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No 961 (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Sir John C P Millbanke 30 Jul 1940 Attached from No 905 Sqn and assumed command of undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn)
Plt Off K C Holloway 30 Jul 1940 Attached to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from No 905 Sqn and assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt E G Pole 30 Jul 1940 Attached to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from No 906 Sqn
Plt Off M C Rawlance 31 Jul 1940 Attached to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from No 907 Sqn
Fg Off Hulbert  1 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from Harwich, with a party of 11 airmen
Sqn Ldr Berryman  1 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from Sheerness
Flt Lt Cale  1 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from Sheerness, with a party of 14 airmen
Fg Off Foy  3 Aug 1940 Departed on posting
Flt Lt Nicholson  6 Aug 1940 Attached to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) from No 906 Sqn for temporary duty
Flt Lt Arnold 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting to undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn) pending assuming command
Sqn Ldr Sir John C P Millbanke 16 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of undesignated squadron (ex No 992 Sqn)
Flt Lt Arnold 16 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 961 Sqn
Flt Lt H E C Collins 16 Aug 1940 Attached from No 907 Sqn for temporary duty as Adjutant
Fg Off E Y FitzGerald 16 Aug 1940 Attached from No 906 Sqn
Plt Off Collyer 16 Aug 1940 Attached from No 907 Sqn for temporary duty
Plt Off Gorst 16 Aug 1940 Attached from No 906 Sqn
Plt Off M C Rawlance 16 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 907 Sqn
Plt Off K C Holloway 18 Aug 1940 Adjutant, ceased to be attached from No 905 Sqn
Sgt Coram 18 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 905 Sqn
Flt Lt J Scrimgeour 20 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 907 Sqn
Flt Lt H E C Collins 20 Aug 1940 Posted to No 1 Balloon Centre for administration
Plt Off Gardner 20 Aug 1940 Posted to No 1 Balloon Centre for administration
Plt Off L H Darby 21 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from No 905 Sqn
Plt Off England 21 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting
Fg Off Rae 31 Aug 1940 Attached from No 906 Sqn, pending posting
Flt Lt H E C Collins 31 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off Collyer  5 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached on posting from No 907 Sqn
Flt Lt W W Legh-Jones  6 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Senior Operations Officer
Plt Off B M Russ-Turner  6 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 961 Sqn and attached to No 928 Sqn, Felixstowe
AC1 L Howarth 11 Sep 1940 Killed in action
Plt Off Gorst 25 Sep 1940 Posted to No 968 Sqn, Belfast

Source - No 961 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2312), No 905 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2227), No 906 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2229) and No 907 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2232)

Organisational Movements: Jul - Dec 1940

Date Notes
30 Jul 1940

This was formed from No 992 Squadron, as undesignated, under the control of No 30 Group at 22 Marine Parade, Dover

31 Jul 1940 Signals Section arrived from RAF Cardington
16 Aug 1940 Squadron was redesignated No 961 Sqn, wef 5 Aug 1940
20 Aug 1940 Adjutant, Orderly Room and Accounting Clerks posted to No 1 Balloon Centre for administration
29 Aug 1940 'A' and 'B'[ Flight HQs moved to new Sqn HQ at Keo Girls County School, Frith Road, Dover

Source - No 961 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2312)

This page was last updated on 28/03/22

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