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Air Commodore W H Hutton (26036)

Walter Howard                        

b: 20 Sep 1907                        r: 10 Mar 1958                        d: 28 Aug 1981

CBE - 13 Jun 1946, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD - 14 Jan 1944, LeoP (O) 27 Jun 1947, CdeG (P) (B) 27 Jun 1947.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

Plt Off: 17 Dec 1927, Fg Off: 17 Jun 1929, Flt Lt: 1 Jun 1934, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1937, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 6 Jan 1943, Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1943, Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1952.

14 Jan 1926:      Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.

17 Dec 1927:    Appointed to a Permanent Commission

 6 Mar 1928:     Attended ? Course, RAF Base Calshot?

 9 Sep 1928:     Staff, School of Naval Co-operation.

 1 Jan 1932:      Attended Pilotage Course, RAF Base, Calshot.

17 Oct 1932:    Pilotage Officer, No 99 Sqn.

 9 Oct 1933:     Navigation Officer, No 210 Sqn.

 2 - 26 Apr 1935:    Navigation Officer, Delivery Flight of 3 x Singapores to No 205 Sqn.

26 Apr 1935:     In transit to the UK

 7 Feb 1938:      Group Navigation Officer, HQ No 17 (Training) Group.

27 Sep - 10 Oct 1938:    Attached, HQ No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group.

23 Jan 1939:     Attended RAF Staff College

25 Aug 1939:   Air Staff, NC1, Directorate of Operations (Naval Co-operation).

xx Nov 1941:   Officer Commanding, No 210 Sqn

xx Jun 1942:    

19 Apr 1943:   Deputy Director of Operations (Naval Co-operation).

xx xxx xxxx:      Deputy Director of Operations (Maritime).

5 Feb 1944:

 9 Sep 1946:     SASO, AHQ Ceylon.

15 Dec 1948:    Deputy Director of Personnel (II)

17 Jul 1950:      Air Staff, HQ Transport Comand

 2 Jul 1951:       SASO, HQ Transport Command.

12 May 1952:

xx xxx 1952/3:  AOC, RAF Element, Maritime HQ, Chatham.

28 Jul 1954:     AOA, HQ Coastal Command.

He represented the RAF College at Athletics, Cricket, Rugby and attained the rank of Flight Cadet Corporal.

Recommendation for the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire

"HUTTON, Walter Howard, G/C (26036, Royal Air Force) - Station Pembroke Dock.  This officer commands the station at Pembroke Dock.  Throughout the war he has displayed unsurpassed devotion to duty.  He was almost entirely responsible for the initial and successful operation of very long range aircraft which established their use in Coastal Command.  His superb judgement and careful planning, coupled with personal knowledge and supervision of the aircrews made the use of Very Long Range [aircraft] a practical proposition.  Later his work at the Admiralty was of the utmost value to Coastal Command.  He worked unceasingly and with complete disregard for his physical well being.  He has shown considerable ability as an operational staff officer and has displayed great devotion to duty."

(Source - Air 2/9669)

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