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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[DPR | PR 1PR 2PR 3PR 4PR & AI 5PR & AI 6PR 7PR 8PR 9]

Department of the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air

Directorate of Public Relations (DPR)

  1. Joint responsibility to CAS and PUS for interpretation of Air Council policy to the public and of public opinion to the Air Council

  2. Issue of Air Ministry and RAF communiqués and news through all usual agencies.

  3. Co-ordination and provision of all forms of publication : -

     

  4. Security of service and general suitability of all matter issued from or passed by the Directorate.

  5. Co-ordination of war artists' work.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
H A Jones (AL34)

Lord Willoughby de Broke (AL45)

Director (DPR) Killed in a flying accident on 27 Mar 1945

Took over as Director on death of Mr H A Jones

Lord Willoughby de Broke (AL34)

J G Ogilvie (AL45)

Deputy Director (General) (DDPR (G))/Gp Capt

Deputy Director (General) (DDPR (G))/Wg Cdr

AL34

Administration of PR 1, PR 3 and PR 4, PR  and AI 5 and PR and AI 6.

 Organisation of Public Relations Units at Commands and administration of their personnel.

Consideration of Public Relations organisation for future operations in consultation with DDPR (P).

Air Ministry representative on Artists' Advisory Committee (M of I).

AL45

Administration of PR 1, PR 3 and PR 4 and PR and AI 5.

Organisation of Public Relations Units at Commands and administration of their personnel.

Consideration of Public Relations organisation for future operations in consultation with DDPR (P).

Air Ministry representative on Artists' Advisory Committee (M of I).

C P Robertson Deputy Director (Press) (DDPR (P)) Direction of CNE, PR 2, PR 8 and PR 9.

Supervision of all news, feature and photographic material issued to the Press.

Co-ordination of news and publicity policy with M of I and other Government Departments and general organisation of news service with the Commands

Liaison with DG of M regarding recruiting publicity.

Contact with newspaper proprietors' organisations and kindred bodies.

PR (Secretariat ) (PR (Sec))

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Sir Walter Nicholson

A Blackborow

J Franks

C P Feest (not AL45)

Special Appointment - Head of Branch

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

General secretarial duties for the Directorate.

All questions affecting war artists and the clerical staff of the Directorate.

Administrative questions affecting DPR Service personnel, Public Relations Officers and official photographers at home and abroad.

Central News Editor (CNE)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
F C Gillman (AL34)

Vacant (AL45)

R S Hinder (AL34)

R Mould (AL34)

B Mycock (AL34)

W M Caverhill (AL45)

H Habden (AL45)

S F J R Perry (AL45)

Wg Cdr - Head of Branch1

Head of Branch

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Planning and co-ordination of issue of news material, articles, photographs, news reels and broadcasts.

General liaison with Public Relation branches of other services for co-ordination purposes.

Editing of news stories and articles with particular regard to Air Ministry policy.

A J Henderson

A C Stewart (not AL45)

Sqn Off

Flt Off

Co-ordination and planning of WAAF publicity, liaison with DWAAF and Public Relations branches of Women's Services.

1 Promoted to Gp Capt and became Deputy Director between January and July 1945

PR 1

Name Status Role/Duties
D N Twist (AL34)

N Lloyd (AL45)

Wg Cdr Head of Branch

AL34

Air Ministry representative on War Films and News Reel Committee (M of I).

AL45

Film questions, other than training, recreational or welfare films (see T Films and DD Films respectively)

Air Ministry representative on War Films and News Reel Committee (M of I).

Administration and direction of RAF Film Production Unit.

N Lloyd (AL34)

J E Ricketts

N J Robertson (AL45)

J Frost (AL34)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt (AL34), Sqn Ldr (AL45)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

AL34

Film questions, other than training, recreational or welfare films (see T Films and DD Films respectively)

Administration and direction of RAF Film Production Unit.

AL45

Feature and documentary films; news reels.

AL34 - Jan 1945

PR 2

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
T Cochrane Senior Press Officer Head of Branch

New and Press matters

PR 2 (a)
H P Haddow

R J Dingle (AL34)

Vacant (AL45)

G M Thomas (AL34)

M S Gunnill (AL45)

G R Williams (AL34)

B P Bishop (AL45)

L W Cowland (AL34)

R F Tiltman

Miss K Martin

Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Temporary Assistant

Channel for communication with the Press.

Press enquiries and guidance.

Arrangement of Press interviews and background talks with officers at the Air Ministry.

Liaison with News Division, M of I and with Press Officers of other Government Departments.

Sub-editing of news stories.

Preparation of daily News Analysis and Monthly Analysis of Reviews.

Circulation of 'tape' news and BBC monitoring report.

PR 2 (b)
A S Allberry (AL34)

G Thomas (AL45)

E N Parker

E R A Wilson

Press Officer

Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Preparation of casualty, awards and other non-operational communiqués and bulletins (including notes of careers), monthly Statistical Review of Operations, news articles and briefs.

Digest of public opinion of RAF for the Air Staff.

Review of operations for RAF News and other Service journals.

PR 2 (c)
Miss M I Lee

C A Stock

Temporary Assistant

Temporary Assistant

Records and statistics of RAF operations, aircraft, air losses, etc for Press references and public use.

Press cuttings

R Yeats Press Officer (Edinburgh) Liaison with Scottish Press, broadcasting , news reels, etc representatives.

Local press enquiries and guidance.

Arrangements for press visits, etc in Scotland

AL34 - Jan 1945

PR 3

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
D R Barker (AL34)

Vacant (AL45)

Wg Cdr Head of Branch

AL34

Production of pamphlets, features, etc and press photographs.

Factory liaison.

AL45

Production of pamphlets, features, etc and press photographs.

PR 3 (a)
H E Bates (AL34)

A G A Harmsworth (AL34)

W V Noble (AL34)

J S Pudney

R F Delderfield (AL34)

R E Huson (AL34)

F A Walbank

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Preparation of official propaganda pamphlets and of feature articles and narratives other than news in conjunction with Senior Public Relations Officers.

Stories of named aircraft and squadrons.

PR 3 (b)
W E Truby (AL34)

T H Palmer (AL45)

J R Quann

D M Harrison (AL34)

D Nelson

A M Johnson (AL34)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Flt Off

Temporary Assistant

Direction of official photographers.

Supply of official photographs (including 'stills' from official films) to M of I for press and publicity purposes.

Photographic library of official and agency photographs.

 

PR 3 (c)
J E Mann Sqn Ldr Liaison on propaganda with MAP, Ministry of Supply, etc.

Supply of personnel for factory visits.

PR 4

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
E B Beauman

H J Downing (AL34)

S A Carr

P Sykes (AL34)

Wg Cdr (Ret'd) - Head of Branch

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Liaison with the BBC and other Broadcasting corporations on broadcasting questions affecting the RAF and broadcasts by Service personnel (except entertainment and welfare broadcasts arranged by AFU 3 (b)).

Scrutiny and approval of articles and books by Service personnel.

AL34 - Jan 1945

PR & AI 5 (Located at M of I)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
C R S Bradley Gp Capt Head of Branch

Chief Air Advisor to M of I

Air Advisors
C Chapman

B H Bevan-Petman

M A B King-Hamilton

T A Costigan

A Duxbury

J A Simpson

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Guidance to the Press at the M of I on operational matters.

Security censorship (under the direction of ACAS (I) through D of I (S)) of press material on air matters (including news reels and films, books, broadcasts, records, etc) submitted to Censorship Division of M of I.

Censorship of material resulting from facility visits to RAF stations and examination for Service policy and suitability.

Censorship of, and advice on, official publications and propaganda referred to M of I.

Security examination of press cables from overseas.

Air Affairs
P A Hope-Wallace

J L T Roberts

C R Preece

Press Officer - Head of Section

Assistant Press Officer

Assistant Press Officer

Handling of communiqués and bulletins from Air Ministry for issue through M of I.

Press enquiries at M of I.

Maintenance of records of RAF operations, aircraft, personnel, squadrons, etc for press reference.

     
PR 5 (c)
T F J Connor Accounts Officer General questions on works accounting procedure
A J Hodges

Miss D Facer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Audit of cash accounts of Works areas (home)
Travelling Audit Staff
R J Holt

H H Hunt

E Black

J W Lee

Assistant Accounts Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Local audit of wages, salaries and stores accounts at Work areas (home)

AL34 - Jan 1945

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Air Advisors
C R S Bradley Gp Capt Head of Branch

Chief Air Advisor to M of I

C Chapman Wg Cdr Guidance to the Press at the M of I on operational matters.
Air Affairs
P A Hope-Wallace

J L T Roberts

Press Officer - Head of Section

Assistant Press Officer

Handling of communiqués and bulletins from Air Ministry for issue through M of I.

Press enquiries at M of I.

Maintenance of records of RAF operations, aircraft, personnel, squadrons, etc for press reference.

AL45 - Dec 1945

PR & AI 6 (Closed by December 1945)

Name Status Role/Duties
P B Showan

H R Bourne

C Middleton

H W Wiley

P Bracher

R V J Burnel

A N Hoole

R Irwin

G L Samson

I T Stamp

R C White

Wg Cdr - Head of Branch

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Preparation of Air Ministry communiqués of operations (Under the direction of ACAS (G)) and liaison with other Service Departments, CCO and Ministry of Home Security, in connection therewith.

Security control (Under the direction of ACAS (I), through D of I (S)) of material issued by Air Ministry for publication.

Advice on Air Staff policy in relation to operational news.

AL34 - Jan 1945

PR 8

Name Status Role/Duties
F M Milne (AL34)

A S Allberry (AL45)

H V Case

Publicity Officer - Head of Branch

Publicity Officer - Head of Branch

Staff Officer

Publicity, exhibitions and Information Bureaux.
PR 8 (a)
E Holmes

Miss D Hartley

Layout Artist

Assistant Layout Artist

Preparation of publicity material for recruiting etc.

Co-ordinating and editing, in conjunction with M of I of Air Ministry press adverting

PR 8 (b)
A F Wyatt

L A Rushbrooke

V Kirby (AL45)

H A Digby

J G Potts (AL34)

Vacant

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Special Appointment

Temporary Assistant

Temporary Assistant

Temporary Assistant

Organisation of exhibitions with other publicity displays; design and display of publicity material.

Liaison with M of I on publicity and exhibitions.

PR 8 (c)
J R Smith Temporary Assistant Publicity Stores - custody and issue.

Accounting section of DPR

Information Bureaux (AMIB)
P Griffiths Higher Clerical Officer Public enquiries on RAF, WAAF and ATC recruiting requirements and on aviation generally.

PR 9

Name Status Role/Duties
H D Blow Senior Staff Officer Head of Branch

Organisation of facilities and issue of permits to visit RAF stations and Air Ministry establishment by press, film, newsreel and broadcast representatives.

Licensing of war correspondents, register of 'approved' correspondents.

Arrangements for press conferences.

Liaison with M of I and other Departments on press facilities.

F E Douglas de Fenzi Higher Clerical Officer Visits concerning Bomber and Coastal Commands.
S Bloomfield (AL34)

Vacant (AL45)

Higher Clerical Officer AL34

Visits concerning Fighter and Balloon Commands.

All questions concerning War Correspondents.

AL45

Visits concerning Fighter Command.

All questions concerning War Correspondents.

C J Gravener Higher Clerical Officer Visits concerning Transport, Technical Training, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands.

AL34 - Jan 1945

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, January 1945 - AIR 20/7518 (AL34 - Jan 1945 and AL45 - Dec 1945)

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