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Air Commodore R K Hamblin (16223)


Richard Kaye               b: 16 Dec 1906                     r: 25 Jun 1956                      d: 30 Aug 1988

CBE - 1 Jan 1946, MiD - 18 Feb 1938, MiD - 17 Mar 1941, MiD - 24 Sep 1941, MiD - 8 Jun 1944.

Plt Off: 30 Jul 1926, Fg Off: 30 Jan 1928, Flt Lt: 1 Jun 1932, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1937, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jun 1940, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 1 Dec 1942, Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1943, Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1952.

 4 Sep 1924:           Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

30 Jul 1926:            Pilot, No 56 Sqn. (Grebe II/Siskin IIIa) (Biggin Hill/North Weald)

 1 Jan 1928:            Adjutant, No 56 Sqn. (Grebe II/Siskin IIIa) (Biggin Hill/North Weald)

28 Apr 1930:          Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

27 Jul 1931:            Signals Officer, No 26 Sqn. (Atlas I) (Catterick)

4 Oct 1932:            Signals Officer, No 31 Sqn. (Wapiti II - India) (arrived 4 Nov 1932)

20 Jul 1935:            Flight Commander, No 5 Sqn. (Wapiti II - India)

 8 Dec 1937:           Supernumerary, No 1 RAF Depot.

31 Mar 1938:         Supernumerary, No 142 Sqn. (Hind/Battle)

 7 Apr 1938:           Officer Commanding, No 142 Sqn. (Hind/Battle)

23 Jan 1939:           Attended Army Staff College, Camberley

25 Aug 1939:          Air Staff, Deputy Directorate of War Organisation. (moved by Apr 1940)

xx xxx xxxx:            ?, RAF Tangmere

 3 Nov 1941:          Officer Commanding, No 85 Sqn. (Havoc)

 1 Jun 1942:            Officer Commanding, No 62 OTU/RAF Usworth

15 Jul 1943:            Officer Commanding, No 62 OTU/RAF Ouston

12 Dec 1943:          Attached to No 51 OTU

xx Dec 1943:           Officer Commanding, No 51 OTU/RAF Cranfield

 4 Mar 1946:           Officer Commanding, AHQ West Africa.

 1 Aug 1946:            Officer Commanding, No 500 Wing ?

 2 Jun 1947:             SOA, HQ No 90 Group.

10 Apr 1951:           Senior Personnel Staff Officer, HQ Middle East Air Force.

 1 Oct 1951:            AOA, HQ No 2 Group.

 

15 Mar 1954:          Director of Personnel (II).

He represented the RAF College at Rugby and attained the rank of Under Officer.

Recommendation for the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Mention in Despatches awarded)

"HAMBLIN, Richard Kenneth, G/C (Royal Air Force) - Station Cranfield.

This officer has been in command of No.62 Operational Training Unit for 18 months.  During this period the Operational Training Unit has been the sole source of supply of Navigators, Radio, to the Royal Air Force, and it has met every requirement of the night fighter Operational Training Unit for crewing up with pilots. This success achieved can only be ascribed to Group Captain Hamblinís example of calm assurance and his administrative and organising ability."

(Source - Air 2/9003)

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