Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
b: 5 Nov 1908
r: 5 Nov 1961
d: 1 Nov 2005
– 2 Jan 1956, MiD
- 1 Jan 1941, MiD
– 1 Jan 1946.
Off (P): 28
Jun 1929, Plt Off: 28 Jun 1930, Fg
Dec 1930, Flt Lt: 28 Dec 1934,
Sqn Ldr: 1
Feb 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1940,
(T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1942,
(WS): 1 Mar
1943, Wg Cdr:
25 Jan 1945 [1 Jun 1944],
Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre:
1 Jan 1953, Act AVM: 11 May
1956, AVM: 1 Jul 1956.
Granted a Short Service Commission.
Initial Officer Training, RAF Depot.
U/T Pilot, No 2 FTS.
Assistant Adjutant, No 608 (North Riding) Sqn Aux AF (Wapiti)
Assistant Adjutant/Pilot, No 501 (County of Gloucester) Sqn. Aux AF
Adjutant, No 33 Sqn. (Hart)
Attended Armament Officer's Course, Air Armament School.
Armament Officer, No 2 Armament Practice Camp, North Coates Fittes.
Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.
Armament Officer, A & A.E.E.
Group Armament Officer?, No 6 (Auxiliary) Group.
Armament Officer, Aircraft Depot, Iraq.
Armament Officer, HQ British Forces in Iraq.
13 Mar 1939: Supernumerary, No 1 RAF Depot
Staff, Directorate of Flying Training.
Officer Commanding, No 3 Air Gunners School, RAF Mona/Wigtown.
Officer Commanding, RAF Balderton.
SOA, RAF Malaya.
Attended Joint Services Staff College.
Deputy Director of Organisation (Projects).
Officer Commanding, Central Gunnery School.
SASO, Rhodesian Air Training Group.
AOC, Rhodesian Air Training Group.
Director of Organisation (Establishments).
AOA, HQ Technical Training Command.
as ‘Smokey’, he was born at Headley in
Hampshire, the son of Lieutenant Colonel LC Bearne, he was educated at Newton
College, Newton Abbott, by a private tutor in Cologne and at Salesian School in
Franborough. On completion of his
flying training, he was posted to Thornaby with Flight Lieutenant C L Falconer
to assist him in the formation of No 608 (North Riding) Squadron of the
Auxiliary Air Force. On 8/9
November 1932, he sat the exam taken by Short Service Commission holders to
undertake specialisation training, successful completion of which would lead to
the award of a Permanent Commission, in his case he trained as an Armament
He spent two years at the Air Ministry, where he was
responsible for the establishment and equipping of the airfields for the
numerous Air Gunnery Schools needed for the expanding service. As AOA TTC, he became the first President of TTC Youth Sports
Board for boy entrants and apprentices.
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