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    Gents,

    Hoping someone can help with details on the officers mentioned below, I have details on their deaths but I'm interested in promotions, postings etc. It will give me something to work on when I get out of hospital, ( Surgeon & MRA permitting !!! )

    ASHWORTH S/Ldr Harold John Vincent 76467 Pilot RAF(VR) 20.06.1942 Bergen General Cemetery
    HOUSE S/Ldr Charles Constantine 32197 Pilot RAF 23.08.1940 Guines Communal Cemetery
    HICKLING S/Ldr Peter Frank 68134 Pilot RAF(VR) 09.11.1943 Hanover Cemetery
    POWELL S/Ldr Gordon Allen 44355 Pilot RAF 29.07.1942 Kiel Cemetery
    BECK S/Ldr Anthony 37538 Pilot RAF 25.06.1943 Rheinburg Cemetery
    PRIOR S/Ldr Garfield Wallace 37611 Pilot RAF(VR) 22.01.1944 Runnymede Memorial
    POULTER S/Ldr Cecil Wardham 39755 Pilot RAF(VR) 23.04.1944 Vivieres Communal Cemetery

    Regards

    Steve
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    Steve, First installment:
    Air Ministry,
    5th January, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities in the ranks and on the dates stated: —
    Pilot Officers on probation.
    19th Dec. 1939.
    Harold John Vincent ASHWORTH (76467).

    Air Ministry,
    21st January, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments : —
    19th Dec. 1940.
    Harold John Vincent ASHWORTH (76467).

    Air Ministry.
    14th February, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are granted the war substantive rank of Flying Officer: —
    15th Dec. 1940.
    Harold John Vincent ASH WORTH (76467).

    Air Ministry,
    8th Aug. 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are granted the war substantive rank of Flight Lieutenant: —
    24th June 1941.
    Harold John Vincent ASHWORTH (76467).


    Air Ministry,
    26th August, 1932.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers with effect from and with seniority of 12th Aug. 1932: —
    Charles Constantine HOUSE.

    As an A/PO, posted to 36 (B) Sqn Bicester wef 26 Aug 33.
    London Times dated 6 Sep 33

    Air Ministry,
    7th May, 1935.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer: —
    12th Mar. 1935.
    Charles Constantine HOUSE.

    Air Ministry,
    13th April, 1937.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant on the dates stated: —
    12th Mar. 1937.
    Charles Constantine HOUSE.

    Air Ministry,
    1st January, 1941.
    His Majesty has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches 'by Air Officers Gommanding-in-Chief: —
    Squadron Leaders.
    C. C. HOUSE (32197). (Since reported missing.)

    Air Ministry,
    17th March, 1941.
    His Majesty has 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: —
    Squadron Leaders.
    C. C. HOUSE (32197). Presumed killed in action.


    Air Ministry,
    6th June, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards: —
    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    745012 Sergeant Peter Frank HICKLING, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 10 Squadron.
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry,
    4th July, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE.
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities: —
    As Pilot Officers on probation.
    Sergeants.
    15th May 1941.
    745012 Peter Frank HICKLING (68134).

    Air Ministry,
    26th May, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs (prob.) confmd. in appts and to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs): —
    P. F. HICKLING (68134). 15th May 1942.


    Air Ministry,
    26th April, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned awards for gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: —
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.
    508952 Flight Sergeant Gordon Allen POWELL.
    During April, 1940, Flight Sergeant Powell was captain of an aircraft, taking part in a low-flying attack on Stavanger aerodrome, which was pressed home with the greatest determination in the face of intense antiaircraft and machine-gun fire. His aircraft received three direct hits, the first of which wounded him in the shoulder and left side and also severely damaged the aircraft. Immediately he was hit Flight Sergeant Powell dived near to the ground and made his escape to sea. Despite his wounds and loss of blood and the difficulty of controlling his damaged aircraft he succeeded in reaching his home base, a distance of 370 miles, in extremely bad weather at night. His gallantry and devotion to duty were outstanding.

    Air Ministry,
    3rd September, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on-probation:— -
    Flight Sergeants.
    1st Apr. 1940.
    508952 Gordon Allen POWELL (44355).

    Air Ministry.
    9th May, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer: —
    1st Apr. 1941.
    Gordon Allen POWELL (44355).

    Air Ministry.
    23rd December, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be granted the rank of Flt. Lt. (war subs.): —
    5th Dec. 1941.
    G. A. POWELL, D.F.M. (44355).
    Regards, Terry

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    Hi Terry,

    Thank you mate, first rate gen. I hope to get started on them over the weekend when I get out from under the butchers knife. !!

    Regards

    Steve
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    Steve, Second bunch:
    War Office,
    3rd August, 1934.
    TERRITORIAL ARMY.
    INFANTRY.
    6th Bn. W. York. R.—Lce-Corpl. Anthony BECK to be 2nd Lt. 4th Aug. 1934.

    Air Ministry,
    11th February, 1936.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as. Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from the dates stated and with seniority of 20th Jan. 1936: —
    27th Jan. 1936.
    Anthony BECK.

    War Office,
    1st May, 1936.
    TERRITORIAL ARMY.
    INFANTRY.
    6th Bn. W. York. R.—2nd Lt. A. Beck resigns his commn. on appt. to the R.A.F. 27th Jan. 1936.

    Air Ministry,
    19th January, 1937.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and graded as Pilot Officers: —
    25th Nov. 1936.
    Anthony BECK.

    Air Ministry,
    12th July, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer on the dates stated: —
    25th June 1938.
    Anthony BECK.

    Air Ministry,
    30th July, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant:—
    25th June 1940.
    Anthony BECK (37538).

    Air Ministry,
    9th September, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flight Lieutenants to be Squadron Leaders (temporary).
    Anthony BECK (37538).


    Air Ministry,
    11th March, 1936.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from and with seniority of 2nd Mar. 1936:—
    Garfield Wallace PRIOR.

    Posted 3 FTS, Grantham wef 14 Mar 36
    London Times dated 27 Mar 36

    Air Ministry,
    16th March, 1937.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and graded as Pilot Officers. 6th Jan. 1937:—
    Garfield Wallace PRIOR.

    Air Ministry,
    6th September, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer on the dates stated: —
    6th Aug. 1938.
    Garfield Wallace PRIOR.

    Air Ministry,
    8th October, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant:—
    6th Aug. 1940.
    Garfield Wallace PRIOR (37611).

    Air Ministry,
    22nd October, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned appointment and awards: —
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Flying Officer Garfield Wallace PRIOR (37611).
    The above awards are for gallantry and devotion to duty displayed in the execution of air operations.

    Air Ministry,
    9th September, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flight Lieutenants to be Squadron Leaders (temporary).
    Garfield Wallace PRIOR, D.F.C. (37611).


    Air Ministry,
    1st June, 1937.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from and with seniority of i8th May 1937: —
    Cecil Wardman POULTER.

    Air Ministry,
    12th April, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are graded as Pilot Officers on probation on the dates stated:—
    15th Mar. 1938.
    Cecil Wardman POULTER.

    Air Ministry,
    10th May, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments on the dates stated: —
    19th Apr. 1938.
    Cecil Wardman POULTER.

    Air Ministry,
    14th November, 1939.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officers on the dates stated: —
    15th Sept. 1939.
    Cecil Wardman POULTER (39755).

    Air Ministry.
    5th November, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant:—
    15th Sept. 1940.
    Cecil Wardman POULTER (39555).

    Air Ministry,
    24th September, 1941.
    His Majesty has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following who have been mentioned in despatches by Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief: —
    Flight Lieutenants.
    C. W. POULTER (39755)

    Air Ministry,
    16th December, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned promotions are made with effect from 1st Dec. 1941: —
    Flt. Lts. to be Sqn. Ldrs. (temp.).
    C. W. POULTER (39755)

    Air Ministry, 23rd April, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Sqn. Ldrs. (tempy.) granted the rank of Sqn. Ldr. (war sub.): —
    C. W. POULTER (39755). 1st Feb. 1943.
    Regards, Terry

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    Dear Terry,

    A belated thank you, stiff and sore and without the MRA so things are looking up. !! The information is a appreciated, thanks mate.

    Steve
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    Steve, My pleasure, hope you are fully mobile ASAP.

    Regards, Terry

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