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Air Commodore H G Slade (123239)

Herbert George (‘Bertie’)            b:   2 Oct 1921              r:   2 Oct 1976                     d: 9 May 2003

CBE – 1 Jan 1976, AFC - 13 Jun 1959, KCVSA – 1 Jan 1951.

RAFVR: Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off:  20 Jun 1942, Fg Off (WS):  20 Dec 1942, Flt Lt (WS):  20 Jun 1944, Flt Lt: 20 Dec 1945,

RAF: Flt Lt: 23 Nov 1948,  Sqn Ldr:  1 Jan 1951, Wg Cdr:  1 Jan 1957, Act Gp Capt: 4 Jun 1962, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1962, Act A/Cdre: 13 Aug 1973, A/Cdre:  Retained:

xx xxx xxxx:            U/T Pilot,

xx xxx xxxx:            Sergeant Pilot, RAFVR (1318291)

20 Jun 1942:           Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR.

7 Jan 1947 [ 18 Dec 1945]:            Appointed to extended Commission (4 years on the active list) as a Flying Officer (retaining rank current at the time)

23 Nov 1948:         Appointed to a Permanent Commission the rank of Flight Lieutenant


23 Jun 1960:           Planning Staff, AHQ Malta.

 4 Jun 1962:            Senior Air Liaison Officer, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

10 Mar 1965:          Officer Commanding, RAF Syerston.

 7 Aug 1967:           Deputy Director of Personal Services (1).

11 Sep 1970:          SASO, No 23 (Training) Group.

 3 Dec 1970- xx xxx xxxx:           ADC to the Queen.

27 Aug 1973:         Commander, UK MoD Team to Royal Saudi Air Force.

The following anecdote was sent to me by Howard Wilson: -

"I was appointed, fresh from university, to the post of Youth Worker and General Secretary and was invited prior to taking up post to have afternoon tea with the chairman. Fairly early on, realising that a newly qualified, 23 year old, was a little in awe of him the chairman started with, “Now I guess you are wondering how you should address the chairman of the board of management. Well my full name is Air Commodore Herbert George Slade, AFC, CBE, RAF retired. My friends call me ‘Bertie’. You may call me anything you like, but I will only answer to ‘Bertie’.”

That was the start of what became one of the most treasured professional relationships, and later friendships, of my life. An amazing, committed and caring man who firmly believed that ‘modern youth are wonderful, damn sight better than my generation’ and who would do anything to support them."


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