Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Commodore D S Radford (32233)
21 Sep 1910 r:
29 Jan 1959
d: 20 Nov 1984
1 Jan 1957, DSO 24 Oct 1944, DFC -25 Oct 1940, AFC
31 Aug 1943.
Plt Off (P):
2 Sep 1932, Plt Off: 2 Sep 1933,
Fg Off: 2 Mar 1935, Flt Lt: 2
Mar 1937, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1939,
(T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jun 1941, Act Gp
Capt: 14 Jul 1945?, Wg Cdr: 1
Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1950,
Act A/Cdre: 31 Jan 1955?, A/Cdre:
1 Jul 1956.
Appointed to a Short Service Commission.
Initial Officer Training, RAF Depot.
Sep 1932: U/T Pilot, No 5 FTS.
Aug 1933: Pilot, No 111 Sqn.
Nov 1935: Staff, No 1 FTS.
27 Apr 1936: Attended Instructors' Course, Central Flying School (graded B).
13 Jul 1936: QFI, No
Assistant Adjutant/QFI, No 600 (City of London) Sqn AuxAF.
Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of
Nov 1938: Adjutant/QFI, No 616 (South Yorkshire) Sqn. AuxAF.
Officer Commanding, No 8 Sqn.
CFI, No 1 Flying Instructor's School.
CFI, No 3 Advanced Flying Unit.
Officer Commanding, No 10 Sqn.
Attended RN Staff College.
Wing Commander - Training, HQ Transport Command.
Group Captain Training, HQ Transport Command
Officer Commanding, RAF Spitlegate.
Feb 1948: Officer Commanding, RAF Wittering.
RAF Liaison Officer, Southern Rhodesian Government.
SASO, HQ Rhodesian Air Training Group.
Deputy Director of Postings.
Jan 1953 18 Jun 1957:
ADC to The Queen.
Attended Imperial Defence College.
Director of Tactical and Air Transport Operations.
Commandant, Central Reconnaissance Establishment.
was one of the first officers to arrive at Doncaster airport to set up No 616
(South Yorkshire) Squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force.
After retiring he joined Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd. as General
Services Manager until 1975.
Commander Dudley Spencer RADFORD, D.F.C., A.F.C. (32233), R.A.F., 10 Sqn.
officer has displayed the highest standard of courage and devotion to duty.
His leadership and organising ability have been outstanding and much of
the success of the squadron can be attributed to Wing Commander Radford's
personal example. In
September,1944,he was detailed to attack an aerodrome at Soesterburg.
obscured the target
on his first two attempts to bomb it and it was typical of his resolve
that he made yet another effort, found a gap in the clouds and this time
completed his attack. Among the
many targets he has attacked are Leipzig, Stuttgart,
Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.
Gazette 24 October 1944)
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