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No 953 (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Mar - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt H T Rees  7 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 935 Sqn
Plt Off Hawes  7 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 935 Sqn for Medical duties
Flt Lt B O Angell  8 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Balloon Centre for duty as Adjutant, wef 29 Mar 1940
Flt Lt C M Stock 12 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Balloon Centre
Plt Off Dibben 12 Apr 1940 Attached from No 931 Sqn for Equipment duties, pending posting
Plt Off Dunhill 12 Apr 1940 Attached from No 930 Sqn for duty as Accountant Officer, pending posting
Plt Off A W Dent 14 Apr 1940 Attached from No 933 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off Dunhill 14 Apr 1940 Posted from No 930 Sqn for duty as Accountant Officer
Plt Off A W Dent 15 Apr 1940 Posted from No 933 Sqn, wef 14 Apr 1940
Plt Off Dibben 17 Apr 1940 Posted from No 931 Sqn for Equipment duties, wef 14 Apr 1940
Flt Lt C M Stock 21 Apr 1940 Posted to No 935 Sqn
Plt Off H R Colcough 21 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from No 935 Sqn, wef 20 Apr 1940
Plt Off Sanderson 27 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Loughborough for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Plt Off I R Draper  1 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H T Murly-Gotto  3 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A G L Young  3 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off A W Dent  6 Jun 1940 Proceeded to Swansea to open sites
Plt Off H T Murly-Gotto  6 Jun 1940 Proceeded to Swansea to open sites
Plt Off A G L Young  6 Jun 1940 Proceeded to Swansea to open sites
Plt Off K A Southwell  6 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting
WO G L Smith 12 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 932 Sqn
Plt Off I R Draper 18 Jun 1940 Posted to No 932 Sqn
Plt Off C O O Bermingham 19 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 932 Sqn
Flt Lt H T Rees  1 Jul 1940 Attached to No 932 Sqn
Flt Lt H G Bird  1 Jul 1940 Attached from No 930 Sqn
Plt Off R V Lawson  5 Jul 1940 Attached from No 951 Sqn for temporary duty
Plt Off A G L Young  7 Jul 1940 Attached to Rollestone Camp for Anti-Gas course
Plt Off J P Parker  9 Jul 1940 Attached from No 933 Sqn, pending posting
Flt Lt H T Rees 10 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 932 Sqn
Plt Off W V Trubshaw 10 Jul 1940 Attached from No 932 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off J O Fane 10 Jul 1940 Attached from No 930 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off Lawson 12 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 951 Sqn for temporary duty
Plt Off C d'E Trevellyan 12 Jul 1940 Attached from No 933 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off J H P Brain 12 Jul 1940 Attached from No 932 Sqn, pending posting
Flt Lt B O Angell 14 Jul 1940 Adjutant, assumed duties of Sqn Ldr Administrative, wef 3 Jul 1940
Plt Off W R F Fisher 14 Jul 1940 Attached from No 12 Balloon Centre for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off J Swinburne 23 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off G H Pittam 24 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H A Emery 24 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt H G Bird 25 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 930 Sqn
Plt Off H R Colcough 27 Jul 1940 Posted to No 904 Sqn
Plt Off A G L Young 28 Jun 1940 Returned from Swansea
Act Fg Off A W Dent  3 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 21 Jul 1940
Plt Off H G Robinson  5 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off K A Southwell 10 Aug 1940 Posted to No 933 Sqn
Sqn Ldr V E Vincent 13 Aug 1940 Attached to No 959 Sqn, pending posting
Sqn Ldr B O Angell 13 Aug 1940 Assumed temporary command of No 953 Sqn
Plt Off H T Murly-Gotto 13 Aug 1940 Posted to No 958 Sqn (with 'E' Flight)
Plt Off A G L Young 13 Aug 1940 Posted to No 958 Sqn (with 'E' Flight)
Plt Off H G Robinson 13 Aug 1940 Attached to No 958 Sqn
Fg Off J O Fane 14 Aug 1940 Attached to No 957 Sqn
Flt Lt H T Rees 15 Aug 1940 Attached to No 965 Sqn
Plt Off P P Butters 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 924 Sqn and attached to No 958 Sqn
Plt Off W E Ballard 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 924 Sqn and attached to No 958 Sqn
Plt Off R B Sanderson 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 14 Balloon Centre
Plt Off W R F Fisher 17 Aug 1940 Posted from No 12 Balloon Centre for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off J H P Brain 17 Aug 1940 Attached to No 965 Sqn (with 'D' Flight)
Plt Off G H Pittam 17 Aug 1940 Attached to No 965 Sqn (with 'D' Flight)
Sqn Ldr V E Vincent 19 Aug 1940 Posted to No 959 Sqn
Fg Off J O Fane 23 Aug 1940 Posted to No 957 Sqn
Plt Off J P Parker 23 Aug 1940 Attached to No 932 Sqn
Plt Off Thomas 24 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment
Plt Off W O Arnold 25 Aug 1940 Attached from No 951 Sqn, pending posting
Act Wg Cdr E J L S Brooke 26 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment and assumed command of No 953 Sqn
Sqn Ldr B O Angell 26 Aug 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 953 Sqn
Plt Off R B Sanderson 26 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 15 Jul 1940
Plt Off W R F Fisher 26 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 20 Aug 1940
Plt Off C d'E Trevellyan 28 Aug 1940 Posted to No 965 Sqn (with 'C' Flight)
Plt Off Thomas 28 Aug 1940 Posted to No 965 Sqn (with 'C' Flight)
Flt Lt H S Bailey 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off E Gator 28 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off N J Smallthwaite 29 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment
Plt Off R C B Thackeray 30 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment, pending posting
Plt Off J H P Brain 30 Aug 1940 Posted to No 965 Sqn, wef 27 Aug 1940
Plt Off G H Pittam 30 Aug 1940 Posted to No 965 Sqn, wef 27 Aug 1940
Act Wg Cdr E J L S Brooke  3 Sep 1940 Posted to and assumed command of No 953 Sqn, wef 16 Aug 1940
Plt Off A I Horsley  4 Sep 1940 Arrived on attachment
Fg Off R B Sanderson  7 Sep 1940 Posted to No 958 Sqn
Act Wg Cdr E J L S Brooke 20 Sep 1940 Promoted to Temp Wg Cdr, wef 1 Sep 1940
Fg Off N J Smallthwaite 20 Sep 1940 Promoted to Temp Flt Lt, wef 1 Sep 1940
Plt Off R P Hobbs 21 Sep 1940 Arrived on attachment
Plt Off J H Gates 26 Oct 1940 Arrived on attachment, pending posting
WO M R Johnstone 28 Oct 1940 Departed on posting
WO J Clarke 28 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting
AC1 W M Parry 10 Nov 1940 Killed in action
AC2 H C Lockett 10 Nov 1940 Killed in action
AC2 H S Wheelhouse 10 Nov 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off J S Crook 11 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 919 Sqn, wef 9 Nov 1940
Act Flt Lt A W Dent 14 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 3 Sep 1940
Plt Off J Swinburne 15 Nov 1940 Posted to No 919 Sqn, wef 9 Nov 1940
Act Fg Off W V Trubshaw 19 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 13 Nov 1940
Plt Off A I Horsley 21 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 4 Sep 1940
Plt Off C O O Bermingham 21 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 16 Sep 1940
Plt Off W R F Fisher 21 Nov 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 23 Sep 1940
Plt Off W O Arnold  1 Dec 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 25 Aug 1940
Act Flt Lt W V Trubshaw  1 Dec 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 28 Sep 1940
Flt Lt H S Bailey  9 Dec 1940 Posted to No 922 Sqn but remained attached to No 953 Sqn
Fg Off R J S Martin  9 Dec 1940 Posted from No 922 Sqn but remained attached to No 922 Sqn
Flt Lt H S Bailey 20 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached and departed on posting to No 922 Sqn, wef 9 Dec 1940
Fg Off R J S Martin 20 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 922 Sqn and arrived on posting, wef 9 Dec 1940
Fg Off A I Horsley 22 Dec 1940 Attached to Rollestone Camp to No 33 Anti-Gas Course

Source - No 953 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2302)

Organisational Movements: Mar - Dec 1940

Date Notes
 7 Mar 1940 This was formed under the control of No 14 BC at Llandaff, Cardiff with a detachment at Barry
11 Apr 1940 Equipment and responsibilities of No 935 Sqn transferred to No 953 Sqn (paper transaction only)
21 Apr 1940 No 953 Sqn completed the change over from No 935 Sqn
 1 Jul 1940 Sqn HQ moved to Cotterell House, St Nicholas, near Cardiff
12 Jul 1940 'A'. 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'E' Flights formed
 3 Aug 1940 'B' Flight HQ moved from No 14 Balloon Center to Agivey, Llandough
13 Aug 1940 'E' Flight, Swansea transferred to No 958 Sqn
14 Aug 1940 'A' Flight HQ moved from No 14 Balloon Center to Cardiff Castle
13 Aug 1940 'D' Flight, Port Talbot transferred to No 965 Sqn
28 Aug 1940 'C' Flight, Barry transferred to No 969 Sqn
30 Aug 1940 New 'C' Flight HQ moved from No 14 Balloon Center to Reath Church Hall, Waterloo Road, Cardiff
30 Aug 1940 New 'D' Flight HQ moved from No 14 Balloon Center to Min-yr-Avon, Taff Embankment, Cardiff
 4 Sep 1940 'E' (Waterborne) Flight commenced formation
15 Sep 1940 Sqn HQ moved from Cotterell House, St Nicholas, near Cardiff to Ely Rise, Cardiff

Source - No 953 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2302)

This page was last updated on 25/03/22

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