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No 950 (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


Auxiliary Air Force personnel shown in italics (where known).

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr R Risk MC 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 947 Sqn and assumed command of No 950 Sqn
Flt Lt F C Hornsby-Smith 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 947 Sqn for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt E H Hereford 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Engineer Officer (Balloons)
Flt Lt H A Underhill 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off J S Stevens 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off G S Pollock 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 947 Sqn
Fg Off W J Scott 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Fg Off A D S Anderson 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Plt Off P M Brooks 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 947 Sqn for Administrative duties
Plt Off W M Jack 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 947 Sqn
Plt Off B M Cook 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R D Dykes 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt C Hammond 16 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Accountant Officer
Flt Lt E S Bullen 16 Jan 1940 Attached for duty as Equipment Officer
Plt Off G E M Stock 19 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 929 Sqn for duty as Assistant Equipment Officer
Plt Off G E M Stock 20 Jan 1940 Assistant Equipment Officer, departed Glasgow for Thurso to join Advance party
WO Barker 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off W J Scott 26 Jan 1940 Medical Officer, departed Bishopbriggs for Lyness (with 19 airmen)
Plt Off D A Lamb 26 Jan 1940 Departed Bishopbriggs for Lyness
Cpl Durbridge 26 Jan 1940 Departed Bishopbriggs for Lyness
WO V Vowles 26 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 19 Balloon Centre
Plt Off G E M Stock 27 Jan 1940 Assistant Equipment Officer, reported sick
Plt Off J M Warner 29 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from No 18 Balloon Centre for duty as Assistant Equipment Officer
Plt Off G E M Stock 29 Jan 1940 Assistant Equipment Officer, returned to Bishopbriggs
Plt Off W B Brotchie 31 Jan 1940 Attached from No 945 Sqn
Mr Haines  2 Feb 1940 Arrived on attachment from Wild Winch Co
Mr Mowatt  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on attachment from Air Ministry for Meteorological duties
Sgt E C Peters  5 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Fg Off A D S Anderson  6 Feb 1940 Accountant Officer, departed No 18 Balloon Centre for Lyness
Sgt E C Peters  6 Feb 1940 Departed No 18 Balloon Centre for Lyness
Mr Haines  6 Feb 1940 Departed No 18 Balloon Centre for Lyness
Mr Mowatt  6 Feb 1940 Departed No 18 Balloon Centre for Lyness
Mr Haines  5 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached and returned to Wild Winch Co
Flt Lt F C Hornsby-Smith  7 Mar 1940 Adjutant, promoted to Act Sqn Ldr, wef 15 Jan 1940
AC1 J Ronald  7 Mar 1940 Died onboard HMHS Amararpoora
Plt Off J M Warner 20 Mar 1940 Assistant Equipment Officer, departed on posting to HQ Balloon Command
Fg Off G S Pollock 22 Mar 1940 Promote to Act Flt Lt, wef 15 Jan 1940
Fg Off J S Stevens 22 Mar 1940 Promote to Act Flt Lt, wef 15 Jan 1940
Plt Off W B Brotchie 22 Mar 1940 Promote to Act Flt Lt, wef 15 Jan 1940
Plt Off P M Brooks 22 Mar 1940 Promote to Act Flt Lt, wef 13 Mar 1940
Act Flt Lt J N Cone  4 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Barrage Control Officer
Act Flt Lt F Gregory  4 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Barrage Control Officer
Sub-Lt (RN) Irvine  4 Apr 1940 Attached for duty with Admiralty kites
Plt Off W N C H Pitts  4 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 18 Balloon Centre (with 70 x Other Ranks)
Plt Off E G Rhodes 10 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for Messing duties
AC1 W Bond 11 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Upwood
AC1 J Newman 11 Apr 1940 Posted to Glasgow
AC2 T Fitzgerald 11 Apr 1940 Posted to Glasgow
Fg Off J A Lawson 12 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting (with 66 x Other Ranks)
Flt Lt E H Hereford 19 Apr 1940 Engineer Officer (Balloons) proceeded to HQ Balloon Command
Plt Off B A Mercer 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Junior Administrative Officer
Fg Off J A Lawson  4 May 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 6 Apr 1940
Plt Off W M Jack  4 May 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 1 May 1940
Plt Off W N C H Pitts 13 May 1940 Admitted to HMHS Amarapoora with fractured leg
Plt Off Christie 25 May 1940 Proceeded to Sheerness for special course on balloon cables
Cpl Fletcher 25 May 1940 Proceeded to Sheerness for special course on balloon cables
Plt Off E G Rhodes  1 Jun 1940 Catering Officer, posted to No 948 Sqn from No 19Balloon Centre but remained attached to No 950 Sqn
Flt Lt C M Dransfield  1 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Flt Lt W J Scott  1 Jun 1940 Released form duties as Medical Officer in order to return to medical duties in civil life
Fg Off B De L Casenove  1 Jun 1940 Attached to No 13 Balloon Centre for Kite Flying duties
Plt Off C V L Hooman  1 Jun 1940 Attached to No 13 Balloon Centre for Kite Flying duties
APO G P Dealtry  3 Jun 1940 Regraded as Plt Off on probation, wef 27 May 1940
Wg Cdr R Risk MC  7 Jun 1940 Reported sick
Wg Cdr R Risk MC 12 Jun 1940 Transferred to HMHS Vasna for an operation
Sqn Ldr F C Hornsby-Smith 12 Jun 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 950 Sqn
Fg Off W J S Mills 14 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Rev T Scott 17 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell for duty as Presbyterian Chaplain
Wg Cdr R Risk MC 24 Jun 1940 Transferred from HMHS Vasna to RNAH Kingseat
Fg Off A E Langman 25 Jun 1940 Attached for Administrative duties
Plt Off W J Elliott 25 Jun 1940 Attached for Meteorological duties
Plt Off B M Cook  1 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'C' Flight to 'A' Flight
Plt Off W A Fox  1 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'D' Flight to 'B' Flight
Plt Off R D Dykes  1 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to 'C' Flight
Act Flt Lt J S Stevens  8 Jul 1940 Attached to No 920 Sqn
Plt Off R D Dykes  8 Jul 1940 Assumed temporary command of 'D' Flight
Plt Off B M Cook  8 Jul 1940 Transferred from 'A' Flight to HQ for Barrage Control training
Plt Off R A Mitchell  9 Jul 1940 Attached from No 947 Sqn for Equipment duties
Plt Off R S Ridgeway 12 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting and allocated to 'B' Flight
Flt Lt C L Read 12 Jul 1940 Posted to No 946 Sqn as Flight Commander
Flt Lt C A Clark 12 Jul 1940 Attached to RAF Wick from AMES Gaitnip
Plt Off W J Elliott 15 Jul 1940 Admitted to SSQ and transferred to HMHS Isle of Jersey
Flt Lt Neild 19 Jul 1940 Attached to No 957 Sqn
Flt Lt C M Dransfield 20 Jul 1940 Medical Officer, promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Plt Off W J Elliott 22 Jul 1940 Returned to duty on discharge from HMHS Isle of Jersey
Plt Off M R Samuel 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H R Samuel 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off I H L Innes 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off J C Shaw 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off C C W Rodd 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off F K Pease 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Wg Cdr A S Jackson 27 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 950 Sqn
Sqn Ldr F C Hornsby-Smith 27 Jul 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 950 Sqn
Plt Off L M Gerahty 30 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Cpl A Reed  2 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as a Plt Off on probation and posted to No 943 Sqn
LAC W A Rollo  2 Aug 1940 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as a Plt Off on probation and posted to No 947 Sqn
Plt Off W N C H Pitts  8 Aug 1940 Discharged from hospital
Plt Off W A Fox 15 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 18 Balloon Centre
Plt Off L N Palmer 16 Aug 1940 Attached to No 18 Balloon Centre
Fg Off I N Taylor 17 Aug 1940 Attached for temporary Medical duties (Sqn Ldr Dransfield on leave)
Sub-Lt (RN) Hamilton-Smith 20 Aug 1940 Attached for duty with Admiralty kites
Act Flt Lt W J S Mills 20 Aug 1940 Posted to No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Sqn Ldr F C Hornsby-Smith 21 Aug 1940 Posted to No 922 Sqn, Warrington to command
Act Flt Lt J N Cone 21 Aug 1940 Assumed duties of Senior Administrative Officer
Plt Off A T Clay 22 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
WO V Vowles 23 Aug 1940 Attached to No 18 Balloon Centre, pending posting to No 967 Sqn
Flt Lt H A Underhill 24 Aug 1940 Attached to No 967 Sqn
Plt Off G P Dealtry 24 Aug 1940 Attached to No 967 Sqn
Plt Off K T Stone 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off M M Elrington 29 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Act Flt Lt P M Brooks 30 Aug 1940 Attached to No 18 Balloon Centre, pending posting to No 968 Sqn
Act Flt Lt W M Jack  1 Sep 1940 Posted to No 968 Sqn
Act Flt Lt P M Brooks  1 Sep 1940 Posted to No 968 Sqn
Plt Off B M Cook  1 Sep 1940 Posted to No 968 Sqn
Plt Off F K Pease  2 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Evanton for Defence duties
Plt Off H Sutcliffe  6 Sep1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off F K Pease  6 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Evanton for Defence duties
Fg Off I N Taylor  6 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached for temporary Medical duties
Flt Lt R S Angus 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting to assume command of Trawler Flight
Fg Off M Sennett 11 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Medical duties with 'A' Flight at Flotta
Flt Lt J N Cone 14 Sep 1940 Relinquished post of Signals Officer
Flt Lt F Gregory 14 Sep 1940 Assumed duties of Signals Officer
Plt Off R S Ridgeway 24 Sep 1940 Assumed duties in Barrage Control Room
Plt Off B A Mercer 25 Sep 1940 Proceeded to School of Administration for course (3 weeks)
Wg Cdr A S Jackson 25 Sep 1940 Attached to No 20 Balloon Centre to command, wef 26 Aug 1940
Flt Lt F Gregory 27 Sep 1940 Attached to HQ, No 34 Sqn for temporary duty
Flt Lt F D Taylor 29 Sep 1940 Attached for temporary Barrage Control duties
Sqn Ldr L Findlater MC 22 Nov 1940 Departed on posting
Plt Off L J Gooch  6 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from No 945 Sqn
Fg Off N Mayhew 11 Dec 1940 Posted to No 2 PDC, RAF Wilmslow
Plt Off M Garvin 19 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for Accountant duties
Plt Off L M Gerahty 23 Dec 1940 Attached to No 909 Sqn
Plt Off M L Greenham 28 Dec 1940 Attached from No 947 Sqn

Source - No 950 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2297)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 7 Jan 1940 No 947 Sqn advised of the intention to form a new squadron (No 950)
15 Jan 1940

Officially formed under the control of No 18 Balloon Centre at Bishopbriggs

17 Jan 1940 Road convoy departed Bishopbriggs for Liverpool
18 Jan 1940 Advance party departed Bishopbriggs for Golfhill School, prior to entraining
19 Jan 1940 Advance party entrained for Thurso
22 Jan 1940 Advance party crossed to Thurso by ferry
26 Jan 1940 Supplementary Advance party departed for Lyness
27 Jan 1940 Supplementary Advance party arrived at Lyness
29 Jan 1940 Winches, etc departed Bishopbriggs for Glasgow Docks for shipment of SS Floristan
 1 Feb 1940 HQ Party departed Bishopbriggs for Thurso by special train
 2 Feb 1940 HQ Party arrived at Thurso and crossed to Lyness on MV Earl of Zetland
 4 Feb 1940 SS Floristan sailed from Glasgow
 7 Feb 1940 SS Floristan arrived at Lyness and anchored in  Bay
 8 Feb 1940 Personnel disembarked from SS Floristan
 8 Feb 1940 Drifter 'Sea Light' allocated for temporary duty
10 Feb 1940 Drifter 'Ebenezer' allocated for permanent duty
10 Feb 1940 Unloading of SS Floristan commenced
14 Feb 1940 Unloading of SS Floristan completed
19 Feb 1940 Main party entrained for Thurso
20 Feb 1940 Main party arrived at Thurso and crossed to Lyness on MV Earl of Zetland
20 Feb 1940 Squadron established at Lynees, Orkney
26 Feb 1940 Rear party entrained for Thurso
27 Feb 1940 Rear party arrived at Thurso
28 Feb 1940 Rear party arrived at Lyness
13 Mar 1940 'D' Flight arrived from Bishopbriggs
27 May 1940 New Barrage Control Room occupied
25 Sep 1940 No 20 Balloon Centre formed at Lyness, wef 26 Aug 1940
25 Sep 1940 Squadron placed under the control of No 20 Balloon Centre, wef 26 Aug 1940

Source - No 950 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2297)

This page was last updated on 22/03/22

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