Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Air Vice-Marshal F J St G Braithwaite (05161)
Joseph St George
b: 16 Oct 1907
d: 21 Dec 1956
-1 Jan 1946 (OBE – xx xxx 1942), MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD
14 Jun 1945.
Plt Off: 14
Plt Off: 7 Sep 1929 [7 Sep 1928], Fg Off: 7 Mar 1930, Flt Lt:
1 Aug 1934, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jun 1938,
(T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1940, (T) Gp Capt:
1 Sep 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 10 Feb 1943,
Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1944, Gp Capt: 1
Oct 1946, Act A/Cdre: 18 Jan 1950,
A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1952, Act
AVM: 3 May
1954, AVM: 1 Jul 1954.
14 Mar 1928: Appointed to a Commission in the RAFO (Class AA).
14 Mar 1928:
University Air Sqn.
Cambridge University Air Sqn.
Sep 1929: Relinquished his
RAFO Commission on appointment to a Permanent Commission in the RAF.
Service Flying training?
Pilot, No 13 Sqn.
PA to AOC, Inland Area.
Aircraft Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.
xx xxx 1934: Attended Specialist Torpedo Course.
Flight Commander, No 22 Sqn.
Staff, No 1 Gunnery Co-operation Flight/No 2 AA Co-operation Flight.
Attended RAF Staff College.
Engineering Staff Officer, HQ Coastal Command.
Officer Commanding, No 22 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, Torpedo Training Unit, RAF Abbotsinch.
Officer Commanding, No 7 OTU, RAF Limavady.
Deputy Director of Operations (Torpedoes).
Officer Commanding, RAF North Coates.
Deputy SASO, HQ Transport Command.
Air Adviser to Foreign Secretary.
xx xxx 1947:
SOA, AHQ Malta.
Attended Imperial Defence College.
RAF Representative, Western Union Air Advisory Committee/NATO
Director of Plans.
AOC, No 61 (Eastern) Group.
Chief of Staff, Far East Air Force.
the RAFO whilst at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he later joined the RAF in
1929 and following completion of his flying training joined No 13 Squadron in
1930. He became a torpedo
specialist and for much of his career would be connected with anti-shipping
had first joined No 22 Squadron as a flight commander in 1935 and in June 1940
returned to lead the squadron, which was the first RAF unit to operate the new
Bristol Beaufort. Based at North
Coates in Lincolnshire, on 2 September 1940, he was returning to North Coates in
L9879 (OA-C) from a raid on Flushing, when he undershot the runway at 23:20 and
crashed into a field 50 yards short, fortunately all the crew were safe.
On 6 April 1941 he led a detachment to St Eval in Cornwall from where
they were ordered to carry out an attack on the German Battle-Cruiser 'Scharnhorst'
in Brest Harbour. One of his pilots, Fg Off Kenneth Campbell, carried out an
extremely low level attack against the ship resulting in the loss of his crew
and aircraft, but for which he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
He took off from Changi in a Meteor on 21 December
1956 but in deteriorating weather he became overdue and a search was initiated.
His aircraft was found later that day on the Indonesian Island of Palau
Batam, south of Singapore, AVM Braithwaite being found dead.
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