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W.E. STATONW.E. STATON
01:15:16 20 February 2006
Following on from the mention of Staton in a previous post I took the time to trace him through the LG. The citations make interesting reading as does his obituary. He was alo mentioned in a Gazette concerning his period of captivity and he obviously went out of his way to be a thorn in the side of the Japanese. Of particular note was the reason published in the LG for his retirement. Anyway for those interested:
22nd June, 1918.
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the following Awards to the undermentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field : %97 .
AWARDED THE MILITARY CROSS.
T./2nd Lt. William Ernest Staton, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when on offensive patrol, he, by the skilful handling of his machine and accurate shooting destroyed two enemy aeroplanes and brought down a third out of control. In addition, during the nine days previous to this, he had destroyed five other enemy machines, two of these being triplanes. The services which he has rendered have been exceptionally brilliant, and his skill and determination are deserving of the
Second Supplement (LG 30761 dated 22 Jun 18) to LG dated 21 Jun 18
2lst September, 1918.
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the undermentioned rewards on Officers and other ranks of the Royal Air Force, in recognition of gallantry in flying operations against the enemy: %97
AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS.
Lieut. (T./Capt.) William Ernest Staton, M.C.
This officer has already been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty. Since this award he has accounted for eleven enemy aeroplanes%97nine destroyed and two shot down out of control. He has proved himself a most efficient flight commander and an enterprising leader, setting a very fine example to his squadron.
Second Supplement (LG 30913 dated 21 Sep 18) to LG dated 20 Sep 18
3rd December, 1918,
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the undermentioned Rewards on Officers and other ranks of the Royal Air Force in recognition of gallantry in flying operations against the enemy: %97
AWARDED A BAR TO THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS.
Lieut. (A./Capt.) William Ernest Staton, M.C., D.F.C. (FRANCE)
This officer has already been awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Since his last award he has destroyed five enemy machines and driven down one out of control. His example of courage and resource is a fine incentive to the other pilots of his "squadron.
(M.C. gazetted 22nd June, 1918.)
(D.F.C. gazetted 21st September, 1918.)
Sixth Supplement (LG31046 dated 3 Dec 18) to LG dated 29 Nov 18
20th February, 1940.
ROYAL AIR FORCE.
The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order: %97
To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.
Wing Commander William Ernest STATON, M.C., D.F.C. (04225).
His Majesty has also been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following officers and airmen who have been mentioned in despatches by Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief : %97
Mentions in Despatches.
Wing Commander W. E. STATON, M.C., D.F.C. (04225).
Supplement (LG 34795 dated 20 Feb 40) to LG dated 20 Feb 40
7th June, 1940.
ROYAL AIR FORCE.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: %97
Awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
Wing Commander William Ernest STATON, D.S.O., M.C., DF.C. (04225).
This officer has continued to display outstanding gallantry and leadership in recent air operations. One night in May, 1940, he led an attack on the oil depot at Bremen. The target was very heavily defended and difficult to identify owing to the exceptional number of searchlights but, after worrying and misleading the defences for an hour, he dived and attacked from 1,000 feet to ensure hitting the target. His aircraft was hit by six shells, the last one of which did considerable damage but he succeeded in reaching his home base. Wing Commander Staton organises and leads his squadron on all new tasks with constant courage and his work on his station is magnificent.
LG 34866 dated 7 Jun 40
CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.I.
1st January, 1947.
The KING Has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Honourable Order of the Bath:%97
To be Members of the Military Division of the Third. Class, or Companions, of the said Most Honourable Order:%97
Air Commodore William Ernest STATON, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C., Royal Air Force.
Supplement (LG 37835 dated 1 Jan 47) to LG dated 31 Dec 46
Air Ministry, 1st October, 1946.
The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches, in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands: %97
W. E. STATON, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C., R.A.F.
Fourth Supplement (LG 37744 dated 1 Oct 46) to LG dated 27 Sep 46
Air Ministry, 18th November, 1952.
ROYAL AIR FORCE.
GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
Air Vice-Marshal W. E. STATON, C.B., D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C. (at his own request in order to facilitate the promotion of younger officers) 12th Nov. 1952.
Second Supplement (LG 39697 dated 18 Nov 52) to LG dated 14 Nov 52
AIR VICE-MARSHAL W.E. STATON
Air Vice-Marshal William Ernest Staton, CB, DSO, MC, DFC, who died on July 22 at the age of 84, was a memorable figure, a pilot whose exploits in both world wars won him a reputation in the Royal Air Force for courage, skill and indomitable resolution.
During the Second World War he was Senior Air Staff Officers at Singapore and shortly after that base fell was captured by the Japanese in Java. He did not always prove the most cooperative of prisoners of war and the enemy in retaliation removed his teeth.
Born in August, 1898 he was commissioned into the RFC in 1917 after some months in the ranks of the Artistsí Rifles. In January, 1918 he joined No 62 Squadron in France and accounted for at least 25 enemy aircraft before he was wounded and invalided home. Nine of his victims fell within five days. He was awarded the Military Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross to which was added a bar.
By the time war broke out in 1939 he was turned 40 but was soon in the thick of things flying bomber aircraft. He won a DSO and Bar in 1940 and in the announcement of the award of the latter some idea of his quality is given. The citation, having described an attack he led on an oil depot at Bremen went on to say that Staton "after worrying and misleading the defence for an hour dived and attacked from 1000ft%85%85..his aircraft was hit by six shells but he reached his home base."
Staton was mentioned in despatches for his leadership while in Japanese captivity and in 1945 was appointed AOC No 46 Group. He commanded the Central Bomber Establishment from 1947 to 1949 and from that year until he retired in 1952 was Air Officer in Charge Administration, Technical Training Command. He was made CB in 1947. He had been ADC to the King from 1940 until 1946.
A crack shot, he captained the British Shooting Teams at the Olympic Games of 1948 and 1952.
He married in 1919 Norah Carina Workman. They had two sons. His wife died in 1969 and he married secondly in 1973 Jean Patricia Primrose.
The Times, 26 Jul 83
RE: W.E. STATON
08:53:28 20 February 2006
Many thanks for that Terry, very interesting indeed. I had done a little background on Staton in connection with my researches on 100 Squadron's time in Singapore up until the fall, but you've padded things out nicely with you post.
"You can take the boy out of Wales,
But you can't take Wales out of the boy..."