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Air Commodore M J Allisstone (607418) 

Michael John    b: 13 Feb 1933                       r: 1 Apr 1988  

CBE – 1 Jan 1988.

Cadet (AC2): 12 Sep 1951; Flt Cdt: 9 Apr 1952; Under Officer: 7 Apr 1954; Plt Off: 27 Jul 1954; Fg Off: 27 Jul 1956; Flt Lt: 27 Jul 1960; Act Sqn Ldr: 19 Oct 1964; Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1965; Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1971; Act Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1975; Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1976; Act A/Cdre: 3 Sep 1983; A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1984

12 Sep 1951:   RAF College Cranwell (u/t pilot).

11 Nov 1952:   Suspended from flying training; transferred to Equipment cadetship.

27 Jul 1954:     Graduated with permanent commission in Equipment Branch.

30 Aug 1954:   RAF Cottesmore.

5 Mar 1955:     RAF Changi (101 Sqn).

18 Apr 1955:   RAF Butterworth (101 & 617 Sqns).

8 Aug 1955:     RAF Marham.

15 Nov 1955:   RAF Lindholme.

3 Apr 1956:     RAF Weston Zoyland.

23 Apr 1956:   RAF Gibraltar (542 Sqn).

8 Oct 1956:      RAF Lindholme.

10 Sep 1957:   RAF Khormaksar.

7 Oct 1959:      RAF Calshot.

4 Jan 1960:      RAF Barnham.

11 Jul 1962:     Flight Commander, RAF College Cranwell.

12 Oct 1964:    Air Ministry London AD (Ops TSR2) then Directorate of Aircraft Projects.

9 Jan 1967:      Attended RAF Staff College, Bracknell.

4 Jan 1968:      Chief Equipment Officer, No 431 Maintenance Unit, RAF Brüggen, .

25 Jan 1971:    Attended Joint Service Staff College, Latimer.

9 Aug 1971:     Defence Administrative Planning Staff, MOD London.

16 Sep 1974:   Head of Engineering & Supply Policy 28 (RAF), MOD London.

1 Sep 1975:     Deputy Director of Engineering & Supply Policy 10 (RAF), MOD London.

1 Aug 1977:     Officer Commanding, No 7 Maintenance Unit, RAF Quedgeley, Gloucester.

3 Oct 1979:      Directorate of Supply Policy (RAF), MOD London for special study.

1 Apr 1980:     Chief Staff Officer (Logistics) to Vice Chief of Defence Staff & Secretary to the Principal Administrative Officers’ Committee.

6 Jan 1982:      Attended Royal College of Defence Studies, Seaford House, London.

13 Dec 1982:   Deputy Director of Supply Systems 11 (RAF), MOD London.

3 Sep 1983:     Director of Supply Management 2 (RAF), MOD Harrogate.

12 Oct 1984:    Director of Supply Policy & Logistics Plans (RAF), MOD London.

Allisstone spent much of his time as a junior officer on deployment with operational squadrons overseas.  Following two years in Aden he specialized in explosives (inc nuclear weapons) and in fuels, later teaching these subjects to Cranwell cadets where he had returned as a College flight commander.  After a spell on the Air Staff in London and attending the RAF Staff College at Bracknell, Allisstone went to Germany.  He returned to complete the joint service staff course at Latimer before taking up an MOD Central Staff planning appointment.  In 1975 he became Head of the RAF fuels organization world-wide and next commanded a major RAF storage depot.  He then returned to the MOD where he became Chief Staff Officer (Logistics) to VCDS.  Selected for RCDS in 1982, thereafter he directed supply systems, management, and finally policy and logistics planning, whilst frequently acting as Director General of RAF Supply.

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