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Air Commodore K C Buss

K C Buss - 1916Kenneth Caron            b: 3 Nov 1887            r: 3 Nov 1940 [21 Jan 1946]            d: 2 Jan 1961

OBE - 3 Jun 1929, MiD - 11 Jun 1942.

(RNAS): Ldg Mech: 18 Aug 1914, PO Mech: 1 Apr 1915, (T) (P) Flt Sub-Lt: 15 Jul 1915, (T) Flt Sub-Lt: 15 Jun 1916 [15 Jul 1915], Act Flt Lt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Flt Lt: 31 Dec 1916, Flt Cdr: 30 Jun 1917, Sqn Cdr: 31 Dec 1917.

(RAF):- (T) Maj: 1 Apr 1918, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1919, [1 Apr 1918] Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1928, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1934, Act A/Cdre (unpd): 1 Aug 1939, Act A/Cdre (paid?): 3 Nov 1940, A/Cdre: Retained.

18 Aug 1914:         Leading Mechanic, HMS Pembroke III

 3 Oct 1914:           Leading Mechanic, HMS Hermes

 1 Nov 1914:          Leading Mechanic, HMS Pembroke III

 3 Dec 1914:           Leading Mechanic, RNAS, HMS Empress

 1 Apr 1914:           Petty Officer, HMS Empress

1915                       Attended RNAS Engineering Course.

1916                       Pilot, Chingford Air Station

xx xxx 1916:            O/100 Pilot, Manston Air Station

xx xxx xxxx:             0/100 Pilot RNAS, Coudekerque.

xx xxx 1917:             Staff Officer, HQ Plymouth (South West Group)

xx xxx 1918:            Officer Commanding, RNAS Torquay.

xx xxx 1918:            Staff Officer, FO-2A, Directorate of Flying Operations.

 1 Aug 1919:            Awarded Permanent Commission as a Major

xx Oct 1919:            Officer Commanding, No 269 Sqn.

10 Jan 1920:            Staff, Inspector of Recruiting.


16 Dec 1920:           Officer Commanding, No 47 Sqn.

13 Oct 1921:            Awaiting disposal, HQ RAF Iraq.

 1 Feb 1922:            Air Staff - Intelligence, HQ Iraq Command.

27 Nov 1925:           Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

12 Nov 1926:           Air Staff - Intelligence, HQ Iraq Command.


15 Feb 1931:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

12 Mar 1931:           Officer Commanding, Practice Camp, Sutton Bridge.

26 Nov 1931:           Attended ? Course, Central Flying School.


 4 Mar 1932:            SESO?, HQ RAF Middle East.

xx Jun 1933:            Passed Examination as Interpreter (French), 2nd Class 

4 Feb 1935:            Officer Commanding, No 4 FTS.

27 Sep 1935:            Air Staff, HQ RAF Middle East.

15 Sep 1936:            GSO 1st Grade, Combined HQ, British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan.

26 Jul 1937:              Deputy Director of Intelligence.

22 Dec 1938:            Director of Intelligence.

18 Feb 1940:            Deputy Director of  Repair and Servicing (2).

 3 Nov 1943:            Retired and re-employed.

10 May 1941:           Air Staff, HQ RAF in Palestine and Trans-Jordan. 

 1 Aug 1943:             Director of Intelligence (Security).

He gained RAeC Certificate No 2258 on 9 January 1916.  He became a acknowledged expert on the Middle East, being able to speak and write Arabic fluently.  After WW2, he became Deputy Head of the Foreign Office Research Department.

Recommendation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

BUSS, Kenneth Caron, W/C - Officer, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 June 1929, Birthday Honours List.  Recommendation for an OBE, drafted 26 March 1928 in anticipation of the King’s Birthday List for that year.  He was then a Squadron Leader with the Air Staff, Iraq.

 "For exceptionally devoted and valuable services over a period of six years in the Intelligence Section of the Air Staff.  He has given up almost all his spare time in the interest of his work and the high standard of knowledge of Intelligence and the Arab language which he has thereby attained is fuly deserving of adequate recognition."

On 29 March 1928, Air Marshal Ellington added his remarks (much of which are illegible).

(Source - Air 2/326)

 He had been recommended earlier (April 1925 and March 1926).

"This officer, as head of the Intelligence Branch in Iraq, has displayed outstanding ability and has rendered services of the highest order.  He possesses an extensive knowledge of the language and country and is trusted by all classes of the Iraq people.  His excellent knowledge of the personalities of the country, combined with a shrewd judgement of character, has been of the greatest assistance in forecasting the probable trend of events."

(Source - Air 30/79)

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