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Air Vice-Marshal W J Herrington (607018)

Walter John                 b:   18 May 1928                    r:   3 Apr 1982                        d: 30 Mar 2018

CB 12 Jun 1982, FBIM.

Plt Off: 27 Jul 1949, Fg Off:  [27 Jul 1949], Flt Lt: 27 Jan 1952, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1958, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1963, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1968, Act A/Cdre: 13 Dec 1974, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1975, Act AVM: 3 Jan 1978, AVM: 1 Jul 1978.

xx xxx 1947:   Flight Cadet, 'C' Sqn, RAF College.

27 Jul 1949:     Appointed to a Permanent Commission.

27 Jul 1949:     Attended No ? OCU?

xx xxx 1950:   Pilot, No ? Sqn. (Transport)

29 Sep 1953:   PA to AOC in C, Bomber Command

xx xxx xxxx:   Victor Conversion Course, No 232 OCU.

20 Mar 1958:   Pilot, Radar Reconnaissance Flight.

xx Jan xxxx:    Attended RAF Staff College.

xx xxx xxxx:   Exchange posting, USAF Academy.

30 Sep 1964:   Officer Commanding, No 100 Sqn. (Victor)

xx Jan xxxx:    Attended Joint Services Staff College.

11 Dec 1967:   Staff Officer, Dept of AMP.

 1 Jul 1969:      Officer Commanding, RAF Honington.

23 Jul 1971:     Deputy Director of Operations (Strike).

 1 Jan 1971 xx xxx xxxx:     ADC to The Queen

xx Jan 1974:    Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.

20 Jun 1975:    Defence/Air Attache, Paris.

 3 Jan 1978:     Senior Air Force Member, Directing Staff, Royal College of Defence Studies.

 2 Feb 1980:    Director of Service Intelligence. 

He represented the RAF College at Soccer, Athletics, Fencing, Hockey, attained the rank of Under Officer and was awarded Sword of Honour on graduation.   

Having completed the first Victor Conversion Course, he flew XA923 to Wyton to join the Radar Reconnaissance Flight, which became the first operational Victor unit.

Since leaving the RAF he became an Aviation and Security Consultant. 

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