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Air Commodore E L Ridley (10247)


Eric Leighton               b: xx xxx 1895                      r: 3 Oct 1945                               d: 25 Mar 1961

MiD 24 Sep 1941, MiD 1 Jan 1945,

(Army): - (T) 2Lt: 15 Feb 1915, Act Capt: 16 Oct 1916 xx xxx xxxx; 16 Oct 1917 4 Jan 1918, (T) Lt: 1 Jul 1917.

(RAF): -  2 Lt: 29 May 1918,  Lt: 29 May 1918, Fg Off: 4 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1924, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1932, Wg Cdr: 1 Nov 1938, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1940, Act A/Cdre: 19 Apr 1943, Gp Capt (WS): 19 Oct 1943, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx xxxx:                Cadet, Officer Training Corps

15 Feb 1915:               Officer, Royal Munster Fusiliers

16 Oct 1916:               Company Commander?

16 Oct 1917:               Officer Commanding, Trench Mortar Battery.

29 May 1918:              Staff Officer 3rd Class,

12 Dec 1918:               Transferred to Administrative Branch

 1 May 1919:               Staff Officer 3rd Class (Quartermaster)

17 Jun 1920:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the Stores Branch in the rank of Flying Officer.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff Officer, Directorate of Equipment.

 1 Apr 1922:                Attended Course of Instruction, No 4 Stores Depot

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

23 Feb 1923:               Stores Officer, No 70 Sqn.

27 Dec 1924:               Stores Officer, No 4 Flying Training School.

 9 Apr 1927:                Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

21 Jul 1927:                 Stores Officer, No 1 Flying Training School.

 1 Feb 1931:                Supernumerary No 13 Sqn, (pending disbandment of No 1 FTS).

 4 Sep 1931:                Stores Officer, HMS Courageous.

29 Aug 1933:               Supernumerary, No 1 Air Defence Group.

25 Feb 1935:               Stores Staff Officer, HQ Fighting Area.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

27 Sep 1935:               Senior Stores Officer, HQ RAF Far East.

 5 Dec 1938:                Supernumerary, No 1 RAF Depot

 3 Apr 1939:                Supernumerary, HQ No 50 (Training) Group.

31 May 1939:              Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (4)

xx xxx 1940:                 Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (8)

19 Apr 1943:               AOC, No 218 Group

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