RAF 95, squadron leader

London Gazette - Awards, RAF 95 Squadron

Squadron Leader C. G. Marshall, R.A.F.V.R.

Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R.3, 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence and War Medals;

Air Efficiency Award, G.VI.R. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in January 1941.

He commenced his operational career with RAF 95 in the Gambia.

 

Distinguished Flying Cross

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 28 MARCH, 1944
Acting Wing Commander Percy Robert HATFIELD 1916-1965
(33315), Royal Air Force, Born 1916 - No. 95 Squadron.

Graduating as a pilot officer from Cranwell, he flew with Schneider Trophy team pilot Air Commodore D'Arcy

In 1941 he commanded 204 Squadron (flying Sunderlands), and later that year 95 Squadron.
He completing 240 operational missions and was promoted to wing commander in 1949. In 1950, he was awarded the Air Force Cross.

Distinguished Flying Cross

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 28 MARCH, 1944
Flying Officer Allan Bruce CATIP (Aus.4O5376)
No. 95 Squadron.

Distinguished Flying Cross

Acting Ft/Lt Thomas Patrick GIBSON (40903), No. 95 Squadron.
Pilot Officer Roland Reginald PRESLAND(45118), No. 95 Squadron (RAAF)

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 26 JUNE, 1942

Flight Lieutenant Colin Graham ROBERTSON (41210), No. 95 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Colin Graham Robertson was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service with No 95 Squadron Royal Air Force (The London Gazette, 26-06-1942). The citation states that between November 1939 and March 1941, he completed 2000 hours of flying on Sunderland aircraft, including 1780 hours on operational flights. “Flight Lieutenant Robertson has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and reliability. He has completed his missions cheerfully under adverse weather conditions. On one occasion he located three lifeboats containing 75 survivors from a merchant vessel that was torpedoed in the Atlantic. He alighted, transhipped the survivors to the aircraft and despite confused ocean swell, succeeded in taking off and bringing them back without any damage to the aircraft.”

Source: Office of Air Force History: Tuggeranong.
No 95 squadron was formed on 8 October 1917 but before becoming operational was disbanded on 4 July 1918 to provide personnel for active units. It began to reform at Kenley on 1 October 1918 as a fighter squadron but formation was abandoned with the Armistice a few weeks later before it received any of its intended Martinsyde F.4s.

On 16 January 1941, a detachment of three Sunderlands of No.210 Squadron at Pembroke Dock became No.95 squadron, which flew its first boat out to Gibraltar early in February. After flying patrols, the squadron began to arrive at its base at Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 17 March to begin anti-submarine patrols over the South Atlantic. In July 1941, activities by Vichy reconnaissance aircraft resulted in a flight of Hurricanes being added to the squadron, this becoming No. 128 Squadron on 7 October 1941. In March 1943, No. 95 moved to Bathurst, Gambia, operating detachments from Sierra Leone, Dakar and Liberia for the rest of the war. On 30 June 1945, the squadron disbanded.

Squadron bases:
Ternhill - 8 Oct 1917
Shotwick - 30 Oct 1917 to 4 July 1918
Kenley - 1 Oct 1918 to 20 Nov 1918
Pembroke Dock - 16 Jan 1941
Freetown - 17 Mar 1941 Jui - 9 Apr 1942 Bathurst - 7 Mar 1943 to 30 Jun 1945

Aircraft Equipment:
Various used between September 1917 to July 1918

Age 27
Date /Place of Birth 21/12/1917 Edinburgh.
Arrived Australia 05/08/1927
Refer to publication R940.544941 S886a held in the Research Centre’s reference collection. Source: www.awm.gov.au/croll/person.asp?p=272-2269

Next of Kin: Eric and Phyllis CHILTON ROBERTSON of KALAMUNDA (later LESMURDIE), WA Service no 41210
Date of death 05/03/1945. On this day, SQN 278 was flying Walrus aircraft over the English Channel.
The Walrus was an amphibious biplane flying boat that was used for the air/sea rescue role (landing on water to rescue airmen and sailors).

Source Office of Air Force History, TUGGERANONG.
Casualty type: Grave/Memorial Panel 266 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 31 MARCH, 1944
Flight Lieutenant Lionel Wallace SILBURN (110884) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 95 Squadron.
Flying Officer Allan Bruce CATIP (Aus.4O5376) RAAF No. 95 Squadron.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 MARCH, 1943
Flight Lieutenant John Frank DAVIS (78867), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 95 Squadron.
Acting Flight Lieutenant Clifford George MARSHALL (612-23), RRAFVR, No. 95 Squadron.
Flying Officer Herbert Lindsay COONS (Can/J.5o83), Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 95 Squadron.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 29 SEPTEMBER 1944
Flight Lieutenant John Ernest ROUNTREE Royal New Zealand Air Force
(414343) Royal New Zealand Air Force)

The above Awards are in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty
 in the execution of air operations
 

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 MARCH, 1943
Flying Officer Henry Ronald BAILEY, (48547), No. 95 Squadron.

Distinguished Flying Medal

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 MARCH, 1943
625718 Sergeant John Hemphill STEWART, No. 95 Squadron