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John William b: 30 Jul 1921 r: 11 Oct 1976 d: 7 Aug 2010
CBE – 10 Jun 1966, DFC – 23 Jan 1945.
(RAFVR): Plt Off: 2 May 1942, Fg Off (WS): 20 Nov 1942, Flt Lt (WS): 20 May 1944, Flt Lt: 28 Feb 1947 [20 Nov 1945].
(RAF): Flt Lt: 15 Jun 1948 [1 Jul 1946], Act Sqn Ldr: 15 Jun 1948?, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1951, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1957, Act Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1962, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1962, Act A/Cdre: 15 Mar 1968?, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1968.
xx xxx 1941: U/T Pilot, Gunter Field, Alabama
xx May 1942: Flying Instructor, Gunter Field, Alabama
xx Feb 1944: Pilot, No 175 Sqn
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot, No 184 Sqn
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot/Flight Commander?, No 80 Sqn
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot/Flight Commander?, No 41 Sqn
xx Jun 1948: Officer Commanding, No 26 Sqn. (Tempest II)
15 Jun 1948: Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
xx xxx 1948: RAF Liaison Officer to HQ BETFOR
xx xxx xxxx: Test Pilot.
xx Jan 1950: Officer Commanding, No 222 Sqn. (Meteor F4/F8)
xx xxx xxxx: Staff Officer, AHQ Malaya
xx xxx xxxx: Staff Officer, AHQ Hong Kong
xx xxx xxxx: Officer Commanding No 151 Sqn
2 Jan 1961: Directing Staff, RAF Staff College, Bracknell.
1 Jan 1962: Group Director, RAF Staff College, Bracknell.
xx Sep 1964: Officer Commanding, RAF El Adem.
2 Dec 1966: Deputy Director of Operations (TSR2)/Aircraft Projects.
17 Mar 1967: Staff Officer, Dept of CAS.
15 Mar 1968: Director of Personal Services (A)/(1).
27 Jul 1970: Deputy Commandant, Joint Warfare Establishment.
23 Oct 1972: Chief of Staff to UK Military Representative, NATO HQ Military Committee.
He was born in Stoke-on-Trent and educated at Longton High School, after which he began working for Samson Bridgwood, earthenware and bone china manufacturers, as a trainee manager.
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