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No 954 (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt W H R Lloyds MC 30 Jan 1940 Attached and assumed temporary command of No 954 Sqn
APO Bennett 30 Jan 1940 Attached from No 912 Sqn
APO Bailey 30 Jan 1940 Attached from No 912 Sqn
APO Brown 30 Jan 1940 Attached from No 912 Sqn
Cpl Roberts  2 Feb 1940 Attached from No 5 Balloon Centre and assumed control of Orderly Room
Flt Lt R G E Mayo  8 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 954 Sqn
Flt Lt W H R Lloyds MC 12 Feb 1940 Relinquished temporary command of No 954 Sqn
Flt Lt R G E Mayo 12 Feb 1940 Assumed command of No 954 Sqn
Fg Off K W Monks 13 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Flt Lt W H R Lloyds MC 14 Feb 1940 Posted to No 954 Sqn
Flt Lt Gamble 14 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
APO Bennett 14 Feb 1940 Posted from No 912 Sqn
APO Bailey 14 Feb 1940 Posted from No 912 Sqn
APO Brown 14 Feb 1940 Posted from No 912 Sqn
APO Bray 20 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Flt Lt W H R Lloyds MC 22 Feb 1940 Assumed command of 'C' and 'D' Flights
APO Bailey 22 Feb 1940 Assumed command of 'A' and 'B' Flights
Plt Off B J Dodridge 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off B B Stonebridge 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off P A Feeny 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
Plt Off H Edwards 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting
The Squadron was disbanded by being split up between Nos 911 and 913 Squadrons
Sqn Ldr Sir John Milbanke 18 Sep 1940 Assumed command of No 954 Sqn
Fg Off Gauvain 18 Sep 1940 Medical Officer, ceased to be attached from No 956 Sqn
Fg Off Byrne 18 Sep 1940 Attached from No 930 Sqn for duty as Medical Officer
Flt Lt Gardener 22 Sep 1940 OC, 'C' Flight, ceased to be attached from No 908 Sqn
Flt Lt L H Farbrother 22 Sep 1940 Attached from No 903 Sqn pending posting to command 'C' Flight
Fg Off Byrne 23 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 930 Sqn for duty as Medical Officer
Fg Off G S Strain 23 Sep 1940 Attached, pending posting for duty as Medical Officer
Fg Off G E Roberts 23 Sep 1940 Attached from No 956 Sqn, pending posting to command 'B' Flight
Plt Off E Benton 23 Sep 1940 Attached from No 909 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off K Buckley 23 Sep 1940 Attached from No 961 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off R O Buchanan 23 Sep 1940 Attached from No 910 Sqn, pending posting
Plt Off S E Mann 23 Sep 1940 Attached from No 910 Sqn, pending posting
Flt Lt Copley 25 Sep 1940 OC, 'B' Flight, ceased to be attached from No 904 Sqn
Plt Off Joseph 25 Sep 1940 'B' Flight, ceased to be attached from No 904 Sqn
Plt Off E Hughes 28 Sep 1940 Attached, pending posting
Plt Off R C Norton 28 Sep 1940 Attached, pending posting
Plt Off T S Dorman 28 Sep 1940 Attached, pending posting
Flt Lt Beddard  1 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off T E Arnold  1 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 906 Sqn
Plt Off A E C Vanderbilt  1 Oct 1940 Attached from No 906 Sqn
Flt Lt E G Pole  2 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 906 Sqn
Plt Off D G Heath  2 Oct 1940 Attached, pending posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Plt Off Rowley  3 Oct 1940 Equipment Officer ceased to be attached from No 901 Sqn
Plt Off R O Buchanan 12 Oct 1940 Attached to No 906 Sqn
Plt Off T S Dorman 29 Oct 1940 Attached to No 961 Sqn
Plt Off F G Fitzgerald 29 Oct 1940 Attached from No 961 Sqn
Plt Off G B Cuthbertson  7 Oct 1940 Promoted to Fg Off/Act Flt Lt
Fg Off G E Roberts 12 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off S E Mann  1 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off T S Dorman  1 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off A E C Vanderbilt  1 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off R O Buchanan 15 Nov 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 906 Sqn
Plt Off R O Buchanan 13 Dec 1940 Attached to 'M' Balloon Unit for special duty
Plt Off R B Hunt 14 Dec 1940 Accountant Officer, posted overseas
Plt Off Gray 16 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Accountant Officer

Source - No 954 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2303)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
22 Jan 1940

Squadron formed under the control of No 31 Group at Erdington, Birmingham, taking over nominal operational control from No 912 Sqn

15 Feb 1940 Squadron took over the offices of No 912 Sqn at No 5 Balloon Centre
22 Feb 1940 Flight HQs deployed from No 5 Balloon Centre to war sites
31 Mar 1940 Operational control of 'A' and 'B' Flights was taken over by No 911 Sqn
18 May 1940 Squadron disbanded into Nos 911 and 913 Squadrons
12 Sep 1940 Personnel assembled at RAF Cardington,
18 Sep 1940 Squadron reformed at 'Huntspill', St Georges Avenue, Weybridge to be administered by No 2 Balloon Centre, Hook.
18 Sep 1940 'A' Flight HQ was established at 'The Yews', West Byfleet
18 Sep 1940 'B' Flight HQ was established at 'Silverwood', Byfleet Road, Weybridge
18 Sep 1940 'C' Flight HQ was established at 'Waylea', Weybridge
30 Sep 1940 Disposition of officers: -
  • Sqn Ldr Sir John Milbanke - Officer Commanding
  • Flt Lt E G Pole - Administrative Officer (Temporary attachment)
  • Plt Off G B Cuthbertson - Adjutant
  • Plt Off R B Hunt - Accountant Officer
  • Fg Off G S Strain - Medical Officer
  • Plt Off Rowley - Equipment Officer (Temporary attachment)
  • Plt Off T E Arnold - 'A' Flight (Temporary attachment)
  • Plt Off  K Buckley- 'A' Flight
  • Plt Off R C Norton- 'A' Flight
  • Fg Off G E Roberts - OC, 'B' Flight
  • Plt Off R O Buchanan - 'B' Flight
  • Plt Off E Hughes - 'B' Flight
  • Flt Lt L H Farbrother - OC, 'C' Flight
  • Plt Off E G Butler - 'C' Flight
  • Plt Off E Butler - 'C' Flight

Source - No 954 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2303)

This page was last updated on 25/03/22

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