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Air Commodore J W Frost (126954)

J W FrostJohn William                 b: 30 Jul 1921              r: 11 Oct 1976             d: 7 Aug 2010

CBE 10 Jun 1966, DFC 23 Jan 1945.

(RAFVR): Plt Off: 2 May 1942, Fg Off (WS): 20 Nov 1942, Flt Lt (WS): 20 May 1944, Flt Lt: 28 Feb 1947 [20 Nov 1945].

(RAF):  Flt Lt: 15 Jun 1948 [1 Jul 1946], Act Sqn Ldr: 15 Jun 1948?, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1951, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1957, Act Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1962, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1962, Act A/Cdre: 15 Mar 1968?, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1968.

xx xxx 1941:                 U/T Pilot, Gunter Field, Alabama

xx May 1942:               Flying Instructor, Gunter Field, Alabama

xx Feb 1944:                Pilot, No 175 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:                  Pilot, No 184 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:                  Pilot/Flight Commander?, No 80 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:                  Pilot/Flight Commander?, No 41 Sqn

xx Jun 1948:                 Officer Commanding, No 26 Sqn. (Tempest II)

15 Jun 1948:                Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

xx xxx 1948:                 RAF Liaison Officer to HQ BETFOR

xx xxx xxxx:                  Test Pilot.

xx Jan 1950:                 Officer Commanding, No 222 Sqn. (Meteor F4/F8)

22 Oct 1952:                Air Staff, HQ No 12 Group

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff Officer, AHQ Malaya

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff Officer, AHQ Hong Kong

26 Feb 1958:               Officer Commanding No 151 Sqn.

 6 Oct 1958:                OC Flying, RAF Leuchars

 2 Jan 1961:                 Directing Staff, RAF Staff College, Bracknell.

 1 Jan 1962:                 Group Director, RAF Staff College, Bracknell.

xx Sep 1964:                Officer Commanding, RAF El Adem.

2 Dec 1966:                 Deputy Director of Operations (TSR2)/Aircraft Projects.

17 Mar 1967:               Staff Officer, Dept of CAS.

15 Mar 1968:               Director of Personal Services (A)/(1).

27 Jul 1970:                 Deputy Commandant, Joint Warfare Establishment.

23 Oct 1972:                Chief of Staff to UK Military Representative, NATO HQ Military Committee.

He was born in Stoke-on-Trent and educated at Longton High School, after which he began working for Samson Bridgwood, earthenware and bone china manufacturers, as a trainee manager.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

"FROST, John William, F/L (126954, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.175 Squadron

This officer has operated with this squadron since January 1944, during which time he has led a flight on many occasions.  He has taken part in attacks against enemy gun and mortar positions and flying bomb installations and has destroyed numerous tanks and transport vehicles.  During the actions at Mortain and Vimontiers he took a commendable part in many sorties.  Flight Lieutenant Frost has always displayed great keenness, ability and determination in the execution of his duties."

(Source - Air 2/9043, citation drafted when he had flown 90 sorties (84 operational hours)

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