207 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE HISTORY

RAF NORTHOLT POSTINGS

1969 - 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976
1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984

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207 Sqn ORB mentions the following [presumed to be present when the Communication Squadron was badged as 207]

CGM Butler, F/O Crowther, G Dalton, R Hart, R Piper, M Thatcher, GC Thompson, Wrighton

Some of the following entries may be inconsistent and will be checked on further research visits. Some entries are recorded more fully than others in the Squadron ORBs.

sources:
AIR27/3179 207 Sqn ORB 1967 (sic) to 1971
AIR27/3662 207 Sqn ORB Jan 72-Dec75

If there is a destination then it is a posting from 207 at Northolt: if there is no destination or a source unit is quoted then it is a posting to 207 Squadron.

1969 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

VJ Singh FL N 10 Jan 69  
Stevenson, A FL N 8 Jun 69 to 207 Sqn Det Finningley
Sturt, GR FL N 7 Jun 69  
Ayre, KWA FL N 1 Jul 69 promoted Squadron Leader
James, EW FL P 28 Jul 69 to 207 Sqn Det Turnhouse
Colam, G FL N 4 Aug 69  
Mitchell, G FL P 22 Aug 69  
White, P FO P 4 Aug 69  
Thompson, GC FL N 20 Aug 60 to 124 Staff Cse Manby
Baldie, IS FL P 21 Aug 69 to RAF Wildenrath:ceased 17 Sep 69
Dalton, G FO N 21 Aug 69 to RAF Wildenrath: ceased 17 Sep 69
England, DCE SL P 29 Sep 69 to Oxford University Air Sqn: promoted to Acting SL 9 Jun 69
Price, KDN FO P 22 Sep 69 to No20 Hercules Captains Cse, RAF Thorney Island
Bebbington, HA FS   14 Jul 69 to RAF Henlow for No225 OCTU Main Cse
James, EW FL P 6 Oct 69 to RAF Valley
Hayward, RT FL P 30 Oct 69  
Bennett, HE FL P 16 Oct 69 to 207 Sqn Det Turnhouse

 

1970 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

Thompson, GC FL N 1 Jan 70 to RAF Gaydon
Reeve, JD FL N 12 Jan 70  
Jones, DG FL N 9 Feb 70 to RAF Benson
Ambrose, EA FL N 23 Feb 70  
Elliott, RL FO P 23 Feb 70  
Bloor, WHHC FL P 10 Jan 70  
Butler, CGM FL   16 Apr 70 to No19 Bloodhound II Cse, RAF North Coates
Thompson, RI FL P 4 May 70 to 207 Sqn Det Lindholme
Murdoch, CJB FL P 21 Jul 70  
Sandford, BV FL P 4 Jul 70 to CFS
Pearson, G SL   5 Aug 70 outgoing OC207: to be AIR1 HQ 90 Signals Group
Kent MBE, BR SL   5 Aug 70 incoming OC 207
Gothard, FL FL N 24 Aug 70  
Hall, RW SL P 1 Sep 70  
Vickers, AGW FL P tbc  
Macareavey, HIB FL P tbc  
Wrighton, P FO N tbc  
Dunn, GA FL P 12 Oct 70 to RAF Little Rissington
McLean, I FP P 27 Oct 70 to Support Sqn, Boscombe Down
Atkinson, A FL   28 Oct 70 from 22 Sqn
Bennett, HE FL P 11 Dec 70 to RAF Bruggen as Ops Officer

 

1971 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

Travis, SJ FL P 4 Jan 71  
Baldie, IS FL P 18 Jan 71 to Comets at RAF Lyneham
Macareavey, HIB FL P 11 Jan 71 to RAF Little Rissington
Ivelaw-Chapman, J FL P Feb 71 from Bassett Conversion Unit
Buck, DG FL P Feb 71 from Bassett Conversion Unit
Hart, RJA FO N May 71 to RAF Brize Norton
Herd, GLM FO N May 71  
Thatcher, M FO   Jul 71 to RAF Brize Norton
Gibbons, L FO   Jul 71 from RAF Wildenrath
Gaut, J FL P Oct 71  
Wrighton, PJ FL N Oct 71 to RAF Brize Norton for Britannia Ops, from Lindholme Det
Gibbons, L FO   Nov 71 to 207 Sqn Det Lindholme
Dalton, G FO N Dec 71 to Hercules OCU Thorney Island
Sorensen, M FL   Dec 71 to RAF Boscombe Down
Fogg, WG FL   Dec 71  
Corry, R FL   Dec 71  
Berridge, A FO   Dec 71  

 

1972 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

Kent MBE, BR SL   Jan 72 outgoing OC207: terminal leave
Arthur, LT SL   Jan 72 incoming OC207
Mitchell, GHC FL   Feb 72 to 21 Sqn RAF Andover
Murdoch, CJB FL   Feb 72 to 26 Sqn RAF Wyton
Fallon, RD FO   Feb 72 from 60 Sqn
Woods, ACM FO   Feb 72 from RAF Benson
Hall, D FL   Feb 72 from Bassett OCU, RAF Wyton
Salter, GA FL   Feb 72 from Bassett OCU, RAF Wyton
Langdon, PG SL   Feb 72 from Bassett OCU, RAF Wyton
Bosher, JH FL   29 May 72 retired
Elliott, RL FL   May 72 to 207 Sqn Det Turnhouse
Hamlyn, G FO   1 May 72 from Bassett OCU, RAF Wyton
Hayward, F FL   1 May 72 from Bassett OCU, RAF Wyton
Colam, G FL   Jun 72 retired
Jackson, JJ FL   Jun 72 from Devon OCU, RAF Andover
Coombes, P FL   Jun 72 from Devon OCU, RAF Andover
to 207 Sqn Det Turnhouse
Maggs, K FL   Aug 72 from Devon OCU
Butcher, FA FL   Sep 72 from 60 Sqn
Vickers, AGW FL   Sep 72 to HQ 11(F) Group
Hipperson, G FL N Oct 72 from BCU Wyton
Labercombe, J FL P Nov 72  
Stephen, G FL   Nov 72 promoted to Squadron Leader

A cocktail party was held for leavers on 28 July 1972: FL RJ Piper, FL RL Elliott, FL G Colam, FL JD Reeve, FL ME Beard, FL JH Bosher. [FL J Reeve was missing due to illness and was dined out in Nov 72]

 

1973 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

Chillery, BJ FL   Feb 73 from 32 Sqn
Ryans, RB FL   Feb 73 from RAF Waddington
Thompson, RI FL   Feb 73 to 32 Sqn
Bloor, WHHC FL   Feb 73 to ATC School, RAF Shawbury
West, GT SL   27 Mar 73 incoming OC207
Arthur, LT SL   Mar 73 outgoing OC207: terminal leave
Labercombe, J FL   Apr 73 rejoined from Devon Conversion Cse, RAF Andover
Johnson, R FL   May 73 from 1 NAS, RAF Finningley
Clayton, JM FL   May 73 from 32 Sqn
Arthur, LT SL   May 73 retirement
Sullivan, A SL   May 73 retirement
Ayre, KWA SL   May 73 retirement
Brecken, S SL   Jun 73 from RAF Cosford
Gothard, FL FL   Jun 73 to RAE Farnborough
Axten, R SL   Jul 73 from RAF Andover
Jarvis, SG FL   Jul 73 to RAF Boscombe Down
Gothard, FL FL   Jul 73 to RREU RAF Farnborough
Kmiecik, J FL   Aug 73 from ATC RAF Northolt
Collett, D FL   Aug 73 from RAF Upavon
Carter, N FL   Aug 73 from RAF Akrotiri
Beverley, O FL   Aug 73 from RAF Wildenrath
Barrett, D FL   Aug 73 from RAF Laarbruch
Cook, FJ FL   Oct 73 from RAF Honington
Elliott, RL FL   Oct 73 to BCU Wyton
James, EW FL   5 Nov 73 from 21 Sqn
Rowland FL   Dec 73 from 21 Sqn
Buck, DG FL   Dec 73 to RAF Wildenrath

 

1974 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

Edmunds, R FL   Jan 74 from RAF Scampton
Herd, GLM FL   Jan 74 to RAF Gan
Hayward FL   Mar 74 to 115 Sqn RAF Cottesmore
Stewart, P SL   Apr 74 from 26 Sqn, to 207 Sqn Det Turnhouse
Mercer, Mike FL   Apr 74 from 21 Sqn
Wright, R SAC   Apr 74 from RAF Bruggen
Stephen, G SL   Apr 74 to 26 Sqn Wyton
Gault, A FL   Apr 74 to HQ 46 Group
Clayton, J FL   Apr 74 to Ops RAF Northolt
Hipperson, G FL   Apr 74 to RAF Akrotiri
Wood, A FL   Apr 74 to 60 Sqn RAF Wildenrath
Livingstone, D SAC   Apr 74 to RAF Masirah
Hall, D FL   May 74 to 231 OCU RAF Cottesmore, Canberras
Langdon SL   Jun 74 to Ops RAF Northolt
Fogg, WG FL   Jun 74 to HQ 1 Group
Chillery, BJ FL   Jun 74 to Careers Information Office London
Hall, JE FL   Jul 74 from 21 Sqn
Davey, Robin FL   Aug 74 from RAF Gan
Jackson, JJ FL   Sep 74 to RAF Lossiemouth
Coombes, PK FL   Sep 74 to RAF Marham
Collett, DM FL   Sep 74 to HQ STC
Hamlyn, GM FL   Dec 74 to 8 Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth
Cockfield, G FL   Dec 74 from Devon Cse RAF Andover

 

1975 - name

rank

role

date

to/from

Budge, CR FL   Mar 75  
Wright, RA SAC   Mar 75 "very competent clerk and sports organiser"
Berridge, DA FO   30 Apr 75 promoted to FL
Mooney, DL FL   23 Jun 75 from OCU Andover
Patrick, RI FL   Aug 75 posted in supernumerary
Daniels, JG FL   Aug 75 posted in supernumerary
Budge, CR FL   Aug 75 posted in supernumerary to RAF Northolt prior to his PVR
Greenland, JM FL   Aug 75 returned from 84 Devon Cse fully operational
Lawrence, N FL   Sep 75 posted in supernumerary
Merritt, BW FL   Sep 75 posted in supernumerary
Henson, WJ FL   Sep 75 posted in
Ryans, RB FL   Oct 75 to 242 OCU RAF Lyneham
Brecken, S SL   Oct 75 retired
Webb, JH FL   Oct 75 from 241 OCU RAF Brize Norton

1976-1984 await further research visits to the National Archives


Noel Cockfield emails Feb 2010: My father, Gordon Cockfield, served on 207 Squadron from 12 Dec 1974 until 3 Oct 1977 as a navigator - I think at some point he was the Nav Leader. During this time he logged 695hrs on Devons, including 34 hrs at night. I have all of his flying log books, and a mass of photos which, one day, will get sorted. Prior to 207, Dad was on 25 [SAM] Sqn at RAF Bruggen. From 207 Sqn, he went to the Air Transport Flt at RAE Farnborough where he continued flying Devons, as well as a Dakota III, which is now part of the BBMF


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