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No 925 (East Lancashire) (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


Auxiliary Air Force personnel shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Feb - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt J F V Sugars 11 Apr 1939 RAFO Class 'CC', appointed Adjutant
Mr F W Shea MC 27 Apr 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted 11 Jul 1939* to command 'B' Flight
Maj F Robinson 13 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Sqn Ldr, gazetted 11 Jul 1939* ands assumed command of No 925 Sqn
Mr E S Brown 15 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted 11 Jul 1939*, allocated to 'A' Flight
APO F W Shea 17 May 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, gazetted  8 Aug 1939*
Mr S G Barlow 17 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Flt Lt, gazetted  30 Jun 1939* to command 'A' Flight
Mr C U Lloyd 18 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off, gazetted  8 Aug 1939* to command 'C' Flight
Mr P E R Levy 18 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted 11 Jul 1939* and allocated to 'C' Flight
Mr J E Pheasey  3 Jul 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, gazetted 19 Dec 1939* and allocated to 'B' Flight
Mr A J Phillips 26 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO for duty as Equipment Officer
Mr R N C Racker 29 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO on probation, gazetted 26 Sep 1939*
Mr J Wilson MC 30 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Plt Off for Accountant duties, gazetted 10 Oct 1939*
Dr G O Airey  1 Sep 1939 Appointed Sqn Medical Officer
Mr C L Entwistle  5 Sep 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as a Plt Off on Probation, gazetted 19 Dec 1939*for duty as Accountant Officer
Mr J Wilson MC  5 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Sqn Administrative Officer
Fg Off C U Lloyd 11 Sep 1939 Appointed Sqn PAD Officer
APO R N C Racker 12 Sep 1939 Transferred from 'B' Flight to 'C' Flight
Plt Off A J Phillips 15 Sep 1939 Equipment Officer, appointed Sqn Transport Officer
Flt Lt N McCrirrick 18 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off F W Shea 19 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off C U Lloyd 19 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt J F V Sugars 25 Sep 1939 Adjutant, posted to HQ, No 31 Group for duty as Sqn Ldr (Organisation)
Flt Lt N McCrirrick 30 Sep 1939 Assistant Adjutant, attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas Course (14 days)
Fg Off K F Speed  9 Oct 1939 Attached from No 10 Balloon Centre for temporary Administrative duties
Plt Off P E R Levy 16 Oct 1939 Appointed Sqn DPL Officer
Flt Lt N McCrirrick 16 Oct 1939 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for duty as PAD Officer
Plt Off H W Allen 25 Oct 1939 Attached from No 10 Balloon Centre for temporary duty with 'B' Flight
Plt Off P E R Levy 11 Nov 1939 Attached to Directorate of Armament and Equipment, Air Ministry
APO J E Pheasey 11 Dec 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and regraded as Plt Off, wef 3 Jul 1939
Plt Off A J Phillips 17 Dec 1939 Equipment Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 3 Nov 1939
Fg Off M Hamilton 21 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer

Source - No 925 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2259) & * London Gazette

Organisational Movements: Feb - Dec 1939

Date Notes
xx Mar 1939 Manchester National Service Committee suggested the formation of a Barrage Balloon Squadron to the British Legion
21 Apr 1939 Medical examinations and attestations commenced
23 Aug 1939 Embodiment notices despatched to AAF personnel
24 Aug 1939 AAF personnel reported for duty on embodiment
30 Aug 1939 'B' Flight deployed to War Sites 18 to 25
30 Aug 1939 Flight HQs and Sites allocated as follows: -
  • 'A' Flight HQ - Tootal Broadhurst Lee Sports Ground, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
    • A21 - Cemetery Road, Phillips Park, Manchester
    • A45 - David Lewis Recreation Ground, Blackley
    • A46 - Bacup Street, Dean Lane, Moston
    • A47 - All Saints Church Sports Ground, Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath
    • A61 - Civil House Sports Ground, North Road, Newton Heath, Manchester 10
    • A62 - Harpurhey Municipal Girls' School, Harpurhey
    • A63 - Cawley Playing Fields, Hazelbottom Road, Cheetham
    • A80 - Tootal Broadhurst Lee Sports Ground, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
  • 'B' Flight HQ - Clayton Conservative Club, Ashton New Road, Clayton
    • B18 - Manor Road, Droyleden
    • B19 - St Kilda's Avenue, Greenside Lane, Droylsden
    • B20 - Bristowe Street, Droylsden
    • B22 - Openshaw Technical School, Gorton Road, Gorton
    • B23 - Gorton Football Ground, Chapman Street, Gorton
    • B58 - Athletic Ground, Manchester Corporation Electricity Dept, King Street, Ardwick, Manchester
    • B59 - Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton
    • B60 - Police Station, Mill Street, Bradford, Manchester
  • 'C' Flight HQ -'Wagon & Horses', Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester
    • C24 - Belle Vue (Longsight Entrance), Manchester 12
    • C25 - Birchfields Park, Rusholme, Manchester 14
    • C26 - Dennison Road, Victoria Park, Manchester
    • C27 - Manchester City Football Club Car Park, Maine Road, Moss Side
    • C57 - Plymouth Grove Recreation Ground, Manchester 13
    • C72 - Wilbraham Municipal School, Rusholme
    • C73 - Platt Fields, Mabfield Road Entrance, Rusholme
    • C74 - Recreation Ground, Grey Street, Longsight
31 Aug 1939 Squadron HQ moved to No 10 Balloon Centre, Bowlee, Manchester
 4 Sep 1939 'A' Flight deployed to four war sites (21, 45, 46 and 47)
 4 Sep 1939 'A' Flight HQ temporarily established at the Berkshire Tavern, Victoria Avenue East, Blackley, Manchester 9
 8 Sep 1939 'A' Flight HQ moved from the Berkshire Tavern, Victoria Avenue East, Blackley to Tootal Broadhurst Lee Sports Ground, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath
xx Nov 1939 A21 transferred from Cemetery Road, Phillips Park, Manchester to Bank Street, Clayton
28 Dec 1939 Site B57 was renumbered B17 and Site B18 was abandonded

Source - No 925 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2259)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off H W Allen  4 Jan 1940 Transferred from 'B' Flight to Sqn HQ for duty as Assistant Administrative and Operations Officer
APO J F Leeming  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting on appointment to a commission in the RAFVR (A&SD Branch) and allocated to 'A' Flight, wef 18 Dec 1939
Plt Off J A Prisley  6 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting on appointment to a commission in the RAFVR (A&SD Branch), wef 18 Dec 1939
Fg Off K F Speed  8 Jan 1940 Attached to No 926 Sqn
Plt Off J A Prisley 10 Jan 1940 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off J Wilson 12 Jan 1940 Sqn Administrative Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 3 Nov 1939
Fg Off A J Phillips 27 Jan 1940 Equipment Officer, attached to No 924 Sqn
Fg Off H Burgess 27 Jan 1940 Equipment Officer, attached from No 924 Sqn
Flt Lt S G Barlow  1 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of 'A' Flight on relinquishing his commission
Plt Off E S Brown  1 Feb 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off P E R Levy  1 Feb 1940 Posted to Directorate of Armament and Equipment, Air Ministry for duty as Production Officer
Fg Off A J Phillips  3 Feb 1940 Equipment Officer, promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt A J Phillips  7 Feb 1940 Equipment Officer, posted to No 924 Sqn
Fg Off J Wilson  9 Feb 1940 Sqn Administrative Officer, transferred from Accountant Branch to GD Branch, wef 22 Jan 1940
Plt Off E S Brown 11 Feb 1940 Officer i/c 'A' Flight, attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas Course
Flt Sgt W L Powell 16 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act WO
Plt Off C L Entwistle 19 Feb 1940 Accountant Officer, attached to School of Clerks Accounting, RAF Cranwell for course
Plt Off E S Brown 21 Feb 1940 Officer i/c 'A' Flight, promoted Act Fg Off, wef 1 Feb 1940
Act Flt Sgt Powell 21 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act WO, wef 16 Feb 1940
Fg Off E S Brown 24 Feb 1940 Officer i/c 'A' Flight, ceased to be attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas Course
Plt Off H W Allen 26 Feb 1940 Posted from No 10 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt N McCrirrick 26 Feb 1940 Posted to No 10 Balloon Centre
Act Fg Off H W Allen  1 Mar 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Plt Off C L Entwistle 10 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, ceased to be attached to School of Clerks Accounting, RAF Cranwell for course
Flt Lt F W Shea MC 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Local Defence Officer
Flt Lt C U Lloyd 10 Mar 1940 Appointed PAD Officer
Plt Off E S Brown 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Sports Officer
Plt Off C L Entwistle 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Sports Officer
WO W L Powell 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Sports Officer
Plt Off H W Allen 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Entertainments Officer
Fg Off H Burgess 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Recreation Officer
Plt Off J E Pheasey 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Balloon and Sites Officer
Plt Off R N C Racker 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Vehicles and Movements Officer
Plt Off J F Leeming 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Horticulture and Gardens Officer
Plt Off J A Prisley 10 Mar 1940 Appointed Cooking and Rations Officer
Plt Off C L Entwistle 11 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, reported sick at home
Flt Lt C U Lloyd 14 Mar 1940 Appointed DPL Officer
Plt Off C L Entwistle 18 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, reported for duty
Act Fg Off H Burgess 19 Mar 1940 Reverted to substantive rank of  Plt Off, wef 1 Dec 1939
Plt Off H Burgess 20 Mar 1940 Reported sick at home
Fg Off J Wilson 21 Mar 1940 Sqn Administrative Officer, promoted to Flt Lt, wef 3 Feb 1940
Act Fg Off H W Allen 22 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary course
Flt Lt Arnold  1 Apr 1940 Attached from No 955 Sqn on disbandment
Plt Off Bloor  1 Apr 1940 Attached from No 955 Sqn on disbandment and allocated to 'E' Flight
Plt Off Chomley  1 Apr 1940 Attached from No 955 Sqn on disbandment and allocated to 'E' Flight
Flt Lt Arnold  1 Apr 1940 Assumed command of 'E' Flight
Plt Off J E Pheasey  1 Apr 1940 Assumed command of 'D' Flight
Plt Off Chomley  3 Apr 1940 Transferred from 'E' Flight to 'B' Flight
Act Fg Off H W Allen  8 Apr 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Fg Off R W Tyler 15 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Flt Lt C U Lloyd 24 Mar 1940 Relinquished duties of DPL Officer
Flt Lt Arnold 24 Mar 1940 Appointed DPL Officer
Act Fg Off H W Allen 24 Apr 1940 Reverted to substantive rank of  Plt Off, wef 26 Feb 1940
Cpl Kershaw 26 Apr 1940 Promoted to Temp Sgt
Act Sgt Pheasey 26 Apr 1940 Promoted to Temp Sgt
APO P S Davies  1 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Junior Administrative Officer
Plt Off Bloor  4 May 1940 Proceeded to RAF Uxbridge, pending posting to No 912 Sqn overseas
Plt Off J F Leeming  5 May 1940 Attached to HQ Balloon Command compile a Balloon Operators' Handbook
Plt Off H W Allen  6 May 1940 Attached to HQ Balloon Command for course on Barrage Control (2 days)
Sgt Thomson 14 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Sgt
Sgt Hall 14 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Sgt
Sgt Freestone 14 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Sgt
Cpl Fisher 14 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sgt
Cpl Rodgers 14 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sgt
Plt Off H W Allen 16 May 1940 Posed to No 10 Balloon Centre
Fg Off J O Fischer Sobell 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
Fg Off R W Tyler 19 May 1940 Equipment Officer, posted to No 10 Balloon Centre
Plt Off P S Davies 20 May 1940 Junior Administrative Officer, posted to No 926 Sqn
Flt Lt Arnold 10 Jun 1940 Posted from No 955 Sqn, wef 1 Jun 1940
Plt Off J D Chomley 10 Jun 1940 Posted from No 955 Sqn, wef 1 Jun 1940
Act Sgt J W Pritchard 10 Jun 1940 Discharged on being appointed to a commission in the RAFVR
Act Fg Off E S Brown 15 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 18 May 1940
Plt Off J E Pheasey 15 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 1 Jun 1940
Cpl Wilson 16 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Sgt
Cpl Oliver 16 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Sgt
Cpl Ellis 16 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Sgt
Cpl Green 16 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Sgt
Plt Off M W Claye 17 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 10 Balloon Centre, wef 15 Jun 1940
Plt Off Burgess 28 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 924 Sqn, wef 22 Jun 1940
Fg Off J O Fischer Sobell  3 Jul 1940 Reported sick at home
Plt Off M W Claye  4 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 10 Balloon Centre and allocated to 'A' Flight
Flt Lt S J Palmer  6 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from No 924 Sqn for duty as Senior Administrative Officer and 2nd i/c
Flt Lt S J Palmer  6 Jul 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt Arnold  6 Jul 1940 Relinquished duties of DPL Officer
Plt Off R N C Racker  6 Jul 1940 Appointed DPL Officer
Flt Lt Arnold  8 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for duty as Training Officer, wef 5 Jul 1940
Plt Off D M C Best  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Eve  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off G E Clair 10 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Plt Off D M C Best 10 Jul 1940 Allocated to 'C' Flight
Plt Off J Eve 10 Jul 1940 Allocated to 'D' Flight
Plt Off R N C Racker 12 Jul 1940 Assumed temporary command of 'E' Flight
Sqn Ldr F Robinson 13 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr, wef 1 May 1940
Plt Off M W Claye 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' training course (1 week)
Plt Off D M C Best 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' training course (1 week)
Plt Off J Eve 14 Jul 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' training course (1 week)
Plt Off J M Mitchell 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W E Stephens 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J Eve 16 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off J M Mitchell 17 Jul 1940 Allocated to 'D' Flight
Plt Off W E Stephens 17 Jul 1940 Allocated to 'D' Flight
Plt Off J M Mitchell 12 Aug 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' training course (1 week)
Plt Off Stephens 12 Aug 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' training course (1 week)
Flt Lt Arnold 14 Aug 1940 Attached to No 961 Sqn to command
Flt Lt F W Shea MC 15 Aug 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for duty as Training Officer
Plt Off J A Prisley 15 Aug 1940 Assumed temporary command of 'B' Flight
Fg Off J O Fischer Sobell 16 Aug 1940 Posted to No 926 Sqn
Plt Off A E Webb 17 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting on commissioning
Plt Off M W Claye 31 Aug 1940 Attached to HQ No 31 Group
Plt Off W E Stephens  3 Sep 1940 Temporarily transferred from 'D' Flight to 'A' Flight
Flt Lt J Wilson  6 Sep 1940 Sqn Administrative Officer, transferred to A & SD Branch, wef 27 Mar 1940
Plt Off A E Webb 13 Sep 1940 Admitted to Crumpsall Hospital
Plt Off J M Mitchell 15 Sep 1940 Attached to No 5 Balloon Centre for Defence course
Plt Off M W Claye 24 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 31 Group and attached to No 21 Balloon Centre
Fg Off G E Clair 24 Sep 1940 Equipment Officer, proceeded to London for Medical Board
Plt Off A E Webb 29 Sep 1940 Discharged from Crumpsall Hospital and returned to duty
Plt Off J F Leeming  1 Oct 1940 Posted to HQ Balloon Command, wef 14 Sep 1940
Sqn Ldr Ratcliffe  1 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting and appointed 2nd i/c
Act Flt Lt F W Shea MC  1 Oct 1940 Promoted to Temp Flt Lt, wef 1 Sep 1940
Act Flt Lt C U Lloyd  1 Oct 1940 Promoted to Temp Flt Lt
Flt Lt Arnold  4 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr, wef 15 Aug 1940 and posted to No 961 Sqn, wef 17 Oct 1940
Sqn Ldr S J Palmer  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 916 Sqn to command, wef 14 Sep 1940
Sqn Ldr Ratcliffe  5 Oct 1940 Assumed duties of Senior Administrative Officer
Plt Off M W Claye  5 Oct 1940 Posted to No 21 Balloon Centre, wef 24 Sep 1940
Plt Off H R Thomson 22 Oct 1 940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off N B Farnfield 22 Oct 1 940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'C' Flight
Flt Lt F O'Brian 23 Oct 1 940 Attached for temporary duty and allocated to 'D' Flight
Fg Off G E Clair  1 Nov 1940 Equipment Officer, posted to No 9 EFTS for Flying Refresher Course
Plt Off Woodhead  7 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Flt Lt F O'Brian 10 Nov 1 940 Ceased to b e attached on cessation of temporary duty
Flt Sgt Hall 14 Nov 1940 Transferred from 'B' Flight to 'E' Flight
Plt Off C L Entwistle 14 Nov 1940 Accountant Officer, confirmed in his rank and promoted to Fg Off, wef 5 Sep 1940
Flt Lt F W Shea MC 17 Nov 1940 Posted to No 10 Balloon Centre for duty as Training Officer, wef 24 Oct 1940
Flt Sgt Cooper 23 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Plt Off Murphy 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Sgt Crook  7 Dec 1940 Appointed to a commission and posted to No 914 Sqn
Sgt Oliver  7 Dec 1940 Appointed to a commission and posted to No 949 Sqn
Cpl Hoyle  7 Dec 1940 Appointed to a commission and posted to No 948 Sqn
Cpl Horn 10 Dec 1940 Appointed to a commission and posted to No 943 Sqn
Act Fg Off R N C Racker 12 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 16 Nov 1940
Plt Off J A Prisley 12 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 24 Oct 1940
Plt Off A E Webb 15 Dec 1940 Posted to No 10 Balloon Centre for Barrage Control duties
Plt Off Kinsman 28 Dec 1940 Attached from No 919 Sqn for temporary duty

Source - No 925 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2259)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 1 Jan 1940 A readjustment of sites and 'B' Flight HQ took place as follows: -
  • 'A' Flight Sites renumbered 21 to 20, 45 to 48, 61 to 70, 62 to 71, 63 to 72, 80 to 58, 46 and 47 remained unchanged
  • 'B' Flight HQ at Clayton will be abandoned and Flight HQ at West Point taken over from No 926 Sqn
  • 'B' Flight will abandon Sites 18, 19 and 58,
  • 'B' Flight renumbered Sites 20 to 18, 33 to 56, 23 to 19, 59 to 17, 60 to 57 and transfer them to 'C' Flight
  • 'B' Flight took over Sites from No 926 Sqn and renumbered as follows: -
    • 926/39 to 925/60
    • 926/53 to 925/61
    • 926/30 to 925/22
    • 926/29 to 925/21
    • 926/40 to 925/62
    • 926/31 to 925/23
    • 926/37 to 925/29
    • 926/38 to 925/30
  • 'C' Flight will abandon Site 57 and will transfer Sites 26, 27, 72 and 73 to No 924 Sqn and take over the sites from 'B' Flight as shown above
 1 Jan 1940 Flight HQs and Sites allocated as follows: -
  • 'A' Flight HQ - Tootal Broadhurst Lee Sports Ground, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
  • 'B' Flight HQ - Manchester Corporation Transport Social Club, 249 Slade Lane, Levenshulme
  • 'C' Flight HQ -'Wagon & Horses', Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester
  • Sites (Flight): -
    • 17 C - Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton
    • 18 C - Stanton Street, Clayton
    • 19 C- Cornwall Street, Gorton
    • 20 A - Bank Street, Clayton
    • 21 B - Meadow Road, Heaton Chapel
    • 22 B - Highfield House, Hilstrop Road, Levenshulme
    • 23 B - Buckingham Road, Heaton Chapel
    • 24 C - Belle Vue (Longsight Entrance), Manchester 12
    • 25 C - Birchfields Park, Rusholme, Manchester 14
    • 29 B - Green Ends School, Burnage Lane, Burnage
    • 30 B - Ladybarn Recreation Ground, Mauldeth Road, Kingsway
    • 46 A - Bacup Street, Dean Lane, Moston
    • 47 A - All Saints Church Sports Ground, Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath
    • 48 A - David Lewis Recreation Ground, Rochdale Road, Blackley
    • 56 C - Old Hall Drive School, Gorton
    • 57 C - Mill Street, Bradford, Manchester
    • 58 A - Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
    • 59 C - Grey Street, Stockport Road, Longsight
    • 60 B - Chapel Street School, Levenshulme
    • 61 B - Braodstone Road, Reddish
    • 62 B - Empress Cinema, Ashbridge, Heaton Chapel
    • 70 A - Civil Service Sports Ground, North Road, Newton Heath, Manchester 10
    • 71 A - Harpurhey Municipal Girls' School, Harpurhey
    • 72 A - Cawley Playing Fields, Hazelbottom Road, Cheetham
25 Jan 1940 Sites were redistributed as follows: -
  • 'A' Flight - Sites 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53 and 54
    • Sites 49 - 54 taken over from 'C' Flight, No 926 Sqn
    • Sites 20 and 47 transferred to 'C' Flight, No 925 Sqn
  • 'B' Flight - Sites 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, 26, 27 and 28
    • Sites 26 - 28 taken over from 'D' Flight, No 924 Sqn
  • 'C' Flight -Sites 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 47 and 56
    • Sites 20 and 47 taken over from 'A' Flight, No 925 Sqn
26 Jan 1940 'A' Flight took over Sites 49 to 54 from 'C' Flight, No 926 Sqn
31 Jan 1940 'B' Flight took over Sites 1, 2, 14, 16, 65 and 66 from 'A' Flight, No 924 Sqn
14 Feb 1940 Further readjustment of sites carried out
  • Prioity Sites with balloons flying -
    • 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 24
  • Sites with deflated balloons but ready to fly at four hours notice -
    • 10, 21, 22, 23, 29, 60, 25, 58, 46, 12, 15, 33, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38, 30, 48, 73, 75, 53, 28, 67, 36 and 37
16 Feb 1940 Sites 17, 18 and 18 transferred from 'C' Flight to 'A' Flight

Sites 21, 22, 23 and 60 transferred from 'B' Flight to 'C' Flight

Resulting distribution of flying sites with No 925 Sqn being: -

  • A' Flight - Sites 46, 48, 58, 17, 18 and 19
  • 'B' Flight - Sites 2, 14, 15, 16, 28, 29, 30 and 67
  • 'C' Flight -Sites 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 60

Non flying sites with No 925 Sqn being: -

  • A' Flight - Sites 20, 47, 57, 70, 71 and 72
  • 'B' Flight - Sites 1, 26, 27, 65, 66, 69 and 69
  • 'C' Flight -Sites 56, 59, 61 and 62

Site locations ('Flights') as follows: -

  • 2 'B' -  Hullard Park, Northumberland Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 14 'B' - 141 Derbyshire Lane, Stretford
  • 16 'B' - King's Road Schools, Stretford
  • 17 'A' - Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton
  • 18 'A' - Stanton Street, Clayton
  • 19 'A' - Cornwall Street, Gorton
  • 24 'C' - Belle Vue (Longsight Entrance), Manchester 12
  • 21 'C' - Meadow Road, Heaton Chapel
  • 22 'C' - Hill Top House, Highfield, Levenshulme
  • 23 'C' - Buckingham Road, Heaton Chapel
  • 29 'B' - Green Ends School, Burnage Lane, Burnage
  • 60 'C' - Chapel Street School, Levenshulme
  • 25 'C' - Birchfields Park, Rusholme, Manchester 14
  • 58 'A' - Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
  • 46 'A' - Bacup Street, Dean Lane, Moston
  • 15 'B' - Gorse Hill Park, Stretford
  • 30 'B' - Ladybarn Recreation Ground, Mauldeth Road, Kingsway
  • 48 'A' - David Lewis Recreation Ground, Rochdale Road, Blackley
  • 28 'B' - Alexandra Park, Manchester
  • 67 'B' - Platt Fields, Rusholme, Manchester
  • 72 'A' - Cawley Playing Fields, Hazelbottom Road, Cheetham
  • 26 'B' - Dennison Road, Victoria Park, C-on-M, Manchester
  • 27 'B' - Manchester City Football Ground, Maine Road, Manchester
  • 1 'B' - Whalley Range Girls' School, Whalley Range Manchester
  • 35 'B' - Glovers' Sports Ground, United Road, Manchester
  • 20 'A' - Bank Street, Clayton
  • 47 'A' - All Saints Church Sports Ground, Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath
  • 56 'C' - Old Hall Drive School, Gorton
  • 57 'A' - Mill Hill, Bradford, Manchester
  • 59 'C' - Grey Street, Stockport Road, Longsight
  • 61 'C' - Broadstone Road, Reddish
  • 62 'C' - Empress Cinema, Ashbridge, Heaton Chapel
  • 70 'A' - Civil Service Sports Ground, North Road, Newton Heath, Manchester 10
  • 71 'A' - Harpurhey Municipal Girls' School, Harpurhey
  • 66 'B' - Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 68 'B' - Platt Lane School, Manchester
  • 69 'B' - Sports Ground, Withington Road, Whalley Range, Manchester
 1 Apr 1940 Squadron took over 71 x airmen from No 955 Sqn on its disbandment and squadron increased from 3 x Flights to 5 x Flights as follows
  • 'A' Flight HQ - Tootal Broadhurst Lee Sports Ground, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
  • 'B' Flight HQ - Manchester Corporation Transport Social Club, 249 Slade Lane, Levenshulme
  • 'C' Flight HQ -'Wagon & Horses', Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester
  • 'D' Flight HQ - Technical Institute, Stretford Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 'E' Flight HQ - 141 Derbyshire Lane, Stretford

Sites allocated as follows: -

  • 48 'A' - David Lewis Recreation Ground, Rochdale Road, Blackley
  • 72 'A' - Cawley Playing Fields, Hazelbottom Road, Cheetham
  • 46 'A' - Bacup Street, Dean Lane, Moston
  • 70 'A' - Wilson Brewery Sports Ground, North Road, Newton Heath, Manchester 10
  • 58 'A' - Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
  • 47 'A' - All Saints Church Sports Ground, Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath
  • 20 'A' - Bank Street, Clayton
  • 18 'C' - Stanton Street, Clayton
  • 17 'C' - Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton
  • 19 'C' - Cornwall Street, Gorton
  • 57 'C' - Mill Street, Bradford, Manchester
  • 56 'C' - Old Hall Drive School, Gorton
  • 59 'C' - Grey Street, Stockport Road, Longsight
  • 24 'C' - Belle Vue (Longsight Entrance), Manchester 12
  • 25 'C' - Birchfields Park, Rusholme, Manchester 14
  • 60 'B' - Chapel Street School, Levenshulme
  • 22 'B' - Hill Top House, Highfield, Levenshulme
  • 30 'B' - Ladybarn Recreation Ground, Mauldeth Road, Kingsway
  • 21 'B' - Meadow Road, Heaton Chapel
  • 29 'B' - Green Ends School, Burnage Lane, Burnage
  • 23 'B' - Buckingham Road, Heaton Chapel
  • 61 'B' - Broadstone Road, Reddish
  • 62 'B' - Empress Cinema, Ashbridge, Heaton Chapel
  • 1 'D' - Whalley Range Girls' School, Whalley Range Manchester
  • 26 'D' - Dennison Road, Victoria Park, C-on-M, Manchester
  • 27 'D' - Manchester City Football Ground, Maine Road, Manchester
  • 28 'D' - Alexandra Park, Manchester
  • 68 'D' - Platt Lane School, Manchester
  • 69 'D' - Sports Ground, Withington Road, Whalley Range, Manchester
  • 67 'D' - Platt Fields, Rusholme, Manchester
  • 66 'E' - Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 76 'E - Metro Vickers, Moseley Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 64 'E' - Lostock Hall Road, Stretford
  • 16 'E' - King's Road Schools, Stretford
  • 15 'E' - Gorse Hill Park, Stretford
  • 14 'E' - 141 Derbyshire Lane, Stretford
  • 13 'E' - Chatsworth Road, Stretford
12 May 1940 Mobile crew deployed to No 10 Balloon Centre
13 May 1940 Mobile crew departed No 10 Balloon Centre with No 926 Sqn
15 Jun 1940 'C' Flight HQ moved from 'Wagon & Horses', Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester to 135 Dickinson Road, Rusholme
19 Jun 1940 'B' Flight HQ moved from 249 Slade Lane, Levenshulme to 40 Osborne Road, Levenshulme
21 Jun 1940 'D' Flight HQ moved from Technical Institute, Stretford Road, Old Trafford, Manchester to Gresham House, Desmene Road, Whalley Range, Manchester
20 Aug 1940 Disposition of Officers on this date; -
  • Wg Cdr F Robinson -   Officer Commanding
  • Sqn Ldr S J Palmer -   Senior Administrative Officer/2nd i/c
  • Flt Lt J Wilson -            Administrative Officer
  • Fg Off M Hamilton -     Medical Officer
  • Fg Off G E Clair           Equipment Officer
  • Flt Lt F W Shea -        Training Officer (No 10 Balloon Centre)
  • Plt Off C L Entwistle -   Accountant Officer
  • Flt Lt E S Brown -       Officer Commanding 'A' Flight
  • Plt Off M W Claye
  • Plt Off J A Prisley -       Officer Commanding 'B' Flight
  • Plt Off J Eve
  • Flt Lt C U Lloyd -        Officer Commanding 'C' Flight
  • Plt Off D M C Best
  • Fg Off J E Pheasey -   Officer Commanding 'D' Flight
  • Plt Off J M Mitchell
  • Plt Off W E Stephens
  • Plt Off R N C Racker - Officer Commanding 'A' Flight
  • Plt Off J Chomley
  • Plt Off A E Webb
  • Plt Off J F Leeming -      Attached to HQ Balloon Command
21 Aug 1940 Squadron flying balloons from the following sites: -
  • 'A' Flight
    • 20 - Bank Street, Clayton
    • 46 - Bacup Street, Dean Lane, Moston
    • 47 - All Saints Church Sports Ground, Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath
    • 48 - David Lewis Recreation Ground, Rochdale Road, Blackley
    • 58 - Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath, Manchester
    • 71 - Harpurhey Municipal Girls' School, Harpurhey
  • 'B' Flight
    • 21 - Meadow Road, Heaton Chapel
    • 22 - Hill Top House, Highfield, Levenshulme
    • 23 - Buckingham Road, Heaton Chapel
    • 29 - Green Ends School, Burnage Lane, Burnage
    • 30 - Ladybarn Recreation Ground, Mauldeth Road, Kingsway
    • 60 - Chapel Street School, Levenshulme
  • 'C' Flight
    • 17 - Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton
    • 18 - Stanton Street, Clayton
    • 19 - Cornwall Street, Gorton
    • 24 - Belle Vue (Longsight Entrance), Manchester 12
    • 25 - Birchfields Park, Rusholme, Manchester 14
    • 57 - Mill Street, Bradford, Manchester
  • 'D' Flight
    • 1  - Whalley Range Girls' School, Whalley Range Manchester
    • 2  -  Hullard Park, Northumberland Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
    • 27 - Manchester City Football Ground, Maine Road, Manchester
    • 28 - Alexandra Park, Manchester
    • 67 - Platt Fields, Rusholme, Manchester
  • 'E' Flight
    • 14 - 141 Derbyshire Lane, Stretford
    • 15 - Gorse Hill Park, Stretford
    • 64 - Lostock Hall Road, Stretford
    • 65 - Glovers' Sports Ground, United Road, Manchester
    • 66 - Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
    • 76 - Metro Vickers, Moseley Road, Old Trafford, Manchester
 3 Sep 1940 Site 67 transferred from 'C' Flight to 'B' Flight

Site 16 transferred from 'E' Flight to 'D' Flight

Site 11 transferred from No 926 Sqn to 'E' Flight

 5 Sep 1940 'D' Flight HQ moved from Gresham House, Desmense Road, Whalley Range, Manchester to 62 Desmense Road, Whalley Range
 1 Dec 1940 Squadron was transferred from No 31 Group to No 33 Group

Source - No 925 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2259)

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