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Anthony Dunkerton ('Mark')
b: 20 Feb 1909
r: 20 Feb 1965
d: 19 Jun 1984
– 31 Dec 1960 (CB – 5 Jun 1952), DFC – 16 Aug 1940, MiD
- 24 Sep 1941.
Plt Off: 27 Jul 1929, Fg Off: 27 Jan 1931, Flt Lt: 29 Jan 1935, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 1 Mar 1943, Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1944, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx 1951, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1952, AVM: 1 Jan 1955, Act AM: 30 Jun 1960, AM: 1 Jan 1961.
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xx xxx 1927: Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
1 Sep 1940: Appointed to a Permanent Commission
27 Jul 1929: Pilot, No 1 Sqn.
22 Apr 1931: QFI, No 5 FTS.
27 May 1932: QFI, Central Flying School.
12 Jun 1934: Adjutant/QFI, No 602 (City of Glasgow) Sqn AAF.
2 Dec 1936: Staff, RAF Amman
4 May 1938: Officer Commanding, No 14 Sqn.
6 Oct 1940: Air Staff, HQ No 203 Group.
4 Aug 1941: Air Staff - Operations, HQ RAF Middle East
xx xxx 1942: Chief Flying Instructor, Empire Central Flying Training School.
1 Apr 1943: SASO, HQ No 23 (Training) Group.
11 Jun 1944: Officer Commanding, No 55 OTU/RAF Aston Down
13 May 1945: SOA, HQ No 232 Group.
xx xxx 1948: Attended Joint Services Staff College.
xx xxx 1948: Deputy Director of Flying Training.
xx xxx 1951: Commandant, Central Flying School.
13 Oct 1953: Air Attaché, Paris.
1 Oct 1955: Commander, RAF Staff - British Joint Services Mission (USA).
22 Sep 1958: AOC, No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group/Senior RAF Officer, Scotland.
22 Sep 1958:
Air Commander, Northern Sub-Area Eastern Atlantic Area, Atlantic Command.
30 Jun 1960: C in C, Far East Air Force.
10 Aug 1962: AOC in C, Coastal Command
10 Aug 1962:
Commander, Maritime Air Eastern Atlantic Area & Air C in C,
Anthony Selway entered the RAF College at Cranwell in 1927 and graduated two years later as a, being posted to No 1 Squadron at Tangmere were he flew the RAF's standard fighter of the day. Selected for training as a n instructor, he attended the Central Flying School and on completion of his course was retained at the CFS to train other instructors and where for two years he was a member of the School's aerobatic team flying Tiger Moths in 1932 and Tutors in 1933.
At Aston Down he flew a personal Hurricane (Z2515 AD-S)Towards the end of his tenure at CFS, he saw the introduction of the Piston Provost into service as the RAF's new primary trainer. This was something of a revolution as it was powered by a 550 hp engine and was capable of over 200 mph, an impressive combination for student pilots who had some flying experience, let alone those who had never flown before . Retiring from the RAF in 1965, he took up the appointment of Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod from 25 September 1964 until 9 February 1968 when he became Registrar and Secretary of the Order of the Bath a position he occupied until 3 August 1979.
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