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No 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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Personnel Movements: Oct 1925 - Mar 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Appointed to a commission in the AAF and assumed command of No 603 Sqn
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 Arrived on posting for duty as Stores Officer
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Oct 1925 - Mar 1926

Date Notes
14 Oct 1925

Formed at RAF Turnhouse as part of the Auxiliary Air Force, manned by part time Auxiliary Air Force personnel assisted by a small permanent staff.   Equipped with Avro 504Ks for training and DH9As for service flying

Avro 504K

DH 9A

 1 Nov 1925 Recruiting commenced
19 Jan 1926 Town HQ at 25 Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh was opened

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

March 1926

 

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504K

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse HQ Special Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre

Source - March 1926 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504K

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse HQ Special Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre

Source - July 1926 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul - Dec 1926

Date Notes
xx Jul 1926 Squadron proceeded to RAF Base Leuchars for Annual Training Camp
xx Jul 1926 Squadron returned from RAF Base Leuchars on completion of Annual Training Camp
xx Dec 1926 Squadron received its firs Avro 504N to commence replacing the Avro 504Ks

Avro 504N

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

December 1926

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

HQ Special Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre

Source - December 1926 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Dec 1926 - Jul 1927

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Alexander R H Miller  1 Feb 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off Haworth-Booth xx xxx xxxx Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Irvine E C Watson 20 Jul 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off John T L Shiells 22 Jul 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off John H Flynn 25 Jul 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

July 1927

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925  
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Plt Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Alexander R H Miller  1 Feb 1927  
Plt Off John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927  

Source - July 1927 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Stephen M Musgrave  5 Sep 1927 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Sqn Ldr William E C Buchanan (Rev)  7 Feb 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF for duty as Chaplain
Fg Off

Victor B Bennett

 5 Apr 1928 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Myles H G White 25 Jun 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off John T L Shiells  7 Jul 1928 Killed in a flying accident

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1927 - Jul 1928

Date Notes
23 Jul 1927 Squadron proceeded to RAF Base Leuchars for Annual Training Camp
xx Aug 1927 Squadron returned from RAF Base Leuchars on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925  
Fg Off

Victor B Bennett

 5 Apr 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Alexander R H Miller  1 Feb 1927  
Plt Off John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927  
Plt Off John T L Shiells 22 Jul 1927 Killed in a flying accident - 7 Jul 1928
Plt Off Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Stephen M Musgrave  5 Sep 1927  
Plt Off John H Flynn 25 Jul 1927  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927  

Source - July 1928 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul  - Sep 1928

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off James H Glenny  5 Aug 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF, wef 11 Jul 1928
Flt Lt

Hugh S P Walmsley

13 Aug 1928 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off Edward S V Burton 14 Aug 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF, wef 31 Jul 1928
Flt Lt Charles R Keary  1 Sep 1928 Adjutant, posted to HQ, ADGB
Plt Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off

Burlington C Mason

24 Sep 1928 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Flt Lt

Victor B Bennett

24 Sep 1928 Assistant Adjutant, posted to No 602 Sqn for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off Alexander M Mitchell 29 Sep 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul  - Sep 1928

Date Notes
21 Jul 1928 Squadron proceeded to RAF Base Leuchars for Annual Training Camp
xx Aug 1928 Squadron returned from RAF Base Leuchars on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

September 1928

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt Charles R Keary 14 Oct 1925  
Fg Off

Victor B Bennett

 5 Apr 1928 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926  
Plt Off Alexander R H Miller  1 Feb 1927  
Plt Off John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927  
Plt Off Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Stephen M Musgrave  5 Sep 1927  
Plt Off John H Flynn 25 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Myles H G White 25 Jun 1928  
Plt Off James H Glenny 11 Jul 1928  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

George Scarrott

14 Oct 1925 later A/Cdre
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927  
Chaplains Branch
Rev William E C Buchanan   7 Feb 1928  

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Roger I Kynaston 12 Nov 1928 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Samuel Davidson  3 Feb 1929 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Thomas M McNeil 30 Sep 1929 Appointed to a commission in the AAF, wef 22 Jul 1929
Fg Off

James E Reynolds

18 Mar 1929 Arrived on posting for duty as Stores Officer

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Sep 1928 - Jul 1929

Date Notes
21 Jul 1928 Squadron proceeded to RAF Base Leuchars for Annual Training Camp
xx Aug 1928 Squadron returned from RAF Base Leuchars on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1929

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504

De Havilland DH9A

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Hugh S P Walmsley

13 Aug 1928 MC, DFC; later AM
Fg Off

Burlington C Mason

24 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Thomas Usher 10 Nov 1925  
Fg Off William O B Winkler  2 Feb 1926  
Fg Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Alexander R H Miller  1 Feb 1927  
Plt Off John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927  
Plt Off Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Stephen M Musgrave  5 Sep 1927  
Plt Off John H Flynn 25 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928  
Plt Off Myles H G White 25 Jun 1928  
Plt Off James H Glenny 11 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Edward S V Burton 31 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Plt Off Alexander M Mitchell 29 Sep 1928  
Plt Off Roger I Kynaston 12 Nov 1928  
Plt Off Samuel Davidson  3 Feb 1929  
Plt Off Thomas M McNeil 25 Jul 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off

James E Reynolds

18 Mar 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 MC
Chaplains Branch
Rev William E C Buchanan   7 Feb 1928  

Source - July 1929 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1929 - Jul 1930

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero  7 Aug 1929 Arrived on posting for duty as Stores Officer
Fg Off

James E Reynolds

xx Aug 1929 Stores Officer, posted to RAF Bircham Newton
Fg Off

Mahoney

xx xxx xxxx Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off

M Griffiths

xx xxx xxxx Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off Robert Sorel Cameron 23 Jun 1930 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off Lord Malcolm A Douglas-Hamilton 15 Jul 1930 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off

M Griffiths

xx Jul 1930 Assistant Adjutant, departed on posting

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Sep 1929 - Jul 1930

Date Notes
20 Jul 1929 Squadron proceeded to RAF Base Leuchars for Annual Training Camp
xx Aug 1929 Squadron returned from RAF Base Leuchars on completion of Annual Training Camp
xx Jan 1930 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Westland Wapitis
Wapiti IIA of No 603 Squadron
xx Mar 1930 Squadron completed re-equipment with Westland Wapitis

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1930

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504

Westland Wapiti

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie  1 Aug 1925 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Hugh S P Walmsley

13 Aug 1928 MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt Alexander R H Miller  1 Feb 1927  
Flt Lt John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927  
Flt Lt Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Laurence J Blake 24 Jul 1926  
Fg Off Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Myles H G White 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off James H Glenny 11 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Edward S V Burton 31 Jul 1928  
Plt Off Stephen M Musgrave  5 Sep 1927  
Plt Off John H Flynn 25 Jul 1927  
Plt Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Plt Off Alexander M Mitchell 29 Sep 1928  
Plt Off Roger I Kynaston 12 Nov 1928  
Plt Off Samuel Davidson  3 Feb 1929  
Plt Off Thomas M McNeil 25 Jul 1929  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero  7 Aug 1929  
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 MC
Chaplains Branch
Rev William E C Buchanan   7 Feb 1928  

Source - July 1930 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

August 1930

Source - August 1930 Air Force List

September 1930

Source - September 1930 Air Force List

October 1930

Source - October 1930 Air Force List

November 1930

Source - November 1930 Air Force List

December 1930

Source - December 1930 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Alexander R H Miller  3 Aug 1930 Killed in a flying accident
The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Appointed Honorary Air Commodore
Plt Off Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Sqn Ldr James R Brown (Rev) 17 Jan 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF for duty as Chaplain
Plt Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Sqn Ldr Hylton R Murray-Philipson 14 Apr 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF and assumed command of No 603 Sqn
Sqn Ldr James McKelvie 14 Apr 1931 Relinquished command of No 603 Sqn
Plt Off Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 30 Jun 1931 Appointed  as Assistant Adjutant and Flying Instructor
Plt Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1930 - Jul 1931

Date Notes
12 Jul 1930 Squadron proceeded to RAF Manston for Annual Training Camp
xx Jul 1930 Squadron returned from RAF Manston on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1931

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Avro 504N

Westland Wapiti

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Hylton R Murray-Philipson 14 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Hugh S P Walmsley

13 Aug 1928 MC, DFC; later AM
Flt Lt John M Fosbrooke 31 May 1927  
Flt Lt Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Lord Malcolm A Douglas-Hamilton 15 Jul 1930  
Fg Off Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Fg Off Myles H G White 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off James H Glenny 11 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Alexander M Mitchell 29 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Samuel Davidson 3 Feb 1929  
Fg Off Thomas M McNeil 25 Jul 1929  
Plt Off Roger I Kynaston 12 Nov 1928  
Plt Off Robert Sorel Cameron 23 Jun 1930 later A/Cdre
Plt Off Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Plt Off Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Plt Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero  7 Aug 1929
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 MC
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - July 1931 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

 9 Sep 1931 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr

Hugh S P Walmsley

23 Sep 1931 Relinquished duties of Adjutant on posted as PA to CAS
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

23 Sep 1931 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off Lord Malcolm A Douglas-Hamilton xx Apr 1932 Resigned his commission in the RAF
Fg Off

Donald M T Macdonald

23 Apr 1932 Arrived on posting from No 503 Sqn for duty as Assistant Adjutant

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1931 - Jul 1932

Date Notes
11 Jul 1931 Squadron commenced its Annual Training Camp at RAF Turnhouse
25 Jul 1931 Squadron completed its Annual Training Camp at RAF Turnhouse

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1932

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Hylton R Murray-Philipson 14 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

 9 Sep 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Flt Lt Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928  
Fg Off Myles H G White 25 Jun 1928  
Fg Off

Donald M T Macdonald

23 Apr 1932 later  AVM
Fg Off James H Glenny 11 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Alexander M Mitchell 29 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Samuel Davidson  3 Feb 1929
Fg Off Thomas M McNeil  25 Jul 1929
Plt Off Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Plt Off Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Plt Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Plt Off Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931  
Plt Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Stores Branch
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero  7 Aug 1929
Accountant Branch
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 MC
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - July 1932 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Cyril H W Boldero 12 Sep 1932 Stores Officer, posted to No 208 Sqn, RAF Heliopolis
Plt Off George H Gatheral 24 May 1932 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off Lord Malcolm A Douglas-Hamilton  8 Jun 1932 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as Civilian Stores Officer
Plt Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Alexander J Deas  3 Jul 1933 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1932 - Jul 1933

Date Notes
 9 Jul 1932 Squadron proceeded to RAF Manston for Annual Training Camp
xx Jul 1932 Squadron returned from RAF Manston on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1933

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Westland Wapiti

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Hylton R Murray-Philipson 14 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

 9 Sep 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Irvine E C Watson 22 Jul 1927  
Flt Lt Alistair H Bruce  9 Jun 1928  
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929
Fg Off

Donald M T Macdonald

23 Apr 1932 later  AVM
Fg Off James H Glenny 11 Jul 1928  
Fg Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Samuel Davidson  3 Feb 1929
Fg Off Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Lord Malcolm A Douglas-Hamilton  8 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Fg Off Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 MC
Plt Off George H Gatheral 24 May 1932  
Plt Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931
Warrant Officer
WO Henry A Ford 17 Jan 1931  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off George H Gatheral  8 Oct 1933 Appointed to a SSC the RAF and posted to No 33 Sqn
Flt Lt George P MacPherson 10 Jan 1934 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1933 - Jan 1934

Date Notes
15 Jul 1933 Squadron proceeded to RAF Manston for Annual Training Camp
xx Jul 1933 Squadron returned from RAF Manston on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

January 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Westland Wapiti RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - 25 Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Hylton R Murray-Philipson 14 Apr 1931 Officer Commanding, AFC
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

 9 Sep 1931 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament Duties, MC
Fg Off

Donald M T Macdonald

23 Apr 1932 later  AVM
Fg Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Fg Off Samuel Davidson  3 Feb 1929
Fg Off Lord Malcolm A Douglas-Hamilton  8 Jun 1932  
Fg Off Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Fg Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Plt Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Plt Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Plt Off Alexander J Deas 3 Jul 1933  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - January 1934 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off Henry G Blair 16 Feb 1934 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Flt Lt

Richard J Legg

25 Feb 1934 Adjutant, embarked on posting to No 30 Sqn, Iraq
Fg Off

Donald M T Macdonald

25 Feb 1934 Assistant Adjutant, posted to RAF Eastchurch
Fg Off Henry G Blair 25 Feb 1934 Assumed duties of Assistant Adjutant
Sqn Ldr Hylton R Murray-Philipson  1 Apr 1934 Relinquished command of No 603 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton  1 Apr 1934 Assumed command of No 603 Sqn
Fg Off Samuel Davidson xx May 1934 Resigned his commission in the AAF, wef 3 Feb 1934
Plt Off Charles E R Tait  1 May 1934 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jan - Jul 1934

Date Notes
xx Feb 1934 5 x Hawker Harts received for re-equipment
Hawker Hart of No 603 Squadron
xx Mar 1934 Squadron completed re-equipment with Harts
21 Jul 1934 Squadron proceeded to RAF Manston for Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1934

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hart

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt George P MacPherson 10 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929
Flt Lt Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MC
Fg Off Henry G Blair 16 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off Alen Wallace 11 Sep 1928  
Fg Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Plt Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Plt Off Alexander J Deas 3 Jul 1933  
Plt Off Charles E R Tait  1 May 1934  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Cecil A G Thomson  9 Jan 1935 Appointed to a commission in the AAF for Accountant duties
Plt Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 Appointed to a commission in the AAF for duty as Medical Officer
Plt Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1934 - Jul 1935

Date Notes
 4 Aug 1934 Squadron returned from RAF Manston on completion of Annual Training Camp
xx xxx 1934 Avro Tutors were received to replace the Avro 504Ns
Avro Tutor

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1935

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hart

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 1 Air Defence Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt George P MacPherson 10 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929
Flt Lt Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MC
Fg Off Henry G Blair 16 Feb 1934 later A/Cdre
Fg Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Plt Off Charles E R Tait  1 May 1934  
Plt Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Cecil A G Thomson  9 Jan 1935  
Plt Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Plt Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Charles E R Tait  2 Sep 1935 Relinquished his commission in the AAF on appointment to SSC in the RAF
Fg Off George A Reid 16 Sep 1935 Attached to No 16 Sqn
Fg Off George A Reid 28 Sep 1935 Ceased to be attached to No 16 Sqn
Plt Off John M Sherwell  1 Nov 1935 Transferred from No 602 Sqn
Fg Off Henry G Blair 26 Apr 1936 Assistant Adjutant, posted to Electrical and Wireless School
Fg Off C H D Wardrop 21 May 1936 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off John M Sherwell xx Jun 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 8 Mar 1936
Plt Off Frederick W Rushmer xx Jul 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 19 Apr 1936

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1935 - Jul 1936

Date Notes
21 Jul 1935 Squadron proceeded to RAF Tangmere for Annual Training Camp
 3 Aug 1935 Squadron returned from RAF Tangmere on completion of Annual Training Camp

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1936

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hart

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

ADGB/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt George P MacPherson 10 Jan 1934  
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929
Flt Lt Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Hon Flt Lt (Fg Off) James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MC
Fg Off C H D Wardrop 21 May 1935  
Fg Off George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Plt Off John M Sherwell  1 Nov 1935  
Plt Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Plt Off Cecil A G Thomson  9 Jan 1935  
Plt Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Plt Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Plt Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Plt Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 MD, FRCS
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

August 1936

Source - August 1936 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Cecil A G Thomson xx Aug 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef  6 Jul 1936
Plt Off Thomas C Garden xx Aug 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef  9 Jul 1936
Fg Off (Hon Flt Lt) James L Jack 17 Aug 1936 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off Harold K Macdonald xx Oct 1936 Promoted to Fg Off, wef  4 Sep 1936
Flt Lt F H Tyson  4 Jan 1937 Arrived on posting as supernumerary for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off John L G Cunningham xx Jan 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 6 Nov 1936
Plt Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell xx Feb 1937 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 10 Jan 1937
Fg Off George A Reid xx Mar 1937 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef xx Nov 1936
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil xx Mar 1937 Transferred to Administrative Branch
Plt Off J A B Somerville xx Mar 1937 Appointed to a commission in the AAF, wef 14 Jan 1937
Plt Off R McG Waterston xx Mar 1937 Appointed to a commission in the AAF, wef 3 Feb 1937
Fg Off F S Stapleton 18 Mar 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 Sqn for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off F S Stapleton 26 Mar 1937 Assistant Adjutant, posted to RAF Depot as non-effective, sick
Fg Off Ian A G L Dick xx Jul 1937 Medical Officer, promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off J A B Somerville xx Jul 1937 Authorised to wear Flying Badge
Plt Off R McG Waterston xx Jul 1937 Authorised to wear Flying Badge

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Date Notes
11 Jul 1936 Squadron proceeded to RAF Leuchars for Annual Training Camp
25 Jul 1936 Squadron returned from RAF Leuchars on completion of Annual Training Camp
 4 Aug 1936 SHQ, RAF Turnhouse formed

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hart

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KT, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton 39 Jun 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt F H Tyson  4 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929
Flt Lt Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MBE, MC
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Fg Off John M Sherwell  1 Nov 1935  
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Cecil A G Thomson  9 Jan 1935  
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off R McG Waterston  3 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J A B Somerville 14 Jan 1937  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Medical Branch
Fg Off Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 MD, FRCS
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off John L G Cunningham xx Aug 1937 Attached to RAF Manston for Air Navigation Course (70 days)
Flt Lt George A Reid xx Aug 1937 Attached to No 269 Sqn, RAF Abbotsinch (14 days)
Flt Lt J J Watts  9 Aug 1937 Arrived on posting from No 3 FTS for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off

Edward L Colbeck-Welch

13 Dec 1937 Arrived on posting from No 7 FTS for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt J J Watts 13 Dec 1937 Assistant Adjutant, posted to No 7 FTS
Mr I S Ritchie xx Dec 1937 Commenced flying training
Mr C D Peel xx Dec 1937 Commenced flying training
Flt Lt F H Tyson 25 Jan 1938 Adjutant, attached to Anti-Gas School, RAF Uxbridge
Flt Lt F H Tyson  5 Feb 1938 Adjutant, ceased to be attached to Anti-Gas School, RAF Uxbridge
Plt Off I S Ritchie 15 Feb 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Plt Off C D Peel 25 Feb 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton  1 Apr 1938 Relinquished command of No 603 Sqn
Flt Lt Ernest H Stevens  1 Apr 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr and assumed command of No 603 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Lord George A Douglas-Hamilton  1 Apr 1938 Transferred to AAFRO with the rank of Wg Cdr
Mr H Priestley 25 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Education Officer
Fg Off Patrick Gifford xx Jun 1938 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 1 Apr 1938

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1937 - Jul 1938

Date Notes
11 Jul 1937 Squadron proceeded to RAF Hawkinge for Annual Training Camp
25 Jul 1937 Squadron returned from RAF Hawkinge on completion of Annual Training Camp
xx Feb 1938 Squadron re-equipped with Hawker Hinds
Hawker Hind of No 603 Squadron
15 Apr 1938 SHQ, RAF Turnhouse closed down
 1 Jul 1938 New conditions of service introduced for Auxiliaries

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hind

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

Bomber Command/No 6 (Auxiliary) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Hon A/Cdre The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair  5 Aug 1930 Honorary Air Commodore, KT, DSO, DL, JP
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt F H Tyson  4 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt

Edward L Colbeck-Welch

 6 Dec 1937 later AVM
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929 Admin duties
Flt Lt James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MBE, MC
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Fg Off John M Sherwell  1 Nov 1935  
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935  
Plt Off R McG Waterston  3 Feb 1937  
Plt Off J A B Somerville 14 Jan 1937  
Plt Off I S Ritchie 15 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C D Peel 25 Feb 1938  
Stores Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 MD, FRCS
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931
Education Officer
Mr H Priestley 25 Apr 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AInstP
Warrant Officers
WO J G Dalziel  3 May 1938  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair xx Aug 1938 Relinquished appointment of  Honorary Air Commodore
APO G C Hunter 11 Oct 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO G K Gilroy 10 Nov 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off K T Thompson  7 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting from No 77 Sqn for Administrative duties
APO G T Dogshun 29 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting
Fg Off

Edward L Colbeck-Welch

 5 Dec 1938 Posted to No 600 Sqn AAF for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt F H Tyson  1 Jan 1939 Adjutant, promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off George L Denholm  8 Jan 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off I T Pease 11 Jan 1939 Transferred from RAFVR to AAF
Fg Off H M Pinfold 23 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 502 Sqn  for duty as Adjutant

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Date Notes
 9 Jul 1938 Squadron proceeded to Ramsgate Airport for Annual Training Camp
23 Jul 1938 Squadron returned from Ramsgate Airport on completion of Annual Training Camp
24 Oct 1938 Squadron was converted from a bomber to a fighter unit, transferred from No 6 Group to No 12 Group

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Hawker Hind

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt F H Tyson  4 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929 Admin duties
Flt Lt James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MBE, MC
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Fg Off Iain D Shields 23 Mar 1931  
Fg Off John G E Haig 11 Jun 1932  
Fg Off George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935  
Fg Off R McG Waterston  3 Feb 1937  
Fg Off J A B Somerville 14 Jan 1937  
Plt Off I S Ritchie 15 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C D Peel 25 Feb 1938  
APO G T Dogshun 29 Nov 1938  
APO G C Hunter 11 Oct 1938  
APO G K Gilroy 10 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 MD, FRCS
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931
Education Officer
Mr H Priestley 25 Apr 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AInstP
Warrant Officers
WO B West  3 May 1938  
WO J G Dalziel  3 May 1938  

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jan  - May 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair xx Aug 1938 Relinquished appointment of  Honorary Air Commodore
APO G C Hunter 11 Oct 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO G K Gilroy 10 Nov 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off K T Thompson  7 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting from No 77 Sqn for Administrative duties
APO G T Dogshun 29 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting
Fg Off

Edward L Colbeck-Welch

 5 Dec 1938 Posted to No 600 Sqn AAF for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt F H Tyson  1 Jan 1939 Adjutant, promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off George L Denholm  8 Jan 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off I T Pease 11 Jan 1939 Transferred from RAFVR to AAF
Fg Off H M Pinfold 23 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 502 Sqn  for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt F H Tyson  1 Feb 1939 Adjutant, posted to HQ Fighter Command for Intelligence duties
Plt Off I T Pease 18 Feb 1939 Killed in a flying accident
APO L L W Bamber 23 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from CFS for duty as Assistant Adjutant and Flying Instructor
Flt Lt George A Reid  4 Apr 1939 Transferred to RAFVR
APO H J S Morton 25 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO Mackenzie 25 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO Douglas 25 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jan - May 1939

Date Notes
xx Mar 1939 Squadron re-equipped with Gloster Gladiator IIs from No 54 Sqn, RAF Hornchurch
Gladiator I

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Gloster Gladiator II

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929 Admin duties
Flt Lt James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MBE, MC
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt George A Reid 17 Mar 1931  
Flt Lt Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Fg Off H M Pinfold 23 Jan 1939  
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935  
Fg Off J A B Somerville 14 Jan 1937  
Fg Off R McG Waterston  3 Feb 1937  
Plt Off I S Ritchie 15 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C D Peel 25 Feb 1938  
APO G C Hunter 11 Oct 1938  
APO G K Gilroy 10 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 MD, FRCS
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931
Education Officer
Mr H Priestley 25 Apr 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AInstP
Warrant Officers
WO B West  3 May 1938  
WO J G Dalziel  3 May 1938  

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group

Gloster Gladiator II

RAF Turnhouse

Town HQ - Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh

Fighter Command/No 12 (Fighter) Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens  7 Jan 1931 Officer Commanding,
Flt Lt Thomas M McNeil  3 Feb 1929 Admin duties
Flt Lt James L Jack 25 Jan 1927 Armament duties, MBE, MC
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  7 Jan 1931  
Flt Lt Patrick Gifford 30 Jun 1931  
Flt Lt George L Denholm 27 Jun 1933  
Flt Lt H M Pinfold 23 Jan 1939  
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 19 Oct 1934  
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald  4 Mar 1935  
Fg Off John L G Cunningham  6 May 1935  
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  19 Jun 1935  
Fg Off J A B Somerville 14 Jan 1937  
Fg Off R McG Waterston  3 Feb 1937  
Plt Off I S Ritchie 15 Feb 1938  
Plt Off C D Peel 25 Feb 1938  
APO L L W Bamber 27 Mar 1939  
APO G C Hunter 10 Nov 1938  
APO G K Gilroy 10 Nov 1938  
Equipment Branch
Flt Lt Harry F Webb  1 Feb 1933
Accountant Branch
Fg Off Thomas C Garden 13 Jan 1935  
Medical Branch
Flt Lt Ian A G L Dick 15 Jun 1935 MD, FRCS
Chaplains Branch
Rev James R Brown 17 Jan 1931
Education Officer
Mr H Priestley 25 Apr 1938 Grade III, BSc, PhD, AInstP
Warrant Officers
WO B West  3 May 1938  
WO G A G Reed 10 Mar 1939  
WO G E Ruddock 13 Mar 1939  
WO J G Dalziel  3 May 1938  

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jun - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
The Rt Hon The Earl of Stair xx Aug 1938 Relinquished appointment of  Honorary Air Commodore
APO G C Hunter 11 Oct 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO G K Gilroy 10 Nov 1938 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off K T Thompson  7 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting from No 77 Sqn for Administrative duties
APO G T Dogshun 29 Nov 1938 Arrived on posting
Fg Off

Edward L Colbeck-Welch

 5 Dec 1938 Posted to No 600 Sqn AAF for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt F H Tyson  1 Jan 1939 Adjutant, promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off George L Denholm  8 Jan 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off I T Pease 11 Jan 1939 Transferred from RAFVR to AAF
Fg Off H M Pinfold 23 Jan 1939 Arrived on posting from No 502 Sqn  for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt F H Tyson  1 Feb 1939 Adjutant, posted to HQ Fighter Command for Intelligence duties
Plt Off I T Pease 18 Feb 1939 Killed in a flying accident
APO L L W Bamber 23 Mar 1939 Arrived on posting from CFS for duty as Assistant Adjutant and Flying Instructor
Flt Lt George A Reid  4 Apr 1939 Transferred to RAFVR
APO H J S Morton 25 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO D K A Mackenzie 25 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
APO W A Douglas 25 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF
Fg Off Thomas C Garden  1 Sep 1939 Accountant Officer, promoted to Flt Lt and posted to RAF Turnhouse
Flt Lt Ian A G L Dick  1 Sep 1939 Medical Officer, posted to RAF Turnhouse
Flt Lt W H Scott-Babcock  1 Sep 1939 Posted to RAF Turnhouse
Plt Off L L W Bamber  3 Sep 1939  Assistant Adjutant and Flying Instructor, posted to No 10 SFTS, RAF Ternhill
Fg Off J G E Haig 15 Sep 1939 Posted to No 12 Group Pool
Flt Lt James L Jack 20 Sep 1939 Promoted to Honorary Sqn Ldr, wef 27 Aug 1939
Fg Off J A B Somerville  1 Oct 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Hon Sqn Ldr James L Jack  6 Oct 1939 Armament Officer, posted to No 25 (Armament) Group
Act Flt Lt J C Boulter  6 Oct 1939 Attached from RAF Usworth and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off B J G Carbury  6 Oct 1939 Attached from No 41 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off C Robertson  6 Oct 1939 Attached from No 41 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight
APO D K A Mackenzie  7 Oct 1939 Posted to No 7 SFTS, RAF Peterborough
APO W A Douglas  7 Oct 1939 Posted to No 7 SFTS, RAF Peterborough
Fg Off L J Fry  8 Oct 1939 Attached from RAF Church Fenton
Fg Off L J Fry 14 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached from RAF Church Fenton
Plt Off J R C Young 15 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Sgt R Berry 17 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick 17 Oct 1939 Admitted to hospital
APO C E Hamilton 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
Pupil Pilot R Mackay 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC J H Barnes 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC G McLaren 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC E W Pritchard 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC J D Shepherd 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
Flt Lt George L Denholm 23 Oct 1939 Attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Plt Off B J G Carbury 24 Oct 1939 Ceased to be attached on posting from No 41 Sqn
Sgt Plt J R Caister 29 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer  1 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Bircham Newton for course of instruction
Flt Lt George L Denholm  2 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Northolt for Air Fighting Course
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer  3 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Bircham Newton for course of instruction
Fg Off John L G Cunningham  4 Nov 1939 Attached to RAF Leuchars for experimental work
Plt Off J R C Young  4 Nov 1939 Attached to No 609 Sqn, RAF Drem
Plt Off G C Hunter  4 Nov 1939 Discharged from Military Hospital, Edinburgh Castle and granted 28 days sick leave
Plt Off C Robertson  10 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached on posting from No 41 Sqn, wef 24 Oct 1939
Fg Off John L G Cunningham 12 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached to RAF Leuchars for experimental work
Plt Off C O Bean 12 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant, wef 29 Oct 1939
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick 13 Nov 1939 Returned from sick leave
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 16 Nov 1939 Proceeded to Harwich for Convoy Liaison duties
Flt Lt Patrick Gifford 18 Nov 1939 Posted to No 3 Sqn to command
Flt Lt George L Denholm 18 Nov 1939 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 19 Nov 1939 Returned from Harwich on completion of Convoy Liaison duties
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick 29 Nov 1939 Proceeded to RAF Halton for Medical Board
Plt Off A Wallace 29 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick  6 Dec 1939 Granted 34 days sick leave
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell  7 Dec 1939 Reported sick
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 11 Dec 1939 Admitted to Military Hospital, Edinburgh Castle
Plt Off J R C Young 12 Dec 1939 Ceased to be attached to No 609 Sqn, RAF Drem
Sgt R Berry 12 Dec 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR, wef 1 Dec 1939, seniority 24 Apr 1939
Fg Off J G E Haig 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 12 Group Pool
Plt Off J E A Barton 16 Dec 1939 Attached from RAF Turnhouse for Intelligence duties
Plt Off B G Stapleton 16 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 32 Sqn
Plt Off N J V Benson 18 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 145 Sqn
Sgt Plt W W Thompson 20 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from No 219 Sqn
Plt Off G C Hunter 21 Dec 1939 Returned from sick leave for ground duties only
Plt Off G I Thomson 28 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from Porthcawl

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Nominal roll of Officers and pilots: 3 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens Officer Commanding, No 603 Sqn
Sqn Ldr James R Brown Chaplain
Flt Lt James L Jack Armament Officer
Fg Off J Smith Accountant Officer
Flt Lt H M Pinfold Adjutant
Flt Lt Patrick Gifford Officer Commanding 'A' Flight
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick Officer Commanding 'B' Flight
Flt Lt George L Denholm 'A' Flight
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald 'A' Flight
Fg Off J A B Somerville 'A' Flight
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 'B' Flight
Fg Off John L G Cunningham 'B' Flight
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 'B' Flight
Fg Off R McG Waterston 'B' Flight
Fg Off J G E Haig AAFRO
Plt Off I S Ritchie 'A' Flight
Plt Off H J S Morton 'A' Flight
Plt Off C D Peel 'B' Flight
APO G K Gilroy 'A' Flight
APO G C Hunter 'B' Flight
APO D K A Mackenzie Under instruction
APO W A Douglas Under instruction
APO C E Hamilton Under instruction
Pupil Pilot R Mackay Under instruction
LAC J H Barnes Under instruction
LAC G McLaren Under instruction
LAC E W Pritchard Under instruction
LAC J D Shepherd Under instruction

Organisational Movements: Jun - Dec 1939

Date Notes
22 Jul 1939 Squadron proceeded to RAF Hawkinge for Annual Training Camp
 6 Aug 1939 Squadron returned from RAF Hawkinge on completion of Annual Training Camp
23 Aug 1939 Squadron was embodied
14 Sep 1939 Squadron received its first Supermarine Spitfire I
Spitfire I of No 603 Squadron (early markings)
15 Sep 1939 7 x Spitfires were delivered
16 Sep 1939 5 x Spitfires were delivered
18 Sep 1939 3 x Spitfires were delivered
20 Sep 1939 1 x Spitfire was delivered
11 Oct 1939 8 x Gladiators transferred to No 152 Sqn
27 Oct 1939 8 x Gladiators transferred to No 141 Sqn
16 Dec 1939 Squadron moved from RAF Turnhouse to RAF Prestwick by road and air

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt George L Denholm 10 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Fg Off J G E Haig 10 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off I S Ritchie 10 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off C Robertson 10 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick 11  Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Turnhouse
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Fg Off John L G Cunningham 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Fg Off C D Peel 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off R Berry 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off B G Stapleton 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off N J V Benson 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off G I Thomson 14 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Flt Lt George L Denholm 14 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Fg Off J G E Haig 14 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off I S Ritchie 14 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off C Robertson 14 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Fg Off J C Boulter 15 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off B J G Carbury 15 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off C Robertson 15 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Montrose for operational duties
Plt Off J E A Barton 19 Jan 1940 Intelligence Officer, departed RAF Montrose for RAF Dyce
Plt Off C Robertson 19 Jan 1940 Departed RAF Montrose for RAF Dyce
Plt Off G C Hunter 19 Jan 1940 Attended CMB, RAF Halton and passed fit for ground duties
Flt Lt Ivone Kirkpatrick 22 Jan 1940 Posted to No 2 Ferry Pilots Pool to command
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 22 Jan 1940 Attended CMB, RAF Halton
Plt Off G C Hunter 30 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Turnhouse for medical observation
Fg Off Frederick W Rushmer  2 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens 14 Feb 1940 Attached to RAF Turnhouse
Fg Off C D Peel 16 Feb 1940 Admitted to Officers' Nursing Home, Edinburgh for a leg operation
Plt Off A Wallace 20 Feb 1940 Adjutant, relinquished his commission in RAFVR on commissioning into AAF
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens 24 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Turnhouse
Plt Off A Wallace 27 Feb 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Fg Off
Fg Off C D Peel  8 Mar 1940 Discharged from Officers' Nursing Home, Edinburgh and attached to RAF Turnhouse
Plt Off B J G Carbury 14 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Turnhouse
Plt Off D K A Mackenzie 17 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 SFTS, RAF Peterborough
Plt Off W A Douglas 17 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 SFTS, RAF Peterborough
Plt Off G I Thomson 19 Mar 1940 Killed in a flying accident
APO D K A Mackenzie 21 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for duty with 'B' Flight
APO W A Douglas 21 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Montrose for duty with 'B' Flight
Fg Off C D Peel  7 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Turnhouse and proceeded to detached flight at Montrose
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 15 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Turnhouse
Plt Off G C Hunter 19 Apr 1940 Proceeded to CMB, RAF Halton
Plt Off G C Hunter 20 Apr 1940 Returned from CMB, RAF Halton
Plt Off G C Hunter 21 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Turnhouse
Flt Lt George L Denholm 22 Apr 1940 Posed to RAF Turnhouse for Operations Room duties
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 22 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 Group
Plt Off J E A Barton 25 Apr 1940 Intelligence Officer, attached to No 602 Sqn, RAF Dyce
Plt Off D Stewart-Clark 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Abbotsinch
Plt Off J E A Barton 29 Apr 1940 Intelligence Officer, ceased to be attached to No 602 Sqn, RAF Dyce
Sqn Ldr James R Brown  5 May 1940 Chaplain, ceased to be attached to RAF Turnhouse
Plt Off J E A Barton  5 May 1940 Intelligence Officer, ceased to be attached from RAF Turnhouse
APO W A Douglas  7 May 1940 Posted to No 5 BGS
Plt Off J R C Young 14 May 1940 Posted to No 249 Sqn, RAF Church Fenton
Fg Off R S Nicholson 15 May 1940 Arrived on posting for Medical duties
Fg Off Geoffrey T Wynne-Powell 16 May 1940 Posted to RAF Leuchars, No 18 Group
Plt Off G C Hunter 16 May 1940 Proceeded to CMB, RAF Halton
APO D K A Mackenzie 17 May 1940 Confirmed in his rank and regraded Plt Off
APO W A Douglas 17 May 1940 Confirmed in his rank and regraded Plt Off
Plt Off G C Hunter 18 May 1940 Returned from CMB, RAF Halton
Fg Off C D Peel 22 May 1940 Proceeded to CMB, RAF Halton
Fg Off C D Peel 24 May 1940 Returned from CMB, RAF Halton
Fg Off J C Boulter 27 May 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Usworth
Plt Off J E A Barton 31 May 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to RAF Dyce
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens  5 Jun 1940 Relinquished command of No 603 Sqn on posting as supernumerary, non-effective
Flt Lt George L Denholm  5 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr and assumed command of No 603 Sqn
Plt Off D K Macdonald  8 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell
Flt Lt Frederick W Rushmer 12 Jun 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off Harold K Macdonald 12 Jun 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off John L G Cunningham 12 Jun 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt
Plt Off D K A Mackenzie 12 Jun 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off G C Hunter 15 Jun 1940 Proceeded to CMB, RAF Halton
Plt Off G C Hunter 18 Jun 1940 Returned from CMB, RAF Halton
Plt Off G C Hunter 21 Jun 1940 Admitted to St Hughes Military Hospital, Oxford
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens 21 Jun 1940 Returned from CMB, RAF Halton
Plt Off G C Hunter 21 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Turnhouse as non-effective, sick
Plt Off C Robertson 28 Jun 1940 Admitted to Edinburgh Castle Military Hospital following horse riding accident
Plt Off A G C Colqhoun 28 Jun 1940 Proceeded to RAF Montrose to join detached flight
Plt Off G C Hunter 29 Jun 1940 Discharged from St Hughes Military Hospital, Oxford
Plt Off P M Cardell  3 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 263 Sqn and allocated to 'B' Flight, Montrose
Plt Off W A A Read  3 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 263 Sqn and allocated to 'A' Flight, Dyce
Plt Off W L Blackburn  5 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 602 Sqn for Intelligence duties
Plt Off R H Hillary  6 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight, Montrose
Plt Off A P Pease  6 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU and allocated to 'B' Flight, Montrose
Plt Off D J C Pinckney  6 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 OTU
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens  8 Jul 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Cosford
Flt Lt Harold K Macdonald 11 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Turnhouse for Controller duties
Plt Off A G C Colqhoun 11 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Drem
Flt Lt John L G Cunningham 15 Jul 1940 Returned from Controller duties at RAF Turnhouse and proceeded to 'B' Flight, Montrose
Fg Off C D Peel 17 Jul  1940 Failed to return from an operation
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens 22 Jul 1940 Discharged from RAF Hospital, Cosford
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens 23 Jul 1940 Granted 22 days sick leave
Flt Lt Harold K Macdonald 11 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Turnhouse and proceeded to 'A' Flight, Dyce
Sgt Plt J R Caister 27 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Plt Off
Flt Lt John L G Cunningham 28 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off N J V Benson 28 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off D K Macdonald 28 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off I S Ritchie 28 Aug 1940 Admitted to Oldchurch Hospital, Romford after being wounded in action
Fg Off B R Macnamara 31 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off F J MacPhail 31 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Plt Off W P H  Rafter 31 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 7 OTU
Fg Off R McG Waterston 31 Aug 1940 Killed in action
LAC W J Baldie 31 Aug 1940 Killed in action
LAC J E Dickson 31 Aug 1940 Killed in action
AC1 W H Dickinson 1 Sep 1940 Died from wounds
AC1 J Worthington 1 Sep 1940 Died from wounds
Plt Off G K Gilroy  1 Sep 1940 Admitted to King George Hospital, Ilford after being wounded
Sgt Plt J Stokoe  2 Sep 1940 Admitted to Leeds Castle Hospital, Maidstone after being wounded
Plt Off K A Lawrence  2 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 234 Sqn
Plt Off D Stewart-Clark  3 Sep 1940 Admitted to Chelmsford General Hospital after being wounded
Plt Off R H Hillary  3 Sep 1940 Admitted to Margate General Hospital after being wounded
Flt Lt Frederick W Rushmer  5 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off I S Ritchie  5 Sep 1940 Discharged from Oldchurch Hospital, Romford
Plt Off W P H  Rafter  5 Sep 1940 Admitted to West Kent Hospital, Maidstone after being wounded
Plt Off J R Caister  6 Sep 1940 Failed to return from an operation, later reported to be a POW
Sgt Plt A R Sarre  7 Sep 1940 Failed to return from an operation
Plt Off P Howes 10 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 234 Sqn
Sgt Plt A R Sarre 11 Sep 1940 Returned to the unit following admission to hospital on 7 Sep 1940
Plt Off J F Soden 14 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Wittering
Plt Off A P Pease 15 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off J C Boulter 15 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off P G Dexter 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Plt Off G K Gilroy 17 Sep 1940 Discharged from King George Hospital, Ilford
Plt Off P Howes 18 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off T M Hartas 24 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 616 Sqn
Plt Off R B Dewey 27 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 611 Sqn
Plt Off P M Cardell 28 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Fg Off C W Goldsmith 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Plt Off B Martel 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Flt Lt Harold K Macdonald 28 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off H K F Matthews 29 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 54 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Ernest H Stevens 30 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Ford to command
The ORB for October 1940 appears to missing but the following entries for that moth have been included from other sources
Plt Off H K F Matthews  7 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off R B Dewey 27 Oct 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Plt Terry  5 Nov 1940 Admitted to Charlton Hospital,, near Canterbury following flying accident
Sgt Plt R E Plant  5 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 611 Sqn
Fg Off Kirkwood  8 Nov 1940 Reported missing
Sgt Plt A R Sarre  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from CFS
Plt Off G K Gilroy 14 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Hornchurch on c easing to be non-effective, sick
Sgt Plt Burt 20 Nov 1940 Discharged from hospital
Sgt Plt R E Plant 21 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Sgt Plt R B Price 23 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 222 Sqn
Sgt Plt Stone 23 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 611 Sqn
AC1 A Reynolds 26 Nov 1940 Killed in a motor accident
Plt Off W P H  Rafter 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Hornchurch on c easing to be non-effective, sick
Sgt Plt R Thomson 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 616 Sqn
Sgt Plt R D Jury 28 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 616 Sqn
Plt Off W P H  Rafter 29 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Sgt Plt Stone 13 Dec 1940 Admitted to Southend Hospital following a motor cycle accident
Sgt Plt Strawson 13 Dec 1940 Admitted to Southend Hospital following a motor cycle accident
Sgt Plt Hurst 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 72 Sqn
Sgt Plt Webber 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 72 Sqn
Sgt Plt Squier 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 72 Sqn
Sgt Plt Wilson 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 72 Sqn
Sgt Plt Raw 20 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 72 Sqn
Plt Off D J C Pinckney 29 Dec 1940 Posted to No 243 Sqn pending move to Middle East
Flt Lt J G E Haig 30 Dec 1940 Posted to No 58 OTU
Fg Off B J G Carbury 30 Dec 1940 Posted to No 58 OTU

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079)

Auxiliary Air Force Officers shown in italics.

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
17 Jan 1940 Squadron aircraft and personnel (part) at RAF Prestwick moved to RAF Dyce by air and road
18 Jan 1940 Remainder of personnel at RAF Prestwick moved to RAF Dyce by road
xx Mar 1940 The Squadron Badge was authorised by HM King George VI*
No 600 (City of London) Squadron badge
14 Apr 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Dyce and RAF Montrose to RAF Drem
 5 May 1940 Squadron moved from RAF Drem to RAF Turnhouse
21 Jun 1940 'B' Flight detached to RAF Montrose
30 Jun 1940 'A' Flight detached to RAF Dyce
23 Aug 1940 'B' Flight returned to RAF Turnhouse
23 Aug 1940 'A' Flight  returned to RAF Turnhouse
Spitfire I of No 603 Squadron (sky undersides)
27 Aug 1940 Flying personnel and grond detachment proceeded to RAF Hornchurch
11 Sep 1940 Remainder of squadron moved from RAF Turnhouse to RAF Hornchurch by rail
xx Oct 1940 Squadron commenced re-equipment with Spitfire II*
Spitfire IIA
xx Nov 1940 Squadron completed re-equipment with Spitfire II*
 3 Dec 1940 Main party moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Southend
 5 Dec 1940 Air party moved from RAF Hornchurch to RAF Southend
13 Dec 1940 Main Party moved from RAF Southend to RAF Drem
15 Dec 1940 Air Party moved from RAF Southend to RAF Drem

Source - No 603 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2079), except *

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