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Air Vice Marshal S P Simpson


S P Simpson - 1915Sturley Philip                b: 13 Jun 1896                  r: 27 Mar 1947                     d: 28 Apr 1966

CB - 8 Jun 1944, CBE - xx xxx 1942, MC - 14 May 1926, MiD - 1 Jan 1941, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, WL2 - 6 Sep 1946, CWC - 6 Sep 1946.

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(Army):- 2 Lt: 20 Oct 1915, Lt: 10 Feb 1917, (T) Capt: 23 Apr 1917.

(RAF):- (T) Capt [Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1928, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1935, Gp Capt: 1 Nov 1938, Act A/Cdre: 16 Dec 1941, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Act AVM: 14 Sep 1943, (T) AVM: 1 Jun 1944, A/Cdre: 1 Dec 1944, AVM: 26 Mar 1947.

xx xxx xxxx:           Attended RMC Sandhurst

20 Oct 1915:           Officer, The Bedfordshire Regiment.

xx Jan 1916:            U/T Pilot, CFS.

19 Feb 1916:           Appointed Flying Officer, RFC.

xx xxx 1916:            Pilot, No 32 Sqn

23 Apr 1917:           Flight Commander, No 60 Sqn

22 Apr 1920:           Staff, Inspectorate of Recruiting.

22 Apr 1920:           Appointed to a Short Service Commission in the rank of Light Lieutenant.

14 Jun 1920:            Staff, School of  PT. & Drill.

 7 Feb 1921:            Instructor/Staff, Ground Wing, RAF Cranwell.

26 Mar 1923:          Instructor/Staff, RAF (Cadet) College, Cranwell

23 Nov 1923:          Officer, No 6 Armoured Car Company.

 4 Feb 1925:            Flight Commander, No 30 Sqn.

 1 Jan 1926:             Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant

14 May 1926:          Supernumerary - non effective (sick), RAF Depot.

14 Jan 1927:            Staff, HQ RAF Cranwell.

25 Jan 1928:            Air Staff, HQ No 22 Group.

29 Dec 1930:           Officer Commanding, No 4 Sqn. (Atlas I, Audax I)

 4 Oct 1933:            Staff, RAF Cranwell.

 10 Feb 1935:         Administration Staff, No 1 SoTT (Apprentices).

20 Jan 1936:           Officer Commanding, No 2 (Apprentices) Wing, No 1 SoTT (Apprentices).

28 Jul 1938:            Officer Commanding, RAF Thornaby.

16 Dec 1941:          AOC, AHQ Gibraltar.

22 Feb 1944:          AOC, Ho 18 Group.

7 Jan 1947 - 30 Jan 1950:            Commandant, Northolt Aerodrome.

31 Jan 1950 /56:   Divisional Controller, London and South East Division.

He was awarded RAeC Certificate No 2148 on 12 December 1915.

Qualified PT Officer.  He was awarded the MC "in recognition of valuable and distinguished service rendered in connection with operations in Kurdistan during the period July to October 1924" whilst serving with No 6 Armoured Car Company. 

During his tenure as AOC, Gibraltar, he was tasked with ensuring the safe passage of the vessels in connection with 'Torch' landing.  For this he was given extra resources and owing to the efforts of the crews under his command a total of 8,656 flying hours resulted in 142 U-boats being sighted, 83 attacks being made with only one ship being damaged.

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