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RAF West Malling Personnel and units


Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt A H Flower  1 Jul 1940 Posted to RAF Odiham
Sqn Ldr J E Kirk  1 Jul 1940 Posted to No 1 Signals School, RAF Cranwell
Flt Lt B E Smith-Rewse  1 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ No 18 Group
Wg Cdr R W K Stevens  1 Jul 1940 Assumed command of RAF West Malling
Flt Lt J Heffernan  4 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ Coastal Command but was cancelled on 6 Jul 1940
Sqn Ldr P H R Saunders  8 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ, X Corps
Flt Lt J Heffernan  9 Jul 1940 Posted to No 9 Bombing and Gunnery School
Wg Cdr R W K Stevens 24 Jul 1940 Relinquished command of RAF West Malling
Wg Cdr T B Prickman 24 Jul 1940 Assumed command of RAF West Malling as well as RAF Kenley
Flt Lt V Mercer-Smith 24 Jul 1940 Appointed detachment commander, RAF West Malling
Plt Off C W S Chalmers  6 Aug 1940 Arrived on posting from RAF Thorney Island for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Fg Off H S Samuels 15 Aug 1940 Arrived on attachment for temporary Medical duties
Fg Off R N Walford 10 Sep 1940 Arrived on attachment for Interrogation duties
Flt Lt V Mercer-Smith 25 Sep 1940 Detachment commander, RAF West Malling, promoted to Sqn Ldr, wef 14 Aug 1940
Plt Off Quaife  8 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for Ground Defence duties
Plt Off West  9 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for Ground Defence duties
Plt Off H J C Elwig 17 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting for Ground Defence duties
Fg Off F C Lewis 18 Oct 1940 Posted to Middle East for Cypher duties
Fg Off A C R Pearce 18 Oct 1940 Proceeded on leave pending posting to Canada for Equipment duties
Plt Off F C Dixon  9 Dec 1940 MT Officer, departed on posting
Plt Off Healey  9 Dec 1940 Assumed duties of MT Officer

Source - RAF West Malling ORB

Unit Movements: Jul - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
No 141 Sqn 12 Jul 1940 Arrived from RAF Turnhouse
No 141 Sqn 22 Jul 1940 Departed to RAF Prestwick (following disastrous losses the previous day)
SHQ, RAF West Malling 23 Jul 1940 Reverted to satellite of RAF Kenley
'B' Flight, No 26 Sqn  3 Aug 1940 Attached to No 2 Sqn at Cambridge
No 26 Sqn  3 Sep 1940 Departed for RAF Catterick
No 66 Sqn 30 Oct 1940 Arrived from Gravesend
No 421 Flight 30 Oct 1940 Arrived
No 66 Sqn  7 Nov 1940 Moved to RAF Biggin Hill
No 421 Flight 15 Nov 1940 Moved to RAF Manston

Source - RAF West Malling ORB

This page was last updated on 28/09/20

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