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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[DG of S | D of SDD of S (P)DD of S (G)DD of S (CA) | DD of S (AF Sigs)AD of S (Rad/Nav)D of TelsAD of Tels (1)DD of Tels (2)DD of Tels (3) | DD of Tels (4) | D of Radar | AMWR]

Department of the Chief of the Air Staff

 

Directorate-General of Signals (DG of S)

  1. Responsible to CAS and VCAS for the operational efficiency of the RAF signals services, and the formulating of operational requirements for RAF Radar and telecommunications equipment.

  2. Responsible to CAS and VCAS, through the C of C, on questions concerning the development, production and installation of Radar and telecommunications equipment.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Sir Victor H Tait AVM Director-General

Directorate of Signals (D of S)

  1. Planning and organisation of Signals schemes to meet operational requirements. Issue of Signals organisation instructions and plans.

  2. Liaison with Dominion and Allied countries on operational requirements and organisation of Signals services.

  3. Policy, production and issue of Signals publications and distribution and issue of Codes and Cyphers.

  4. Signals Security Signals organisation.

  5. Liaison with DG of P, DG of M, DTT and DWAAF on questions affecting Signals personnel.  Policy and technical questions affecting WAAF personnel employed on Signals duties.

  6. Cable policy matters affecting Empire and Allied communications,  Co-ordination of matters pertaining Inter-Allied and Inter-Service Signals Boards and Committees.

  7. Co-ordination of questions affecting D of S, D of Radar and D of Tels.

  8. Co-ordination of radio aid to navigation requirements and of Signals policy requirements for Civil Aviation.

  9. Requirements of Air Formations (Signals).

  10. Secretarial duties for Directorate-General of Signals.

  11. Co-ordination of aircraft radio installations and signals equipment defect reports.

 

Name Status Role/Duties
John G W Weston A/Cdre Director of Signals (D of S)
Deputy Directorate of Signals (Plans) (DD of S (P))
Henry G Blair Gp Capt Deputy Director of Signals (Plans) (DD of S (P))
Sigs (Plans) 1
G S F Barham

D N Locke

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Examination of Air Staff operational plans to assess their signals and shipping implications.

Planning and organisation of Signals Component of Expeditionary Air Forces.

Study and co-ordination of signals equipment and personnel requirements for potential Air Forces.

Co-ordination of D of S projects with D of O.

Sigs (Plans) 2
John E Innes-Crump Wg Cdr Head of Branch
Sigs (Plans) 2 (a)
J Wray

W Gregson

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Radio frequency allocation and crystal requirements.

Radio interference.

BJCB Sub-Committee 'B' and relative W/T Board papers.

CCB papers on frequency questions and Air Amphibious Committee.

Co-ordination of briefs and Signals War Orders.

Sigs (Plans) 2 (b)
H A Singer

D L Hart

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

MAAF and ACSEA - signals requirements.

Build-up of Eastern bases

Cable requirements (including BJCB Sub-Committee 'F').

Main Command and Inter-Command point-to-point W/T systems.

Meteorological Signals organisation.

Home Commands communications requirements (other than Transport Command).

AEAF requirements.

Sigs (Plans) 2 (c)
R A P Pink Sqn Ldr RAF Transport Command and Civil Aviation requirements.

Signals requirements and organisation for reinforcement routes.

General overseas planning (West Africa, Iceland, Azores, etc).

Signals facilities for USATC in Great Britain.

Sigs (Plans) 3
H D Newman

R Gray

Wg Cdr

Flt Lt

Planning of Signals Communication Service for Post-war Air Force, and future development of RAF main communication network.

Liaison with AMP and AMT branches and standing committee on Signals personnel - careers, entry and training.

Planning of post-war pattern of Signals trades in conjunction with personnel branches.

Sigs (Plans) 4
B Field Flt Off Preparation of briefs on special subjects and relative records and library  for DG of S.
Sigs 3
J F Watson Staff Officer (Branch Security Officer) General staff and establishment matters and secretariat for DG of S.

Signals policy - preparation of material for DG of S and promulgation of of decisions by DG of S instructions .

Main Signals Committees co-ordination (BJCB, CCB, W/T Board, etc).

Clearance of radio siting proposals.

Signals information bulletins.

Sigs 3 (a)
R H Timms Higher Clerical Officer Junior staff administration and establishment matters.

Accommodation questions for DG of S.

Transit and general record section.

Sigs 7
A McLellan Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Policy and procedure covering work of branch.

L Barnes Higher Clerical Officer Maintenance of statistical records and technical library.

General secretarial work of the branch.

Sigs 7 (a)
J N Walker Sqn Ldr DG of S representative on AEC and AMC.

Co-ordination of aircraft signals equipment (radar and communication) to form consolidated aircraft installation requirements for presentation to DOR andMAP.

Co-ordination of overseas aircraft signals equipment (radar and communication) to form consolidated aircraft installation requirements for presentation to No 41 Group.

Sigs 7 (b)
J N Gash Sqn Ldr Examination and analysis of all signals equipment defects (except radar and ground equipment).

Action for and progressing of investigation by MAP of all Signals equipment defects (except radar and ground equipment) and information to the Service.

Sigs 7 (c)
C E Skerrey Flt Lt Investigation and methods of preventing wastage of signals equipment Home and Overseas.

Recommendations for improved preparation, storage and packing methods.

Liaison with Maintenance Command on storage conditions and handling of Signals equipment.

DG of S representative on MAP Committee on Preservation.

Packing and Identification of Radio and Electrical Equipment.

Deputy Directorate of Signals (General) (DD of S (G))
J Shepherd-Smith Gp Capt Deputy Director of Signals (General) (DD of S (G))
Sigs 4
L M Turner

B Bradley

M C M Turner

Wg Off

Sqn Off

Sqn Off

WAAF advisory officers to DG of S.

Liaison with DWAAF on all matters concerning WAAF personnel in Communications, Cypher and Radar Branches.

Sigs 5
E C G Badcock

E Dean

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Planning and organisation of W/T and Cypher security.

Member of Cypher and W/T Security Committees.

The control of Overseas Distribution Section.

Signals technical publications policy.

Wireless deception schemes.

Signals and Cypher Security on Civil Aviation.

Radar Security.

Liaison with DDI (4) regarding activity of Air Monitoring Section.

Liaison with D of Radar.

Sigs 5 (a)
R Duce Sqn Ldr Policy questions concerning distribution  of Secret and Confidential publications at Home and Overseas.

Control of all printing matters relating to Signals publications (CCO's Callsign books, Codes, etc).

Control of allocation of callsigns, codes, beacon code signs.

Control of book production and Book Distribution Centre, Hendon, and Overseas Distribution Centre, Uxbridge.

Sigs 5 (b)
A D McLean Sqn Ldr Security of meteorological cyphers.

Preparation, control and amendment of cypher books and instructions governing them.

Planning and control of meteorological cyphers.

Control of codes for EFM and CSM services.

Collation and analysis of cypher traffic returns.

Sigs 5 (c)
N G Scroggie Sqn Ldr Co-ordination of policy, publication, printing, distribution and security of signals technical publications, including supply of American publications to UK and RAF Overseas.

Secrecy grading of signals equipment and technical documents.

Co-ordination of allocation of code names for signals equipment.

RAF representative on Radio Board OPTEC Committee.

Sigs 6
N F Simpson Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Technical requirements, policy and general matters on Signals personnel and establishment.

R P Lipkin Flt Off Adjutant duties for DG of S.
E C J Gibson Flt Off Posting and movement of Signals personnel (officers and airmen) in conjunction with DG of P and DG of M.
Sigs 6 (a)
E W Gilliam Sqn Off Technical requirements and questions on Radar personnel and establishment matters.
Sigs 6 (b)
B J Stevenson Sqn Ldr Technical requirements and questions on Telecommunications personnel and establishment matters.
Sigs 6 (c)
Miss M J Heard Higher Clerical Officer Signals personnel statistics and forecast requirements.

Supervision of Clerical staff,

Deputy Directorate of Signals (Civil Aviation) (DD of S (CA))
W A Duncan Deputy Director of Signals (Civil Aviation) (DD of S (CA)) Home organisation - administration, finance and policy questions.

Divisional HQ - co-ordination and administration.

Outstation staff - all grades.

S L Hulme Assistant Director of Signals (Civil Aviation) (AD of S (CA))
Sigs 2 (a)
A C Knowling Senior Signals Officer Head of Section

Administration and organisation of Home Telecommunications services.

RAF and Civil M/F D/F systems.

Requirements and organisation of new services: -

  • D/F point-to-point
  • teleprinter circuits
  • tie-lines and telephones.

Liaison with Civil Aviation branches, Tel 1 and RAF Commands.

Organisation and operation of current signals services (home) to civil aircraft on Home and European routes and M/F D/F stations serving RAF aircraft.

E D Gilding Signals Officer Operating efficiency ofstations: -
  • liaison with Divisions
  • inspecting
  • improvements
  • operating organisation and methods

Liaison with users of Type 'B' services.

Current usage of stations.

Signals organisation for new and special services (Home and European)

D E Horne Assistant Signals Officer Radio, teleprinter and telephone operating: -
  • Air Ministry standing instructions
  • regulations
  • procedures
  • D/F section routine

Personnel: -

  • Station compliments
  • efficiency tests in respect of radio and teleprinter staff
  • all queries affecting technical efficiency.

Investigation of faulty operating.

A B Gilbert Assistant Signals Officer Planning and provision of mobile stations, temporary stations and emergency equipment.

Station design and equipment: -

  • operating aspects and arrangements
  • accommodation and layout of airport sections

Liaison with DGW.

H A Rowland Assistant Signals Officer Administration of Air Ministry HQ Station and Radio Operators' Training School.

Allocation of frequencies and call-signs.

Organisation of frequency checks.

Interference questions.

Technical equipment and stores: -

  • Allocation and distribution, maintenance of stocks
  • records
  • inventories

Liaison with Sigs Plans.

H C Atkins Assistant Signals Officer Land-lines - provision arrangements of telephone, telegraph, teleprinters, remote control, special tie-line, truck and local circuits and private branch exchanges.

New lines and recoveries.

Liaison with Tels 3 and GPO.

Special Airport signalling devices.

L W Scoggins Assistant Superintendent Technical records and operating statistics.

Works services - minor alterations and maintenance requirements at stations.

Station ARP defence and emergency arrangements.

D/F Maps.

Compilation of traffic graphs - all radio and land-line channels.

Vacant Overseer Civil Aircraft Radio Operators' examinations - examiner.

Civil Aircraft Navigation Officers' examinations (signalling section) - examiner.

Liaison with Division\al HQ and CA (S & A) Unit - station inventories.

E Roberts Flt Lt (Air Traffic Control Officer) Administration of Cypher Office; cypher and codes queries.

Point-to-point traffic on radio, cable and DTN circuits (excluding Sigs 2 Home circuits): -

  • routeing
  • priority questions
  • delays and irregularities

Confidential documents and code machines - custody and issue.

Liaison with No 44 Group and AM signals.

Sigs 2 (b)
W L Shaw Senior Signals Officer Head of Section

Provision, installation and maintenance of radio, radar and associated equipment for CA home and overseas stations.

Provision of new radio and radar station and navigational aids.

Liaison with Technical and engineering sections of other Departments and outside bodies.

J Sykes Signals Officer Design, provision, installation and maintenance of radio and D/F receiving stations.

Trials of new systems.

J C Farmer Signals Officer Design, provision, installation and maintenance of radio and radar transmitting stations.

Control of CA Fitting Party.

A E Idle Signals Officer Provision and maintenance of power supplies.

Negotiations for major Works' Services.

Design approval of aircraft radio equipment.

Frequency measurement.

L C Jones Assistant Signals Officer Provision, installation and maintenance of beam approach systems.

Control of test and repair unit.

M Counihan Assistant Signals Officer Installation and maintenance of receiver and D/F receiver stations.

Calibration of D/F stations.

Test equipment.

Vacant Signals Assistant Intercommunication and emergency communication equipment.

Operating instruction records.

Provision and maintenance of batteries, chargers and rectifiers.

Valve records.

Sigs 2 (c)
G R A Deacon Senior Signals Officer (Wg Cdr Ret'd) Head of Section

Communications organisation for civil aircraft on overseas air routes.

F L C Butcher

E G Kirby

Signals Officer (Sqn Ldr Ret'd)

Assistant Signals Officer

Signals organisation on overseas routes.

Provision of facilities in co-operation with RAF and local authorities.

Operational administration of the aeronautical section of the GPO radio station at Burnham.

Point-to-point W/T communications for Civil Aviation overseas traffic.

Representation at Trans-Atlantic Air Safety Organisation Conference in Eire.

Sigs 2 (d)
V Dodd Signals Officer Head of Section

Signals regulations.

Examinations.

Questions arising from National and International radio regulations.

A E Hilton Assistant Signals Officer Air Radio operators and ground engineers licences.
L A Hancox Assistant Signals Officer Installation approvals of civil aircraft radio equipment.

Inspection of aircraft radio servicing and maintenance.

Sigs 2 (e)
C G Phillips Senior Signals Officer (Wg Cdr Ret'd) Head of Section*

Advanced planning, development and standardisation of Civil Aviation radio facilities.

Planning and development policy.

Liaison with DCD (MAP) and Transport Command on planning anddvelopment matters.

Technical briefs for international conferences.

Secretary of the Civil Aviation Signals Planning Panel.

W A J Thorn Assistant Signals Officer Advance planning of ground facilities.

Investigations and field trials of new systems.

Questions relating to accuracy and range of navigational aids.

E G Luff Assistant Signals Officer Post-war aircraft equipment and layouts.

Investigations and flight trials of new aircraft equipment.

Sigs 2 representative on the post-war aircraft design panels.

Vacant Assistant Signals Officer Standard layouts of radio installations in airport control buildings.

Liaison with Air Traffic Control on planning matters.

Collection, study and distribution of outside technical reports.

H B Norris

R H Pell

Staff Officer (Branch Security Officer)**

Higher Clerical Officer

Outstation personnel: -
  • staffing queries
  • postings
  • transfers
  • new entrants
  • resignations
  • allowances

Staff quarters at remote stations.

Station transport.

Hire of transport.

Liaison with S 1 (e), S 3, S 5 (e), Sigs 6 and M 6.

Office organisation and supervision of clerical staff in the Deputy Directorate.

Deputy Directorate of Signals (Air Formation Signals) (DD of S (AF Sigs))
  1. Planning and co-ordination of RAF requirements in Air Formation Signals to meet operational requirements
  2. Liaison with Director of Signals, War Office, on RAF requirements in Air Formation Signals Units.
  3. Adviser to Air Ministry and War Office Signals Directorates on all matters arising in connection with in Air Formation Signals organisation and policy.
  4. Co-ordination of Air Formation Signals questions common to all overseas theatres.
  5. Planning, co-ordination and direction of supply of telecommunications equipment required by Air Formation Signals in overseas theatres.
  6. Advice to DG of S as to the state of Air Formation Signals Units.
  7. Co-ordination of services regarding equipment for operations and filter rooms in overseas theatres.
  8. Allocation of tasks to RAF Construction Company (Royal Signals) in connection with air defence communications in the UK.
G I Burgess-Winn Col Deputy Director of Signals (Air Formation Signals) (DD of S (AF Sigs))
W E Wilkins Maj  
Assistant Directorate of Signals (Radio/Navigation) (AD of S (Rad/Nav))
R E G Brittain Wg Cdr Assistant Director of Signals (Radar/Navigation) (AD of S (Rad/Nav))

Co-ordination within DG of S of policy, planning, organisation and provision of radio aids to air navigation and flying control.

Liaison with D of Nav and DDFC

Sigs 8 (a)
E Strachan

E A Willis

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Signals planning and co-ordination of radio aids to navigation for the RAF.

Advice on Signals aspects of navigation policy and on the co-ordination of radio with other navigational aids.

Study and advice on operational applications of new radio aids.

Signals surveying requirements.

Interpretation systems, charts, etc for use with radio aids.

Preparation of accuracy surveys and navigational cover predictions and of radio navigation publications

Sigs 8 (b)
A S Judson

C J Bradshaw

C H C Blount

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Radio aids to flying control and landing: -
  • Signals planning and co-ordination
  • Advice on Signals aspects, and operating techniques
  • Study and advice on operational applications of new radio aids
  • collection and promulgation of information on signals operating technique.
Sigs 8 (c)
J A A Foot

B J Korwin

Flt Lt

SO

Records and characteristic tables of radio aids to navigation and records of radio aids to flying control and landing.

Compilation of information on these systems.

Liaison with Central Radio Bureau, and circulation of CRB and technical publications.

Equipment Advisory Officer to DG of S
N A Little Sqn Ldr Attached from DDE (13) to advise DG of S on matters relating to provision and distribution of equipment.

*Reports direct to DD of S (CA)

**Reports direct to AD of S (CA)

Directorate of Telecommunications (D of Tels)

  1. Adviser to DG of S on all telecommunication matters.

  2. Co-ordination of telecommunications policy.

  3. Execution of telecommunications requirements for D of S and D of Radar.

  4. Co-ordination of communication requirements for all Commands.

  5. Initial investigation of all new wireless aids to navigation.

  6. Radio Counter Measures (RCM).

Name Status Role/Duties
Colin S Cadell A/Cdre

Director of Telecommunications (D of Tels)

Chairman: -

  • RCM Board

Member: -

  • British Joint Communications Board sub-committee 'K' (RCM)

  • British Joint Communications Board sub-committee 'M' (Navigational Aids)

  • Imperial Communications Committee Technical sub-committee

  • Operations and Technical Radio Committee of the Radio Board.

Tels (CS)
G Henderson Sqn Ldr Co-ordination of work of branches.

Staff work for D of Tels, including progressing of projects

N J D Nickalls Flt Lt Crystals - provision, allocations of priorities and estimates of future requirements, including liaison with Sigs Plans, DGE, Admiralty, War Office and USAAF.

Secretarial duties for D of Tels.

C F Sutton Senior Technical Officer Scientific adviser to DG of S.

Liaison with BBC

Assistant Directorate of Telecommunications (1)
R W Hase Wg Cdr Assistant Director of Telecommunications (1) (AD of Tels (1))
Tels 1
E H Webb Wg Cdr Co-ordination of airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment.

Liaison with MAP on design of airborne telecommunications equipment.

Tels 1 (a)
R W King Sqn Ldr Airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment for Transport Command, ATA and War Office.

Use and installation of Army communication equipment in aircraft.

Liaison with Transport Command on telecommunications questions generally.

Tels 1 (b)
A E Basford Sqn Ldr Airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment for Heavy Bomber aircraft.

Requirements for British H/F airborne telecommunications equipment.

Liaison with Bomber Command on telecommunications questions generally.

Tels 1 (c)
G F Corden

V Buckman

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment for Admiralty and Coastal Command, including Air/Sea Rescue and G/S Marine Craft.

Requirements of general purpose transmitting and receiving and American H/F airborne telecommunications equipment.

Liaison with Coastal Command on telecommunications questions generally.

Tels 1 (f)
J C Aldred Sqn Ldr Airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment for Fighter and Fighter-Bomber aircraft.

Requirements for British VHF airborne telecommunications equipment.

Liaison with SHAEF, Fighter Command 2nd TAF and Balloon Command on telecommunications questions generally.

Tels 1 (m)
E W Allen Sqn Ldr Airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment for Training and Communication aircraft

Requirements of miscellaneous airborne telecommunications and electrical equipment including intercommunications and test equipment.

Liaison with DDT Sigs on training questions affecting airborne telecommunications equipment.

Liaison with Flying Training, Technical Training and Maintenance Commands on telecommunications questions generally.

Tels 1 (O)
J E Parker Sqn Ldr Airborne telecommunications requirements and policy regarding associated ground equipment for Medium Bomber aircraft, and for all aircraft being despatched to Overseas Command, the Dominions and Allied and Foreign Powers.

Requirements of airborne wireless navigational aids and landing aids other than pulse equipment.

VHF/BA and GCA.

Liaison with Overseas Commands and Dominions on telecommunications questions generally.

Tels 1 (e)
J D Swallow Higher Clerical Officer Liaison with Tels 3 on provision of telecommunications ground equipment for working with aircraft.

Liaison with DGE and MAP on supply of airborne telecommunications equipment.

Requirements of publications relating to airborne telecommunications equipment.

General control of clerical staff Tels 1

Tels 1 (x)
R J Muskett Higher Clerical Officer Liaison with Signals Plans on frequency allocation.

Liaison with DGE on provision of crystal and with Admiralty, War Office and USAAF on crystal questions.

Estimates of crystal requirements and allocation of issue priorities for RAF and NAA.

Deputy Directorate of Telecommunications (2) (DD of Tels (2))
J A Tester Gp Capt Deputy Director of Telecommunications (2) (DD of Tels (2))

Policy, direction and planning of radio counter measures (RCM).

Tels 2
M C F Witty Wg Cdr Implementation of general policy and detailed direction of all airborne and ground based RCM matters
W C Proctor Sqn Ldr Liaison with DGE, MAP and Commands on RCM programme.

Planning of requirements and progressing supply of RCM equipment and test gear.

Allocation of controlled RCM equipment to meet current programmes.

C A Tingley Flt Lt Liaison on RCM matters with Overseas Commands, Australia and SWPA.
C Maitland Flt Off Secretary, RCM Board.
Deputy Directorate of Telecommunications (3) (DD of Tels (3))
Ground telecommunications requirements
G H Randle Gp Capt Deputy Director of Telecommunications (3) (DD of Tels (3))
W G N Chew Executive Engineer (GPO) Assistant Director of Telecommunications (3) (AD of Tels (3))
Tels 3 (a)
G A E Fudge

A J Lindsey

Assistant Engineer (Head of Section)

Sqn Ldr

Long term planning for landline communications for RAF at Home and Overseas.

Engineering and provisioning of landlines and associated apparatus in UK for RAF and US Air Forces.

Operational requirements for landline equipment for RAF use.

Liaison on line communications with Admiralty and War Office.

R T Golder Flt Lt Engineering and provision of line requirements for Fighter and Transport Commands (RAF and US), Royal Observer Corps, Air/Sea Rescue and Joint Control Air Traffic Centre.

Engineering and technical layout of MLS and Flying Control networks.

L J Lewis Flt Lt Engineering and provision of Defence Teleprinter Network (DTN) and Meteorological Broadcast Network.

Co-ordination of teleprinter maintenance and technical development of telegraph facilities.

F T Simpson Technical Officer Engineering and provision of line requirements for Coastal Command , 'Y' and RCM stations and Radar Stations and of lines of communications equipment in mobile Radar vehicles and stations.

Co-ordination of provision and maintenance of cross channel lines for RAF.

Design and provision of non-standard telephone equipment.

G W Layton Assistant Superintendent of Telegraph (GPO) Liaison with Tels 4 and HQ No 26 Group on DTN traffic.

Engineering aspects of traffic control.

Provision of DTN and broadcast switchboards.

Technical line telegraph requirements for Signals Centre.

J H Leckenby Fg Off Engineering and provision of line requirements for Bomber Command, US Eighth Air Force, Air Staff, SHAEF Rear, Flying Training Command, Intruder Scheme, Flight Planning and Conference facilities.

Design and movement control of Mobile Telecommunications Vehicles.

J Lucas Fg Off Engineering and provision of line requirements for First Allied Airborne Army, Balloon commitments of Fighter Command, Meteorological speech circuits and remote control circuits.

Major landline maintenance and fault control on RAF circuits.

Tels 3 (b) See also Tels (CS)
G C Craig

A W Haddock

Staff Officer (Branch Security Officer)

Higher Clerical Officer

Provision of telephone facilities for Air Ministry HQ buildings, standard remote control cabling and GPO cabling on airfields, line requirements for Maintenance Command, Technical Training Command, RAFNI and Civil Aviation and speech line requirements for Signals Centres.

Provision and installation of telephone privacy equipment (subject to authorisation of D of I (S)), and of House Telephone Systems and Loudspeaking Telephone equipment.

Provision of administrative telephone facilities at RAF formations and stations.

Authorisation of essential private telephone installations.

Landline and telephone financial questions.

Registration of telegraphic addresses.

Removal of GPO lines causing flying obstructions.

Landline records.

Supervision of Tels Drawing Office.

Co-ordination of Clerical work of Directorate.

Tels 3 (d)
H R A Wood Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Main point-to-point W/T communications

D M J Tyre

F A Short

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Technical questions on main W/T and R/T ground communications.

New developments including teleprinting on radio circuits.

Modifications to main W/T communications equipment.

Technical planning for Transport route and Civil Aviation (when assistance is required).

A Hogg Flt Lt Assessments of requirements and priorities for provision and distribution of equipment for main point-to-point communications system.
C W K Mundle

R F S Goebel

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Co-ordination of requirements of main W/T station at Home and Overseas.

Liaison with GPO and contractors on projects under development.

Maintenance of technical returns from main stations.

F L King

E W Sandall

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Typex design, supply, distribution, maintenance and technical questions,
Tels 3 (e)
C A H Goudie

J Colquhoun

P H Bayley

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Vehicle requirements for all Telecommunications and Radar projects.

Provision, fitting, allocation and issue of Radio vehicles.

Liaison with DDT (MT) and D of S on Radio vehicle establishment.

Generating sets 5.6 kVA and larger.

F A Conen Higher Clerical Officer Administrative duties on provision and allocation of Radio vehicles.

Records.

I Campbell-Bruce Sqn Ldr Prototyping of Radio vehicles and transportables.

Production and issue of transportables and hutted W/T stations.

Marine W/T tenders.

Generating sets smaller then 5.6 kVA.

Modifications to telecommunications equipment RTIMs.

Liaison with Admiralty and War Office.

F W Wort

B V S Charlton

J T Baldry

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Provision of W/T and R/T ground communications in UK (except main W/T stations).

Provision of VHF D/F, HF D/F, MF Beacons, Beam Approach Systems and Radio Track Guides at home and overseas, also MF D/F overseas.

Liaison with Organisation and Works branches on Works services, etc.

Design (through DCD (MAP)) of new W/T and R/T equipment.

Speech secrecy devices (except telephone privacy equipment).

V E M McSwiney Staff Officer Co-ordination of provision of ground R/T and W/T equipment (except main W/T stations).

Liaison with LMAB.

Control of civilian staff of Tels 3 (c) and Tels 3 (e).

C Alfred Higher Clerical Officer Detailed requirements for general W/T and R/T equipment (except main W/T stations).
Deputy Directorate of Telecommunications (4) (DD of Tels (4))
Alfred T Monks Gp Capt Deputy Director of Telecommunications (4) (D of Tels (4))

Message handling and procedure.

Tels 4 (a)
Vacant

F E Ludgate

J A Vigor

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Traffic organisation of W/T communications with Overseas Commands.

W/T circuit requirements.

Investigation of irregularities and delays in W/T traffic.

Meteorological traffic

H V Pexton

R J Mogridge

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Teleprinter and telephone traffic organisation in the UK.

Investigation of irregularities and delays in landline traffic.

Telephone and Teleprinter operating procedure.

Control of Air Ministry telephone exchanges.

Liaison between Air Ministry Branches and RAF Signals Office, Air Ministry.

Tels 4 (b)
J McP Adams Sqn Ldr Signalling procedure including publications and signal operating codes.

DG of S representative on relevant sub-committees of BJCB and W/T Boards

Tels 4 (c)
F J Letzer

E A Collis

A F Carlton-Scott

C E Browning

T Taylor

P E Frost

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

RAF Courier Service, Dispatch Rider Letter Service and Air Delivery Letter Service.

London Ring Services.

 

Directorate of Radar (D of Radar)

  1. Policy, technical direction, organisation and administration of Radar services, Home and Overseas.

  2. Technical planning of ground and air Radar facilities to meet operational requirements.

  3. Statement of design, development and installation requirements to MAP.

  4. Co-ordination of short and long term and Inter-Command Radar requirements.

  5. Technical planning of ground and air Radar navigation aids.

  6. Liaison with representatives of Dominions and USA on operational aspects and organisation of Radar services.

Name Status Role/Duties
C P Brown A/Cdre Director of Radar

Chairman of Inter-Services Radar Board.

Air Ministry representative on London Munitions Assignment Boards (Radar)

DG of S representative on Scientific Equipment Committee.

Member of Operations and Technical Committee of Radio Board.

G H Ross (AL36) Gp Capt Deputy Director of Radar (1) (DD Radar(1))

In charge of R 3 and R 4.

W P G Pretty (AL36) Gp Capt Deputy Director of Radar (2) (DD Radar(2))

In charge of R 1 and R 2.

C C Morton (AL44) Gp Capt Deputy Director of Radar (DD Radar)

In charge of R 1, R 2 and R 3.

R 1
T A Scarff

M G Dyce

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Flt Off

Co-ordination and technical planning of ground Radar stations - Home and Overseas.
R 1 (a)
B F Blakemore

C W Morle (AL44)

M H Penn

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Ground Radar systems for early warning in the UK.
R 1 (b)
W A Bourne

D Norwood

M M Doll (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Flt Off

Ground Radar systems for early warning in overseas theatres of operations.
R 1 (c)
E L Millward

I M Rennie (AL44)

A R Aldridge

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Radar systems for ground control of offensive operations.
R 1 (e)
J F Nockles Higher Clerical Officer Assessment of requirements and priorities, preparation of financial statements, progress, provision, despatch of equipment and general clerical assistance to R 1.

Co-ordination of Radio Vehicle requirements in the Directorate.

R 2
J H Hunter-Tod

D Strange

H P Bissett

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Flt Off

Flt Off

Co-ordination of technical requirements of airborne Radar equipment to meet Home and Overseas programmes.

Co-ordination of all types of Radar test gear and trainer requirements.

R 2 (a)
H B Toft

Vacant (AL44)

G Darby

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Radar tail warning devices, radio altimeters.

Radar test gear including petrol electric and Mains driven Test Sets

R 2 (b)
B Cape

H P Jackson (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Radar airborne detection equipment for interception of aircraft.
R 2 (c)
J Hum

J F Montgomerie (AL44)

N C Anslow (AL44)

B M Reid

J B S McCullock (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Flt Off

AL36

Radar airborne detection equipment for interception of surface vessels and U-boats; radar bombing and ranging devices for GR aircraft.

AL44

Interrogator-Responder systems for short range navigational landing aids; airborne IFF equipment ; Radar marker equipment.

R 2 (d)
H F Howard

N M Southwell

Vacant (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Flt Off

AL36

Airborne radar navigational and blind bombing equipment not primarily associated with ground stations, and defensive radar equipment for bombers; Type Z and Type F receivers.

AL44

Airborne radar navigational and blind bombing equipment not primarily associated with ground stations, and defensive radar equipment for bombers; search radar; ranging and bombing devices for GR aircraft.

R 2 (e)
F W Jackson

R J Muskett (AL44)

Higher Clerical Officer Assessment of requirements and priorities, preparation of financial statements, progress, provision, despatch of airborne radar equipment dealt with by R 2.
R 3
R E Burnett

C E Hodgson

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Flt Off (not AL44)

AL36

Co-ordination of technical and operational planning of Long Range Radar Navigational Aids, using both air and ground equipment at Home and Overseas.

Investigation of new methods and design, and advice on the operational use and general organisation of Long Range Radar Navigational Aids.

Co-ordination of the preparation of charts and target data in conjunction with AD of S (Rad/Nav).

Liaison with DOR, DGE, DCD (MAP), DDDPCE (MAP), Commands, Admiralty and American Forces.

Direct contact with RNA Section, No 60 Group.

AL44

Co-ordination of technical and operational planning of Long and Medium Range Radar Navigational Aids, using both air and ground equipment at Home and Overseas.

Investigation of new methods and design, and advice on the operational use and general organisation of Long Range Radar Navigational Aids.

Advice on policy of use of Radar Navigational Aids in conjunction with AD of S (Rad/Nav) and D of Nav.

R J Smith (AL44)

Flt Lt

Preparation of briefs for Radio and Radar Boards and OPTEC meetings.

Technical Assistant to D of Radar.

Frequency allocation problems in D of Radar.

R 3 (a)
A C Rowley

D E Hofmeyr

C E Hodgson

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Flt Off (AL44)

AL36

Aircraft and ground aspects of Long Range Blind Bombing systems to meet detailed operational requirements.

Policy for technical development and introduction of modifications.

AL44

Aircraft and ground aspects of Long Range Blind Bombing systems in which aircraft equipment is used in conjunction with ground stations to meet detailed operational requirements.

Policy for technical development and introduction of modifications.

Advice on use and maintenance of equipment, study of operational results.

Policy and personnel matters concerning ground stations of long and medium range navigational systems.

R 3 (b)

A G Egginton

C M Warner

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

AL36

Aircraft aspects of Long Range Radar Navigational Aids.

Systems used in conjunction with main ground stations in the UK and in overseas theatres of operation.

Policy for technical development and introduction of modifications.

Initiation of trial installations and inspection of equipment in aircraft.

Advice on use and maintenance of airborne equipment and on ground trainers for aircrews.

Study of operational results.

AL44

Aircraft aspects of Long and Medium Range Radar Navigational Aids and blind bombing systems used in conjunction with main ground stations in the UK and in overseas theatres of operation.

Initiation of trial installations and inspection of equipment in aircraft.

Advice on use and maintenance of airborne equipment and on ground trainers for aircrews.

Study of operational results.

R 3 (c)
R C Clarke

Vacant (AL36)

F Cotton (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

AL36

Ground aspects of Long Range Radar Navigational Aids in which aircraft operates  in conjunction with ground stations both at home and overseas.

Co-ordination in conjunction with AD of S (Rad/Nav) preparation of charts.

AL44

Ground technical and engineering aspects of equipments covered by R 3 (a).

Preparation of papers for submission to Directorate of Organisation regarding authorisation of new navigational chains and systems.

Liaison with Directorate of Movements regarding despatch of chains to overseas theatres.

Co-ordination in conjunction with AD of S (Rad/Nav) preparation of charts.

R 3 (e)
W G Boyd Higher Clerical Officer Assessment of requirements and priorities.

Preparation of financial statements; progress, provision and despatch of equipment for R 3.

R 4 This Branch had been disbanded in AL44 and its duties transferred to other branches.
Kenneth B S Willder

A Wilson

Wg Cdr

Flt Off

Co-ordination of technical and operational requirement fort short range Radar navigational systems, including Radar equipment and for Flying Control aircraft identification equipment.

Frequency allocation problems in D of Radar.

Chairman of Radar Board Frequency Panel.

Representative of D of Radar on Radar Board for matters relating to Radar frequency problems.

R 4 (a)
W E Tomkin

N G Anslow

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Technical planning of Radar short-range navigational aids, ground installations including homing beacons, beam approach beacon systems, airfield control and Ground Controlled Approach systems.
R 4 (b)
J F Montgomerie

J B S McCulloch

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Technical planning of airborne Radar short-range navigational aids, airborne Radar identification equipment, airborne Radar beam approach equipment, Radar navigational marker buoys (airportable) and Air/Sea Rescue marker buoys (airportable).
R 4 (c)
R Smith Flt Lt Technical planning of proposed universal radar identification and navigational system now under development.

Preparation of briefs for Radio and Radar Boards and OPTEC meetings.

R 4 (e)
C G Gentry Higher Clerical Officer As for R 1 (e) in respect of short-range navigational equipment (beacons, associated airborne equipment and airborne identification equipment).
R 5
S H Hodges Staff Officer (Branch Security Officer) AL36

Co-ordination of equipments implemented in R 1 (e), R 2 (e), R 3 (e) and R 4 (e).

Co-ordination of security of Radar.

Statements for the Radio Assignments Sub-Committee, London Munitions Assignment Board.

Co-ordination of technical publications.

Financial questions and information for TISC requirements.

General matters for the Directorate of Radar including control of civilian staff.

AL44

Co-ordination of equipments implemented in R 1 (e), R 2 (e) and R 3 (e).

Co-ordination of security of Radar.

Statements for the Air Ministry Assignment Board.

Co-ordination of technical publications.

General matters for the Directorate of Radar including control of civilian staff.

Air Ministry War Room (AMWR) Reports direct to DCAS
G P M Davis

A C Colebrook

H A Packham

R F Potter

J C P M Davis

F G Phillips

Gp Capt (Officer i/c)

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr (Duty Wg Cdr)

Wg Cdr (Duty Wg Cdr)

Wg Cdr (Duty Wg Cdr)

Maintenance of continuous watch on current air operations; receipt and correlation of operational information; preparation and distribution of operational summaries and reports on current operations.

Compilation and maintenance of operational statistics and issue of analysis andreturns based thereon.

The depicting of the general situation in all theatres of war.

Preparation and distribution of Orders of Battle.

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, January 1945 - AIR 20/7518 (AL36 - Apr 1945 and AL44 -Nov 1945)

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