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RAF Speke Personnel and units


Personnel Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Until 24 August 1939, Speke was home to No 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force, but the unit was away at Duxford on its annual training when it was mobilised and embodied, with a separate Station HQ being established at Speke on a Care and Maintenance basis.

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt T Notley 24 Aug 1939 Equipment Officer, returned from RAF Duxford to assume command of RAF Speke
Plt Off A G Wilson  2 Sep 1939 Assistant Adjutant, returned from RAF Duxford
APO T D Williams  2 Sep 1939 Returned from RAF Duxford
APO J R G Sutton  2 Sep 1939 Returned from RAF Duxford
APO W P Barrell  2 Sep 1939 Returned from RAF Duxford
Plt Off A G Wilson  3 Sep 1939 Assistant Adjutant, departed to his War Station, RAF Ternhill
Plt Off V R V Cooper  2 Sep 1939 Accountant Officer, returned from RAF Duxford
Flt Lt T Notley 25 Sep 1939 Relinquished command of RAF Speke
Sqn Ldr G L Pilkington 25 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Speke
APO T D Williams  7 Oct 1939 Posted to No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
APO J R G Sutton  7 Oct 1939 Posted to No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
APO W P Barrell  7 Oct 1939 Posted to No 2 SFTS, RAF Brize Norton
APO O P Croom-Johnson 21 Oct 1939 Posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC Brown 21 Oct 1939 U/T Airman Pilot, posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC McGowan 21 Oct 1939 U/T Airman Pilot, posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC Shepherd 21 Oct 1939 U/T Airman Pilot, posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC Sutton 21 Oct 1939 U/T Airman Pilot, posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
LAC Trickry 21 Oct 1939 U/T Airman Pilot, posted to No 11 EFTS, RAF Perth
Sqn Ldr G L Pilkington 18 Nov 1939 Relinquished command of RAF Speke on being released from the RAF
Flt Lt T Notley 18 Nov 1939 Assumed command of RAF Speke

Source - RAF Speke ORB

Unit Movements: Aug - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
SHQ, RAF Speke 24 Aug 1939 Opened on a Care and Maintenance basis
No 611 Sqn AAF 26 Aug 1939 Called out and embodied
No 6 (County of West Lancs) Company WAAF  2 Sep 1939 Called out and embodied
Road Party, No 37 Sqn 29 Dec 1940 Arrived for intensive training

Source - RAF Speke ORB

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off V R V Cooper 26 Mar 1940 Accountant Officer, assumed command of RAF Speke
Flt Lt E Travers-Smith 29 Apr 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Speke
Plt Off V R V Cooper 29 Apr 1940 Relinquished command of RAF Speke
Flt Lt Steel  8 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant, No 8 RMU
Plt Off Cohen 10 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Pilot, No 8 RMU
Flt Lt Marsden 10 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting
Flt Lt Bird 11 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting to command No 8 RMU
Plt Off Ruscoe  8 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Accountant Officer
Sqn Ldr Davies 20 Sep 1940 Arrived to assume command of No 308 (Polish) Sqn
Wg Cdr H W Mermagen 23 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Speke
Flt Lt E Travers-Smith 23 Sep 1940 Relinquished command of RAF Speke
Plt Off Millington  5 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Defence duties
ASO Mitford Graham  6 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Codes and Cypher duties
Fg Off Fox  7 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Signals Officer
Plt Off Moore  9 Nov 1940 Codes and Cypher Officer, posted to the Middle East
Plt Off East 13 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Defence duties
Sqn Ldr D G H Spencer 26 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Operations Controller
Flt Lt Major  7 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for duty with No 1 AACU
Plt Off Walters 11 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Kenley for duty as Signals Officer
Plt Off C J Marx 13 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for Operations Room duties
Capt Smither 19 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Hendon for duty as Station Defence Officer
Flt Lt E C Fieldsend 27 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting for Operations Room duties

Source - RAF Speke ORB

Unit Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
Air Party, No 37 Sqn  1 Jan 1940 Arrived for intensive training
Air Party, No 37 Sqn 10 Jan 1940 Returned to RAF Feltwell
Road Party, No 37 Sqn 13 Jan 1940 Returned to RAF Feltwell
Advance Party, No 236 Sqn 18 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF North Coates
Main Party, No 236 Sqn 22 Apr 1940 Arrived from RAF North Coates
Advance Party, No 236 Sqn 23 May 1940 Moved to RAF Filton
Air Party, No 236 Sqn 25 May 1940 Moved to RAF Filton
Advance Party, No 13 Sqn 16 Jun 1940 Arrived from RAF Hooton Park
Main and Air Parties, No 13 Sqn 17 Jun 1940 Arrived from RAF Hooton Park
SHQ, RAF Speke 24 Jun 1940 Transferred from No 12 Group to No 22 Group
'B' Flight, No 13 Sqn  7 Jul 1940 Moved to RAF Hooton Park
No 13 Sqn 13 Jul 1940 Moved to RAF Hooton Park
SHQ, RAF Speke xx xxx 1940 Transferred from No 22 Group to No 12 Group
No 308 (Polish) Sqn 12 Sep 1940 Personnel began arriving to form this unit
SHQ, RAF Speke 16 Sep 1940 Transferred from No 12 Group to No 9 Group
No 308 (Polish) Sqn 25 Sep 1940 Departed for RAF Baginton
No 312 (Czech) Sqn 26 Sep 1940 Arrived from RAF Duxford

Source - RAF Speke ORB

This page was last updated on 04/09/20

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