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    Default Squadron Leader Arthur Waite Oldroyde DFC AFC

    Gents,

    Looking for details please on the above officer's career between 1939 and 1942 prior to his arrival on 218 Squadron as flight commander.

    Looking for details on his AFC, the association records state that he was ex training command, can this be confirmed. ?

    Thanks in advance and a Happy New Year to you all.

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    Steve
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    Steve,
    Yr man is probably A W Oldroyd (no 'e'), 37889 Some time RAFO.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    The London Gazette of 1 January 1941 announced AFC and AFM awards to 46 persons. Most (but not all) were to training personnel. I have citations for all but nine. Unhappily, Oldroyd is one of the nine. Anyone finding the document with his recommendation will likely be close to finding the others, viz:

    ATKINS, John Edward, Flight Sergeant - AFM
    ATKINSON, Frederick, LAC - AFM 410101
    CONNOLLY, Hugh Patrick, Sgt - AFM
    ELWORTHY, Samuel Charles, S/L - AFC
    JOHNSON, John James, Sgt - AFM
    MIDWINTER, Charles, Flight Sergeant - AFM 410101
    O’KEEFE, Philip Francis, Flight Sergeant - AFM
    OLDROYD, Arthur Waite, F/L - AFC
    PARTRIDGE, Frederick Alan, LAC - AFM

    Needless to say, if anybody finds them, please let me know.

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    Hugh & Peter,

    A belated thank you. !!

    Happy New Year.

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
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    Pilot Officer to Flying Officer 11/5/39
    To Reserve 20/4/40
    Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant 3/9/40
    Flight Lieutenant to Temporary Squadron Leader 1/12/41
    Squadron Leader 18/6/43
    Squadron Leader to Temporary Wing Commander 1/7/44
    Squadron Leader 28/2/47
    Squadron Leader to Wing Commander 1/7/47
    Retired as Wing Commander 20/9/63

    Air Force Cross 1/1/41 (No details but apparently for instructional duties)
    Distinguished Flying Cross (218 Gold Coast Squadron) 22/5/42
    Mention in Dispatches 2/6/43
    Mention in Dispatches 14/1/44
    Mention in Dispatches 1/1/45
    Mention in Dispatches 1/1/46

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    Working backwards from the May 39 Air Force List

    No.24 Sqn posted in 27 June 1938
    No.1 Depot (non effective sick) posted in 26 April 1938
    No.80 Sqn posted in 8 March 1937
    No.5 FTS posted in 11 July 1936

    So only intial pilot training in Training Command prior to May 1939

    All this is available in the paper copies of the Air Force List held in the TNA microfilm room library racks and to a lesser extent online in the Flight Archive.

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