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No 151 Wing Personnel, units and locations


This was formed at Leconfield on 26 July 1941 as No 151 (Fighter) Wing for service with "Force Benedict", which was to operate the Hurricanes of Nos 81 and 134 Squadrons from bases in northern Russia.  It moved to Hendon in August before sailing for Russia, arriving at Archangel on 30 August, moving on to Vaenga on 7 September 1941.  After taking part in a number of operations and also training Russian pilots and ground crew the Wing returned to UK on 16 November leaving the Hurricanes, which were handed over to the Soviet Navy and disbanded on 24 November 1941.

Personnel Movements

The following personnel arrived at RAF Leconfield between 26 July and 1 August 1941

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Wg Cdr H N G R Isherwood   Commanding Officer
Flt Lt H F Griffith   Adjutant
Fg Off W R Goodman   Assistant Adjutant
Sqn Ldr R C Jackson   Senior Medical Officer
Flt Lt R McPherson   Medical Officer
Flt Lt T R Gordon   Accountant
Flt Lt L P Hodson   Intelligence Officer
Fg Off E S Kennedy   Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt G V Cottam   Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt V A Gittens   Technical Officer
Flt Lt W J G Murphy   Equipment Officer
Plt Off Nichols   Codes and Cypher Officer
Plt Off A S M Pratt   Codes and Cypher Officer
Flt Lt D S Fisher   Technical Signals Officer
AC1 J Ridley 27 Sep 1941 Killed on active service
AC2 G Thomas 27 Sep 1941 Killed on active service

Source - No 151 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements

Unit Date Notes
Advance Party, No 151 Wing 11 Aug 1941 Departed RAF Leconfield for Liverpool
Main Party, No 151 Wing 12 Aug 1941 Departed RAF Leconfield for Liverpool
No 151 Wing 12 Aug 1941 Embark on SS Llanstephen Castle and set sail
No 151 Wing 15 Aug 1941 Arrived at Scapa Flow
Air Party   Loaded on board HMS Victorious
No 151 Wing 20 Aug 1941 Arrived at Hvals Fiord, Iceland
No 151 Wing 21 Aug 1941 Departed Hvals Fiord, Iceland
Air Party (HMS Victorious) 27 Aug 1941 Joined remainder of convoy
No 151 Wing  1 Sep 1941 Arrived at Bakaritsa Quay, near Archangel
Air Party, No 151 Wing  3 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk
Destroyer Party, No 151 Wing  4 Sep 1941 Departed Archangel for Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk
No 81 Sqn  5 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk by destroyer
No 134 Sqn  5 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk by destroyer
Aircraft (24 Hurricanes)  7 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk
1st part of Main Party, No 151 Wing 11 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk
2nd part of Main Party, No 151 Wing 12 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk
Rear Party, No 151 Wing 12 Sep 1941 Arrived at Vyanga Airfield, Murmansk
     
No 81 Sqn (Aircraft and Equipment) 17 Oct 1941 Handed over to the Soviet Air Force
1 x Flight, No 134 Sqn (Aircraft and Equipment) 17 Oct 1941 Handed over to the Soviet Air Force
Remaining aircraft 20 Oct 1941 Handed over to the Soviet Air Force
Remaining equipment 21 Oct 1941 Handed over to the Soviet Air Force

Details of the return of the Wing to the UK are not given in the ORB

Source - No 151 Wing ORB

This page was last updated on 07/06/20

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