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Air Commodore D W F Bonham-Carter (16027)

D W F Bonham-Carter - 1921David William Frederick                    

b: 22 Feb 1901                     r: 27 Feb 1953                     d: 17 May 1974

CB 8 Jun 1950, DFC 23 Mar 1945, MiD - 8 Jun 1944.

Plt Off: 20 Dec 1921, Fg Off: 20 Jun 1923, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1928, Sqn Ldr: 1 Oct 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1941, Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1951.

xx xxx 1920:            Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

20 Dec 1931:           Appointed to a Permanent Commission

20 Dec 1921:           Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 7 Mar 1922:            Pilot, No 6 Sqn.

18 Mar 1925:           Pilot, No 14 Sqn.

2 Nov 1926:            Pilot, Experimental Section, RAE.

12 Aug 1929:           Air Staff, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.

23 Jan 1933:            Attended RAF Staff College.

16 Jan 1934:            Flight Commander, No 30 Sqn.

2 Mar 1935:            Air/Admin Staff, HQ Iraq Command.

20 May 1936:          Test Pilot, A. & A.E.E.

xx xxx 1938:            Examiner/Pilot, Refresher Sqn, Central Flying School.

xx xxx 1940:            Seconded to RCAF.

xx xxx xxxx:            SASO, No 2 Training Command, RCAF (1942-43)

xx xxx 1943:            Staff, HQ No 5 (Bomber) Group.

xx xxx xxxx:             Officer Commanding, RAF Wigsley

xx xxx xxxx:             Officer Commanding, No 1654 HCU/RAF Wigsley

31 Mar 1944:          Officer Commanding, RAF Waddington.

 9 Apr 1945:           Supernumerary, HQ Transport Command

xx xxx 1945:            Officer Commanding, No 45 Wing/RAF Dorval.

xx xxx 1947:            Seconded to Ministry of Civil Aviation.

xx Jul 1949:             Officer Commanding , RAF Brize Norton

12 Apr 1951:           AOC, AHQ Hong Kong.

After leaving Winchester, he entered Cranwell but only completed the first term?, but still represented the College at Soccer.  Whilst OC of Waddington, he often flew as second pilot to newly arrived captains, particularly those worried about the high casualty rate and usually on the most demanding operations.

In 1947 he joined the Council of the Nightingale Fund and following retirement became Vice-President of the Anglo-Belgium Union in 1967 and President of the Newark Air Museum.


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