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No 971 (Balloon) Sqn Personnel and locations


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

Personnel Movements: Oct - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G Trundle 16 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 902 Sqn and assumed command of No 971 Sqn
Act Flt Lt E Garland 17 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 13 Balloon Centre
Act Fg Off J Barry 17 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 940 Sqn for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off S C Smallman 18 Oct 1940 Attached from No 969 Sqn
Plt Off D A Collins 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 948 Sqn for duty as Equipment Officer
Flt Lt G Usher 20 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 907 Sqn
Plt Off S C Smallman 22 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 969 Sqn, on cancellation of overseas posting
Plt Off D A Collins 22 Oct 1940 Equipment Officer, departed RAF Cardington
Plt Off M F Hickman 25 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Fighter Command for duty as Accountant Officer
Plt Off J Partridge 29 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Wilmslow for duty as Medical Officer
Plt Off S C Smallman  5 Nov 1940 Attached from No 969 Sqn

Source - No 971 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2320) and No 969 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2319)

Organisational Movements: Oct - Dec 1940

Date Notes
15 Oct 1940 Squadron commenced formation at RAF Cardington for service in the Middle East. 
22 Oct 1940 Equipment departed RAF Cardington for Glasgow
29 Oct 1940 Advance party departed RAF Cardington for Liverpool
30 Oct 1940 Main party departed RAF Cardington for Gourock
31 Oct 1940 Main party arrived at Gourock and embarked
31 Oct 1940 Squadron formally transferred to Middle East Command
 1 Nov 1940 Squadron set sail for Alexandria
24 Dec 1940 Squadron disembarked at Port Said
25 Dec 1940 Squadron moved from Port Said to Alexandria, personnel proceeded to RAF Aboukir
25 Dec 1940 Squadron HQ established at Shed 28, near the Old Coal Quay
29 Dec 1940 Equipment arrived, commenced unloading

Source - No 971 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2320)

This page was last updated on 30/03/22

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