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No 921 (West Lancashire) (Balloon) Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


Auxiliary Air Force personnel shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Mar - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
APO J Rigby 12 May 1939 Transferred from No 920 Sqn gazetted 28 Jul 1939*
APO H A V Gibb 12 May 1939 Transferred from No 920 Sqn gazetted 28 Jul 1939*
Capt J R Milne 16 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an Flt Lt, gazetted 22 Aug 1939*
Capt L W Shepherdson 16 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an Plt Off, gazetted  30 Jun 1939*
Plt Off C L Lomas 16 May 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, gazetted 1 Aug 1939*
Plt Off W G Redmond 17 May 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, gazetted 1 Aug 1939*
Mr J C F Parker 22 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an Plt Off, gazetted 4 Jul 1939*
Mr N E Williams  7 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an Plt Off, gazetted 11 Jul 1939*
Mr T A F Robinson  7 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted  1 Aug 1939*
Mr G D Wall  9 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO gazetted 4 Jul 1939*
Dr J E McGibbon  3 Jul 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an Flt Lt for Medical duties, gazetted  15 Aug 1939*
Flt Lt K C B Woodman  1 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off C L Lomas  5 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Kidbrooke for course on War Site Procedure
Fg Off W G Redmond  5 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Kidbrooke for course on War Site Procedure
Fg Off C L Lomas 10 Aug 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt, gazetted 7 Nov 1939*
Plt Off L W Shepherdson 16 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Hook for course on War Site Procedure
Plt Off J C F Parker 16 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Hook for course on War Site Procedure
APO T A F Robinson 16 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Hook for course on War Site Procedure
APO G D Wall 16 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Hook for course on War Site Procedure
Plt Off N E Williams 27 Aug  1939 Appointed Balloon and Transport Officer
Flt Lt J R Milne 28 Aug 1939 Attached to RAF Stanmore for course
AC2 H A Johnson 29 Aug 1939 Discharged on medical grounds
AC2 H W Jones 11 Sep 1939 Discharged on medical grounds
Flt Lt G Miller Johnstone 16 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting, wef 15 Sep 1939
AC2 C H Clarke 23 Sep 1939 Discharged on medical grounds
Plt Off N E Williams  8 Oct 1939 Transferred from No 8 Balloon Centre to 'C' Flight
Plt Off J C F Parker 10 Oct 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 10 Aug 1939*
APO T A F Robinson 20 Oct 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 17 Aug 1939*
Plt Off N E Williams 20 Oct 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 18 Aug 1939*
Flt Lt J R Milne 27 Oct 1939 Promoted to Sqn Ldr and assumed command of No 921 Sqn, wef 14 Jul 1939*
Fg Off W G Redmond  7 Nov 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 14 Aug 1939*
Plt Off L W Shepherdson  7 Nov 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 15 Aug 1939*
Plt Off R G Ashton  8 Nov 1939 Posted for duty as Equipment Officer
APO J Rigby 14 Nov 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 11 Aug 1939*
Sqn Ldr J R Milne 18 Nov 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 8 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt K C B Woodman 18 Nov 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 921 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J R Milne 20 Nov 1939 Resumed command of No 921 Sqn
Flt Lt K C B Woodman 20 Nov 1939 Relinquished temporary command of No 921 Sqn
LAC A F Shann 24 Nov 1939 Posted to BEF
Flt Sgt Latcham 30 Nov 1939 Attached to No 8 Balloon Centre for Disciplinary duties
Fg Off N E Williams  9 Dec 1939 Returned from RAF Hospital, Cranwell
Sqn Ldr J R Milne 17 Dec 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 8 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt G Miller Johnstone 17 Dec 1939 Assumed temporary command of No 921 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J R Milne 20 Dec 1939 Resumed command of No 921 Sqn
Flt Lt G Miller Johnstone 20 Dec 1939 Relinquished temporary command of No 921 Sqn
Flt Lt K C B Woodman 28 Dec 1939 Attached to No 8 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Flt Lt G Miller Johnstone 28 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off T A F Robinson 28 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Assistant Adjutant

Source - No 921 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2253) -This only begins on embodiment in May 1939 & * London Gazette

Organisational Movements: Mar - Dec 1939

Date Notes
 1 Mar 1939

Formed at 29 Paradise Street, Liverpool

 2 May 1939 Attestation of airmen commenced
29 Jul 1939 Squadron moved from 29 Paradise Street, Liverpool to No 8 Balloon Centre, Fazakerley, Liverpool
 3 Aug 1939 Squadron held its first squadron parade in Balloon Shed
24 Aug 1939 Squadron was mobilised
19 Sep 1939 Squadron HQ moved to Merton Hotel, Bootle, Liverpool
25 Sep 1939 'C' Flight HQ moved from R O Edwards' Timber Yard, Derby Road Bootle to Bootle General Hospital
 1 Oct 1939 Brocklebank Dock War Site changed to Bowling Green, Derby Road, Bootle
 8 Oct 1939 No 1 War Site transferred to Hemer Terrace, Bootle
10 Oct 1939 Squadron HQ moved from Merton Hotel, Bootle, Liverpool to No 8 Balloon Centre
21 Oct 1939 'C' Flight HQ moved from Bootle General Hospital to Nurses' Home, Bootle
25 Nov 1939 No 38 War Site taken over from No 920 Sqn and established at Gladstone Dock
 7 Dec 1939 No 921 Sqn Fabric Shop taken over by No 8 Balloon Centre

Source - No 921 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2253)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt J E McGibbon 23 Jan 1940 Medical Officer, posted to RAF Henlow
Flt Sgt Latcham 21 Feb 1940 Returned from Balloon Operators' Course, RAF Cardington, reported to 'C' Flight
Fl Lt Montgomery 26 Feb 1940 Attached from No 919 Sqn for dty as Medical Officer
Flt Lt G Miller Johnstone  1 Mar 1940 Granted 7 days sick leave
Flt Lt K C B Woodman  4 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 8 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties and resumed duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt G Miller Johnstone  4 Mar 1940 Posted to No 8 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Fg Off N E Williams  6 Mar 1940 Admitted to Southern Hospital, Fazakerley
Flt Lt K C B Woodman  6 Mar 1940 Attached to No 8 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Fg Off T A F Robinson  6 Mar 1940 Assistant Adjutant, assumed duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R G Ashton  7 Mar 1940 Equipment Officer, reported for duty from SSQ
Fg Off N E Williams 11 Mar 1940 Posted to No 8 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Plt Off J R Pullen 14 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Halton for Accountant duties, wef 13 Mar 1940
Fg Off T A F Robinson  5 Apr 1940 Assistant Adjutant, posted to No 949 Sqn for Barrage Control duties at Crewe
Fg Off T A F Robinson  9 Apr 1940 Reported to No 949 Sqn for Barrage Control duties at Crewe
Plt Off J R Pullen 17 Apr 1940 Accountant Officer, posted to No 919 Sqn
Plt Off R G Ashton 19 Apr 1940 Equipment Officer, proceeded to HQ Balloon Command
Plt Off R R Galloway 22 Apr 1940 Accountant Officer, arrived on posting from No 920 Sqn
Plt Off C Raynes 13 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J R Lainy 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P S P Morter  4 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Norton  4 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R P Moulsdale  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H N  Witting  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J R Broad  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H I Hadley  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off Buck 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for course (1 week)
Plt Off H D Buckle 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for course (1 week)
Plt Off R P Moulsdale 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for course (1 week)
Plt Off H I Hadley 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for course (1 week)
Sqn Ldr J V Sugars 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Sgt Alston 17 Jul 1940 Admitted to hospital with injuries sustained in a collision
Plt Off P S P Morter 23 Jul 1940 Assumed command of Waterborne Flight
Plt Off C Raynes 12 Aug 1940 Transferred from 'C' Flight to Barrage Control
Flt Lt W G Redmond 12 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of 'B' Flight and assumed command of Waterborne Flight, No 8 Centre
Flt Lt T A F Robinson 12 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of 'E' Flight and assumed command of 'B' Flight
Plt Off G D Wall 12 Aug 1940 Assumed command of 'E' Flight
Plt Off J W Williams 12 Aug 1940 Attached from No 8 Balloon Centre and deployed to 'E' Flight
Plt Off H D Buckle 18 Aug 1940 Proceeded to Swansea with 4 crews
Flt Sgt C Richards 18 Aug 1940 Proceeded to Swansea with 4 crews
Plt Off C Raynes 10 Sep 1940 Transferred from Barrage Control to 'F' Flight
Plt Off H N Witting 15 Sep 1940 Adjutant, attached to No 5 Balloon Centre for Defence Officers' Course
Plt Off H B N Goodwin 15 Sep 1940 Assumed temporary duties of Adjutant
Plt Off H N Witting 30 Sep 1940 Adjutant, ceased to be attached to No 5 Balloon Centre for Defence Officers' Course
Plt Off H B N Goodwin 30 Sep 1940 Relinquished temporary duties of Adjutant
Plt Off R P Moulsdale  9 Oct 1940 Transferred from 'E Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off J J J Lovelady  9 Oct 1940 Transferred from 'D Flight to 'E' Flight
Plt Off H N Witting 10 Oct 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 1 Jul 1940
Plt Off P S P Morter 14 Oct 1940 Posted to No 8 Balloon Centre
Plt Off J E Allen Jones 18 Oct 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for course
Plt Off G D Wall 25 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 12 Aug 1940
Sqn Ldr R C Yates  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 916 Sqn for duty as Sqn Ldr Admin
Sqn Ldr J V Sugars 11 Nov 1940 Sqn Ldr Admin, posted to No 944 Sqn
Plt Off R P Moulsdale 11 Nov 1940 Transferred from 'D Flight to 'E' Flight
Plt Off V C Biller 11 Nov 1940 Posted to 'D Flight for temporary duty
Flt Lt R P Dawson 18 Nov 1940 Posted to No 8 SoTT
Fg Off K N Lloyd 18 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Tangmere
Act Flt Lt G D Wall 30 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 8 Sep 1940
Plt Off H B N Goodwin 30 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Sep 1940
Plt Off J R Broad  9 Dec 1940 Posted to No 969 Sqn, Cardiff
Plt Off R A B Thomas  9 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 969 Sqn
Plt Off A F H Pountney 10 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 916 Sqn on commissioning
Fg Off Corson 18 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting
LAC J V Moran 22 Dec 1940 Proceeded to No 96 Sqn, RAF Cranage

Source - No 921 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2253)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 9 Mar 1940 Squadron informed that it was to provide Balloon Barrage at Port 'B' (Kyle of Lochalsh)
23 Mar 1940 Squadron informed that the move to Port 'B' (Kyle of Lochalsh) is cancelled
20 Apr 1940 'B', 'C' and 'D' Flight HQs and sites taken over from No 920 Sqn
23 Jul 1940 Waterborne Flight was formed

Source - No 921 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2253)

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