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RAF Bassingbourn Personnel and units


[Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Personnel Movements: Mar - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr F Wright 27 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien 27 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Adjutant
Maj N R Taitt 27 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off S R Brown 27 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Accounts Officer
Sqn Ldr L A Lavender 27 Mar 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Equipment Officer
Mr Richards 19 Apr 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Civilian Accounts Officer

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

Unit Movements: Mar - Jul 1938

Unit Date Notes
Advance Party  2 Mar 1938 Arrived from Uxbidge
SHQ RAF Bassingbourn 27 Mar 1938 Opened
Advance Party, No 104 Sqn 19 Apr 1938 Arrived from RAF Hucknall
Advance Party, No 108 Sqn 19 Apr 1938 Arrived from RAF Cranfield
Main Party, No 104 Sqn  2 May 1938 Arrived from RAF Hucknall
Main Party, No 108 Sqn  2 May 1938 Arrived from RAF Cranfield

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

July 1938

County Command/Group Units
Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 104 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 108 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr F Wright 28 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien   DSC, RAFO
Maj (Ret) N R Taitt   Assistant Adjutant

Equipment Officers

Sqn Ldr (Ret) L A Lavender    
Flt Lt (Ret) L T Sanderson   DSM

Accountant Branch

Fg Off S R Brown 28 Mar 1938  

Warrant Officers

WO F E Groom 28 Mar 1938  
WO G F Cockell 19 Apr 1938  

 

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Personnel Movements: Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey T Jarman 5 Dec 1938 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Administrative Officer

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

January 1939

County Command/Group Units
Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 104 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 108 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr F Wright 28 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey T Jarman  5 Dec 1938 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt E J Palmer 15 Aug 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien   DSC, RAFO
Maj (Ret) N R Taitt   Assistant Adjutant
Lt Col (Ret) P R Quayle   Indian Army

Equipment Officers

Sqn Ldr (Ret) L A Lavender    
Flt Lt (Ret) L T Sanderson   DSM

Accountant Branch

Fg Off S R Brown 28 Mar 1938  
Capt (Ret) J D Cameron   OBE

Education Officer

Mr W H Jones  1 Apr 1938 Grade III, BA

Warrant Officers

WO F E Groom 28 Mar 1938  
WO G F Cockell 19 Apr 1938  
WO H H Bucknall  2 Jun 1938

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

County Command/Group Units
Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 104 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 108 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr F Wright 28 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey T Jarman  5 Dec 1938 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt E J Palmer 15 Aug 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien   DSC, RAFO
Maj (Ret) N R Taitt   Assistant Adjutant
Lt Col (Ret) P R Quayle   Indian Army
Fg Off (Ret) H J White    

Equipment Branch

Fg Off G Rhys  1 Feb 1939  
APO H J S Anderson 28 Nov 1938  
APO S McN Greig  1 Feb 1939  
Sqn Ldr (Ret) L A Lavender    

Accountant Branch

Fg Off S R Brown 28 Mar 1938  
Capt (Ret) J D Cameron   OBE

Education Officer

Mr W H Jones  1 Apr 1938 Grade III, BA

Warrant Officers

WO F E Groom 28 Mar 1938  
WO G F Cockell 19 Apr 1938  
WO H H Bucknall  2 Jun 1938

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

County Command/Group Units
Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire Bomber Command/No 2 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 104 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 108 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr F Wright 28 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey T Jarman  5 Dec 1938 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr E J Palmer 15 Aug 1938 Armament duties
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien   DSC, RAFO
Maj (Ret) N R Taitt   Assistant Adjutant
Lt Col (Ret) P R Quayle   Indian Army

Equipment Branch

APO H J S Anderson 28 Nov 1938  
Fg Off (Ret) H J White    

Accountant Branch

Fg Off S R Brown 28 Mar 1938  
Capt (Ret) J D Cameron   OBE

Education Officer

Mr W H Jones  1 Apr 1938 Grade III, BA

Warrant Officers

WO F E Groom 28 Mar 1938  
WO G F Cockell 19 Apr 1938  
WO H H Bucknall  2 Jun 1938

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
12 x Reserve pilots  5 May 1939 Reported for training
WO G F Cockell 12 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Fg Off
WO F E Groom 23 Jun 1939 Appointed to a commission in the rank of Fg Off
Gp Capt L H Slatter  5 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of the Station
Wg Cdr F Wright 27 Mar 1938 Relinquished command of the Station
Gp Capt L H Slatter 15 Aug 1939 Assumed command of the Station
Gp Capt J R W Smyth-Piggott  1 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of the Station
Gp Capt L H Slatter  2 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of the Station on posting to his War Appointment
Gp Capt J R W Smyth-Piggott  2 Sep 1939 Assumed command of the Station
46 x Class 'E' Reservists  2 Sep 1939 Reported for duty
Plt Off Watson  5 Sep 1939 Reported for Blenheim Conversion course
Plt Off Stewart  5 Sep 1939 Reported for Blenheim Conversion course
Plt Off Green  5 Sep 1939 Reported for Blenheim Conversion course
Plt Off Carr  5 Sep 1939 Reported for Blenheim Conversion course
3 x Officer and 1 x Sgt pilot  5 Sep 1939 Reported for Blenheim Conversion course
Wg Cdr B E Embry 12 Sep 1939 Reported for Blenheim Conversion course
Gp Capt J R W Smyth-Piggott 16 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien 18 Sep 1939 Station Adjutant, appointed Officer i/c Care and Maintenance Party
Wg Cdr S L Quine 26 Sep 1939 OC, No 215 Sqn, arrived and assumed command of the Station
Fg Off T O'N East 10 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from the AAFO for Administrative duties
Wg Cdr S L Quine 16 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of the Station
Gp Capt M L Taylor 16 Oct 1939 Assumed command of the Station
Mrs Quine 16 Oct 1939 Employed for Cypher duties
Mrs O'Brien 16 Oct 1939 Employed for Cypher duties
18 x RAFVR Airmen 21 Oct 1939 Reported for duty from Luton
WO Reep 24 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for Armament duties
Plt Off Buie 24 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for Station Defence duties
Sqn Ldr Quayle 26 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for Station Intelligence duties
35 x WAAF Airwomen 27 Oct 1939 Reported for duty from Luton
Fg Off Brown 30 Oct 1939 Accountant Officer, promoted to Flt Lt, wef 6 Sep 1939
106 x Airmen 31 Oct 1939 Arrived from RAF Padgate for disposal
Fg Off Herbert 31 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS for duty as Station Signals Officer
Flt Lt G M F O'Brien 18 Nov 1939 Station Administrative Officer, promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off G M L Schrader 20 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties whilst awaiting a Medical Board
Fg Off T A James 21 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Halton for Medical duties
Fg Off A Marchant 17 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for Armament and Station Defence duties
Flt Lt K A Merritt 17 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting for Specialist Armament duties
Fg Off T O'N East 24 Dec 1939 Assistant Adjutant, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 10 Sep 1939
Flt Lt C Hole 29 Dec 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Hednesford for Engineer duties
Plt Off Buie 30 Dec 1939 Proceeded to RAF Manby for Short Armament course

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

Unit Movements: Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
RAF Bassingbourn  1 Jun 1939 Became Group Training Station, squadron non-mobilizable
Advance Party, SHQ 10 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
Advance Party, No 104 Sqn 10 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
Advance Party, No 108 Sqn 10 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
Advance Air Party 17 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
Main Party, No 104 Sqn 18 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
Main Party, No 108 Sqn 18 Sep 1939 Proceeded to RAF Bicester
RAF Bassingbourn 18 Sep 1939 Placed under Care and Maintenance
Advance Party, No 215 Sqn 23 Sep 1939 Arrived from Nuneaton
16 x Wellingtons, No 215 Sqn 24 Sep 1939 Arrived from Nuneaton
Main Party, No 215 Sqn 25 Sep 1939 Arrived from Nuneaton
No 35 Sqn  7 Dec 1939 Arrived for duty whilst their airfield is unserviceable

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

Station Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off B Leno  4 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Mildenhall for Meteorological duties
Plt Off H C Robinson  4 Jan 1940 Posted to HQ No 3 Group
Flt Lt D S Carnes 26 Jan 1940 Arrived on attachment from RAF Cranfield, pending posting for duty as Station Adjutant
Flt Lt T O'N East 26 Jan 1940 Station Adjutant, posted to No 215 Sqn for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off J J Barr  3 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from Group Pilots Pool
Plt Off J Wilk  4 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Plt Off S J Wilde  4 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Fg Off R L Culley  5 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Plt Off J C Page  5 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Plt Off J H F Hanson  5 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Plt Off G F Hogg  5 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Plt Off W T Ward  5 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Plt Off J C Couper  5 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Flt Lt A A F Hickman  7 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Upper Heyford for Station Engineer duties
Plt Off C T Martin  7 Feb 1940 Arrived from RAF Manby for Air Gunners' Course
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 14 Feb 1940 Attached from No 98 Sqn for flying training
Fg Off P G F Fletcher 14 Feb 1940 Attached from No 98 Sqn for flying training
Plt Off W B Wheelwright 14 Feb 1940 Attached from No 98 Sqn for flying training
Plt Off H G Bond 14 Feb 1940 Attached from No 98 Sqn for flying training
Plt Off R H Edwards 14 Feb 1940 Attached from No 98 Sqn for flying training
Fg Off R E Thomas 15 Feb 1940 Attached from No 6 Group for temporary duty as Station Adjutant
Plt Off J L Maude-Roxby 17 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS for Conversion course
Plt Off A C Sargent 17 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS for Conversion course
Plt Off C W O Fisher 17 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS for Conversion course
Plt Off D McIntosh 17 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS for Conversion course
Plt Off R A Plumb 17 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS for Conversion course
Plt Off W Gilmour 20 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 AONS for Conversion course
Plt Off B A James 20 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 AONS for Conversion course
Plt Off J E Canton 22 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from the Group Pilots Pool for Conversion course
Plt Off R E Kirkly 22 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from the Group Pilots Pool for Conversion course
Plt Off M H Hankins 23 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from the Group Pilots Pool for Conversion course
Plt Off J D Mercer 23 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from the Group Pilots Pool for Conversion course
Plt Off R A Fleming 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Coastal Command for Meteorological duties
Flt Lt J D Cameron  2 Mar1940 Posted non-effective, sick on admission to hospital
Plt Off J C Cowper  5 Mar1940 Admitted to hospital
Plt Off W H Weaver  5 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ Coastal Command for Meteorological duties
Plt Off P E Berry  5 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SFTS for Flying duties
Rev A Purdie  5 Mar 1940 Reported for duty as Padre on being commissioned intr RAFVR
Plt Off R Hawkins  9 Mar 1940 Attached from RAF Scampton
Plt Off Franks  9 Mar 1940 Attached from RAF Scampton
Plt Off L W Bennett  9 Mar 1940 Attached from RAF Scampton
Plt Off R H Edwards 10 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 98 Sqn
Fg Off J H Read 12 Mar 1940 Attached from RAF Scampton
Plt Off C A Pownall 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J C Page 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J Wilk 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off G F Hogg 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J J Barr 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off W T Ward 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J H F Hanson 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Fg Off R L Culley 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J E S Morton 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off A G L Humphreys 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off S J Wilde 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off C T Martin 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off E V Best 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off M Rowell 16 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Fg Off G M L Schrader 16 Mar 1940 Posted to RAF Harwell
Fg Off P G F Fletcher 21 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 98 Sqn for flying training
Fg Off J H Read 21 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from RAF Scampton
Plt Off Franks 21 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from RAF Scampton
Plt Off M R Braun 23 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 6 SFTS
Plt Off G R Noble 24 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 SFTS
Plt Off N R Peel 24 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 SFTS
Plt Off A D Alexander 24 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 SFTS
Plt Off J S Simpson 24 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 3 SFTS
Fg Off R S V Morris 26 Mar 1940 Posted to RAF Uxbridge
Plt Off W B Wheelwright 27 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached on posting to Finningley
Flt Lt T H L Nicholls 27 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached on posting to Finningley
Plt Off R Hawkins 27 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached on posting to Finningley
Fg Off R E Thomas 28 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 6 Group for temporary duty as Station Adjutant
Plt Off W Gilmour 30 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off B A James 30 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off A C Sargent 30 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J L Maude-Roxby 30 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off D McIntosh 30 Mar 1940 Proceeded by air on attachment to RAF Jurby
Plt Off G F Hogg 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off A G L Humphreys 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J J Barr 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off E V Best 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Fg Off R L Culley 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J Wilk 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J H F Hanson 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off W T Ward 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off J C Page 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby
Plt Off S J Wilde 31 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Jurby

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

Unit Movements: Personnel Movements: Jan - Apr 1940

Unit Date Notes
Main Party, No 35 Sqn  5 Feb 1940 Departed RAF Bassingbourn for RAF Upwood
'D' Course  2 Mar 1940 Commenced - 6 Officer pilots, 3 Sgt Observers, 9 AC Air Gunners
'E' Course 18 Mar 1940 Commenced - 6 Officer pilots, 3 Sgt Observers, 8 AC Air Gunners
RAF Bassingbourn  1 Apr 1940 Redesignated No 11 Operational Training Unit

Source - RAF Bassingbourn ORB

[Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

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