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Air Marshal Sir Colin Weedon (16013)

Colin Winterbotham         b: 2 Jul 1901                 r: 2 Sep 1952                      d: 16 Feb 1975

KBE – 1 Jan 1952 (CBE – 2 Jun 1943), CB – 1 Jan 1946, MA, MIMechE, AFRAeS.

(RN): - Mid’n: xx xxx xxxx,

(RAF): - Plt Off: 21 Dec 1920, Fg Off: 21 Jun 1922, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1927, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1941, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Act AVM: 1 Mar 1944, Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1943, A/Cdre (WS): 1 Sep 1944, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, (T) AVM: 1 Jan 1946, AVM: 1 Jul 1947, Act AM: 1 Feb 1951, AM: Retained.

xx xxx xxxx:               Cadet, Britannia Naval College, Darmouth

xx xxx 1917:               Midshipman, HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN

xx xxx xxxx:               Midshipman, HMS WALKER

 5 Feb 1920:                 Flight Cadet, Naval Entry, RAF (Cadet) College, Cranwell

21 Dec 1920:               Appointed to a Permanent Commission.

21 Dec 1920:               U/T, School of Army Co-operation.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff/Instructor, School of Army Co-operation.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

14 Sep 1923:               Pilot, No 20 Sqn.

 6 Apr 1928:                Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 7 Aug 1928:                Attended Officers Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.

 8 Jul 1930:                  Attended Cambridge University.

10 Jul 1932:                 Engineering Officer, No 1 Apprentice Wing, No 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices).

22 Aug 1934:               Flight Commander, No 111 Sqn.

18 Oct 1935:                Officer Commandign, No 111 Sqn.

21 Jan 1936:                Attended RAF Staff College.

 2 Jan 1937:                 Deputy OC, RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering.

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

xx xxx 1940:                 Deputy Director (Engines), MAP

xx May 1941:               Director of Repair and Maintenance, MAP

xx xxx xxxx:                  Director General of Repair and Maintenance, MAP

 8 Mar 1944:                Command Engineer Officer, ACSEA.

 1 Oct 1944:                 Command Engineer Officer, HQ Base Air Forces, South-East Asia.

11 Jul 1946:                 AOC, No 41 Group

18 Oct 1948:                SASO, HQ Technical Training Command

 2 Jan 1950:                  Director-General of Engineering/Technical Services (I)

 1 Feb 1951:                 Controller of Engineering and Equipment.

At Cranwell he attained the rank of Flight Cadet Sergeant and represented the college at Rugby.

Following retirement he took up the post of Director and General Manager, Export Sales, Aero Division at Rolls Royce Ltd from 1952 to 1961.

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

"WEEDON, Colin Winterbotham, A/Cdre - Ministry of Aircraft Production.

This officer has held the post of Director of Repair and Maintenance since May 1941, having been previously Deputy Director (Engines).  He is an able and energetic officer with great enthusiasm for his work and during his successful direction of the Repair Organization the output has increased by about two-thirds."

(Source - Air 2/8909)

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