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Air Vice Marshal S N Webster (08182)


Sidney Norman              b: 9 Mar 1900                     r: 12 Aug 1950                     d: 5 Apr 1984

CBE - 1 Jan 1946, AFC - 2 Jan 1922, Bar - 11 Oct 1927, MiD - 6 May 1932, MiD 1 Jan 1945.

(RAF):- 2 Lt (P): 27 Sep 1918, 2 Lt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Fg Off: 19 Dec 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1927, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1941, Act A/Cdre: 8 Jun 1944?, Gp Capt (WS): 8 Dec 1944, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1947, Act AVM: 1 Sep 1949, AVM: Retained.

18 Jul 1919:            Pilot, No 97 Sqn.

 1 Apr1920:            Pilot, No 60 Sqn.

19 Dec 1919:          Awarded Short Service Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (Aeroplane)

21 Oct 1923:           Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

14 Dec 1923:          Pilot, No 22 Sqn (A & A.E.E.).

21 May 1924:         Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

 1 Jun 1927:            Staff, M.A.E.E.

10 Mar 1928:          Flight Commander, No 22 Sqn.

29 Mar 1930:          Flight Commander, No 84 Sqn.

18 Aug 1930:          Pilot, No 70 Sqn.

14 Apr 1932:          Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 5 Jul 1932:             Personnel Staff, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.

 1 Oct 1933:           Seconded to Egyptian Government. (Egyptian AAF)

28 Aug 1939:         Secondment ceased

xx xxx xxxx:            Liaison Officer, Aircraft Manufacturing Group

 5 Jun 1944:            SASO, HQ No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group

 30 Jun 1946:          AOC, RAF Hong Kong.  

xx xxx xxxx:            ?, HQ Coastal Command.

In 1927, he was selected as one of the pilots in the RAF High Speed Flight for that year's Schneider Trophy competition.  He won the race in a Supermarine S5 at an average speed of 281 mph. Retired at his own request.

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