Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
b: 5 Mar 1919
r: 9 May 1974
d: 30 Apr 1993
– 8 Jun 1968, DSO – xx xxx 1944, DFC – 8 Sep 1945, AFC
– 8 Jun 1944, Bar – 9 Jun 1955, Bar – 12 Jun 1958, AE
- 1945, LRPS - 1987.
Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt
Off (P): 28 Dec 1940 [15
Dec 1940], Plt Off: 28 Dec 19411 [15
Dec 1941], Fg
Off (WS): 28
Dec 19411 [15 Dec 1941], Flt Lt (WS):
28 Dec 1942 [15 Dec 1942], Act Sqn Ldr: xx xxx xxxx, Act
Wg Cdr: xx xxx 1945, Flt Lt: 26
Mar 1946[1 Sep 1945], Sqn Ldr: 1
Aug 1947, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1954,
Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1959, Act A/Cdre:
8 Nov 1965, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1966,
Act AVM: 2 Sep 1970, AVM: 1 Jan
Photo - Crown Copyright©
NCO Pilot, RAFVR. (741875)
Attended Central Flying School.
xx xxx 1940:
QFI, No ? FTS.
Flight Commander, No 544 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 544 Sqn. (Mosquito
- 47 ?
1946: Appointed to a
Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant
(retaining rank current at the time)
[wef 1 Sep 1945]
[wef 1 Sep 1945]
Officer Commanding, No 45 Sqn.
Staff, Central Flying School.
Staff, HQ Flying Training Command.
Attended RAPC Finance Course.
CFI, Central Flying School.
Attended RAF Staff College.
Officer Commanding, No 230 OCU.
Group Captain - Training, HQ Bomber Command.
Officer Commanding, RAF Coningsby,
Attended Imperial Defence College.
Group Captain - Air, HQ Bomber Command.
Commandant, Central Flying School.
Director of Organisation (Establishments).
Director-General - Project Linesman Mediator, MoD (PE).
He took command of No 230 OCU shortly after it had
changed from being a Lincoln OCU at Upwood to the newly formed Vulcan OCU at
Waddington. On 1 October 1956, he was flying Vulcan XA895 which rendezvoused
with XA897 over Sardinia. XA897
had been conducting a goodwill visit to Australia and New Zealand and included
ACM Sir Harry Broadhurst, AOC in C, Bomber Command, as co-pilot.
It was on the homeward leg of it's visit.
However, Wing Commander Dodd left XA897 at the French coast and the
aircraft crashed at London Airport with only the pilot and the AOC in C
From 1974 until 1985 he was the Administrator of the
and Distinguished Flying Medal
"Flight Lieutenant Frank Leslie DODD, A.F.C. (89766), R.A.F.V.R., 544 Sqn.
Distinguished Flying Medal.
1339737 Flight Sergeant Eric HILL, R.A.F.V.R., 544 Sqn.
As pilot and observer respectively this officer and airman have completed many sorties and have displayed a high standard of skill and devotion to duty. In July, 1944, they completed a reconnaissance of many hours duration in the face of extremely adverse weather. During the operation and, although much anti-aircraft fire was directed at their aircraft, they obtained valuable information. Three days later Flight Lieutenant Dodd and Flight Sergeant Hill successfully completed another notable reconnaissance, again securing valuable information. This officer and airman have displayed courage and fortitude of a high order."
(London Gazette - 8 September1944)
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