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Air Vice-Marshal W Thorne


Walter                          b: 20 Feb 1890                     r: 14 May 1947                                d:  5 Oct 1960?

CB - 13 Jun 1946, CBE – 11 Jul 1940,

(Army): - 2 Lt: 16 Nov 1916, (T) Lt: 17 Aug 1917.

(RAF): - (H) Lt [2Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1921, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1927, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1936, Gp Capt: 1 Apr 1939, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Act AVM: 1 Nov 1946, A/Cdre: 14 May 1947, AVM: Retained.

xx xxx 1907:               Soldier, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry;

xx xxx 1912:                 Transferred to Royal Flying Corps

16 Nov 1916:               Appointed to a Commission in the RFC

xx xxx 1916:                 Equipment Officer 3rd  Class, RFC

17 Aug 1917:               Assistant Instructor, Equipment Officers’ School of Instruction.

xx xxx xxxx:                 Stores Officer, HQ No 2 Group

12 Apr 1920:               Stores Officer, HQ No 1 Group.

20 Jul 1920:                 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.

 2 Apr 1924:                Stores Staff Officer, HQ Palestine Command

25 May 1927:              Stores Staff Officer, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.

xx xxx 1933:                Supernumerary

26 Feb 1934:               Stores Staff Officer, HQ British Forces in Iraq

13 May 1936:              Supernumerary, RAF Depot

30 Jun 1936:                Assistant Director ?, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (Supply).

xx xxx xxxx:                 Assistant Director ?, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (4).

31 May 1939:              Senior Equipment Staff Officer, HQ Bomber Command.

22 Jul 1942:                 Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, HQ No 40 Group

10 Feb 1945:               Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, HQ Maintenance Command.

xx xxx 1946:                 SASO, HQ Maintenance Command.

H died in the Eastbourne area.

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