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RAF Martlesham Heath Personnel and units


Until 14 September 1939, the station was home to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) but when it moved to RAF Boscombe Down an independent SHQ was opened.

Personnel Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A N Luxmmore 14 Sep 1939 Assumed command of RAF Martlesham Heath (and No 4 Recruit Training Pool)
Flt Lt P J C Keane 14 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Station Dental Officer
Fg Off C H Williams 14 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Station Adjutant and Office i/c MT
Plt Off G C H Ade 14 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Station Equipment Officer and Officer i/c Messing
Capt (late RAF) L Ritson 14 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Civilian Accountant Officer
Sgt W Coupland 14 Sep 1939 Assumed duties of Station Gas officer
Flt Lt J C Smyth 15 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from duty as Station Medical Officer
Cpl A Griffith 23 Sep 1939 Promoted to Temp Sgt
Sgt W Coupland 23 Sep 1939 Promoted to Temp Flt Sgt
Flt Sgt E Warren  2 Oct 1939 Clerk/GD, promoted to Temp WO, wef 23 Sep 1939
APO W Blair  3 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Accountant Officer
Fg Off J H G Gauvain  7 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Flt Sgt W Burt  8 Oct 1939 ACH, promoted to Temp WO, wef 26 Sep 1939
LAC N Marshall 16 Oct 1939 Promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 28 Sep 1939
Plt Off H H Duckett 17 Oct 1939 RAFVR, arrived on being called up for permanent service
Plt Off L J Evans 17 Oct 1939 RAFVR, arrived on being called up for permanent service
Plt Off P W Bingham 17 Oct 1939 RAFVR, arrived on being called up for permanent service
Plt Off L J Evans 17 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Flt L - Admin, HQ, No 4 RTP
Plt Off H H Duckett 17 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Flt L - Admin, 'A' Sqn, No 4 RTP
Plt Off P W Bingham 17 Oct 1939 Assumed duties of Flt L - Admin, 'B' Sqn, No 4 RTP
Sqn Ldr A N Luxmmore 22 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of RAF Martlesham Heath/No 4 RTP on posting to No 106 Sqn
Sqn Ldr B S Bruce 22 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Martlesham Heath/No 4 RTP
Wg Cdr W E Swann 28 Oct 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Halton and assumed command of RAF Martlesham Heath
Sqn Ldr B S Bruce 28 Oct 1939 Relinquished command of RAF Martlesham Heath
Com Ass C R Ashton 28 Oct 1939 WAAF, arrived on posting
Plt Off H H Duckett  1 Nov 1939 Flt L - Admin, 'A' Sqn, No 4 RTP, assumed duties of Officer i/c Messing
Wg Cdr L Martin  9 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Martlesham Heath
Wg Cdr W E Swann 10 Nov 1939 Returned to RAF Halton on relinquishing command of RAF Martlesham Heath
APO W L B Cochrane 19 Nov 1939 Arrived on posting for duty with as Equipment Officer with No 4 RTP
Mrs H Riley 23 Nov 1939 Transferred from RAF Felixstowe for Codes and Cypher duties
APO W Blair 28 Nov 1939 Accountant Officer, assumed duties of Officer i/c Messing
Plt Off H H Duckett 28 Nov 1939 Flt L - Admin, 'A' Sqn, No 4 RTP, relinquished duties of Officer i/c Messing
Sqn Ldr B S Bruce 31 Dec 1939 Posted from No 4 RTP to RAF Martlesham Heath for duty as Station Admin Officer

Source - RAF Martlesham Heath ORB

Unit Movements: Sep - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
A & AEE 14 Sep 1939 Moved to RAF Boscombe Down
SHQ, RAF Martlesham Heath 14 Sep 1939 Opened
No 4 Recruit Training Pool 14 Sep 1939 Formed at RAF Martlesham Heath
No 107 Sqn 21 Sep 1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham (Martlesham having been allocated as a satellite)
1 x Flight, Wireless Development Unit 22 Sep 1939 Arrived from Perth
No 107 Sqn 28 Sep 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn  4 Oct 1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn 13 Oct 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 107 Sqn 16 Oct 1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
No 56 Sqn 22 Oct 1939 Arrived from North Weald
No 107 Sqn 27 Oct 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn 28 Oct 1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn  1 Nov 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 107 Sqn  2 Nov 1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
No 107 Sqn  4 Nov 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn  5 Nov1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn 11 Nov 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 107 Sqn 11 Nov 1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
SHQ, RAF Martlesham Heath 15 Nov 1939 Transferred from No 24 Group, Training Command to No 12 Group, Fighter Command
No 107 Sqn 24 Nov 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn 25 Nov1939 Arrived from RAF Wattisham
No 110 Sqn 28 Nov 1939 Returned to RAF Wattisham
No 4 Recruit Training Pool  4 Dec 1939 Transferred to RAF Manston and absorbed into No 8 RTP
Advance Party, No 264 Sqn  4 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Sutton Bridge
Advance Party, No 236 Sqn  4 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Stradishall
No 264 Sqn  8 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Sutton Bridge
No 236 Sqn  9 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Stradishall
Detachment, No 604 Sqn 16 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 16 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Debden
'B' Flight, No 29 Sqn 17 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 23 Dec 1939 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 23 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 30 Dec 1939 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 30 Dec 1939 Arrived from RAF Debden

Source - RAF Martlesham Heath ORB

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Flt Lt J G Shaw 15 Jan 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 12 Group for duty as Adjutant
Flt Lt G E Horne 28 Jan 1940 Posted to HQ, No 14 Group, Component Field Force for Signals duties
Plt Off L J Evans 29 Jan 1940 Proceeded to RAF Intelligence School, Harrow for course of instruction
Act Flt Lt J G Shaw 11 Mar 1940 Adjutant, attached to School of Administration for course of instruction
Fg Off E C Rogers 11 Mar 1940 Attached for temporary Administrative duties
Plt Off H C Black 19 Mar 1940 Arrived on embodiment for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Act Flt Lt J G Shaw 31 Mar 1940 Adjutant, ceased on be attached to School of Administration on completion of course
Wg Cdr A D Farquhar  8 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting as supernumerary pending assuming command of the station
Wg Cdr L Martin 11 Apr 1940 Relinquished command of RAF Martlesham Heath
Wg Cdr A D Farquhar 11 Apr 1940 Assumed command of RAF Martlesham Heath
Flt Lt A G Sudworth 15 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Adjutant
Plt Off Newton 17 Jul 1940 Arrived on posted for duty as Defence Officer
Plt Off Duncan 17 Jul 1940 Arrived on posted for duty as Defence Officer
Plt Off Ogier 17 Jul 1940 Arrived on posted for duty as Defence Officer
WO Lipscombe  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Armament Officer
Flt Lt Monckton 10 Oct 1940 Intelligence Officer, posted to RAF Hornchurch, wef 20 Sep 1940
Fg Off Barrington 10 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer, wef 20 Sep 1940
Flt Lt J L W Walls 24 Nov 1940 Senior Medical Officer, posted to RAF Redhill
Plt Off A W Trotter 29 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Physical Training Instructor

Source - RAF Martlesham Heath ORB

Unit Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 13 Jan 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 13 Jan 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 604 Sqn 16 Jan 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 25 Sqn 16 Jan 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 20 Jan 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 20 Jan 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 30 Jan 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 30 Jan 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
No 266 Sqn  1 Mar 1940 Arrived from RAF Sutton Bridge
Detachment, No 17 Sqn  4 Mar 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 12 Mar 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 13 Mar 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 19 Mar 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 19 Mar 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 27 Mar 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 27 Mar 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn  4 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn  4 Apr 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 13 Apr 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 13 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 23 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 23 Apr 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 151 Sqn 19 Apr 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 56 Sqn 19 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 30 Apr 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn 30 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 17 Sqn  7 May 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
Detachment, No 504 Sqn  7 May 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
Detachment, No 151 Sqn 10 May 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 56 Sqn 10 May 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
No 264 Sqn 10 May 1940 Departed for RAF Duxford
No 266 Sqn 10 May 1940 Departed for RAF Wittering
Detachment, No 25 Sqn 10 May 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 151 Sqn 12 May 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 56 Sqn 12 May 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 151 Sqn 14 May 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 56 Sqn 14 May 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 151 Sqn 17 May 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 17 Sqn 17 May 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
 'B' Flight, No 29 Sqn 24 Jun 1940 Returned to RAF Debden
No 25 Sqn 19 Jun 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
'A' Flight, No 264 Sqn 12 Jul 1940 Arrived from RAF Duxford
SHQ, RAF Martlesham Heath 10 Aug 1940 Transferred from No 12 Group, Fighter Command to No 11 Group, Fighter Command
No 25 Sqn 31 Aug 1940 Returned to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 25 Sqn 31 Aug 1940 Remained at RAF Martlesham Heath
No 257 Sqn  5 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
No 257 Sqn  8 Oct 1940 Moved to RAF North Weald
Detachment, No 25 Sqn  8 Oct 1940 Moved to Debden
No 17 Sqn  8 Oct 1940 Arrived from RAF Debden
1 x Flight, No 264 Sqn 24 Oct 1940 Arrived from RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey for night fighting duties
1 x Flight, No 264 Sqn 29 Oct 1940 Moved to RAF Rochford
No 257 Sqn  7 Nov 1940 Arrived from RAF North Weald
No 242 Sqn 17 Dec 1940 Moved to RAF Coltishall
No 257 Sqn 17 Dec 1940 Arrived from RAF Coltishall

Source - RAF Martlesham Heath ORB

This page was last updated on 27/08/20

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