Pre-War OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK No. 151 (Fighter) Squadron 1936 – 2 Sep 1939

North Weald 4 Aug 1936

No. 151 (Fighter Squadron formed on 4/8/36 from No. 58 (Fighter) Squadron.

The following pilots were posted to the Squadron on formation:- Pilot Officer J.M. Thompson, Pilot Officer D.M.H. Craven, Pilot Officer K.H. Savage, Sergeants Harvey and Danes.

 

North Weald 16 Aug 1936

Acting Pilot Officers C.D. Tomlin, R.A. Weeks, D.R. Stanley-Adams posted to this Unit for flying duties from No.8 F.T.S. Montrose.

 

North Weald 26 Aug 1936

Squadron commenced to be equipped with Gauntlet II Aircraft with Mercury VIS Engines – Five aircraft being delivered from the Gloster Aircraft Company on this date.

 

North Weald 31 Aug 1936

Squadron Leader W.V. Ryde posted from Air Armament School, Eastchurch to command Squadron.

 

North Weald 19 Oct 1936 

Three Gauntlet II Aircraft delivered to Squadron.

 

North Weald 27 Oct 1936

One Gauntlet II Aircraft delivered to Squadron.

 

North Weald 1 Nov 1936

Strength of the Squadron as at this date was 7 Officers, 5 Sergeant Pilots and 51 other ranks.

 

North Weald 15 Dec 1936

Five Gauntlet II Aircraft delivered to Squadron.

 

North Weald 16 Dec 1936             

One Gauntlet II Aircraft delivered to Squadron.

 

North Weald 20 Dec 1936

Acting Pilot Officers F.A. Ives and A.T.B. Campling posted to this Unit for flying duties from No.2 F.T.S. Digby.

 

North Weald 20 Feb 1937

Acting Pilot Officer S.H. Cruise posted to this Unit for flying duties from 9 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 10 Mar 1937

One Gauntlet II Aircraft delivered to Squadron.

 

North Weald 19 Apr 1937 

“M” Flight No. 151 (Fighter) Sqdn. attached to No. 503 (County of Lincoln) (Bomber) Sqdn. until 26/4/37.

 

North Weald 18 May 1937            

One Gauntlet II Aircraft delivered to Squadron.

 

North Weald 22 May 1937

Acting Pilot Officer G.H. John posted to Unit for flying duties from No. 11 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 25 May 1937

Pilot Officer A.T.B. Campling died as a result of accident to civil aircraft.

 

North Weald 23 Jun 1937

No. 151 (Fighter) Squadron attached to R.A.F. Station Duxford – R.A.F. Display.

 

North Weald 1 Jul 1937

Strength of Squadron at this date was:- 9 Officers, 7 Sergeant Pilots, 85 Other Ranks.

 

North Weald 30 Jun 1937

Pilot Officer J.D. Ronald posted this Unit for Flying duties from No.5 F.T.S. Sealand.

 

North Weald 31 Jul 1937

Pilot Officer C.F. Atkinson posted to this Unit for Flying duties from R.A.F. College.

 

North Weald 7 Aug 1937

Acting Pilot Officers Lang, Weaver and Horne posted to this Unit for flying duties from No. 8 F.T.S. Montrose.

 

North Weald 13 Sep 1937

Acting Pilot Officers Lang, Weaver and Horne posted to No. 56 (Fighter) Squadron.

 

North Weald 30 Nov 1937

Flying Officer J. M. Thompson, granted acting rank of Flight Lieutenant w.e.f. 18/9/37.

 

North Weald 4 Dec 1937

P/O W.A. Sykes posted to this Unit for flying duties from School of Air Navigation Manston.

 

North Weald 12 Dec 1937

Pilot Officer G.F. Graham posted to this Unit for flying duties from No. 10 F.T.S. Turn Hill.

 

North Weald 8 Jan 1938

Pilot Officer S.C. Walch and Acting Pilot Officer E. H. Dean posted to this Unit for flying duties from No.11 F.T.S. Wittering.

 

North Weald 10 Feb 1938

One Gauntlet II Aircraft transferred from No. 111 (Fighter) Sqdn to this Squadron.

 

North Weald 11 Feb 1938

Pilot Officer J.D. Ronald promoted Flying Officer w.e.f. 19/4/37, seniority of 19/1/37.

North Weald 18 Feb 1937

One Gauntlet II Aircraft transferred from No. 111 (Fighter) Sqdn to this Squadron.

 

North Weald 19 Feb 1937

Action Pilot Officer T.H. Davison posted to this Unit for flying duties from No. 7 F.T.S. Farnborough.

 

North Weald 1 Mar 1938

Strength of Squadron at this date was:- 15 Officers, 7 Sergeant Pilots, 98 Other Ranks. 19 Aircraft.

 

North Weald 4 Mar 1938

17 Pilots qualified in Night Flying.

 

North Weald 23 Mar 1938

Sergeant Morris posted to No. 80 (Fighter) Squadron.

 

North Weald 24 Mar 1938

F/Sergeant Danes posted to No. 2 F.T.S. Brize Norton.

 

North Weald 26 Mar 1938

Acting Pilot Officer T.W. Gillen posted to the Unit.

 

North Weald 28 Mar 1938

Pilot Officers Graham and Dean posted to No.80 (Fighter) Squadron.

 

North Weald 31 Mar 1938

Strength of Squadron at this date was:- 14 Officers, 5 Sergeant Pilots, 86 Other ranks, 19 Aircraft.

 

North Weald 30 May 1938

Acting Pilot Officer T.W. Gillen posted to Class “A” Reserve.

 

North Weald 1 Jun 1938

Pilot Officer J.H. White posted to No. 7 F.T.S. Peterborough.

 

North Weald 10 Jun 1938

Acting Pilot Officer A.A.M. Dawbarn posted from No. 7 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 15 Jun 1938

Pilot Officers D.W. Ward and K.E. Newton posted from Uxbridge.

 

North Weald 30 Jun 1938

Strength of Squadron at this date was: 18 Officers, 5 Segt. Pilots, 98 Other ranks and 19 Aircraft.

 

North Weald 9 Jul 1938

Acting Pilot Officers J.C. Holman, R, Bell and H.W. Kirk posted from No. 8 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 23 May 1938

Mass Flight over London for Empire Air Day.

 

North Weald 24 May 1938

Mass Flight over London for Empire Air Day.

 

North Weald 25 May 1938

“A” Flight, flight aerobatics for Empire Air Day (also 28/5/38).

 

Exeter 29 Jul 1938

“A” Flight, flight aerobatics at opening of Exeter Airport.

 

North Weald 7 Aug 1938

Pilot Officer A.A.M. Dawbarn posted to C.F.S. Upavon.

 

North Weald 25 May 1938

Pilot Officer C.D. Tomalin promoted to Flying Officer.

 

North Weald 17 Aug 1938

Pilot Officer F.A. Ives promoted to Flying Officer.

 

North Weald 29 Aug 1938

Pilot Officer B.R. Stanley-Adams transferred to Air Branch, Royal Navy.

 

North Weald 23 Sep 1938

Acting Pilot Officers J.C. Holman, R. Bell and H.B. Kirk transferred to class “A” Reserve.

 

North Weald 30 Sep 1938

Strength of Squadron at this date was:- 13 Officers, 6 Sergt. Pilots, 108 Other Ranks, 19 Aircraft

 

Sutton Bridge 27 Sep 1938

Recalled from No. 3 A.T.S. for National Emergency.

 

North Weald 19 Oct 1938

Unit televised by BBC

 

North Weald 29 Oct 1938

A/P/O. R.W.H. Courtney Posted from No. 8 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 1 Nov 1938

Squadron Leader, W.V. Hyde promoted to Wing Commander.

 

North Weald 11 Nov 1938

Wing Commander W.V. Hyde posted to Henlow.

 

North Weald 14 Nov 1938

Flight Lieutenant E.M. Donaldson posted from No. 7 F.T.S. to command Squadron.

 

North Weald 21 Nov 1938

Flying Officer R.D.N. Todd-White posted from 79 (F) Sqdn Biggin Hill.

North Weald 1 Dec 1938

Flight Lieutenant E.M. Donaldson promoted to Squadron Leader.

 

North Weald 1 Dec 1938

First Hurricane received from Hawker Aircraft Co.

 

North Weald 15 Dec 1938

P/O. H.B. Kirk granted S.S.C. from Class “A” Reserve and posted to this Unit.

 

North Weald 17 Dec 1938

A.P/O. H.A. Lovell posted to this Unit from No. 6 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 17 Dec 1938

A.P/O. P. Phillips posted to this Unit from No. 2 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 14 Jan 1939

P/O. G.H. John resigned Short Service Commission.

 

North Weald 17 Jan 1939

A.P/O. R.N.H. Courtney granted Short Service Commission.

 

North Weald 26 Jan 1939

P/O. R.N. Milne posted to this Unit from No. 8 A.T.S. Evanton.

 

North Weald 5 Feb 1939

13 Gauntlet Aircraft allotted and flown to No. 602 (F) Sqdn. Abbottsinch.

 

North Weald 13 Feb 1939

P/O. Allen posted to this Unit from S. of N.C. Ford.

 

North Weald 14 Feb 1939

Strength of Squadron at this date was:- 20 Hurricane Aircraft, 2 Gauntlet Aircraft, 18 Officers, 5 N.C.O. Pilots and 114 Other Ranks.

 

North Weald 3 Mar 1939

Completed re-arming with Hurricane Aircraft.

 

North Weald 6 Mar 1939

A/P/Os. Hamer, Wright and Herrick (Class “A” Reserve) and Sergts. Mussett, Moody and Fokes (R.A.F.V.R.) attached to this Unit for training.

 

North Weald 19 Apr 1949

A/F/Lt. Ronald promoted to F/Lt. with seniority 19/1/39.

 

North Weald 2 May 1939

P/O. J.F. Pettigrew posted to the Unit from 74 Squadron.

 

North Weald 6 Mar 1939

P/O. R. Herrick granted Short Service Commission from Class “A” Reserve.

 

North Weald 16 May 1939

P/O. H.B. Kirk and T.H. Davison posted to Middle East Command.

 

North Weald 3 May 1939

P/O. S.H. Cruise posted to No. 8 F.T.S.

 

North Weald 16 Mar 1939

P/Os. J.R. Hamar and L. Wright granted S.S.C. from Class “A” Reserve.

 

North Weald  23 Jul 1939

P/O. C.D. Tomalin posted to C.F.S.

 

Goring 4 Aug 1939

P/O. P. Phillips killed in Flying accident. P/O. Pettigrew seriously injured.

 

North Weald 27 Aug 1939

F/Lt. J.D. Ronald posted to No. 1 A.A.S. Mamby.

 

North Weald 2 Sep 1939

Book closed on Mobilization of Royal Air Force.

 

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