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Air Vice-Marshal B H Newton (607353)

Barry Hamilton                       b:  1 Apr 1932                        r:   9 Jun 1989                    d:  25 Aug 2020

CB – 31 Dec 1987, CVO – 15 Jun 2002, OBE - 1975, FBIM.

Plt Off:  28 Jul 1953, Fg Off:  28 Jul 1954 [28 Jul 1953], Flt Lt: 17 May 1956, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1962, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1968, Act Gp Capt: xx xxx  1975?, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1976, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1981, Act AVM: 10 Jan 1984, AVM: 1 Jan 1985:

xx xxx 1951:           Flight Cadet, RAF College.

28 Jul 1953:           Granted a Permanent Commission.

xx xxx xxxx:            Attended No 231 OCU.

xx xxx 1954:           Pilot, No 109 Sqn. (Canberra B2/6)

xx xxx 1956:           Pilot, No 76 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:            Attended QFI’s Course, CFS.

xx Oct 1959:           QFI, RAF College.

xx xxx xxxx:            Squadron Commander, No 6 FTS (Acklington).

15 Oct 1963:          Air Staff - General Duties Training, HQ Flying Training Command.

xx xxx 1966:           Attended RAF Staff College, Bracknell

1 Jul 1966:              PSO to Commander, 2nd ATAF.

27 Jun 1969:           Officer Commanding – Operations Wing, RAF Cottesmore.

xx xxx 1971:           Attended Air Warfare Course.

23 Dec 1971:          Defence Policy Staff.

28 Aug 1974:          Directing Staff, National Defence College.

xx xxx 1975:           Staff, Cabinet Offices.

 2 Jun 1978:            Assistant Director of Defence Policy.

xx xxx 1979:           Staff, Cabinet Offices.

6 Mar 1982:            Air Commodore - Flying Training, HQ Support Command.

12 Apr 1983 – xx xxx xxxx:   ADC to the Queen.

10 Jan 1984:            Senior Directing Staff (Air), Royal College of  Defence Studies.

 4  Apr 1986:           Commandant, Joint Services Defence College.

xx xxx 1988:            Special Projects Officer, Royal College of Defence Studies.

 4 Apr 1997:           Honorary Air Commodore, Helicopter Support Sqn, RAuxAF.

xx Jan 2000:          Inspector-General of the Royal Auxilliary Air Force/Honorary Air Commodore, No 606 (Chiltern) Sqn.  RAuxAF

xx xxx 2009:          Retired

Educated at Highgate School, he entered the RAF College, Cranwell in 1951, graduating in 1953.  With No 109 Squadron he operated in the low-level marking role and during his time with No 76, the squadron, equipped with Canberra B6's, was tasked with atomic cloud sampling in Australia and Christmas Island in the Pacific, in which he was involved.

On retirement from the RAF he was appointed Gentleman Usher to the Queen and became Vice-Chairman of the National Council of Territorial, Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Associations.  He also continued flying as a pilot with No 6 AEF at Benson until 1997, although he continued to run a navigation course at the unit for cadets.   The same year he was appointed the first Honorary Air Commodore of No 606 (Chiltern) Squadron RAuxAF.

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