Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Kenneth Charles Michael b: 27 Aug 1920 r: 19 Jun 1976 d: 5 Apr 2009
KCB - xx xxx 1975, OBE - 5 Jun 1952, DFC - 9 Feb 1945, AFC - 8 Jun 1950, Bar - 2 Jan 1956, AFRAeS.
(RAFVR): AC2: xx xx 1940, LAC: xx xxx xxxx, Sgt: xx xxx 1941, Plt Off (P) (Emer): 1 Nov 1941, Fg Off (P) (WS): 1 Oct 1942, Flt Lt (WS): xx xxx xxxx, Sqn Ldr (WS): 1 Nov 1943,
(RAF): Flt Lt: 28 Feb 1947 [1 Sep 1945], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1950, Act Wg Cdr: xx xxx xxxx, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1956, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1960, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1965, Act AVM: 8 Jul 1968, AVM: 1 Jan 1969, AM: 1 Jan 1974.
xx xxx 1940: Initial Training, No ? ITW (1331014)
xx xxx 1940: U/T Pilot in USA
1 Nov 1941: Appointed to an Emergency Commission in the General Duties Branch, RAFVR
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot, No 122 Sqn
xx xxx 1942: En-route to Malta on HMS Eagle
xx Aug 1942: Pilot, No 126? Sqn (Malta)
xx Nov 1942: En-route to UK following an accident/Recuperation
xx xxx 1944: Flight Commander, No 118 Sqn
xx Apr 1945: Officer Commanding, No 129 Sqn
xx xxx 1946: Attended Empire Test Pilots School
xx xxx 1947: Test Pilot, RAE
xx xxx 1950: Staff Officer, HQ Fighter Command
xx xxx 1953: Attended RAF Staff College.
xx xxx 1954: Officer Commanding, Flying Wing, RAF Waterbeach
xx xxx 1956: Officer Commanding, Tactics Wing, Central Fighter Establishment
xx xxx 1957: Officer Commanding No 57 Sqn
19 May 1960: Group Captain - Air, HQ Bomber Command
xx xxx 1962: Superintendent of Flying, A & AEE
5 Oct 1964: Director of Aircraft Projects, MoD
17 Nov 1967: AOC, Central Reconnaissance Establishment
29 Jul 1968: Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Requirements)
xx xxx 1971: Chief of Staff, No 18 Group
4 Jul 1973: Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operational Requirements)
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross
"Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Charles Michael GIDDINGS (113414), R.A.F.V.R., 118 Sqn.
Flight Lieutenant Giddings has completed a very large number of varied sorties. He has led his flight and, on occasions, the squadron with great skill and determination, factors which have contributed in good measure to the success obtained. In air fighting Flight Lieutenant Giddings has destroyed four and damaged several more enemy aircraft."
(London Gazette - 9 Feb 1945)
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