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HQ Air Commander-in-Chief/Commander Maritime Air, Eastern Atlantic Area/HQ Allied Maritime Air Commander-in-Chief/Commander Maritime Air, Channel Command - Personnel and locations


[1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975]

1956

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM     Commander-in-Chief (Air),
Wg Cdr J D Beresford 14 Feb 1955 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr Thomas P Seymour  1 Mar 1954 Air Plans II; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr C E A Garton  1 Feb 1954 Adviser to Portuguese Air Force,

Source - January1956 Air Force List

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Bryan V Reynolds  5 Apr 1956 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KCB, CBE
A/Cdre Harold F G Southey   Deputy Senior Air Staff Officer, CB
Wg Cdr J D Beresford 14 Feb 1955 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr Thomas P Seymour  1 Mar 1954 Air Plans II; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr C E A Garton  1 Feb 1954 Adviser to Portuguese Air Force,
Sqn Ldr L E Farrell   Signals

Source - April 1956 Air Force List

1957

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Bryan V Reynolds  5 Apr 1956 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KCB, CBE
Sqn Ldr R D Walton 16 Apr 1956 PSO to Air Commander-in-Chief
AVM Charles E Chilton  1 Mar 1955 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE; later AM
Gp Capt C E A Garton  1 Feb 1954 At Lisbon with Portuguese Air Force,
Wg Cdr J D Beresford 14 Feb 1955 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr Thomas P Seymour  1 Mar 1954 Air Plans Co-Ord II; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Arthur M Ruston   Air Plans II,  DFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr G G N Barrett 14 Sep 1956 Exercise Planning, AFC
Sqn Ldr M G Fountain 16 Apr 1956 Signals
Sqn Ldr R F Keatley 30 Jul 1956 Intelligence
Sqn Ldr P C Beresford 27 Jun 1955 Operations

Source - April & July 1957 Air Force List

1958

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Bryan V Reynolds  5 Apr 1956 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KCB, CBE
Sqn Ldr R D Walton 16 Apr 1956 PSO to Air Commander-in-Chief
AVM Fergus A Pearce  1 Oct 1957 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE
Wg Cdr J D Beresford 14 Feb 1955 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr Thomas P Seymour  1 Mar 1954 Air Plans Co-Ord II; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Arthur M Ruston   Air Plans II,  DFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr G G N Barrett 14 Sep 1956 Exercise Planning, AFC
Gp Capt C E A Garton  1 Feb 1954 At Lisbon with Portuguese Air Force,
Sqn Ldr M G Fountain 16 Apr 1956 Signals
Sqn Ldr R F Keatley 30 Jul 1956 Intelligence
Sqn Ldr P C Beresford 27 Jun 1955 Operations

Source - January 1958 Air Force List

1959

Changes between January 1958 and April 1959

Wg Cdr K McK Murray 18 Feb 1957 Air Plans Chanel I, DFC

Source - January 1959 Air Force List

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Charles E Chilton  1 Jun 1959 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KBE, CB,
Sqn Ldr Vacant   PSO to Air Commander-in-Chief
AVM Wilfred E Oulton 21 Apr 1958 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE, DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr R Donovan 28 Aug 1957 Administration Plans II, DFC
Wg Cdr E R Bangor-Jones  1 Jan 1959 Air Plans Co-Ord I
Wg Cdr A V Plowright  7 Jul 1958 Air Plans E1
Wg Cdr G Buckle  4 Dec 1958 Exercise Planning
Sqn Ldr C A Guest 19 Dec 1958 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr I M Harper  1 Aug 1958 Intelligence
Sqn Ldr E J Strangeway 30 Dec 1957 Operations
Sqn Ldr S R Jeffrey 17 Nov 1958 Communications, DFC
Wg Cdr V S Swain 23 Feb 1959 Air Plans Chanel I, DFC

Source - April 1959 Air Force List

1960

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Charles E Chilton  1 Jun 1959 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KBE, CB,
AVM Wilfred E Oulton 21 Apr 1958 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE, DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr A H G Davis 14 Dec 1959 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr E R Bangor-Jones  1 Jan 1959 Air Plans Co-Ord I
Wg Cdr A V Plowright  7 Jul 1958 Air Plans E1
Wg Cdr G Buckle  4 Dec 1958 Exercise Planning
Sqn Ldr C A Guest 19 Dec 1958 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr H C Taylor 24 Aug 1959  
Sqn Ldr I M Harper  1 Aug 1958 Intelligence
Sqn Ldr E J Strangeway 30 Dec 1957 Operations
Sqn Ldr A E Burgess 12 Oct 1959 Communications
Sqn Ldr S R Jeffrey 17 Nov 1958 Communications, DFC
Wg Cdr V S Swain 23 Feb 1959 Air Plans Chanel I, DFC
Wg Cdr S H Latham 2 2Jun 1959 Logistics Equipment

Source - January 1960 Air Force List

1961

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Charles E Chilton  1 Jun 1959 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KBE, CB,
AVM Kenneth V Garside  1 Jan 1961 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, MA
Gp Capt S G Birch 18 Apr 1960 Joint Chief Logistics Officer, MVO, OBE, BSc
Wg Cdr E R Bangor-Jones  1 Jan 1959 Air Plans Co-Ord I
Wg Cdr G Buckle  4 Dec 1958 Exercises, OBE
Wg Cdr B S G Button  4 Jul 1960 Nuclear Warfare Staff Officer
Wg Cdr A H G Davis 14 Dec 1959 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr S H Latham 2 2Jun 1959 Logistics Equipment
Wg Cdr J Quinn  2 Aug 1960 Air Plans E 1, DFC*
Wg Cdr V S Swain 23 Feb 1959 Air Plans Channel 1, DFC
Sqn Ldr A E Burgess 12 Oct 1959 Communications
Sqn Ldr D I Fairburn 28 Dec 1959 Operations
Sqn Ldr C A Guest 19 Dec 1958 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr I M Harper  1 Aug 1958 Intelligence
Sqn Ldr W A Tait  6 Feb 1961 Communications
Sqn Ldr H C Taylor 24 Aug 1959 Signals Plans

Source - January 1961 Air Force List

1962

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Charles E Chilton  1 Jun 1959 Commander-in-Chief (Air), KBE, CB,
AVM Kenneth V Garside  1 Jan 1961 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, MA
Gp Capt S G Birch 18 Apr 1960 Joint Chief Logistics Officer, MVO, OBE, BSc
Wg Cdr E R Bangor-Jones  1 Jan 1959 Air Plans Co-Ord I
Wg Cdr B S G Button  4 Jul 1960 Nuclear Warfare Staff Officer
Wg Cdr A H G Davis 14 Dec 1959 Administration Plans II
Wg Cdr T W Horton 25 Sep 1961 Exercises, DSO, DFC*
Wg Cdr S H Latham 2 2Jun 1959 Logistics Equipment
Wg Cdr J Quinn  2 Aug 1960 Air Plans E 1, DFC*
Wg Cdr L G A Reed  5 Jul 1961 Air Plans Co-Ord, MVO, DFC
Wg Cdr G E Willis 18 Sep 1961 Air Plans Mairchan I, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr A Denovan  9 Oct 1961 Signals Exercises, MBE, DFM
Sqn Ldr D I Fairburn 28 Dec 1959 Operations
Sqn Ldr C A Guest 19 Dec 1958 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr W A Tait  6 Feb 1961 Communications
Sqn Ldr H C Taylor 24 Aug 1959 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr R S Taylor  6 Mar 1961 Intelligence, Eastlant, AFC

Source - January 1962 Air Force List

1963

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Anthony D Selway 10 Aug 1962 Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, KCB, DFC
AVM John B Russell  4 Feb 1963 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, DSO
Wg Cdr B S G Button  4 Jul 1960 Nuclear Warfare Staff Officer
Wg Cdr A H G Davis 14 Dec 1959 Administration Plans
Wg Cdr T W Horton 25 Sep 1961 Exercises, DSO, DFC*
Wg Cdr A P Morgan 16 Jan 1963 Air Plans Eastlant 1, DFC
Wg Cdr L G A Reed  5 Jul 1961 Air Plans Co-Ord, MVO, DFC
Wg Cdr G E Willis 18 Sep 1961 Air Plans Mairchan I, DFC, AFC
Sqn Ldr T H Pitcairn-Hill 28 May 1962 Signals Plans Mairchan I
Sqn Ldr A Denovan  9 Oct 1961 Signals Exercises, MBE, DFM
Sqn Ldr A J Freeborn 30 Dec 1962 Exercise Analysis
Sqn Ldr C A Guest 19 Dec 1962 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr W A Tait  6 Feb 1961 Communications, Eastlant
Sqn Ldr R S Taylor  6 Mar 1961 Intelligence, Eastlant, AFC

Source - Spring 1963 Air Force List

By 1964 the title 'Air Commander-in-Chief' had been replaced by 'Commander Maritime Air'

1964

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Anthony D Selway 10 Aug 1962 Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, KCB, DFC
AVM John B Russell  4 Feb 1963 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, DSO
Wg Cdr C F Price 27 Nov 1963 Nuclear Defence Staff Officer, MBE
Wg Cdr I L Dunn 20 Jan 1964 Exercises, LLB
Wg Cdr J W J Tarrant 13 Jan 1964 Air Plans, Eastlant 1, DFC*
Wg Cdr L G A Reed  5 Jul 1961 Air Plans Co-Ord, MVO, DFC
Wg Cdr D E King 24 Aug 1964 Air Plans Mairchan 1, DFC
Sqn Ldr T H Pitcairn-Hill 28 May 1962 Signals Plans Mairchan I
Sqn Ldr A Denovan  9 Oct 1961 Signals Exercises, MBE, DFM
Sqn Ldr A J Freeborn 30 Dec 1962 Exercise Analysis
Sqn Ldr J L Sherrard  2 Mar 1964 Signals Plans, BEM
Sqn Ldr J Nolan 20 May 1963 Communications Eastlant
Sqn Ldr R MacK Dye  9 Mar 1964 Intelligence Eastlant

Source - Autumn 1964 Air Force List

1965

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Paul D Holder 23 Jan 1966 Commander Maritime Air, KBE, CB, DSO, DFC, MSc, PhD, FRAeS
AVM John B Russell  4 Feb 1963 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE, DSO
Wg Cdr C F Price 27 Nov 1963 Nuclear Defence Staff Officer, MBE
Wg Cdr P Turner 30 Dec 1963 Admin Plans
Wg Cdr F C P Elliott  5 Nov 1964 Exercises
Wg Cdr J W J Tarrant 13 Jan 1964 Air Plans, Eastlant 1, DFC*
Wg Cdr D C Saunders 10 Aug 1964 Air Plans Co-ord, OBE, AFC
Wg Cdr D E King 24 Aug 1964 Air Plans Mairchan 1, DFC
Sqn Ldr T H Pitcairn-Hill 28 May 1962 Signals Liaison Mairchan
Sqn Ldr A Denovan  9 Oct 1961 Signals Exercises, MBE, DFM
Sqn Ldr A J Freeborn 30 Dec 1962 Exercise Analysis
Sqn Ldr J L Sherrard  2 Mar 1964 Signals Plans, BEM
Sqn Ldr J Nolan 20 May 1963 Communications Eastlant
Sqn Ldr R MacK Dye  9 Mar 1964 Intelligence Eastlant

Source - Autumn 1965 Air Force List

1966

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Paul D Holder 23 Jan 1966 Commander Maritime Air, KBE, CB, DSO, DFC, MSc, PhD, FRAeS
AVM John B Russell  4 Feb 1963 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE, DSO
Wg Cdr C F Price 27 Nov 1963 Nuclear Defence Staff Officer, MBE
Wg Cdr P Turner 30 Dec 1963 Admin Plans
Wg Cdr F C P Elliott  5 Nov 1964 Exercises
Wg Cdr J W J Tarrant 13 Jan 1964 Air Plans, Eastlant 1, DFC*
Wg Cdr D C Saunders 10 Aug 1964 Air Plans Co-ord, OBE, AFC
Wg Cdr D E King 24 Aug 1964 Air Plans Mairchan 1, DFC
Sqn Ldr J R Ruddick  4 Oct 1965 Signals Liaison Mairchan
Sqn Ldr A Denovan  9 Oct 1961 Signals Exercises, MBE, DFM
Sqn Ldr A J Freeborn 30 Dec 1962 Exercise Analysis
Sqn Ldr J L Sherrard  2 Mar 1964 Signals Plans, BEM
Sqn Ldr J Nolan 20 May 1963 Communications Eastlant
Sqn Ldr R MacK Dye  9 Mar 1964 Intelligence Eastlant

Source - Spring 1966 Air Force List

1967

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Paul D Holder 23 Jan 1966 Commander Maritime Air, KBE, CB, DSO, DFC, MSc, PhD, FRAeS
AVM Albert A Case 21 Feb 1966 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE
Wg Cdr H E Hunt 13 Jun 1966 Nuclear Defence Staff Officer, MBE
Wg Cdr M W G Collins 30 Aug 1966 Infra Plans
Wg Cdr F C P Elliott  5 Nov 1964 Exercises
Wg Cdr P A S Rumbold  9 Dec 1966 Air Plans, Eastlant 1
Wg Cdr M H J Colman 13 Dec 1965 Air Plans Co-ord
Wg Cdr D E King 24 Aug 1964 Air Plans Mairchan 1, DFC
Sqn Ldr R J Couchman 29 Sep 1966 Signals Exercises, DFM
Sqn Ldr P H Hudgell 10 Dec 1965 Exercise Analysis
Sqn Ldr H F Poulson 12 Mar 1966 Signals Plans
Sqn Ldr E D Murray 21 Nov 1966 Communications Eastlant
Sqn Ldr R MacK Dye  9 Mar 1964 Intelligence Eastlant

Source - 1967 Air Force List

1968

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Paul D Holder 23 Jan 1966 Commander Maritime Air, KBE, CB, DSO, DFC, MSc, PhD, FRAeS
AVM Albert A Case 21 Feb 1966 Senior Air Staff Officer, CB, CBE
Wg Cdr H E Hunt 13 Jun 1966 Nuclear Defence Staff Officer, MBE
Wg Cdr M W G Collins 30 Aug 1966 Infra Plans
Wg Cdr D T Evans 21 Aug 1967 Exercises
Wg Cdr P A S Rumbold  9 Dec 1966 Plans 1
Wg Cdr M H J Colman 13 Dec 1965 Air Plans C1
Wg Cdr R Currie 20 Mar 1967 Air Plans, AFC
Sqn Ldr R J Couchman 29 Sep 1966 Electrical Engineer 8 Telecommunications, DFM
Sqn Ldr W L McFarlane 31 Jul 1967 Intelligence 3
Sqn Ldr H F Poulson 12 Mar 1966 Electrical Engineer Infra
Sqn Ldr D T C Pascoe 19 Nov 1967 Electrical Engineer 9 Telecommunications, AMIERE

Source - 1968 Air Force List

1969

The listings for this year are currently unavailable

Source - 1969 Air Force List

By 1970 COMMAIRCHAN is listed separately

1970

Location
Northwood, Middlesex

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AM Sir Robert E Craven 28 Nov 1969 Commander Maritime Air, KBE, CB, DFC, MBIM
AVM Gordon Young  1 Nov 1968 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE
Wg Cdr D T Evans 21 Aug 1967 Exercises
Wg Cdr M Short 22 Jan 1968 Air Plans, MBE, AFC
Wg Cdr G B Atkinson  1 Jul 1968 Infra Plans, MBE, DFC
Wg Cdr M J Harnetty 16 Oct 1968 Nuclear Defence Staff Officer,
Sqn Ldr J D Barnes-Moss 12 Feb 1968 Electrical Engineer 8 Telecommunications
Sqn Ldr A Fraser 14 Oct 1968 Electrical Engineer Infra, MIERE

Source - Spring 1970 Air Force List

1971

Source - Spring 1971 Air Force List

1972

Source - Spring 1972 Air Force List

1973

Source - Spring 1973 Air Force List

1974

Source - Spring 1974 Air Force List

1975

Source - Spring 1975 Air Force List

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