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AHQ/RAF Ceylon Principal Personnel - 1946 onwards


[Apr 1946 | Jul 1947 | Jul 1948 | 1949 | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1957]

April 1946

This was formed from No 222 Group on 16 October 1945 at Kandy

Location Command Controlled
Kandy Air Command South East Asia

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Charles E Chilton  1 Jan 1946 Air Officer Commanding, CBE; later AM
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt A J Taylor  1 Jan 1946 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Reginald C Field 16 Oct 1945 Senior Air Staff Officer; later A/Cdre
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr W McGregor 16 Oct 1945 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, OBE

Engineer

Sqn Ldr G W J Thomas 16 Oct 1945 OBE

Equipment

Wg Cdr W A Thomas 16 Oct 1945  

Medical

Wg Cdr J Crawford  1 Nov 1946 MB, ChB, DA

Educational

Mr J C Kidd   MA, RAFVR

Meteorological

Sqn Ldr R W Hatcher 30 Jul 1945  

Works

Wg Cdr B E Willett  9 May 1945  

Source - April 1946 Air Force List

It moved to Katukurunda on 6 October 1946.

July 1947

Location Command Controlled
Katukurunda Air Command Far East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Alfred R Wardle  8 Feb 1947 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, AFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Walter H Hutton  9  Sep 1946 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE; later A/Cdre
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr N Wilson 15 Aug 1946 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, OBE

Engineer

Wg Cdr A E Pearce    

Signals

Sqn Ldr H R Crowley 18 Dec 1946  

Equipment

Wg Cdr J E Garwood    

Accountant

Sqn Ldr J Astle  1 Jun 1946  

Provost

Sqn Ldr B R Hockaday 31 Jul 1946 Assistant Provost Marshal

Medical

Wg Cdr A S Amsden  1 May 1946 MRCS, LRCP

Educational

Sqn Ldr R L Saunders  1 Aug 1946 MA

Works

Sqn Ldr L N King 13 Nov 1945  

Source - July 1947 Air Force List

It moved to Negombo on 23 February 1948.

July 1948

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Air Command Far East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Alfred R Wardle  8 Feb 1947 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, AFC
Personal Appointment
Fg Off W P Boyd 11 Feb 1948 Personal Assistant to AOC, AFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Walter H Hutton  9  Sep 1946 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE; later A/Cdre
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr V G Owen-Jones 22 Jul 1947 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, DFC

Engineer

Wg Cdr J G Freeman 17 Jul 1947  

Signals

Sqn Ldr H R Crowley 18 Dec 1946  

Equipment

Wg Cdr R C Kitchin 21 Mar 1947  

Accountant

Sqn Ldr J Astle  1 Jun 1946  

Provost

Sqn Ldr G A Turner 31 Jul 1946 Assistant Provost Marshal

Medical

Wg Cdr F V Maclaine 22 Jul 1947 MB, BCh

Educational

Sqn Ldr R L Saunders  1 Aug 1946 MA

Works

Sqn Ldr L N King 13 Nov 1945  

Source - July 1948 Air Force List

1949

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Frederick L Pearce 27 Aug 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, DFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J Jones   Personal Assistant to AOC,
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Ronald B Thomson 16 May 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC; later AVM
Signals
Sqn Ldr K S J Rancombe 27 May 1948
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr J A Field 17 Apr 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, AFC
Personnel
Sqn Ldr C Wright 31 Jul 1948 AFC
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E E Snowling  1 Mar1949  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr E H Stamp 25 Jun 1948
Provost
Sqn Ldr C P Foster  7 May 1949 Assistant Provost Marshal
Medical
Wg Cdr F V Maclaine 22 Jul 1947 MB, BCh
Chaplain
Rev J Harkus  5 Jun 1949 PMUB, MBE
Educational
Sqn Ldr J Kerr  5 Dec 1948 MA
Works
Sqn Ldr P A V Smith 13 Nov 1948  
Engineer
Wg Cdr J G Freeman 17 Jul 1947  

Source - October 1949 Air Force List

1950

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Frederick L Pearce 27 Aug 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, DFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J Jones 11 Aug 1949 Personal Assistant to AOC,
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Ronald B Thomson 16 May 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC; later AVM
Signals
Sqn Ldr K S J Rancombe 27 May 1948
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr J A Field 17 Apr 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, AFC
Personnel
Sqn Ldr C Wright 31 Jul 1948 AFC
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E E Snowling  1 Mar1949  
Provost
Sqn Ldr C P Foster  7 May 1949 Assistant Provost Marshal
Medical
Wg Cdr F V Maclaine 22 Jul 1947 MB, BCh
Chaplain
Rev S W Harrison   C of E, GM
Rev J Harkus  5 Jun 1949 PMUB, MBE
Educational
Sqn Ldr J Kerr  5 Dec 1948 MA
Works
Sqn Ldr P A V Smith 13 Nov 1948  
Engineer
Wg Cdr J G Freeman 17 Jul 1947  

Source - January 1950 Air Force List

1951

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Frederick L Pearce 27 Aug 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, DFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J Jones 11 Aug 1949 Personal Assistant to AOC,
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Ronald B Thomson 16 May 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC; later AVM
Signals
Sqn Ldr K S J Rancombe 27 May 1948
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr J A Field 17 Apr 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, AFC
Organisation
Sqn Ldr J H Fitzpatrick 17 Sep 1950 DFC
Personnel
Sqn Ldr C E Brown 17 Nov 1949
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E E Snowling  1 Mar 1949  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr E H Stamp 15 Feb 1950  
Provost
Sqn Ldr A W Pink 24 Jan 1950 Assistant Provost Marshal
Chaplain
Rev E R Chappell 19 Mar 1950 C of E, BA
Rev J Harkus  5 Jun 1949 PMUB, MBE
Educational
Sqn Ldr J Kerr  5 Dec 1948 MA
Works
Sqn Ldr P A V Smith 13 Nov 1948 BSc (Eng), AMICE, ACGI

Source - January 1951 Air Force List

1952

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Frederick L Pearce 27 Aug 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, DFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J Jones 11 Aug 1949 Personal Assistant to AOC,
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Ronald B Thomson 16 May 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC; later AVM
Signals
Sqn Ldr S H Phillips 19 Dec 1950
Meteorological
Mr E Evans MSc
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr D H Thomas  3 Sep 1951 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO, DFM
Organisation
Flt Lt T V Kerr 11 Sep 1951
Personnel
Sqn Ldr J Hobbs  4 Sep 1951
Equipment
Sqn Ldr G G Millner 27 Nov 1950  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr A C Smith 27 Nov 1950  
Provost
Sqn Ldr B D Barrett 28 Jan 1951 Assistant Provost Marshal
Chaplain
Rev E R Chappell 19 Mar 1950 C of E, BA
Rev N Collinge 19 Oct 1951 PMUB
Educational
Sqn Ldr L R Moon 14 Feb 1951 BA, BSc
Works
Sqn Ldr W H W Cane  6 Dec 1950 MA, AMICE

Source - January 1952 Air Force List

1953

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Joseph Cox 23 May 1952 Air Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt D D Keltie 14 Mar 1952 Personal Assistant to AOC, DFC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr R D Williams 28 Feb 1952  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr D H Thomas  3 Sep 1951 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DSO, DFM
Personnel
Sqn Ldr M Papworth 29 Mar 1952 AFC
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J E Smalley 31 Jul 1952  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr A C Smith 27 Nov 1950  
Provost
Sqn Ldr E Booth  9 Oct 1952 Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
Chaplain
Rev E H M Gibbon 28 Mar 1952 C of E, BA
Rev N Collinge 19 Oct 1951 PMUB
Educational
Sqn Ldr L R Moon 14 Feb 1951 BA, BSc
Works
Sqn Ldr W H W Cane  6 Dec 1950 MA, AMICE

Source - 1953 Air Force List

1954

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Joseph Cox 23 May 1952 Air Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Wg Cdr R N Wardell  7 Aug 1954 Principal Staff Officer
Flt Lt H V Sayfritz 27 Aug 1954 ADC to AOC
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr T Phillips 21 May 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Signals
Sqn Ldr W A Tait 19 Jun 1953
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J E Smalley 31 Jul 1952  
Medical
Wg Cdr J L Jenkins  4 Jun 1952 MB, ChB
Technical Staff
Sqn Ldr F T Bolt 27 Mar 1952  
Personnel (Civilian)
Mr A G Anderson   Civilian Administration Officer
Educational
Sqn Ldr D P Whitehouse  7 Jan1954 BA
Chaplain
Rev A L Crockett 23 Jun 1953 C of E
Works
Sqn Ldr A G Finch 28 Nov 1953 MIMunE, MRSanI

Source - October 1954 Air Force List

1955

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Joseph Cox 23 May 1952 Air Officer Commanding, OBE, DFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Wg Cdr R N Wardell  7 Aug 1954 Principal Staff Officer
Flt Lt H V Sayfritz 27 Aug 1954 ADC to AOC
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr T Phillips 21 May 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Signals
Sqn Ldr W A Tait 19 Jun 1953
Equipment
Sqn Ldr C G Saunders  9 Feb 1955 DFC
Medical
Wg Cdr A Muir 12 Jan 1955 MB, ChB, DTM&H
Technical Staff
Sqn Ldr D A Tierney  8 Oct 1954  
Personnel (Civilian)
Mr A G Anderson   Civilian Administration Officer
Educational
Sqn Ldr D P Whitehouse  7 Jan1954 BA
Chaplain
Rev A L Crockett 23 Jun 1953 C of E
Works
Sqn Ldr A G Finch 28 Nov 1953 MIMunE, MRSanI, LTPI

Source - April 1955 Air Force List

The title changed to RAF Ceylon between April 1955 and January 1956.

1956

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Herbert W Mermagen 31 May 1955 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, AFC
Personal Appointment
Wg Cdr R N Wardell  7 Aug 1954 Principal Staff Officer
Flt Lt H V Sayfritz 27 Aug 1954 ADC to AOC
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr T Phillips 21 May 1953 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Signals
Sqn Ldr W A Tait 19 Jun 1953
Equipment
Sqn Ldr C G Saunders  9 Feb 1955 DFC
Medical
Wg Cdr A Muir 12 Jan 1955 MB, ChB, DTM&H
Technical Staff
Sqn Ldr D A Tierney  8 Oct 1954  
Personnel (Civilian)
Mr J B Egan   Civilian Administration Officer
Educational
Sqn Ldr D P Whitehouse  7 Jan1954 BA
Chaplain
Rev A L Crockett 23 Jun 1953 C of E
Works
Sqn Ldr A G Finch 28 Nov 1953 MIMunE, MRSanI, LTPI

Source - January 1956 Air Force List

1957

 

Location Command Controlled
Negombo Far East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Herbert W Mermagen 31 May 1955 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, AFC
Personal Appointment
Wg Cdr E W Deacon 15 Feb 1956 Principal Staff Officer, DSO, DFC, AFC
Fg Off J M Sceats   ADC to AOC
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr D B Saunders  8 Oct 1955 Administration Staff Officer
Medical
Gp Capt A Muir 12 Jan 1955 MA, BSc, MB, ChB, MRCS(E), DTM&H
Equipment
Sqn Ldr C G Saunders  9 Feb 1955 DFC
Signals
Sqn Ldr G A Johnston  9 Jan 1956
Provost
Sqn Ldr R H Vine 14 Oct 1955 Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
Educational
Sqn Ldr T H Gates  7 Apr 1956 BA
Personnel (Civilian)
Mr J B Egan   Civilian Administration Officer
Works
Sqn Ldr E Tunnicliffe   AMIMunE
Technical Staff
Sqn Ldr D A Tierney  8 Oct 1954  

Source - July 1957 Air Force List

It disbanded on 1 November 1957

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