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No 144 (RCAF) Airfield/Wing Personnel, units and locations


It was formed as No 144 (RCAF) Airfield Headquarters at Digby on 1 February 1944 in No 22 Wing, No 83 Group to control Nos 441, 442 and 443 Squadrons.  Initial formation was overseen by Gp Capt P Y Davoud, the Officer Commanding, No 22 Wing.  On 14 March it moved to Holmsley South, then to Westhampnett on 1 April 1944, where it was transferred to No 17 Wing on 20 April, moving to Funtington the following day, being redesignated No 144 Wing on 12 May 1944, still with Nos 441, 442 and 443 Squadrons but after crossing to the Continent disbanded on 12 Jul 1944.

Personnel Movements 1944

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Flt Lt E H Ramsden xx Jan 1944 Reported for duty as Catering Officer
Fg Off R D Snewing xx Jan 1944 Reported for duty as Electrical Officer
Plt Off R D Burn xx Jan 1944 Reported for duty as MT Officer
Flt Lt A Birtwistle  1 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Equipment Officer
Wg Cdr J Simpson  3 Feb 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Local Defence Adviser
Fg Off W Tucker xx Feb 1944 Posted in for Flying Control duties
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere  7 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Sqn Ldr - Admin
Flt Lt W Lingings  7 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Adjutant
Fg Off D R Ambrose  9 Feb 1944 Posted in for Flying Control duties
Plt Off C J Noonan  9 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Technical Adjutant
Flt Lt M L Sherwood 10 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Chief Technical Officer
Flt Lt J P Howard 10 Feb 1944 Posted in for Engineer duties
Flt Lt F E Lundy 12 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Senior Medical Officer and promoted to Sqn Ldr
Flt Lt M L Sherwood 12 Feb 1944 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Fg Off S B Pink 12 Feb 1944 Posted in for Equipment duties
Flt Lt F A Minton 13 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Airfield Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt T  Bartlett 17 Feb 1944 Posted in for Engineer duties
Flt Lt F A Minton 20 Feb 1944 Proceeded to RAF Highgate for Intelligence Course
Capt J A MacDonald 24 Feb 1944 Posted in for duty as Airfield Dental Officer
Fg Off A E Roberts 24 Feb 1944 Posted in for  duty as Accounts Officer
Sqn Ldr J S Durrant 24 Feb 1944 Attached to assist in the organisation of Maintenance Wing
Plt Off F H Parsons 29 Feb 1944 Posted in for Signals duties
Flt Lt Stephens  1 Mar 1944 Posted in for duty as Airfield Armament Officer
Plt Off J Cottingham  3 Mar 1944 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Wg Cdr J E Johnson xx Mar 1944 Posted in for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying
Wg Cdr J E Walker  4 Mar 1944 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding
Capt D J Hunden  4 Mar 1944 Attached from Canadian Army for duty as ALO
Capt E N Clarke  4 Mar 1944 Attached from Canadian Army for duty as ALO
Fg Off J M Ghent 12 Mar 1944 Arrived from RAF Ayr having been posted there by mistake
Plt Off J Cottingham 25 Mar 1944 Appointed Airfield Security Officer
Fg Off J M Ghent 25 Mar 1944 Appointed Officer i/c Secret and Confidential Documents
Fg Off D Stewart 29 Mar1944 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Fg Off J M Ghent 30 Mar 1944 Posted to HQ Bomber Command
Flt Lt J P Howard  1 Apr 1944 Posted to a GSU
Sqn Ldr Hadley  3 Apr 1944 Posted in for duty as OD Padre
Capt C F Cautley  3 Apr 1944 Attached from Canadian Army for duty as ALO
Fg Off G Aitken  4 Apr 1944 Posted in for duty as Education Officer
Flt Lt W J McGill  5 Apr 1944 Posted in for Engineer duties
Plt Off R Burn  5 Apr 1944 Proceeded on MT Course
Fg Off G Davies  5 Apr 1944 Attached from No 129 Airfield to organise Anti-Gas and Fire services
Plt Off J Cottingham  6 Apr 1944 Appointed Unit Censor
Wg Cdr R E H Gould  9 Apr 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Local Defence Adviser
Wg Cdr J Simpson  9 Apr 1944 Relinquished post of Local Defence Adviser
Capt R F H Cowan 10 Apr 1944 Attached from Canadian Army for duty as ALO
Plt Off R Burn 10 Apr 1944 Proceeded on MT Course
Plt Off R E Hanley 14 Apr 1944 Posted in for Engineer duties
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere 16 Apr 1944 Proceeded to RAF Clifton, York on temporary personnel duties
Plt Off N K Johnston 16 Apr 1944 Posted in for Equipment duties
Fg Off S B Pink 16 Apr 1944 Posted out
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere 18 Apr 1944 Returned from RAF Clifton, York on temporary personnel duties
Plt Off T A Chapman 24 Apr 1944 Reposted on attachment for Armament duties
Wg Cdr J E Walker 25 Apr 1944 Killed on Active Service
Plt Off T A Richards 27 Apr 1944 Posted in for duty as Accountant Officer
Fg Off A E Roberts 27 Apr 1944 Posted out
Plt Off L F Ring 27 Apr 1944 Posted in for MT duties
Fg Off D Stewart 28 Apr 1944 Posted to No 126 Airfield for Intelligence duties
Fg Off A Booth 28 Apr 1944 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Wg Cdr A D Nesbitt  1 May 1944 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding
Plt Off F R Dykes  1 May 1944 Posted in for Signals duties in Maintenance Wing
Flt Lt L R Freemn  3 May 1944 Posted in to understudy the role of Sqn Ldr - Admin
Act Sqn Ldr J M R N Michaud  5 May 1944 Chaplain, posted to No 143 Airfield
Act Sqn Ldr J P A Brazeau  6 May 1944 Posted in for duty as Chaplain
Fg Off J S Rauch  8 May 1944 Posted in for Flying Control duties
Flt Lt H R Perkins 12 May 1944 Posted in for duty as Protestant Padre
Flt Lt M K Martin 15 May 1944 Posted in for Armament duties
Fg Off C J E Keeble 19 May 1944 Posted in for Armament duties
Fg Off J A Bailey 20 May 1944 Posted in for Engineer duties with the Servicing Echelons
Flt Lt W G Townley 20 May 1944 Posted in for Engineer duties with the Servicing Echelons
Flt Lt L R Freemn 23 May 1944 Posted to HQ (Rear) No 83 Group
Fg Off J A G Bedard 25 May 1944 Posted in for Interpreter duties
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere 15 Jul 1944 Attached to No 126 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt W Lingings 15 Jul 1944 Attached to No 126 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt Stephens 15 Jul 1944 Attached to No 126 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt A Birtwistle 15 Jul 1944 Attached to No 39 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Plt Off L F Ring 15 Jul 1944 Attached to No 407 AFAP pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Sqn Ldr F E Lundy 16 Jul 1944 Attached to No 143 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt F H Parsons 16 Jul 1944 Attached to No 39 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Fg Off F R Dykes 16 Jul 1944 Attached to No 125 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Fg Off McKay 16 Jul 1944 Attached to No 419 RSU pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt F A Minton 18 Jul 1944 Attached to No 127 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Fg Off A Booth 18 Jul 1944 Attached to No 126 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere 20 Jul 1944 Ceased to be attached to No 126 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt W Lingings 20 Jul 1944 Ceased to be attached to No 126 Wing pending disbandment of No 144 Wing
Wg Cdr A D Nesbitt 21 Jul 1944 Posted to HQ, No 84 Group on disbandment of No 144 Wing
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere 21 Jul 1944 Assumed temporary command of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt J S Rauch 21 Jul 1944 Posted to No 143 Wing on disbandment of No 144 Wing
Fg Off Tucker 21 Jul 1944 Posted to No 143 Wing on disbandment of No 144 Wing
Fg Off Johnstone 21 Jul 1944 Posted to No 401 ASP on disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt R Burn 24 Jul 1944 Posted to No 143 Wing on disbandment of No 144 Wing
Flt Lt Baxter 24 Jul 1944 Posted in for duty as MT Officer
Al RCAF Ground Officers 30 Jul 1944 Proceeded to No 13 PTC pending posting to 'R' Depot, Warrington
Flt Lt W Lingings 30 Jul 1944 Posted to HQ (Rear), No 83 Group
Sqn Ldr G H Giguere 30 Jul 1944 Posted out on winding up the Wing

Source - No 144 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1943

Unit Date Notes
No 441 Sqn 14 Feb 1944 Arrived at Digby to join No 144 Airfield
No 442 Sqn 14 Feb 1944 Arrived at Digby to join No 144 Airfield
No 443 Sqn 14 Feb 1944 Arrived at Digby to join No 144 Airfield
Advance Party, No 144 Airfield 14 Mar 1944 Moved from RCAF Digby to Stevenage Staging Camp
Advance Party, No 144 Airfield 15 Mar 1944 Moved from Stevenage Staging Camp to RAF Holmsley South
Main Road Party, No 144 Airfield 17 Mar 1944 Moved from RCAF Digby to RAF Holmsley South
Main Rail Party, No 144 Airfield 18 Mar 1944 Moved from RCAF Digby to RAF Holmsley South
Air Party, No 144 Airfield 18 Mar 1944 Moved from RCAF Digby to RAF Holmsley South
No 443 Sqn 27 Mar 1944 Proceeded to RAF Hutton Cranswick for Air Firing Practice
Advance Party, No 144 Airfield 31 Mar 1944 Departed RAF Holmsley South for RAF Westhampnett
Main Party, No 144 Airfield  1 Apr 1944 Departed RAF Holmsley South for RAF Westhampnett
No 443 Sqn  8 Apr 1944 Returned from RAF Hutton Cranswick on completion of Air Firing Practice
No 6441 Servicing Echelon 11 Apr 1944 Proceeded to RAF Hutton Cranswick
No 441 Sqn 11 Apr 1944 Proceeded to RAF Hutton Cranswick for Air Firing Practice
No 144 Airfield 20 Apr 1944 Transferred from No 22 Wing to No 17 Wing
'A' Party, No 144 Airfield 21 Apr 1944 Departed from RAF Westhampnett for Funtington ALG
'B' Party, No 144 Airfield 22 Apr 1944 Departed from RAF Westhampnett for Funtington ALG
No 6442 Servicing Echelon 23 Apr 1944 Proceeded to RAF Hutton Cranswick
No 144 Airfield 14 May 1944 Moved from Funtington ALG to RAF Ford
No 144 Airfield 15 May 1944 Redesignated No 144 Wing
No 2819 Sqn, RAF Regiment 21 May 1944 Proceeded to the Concentration Area (Old Sarum)
No 1309 Wing, RAF Regiment 22 May 1944 Proceeded to the Concentration Area (Old Sarum)
Main Echelon, No 144 Wing  4 Jun 1944 Departed RAF Ford for the Concentration Area (Old Sarum)
Main Echelon, No 144 Wing  9 Jun 1944 Departed the Concentration Area (Old Sarum) for the Marshalling Area
'A' Echelon, No 144 Wing 11 Jun 1944 Departed the Marshalling Area
'B' Echelon, No 144 Wing (Serial 1038) 11 Jun 1944 Departed the Marshalling Area and embarked on a LST
'B' Echelon, No 144 Wing (Serial 1039) 12 Jun 1944 Departed the Marshalling Area and embarked on a LST
'B' Echelon, No 144 Wing (Serial 1040) 12 Jun 1944 Departed the Marshalling Area and embarked on a LST
'B' Echelon, No 144 Wing (Serial 276) 12 Jun 1944 Departed the Marshalling Area and embarked on a LCT
'B' Echelon, No 144 Wing (All Serials) 13 Jun 1944 Disembarked at Coursell and proceeded to the Assembly Area
No 144 Wing 14 Jun 1944 Moved from the Assembly Area to B.4 Beny-sur-Mer
No 144 Wing 14 Jun 1944 Moved from B.4 Beny-sur-Mer to B.3 Ste Croix-sur-Mer
'C' Echelon, No 144 Wing  2 Jul 1944 Arrived at B.3 Ste Croix-sur-Mer
No 144 Wing 12 Jul 1944 Disbanded

Source - No 144 Wing ORB

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