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RAF Sumburgh Personnel and units


Personnel Movements: May - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt D R Sharman 13 May 1940 Assumed duties of Station Administration Officer
Plt Off P O Hudson 13 May 1940 Assumed duties of Station Equipment Officer
Flt Lt C I Burgess 13 May 1940 Assumed duties of Station Medical Officer
Flt Lt C G Barker 15 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Adjutant
Plt Off W E Clarke 15 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Operations Officer and attached to No 254 Sqn
Plt Off K J B Munro 15 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Operations Officer and attached to No 254 Sqn
Sqn Ldr K F T Pickles 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting and assumed command of RAF Sumburgh
Plt Off G W Holey 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Controller
Plt Off J Sharp 16 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Flt Lt J R Patterson 18 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Chief Controller
Fg Off L E Forrester-Paxton 19 May 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Controller
Sqn Ldr K F T Pickles 29 May 1940 Officer Commanding, promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Flt Lt D R Sharman 29 May 1940 Station Administration Officer, promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt J R Patterson 29 May 1940 Chief Controller, promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Plt Off G W Holey 29 May 1940 Controller, promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off E K Stephenson 16 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties
Fg Off A E Nicol 16 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Signals duties
Plt Off S H Gaskell 16 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Intelligence duties
Plt Off W D Browne 16 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Engineer Officer
Lt (RE) H A Townsend 23 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Aerodrome Maintenance duties
Plt Off R A Coleman 26 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Defence duties
Plt Off J C Walker 26 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
Plt Off G H Ramsey 27 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Sullom Voe
Plt Off S H Gaskell 29 Jun 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off P O Hudson  6 Jul 1940 Station Equipment Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off W D Browne  6 Jul 1940 Station Engineer Officer, posted to RAF Gosport
Plt Off H J Ashley  7 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Sullom Voe
Fg Off W H King 13 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Station Engineer Officer
Plt Off G H Ramsey 13 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off, wef 18 Jun 1940
Plt Off D G Marshall 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for Navigation duties
Plt Off A R Burne 16 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Fg Off L E Forrester-Paxton 16 Jul 1940 Controller, promoted to Act Flt Lt
Flt Lt J M Abel 19 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment for Operations duties
Sqn Ldr J R Patterson 22 Jul 1940 Chief Controller, posted to RAF Oban for Operations duties
Plt Off G F Morse 22 Jul 1940 Arrived on posting for Defence duties
Plt Off J A Plowman 22 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment for Intelligence duties in Fighter Section
Plt Off D R Venables 31 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment for Equipment duties
Sqn Ldr D R Sharman 31 Jul 1940 Station Administration Officer, discharged from RAF Officers' Hospital, Torquay
Plt Off B Ashmole  1 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for Defence duties
Sqn Ldr D R Sharman  1 Aug 1940 Station Administration Officer, posted to Air Ministry Unit
Plt Off C T E Smith  1 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment for Operations Room duties
Plt Off J Sharp  2 Aug 1940 Reposted for duty as Station Adjutant and promoted to Act Fg Off
Act Flt Lt C G Barker  3 Aug 1940 Station Adjutant, reverted to Plt Off on posting to Worksop Netherthorpe
Plt Off G Davidson  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Act Fg Off P O Hudson  6 Aug 1940 Station Equipment Officer, promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off R Crawford 10 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting for Medical duties
Plt Off H J Ashley 15 Aug 1940 Posted to No 43 Sqn for Intelligence duties
Act Fg Off G W Holey 17 Aug 1940 Controller, promoted to Act Flt Lt
Act Flt Lt L E Forrester-Paxton 17 Aug 1940 Controller, promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Plt Off G F Morse 18 Aug 1940 Defence Officer, posted to Inspectorate of Recruiting
Plt Off D G Marshall 18 Aug 1940 Posted to No 1 AAS, RAF Manby
Wg Cdr S H V Harris 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from HQ No 18 Group pending assuming command of RAF Sumburgh
Plt Off D S Cross 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry for Intelligence duties
Plt Off E Nordberg 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from the Air Ministry for Intelligence duties
Plt Off V Purvis 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on commissioning for Operations Room duties
Plt Off T R Williams 18 Aug 1940 Arrived on commissioning for Operations Room duties
Plt Off J A Plowman 18 Aug 1940 Ceased to be attached for Intelligence duties in Fighter Section
Wg Cdr K F T Pickles 21 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of RAF Sumburgh on posting to No 204 Sqn
Wg Cdr S H V Harris 21 Aug 1940 Assumed command of RAF Sumburgh
Plt Off S H Cave 27 Aug 1940 Arrived on commissioning for Defence duties
Plt Off E K Stephenson 29 Aug 1940 Intelligence Officer, resigned his commission
Act Flt Lt F C Phillips 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Sqn Ldr - Administrative
Act Flt Lt F C Phillips 18 Sep 1940 Sqn Ldr - Administrative, promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt J M Abel 19 Sep 1940 Returned to RAF Wick on ceasing to be attached for Operations duties
Plt Off D R Venables 20 Sep 1940 Ceased to be attached for Equipment duties on posting to RAF Sullom Voe
Plt Off J C Walker 24 Sep 1940 Reposted to RAF Sumburgh on completion of Operations Room training
Fg Off G R Wiltcher 26 Sep 1940 Arrived on commissioning for Messing duties
Act Fg Off G H Ramsey 27 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Invergordon for Operations Room duties (Sqn Ldr post)
Act Flt Lt G W Holey  7 Oct 1940 Controller, posted to RAF Leuchars
Sqn Ldr W A Taylor  7 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Leuchars for duty as Controller
Fg Off A E Nicol 16 Oct 1940 Station Signals Officer, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 16 Sep 1940
Act Fg Off S H Gaskell 16 Oct 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 20 Sep 1940
Fg Off W H King 16 Oct 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Act Flt Lt, wef 24 Aug 1940
Plt Off D S Cross  9 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off E Nordberg  9 Nov 1940 Intelligence Officer, promoted to Act Fg Off
Mr McLeod 22 Nov 1940 Arrived from Air Ministry for open Meteorological Officer
Mr J M Pollock 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Meteorological duties
Mr J Luke 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Meteorological duties
Mr W T Cowe 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Meteorological duties
Mr Rosie 27 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting for Meteorological duties

Source - RAF Sumburgh ORB

Unit Movements: May - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
No 254 Sqn 13 May 1940 In situ on formation of SHQ
Shetland Fighter Flight 13 May 1940 In situ on formation of SHQ
5 x aircraft, No 254 Sqn 20 Jul 1940 Detached to RAF Aldergrove
5 x aircraft, No 248 Sqn 20 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment from RAF Dyce
Personnel, No 248 Sqn 20 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment from RAF Dyce by air
9 x aircraft, No 232 Sqn 21 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment from RAF Wick
4 x Gladiators 21 Jul 1940 Departed for Roborough
Remainder, No 248 Sqn 28 Jul 1940 Arrived on attachment from RAF Dyce
No 232 Sqn 19 Sep 1940 Proceeded to RAF Castletown
Fighter Operations Room Staff 19 Sep 1940 Returned to RAF Wick

Source - RAF Sumburgh ORB

This page was last updated on 08/09/20

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