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No 143 Airfield/Wing Personnel, units and locations


Personnel Movements 1944

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Wg Cdr F W Hillock 12 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty and Assumed command of No 143 Airfield
Fg Off H M Thompson 12 Jan 1944 Posted from No 438 Sqn for Flt Lt post
Fg Off V Willing 12 Jan 1944 Adjutant, No 438 Sqn also acting as Airfield Adjutant
Flt Lt R E Quant 13 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as MT Officer
Fg Off L G Tharratt 15 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Flying Control duties
Fg Off H L Pipple 15 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Signals duties
Sqn Ldr H F Francis 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Sqn Ldr - Administrative
Flt Lt D B Little 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Accountant Officer
Flt Lt C R Crichton 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt A G Broomfield 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Fg Off H E Nicholls 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Fg Off J Knott 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Intelligence Officer
Fg Off W H Jeffries 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
Flt Lt J C Bonner 18 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Administrative duties
Fg Off V Willing 18 Jan 1944 Posted from No 438 Sqn for duty as Airfield Adjutant
Plt Off J W Cantelon 19 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Armament duties
Plt Off R G Faulifer 19 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Equipment duties
Fg Off J M Smeaton 20 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for Electrical Engineer duties
Capt A W Woodhouse 20 Jan 1944 Attached for duty as ALO
Lt J G Price 20 Jan 1944 Attached for duty as ALO
Sqn Ldr R G McCugan 21 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Senior Medical Officer
Fg Off J M Smeaton 23 Jan 1944 Electrical Engineer Officer, attached to No 121 Airfield for instruction
Flt Lt G O Langelle 26 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as 2 i/c Technical Section
Flt Lt M W Dunn 14 Feb 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Medical Officer
Flt Lt W J McGill 21 Mar 1944 Arrived on posting from No 127 Airfield for duty as Engineer Officer
Flt Lt S E Malouf 29 Mar 1944 Chief Technical Officer, posted to No 83 Group Support Unit
Sqn Ldr G L O'Hanlon 29 Mar 1944 Attached for duty as Chief Technical Officer
Fg Off H A Polley  3 Apr 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Gas and Fire Officer
Fg Off J C Whenham  3 Apr 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Education Officer
Flt Lt H Palin  4 Apr 1944 Arrived on posting and assumed command of No 2739 Sqn RAF Regiment
Fg Off E J Allen  7 Apr 1944 Posted to No 83 GSU
Cpl H Weinraub 20 Apr 1944 Nursing Orderly, posted away
LAC D H Long 20 Apr 1944 Nursing Orderly, arrived on posting
LAC S McGrady 20 Apr 1944 Nursing Orderly, arrived on posting
Flt Lt D A Brewster 22 Apr 1944 Arrived on posting from No 127 Airfield for duty as Chief Technical Officer
Cpl J C Bradley 24 Apr 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Nursing Orderly
Plt Off A G Godley  1 May 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as 2 i/c Signals Section
AC2 A W Rogers  4 May 1944 Died from injuries
Sqn Ldr R Michaud  6 May 1944 Arrived on posting from No 144 Wing for duty as RC Chaplain
Wg Cdr R T P Davidson  8 May 1944 Wg Cdr - Flying, force landed in enemy territory
Fg Off T A Chapman 14 May 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Armament Officer
Capt H S Johnson 15 May 1944 Attached for duty as ALO with No 12 AL Section
Fg Off J MacFadyen 18 May 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as 2 i/c MT Section
Flt Lt W A Tait 19 May 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Officer i/c Signals Section
Plt Off W H Trigg 19 May 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as 2 i/c Signals Section
Sqn Ldr Robertson xx May 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Senior Flying Control Officer
Wg Cdr F W Hillock 12 Jun 1944 Proceeded to Concentration Area with 'A' Party
Sqn Ldr Pentland 12 Jun 1944 Assumed temporary command of No 143 Airfield
Sqn Ldr H F Francis 13 Jun 1944 Assumed temporary command of No 143 Airfield
Wg Cdr F W Hillock 26 Jun 1944 Resumed command of No 143 Airfield
Sqn Ldr H F Francis 10 Jul 1944 Sqn Ldr - Administrative, posted to No 22 Sector
Sqn Ldr D A Brownlee 10 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting from for duty as Sqn Ldr - Administrative
Gp Capt P Y Davoud 14 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting pending assuming command of No 143 Wing
Gp Capt P Y Davoud 15 Jul 1944 Assumed command of No 143 Wing
Wg Cdr F W Hillock 15 Jul 1944 Relinquished command of No 143 Airfield on posting
LAC C G Smith 25 Jul 1944 Killed in an accident
Flt Lt E C F Baxter 26 Jul 1944 Office i/c MT Section, posted to No 13 PTC
Flt Lt R Burn 26 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Office i/c MT Section

Source - No 143 Wing ORB (AIR 26/208)

Unit Composition and Movements 1944

Date Notes
10 Jan 1944 Formed as No 143 (RCAF) Airfield Headquarters at Ayr
10 Jan 1944 Nos 438 Sqn arrived
10 Jan 1944 No 439 Sqn personnel arrived
 8 Feb 1944 No 440 Sqn formed
12 Mar 1944 Advance road party departed RAF Ayr for RAF Hurn
14 Mar 1944 Main road party departed RAF Ayr for RAF Hurn
15 Mar 1944 Advance rail party departed RAF Ayr for RAF Hurn
18 Mar 1944 Main road party arrived at RAF Hurn
18 Mar 1944 Air party moved from RAF Ayr to RAF Hurn
31 Mar 1944 Advance party departed RAF Hurn for Funtington ALG
 1 Apr 1944 Convoy departed RAF Hurn for Funtington ALG
 2 Apr 1944 Aircraft departed RAF Hurn for Funtington ALG
19 Apr 1944 'A' Party departed Funtington ALG for RAF Hurn
20 Apr 1944 'B' Party departed Funtington ALG for RAF Hurn
20 Apr 1944 No 143 Wing was transferred to No 22 Wing
29 Apr 1944 No 2794 LAA Sqn RAF Regiment arrived to complete the establishment of No 1308 Wing RAF Regiment
12 May 1944 redesignated No 143 (RCAF) (Fighter) Wing in No 22 Sector, No 83 Group, 2nd TAF
15 May 1944 No 12 AL Section arrived on attachment
12 Jun 1944 'A' Party departed RAF Hurn for Concentration Area (RAF Old Sarum)
19 Jun 1944 'B' Party departed RAF Hurn for Concentration Area (RAF Old Sarum)
23 Jun 1944 'B' Party departed Concentration Area (RAF Old Sarum) for Marshalling Area
25 Jun 1944 'B' Party embarked on landing craft
26 Jun 1944 Part of 'B' Party disembarked onto the beaches in Normandy and proceeded to B.9 Lantheuil
27 Jun 1944 Remainder of 'B' Party disembarked onto the beaches in Normandy
27 Jun 1944 Airlift Party departed RAF Hurn for France (temporary location due to B.9 Lantheuil being U/S)
28 Jun 1944 Squadrons moved from temporary location to B.9 Lantheuil
28 Jun 1944 Remainder of 'B' Party arrived at B.9 Lantheuil
 4 Jul 1944 'C' Party arrived at B.9 Lantheuil
30 Aug 1944 'A' Echelon departed B.9 Lantheuil for B.24 St Andre-de-l'Eure
 1 Sep 1944 'B' Echelon departed B.9 Lantheuil for B.24 St Andre-de-l'Eure
 3 Sep 1944 'A' Echelon departed B.24 St Andre-de-l'Eure for B.48 Amiens-Glisy
 4 Sep 1944 'B' Echelon departed B.24 St Andre-de-l'Eure for B.48 Amiens-Glisy
 6 Sep 1944 'A' Echelon departed B.48 Amiens-Glisy for B.58 Melsbroek
 7 Sep 1944 'B' Echelon departed B.48 Amiens-Glisy for B.58 Melsbroek
21 Sep 1944 'A' Echelon departed B.58 Melsbroek for B.78 Eindhoven
26 Sep 1944 'B' Echelon arrived at B.78 Eindhoven
 5 Oct 1944 No 168 Sqn arrived from No 39 Wing

Source - No 143 Wing ORB (AIR 26/208) & RAF Flying Training and Support Units - Air Britain

Personnel Movements 1945

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Gp Capt A D Nesbitt xx Jan 1945 Assumed command of No 143 Wing
Gp Capt P Y Davoud xx Jan 1945 Relinquished command of No 143 Airfield on posting
Sqn Ldr J C Bonner  7 Jan 1945 Relinquished duties of Wing Adjutant
Flt Lt McDonnell  7 Jan 1945 Assumed duties of Wing Adjutant
Sqn Ldr B Crosby 22 Jan 1945 Acting Wg Cdr - Operations, failed to return from a sortie
Flt Lt V Forbes 17 May 1945 Arrived on posting for duty as Wing PT & D Officer
Sqn Ldr Robertson 17 May 1945 Senior Flying Control Officer, posted for repatriation
Flt Lt J S Rauch 17 May 1945 Arrived on posting for duty as Senior Flying Control Officer
Fg Off Broomfield 18 May 1945 2 i/c MT Section, posted to No 87 Group
Flt Sgt Saga 18 May 1945 Workshop NCO, posted to No 64 Base
Flt Sgt Taylor 18 May 1945 Arrived on posting from No 39 Wing
Flt Sgt Pedley 18 May 1945 NCO i/c R & I, promoted to WOII, wef 1 Apr 1945
Capt Beatty 19 May 1945 Wing Dental Officer, promoted to Maj
Fg Off Nadeskin 23 May 1945 Wing Catering Officer, admitted to hospital following an accident
Fg Off Fisher 23 May 1945 Arrived on posting for duty as Wing Catering Officer
Flt Lt C R Crichton 27 May 1945 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Maj Carter  4 Jun 1945 OC, No 12 AL Section seriously injuries in a jeep crash
Flt Lt H C Lyle 16 Jun 1945 Senior Intelligence Officer, posted to an Air Disarmament Wing in Denmark
Flt Lt Carter xx Jul 1945 Arrived on posting from No 126 Wing for Medical duties
Sqn Ldr D A Brownlee 21 Jul 1945 Sqn Ldr - Administrative, posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt F A Ross 21 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt J W Cantelon 21 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt Moffat 24 Jul 1945 Medical Officer. posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt Dunne 24 Jul 1945 Medical Officer. posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt J S Rauch 27 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt Walsh 27 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Flt Lt Goode 27 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Fg Off Bowman 27 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation
Fg Off D M Seath 27 Jul 1945 Posted to No 3 PRC pending repatriation

Source - No 143 Wing ORB (AIR 26/208)

Unit Composition and Movements 1945

Date Notes
28 Mar 1945 'A' Echelon departed B.78 Eindhoven for B.100 Goch
30 Mar 1945 'Aircraft departed B.78 Eindhoven for B.100 Goch
30 Mar 1945 'B' Echelon departed B.78 Eindhoven for B.100 Goch
 8 Apr 1945 'A' Echelon departed B.100 Goch for B.108 Rheine
 9 Apr 1945 'A' Echelon departed B.108 Rheine for B.110 Achmer but had to halt short due to enemy resistance
10 Apr 1945 'A' Echelon made another attempt to reach B.110 Achmer but unable to get through
11 Apr 1945 'A' Echelon arrived at B.110 Achmer
11 Apr 1945 Aircraft arrived at B.110 Achmer
13 Apr 1945 'B' Echelon arrived at B.110 Achmer
17 Apr 1945 'A' Echelon departed B.110 Achmer for B.150 Hustedt
21 Apr 1945 'B' Echelon arrived at B.150 Hustedt
27 May 1945 Advance party departed B.150 Hustedt for B.166 Flensburg
28 May 1945 'A' party departed B.150 Hustedt for B.166 Flensburg
30 May 1945 'B' party arrived at B.166 Flensburg
12 Jul 1945 No 5388 'Q' MSU arrived on attachment
26 Aug 1945 Disbanded

Source - No 143 Wing ORB (AIR 26/208) & RAF Flying Training and Support Units - Air Britain

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