On the 7th July 1928 The Coast Defence Torpedo Flight was formed, without aircraft, at Donibristle, on the north shore of the Firth of Forth near Dalgety Bay, Scotland.
One month later, on the 7 august, Three Horsley T.B. Were flown from Henlow to Donibrisle by Squadron leader Hughes, Flight Lt. Smythes, Flying Officer Thomson and crews.
The first dummy torpedoes were dropped on 16th August which marked the beginning of training on the new aircraft.
On the 9th October 1928 The flight was renamed NO 36 (Torpedo Bomber) Squadron.
During August 1930 preparations for for the move to Singapore began.
At the beginning of the month the all metal type of Horsley, which was to be equipped at Singapore, was tested. During the later part of the month the Sqdn. Pilots ferried the new all – metal Horelys from Brooklands to Sealand where the aircraft were dismantled and packed for shipping by the depot personnel.
On the 8th Sept Flight Lieutenant W Plenerleith went to Birkenhead to supervise the loading of the squadron's aircraft on board the SS City of Barcelona. Eight aircraft were shipped. Unfortunately one, S1441, slipped from the lifting cable and fell on the ships rails. The damage, chiefly to the centre section, was small and was repaired at Karachi.
On the 13 September The SS City of Barcelona sailed, with Flight Lieutenants Brown & Plenderleith aboard, from Birkenhead to Karachi.
On 16th Sept ten Airmen of the Advanced Party Sailed from Southampton on H.M.T. Somersetshire and disembarked at Karachi on 8th October.
363975 Sgt. Hart J. (pilot – Fitter Aero Engine )
364886 Sgt. Lincoln G. F. (pilot – Fitter Aero Engine )
363372 Sgt. Clift A.E. (pilot – Fitter Aero Engine )
350624 Cpl. Holmes T. E (Carpenter – Rigger)
343272 Cpl. Dykes W. N (Carpenter – Rigger)
241295 Cpl. McArole W. ( Fitter Aero Engine )
365954 A.C 1 Street C .K. ( Wireless Operator Mechanic)
363412 LAC Harris A. ( Fitter Aero Engine )
359705 A.C.1 Middleton W. (Carpenter – Rigger)
347508 L.A.C. Patrick J. (Carpenter – Rigger)
On 19th Sept The remaining Officers of the advanced party: Squadron Leader A W Milne, Flying Officers J. A. Ayling, B. A. Oakley, E.G. Sharp. Pilot Officer K. W Nibett & Sergeant Major T.E. Pavitt, Sailed from Tilbury in the S.S. Narkunda for Karachi.
On the 14th October 1930 the second draft, consisting of 4 Officers:(Flight Lieutenant C.W.P. Bullock, Flying Officers C.V. Pratt & S.A. Davis and Pilot Officer Ian B Newbigging.) and 78 Airmen embarked on H.M.T. Lanarkshire at Southampton. Flying Officer Pratt disembarked at Bombay on 8th November and reported at Karachi to take the place of Flt. Lt. T.W.S. Brown who had fallen sick. The remainder disembarked at Singapore on 14th November.
aircraft were assembled and tested at Royal Air Force Depot Drigh
Road. and two flights were formed.
Horsley - S 1443
Flt. Lt. W N Penderton – Pilot & Flight Commander.
F.O. B. A. Oaley – Navigator.
365959 AC1 Street C. R. - Wireless Operator.
Horsley - S 1444
Flying Officer J. R. Ayling – Pilot
363412 LAC Harris A. F. - Fitter Aero Engine
Horsley - S 1441
Flying Officer C. V. Pratt – Pilot
343272 LAC Patrick J. S. - Carpenter Rigger
Horsley - S 1442
363975 Sgt. Hart J. - Pilot and Fitter Aero Engine
343272 Cpl Dykes W. H. Carpenter Rigger.
Horsley - S 1437
Squadron Leader A. W. Mylne – Pilot and Flight Commander
Pilot Officer K. W. Niblett – Navigator
314995 S.M.I Pavitt T.E. Wireless Operator
Horsley - S 1438
Flying Officer E. G. Sharpe – Pilot
359705 A.C Middleton W. - Carpenter Rigger
Horsley - S 1439
363372 Sgt. Clipt A. E. - Pilot & Fitter Aero Engine
241295 Cpl. McArdle W. N. - Fitter Aero Engine
Horsley - S 1440
364886 Sgt. Lincoln G. P. - Pilot & Fitter Aero engine
The Itinerary for the flight to Singapore was:
3rd Karachi to Jodhpur
4th Jodhpur to Allahabad
5th Allahabad – 10 Hour inspection
6th Allahabad – Dacca
7th Dacca – Akyab
(Change parking Plugs)
8th Akyab – Rangoon
9th Stay at Rangoon (10 hour inspection)
10th Rangoon – Tavoy
11th Tavoy – Victoria Point
11th or 12th Victoria Point – Alor Star
12th or 13th Stay Alor Star. 10 Hour inspection
13th or 14th Alor Star – Singapore
Owing to the Early morning fog at Tavoy this flight was not able to take off until 08.30. After refuelling at Victoria Point, insufficient time remained for the flight to reach Alor Star in daylight. The escorting Flying boat from 205 Sqdn caused a fair amount of delay both in flight & when Refuelling. This lost time was made up at Alor Star by working late on inspections, and the Flight reached Singapore on 13th
7th Karachi to Jodhpur
8th Jodhpur to Allahabad
9th Allahabad – 10 Hour inspection
10th Allahabad – Dacca
11th Dacca – Akyab
(Change parking Plugs)
12th Akyab – Rangoon
13th Stay at Rangoon (10 hour inspection)
14th Rangoon – Tavoy
15th Tavoy – Victoria Point
15th or 16th Victoria Point – Alor Star
16th or 17th Stay Alor Star. 10 Hour inspection
17th or 18th Alor Star – Singapore