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RAF Thornaby Personnel


[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Date Unit To/From/Formed
17 Mar 1930 No 608 Sqn Formed
9 Jul 1937 No 224 Sqn From Boscombe Down
9 Jul 1937 No 233 Sqn From Upper Heyford

July 1937

 

County Command/Group Units
Thornaby, North Yorkshire Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 224 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 233 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 12 (Fighter) Group): -

  • No 608 (North Riding) (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr J Leacroft  1 Jun 1937 Officer Commanding, MC
Flt Lt J H Leach   RAFO

 

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

County Command/Group Units
Thornaby, North Yorkshire Coastal Command/No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 224 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 233 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 12 (Fighter) Group): -

  • No 608 (North Riding) (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Wg Cdr E O Grenfell 12 May 1938 Officer Commanding, MC, DFC, AFC
Flt Lt W R Baird 20 Jul 1937 Engineer duties
Flt Lt

Arthur F Johnson

27 Jul 1937 Navigation duties; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt V R S White   Adjutant, RAFO
Flt Lt H R Lowry   Assistant Adjutant, RAFO

Equipment Branch

Fg Off J K Osborne 13 Dec 1937  
Capt (Ret) E G Gee    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt V H Lewis 14 Jun 1937  
Capt A L Palmer   late RAF

Medical Branch

Flt Lt A Muir  9 Aug 1937 MB, ChB

Education Officer

Fg Off A Prescott  9 Jul 1937 Grade III, AFRAeS, RAFO

Warrant Officers

WO I J Doig 26 Feb 1938  
WO I R H Livingstone  4 Jul 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Date Unit To/From/Formed
1 Sep 1938 No 224 Sqn To Leuchars
1 Sep 1938 No 233 Sqn To Leuchars
1 Sep 1938 No 106 Sqn From Abingdon
1 Sep 1938 No 185 Sqn From Abingdon

January 1939

County Command/Group Units
Thornaby, North Yorkshire Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 185 (Bomber) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 12 (Fighter) Group): -

  • No 608 (North Riding) (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt

Sturley P Simpson

28 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding, MC, later AVM
Flt Lt H R Lowry   Adjutant, RAFO
Capt (Ret) H More-Gordon    

Equipment Officers

Flt Lt G W Longstaff   RAFO
Capt (Ret) E G Gee    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt V H Lewis 14 Jun 1937  
Capt A L Palmer   late RAF

Medical Branch

Flt Lt A Muir  9 Aug 1937 MB, ChB

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off R H Thomas  9 Jun 1938  

Education Officer

Fg Off A Prescott  9 Jul 1937 Grade III, AFRAeS, RAFO

Warrant Officers

WO J Doig 26 Feb 1938  
WO R H Livingstone  4 Jul 1937  
WO P Honey  3 Oct 1938

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

County Command/Group Units
Thornaby, North Yorkshire Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 185 (Bomber) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 12 (Fighter) Group): -

  • No 608 (North Riding) (Fighter) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes

Station HQ

Gp Capt

Sturley P Simpson

28 Jul 1938 Officer Commanding, MC, later AVM
Sqn Ldr C Guppy  2 Jan 1939  
Flt Lt H R Lowry   Adjutant, RAFO
Capt (Ret) H More-Gordon    
Flt Lt H V S Willcox   RAFO

Equipment Branch

Plt Off A H Knowles 27 Mar 1939  
Flt Lt G W Longstaff   RAFO
Capt (Ret) E G Gee    

Accountant Branch

Flt Lt V H Lewis 14 Jun 1937  
Capt A L Palmer   late RAF

Medical Branch

Flt Lt A Muir  9 Aug 1937 MB, ChB
Fg Off K C P Smith 23 Mar 1939 MRCS, LRCP

Commissioned Signals Officer

Fg Off R H Thomas  9 Jun 1938  

Education Officer

Fg Off A Prescott  9 Jul 1937 Grade III, AFRAeS, RAFO

Warrant Officers

WO J Doig 26 Feb 1938  
WO R H Livingstone  4 Jul 1937  
WO W G R Paris 23 Jan 1939

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

County Command/Group Units
Thornaby, North Yorkshire Bomber Command/No 5 (Bomber) Group
  • SHQ

  • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 185 (Bomber) Squadron

Lodger Unit (No 12 (Fighter) Group): -

  • No 608 (North Riding) (Fighter) Squadron

 

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements: 21 Feb - 2 Mar 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off D Gunton 22 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties at AMES Danby Beacon
ASO Ayres 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer i/c WAAF Detachment
ASO Cheshire 26 Feb 1940 Arrived on posting for Code and Cypher duties
Plt Off H G Cadwalleder 28 Feb 1940 Returned from attachment to RAF Abbotsinch
Plt Off H G Cadwalleder 29 Feb 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot, pending posting
Flt Lt W G Olver 29 Feb 1940 Attached to Equipment Training School, RAF Cranwell
Cpl Pearson 29 Feb 1940 Posted to No 10 Observer Screen, RAF Wyton, pending posting overseas
Plt Off Tott  1 Mar 1940 Posted to RAF Benson
10 x ACHs  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 40 Sqn for overseas
1 x Cpl Cook and Butcher  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 40 Sqn for overseas
1 x Cpl Driver/Petrol  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 40 Sqn for overseas
1 x Cpl Driver/Petrol  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 23 Sqn for overseas
3 x AC Driver/Petrols  1 Mar 1940 Posted to RAF Henlow for overseas
Sgt Widgery (WAAF)  2 Mar 1940 Passed Cypher Training Course and appointed Assistant Section Officer

Source - RAF Thornaby ORB

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