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Reginald Edward Wynyard
b: 30 May 1920 r: 8 Aug 1977 d: 30 Jul 2013
KBE – xx xxx xxxx, CB – 3 Jun 1972, AE*, MA, CEng, F I Mech E, FIEE, FRAeS, CCMI (MBIM).
(RAFVR): - Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off: 3 Oct 1939, Fg Off (WS): 13 Sep 1941, (T) Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1943, Act Sqn Ldr: 11 Aug 1944, Flt Lt (WS): 11 Feb 1945,
(RAF): - Flt Lt: 6 Mar 1947 [1 Sep 1945], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1950, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1956, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1960, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1965, Act AVM: 13 Feb 1970, AVM: 1 Jul 1970, Act AM: 2 Jun 1973, AM: 1 Jul 1974.
xx xxx xxxx: Member, Cambridge University Air Sqn.
xx xxx xxxx: NCO, RAFVR (754331)
3 Oct 1939: Appointed to a Commission in the RAFVR.
xx xxx 1940: Technical Officer, No 295 Sqn.
21 Apr 1941: Transferred to the Technical Branch.
xx xxx 1941: Technical Officer?, Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough
xx xxx 1942: Engineer Officer, No 241 Sqn
11 Nov 1944: Engineer Officer, HQ No 214 Group
xx xxx 1946: Staff Officer, Directorate of Technical Training, Technical Plans, Air Ministry
xx xxx 1947: Staff Officer, Directorate of Auxiliary and Reserve Forces, Air Ministry
6 Mar 1947: Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant
xx xxx xxxx: U/T pilot, No ? FTS.
xx xxx 1950: Chief Engineering Instructor, RAF Cadet College Cranwell
xx xxx 1952: Guided Weapon training, Royal Military College of Science Shrivenham
xx xxx 1953: Thunderbird Project Officer, Royal Aircraft Establishment.
xx xxx 1955: Staff Officer, Ministry of Supply
xx Feb 1958: Ballistic Missile Liaison Officer, British Joint Services Mission, Los Angeles
29 Jul 1960: Officer Commanding, Central Servicing Development Establishment/RAF Swanton Morley.
24 Sep 1962: Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ No 3 (Bomber) Group
xx xxx 1964: Air Officer i/c Engineering, HQ Far East Air Force.
xx xxx 1967: Harrier Project Director, Headquarters Ministry of Technology
xx xxx 1969: Attended Imperial Defence College
13 Feb 1970: AOC, No 24 Group
19 Feb 1972: Air Officer i/c Engineering, HQ Support Command.
2 Jun 1973: AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command.
Born in Sheffield, he was educated at Stowe and Trinity College, Cambridge. Here he gained a First in Mechanical Sciences and was a member of the University Air Squadron and took a . He was mobilised in September 1940 as a technical officer.
During his time in the USA he was involved in various ICBM projects, including Thor (later used by the RAF), Atlas, Titan and Minuteman as well as the Mercury project, which was responsible for putting the first Americans in space.
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