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RAF Colerne Personnel and units


On 1 September 1940 instructions were issued by HQ Fighter Command for the formation of a new Fighter Sector Station to be located at Colerne, which was then in use by No 39 Maintenance Unit, No 4 Aircraft Assembly Unit and No 10 Group Communications Flight.  Due to lack of accommodation at Colerne the Station HQ was initially formed and accommodated at RAF Filton.

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Wg Cdr C E St J Beamish 14 Sep 1940 Arrived at RAF Filton on posting from No 25 Group for duty as Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 14 Sep 1940 Arrived at RAF Filton on posting from No 266 Sqn for Operation duties
Sqn Ldr C W S Jones 14 Sep 1940 Arrived at RAF Filton on posting from RAF Hendon Hall for Accountant duties
Act Flt Lt J G Bishop 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Sutton Bridge for Equipment duties
Act Fg Off A Linley Stewart 19 Sep 1940 Arrived at RAF Filton on posting from RAF North Weald for duty as Adjutant
Act Wg Cdr C E St J Beamish 20 Sep 1940 Promoted to Temp Wg Cdr
SHQ Staff (part) 23 Sep 1940 Moved from RAF Filton to RAF Colerne
Fg Off A D Hatfield 24 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from the Medical Training Depot, RAF Halton for Medical duties
Flt Lt H C V Jolleff 24 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from the No 6 OTU, RAF Sutton Bridge for Administrative duties
Plt Off L P Alexander 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from the Officers Equipment School for Equipment duties
Fg Off A A Austin 28 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for Engineer duties
Plt Off H A Barnes 12 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from Accountant Officers School for Accountant duties
Fg Off G S Woodwark 18 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 10 Group for Operations duties
Plt Off G T Griffith 19 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 12 SoTT for duty with Mobile Demolition Sqn (Bomb Disposal)
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 21 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Filton and assumed duties of Station Operations Officer
Cpl W R L Coombes 22 Oct 1940 Died whilst on duty
Flt Lt N A J Spencer 31 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Penrhos for duty as Adjutant
Maj W P B Frazer  9 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Hullavington for duty as Station Defence Officer
Plt Off G R Stanbridge 11 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell for Signals duties
Sqn Ldr A Raley 12 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Yatesbury for duty as Station Chaplain
Flt Lt R S J Edwards 17 Nov 1940 Attached from No 56 Sqn for duty as Station Operations Officer
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 25 Nov 1940 Station Operations Officer, posted to HQ No 9 Group for Controller duties
ASO N M Barnett 25 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 10 Group for Codes and Cypher duties
ASO D A Haseler 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from AM Cypher School for Codes and Cypher and Admin duties
Fg Off D J Johnson  6 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from Medical Training Depot for Medical duties
APO H Williams 11 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Aston Down for Equipment duties
Rev W Young 12 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Cranwell for duty as OD Chaplain
Plt Off J L S Fry 21 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Warmwell for duty as Assistant Adjutant

Source - RAF Colerne ORB

Unit Movements: Sep - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
SHQ RAF Colerne 16 Sep 1940 Opened at RAF Filton
No 39 MU 16 Sep 1940 Became a lodger unit on formation of SHQ
No 4 Aircraft Assembly Unit 16 Sep 1940 Became a lodger unit on formation of SHQ
No 10 Group Communications Flight 16 Sep 1940 Became a lodger unit on formation of SHQ
SHQ RAF Colerne 22 Sep 1940 Transferred from RAF Filton to RAF Colerne, temporarily located in Barrack Block 'A'
No 87 Sqn 27 Nov 1940 Arrived at RAF Colerne from RAF Exeter by road and air
'B' Flight, No 87 Sqn 28 Nov 1940 Moved to RAF Charmy Down for night operations

Source - RAF Colerne ORB

This page was last updated on 10/07/20

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