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Air Commodore A D Messenger (26207)


Arthur Douglas                       b: 18 Jan 1911                   r: 22 Aug 1960                     d: 10 May 1994

CBE - 1 Jan 1945, 1st, 'Hyde-Thomson' Memorial Prize - 1929

Plt Off: 25 Jul 1931, Fg Off: 25 Jan 1933, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1944, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1949, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1955.

xx Sep 1926:              Apprentice, Flowerdown/Cranwell.

xx xxx 1929:               Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.

25 Jul 1931:                U/T Pilot, No 2 FTS.

 4 Oct 1931:               Attended Flying Boat Pilots' Course, RAF Base, Calshot.

 1 Apr 1932:               Pilot, No 201 Sqn.

12 Oct 1932:              Pilot, No 202 Sqn.

 5 Jul 1933:                 Staff, RAF Hal Far.

29 Apr 1935:              Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

10 Sep 1936:              Signals Officer, RAF Seletar.

10 Feb 1939:              Command Signals Officer, HQ RAF Mediterranean.

xx Aug 1941:              

14 Apr 1942:             Group Signals Officer, No 91 Group

xx xxx xxxx:               

11 Nov 1946:             Senior Personnel Staff Officer, HQ Technical Training Command.  

xx Jun 1954                Officer Commanding, RAF Middle Wallop.

22 Jun 1955:               AOC, AHQ Hong Kong.

8 Feb 1958:                Director of Manning.

He represented the RAF College at Soccer, Tennis, Cricket and Fencing as well as attaining the rank of Flight Cadet Sergeant.  He was a awarded the 'John Anthony Chance' and 'Hyde Thompson' Memorial Prizes on graduation from Cranwell.

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