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b: 19 Jul 1896
r: 29 Jun 1948
d: 23 Jun 1967
- 1 Jan 1943, CBE -
1942, DSO -
17 Nov 1917,
DSC 25 Oct 1916, Bar - 12 May
1917, DFC - 11
(F) - 2 Nov 1917, Cwn, O -
8 Feb 1919, Hon.
S2 (A) - xx
xxx 1940, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, LoH,
C - xx xxx 1946, DL (Bute)
12 Jul 1961, JP 1961, Lord Lt (Bute) - 19 Jul 1963.
For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations,
For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here
- (T) Sub Lt:
May 1915, (P) (T) Flt Sub-Lt: 3 Sep 1915,
Lt: 31 Dec 1916,
Act Sqn Cdr:
30 Jun 1917?
Act Sqn Cdr: 30 Jun 1917?Flt Cdr: 20 Oct 1917,
- (T) Maj [Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, Flt
Lt: 1 Aug 1919, Sqn Ldr: 30 Jun
1922, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1930, Gp
Capt: 1 Jan 1936, A/Cdre: 1 Jan
1939, Act AVM:
Mar 1940, (T) AVM: 10 Jan 1941, AVM:
1 Jun 1944.
May 1915: Officer, RN Division.
3 Sep 1915: U/T Pilot, Hendon
xx xxx xxxx: Attended RNAS training course, Chingford.
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot, RNAS Killingholme
xx xxx 1916: Pilot, Dover Seaplane Station.
8 Jun 1916: Pilot, Advanced Seaplane Base, Dunkerque
30 Jun 1917:
Officer Commanding, Seaplane Defence
Flight (Baby St Pol)
Dec 1917: Convalescing
xx May 1918: Officer Commanding, No 213 Sqn. (Camel Dunkirk Area)
21 Nov 1918: Officer Commanding, No 233 Sqn
May 1919: Flight Commander, No
97 Sqn. (DH10 Ford/Allahabad)
Awarded Permanent Commission as a Captain
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Captain
1 Feb 1920: Flight Commander, No 97 Sqn. (renumbered No 60 Sqn)
1 Apr 1920: Flight Commander, No 60 Sqn.
xx Dec 1921: ?
Feb 1922: Attended Army Staff College, Quetta.
5 Feb 1923: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
Staff, Directorate of Operations and Intelligence.
Oct 1925: Staff Officer, HQ No 2 (Indian) Wing.
Mar 1926: Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.
Officer Commanding, RAF Kenley.
Air Staff - Intelligence, HQ Iraq Command.
Apr 1934: Air Staff, Directorate of
Jan 1936: Attended Imperial Defence College.
Dec 1936: SASO, HQ
SASO, HQ No 25 (Armament) Group.
Assistant Commandant, RAF Staff College.
Directing Staff, Imperial Defence College.
Deputy SASO, HQ Fighter Command.
Dec 1939: Member, Air Mission to North Africa.
SASO, HQ Flying Training Command.?
May 1940: AOA, HQ Technical Training Command.
AOA, HQ Bomber Command.
Planning Staff (Overlord), Air Ministry.
Aug 1943: Chief of Staff (Air), HQ Combined Operations.
AOC, AHQ West Africa.
Commandant, RAF Staff College, Bulstrode Park.
Commandant, RAF Staff College, Bracknell.
AOC, RAF Training Mission to Australia and New Zealand.
He was awarded his RAeC Certificate, No 2041 on 15 November 1915. On 16 November 1916 he was forced to land on the open sea following engine trouble. During the landing, he damaged his float and his aircraft turned over, but he was able to release is carrier pigeon, resulting in another Short seaplane coming to his rescue. However, with him aboard the aircraft it was unable to lift off and a further pigeon was dispatched which eventually resulted in both pilots being rescued by a French torpedo boat. In a further incident on 19 Jun 1917, he was flying a Short 184 supported by two Sopwith Baby's when they were attacked by three German floatplanes. He eventually became to sole survivor of the incident, but was able to land next to a French destroyer and summon assistance for the casualties of both sides. He made a further forced landing in the sea in September 1917 whilst protecting Monitors shelling Ostend. His companion, Flight Sub-Lieutenant L H Slatter, directed a destroyer, which saved both him and his aircraft.
He was married to Phyllis (Nancy) Farmer at Rushall Church on 30 November 1918.
After his RAF service, he was appointed Commandant of the Scottish Police
College in 1949, remaining as such until 1957.
for award of Distinguished Service
Cross: - "For
exceptional gallantry in attacking and beating off four enemy seaplanes whilst
on escort duty off the Belgian coast on the 22nd September, 1916." (London
Gazette - 25 Oct 1916) Citation
for award of Bar to the
Distinguished Service Cross "Fit. Lieut. Ronald Grahame, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For conspicuous gallantry during raids on the seaplane station at
Zeebrugge. On one occasion he descended to 600 feet, and on another
occasion to 300 feet, before releasing his bombs. (The award of the Distinguished Service Cross was announced in London Gazette
dated 25th October,1916.)" (London Gazette -
12 May 1917)
Citation for award of Distinguished Service Cross: -
"For exceptional gallantry in attacking and beating off four enemy seaplanes whilst on escort duty off the Belgian coast on the 22nd September, 1916."
(London Gazette - 25 Oct 1916)
for award of Bar to the
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Cross: -
"Fit. Lieut. Ronald Grahame, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.
For conspicuous gallantry during raids on the seaplane station at Zeebrugge. On one occasion he descended to 600 feet, and on another occasion to 300 feet, before releasing his bombs.
(The award of the Distinguished Service Cross was announced in London Gazette dated 25th October,1916.)"
(London Gazette - 12 May 1917)
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order
Act. Flt. Cdr. Ronald Graham, D.S.C., R.N.A.S
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in air fights and bombing raids. Since the award of a bar to the Distinguished Service Cross, Act. Flt. Cdr. Graham has carried out five night bombing raids, and attacked and brought down three enemy seaplanes. On one occasion he ascended at night for the purpose of attacking hostile machines, notwithstanding the fact that he had only returned a few hours previously from a successful action with hostile aircraft in superior numbers. He has always displayed remarkable skill and courage.
(London Gazette 17 November 1917)
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