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No 926 (East Lancashire) (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


Auxiliary Air Force personnel shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Feb - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Mr R E Mason 24 Apr 1939 Appointed Acting Adjutant, pending appointment to a commission
Capt C V T Laine 14 May 1939 Appointed Officer Commanding, No 926 Sqn, pending appointment to a commission
Mr R E Mason  2 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, wef 3 Apr 1939 and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt L Graham Wigan  5 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed duties of Adjutant
APO R E Mason  5 Jun 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Cpl Siddaway 15 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting from No 924 Sqn
Sqn Ldr (Des) C V T Laine 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course
APO (Dec) R E Mason 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course
APO (Des) W F Scott 18 Jun 1939 Attached to RAF Cardington for course
APO F B Holt 19 Jun 1939 Arrived on posting to No 924 Sqn, wef 1 Jun 1939 and allocated to 'C' Flight
Mr C F P Lowe 30 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off, wef 16 May 1939 and allocated to 'A' Flight
AC1 J F Bertram  9 Jul 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting from No 909 Sqn, Chigwell
Capt C V T Laine 11 Jul 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Sqn Ldr, wef 14 May 1939 and assumed command of No 926 Sqn
Mr W F Scott 11 Jul 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, wef 20 May 1939 and allocated to 'B' Flight
Mr E H Stewart  1 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, wef 21 May 1939 and allocated to 'A' Flight
Mr F L Bradshaw  1 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
APO R E Mason  1 Aug 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 18 May 1939
APO F B Holt  8 Aug 1939 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 15 May 1939
Cpl W G Penton 21 Aug 1939 Equipment Assistant, arrived on posting from No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
AC1 A McGuire 21 Aug 1939 Balloon Operator, arrived on posting from No 908 Sqn, Chigwell
Mr F O'Brien 22 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, wef 14 Jul 1939 and allocated to 'A' Flight
APO W F Scott 26 Aug 1939 Proceeded to No 10 Balloon Centre as Officer i/c Guard
APO F O'Brien 26 Aug 1939 Proceeded to No 10 Balloon Centre as Officer i/c Camp
Fg Off F B Holt  8 Sep 1939 Appointed Passive Defence Officer
Mr H P Davies 12 Sep 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO on probation, wef 19 May 1939
Mr D H Courtenay 12 Sep 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO on probation, wef 10 Aug 1939
Fg Off F B Holt 15 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt W S Chrystal 18 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
APO E H Stewart 20 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Mr H V Newton 11 Oct 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Plt Off for Equipment duties, wef 29 Aug 1939
Mr A E Armitage 11 Oct 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Plt Off for Accountant duties, wef 29 Aug 1939
Flt Lt J S Charlton xx Oct 1939 Attached top No 926 Sqn
Act Sgt (unp) L Richards 26 Oct 1939 Confirmed in the rank of Act Sgt, wef 30 Sep 1939
Flt Sgt K H Nicholson 29 Oct 1939 Balloon Rigger, arrived on posting from No 1 BTU, RAF Cardington
Sgt G H Jones 29 Oct 1939 Balloon Rigger, arrived on posting from No 1 BTU, RAF Cardington
Mr R T Owen  1 Nov 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO on probation, wef 20 Aug 1939
Dr G B Hardman 22 Nov 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Fg Off for Medical duties, wef 1 Sep 1939
Flt Lt J S Charlton 22 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached on being posted to No 926 Sqn
Plt Off H V Newton 12 Dec 1939 Equipment Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 3 Nov 1939
Flt Lt F B Holt 13 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
APO H P Davies 13 Dec 1939 Assumed duties as Officer i/c 'C' Flight (acting)
Flt Lt W S Chrystal 17 Dec 1939 Relinquished duties of Assistant Adjutant on assuming duties of Flt Lt (Flying), wef 18 Sep1939

Source - No 926 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2260)

Organisational Movements: Feb - Dec 1939

Date Notes
13 Feb 1939 Formed (on paper) at The Old Grammar School, Long Millgate, Manchester as part of the Auxiliary Air Force. 
 6 May 1939 292 men enlisted in the squadron
 8 May 1939 Squadron commenced training
23 Aug 1939 Squadron was mobilised and call out papers issued to AAF personnel
 3 Sep 1939 Disposition of Officers on this date; -
  • Sqn Ldr C V T Laine -   Officer Commanding
  • L Graham Wigan -          Adjutant
  • APO H V Newton -        Equipment Officer 
  • APO A E Armitage -      Accountant Officer          
  • Fg Off G B Hardman -  Medical Officer    
  • Fg Off C F P Lowe -     Officer i/c 'A' Flight
  • APO E H Stewart -        'A' Flight
  • APO R T Owen -            'A' Flight      
  • Flt Lt R E Mason -         Officer i/c 'B' Flight      
  • APO D H Courtenay -   'B' Flight  
  • APO W F Scott -            'B' Flight  
  • Fg Off F B Holt -           Officer i/c 'C' Flight   
  • APO F O'Brien -            'C' Flight   
  • APO H P Davies -         'C' Flight   
 3 Sep 1939 'B' Flight deployed to war sites without balloons or winches
 4 Sep 1939 Half of 'A' Flight deployed to war sites without balloons or winches
 5 Sep 1939 Half of 'A' Flight deployed to war sites without balloons or winches
 5 Sep 1939 'C' Flight vacated The Old Grammar School, Long Millgate, Manchester, which closed down, and relocated to No 10 Balloon Centre
25 Sep 1939 4 x crews of 'C' Flight deployed to war sites without balloons or winches
26 Sep 1939 2 x crews of 'C' Flight deployed to war sites without balloons or winches
29 Sep 1939 2 x crews of 'C' Flight deployed to war sites without balloons or winches
22 Oct 1939 All squadron markings to be removed from MT vehicles
25 Oct 1939 MT transferred from Sqn HQ to Flight HQs

Source - No 926 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2260)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off G B Hardman 12 Jan 1940 Medical Officer, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 1 Dec 1939
Plt Off A E Armitage 12 Jan 1940 Accountant Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 3 Nov 1939
Mr G P Taylor 26 Jan 1940 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as an APO on probation, wef 30 Dec 1939
Act Fg Off E H Stewart 21 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 3 Nov 1939
Act Fg Off A E Armitage  1 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, attached to School of Clerks Accounting, RAF Cranwell
Flt Lt W S Chrystal 11 Mar 1940 Assistant Adjutant, attached to School of Administration, Gerrard's Cross for No 6 War Clouse
Act Fg Off A E Armitage 16 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, ceased to be attached to School of Clerks Accounting, RAF Cranwell
APO R T Owen  1 Apr 1940 Assumed command of 'D' Flight on formation
Flt Lt W S Chrystal  1 Apr 1940 Assistant Adjutant, ceased to be attached to School of Administration, Gerrard's Cross for No 6 War Clouse
Fg Off F B Holt  1 Apr 1940 Released from embodied service
Plt Off W F Scott  1 Apr 1940 Posted to No 924 Sqn, wef 3 Feb 1940
Plt Off S C Smaliman 18 Apr 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 955 Sqn on posting to 'A' Mobile Sqn, RAF Cardington
Plt Off K W Tarplett 19 Apr 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary Course
Plt Off G J Haynes 28 Apr 1940 Attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas Course
Plt Off B J Rutty 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 BTU, RAF Cardington
Plt Off M W Claye  8 May 1940 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
Plt Off G J Haynes 10 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas Course
Plt Off K W Tarplett 10 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary Course
Plt Off M W Claye 20 May 1940 Posted to No 10 Balloon Centre for Administrative duties
Plt Off P S Davies 20 May 1940 Arrived on posting from No 925 Sqn for Administrative duties
Flt Lt R E Mason 26 May 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for duty as Officer i/c Training
Plt Off B J Rutty 31 May 1940 Attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary Course
Plt Off J F Taylor  1 Jun 1940 Posted from No 955 Sqn
Plt Off K W Tarplett  1 Jun 1940 Posted from No 955 Sqn
Plt Off J F Taylor 14 Jun 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Administrative duties
Plt Off B J Rutty 21 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Loughborough for Disciplinary Course
Plt Off P S Davies  3 Jul 1940 Proceeded to No 903 Sqn
Plt Off A M Goldsworth  3 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off W Findlay  3 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting and attached to HQ No 31 Group for Duty Officers' Course
Plt Off R G Greaves  3 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting and attached to HQ No 31 Group for Duty Officers' Course
Plt Off W Findlay  7 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 31 Group for Duty Officers' Course
Plt Off R G Greaves  7 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 31 Group for Duty Officers' Course
Sqn Ldr R E Mason  8 Jul 1940 Attached to Equipment Officers' School, Grange-over-Sands
Plt Off R H Harvart  9 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Sqn Ldr R E Mason  9 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to Equipment Officers' School, Grange-over-Sands
Flt Lt W S Chrystal 18 Jul 1940 Assistant Adjutant, posted to No 957 Sqn
Plt Off R H Harvart 19 Jul 1940 Posted to No 957 Sqn
Fg Off J O Fischer Sobell  6 Aug 1940 Attached from No 925 Sqn for Administrative duties
Fg Off J O Fischer Sobell 16 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 925 Sqn on posting to No 926 Sqn
Plt Off A R Carifrae 18 Aug 1940 Posted to No 917 Sqn
Plt Off T H Parkinson 23 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 916 Sqn
Plt Off J F Taylor 24 Aug 1940 Attached to HQ, No 31 Group
Plt Off J E Towlson 29 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Balloon Command
Plt Off J F Taylor  1 Sep 1940 Posted to No 962 Sqn
Plt Off R G Greaves 10 Sep 1940 Attached to HQ, No 31 Group
Plt Off J E Harley 14 Sep 1940 Attached to No 5 Balloon Centre for Small Arms Course
Plt Off J E Harley 28 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 5 Balloon Centre for Small Arms Course
Flt Lt J M Pye-Smith  1 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr R E Mason  3 Oct 1940 Posted to No 10 Balloon Centre for Administrative duties
Sqn Ldr D E Larkins  6 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Sqn Ldr Administration
Plt Off F L Bradshaw  15 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef  3 Sep 1940
APO H G Johnston 21 Oct 1940 Attached from No 10 Balloon Centre
Fg Off J O Fischer Sobell  8 Nov 1940 Posed to No 935 Sqn
AC2 S F Finch 13 Nov 1939 Found drowned
Plt Off A M Goldsworth 28 Nov 1940 Departed on return to civilian employment
AC2 R E Madden 23 Dec 1940 Died in hospital
Plt Off H D Closton? 28 Dec 1940 Attached from No 922 Sqn and allocated to 'E' Flight
Plt Off J D O'Hagan 31 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 924 Sqn and allocated to 'E' Flight

Source - No 926 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2260)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 1 Jan 1940 'A' Flight HQ moved from Slade Lane to the Grapes Hotel, Stoneclough, Kearsley
 8 Jan 1940 Squadron Operational HQ moved from 'B' Flight to No 10 Balloon Centre
23 Jan 1940 'C' Flight HQ moved from the Belmont Hotel to Buile Hill
 1 Apr 1940 'D' Flight formed
14 Nov 1940 3 x mobile crews departed for Coventry
 8 Dec 1940 Waterborne site crew departed for Dunfermline

Source - No 926 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2260)

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