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Air Commodore W C Cooper (16241)

William Charles CooperWilliam Charles            b: 3 Jul 1906                r: 1 Oct 1946               d: 26 Oct 1984

CBE 13 Jun 1946,

(RAF): - Plt Off: 11 Dec 1926, Fg Off: 11 Jun 1928, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1932, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1940, Act Gp Capt: 9 Nov 1942 Wg Cdr (WS): 9 Apr 1943, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1943, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1946, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946.

William Charles Cooper

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 27 July 1960
NPG x170417

National Portrait Gallery, London


xx xxx xxxx:                  Aircraft Apprentice, 5th Entry, RAF Cranwell.

15 Jan 1925:                 Flight Cadet, A Sqn, RAF College, Cranwell

11 Dec 1926:               Appointed to a Permanent Commission

11 Dec 1926:               Pilot, No 9 Sqn.

 1 Sep 1930:                Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

30 Jul 1931:                 Attended Cambridge University.

25 Jul 1933:                 Pilot/Signals Officer, No 13 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

10 Oct 1934:                Signals Officer, No 84 Sqn.

20 Apr 1936:               Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

18 Dec 1936:               Signals Officer, No 1 Wing, Home Aircraft Depot.

20 Dec 1937:               Signals duties, Royal Aircraft Establishment.

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch

11 Nov 1940:               Signals Officer, HQ Technical Training Command?

At Cranwell, he attained the rank of Flight Cadet Sergeant, represented the college at Soccer and was awarded the Hyde Thompson and Humanities trophies.  He was the first ex-Flowerdown apprentice to become a Cadet at the RAF College and the first to graduate from Cambridge.

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