sqn
Plt Off J F Soden 14 Sep 1940 Posted to No 603 Sqn
Plt Off H H Chalder 15 Sep 1940 Posted to No 41 Sqn
Plt Off A H Humphrey 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off H A R Prowse 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt L O Allton 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt R A Boswell 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt A N MacGregor 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt R A Breeze 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt J T Dunmore 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sqn Ldr H W Mermagen 17 Sep 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 266 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Patrick G Jameson 17 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 266 Sqn
Sgt K C Pattison 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt J A Scott 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt W Sadler 24 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 92 Sqn
Sgt D E Kingaby 25 Sep 1940 Posted to No 92 Sqn
Sgt K C Pattison 26 Sep 1940 Posted to No 611 Sqn
Sgt J A Scott 26 Sep 1940 Posted to No 611 Sqn
Sgt W Sadler 26 Sep 1940 Posted to No 611 Sqn
Plt Off T D Davey 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 72 Sqn
Sgt R A Boswell 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Sgt A N MacGregor 28 Sep 1940 Posted to No 19 Sqn
Plt Off M K Hill 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off R C Gostling 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt G A Ford 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt T A Cooper 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt M A Beatty 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt S A Goodwin 30 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt L O Allton 30 Sep 1940 Posted to No 92 Sqn
Sgt R A Breeze  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Sgt J T Dunmore  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off E P Wells  2 Oct 1940 Posted to No 41 Sqn
Plt Off H D Pool  3 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Biggin Hill
Sgt Terry  3 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Biggin Hill
Plt Off B E Tucker  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt J W Allen  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt E A King  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt S F Tomalin  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
Sgt S A Goodwin 14 Oct 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Sgt C E Ody 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt R J Thoburn 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Sgt D W Thomas 14 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden
Plt Off H A R Prowse 20 Oct 1940 Posted to No 603 Sqn
Plt Off W S Williams 21 Oct 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt F W Morse 22 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 56 Sqn
Plt Off B E Tucker 25 Oct 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Plt Off G M Hayton 26 Oct 1940 Posted to No 66 Sqn
Plt Off C Logan  4 Nov 1940 Posted to No 222 Sqn
Plt Off H E Penketh  8 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 611 Sqn
Sgt R F Lewis 21 Nov 1940 Posted to No 7 OTU for further training
Plt Off H E Penketh 22 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off R M Trousdale 23 Nov 1940 Posted to No 225 Sqn for duty as Flight Commander
Sgt J W Allen 27 Nov 1940 Posted to No 64 Sqn
Sgt T A Cooper 27 Nov 1940 Posted to No 64 Sqn
Sgt E A King 27 Nov 1940 Posted to No 602 Sqn
Sgt S F Tomalin 27 Nov 1940 Posted to No 602 Sqn

Source - No 266 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1558)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
10 Jan 1940 Squadron advised that it would re-equip with Spitfires
18 Jan 1940 2 x Battles collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
19 Jan 1940 3 x Spitfire Is collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
Spitfire I of No 266 Squadron
20 Jan 1940 1 x Spitfire I collected from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
 9 Feb 1940 1 x Battle collected by No 245 Sqn
10 Feb 1940 1 x Battle collected by No 245 Sqn
12 Feb 1940 4 x Spitfire Is collected from No 8 MU, RAF Little Rissington
14 Feb 1940 4 x Spitfire Is collected from No 8 MU, RAF Little Rissington
14 Feb 1940 1 x Battle collected by, and 3 x Battles delivered to No 245 Sqn
15 Feb 1940 3 x Spitfire Is collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
16 Feb 1940 4 x Spitfire Is collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
29 Feb 1940 Advance party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath
 1 Mar 1940 Main party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath by road and rail
 1 Mar 1940 Air party departed RAF Sutton Bridge for RAF Martlesham Heath
11 Mar 1940 2 x Spitfire Is collected from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
 1 Apr 1940 1 x Battle, P5248, collected from No 32 MU, RAF St Athan
 6 Apr 1940 Advance party moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Wittering by air
 7 Apr 1940 Main party moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Wittering by air
 7 Apr 1940 'A' and 'B' Flights moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Wittering, HQ and Maintenance Flights remained at Martlesham
 7 Apr 1940 Battle, P5248, handed over to Experimental Flight, Martlesham Heath
17 Apr 1940 Magister, R1838 collected by No 5 OTU, RAF Aston Down
 1 May 1940 1 x Miles Master, N7685 was delivered from the manufacturers
Master I - early WW2 scheme
 7 May 1940 Last Battle, L5368, delivered to No 38 MU
14 May 1940 HQ and Maintenance Flights moved from RAF Martlesham Heath to RAF Wittering
16 May 1940 4 x Spitfire Is collected from No 27 MU, RAF Shawbury
 9 Jun 1940 3 x Spitfire Is delivered from No 9 MU, RAF Cosford
19 Jun 1940 Spitfire, L1043 collected from No 610 Sqn
21 Jul 1940 Spitfire, R6768 delivered by FPP
 9 Aug 1940 Air element moved from RAF Wittering to RAF Tangmere for operational duties under control of Coastal Command
11 Aug 1940 Advance party departed RAF Wittering for RAF Eastchurch
12 Aug 1940 Main party departed RAF Wittering for RAF Eastchurch
12 Aug 1940 Air element moved from RAF Tangmere to RAF Eastchurch
14 Aug 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Eastchurch to RAF Hornchurch following losses sustained in an air raid
16 Aug 1940 Spitfire I, X4066, delivered from No 8 MU, RAF Little Rissington
17 Aug 1940 9 x Spitfire Is delivered from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
17 Aug 1940 1 x Spitfire I delivered from Air Stores Unit, Hamble
18 Aug 1940 2 x Spitfire Is delivered from No 24 MU, RAF Ternhill
18 Aug 1940 5 x Spitfire Is delivered from No 6 MU, RAF Brize Norton
21 Aug 1940 Air party moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Wittering
21 Aug 1940 Main party moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Wittering
23 Aug 1940 Rear party moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Wittering
 5 Sep 1940 5 x Spitfire IIs delivered by ferry pilots on re-equipment
Spitfire IIA of No 266 Squadron
 6 Sep 1940 13 x Spitfire IIs delivered by ferry pilots on re-equipment
 6 Sep 1940 5 x Spitfire Is delivered to No 72 Sqn
 6 Sep 1940 4 x Spitfire Is delivered to No 66 Sqn
 7 Sep 1940 5 x Spitfire Is delivered to No 616 Sqn
16 Oct 1940 14 x Spitfires IIs delivered to No 603 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch in exchange for 14 x Spitfire Is
 5 Nov 1940 6 x Sgt Pilots arrived on posting from No 7 OTU, RAF Hawarden

Source - No 266 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/1558)

This page was last updated on 31/07/21

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