37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

 

Motto: “Wise without eyes”

Badge: A hawk hooded, belled and fessed, wings elevated and addorsed. This badge is indicative of the duties of blind flying

Authority: HM King George VI, April 1943

Statistical information on 37 Squadron operational flights

1916

  • There was only one operational sortie recorded in 1916
  • Captain KN Pearson took off from Rochford at 13:45 and landed at 15:25
  • No further details were recorded

1917

  • There were 149 operational sorties recorded in 1917
  • A total of 236 hours and 9 minutes were flown on operational sorties
  • The longest flight duration was a total of 4 hours and 4 minutes. This was flown by Captain CA Ridley on 25th May 1917 flying B.E.12a A6318, he took off from Stow Maries at 17:12 and landed at 21:16
  • The average operational flight was 95 minutes
  • Goldhanger was the most active aerodrome with about 50% of operational flights from there
  • The other 50% were shared between Stow Maries (33%) and Rochford (17%)

37 Squadron pilots

The number of operational sorties each pilot flew and their total operation flight time, in minutes is shown below:

 

Pilot Sorties Flight Time 
Sowrey W 17 1180
Cooke 9 929
Armstrong 8 902
Milburn 8 780
Ridley  8 1096
Cawdell 7 607
Keddie 7 490
Watkins 7 775
Hutcheon 6 740
Beckett 4 464
Blain 4 277
Chater 4 311
Dennis 4 468
Edwardes 4 440
Goldsmith 4 402
Hayward 4 312
Horridge 4 403
Humphreys 4 153
Oakes 4 403
Young 4 316
Hay 3 383
Holman 3 239
Sowrey F 3 127
Colson 2 125
Cotterill 2 233
Kitton 2 226
Mason 2 180
Pearson 2 173
Carpenter 1 135
Clayton 1 95
de Fleury 1 108
Gleed 1 114
Kershaw 1 60
Orr-Ewmg 1 168
Potter 1 26
Ransome 1 75
Thompson 1 96

 

The statistical information only covers operational sorties in relation to attacks by airships and aircraft. There is little recorded information in the public domain regarding other flights such as training flights and testing.

For more information on 37 Squadron, please visit our history page or visit our Squadron Museum.