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No 955 (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 C Arnold 24 Jan 1940 Attached from No 924 Sqn and assumed temporary command of No 955 Sqn
Fg Off K Fearnside-Speed 24 Jan 1940 Attached from No 10 Balloon Centre and assumed duties of Administrative Officer
Plt Off R O Blane 24 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from Equipment Training School, RAF Halton for duty as Equipment Officer
Plt Off G Hawley 25 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from School of Clerks Accounting, RAF Cranwell for duty as Accountant Officer
Flt Lt J C Charlton 25 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 30 Group for duty as Flt Lt Administrative
Flt Lt C T FitzGerald  7 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 955 Sqn
Flt Lt C Arnold  9 Feb 1940 Posted from No 924 Sqn, wef 5 Feb 1940 and relinquished temporary command of No 955 Sqn
Sqn Ldr C T FitzGerald  9 Feb 1940 Assumed command of No 955 Sqn
Fg Off R E Dawson 14 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Montrose for duty as Medical Officer
Plt Off J M M Bloor 28 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Balloon Centre
Plt Off G J Haynes 28 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Balloon Centre
Plt Off J D Chomley 28 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Balloon Centre
Plt Off J F Taylor 28 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Balloon Centre
Plt Off Tarplett  3 Mar 1940 Posted from No 5 Balloon Centre on appointment to a commission and granted leave to obtain uniforms etc
Plt Off Gough  3 Mar 1940 Posted from No 6 Balloon Centre on appointment to a commission and granted leave to obtain uniforms etc
Plt Off Smallman  4 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 Balloon Centre on appointment to a commission and granted leave to obtain uniforms etc
Flt Lt C Arnold  6 Mar 1940 Assumed command of 'A' Flight
Plt Off J M M Bloor  6 Mar 1940 Appointed 2nd i/c, 'A' Flight
Plt Off G J Haynes  6 Mar 1940 Allocated to 'A' Flight
Plt Off Tarplett 10 Mar 1940 Reported for duty on return from leave
Plt Off Gough 10 Mar 1940 Reported for duty on return from leave
Plt Off Smallman 10 Mar 1940 Reported for duty on return from leave
Plt Off R O Blane 11 Mar 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' Course (1 week)
Plt Off J M M Bloor 11 Mar 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' Course (1 week)
Plt Off Gough 11 Mar 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' Course (1 week)
Plt Off Smallman 11 Mar 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' Course (1 week)
Plt Off J S Taylor 11 Mar 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre for Officers' Course (1 week)
Plt Off G J Haynes 25 Mar 1940 Attached to No 926 Sqn for duty
Plt Off Smallman 25 Mar 1940 Attached to No 926 Sqn for duty
Plt Off Gough 25 Mar 1940 Attached to No 926 Sqn for duty
Plt Off J S Taylor 25 Mar 1940 Attached to No 926 Sqn for duty
Plt Off Tarplett 25 Mar 1940 Attached to No 926 Sqn for duty
Plt Off Gough  1 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Cardington
Squadron disbanded on 1 April 1940 but reformed on 12 September 1940
Sqn Ldr A E Knight 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 955 Sqn
Fg Off J F Cooper 25 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Cpl Poole  1 Oct 1940 Equipment Assistant, promoted to Temp Sgt
Sqn Ldr A E Knight 11 Oct 1940 Admitted to SSQ, RAF Cardington
Sqn Ldr A E Knight 15 Oct 1940 Discharged from SSQ, RAF Cardington
Sqn Ldr A E Knight 16 Oct 1940 Granted 21 days sick leave
Fg Off J F Cooper  1 Nov 1940 Medical Officer, attached to No 919 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A E Knight  6 Nov 1940 Proceeded on sick leave pending instructions as to disposal
Flt Lt C T FitzGerald 11 Nov 1940 Attached from No 1 BTU, pending posting and promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt M E S Thompson 11 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Balloon Command for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr C T FitzGerald 20 Nov 1940 Posted from No 1 BTU and assumed command of No 955 Sqn
Sqn Ldr A E Knight 20 Nov 1940 Reposted to the unit as supernumerary (non-effective - sick)
Fg Off J F Cooper 22 Nov 1940 Medical Officer, posted to No 919 Sqn
Fg Off R G Ashton 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cardington for duty as Equipment Officer
Sqn Ldr C T FitzGerald  4 Dec 1940 Attached to No 10 Balloon Centre
Sqn Ldr C T FitzGerald  6 Dec 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 10 Balloon Centre and returned with squadron files
Sqn Ldr A E Knight 28 Dec1940 Relinquished his commission

Source - No 955 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2304)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
22 Jan 1940 No 10 Balloon Centre was instructed to form No 955 Sqn to replace No 924 Sqn proceeding overseas
24 Jan 1940 Formation Office opened in the Education Hut at No 10 Balloon Centre
20 Feb 1940 Squadron took over offices vacated by No 924 Sqn
24 Feb 1940 Squadron took over Equipment Stores from No 924 Sqn
 6 Mar 1940 'A' Flight HQ moved from No 10 Balloon Centre to 141 Derbyshire Lane, Stratford
30 Mar 1940 Squadron disbanded with personnel and equipment being split between Nos 925 and 926 Squadrons
12 Sep 1940 Squadron reformed at RAF Cardington
20 Nov 1940 Sqn HQ opened at RAF Cardington (Hut 23)
27 Nov 1940 Sqn HQ and Orderly Room moved from Hut 23 to Hut 265

Source - No 955 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2304)

This page was last updated on 26/03/22

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