Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Edgar George Fortescue b: 1 Oct 1917 r: 3 Jan 1973 d: 23 Sep 2008
CBE - 1 Jan 1970, MiD - 8 Jun 1944.
(Army): Pte: xx xxx xxxx, L/Cpl: xx xxx xxxx, 2 Lt: 23 Mar 1938,
APO (P): 3 Apr 1939, Plt Off (P): 3 Jul 1939, Plt Off: 3 Apr 1940, Act Fg Off: 3 Jun 1940, Act Flt Lt: 29 Jun 1940, Fg Off: 3 Jul 1940, (T) Flt Lt: 1 Sep 1941, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1943, Flt Lt (WS): 4 May 1943, Flt Lt: 1 Sep 1945 (adjusted to 1 Mar 1945 on 28 Feb 1947), Act Wg Cdr: xx xxx xxxx, Sqn Ldr (WS): 4 Sep 1945, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1947, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1956, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1963, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1970
xx xxx xxxx: Soldier, 33rd St Pancras AA Battalion
23 Mar 1938: Appointed to a Commission in 34th (Royal West Kent) AA Battalion
2 Apr 1939: Resigned his Commission
3 Apr 1939: Appointed to a Short Service Commission in the Equipment Branch
xx xxx 1939: Attended the Equipment Officers' School
3 Jun 1940: Equipment Officer, RAF Leeming
xx xxx xxxx: Attended RAF Staff College.
4 May 1942: Equipment Officer, HQ Bomber Command
3 Apr 1943: Transferred to the Reserve and called up for Air Force service
1 Sep 1945: Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the Equipment Branch in the rank of Flight Lieutenant
24 Sep 1945: Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (2)
xx xxx xxxx: Equipment Officer, Calcutta and Delhi
xx xxx xxxx: Equipment Officer, Liverpool
17 Jan 1955: Equipment Staff Officer, Programmes Division HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe
xx xxx xxxx: Attended Joint Services Command and Staff College.
1 Aug 1958: Directing Staff, RAF Staff College
18 Sep 1961: Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of Equipment (4)
18 Nov 1963: Senior Equipment Staff Officer, HQ RAF Germany
22 Aug 1966: Officer Commanding, No 14 Maintenance Unit/RAF Carlisle
9 Dec 1969: Air Officer Supply, HQ Maintenance Command
Leaving school in Eastbourne at 15 he moved to London, where he joined the Territorial Army and was called up for service during the Munich Crisis in 1938 but the following year he resigned his commission in the TA to join the RAF, hoping to become a pilot, but with no vacancies, he joined the Equipment Branch. He served in Bomber Command throughout the war and at one time had the unusual problem of how to dispose of 250,000 sheets of toilet paper he had calculated would have been needed for an invasion that never took place.
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