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Air Commodore C N Ellen (03233)


Cyril Norman               b: 6 Sep 1895              r: 14 Aug 1946            d: 7 Apr 1981

DFC – 3 Dec 1918,

(RNVR): - (T) Sub-Lt: 27 Nov 1916,

(RNAS): - Obs Off (P): xx xxx xxxx, Obs Sub-Lt (P): 1 Mar 1917, Obs Lt: xx xxx xxxx

(RAF): - Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Obs Off: 1 Aug 1919, Fg Off: xx xxx 1921, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1924, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1933, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1940, Act A/Cdre: 12 Feb 1945, Gp Capt (WS): 12 Aug 1945, A Act A/Cdre: 12 Feb 1945, Gp Capt (WS): 12 Aug 1945, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx xxxx:                  ?

1 Aug 1919:                 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Lieutenant (Observer Branch)

 5 Dec 1919:                Observer, No 31 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  U/T Pilot,

 1 Apr 1921:                Pilot, No 45 Sqn.

 1 Sep 1923:                Attended Signals Course, Electrical and Wireless School

11 Feb 1922:               Supernumerary (non-effective – sick), RAF Depot.

xx xxx xxxx:

17 Apr 1925:               Staff, HQ No 7 Group.

12 Apr 1926:               Staff, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.

 1 Oct 1926:                 Signals Officer, RAF Cadet College, Cranwell.

24 Sep 1929:               Staff/Instructor, Electrical and Wireless School.

23 Mar 1931:               Flight Commander, No 26 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

26 May 1932:              Flight Commander, No 20 Sqn.

 1 Nov 1933:                Officer Commanding, No 5 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

10 Nov 1935:               Signals Officer, HQ No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group (also shown as 14 Jul 1936)

 4 Jan 1938:                 Chief Signals Officer, HQ Training Command.

 

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

13 Dec 1943:               Deputy Director of Technical Training

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

“Lieut. Cyril Norman Ellen. (Sea Patrol, MEDITERRANEAN)

A keen and exceptionally able observer who for over a year has performed most valuable service in photographic flights at low altitudes and at times under very difficult conditions.”

(London Gazette – 3 December 1918)

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