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Air Vice Marshal A P Ritchie (08069)


Alan Patrick                 b: 7 Apr 1899                     r: 28 Dec 1945                 d: 17 Aug 1961

CBE - 1 Jan 1944, AFC - 12 Jul 1920, MiD - 15 Sep 1939,  MiD - 26 Jul 1940, MiD - 1 Jan 1941.

(Army):- (T) 2 Lt (P):  30 Aug 1917, (T) 2 Lt: 6 May 1918 [6 Jan 1918].

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1925, Sqn Ldr: 1 Feb 1932, Wg Cdr: 1 Apr 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1940, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1942, Gp Capt: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Jul 1942], (T) A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1944, Act AVM: 18 Nov 1943, A/Cdre (WS): 18 Nov 1944, AVM: Retained.

xx xxx xxxx:           Cadet, RFC

30 Aug 1917:         Officer, RFC 

6 Jan 1918:            Flying Officer, RFC

1919                      Served in South Russia?

29 Jun 1920:          Transferred to the Unemployed List

14 Jul 1920:           Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.

15 Mar 1921:         Staff, Central Flying School.

16 Jun 1921:           Instructor, School of Technical Training (Men) (Manston) (Pending formation of 6 FTS)

22 Jul 1921:            U/T Pilot, No 6 FTS. (Manston)

31 Mar 1922:          Pilot, No 100 Sqn.

28 Jul 1924:            Staff, RAF Staff College.

21 Oct 1925:           Officer Commanding, Inland Area/Home Communications Flight.

19 Sep 1927:           Attended RAF Staff College.

17 Dec 1928:          Supernumerary, RAF Staff College.

29 Jan 1929:           Air Staff - Intelligence, Khartoum.

20 Mar 1932:          Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 4 Jun 1932:             Supernumerary, HQ No 1 Air Defence Group.

18 Jun 1932:            Staff, Directorate of Operations and Intelligence.

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15 Sep 1935:           Officer Commanding, No 47 Sqn.

28 Jun 1937:            Staff, Combined HQ, British Forces in Palestine.

 7 Aug 1940:            SASO, HQ No 5 Group. 

10 Sep 1941:           Officer Commanding, RAF Cottesmore/No 14 OTU.

xx May 1942:           AOC, No 205 Group.

25 Feb 1943:           AOC, No 93 Group.

xx xxx xxxx:             Air Adviser to Special Operations Executive

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