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Air Commodore N W Kearon (31334)


 Norman Walter           b:   27 Dec 1913                      r:   1 Feb 1968                d:  1 May 1981

CBE - 10 Jun 1967, MiD - 24 Sep 1941, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD - 1 Jan 1945

APO (P): 3 Apr 1939, Plt Off (P): 3 Jul 1939, Plt Off: 3 Apr 1940, Fg Off:  3 Jul 1940, Act Flt Lt: xx xxx 1941, (T) Flt Lt: 1 Sep 1941, Act Sqn Ldr:  15 Mar 1942?, Flt Lt (WS): 15 Nov 1942, (T) Sqn Ldr:  1 Jul 1943, Sqn Ldr:  28 Feb 1947 [1 Sep 1945], Wg Cdr:  1 Jul 1952, Gp Capt:  1 Jul 1959, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1963

3 Apr 1939:               Appointed to a Short Service Commission in the Equipment Branch

xx xxx 1939:              Equipment Officer, No 59 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:               Officer Commanding, No 40 Air Stores Park

xx xxx 1940:              Equipment Officer, HQ No 22 Group

20 Jun 1940:              Equipment Officer, No 59 Sqn

13 Jan 1941:              Equipment Officer, RAF Thorney Island

 3 Apr 1943:              Transferred to the Reserve and called up for Air Force service

 7 Jan 1944:               Equipment Officer, HQ No 84 Group

 2 Apr 1946:              Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the Equipment Branch in the rank of Squadron Leader (effective from 1 Sep 1945)

xx xxx xxxx:               Attended RAF Staff College.

xx xxx xxxx:              

22 Oct 1956:             Equipment Staff Officer, HQ Bomber Command.

xx xxx xxxx:              

24 Jul 1961:               Directing Staff, RAF Staff College

 1 Apr 1963:              Director of Organisation (RAF)

16 Aug 1965:             Air Commodore - Operation (Supply), HQ Maintenance Command

17 Feb 1967:             Director of Equipment 3 (RAF)

He appears to have died in Saudi Arabia

Citation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

"KEARON, Norman Walter, A/S/L (31334, Royal Air Force) - No 40 Air Stores Park

Squadron Leader Kearon has been entirely responsible for supplying forward units with technical and barrack stores.  During the rapid advance the excellent serviceability maintained has been due in no small measure to the equipment obtained and distributed by this officer when the only source of supply was hundreds of miles away.  Again, during the advance to Tripoli, through Squadron Leader Kearonís personal drive and initiative, contact was maintained with the operational units of the Western Desert forces."

 (Source: Air 2/9609)

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