Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Lionel Evelyn Oswald
b: 7 Jul 1879
r: 1 Apr 1928
d: 18 Apr 1958
- 1 Jan 1919, CMG - 3 Jun 1916,
DSO - 29 Nov 1900,
LoH, C - 3 Nov 1914, LoH, O -
5 Apr 1919,
- 20 May 1918, MiD
- 31 Dec 1918,
- 11 Jul 1919.
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- 2 Lt:
28 Sep 1898, Lt:
1 Sep 1899, Capt: 5 Oct 1907, (T)
Lt Col: 18 Aug 1915, Maj: 1
Sep 1915, Bt Lt Col:
1 Jan 1917, (T) Brig-Gen: 28 Feb 1917.
- (T) Brig-Gen [Lt Col]:
1 Apr 1918, Col: 1 Apr 1918, Act
Brig-Gen: 1 May 1919, Gp Capt:
1 Aug 1919, A/Cdre: 5 Aug 1919.
xx xxx xxxx: Attended RMC Sandhurst
28 Sep 1898: Officer, Lancashire Fusiliers. (South Africa)
17 Apr 1901: Officer, Imperial Yeomanry.
23 Sep 1902: ?
13 Dec 1902: Officer, West African Frontier Force.
12 Aug 1907:
29 April 1908:
ADC to Sir E B Sweet-Escott, Governor and C-in-C of the Leeward Islands
29 April 1908: ADC to Sir E B Sweet-Escott, Governor and C-in-C of the Leeward Islands
18 Apr 1909:
18 Apr 1909: ?
xx Jan 1914: U/T Pilot, Central Flying School
28 Apr 1914: Flying Officer, RFC.
May 1914: Flight Commander, No 3 Sqn RFC. (Various types – Netheravon/Western
Officer Commanding, No 8 Sqn RFC. (BE2c)
Aug 1915: Officer Commanding, No ? Wing RFC.
xx xxx 1915: Officer Commanding?, RAF Depot, South Farnborough
Mar 1916: GSO 1st Grade, Directorate of Military Aeronautics.
28 Feb 1917: Director of Air Organisation
Oct 1917: Brigadier-General
Commanding, V Brigade.
19 Feb 1919: Air Attaché, Washington.
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Colonel
May 1922: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
1 Sep 1922: Officer Commanding, No 7 Group.
xx xxx 1922: Supernumerary, RAF Depot
Chief Staff Officer, HQ Iraq Command.
24 Sep 1923: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
xx xxx - 7 Mar 1924: Placed on half pay list, scale ?
7 Mar 1924: AOC, No 3 Group.
10 Dec 1924:
Deputy Air Member?, Department of Air Member for Supply and Research.
During the Boar War, he was involved in the action at Spion Kop and was severely wounded, yet he continued to take part in the action for a further nine hours until ordered to leave by his Captain.
RAeC Certificate No 609 on 29 August 1913. No
8 Squadron was the first to be equipped with a single type of aircraft.
Whilst serving at the War Office he attempted to prevent under trained
pilots being sent to the front and managed to stop the postings of three such
individuals, but within half an hour of this action, he had been over-ruled by
Trenchard. In 1923 he openly criticized
and disassociated himself from the bombing of Iraqi villages,
eventually feeling it necessary to resign.
Returning to Britain, he went on leave and when he had not been summonsed
to see Trenchard about the matter, requested an interview with the CAS.
Trenchard asked him why he had requested an interview to which Charlton
"About my reasons for resigning"
" Look here, Charlton. You
resigned, and I accept your resignation. There's
nothing more to be said."
"Won't there be an official enquiry, then?."
"An inquiry into what? Your
conscience? Certainly not."
having failed to bring the matter in to the public domain as he had hoped, he
merely found himself debarred from further postings in Iraq, although Trenchard
never mentioned the matter again. Retiring
at his own request, he became a prolific author on
the subject of air defence, amongst other topics.
He also wrote boys’ adventure stories and worked for the BBC, talking
on a wide range of subjects.
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