Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation


Home Page

Main Menu

Quick Menu

Members' Area

What New?

About this site

Reunions

Help Needed?

Glossary

Bibliography

Sign Guest Book

View Guest Book

Link to Amazon

Online Store

Contact Me


RAF Detling Personnel and units


The station opened in 1938 as the home of No 500 (County of Kent) Squadron but without a Station HQ, which probably opened in late 1939 but details are not included in the ORB.

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr L P Martin  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for Operations Room duties
Plt Off F F Walter  5 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for Operations Room duties (Fg Off post)
Plt Off C E Prescott  8 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting from No 1 Wing, RAF Halton
Rev G W Simons 10 Nov 1939 Appointed RC Chaplain, wef 16 Aug 1939
Rev J H Watt 10 Nov 1939 Appointed C of E Chaplain, wef  6 Nov 1939
Fg Off Gross 17 Nov 1939 Promoted to Flt Lt, wef 26 Sep 1939
Plt Off R J O Compston 20 Nov 1939 RAFVR, arrived on embodiment
Plt Off E J Wenham 22 Nov 1939 RAFVR, arrived on posting for Meteorological duties
Fg Off H A Buss 27 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting
Plt Off R H Deighton  1 Dec 1939 RAFVR, arrived on posting for duty as Station Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr N D Crockart  4 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt C F Snowden-Gamble  4 Dec 1939 Adjutant, relinquished post temporarily
Sqn Ldr N D Crockart 21 Dec 1939 Relinquished duties of Adjutant
Flt Lt C F Snowden-Gamble 21 Dec 1939 Resumed duties of Adjutant
Fg Off H A Buss  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 4 Dec 1939
Plt Off R J O Compston  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef  4 Dec 1939
Cpl Childs  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Temp Sgt, wef  8 Dec 1939
LAC King  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Temp Cpl, wef  1 Dec 1939
LAC Maber  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Temp Cpl, wef  1 Dec 1939
LAC Brown  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Temp Cpl, wef  1 Dec 1939
LAC Brooks  9 Dec 1939 Promoted to Temp Cpl, wef  1 Dec 1939
Cpl Hurd 20 Dec 1939 Promoted to Temp Sgt, wef  18 Dec 1939
Plt Off (Act Flt Lt) C F Snowden-Gamble 22 Dec 1939 Adjutant, confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off, wef 1 Dec 1939
Fg Off E A Spencer-Edwards 22 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt (unpaid), wef 19 Dec 1939
Fg Off J Reeves 22 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt (unpaid), wef 19 Dec 1939
Plt Off R H Deighton 22 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off (unpaid), wef 19 Dec 1939
Plt Off L S Litchfield 22 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off (unpaid), wef 19 Dec 1939

Source - RAF Detling ORB

Unit Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
'B' Flight, No 48 Sqn 24 Nov 1939 Departed RAF Detling on return to RAF Thorney Island

Source - RAF Detling ORB

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt R E X Mack  5 Jan 1940 Posted to No 500 Sqn, wef 2 Jan 1940
Plt Off D Claude Jones 11 Jan 1940 Promoted to Fg Off, wef 13 Nov 1939
Flt Lt G B Iles 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for Sqn Ldr - Operations Room duties
Plt Off Mathews 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting for Meteorological duties
Sqn Ldr H L Nunn 16 Jan 1940 Sqn Ldr - Operations Room, posted to HQ No 16 Group for 'P' Staff duties
Act Flt Lt H A Buss 12 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr, wef 11 Jan 1940
Plt Off P Reeves 12 Jan 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 22 Dec 1939
Flt Lt M H Fitzgerald 16 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Bircham Newton for Intelligence duties
Plt Off M M Banks 17 Jan 1940 Posted to RAF Bircham Newton for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt G B Iles 17 Jan 1940 Promoted to Acting Sqn Ldr, wef 13 Jan 1940
Flt Lt W K Lemay 17 Jan 1940 Promoted to Acting Sqn Ldr, wef 15 Jan 1940
Act Sqn Ldr M H Fitzgerald 17 Jan 1940 Reposted for Intelligence duties (Operations Room)
Fg Off J P H Balston 22 Jan 1940 Appointed Officer i/c Parachute Section
Sqn Ldr W K LeMay 22 Jan 1940 Relinquished responsibility for Parachute Section
Plt Off E N Harris 22 Jan 1940 Appointed Officer i/c Instruments
Fg Off J P H Balston 22 Jan 1940 Relinquished responsibility for Instruments
Act Sqn Ldr M H Fitzgerald 28 Jan 1940 Appointed Station Intelligence Officer
Act Fg Off R H Deighton 28 Jan 1940 Relinquished duties of Station Intelligence Officer
Act Flt Lt R J O Compston 30 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr, wef  25 Jan 1940
Plt Off (Act Flt Lt) J W A Legge-Williams 15 Feb 1940 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off, wef 2 Jul 1939
Fg Off J Reeves 15 Feb 1940 Transferred to A & SD Branch with present rank and seniority 29 Aug 1939
APO on probation E N Harris 15 Feb 1940 Confirmed in his appointed and regraded Plt Off, wef 23 Jul 1939
APO on probation J G Lane 15 Feb 1940 Confirmed in his appointed and regraded Plt Off, wef 12 Aug 1939
APO on probation A Swainston 15 Feb 1940 Confirmed in his appointed and regraded Plt Off, wef 16 Aug 1939
APO on probation S Wheelwright 15 Feb 1940 Confirmed in his appointed and regraded Plt Off, wef 16 Sep 1939
Wg Cdr C P Gabriel 15 Feb 1940 Relinquished command of the Station on account of illness
Sqn Ldr J H Lowe 15 Feb 1940 Assumed temporary command of the Station
Fg Off D Claude Jones 19 Feb 1940 Attached to No 1 Balloon Centre fore Accountant duties (1 month)
Wg Cdr C P Gabriel 19 Feb 1940 Resumed command of the Station
Sqn Ldr J H Lowe 19 Feb 1940 Relinquished temporary command of the Station
Plt Off L S Litchfield 20 Feb 1940 Relinquished rank of Act Fg Off, wef  1 Feb 1940
Plt Off P Reeves 20 Feb 1940 Relinquished rank of Act Fg Off, wef  1 Feb 1940
Plt Off H Jones 21 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting to No 500 Sqn, wef 5 Feb 1940
Plt Off H C Cooke 21 Feb 1940 Posted in for Operations Room duties, wef 15 Feb 1940
Plt Off E H Varley 21 Feb 1940 Posted in for Meteorological duties, wef 19 Feb 1940
Plt Off E A Lundie 26 Feb 1940 Posted to No 500 Sqn, wef 25 Feb 1940
Plt Off L S Litchfield 29 Feb 1940 Posted to HQ No 2 RAF Component for duty as PA to AOC
ASO E M Goule 29 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Codes and Cypher duties, wef 4 Feb 1940
Plt Off P Reeves  2 Mar 1940 Posted to RAF Catterick for Operations duties
Plt Off R H Deighton  2 Mar 1940 Posted to RAF Catterick for Operations duties
Plt Off A R Nivison-Smith  7 Mar 1940 Arrived on attachment from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 6 Mar 1940
Plt Off R H McConnell  7 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 6 Mar 1940
Wg Cdr C P Gabriel  9 Mar 1940 Resumed command of the Station
Plt Off A V K Chaffey 12 Mar 1940 Posted to No 500 Sqn
Plt Off A D S Hicks 12 Mar 1940 Arrived on attachment from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 9 Mar 1940
Plt Off P Mallalieu 12 Mar 1940 Arrived on attachment from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 9 Mar 1940
Plt Off C S S Rendle 12 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 5 Mar 1940
Plt Off A R Nivison-Smith 12 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 9 Mar 1940
Plt Off J W Bocca 12 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 1 CACU, RAF Thorney Island, wef 9 Mar 1940
Plt Off Grisenthwaite 12 Mar 1940 Ceased to be attached from No 1 CACU on posting to No 500 Sqn, wef 11 Mar 1940
Act Sqn Ldr G B Iles 15 Mar 1940 Promoted to Temp Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Mar 1940
Act Sqn Ldr W K LeMay 15 Mar 1940 Promoted to Temp Sqn Ldr, wef 1 Mar 1940
Flt Lt H M Yeatman 29 Mar 1940 Assumed duties of Station Gas Officer
Sqn Ldr G B Iles 29 Mar 1940 Relinquished duties of Station Gas Officer
Plt Off C E Prescott 29 Mar 1940 Appointed to Intelligence duties in the Operations Room, wef 26 Mar 1940
Gp Capt T A Langford-Sainsbury 27 May 1940 Attached from HQ, No 16 Group
Gp Capt T A Langford-Sainsbury 28 May 1940 Assumed command of of all flying at RAF Detling
Flt Lt Mackenzie 30 May 1940 Attached to Intelligence Section from HQ Coastal Command for Press Liaison duties
Gp Capt T A Langford-Sainsbury  4 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Thorney Island
Gp Capt F L Hopps 11 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of the Station
Wg Cdr C P Gabriel 15 Jun 1940 Posted to HQ, No 16 Group for Operations Room duties
Gp Capt F L Hopps 15 Jun 1940 Assumed command of the Station
Wg Cdr E P M Davis 19 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of the Station
Gp Capt F L Hopps 20 Jul 1940 Relinquished command of the Station
Wg Cdr E P M Davis 20 Jul 1940 Assumed command of the Station
Wg Cdr E P M Davis  7 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Gp Capt, wef 19 Jul 1940
Gp Capt E P M Davis 13 Aug 1940 Killed in action
Wg Cdr C F Toogood 16 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer Commanding
Wg Cdr C F Toogood  7 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act Gp Capt, wef 17 Aug 1940
Plt Off P Mallalieu  8 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off A V K Chaffey  8 Nov 1940 Killed in a flying accident
Wg Cdr  E A Hodgson  6 Dec 1940 Assumed command of the Station
Wg Cdr  C J Turner 17 Dec 1940 Assumed command of the Station
Wg Cdr  E A Hodgson 22 Dec 1940 Resumed command of the Station

From April the format of the ORB changed and few personnel movements are given in the F540.

Source - RAF Detling ORB

Unit Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
No 254 Sqn det xx May 1940 Arrived from RAF Sumburgh
No 48 Sqn det 11 May 1940 Arrived from RAF Thorney Island
No 825 Sqn FAA 18 May 1940 Arrived from RNAS Worthy Down
No 1 CACF 18 May 1940 Arrived
No 819 Sqn FAA det 22 May 1940 Arrived from RNAS Ford
No 819 Sqn FAA det 23 May 1940 Returned to RNAS Ford
No 235 Sqn det 28 May 1940 Arrived from Bircham Newton
No 806 Sqn FAA det 28 May 1940 Arrived from RNAS Worthy Down
No 825 Sqn FAA 31 May 1940 Returned to RNAS Worthy Down
No 801 Sqn FAA 31 May 1940 Arrived
No 806 Sqn FAA det 31 May 1940 Left
No 826 Sqn FAA 31 May 1940 Arrived
No 826 Sqn FAA  1 Jun 1940 Left
No 815 Sqn FAA  2 Jun 1940 Arrived
No 254 Sqn det  5 Jun 1940 Returned to RAF Sumburgh
No 235 Sqn det  6 Jun 1940 Returned to RAF Bircham Newton
No 48 Sqn det  7 Jun 1940 Returned to RAF Thorney Island
No 220 Sqn det xx Jun 1940 Arrived
No 220 Sqn det xx Jun 1940 Left
No 801 Sqn FAA 23 Jun 1940 Returned to RNAS Worthy Down
No 815 Sqn FAA 27 Jun 1940 Left
No 825 Sqn FAA  1 Jul 1940 Arrived from RNAS Worthy Down
No 53 Sqn  4 Jul 1940 Arrived from RAF Gatwick
No 825 Sqn FAA  5 Jul 1940 Returned to RNAS Worthy Down
No 235 Sqn det xx Jul 1940 Left
No 812 Sqn FAA det 27 Aug 1940 Arrived from RAF North Coates
No 812 Sqn FAA det 28 Aug 1940 Returned to RAF North Coates
No 236 Sqn det 16 Sep 1940 Arrived
No 812 Sqn FAA det 27 Dec 1940 Arrived
No 236 Sqn det xx xxx xxxx Left

Source - RAF Detling ORB

This page was last updated on 13/07/20

         [Top of Page]