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Air Commodore R A Watts (65530)

Raymond Archibald            b:   28 Mar 1919                     r:  19 Oct 1974                     d:  20 Apr 1994

CBE 1 Jan 1969, AFC 1 Jan 1951, FRAeS, tp.

(RAFVR): LAC: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off: 20 Apr 1941, Fg Off (WS): 20 Apr 1941, Flt Lt (WS): 20 Apr 1943, Act Sqn Ldr: xx xxx 1944, 

(RAF): Flt Lt: 1 May 1947 [1 Sep 1945], Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1947, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1955, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1965, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1969.

27 Aug 1940:           U/T Pilot. RAFVR (1177039)

20 Apr 1941:           Appointed to a Commission in the RAFVR.

xx xxx xxxx:              Attended Operational Training Course, No 58 OTU

xx xxx xxxx:             Pilot, No 19 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:             Flight Commander, No 130 Sqn

xx Jul 1944:             Officer Commanding, No 548 Sqn. (Spitfire VIII) (Australia)

 1 May 1947:           Appointed to an Extended Service Commission (4 years on the active list) 

19 Oct 1948:           Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader.

xx xxx 1955:            Officer Commanding, No 219 Sqn.

27 Sep 1957:           Staff Officer, Directorate of Intelligence (A)

xx xxx xxxx:             Test pilot, RAE Farnborough

 4 Feb 1963:            Chief, Policy Division, HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe.

18 Feb 1966:           Deputy Director of Operational Requirements (1).


21 Oct 1972:           Director of Flying (Research and Development), MoD (PE).

On 26 April 1942 he was involved in a mid air collision with Plt Off Peathy-Johns near Airdrie, who was killed but Watts was able to land his aircraft at Grangemouth.

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