Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Air Commodore D W F Bonham-Carter (16027)
David William Frederick
22 Feb 1901
r: 27 Feb 1953
d: 17 May 1974
– 8 Jun 1950, DFC – 23 Mar 1945, MiD
- 8 Jun 1944.
Dec 1921, Fg Off: 20 Jun 1923,
Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1928, Sqn Ldr: 1
Oct 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1939,
(T) Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1941, Gp Capt: 1
Oct 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1951.
5 Feb 1920: Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
Dec 1931: Appointed
to a Permanent Commission
Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
Pilot, No 6 Sqn.
Pilot, No 14 Sqn.
Pilot, Experimental Section, RAE.
Air Staff, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.
Attended RAF Staff College.
Flight Commander, No 30 Sqn.
Air/Admin Staff, HQ Iraq Command.
Test Pilot, A. & A.E.E.
23 Jul 1939: Officer Commanding, Refresher Sqn, Central Flying School.
2 Oct 1939 - 6 Jan 1940: Officer Commanding (Temporary), Central Flying School.
6 Jan 1940: Supernumerary, Central Flying School.
Seconded to RCAF.
xx xxx xxxx: SASO, No 2 Training Command, RCAF (1942-43)
Staff, HQ No 5 (Bomber) Group.
xx xxx xxxx: Officer Commanding, RAF Wigsley
xx xxx xxxx: Officer Commanding, No 1654 HCU/RAF Wigsley
31 Mar 1944: Officer Commanding, RAF Waddington.
9 Apr 1945: Supernumerary, HQ Transport Command
20 May 1945: Senior Officer i/c Administration, No 45
Group, RAF Dorval.
Seconded to Ministry of Civil Aviation.
xx Jul 1949: Officer Commanding , RAF Brize Norton
AOC, AHQ Hong Kong.
After leaving Winchester, he entered Cranwell but
only completed the first term?, but still represented the College at Soccer.
Whilst OC of Waddington, he often flew as second pilot to newly arrived
captains, particularly those worried about the high casualty rate and usually on
the most demanding operations.
Whilst OC of Waddington, he often flew as second pilot to newly arrived captains, particularly those worried about the high casualty rate and usually on the most demanding operations.
In 1947 he joined the Council of the Nightingale Fund
and following retirement became Vice-President of the Anglo-Belgium Union in
1967 and President of the Newark Air Museum.
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
BONHAM-CARTER, David William Frederick, G/C - RAF Waddington - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945.
"Group Captain Bonham-Carter has a long record of service in the Royal Air Force. During the present war he has been engaged on instructional and staff duties in the United Kingdom and Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme. Sine April 1944 he has commanded an operational station with great success. During this period he has taken part in several operational sorties. On one occasion shortly after taking off, the mid-upper turret of his aircraft became unserviceable. Undeterred, this officer proceeded on and completed the mission. Throughout his career, Group Captain Bonham-Carter has set a fine example of courage, skill and devotion to duty."
(Source - Air Ministry Bulletin)
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