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    Default Air Attaché British Embassy Washington DC July 1943

    Can anyone please help me with the name of the Air Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington DC in July 1943? I believe that in April of that year it was Air Cdre H H Thornton, but I can't find anything confirming that he was still in post later in the year. The Assistant Air Attaché at that time was a certain Flt Lt Roald Dahl. He was in post between April 1942 and sometime in 1944, but it is the period between July and December 1943 in which I am interested.
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    Hello Chas,
    Sorry this is not the answer you were seeking but it is a start: Thornton was at RAF Tempsford as SOE liaison officer by September of 1943.
    By the way, he appears as NH Thornton at least once in correspondence from Harris after he was in the SOE role.

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    And Malcolm's RAFWEB has him as Henry Norman ("Bill") Thornton! FREEBMD (Births Q2 1896 Thornton, Henry Norman, Fulham, 1a 329) sides with Malcolm!
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    ... and after Peter's post I looked at the Harris message again and it says H N, not N H as i originally said. Mea culpa.

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    Hello Chas,
    From the July 1943 U.S. DIPLOMATIC LIST: (Great Britain)
    Air Commodore D. L. Blackford, Air Attache,
    3202 P Street (telephone, Decatur 5391)

    (P Street is in Washington DC)

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    Thank you everyone! I obviously need to check exactly when the switch between Thornton and Blackford occurred.
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    Based on the Diplomatic lists, which are updated to the last day of the month, it was almost certainly July as Thornton was still listed in the June edition.

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