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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can provide any service details about this officer who was the double CO of 311 Sq in 1940-41?
    I am interested in his service before and after and also his photo.

    According to this page http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...41/w5479.html:

    William Simonds was granted a commission in the RAF as P/O on probation way back on 28th December 1931. He was awarded the DFC for his actions in July 1941 with 104 Squadron attacking German battleships in port at Brest and La Pallice. He remained in the RAF until 1954.

    That is all I have on him.

    Any help much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    Your link won't work (you have added a colon), try: http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/...k41/w5479.html

    Col.
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    Pavel, Hi
    Air Ministry, 5th January, 1932.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Pilot Officers on probation with effect-' from and with seniority of 28th Dec'. 1931: —
    William Stephen Pomeroy SIMONDS.

    Air Ministry, 29th August, 1933.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAr; DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:-
    28th July 1933.
    William Stephen Pomeroy SIMONDS

    Air Ministry, 11th August, 1936.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant with effect from the stated: —
    28th July 1936.
    William Stephen Pomeroy SIMONDS.

    The undermentioned Flight Lieutenants are promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader, 1st Feb. 1939:
    William Stephen Pomeroy SIMONDS.

    THE LONDON GAZETTE, 11th MARCH, 1941
    Squadron Leaders to be Wing Commanders (temporary).
    William Stephen Pomeroy SIMONDS (32131).

    Air Ministry, 2nd September, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE:
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: —
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Wing Commander William Stephen Pomeroy SIMONDS (32131), No. 104 Squadron.

    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Promotion.
    Wg. Cdrs. (temp.) granted the rank of Wg. Cdr. (war subs.): —
    W. S. P. SIMONDS, D.F.C. (32131). 30th Oct. 1943

    Air Ministry, 24th August, 1954.
    EMERGENCY LIST.
    The undermentioned relinquish their commissions under the provisions of the Navy, Army and Air
    Force Reserves Act 1954, and have been granted permission to retain rank, as stated, with effect from
    10th Feb. 1954 .—
    ROYAL AJR FORCE.
    Wing Commander W. S. P. SIMONDS, .D.F.C. (32131), retaining the rank of Group Captain.

    He seems to have started in the RAF, then became RAFO, but Relinquished his Commission from RAFVR?!! Too difficult!!

    HTH

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    Hello,

    This should fill a few gaps:

    http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive...7&lot_id=40317

    Col.

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    Thank you chaps!

    Pavel
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    Hi all, base on provided information in this thread I am still trying to put together his bio.

    I have few additional questions I was not able to solve yet:
    1. date of birth and death
    2. period for which he was the OC of RAF Station Takali, Malta, in 1943
    3. period for which he was with the Headquarters, Western Desert (I suppose HQ of Western Desert Air Force) in 1943
    4. any dates about his posting ac OC of No. 177Wing (I suppose the No. 117 Wing stated in one of sources is not correct)
    5. any posting after WWII till retirement in 1954.

    Also any additional bits and pieces from the latter WWII years and post-WWII period would be much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel, Hi,

    WILLIAM STEPHEN POMEROY SIMONDS
    b. 19 Oct 1906 (MMS Cornish) Reg Marylebone 1a 470
    15 Feb 1929 dep Southampton for Lyttleton, NZ, on Rangitiki – profession Farmer
    m1. 1935 Aldershot
    Sep 1939 Registration loc 18/19 Market Place, Wallingford, Berkshire – profession Sqn Ldr
    M2. 1948 Newmarket
    d. Q1 1989 Reg Taunton Deane 389 23 1517

    The Wallingford loc means he was probably at Benson. The Newmarket loc means he was probably somewhere in the 3 Grp/Mildenhall area.

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    Great Peter, many thanks for useful information!

    One additional question for anyone - one source stated he attended the Staff College in late 1943 and probably also early 1944.
    Would it be this one?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_St...Bulstrode_Park

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    G/C Simonds was indeed OC of 117 Wing, there are no details of his postings but he signed the monthly ORB entries from January 45 to Nov 45.

    Regards

    Pete

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    Pete thank you for confitrmation of 117 Wing, it is much appreciated and I will add the dates you have privided.

    Pavel
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