The list below is complied from various sources: Commissioned officers are as they appear in the relevant editions of the Navy List [note, because of a time lag between appointments and the publication of the lists some officers are not included]. Names of Telegraphist Air Gunners are primarily drawn from incident reports. Maintenance and other squadron personnel from Admiralty Fleet Orders.  

 

Abbreviations: A = Air Branch, P = Pilot, O = Observer, TAG = Telegraphist Air Gunner, RNVR = Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, RCNVR = Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, RNZNVR = Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve, Tpy = Temporary, Mid = Midshipman, KIA = Killed in Action, MPK = Missing Presumed Killed.

 

September 1944 - January 1946

 

Commission officers

  Appointed Notes

Tpy.  Lieut. Com A), R.N.V.R. (P)

W. C. Simpson, DSC(ret)

15 Sep 44

 In command

       
Lieut. Com (A), (P) ... ... ... ... ... ...

P. C. S. Chilton (act)

16 Dec 44

 

 

D. C. E. F. Gibson, DSC (act)

05 Aug 45

 

 

G. 'R. Callingham (act)

16 Oct 44

 
 

J. L. Appleby (act)

16 Oct 45

 

       
Lieut. Com R.N.R. (P)

S. F. F. Shotton, DSC, (act)

16 Oct 45

 

       
Lieut. R.N.R. (P)  ...  ... ... ... ... ...

H. D. Barr

15 Sep 44

 

 

 

 

 
Lieut. (A), (P)  ...  ... ... ... ... ... ...

R. T. Leggett (act)

15 Sep 44

 
 

S. L. Devonald, DFC

18 Feb 45

 
       
Tpy. Lieut. (A), R.N.V.R. (P)  ...  ...

M. L. Heath

15 Sep 44

 

  M. T. Bridgeman 1 Oct 44  
 

J. E. F. Rankin (act)

12 Dec 44

 

 

J. W. Lowe

18 Feb 45

 

 

R. D. Wood

12 Feb 45

 

 

R. W. Turral

18 Feb 45

 

 

N. D. Fisher

15 Apr 45

 

 

A. G. Woods

9 June 45

 

 

G. R. Willcocks, DSC

9 June 45

 

 

J. F. Lowder

19 July 45

 

 

G. M. Torrance

5 Aug 45

 

 

G. Aitken

5 Aug 45

 

 

F. G. Devitt, DSC

5 Aug 45

 

 

J. P. Stott

16 Oct 45

 

 

W. Thomson

16 Oct 45

 

 

A. J. Thompson, DSC

16 Oct 45

 

 

B. H. Harriss

18 Feb 45

 
 

R. F. Collinge

18 Feb 45

 
       
Tpy. Lieut. (A), R..N.Z.N.V.R. (P) ...

C. T. White, DSC

9 June 45

 

 

F. P. Bethell

18 Feb 45

 
 

M. C. Ferrer, DSC

 ?

Killed (air crash) 27.08.45

       
Tpy. Lieut. (A), R.C.N.V.R. (P) ... ...

J. A. Grogan

15 Apr 45

Killed (air crash) 19.05.45

*Still listed on squadron strength in October 1945 Navy List.

 

 

 

 
Tpy. Sub-Lieut. (A), R.N.V.R. (P)  ... 

R. H. Mead, DSC

9 June 45

 
 

 

 

 

Maintenance personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information drawn from the Navy list October 1944 through October 1945 (final edition before squadron disbanded)

 


List last modified 15 December 2016


 

In Memoriam
 

 

Name

Record

Cemetery/Memorial

Lieutenant (A) (P) Mathew Cameron FARRER, RNZNVR

CWGC entry

NEW ZEALAND NAVAL MEMORIAL, DEVONPORT, AUCKLAND Panel 8.

Lieutenant (A) (P) Jack Armstrong GROGAN, RCNVR

CWGC entry

YEOVILTON CHURCHYARD R.N.A.S. EXTENSION Row E. Grave 4.

 

 

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