Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
b: 11 Dec 1907
r: 6 Jun 1966
d: 27 Mar 1990
- 1 Jan 1966 (KBE - 1 Jan 1961, CBE -
1 Jan 1946), CB -
2 Jan 1956.
Dec 1929, Fg Off: 14 Jun 1931, Flt
Lt: 14 Jun 1935, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul
1938, (T) Wg Cdr:
1 Dec 1940, Act
Gp Capt: 7 Feb 1943, (T) Gp Capt:
1 Jul 1943, Wg
Cdr (WS): 7
Sep 1943, Act A/Cdre:
31 Jul 1945, Gp Capt
Cdr: 1 Oct 1946,
Gp Capt: 1
Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1952, AVM:
1 Jan 1955, Act AM: 17 Dec 1959, AM:
1 Jul 1960, ACM: 1 Apr 1964.
Aircraft Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton.
xxx 1928: Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
14 Dec 1929: Appointed to a Permanent Commission.
Dec 1929: Pilot, No 100 Sqn.
Attended School of Photography?.
7 Oct 1930: Photographic officer/Pilot, No 55 Sqn.
Apr 1932: Supernumerary - Non effective (Sick), RAF Depot.
Jun 1932: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
Oct 1932: Photographic officer/Pilot, No 35 Sqn.
Jan - 15 Sep 1934:
Attended Specialist Photographic Course, School of Photography.
12 Feb 1938: Command Photographic Officer, HQ RAF Far East
5 Dec 1938: Supernumerary, No 1 RAF Depot
Jan 1939: Attended RAF Staff College.
25 Oct 1939: Command Photographic Officer, HQ Training Command
Feb 1941: Air Staff, Directorate of Plans.
Nov 1942: Officer Commanding, No 428 (RCAF) Sqn.
Feb 1943: Officer Commanding, RAF ?
xxx 1943: Staff, War Cabinet Offices
31 Jul 1945: AOC, No 300 Group.
1 Jan 1946:
AOC, No 232 Group.
xxx 1946: Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.
xxx 1950: Attended Imperial Defence College.
xxx 1951: Commandant, RAAF Staff College.
xxx 1954: Director of Policy (Air Staff)
Mar 1955: Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy).
AOC, No 13 Group.
xxx 1960: Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff.
AOC in C,
Technical Training Command
xxx 1964: Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
College in Devon, he joined the RAF as a Aircraft Apprentice at Halton in 1922?.
On completion of his training he was awarded a scholarship to the RAF
College at Cranwell where he spent a further two years, attaining the rank of
Flight Cadet Corporal, before graduating as a
in 1929. It is believed that he suffered a broken
nose in a flying accident in 1932, hence the period as 'Non-effective (Sick).'
It is believed that he suffered a broken nose in a flying accident in 1932, hence the period as 'Non-effective (Sick).'
In 1943 he was appointed to the Offices of the War Cabinet and accompanied Winston Churchill to both the Cairo and Yalta Conferences. His two years in the 'corridors of power' was followed by a move to Melbourne, Australia and command of a transport group, No 300, which was responsible for providing the air transport requirements of the Far Eastern area using three Dakota squadrons. Although operating in the Far East, No 300 Group was controlled directly by HQ Transport Command.
his retirement from the RAF in 1966 he took up the post of Director-General of
Intelligence on the Defence Staff which he held until 1968.
From 1974 to 1976 he was the Chairman of Waveney District Council.
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