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No 917 (County of Warwick) (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


Auxiliary Air Force personnel shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Feb - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt G T Stoneham  6 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Cardington for duty as Adjutant
Sgt Nightingale 11 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting
AC2 Langley 11 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting
Lt Col C W Clark 13 Feb 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Sqn Ldr, gazetted 9 May 1939 and assumed command of No 917 Sqn*
LAC Dyke 20 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell for duty as Equipment Assistant
LAC Lish 20 Feb 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Dishforth for duty as Nursing Orderly
AC2 Partington 25 Mar1939 Arrived on posting for duty of Clerk Accounting
Mr G Skelton  1 Apr 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Flt Lt, gazetted 23 Jun 1939*
Mr I H Lawrence  1 Apr 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off, gazetted 9 Jun 1939*
Mr W J Bond  1 Apr 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted 9 Jun 1939*
Sgt Elson  3 Apr 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting
AC1 Gilbert  3 Apr 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting
AC1 Chawner  3 Apr 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting
Cpl Stainthorpe 24 Apr 1939 Clerk Accounting, arrived on posting from overseas
Mr A King Smith  5 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off, gazetted 9 Jun 1939*
Sqn Ldr C W Clark 21 May 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course (6 days)
Flt Lt G Skelton 21 May 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course (6 days)
Fg Off I H Lawrence 21 May 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course (6 days)
Fg Off I H Lawrence  5 Jun 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
Fg Off A King Smith  5 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course (6 days)
APO J A Parker  5 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course (6 days)
Cpl Brooke  9 Jun 1939 Posted to No 6 Balloon Centre, Wythall
Mr N Edyvean Walker 15 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off, gazetted 15 Aug 1939*
Cpl Izzard 16 Jun 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting from No 901 Sqn for duty as Instructor
AC2 Bacon 21 Jul 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting from RAF Cardington for duty as Instructor
Cpl Stainthorpe 24 Jul 1939 Clerk Accounting, admitted to hospital
Cpl Barker 24 Jul 1939 Clerk/GD, arrived on posting from RAF Leconfield
Sgt Nightingale 30 Jul 1939 Posted to No 6 Balloon Centre, Wythall
Cpl Sanbrooke  9 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting
Fg Off N Edyvean Walker 11 Aug 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt
The Rt Hon Lord Iliffe 29 Aug 1939 Appointed Honorary Air Commodore
Mr W J Bond 30 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted 26 Sep 1939*
Mr M S Turpin 30 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Plt Off, gazetted 26 Dec 1939 for Accountant duties*
Dr H J Riley 31 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off for Medical duties, gazetted 17 Oct 1939*
Sqn Ldr C W Clark  3 Sep 1939 Assumed command of Coventry Area
Mr A M Makepeace 10 Sep 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off, wef 9 Aug 1939, gazetted 12 Sep 1939*
Fg Off C Farrer 14 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
LAC Doyle 27 Sep 1939 Posted to No 3 Wing, RAF Locking
Cpl Sanbrooke 28 Sep 1939 Transferred to No 6 Balloon Centre, Wythall
APO J A Parker 10 Oct 1939 Confirmed in appointment and regraded as a Plt Off, wef 12 Aug 1939*
Sqn Ldr C W Clark 26 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of No 917 Sqn on being granted Special Leave for six months
Flt Lt G Skelton 26 Oct 1939 Assumed command of No 917 Sqn
Fg Off A King Smith 26 Oct 1939 Assumed command of 'B' Flight
Flt Lt N Edyvean Walker  2 Dec 1939 Granted 14 days sick leave from RAF Hospital, Torquay
AC2 W W Blackstone 12 Dec 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as an Plt Off, wef 1 Sep 1939
Flt Lt G T Stoneham 12 Dec 1939 Adjutant, relinquished commission in Class 'CC', RAFO on appointment to a commission in the RAFVR, wef 1 Sep 1939
Flt Lt G Skelton 21 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr, wef 30 Oct 1939
Fg Off A King Smith 21 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 30 Oct 1939
Flt Lt N Edyvean Walker 27 Dec 1939 Reported for duty from RAF Uxbridge
AC2 Stewart 29 Dec 1939 U/t Cook & Butcher retained on completion of training
Cpl Parkin 29 Dec 1939 Equipment Assistant, arrived on posting
Cpl Connor 29 Dec 1939 Driver Petrol, arrived on posting from BEF

Source - No 917 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2249) & * London Gazette

Organisational Movements: Feb - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 6 Feb 1939 Squadron formed an office established at 23 Hertford Street, Coventry
24 Feb 1939 Squadron occupied 32/33 Cow Lane for medical examinations and attestations
22 Mar 1939

Drill Hall at Quinton Road lent by Warwickshire Yeomanry for drill instruction

25 Mar 1939 Legal possession of temporary Town HQ at 32/33 Cow Lane took place
 3 Apr 1939 Office at 23 Hertford Street, Coventry moved to 32/33 Cow Lane
23 Aug 1939 Call-out notices issued to AAF personnel
27 Aug 1939 Sites 1, 2, 3, 4 & 9 occupied
 4 Sep 1939 Squadron Battle HQ moved to Ryton Bridge Hotel
 4 Sep 1939 'A' Flight HQ established at Humber-Hillman Sports Pavilion
 4 Sep 1939 'B' Flight HQ established at 35 ? Road, Copsewood
 4 Sep 1939 'C' Flight HQ established at Gordon's Farm, Blackberry Lane
 2 Oct 1939 Orderly Room moved from Cow Lane to Manor House, Leamington Road
19 Oct 1939 'A' Flight HQ moved from Humber-Hillman Sports Pavilion to 26 Leamington Road

Source - No 917 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2249)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off Bayley  1 Jan 1940 Attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas Course (14 days)
Sgt Grant  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting on completion of course from RAF Cardington for Disciplinary duties
AC2 Davies  5 Feb 1940 Disembodied from AAF
Fg Off Davies  5 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached
Act Sgt Burges 12 Feb 1940 Disembodied from AAF
Flt Lt Carryer 12 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
Cpl Adams 14 Feb 1940 Posted to No 952 Sqn, Sheerness
Flt Lt G T Stoneham 23 Feb 1940 Adjutant, posted to HQ, Balloon Command
Flt Lt Carryer 23 Feb 1940 Assumed duties of Adjutant
AC2 Davis 23 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 911 Sqn
LAC Buckland 24 Feb 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 Hawkins 25 Feb 1940 Discharged from the Service on medical grounds
LAC Langley  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 242 Sqn
AC Bailey  1 Mar 1940 Posted out
Cpl Whitworth  2 Mar 1940 Posted out
AC Pringle  2 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt C Farrer  2 Mar 1940 Posted to No 915 Sqn
AC Barron  5 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
AC1 Giles  6 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 Gardener  6 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
Sqn Ldr G Skelton  7 Mar 1940 Assumed command of Coventry Balloon Barrage
Fg Off Limehouse 12 Mar 1940 Returned to duty and assumed command of 'C' Flight
Cpl Stafford 12 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC French 12 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC1 Barnett 13 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
AC1 Kirkwood 15 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
AC Bullock 16 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Cardington for MT Course
AC Cottrell 16 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Cardington for MT Course
APO W W Blackstone 18 Mar 1940 Attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for course
Plt Off M S Turpin 18 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, returned from Accountant's course
AC1 Reader 21 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
Plt Off J A Parker 22 Mar 1940 Returned from sick leave
AC2 Reader 23 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 Bennett 24 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
APO Goodall 25 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 914 Sqn
LAC Tilsesley 25 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
Plt Off Bayley 26 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
AC2 Roberts 27 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 Bates 27 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 Shepherd 28 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting
Cpl Stewart 29 Mar 1940 Disembodied from AAF
ACW2 D Meagher  2 Apr 1940 Posted to Record Office
Flt Lt N Edyvean Walker  3 Apr 1940 Posted to No 6 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Plt Off J A Parker  4 Apr 1940 Returned from temporary duty with No 915 Sqn
AC2 Warry  5 Apr 1940 Clerk/GD, arrived on posting
AC2 Poole  5 Apr 1940 Clerk/GD, arrived on posting
Cpl Avery  8 Apr 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC1 H Levine  8 Apr 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC O'Neill  8 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Halton
APO W W Blackstone 19 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
AC1 G Bright 19 Apr 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 H Brinsdon 25 Apr 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 G C Mercer 25 Apr 1940 Disembodied from AAF
AC2 D R Forbes 25 Apr 1940 ACH/GD, arrived on posting
Fg Off A M Makepeace 27 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Plt Off H S Wynne-Edwards  1 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
ACW1 E M Lawson  1 May 1940 Posted to No 48 MU
ACW2 F G Smith  1 May 1940 Posted to No 48 MU
ACW2 J M Docker  2 May 1940 Posted to No 6 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt Limehouse  6 May 1940 Proceeded on sick leave following accident
Plt Off M S Turpin  6 May 1940 Accountant Officer, attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for course
Plt Off H S Wynne-Edwards  6 May 1940 Assistant Adjutant, attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for course
Cpl E H Evans  8 May 1940 Disembodied from AAF
APO Kent  9 May 1940 Attached from No 6 Balloon Centre
APO W W Blackstone 10 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Plt Off H N Reynolds 14 May 1940 Posted to No 35 MU, Heywood
Fg Off A M Makepeace 17 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Plt Off J A Parker 17 May 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Flt Sgt H J Allen 20 May 1940 Attached for duty as WO Balloons
ACW2 E A Preston 20 May 1940 Posted to RAF West Drayton
Flt Lt Limehouse 23 May 1940 Retuned from sick leave
Fg Off A M Makepeace 23 May 1940 Appointed Sqn Welfare Officer
AC1 H J Rawlinson 23 May 1940 Posted to No 6 Balloon Centre
Plt Off J E Crock  1 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Flt Sgt E Elson  1 Jun 1940 Posted out
Flt Sgt H J Allen  6 Jun 1940 Posted in for duty as WO Balloons
Plt Off J A Parker  8 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Plt Off J A Parker 17 Jun 1940 Attached to No 915 Sqn
Plt Off Kent 17 May 1940 Attached to No 914 Sqn
Fg Off A M Makepeace 19 Jun 1940 Embarked for Rhodesia on posting to No 20 SFTS for Admin duties
Sgt T L Roberts 26 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as NCO i/c Orderly Room
AC1 Green  1 Jul 1940 Proceeded to RAF Little Rissington on being commissioned
Plt Off A S C Eagles  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Dawson  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J E Crock 22 Jul 1940 Equipment Officer, attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for Disciplinary course
Plt Off H S Wynne-Edwards 22 Jul 1940 Assistant Adjutant, attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for Disciplinary course
Plt Off J E Crock 30 Jul 1940 Equipment Officer, ceased to be attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for Disciplinary course
Plt Off H S Wynne-Edwards 30 Jul 1940 Assistant Adjutant, ceased to be attached to No 6 Balloon Centre for Disciplinary course
Sgt Stone 16 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission and posted to No 950 Sqn
Plt Off H S Wynne-Edwards 17 Aug 1940 Assistant Adjutant, posted to No 919 Sqn
Plt Off A R Carfrae 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
AC1 Jackman 22 Aug 1940 Injured in a 'hit and run' accident
Plt Off Dawson  7 Sep 1940 Attached to No 914 Sqn
Plt Off Dale  7 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 914 Sqn
AC1 Jackman  7 Sep 1940 Fractured his thigh in the blackout
Plt Off A R Carfrae  9 Sep 1940 Assistant Adjutant, attached to School of Administration, Gerrard's Cross for Junior Admin Course
WO Allen 13 Sep 1940 Injured in a motor cycle accident
Sqn Ldr G Skelton 12 Oct 1940 Posted to No 4 Balloon Centre
Sqn Ldr J M W Omand 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 917 Sqn
Flt Lt Limehouse 24 Oct 1940 Relinquished his commission on account of ill-health
AC2 Layland 27 Oct 1940 Injured by a motor car in Howes Lane
Plt Off Dawson  6 Dec 1940 Attached to No 971 Sqn
Flt Lt H J Riley 16 Dec 1940 Medical Officer, posted to No 5 Balloon Centre
Fg Off Sylvester 16 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
AC1 T Roberts 14 Nov 1940 Killed in an air raid
AC2 S F Garraway 14 Nov 1940 Killed in an air raid
AC1 C A Baker 22 Dec 1940 Killed by a motor car in Warwick Road
Plt Off Gough 31 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting

Source - No 917 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2249)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
14 Oct 1940 'B' Flight HQ evacuated due to bomb damage
14 Nov 1940 Sqn HQ and 'A' Flight HQ damaged by bomb blast
14 Nov 1940 SSQ damaged and evacuated due to unexploded bomb

Source - No 917 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2249)

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