Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Lancelot (Michael) Elworthy
b: 17 Aug 1907
r: 30 Aug 1958
d: 30 Oct 1986
DFC – 31 May 1940, MiD -
2 Jun 1943, MiD - 24 Sep 1941, MiD - 11 Jun 1942, CEng, MIMechE,
AFRAeS, MBIM, MAIE.
22 Feb 1929, Plt Off: 22 Feb 1930,
Fg Off: 22 Aug 1930, Flt Lt: 22
Aug 1934 [gazetted – 10 Oct 1934], Sqn
Ldr: 1 Jun 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1940, Act Gp
Capt: 12 Sep 1941, (T) Gp Capt: 1
Sep 1942, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946,
Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx 1952?, A/Cdre:
1 Jul 1954.
22 Feb 1929: Initial Officer Training, RAF Depot, Uxbridge?
10 Mar 1929: U/T Pilot, No 1 FTS.
12 Feb 1930: Pilot, No 12 Sqn. (Fox)
Jul 1931: Pilot, No 14 Sqn.? (Fairey IIIF)
13 Jun 1932: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
Aug 1932: Aircraft Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.
Aug 1934: Engineering Officer/Instructor, School of Technical Training (Men).
19 Sep 1934: Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of
4 Oct 1935: Engineering Officer, RAF Depot, Middle East.
14 Jan 1937: Engineer Examining Officer, Superintendent of RAF Reserve and Inspector
of Civil Flying Training Schools.
xx xxx xxxx: Engineer Examining Officer, HQ No 26 (Training) Group.
20 Jul 1938: Engineering Officer, HQ Maintenance Command.
Feb 1939 – 31 Mar 1939:
Placed on half pay list.
xx xxx 1939: Flight Commander, No 214 Sqn. (Harrow/Wellington)
xx xxx xxxx: Flight Commander, No 9 Sqn. (Wellington)
xx xxx 1940: CFI, No 11 OTU.
xxx xxxx: CFI, No 20 OTU.
26 Mar 1941: CFI, No 23 OTU.
(Acting OC to 1 Apr 1941)
(Acting OC to 1 Apr 1941)
12 Sep 1941: Officer Commanding, RAF Lichfield
24 Jun 1942: SASO, HQ No 93 (Training) Group.
xx xxx 1943: Officer Commanding, RAF Kidlington.
28 Oct 1943: Officer Commanding, RAF Wyton.
26 Jun 1944: SASO, No 205 Group.
xx xxx 1947: Officer Commanding, RAF Oakington.
xx xxx xxxx: Officer Commanding, RAF Abingdon.
15 Mar 1949: SOA, HQ No 42 (Maintenance) Group.
xx xxx 1950: Comm andant, Central Flying School?
andant, Central Flying School?
xx xxx 1951: Officer Commanding, RAF Full Sutton.
Officer Commanding, RAF Merryfield.
Chief of Staff, Royal Pakistan Air Force.
Attachment to USAF.
Admin Officer?, Defence Research Policy Staff, Cabinet Offices.
15 Mar 1957: AOA, HQ Coastal Command.
Born and educated in New Zealand, he attended the University of New Zealand before joining the RAF on a short service commission in 1929. Flying duties in Britain (No 12 Squadron equipped with the Fairey Fox) and Palestine (No 14 equipped with the Fairey IIIF), was followed in December 1931, by sitting the first exam taken by Short Service Commission holders to undertake specialisation training, successful completion of which would lead to the award of a Permanent Commission.
He then held
a number of engineering posts until he returned to flying duties in 1939 with No
214 Squadron equipped with the Harrow and later Wellingtons.
Moving to No 9 Squadron as a flight commander, he then became Chief
instructor at three OTU's before being appointed to command RAF Lichfield, the
home of No 27 OTU. In 1943, he took
over command of RAF Wyton, and qualified as a 'Pathfinder'.
In 1945, he left the UK to become SASO of No 205 Group in the Middle
Returning to the UK, he commanded a number of RAF
stations as well as holding a staff appointment in Maintenance Command before
moving overseas, once again, this time on secondment to the RPAF.
Before returning to Britain, he was attached to the USAF and during this
attachment he was based at Nellis AFB to observe tests of T33 and F86E.
During this period, he also acted as an observer at atomic
tests at Yucca Flats and Nevada. His
two final appointments in the RAF were as Administration Officers in the Cabinet
Offices and at HQ Coastal Command. Following
his retirement, he became a Director of the Engineering Industries Association
(1958 - 1973).
At some point he changed his name to Elworthy-Jarman,
although this name was never used in the Air Force Lists.
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