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Air Commodore N A P Pritchett (16099)


Norman Anthony Pelynt            b: 3 May 1903                    r: 3 Oct 1951               d: 15 Mar 1963

MiD - 1 Jan 1943, MiD 1 Jan 1945.

Plt Off: 15 Aug 1923, Fg Off: 15 Feb 1925, Flt Lt: 29 May 1929, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1941, Act A/Cdre: 27 Sep 1944, Gp Capt (WS): 27 Mar 1945, Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, A/Cdre: 2 Oct 1951.

xx xxx 1921:            Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

15 Aug 1923:          Attended Armament and Gunnery School

 5 Oct 1923:            Pilot, No 207 Sqn.

 1 Jul 1925:              Pilot, No 43 Sqn.

12 Nov 1928:          Attended Carrier Flying Course, RAF Training Base, Leuchars.

14 Dec 1928:           Pilot, No 422/450 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA.

11 May 1929:          Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

12 Jan 1930:            Attended Torpedo Course, RAF Base, Gosport.

20 Mar 1931:           Officer i/c, No 465 (Fleet Torpedo Bomber) Flight FAA.

 8 May 1933:           Flight Commander, No 811 Sqn FAA.

 4 Sep 1933:            Staff, RAF Base, Gosport.

21 Jan 1935:            Attended RAF Staff College.

 4 Jan 1936:             Air Staff, HQ Coastal Command.

23 Nov 1936:          Officer Commanding, No 812 Sqn FAA.

26 Apr 1937:           Officer Commanding, No 79 Sqn. (Gauntlet II)

20 Jun 1938:            Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of War Organisation.

xx xxx xxxx:             Staff Officer, HQ No 16 Group?

8 Sep 1943:             Air Staff, HQ Coastal Command.

27 Sep 1944:           SASO, HQ No 15 (Reconnaissance) Group

15 Dec 1945:           SASO, HQ RAF Mediterranean and Middle East.

17 Dec 1946:           AOC, AHQ East Africa.

 1 Dec 1947:             Director of Manning.

19 Apr 1950:            AOC, No 67 (Northern Ireland) Group.

In the competitive selection tests for entry into Cranwell, held in mid 1921, he achieved a score of 6,031.  He attained the rank of Flt Cdt Cpl at Cranwell.

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