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Air Commodore F W Thompson (60758)


Francis William             b: 9 Jul 1914                r: 11 Aug 1962                     d: 19 Feb 1994

CBE - 1 Jan 1957, DSO xx xxx 1944, DFC 14 Apr 1942, AFC 1 Jan 1944, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, BSc.

(RAFVR): Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off (P): 25 Dec 1940, Fg Off (P) (WS): 14 Oct 1941, Flt Lt (WS): 19 Nov 1941,  Fg Off: 25 Dec 1941, Act Sqn Ldr: xx xxx 1941?, Act Wg Cdr: 29 Jun 1942?, Sqn Ldr (WS): 29 Dec 1942, Act Gp Capt: 5 Nov 1945, Wg Cdr (WS):  5 Nov 1945

(RAF): Sqn Ldr: 9 Jul 1946 [1 Sep 1945], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1954, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1960.

xx xxx xxxx:             Sergeant Pilot, RAFVR (777626)

25 Dec 1940:          Granted a commission in the RAFVR for the duration of hostilities

xx xxx 1940:            Staff, HQ No 4 (Bomber) Group.

xx xxx 1941:            Flight Commander, No 10 Sqn.

xx xxx 1942:            Instructor, No 1658 HCU.

xx Feb 1944:           Officer Commanding, No 44 Sqn.

 5 Nov 1944:          Officer Commanding?, Bomber Command Instructor's School.

xx xxx 1945:            Officer Commanding, RAF Heany.

9 Apr 1946:             Attended Course No 16, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.

9 Jul 1946:               Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader (retaining rank current at the time).  [wef 1 Dec1945 antedated to 1 Sep 1945 on 25 Feb 1947]

xx Oct 1946:            Staff, HQ RAF Mediterranean and Middle East.

xx xxx 1947:             Staff, Directorate of Intelligence (Operations).

xx xxx 1950:             Staff, HQ Coastal Command.

xx xxx 1953:            Officer Commanding, Anti Submarine Warfare Development Unit.

xx Jun 1954:            Officer Commanding, RAF Luqa.

xx xxx 1957:            Deputy Director of Operational Requirements (1).

xx xxx 1960:            Attended Imperial Defence College.

xx xxx 1961:            Director of Guided Weapons.

Retired at his own request and became Chief Project Manager of the Air Weapons Division, De Havilland/Hawker Siddeley Dynamics.

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