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    Default Fg Offr Richard Cleverdon Skellon RAF 41806

    Hello again,
    Could anyone please help with the DOB, location and if he was with more than 276 sqn please.
    Many thanks for all previous help.
    Best wishes Roy
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    Ancestry.com has chapter and verse and amazing photos. Extract of one such -

    Richard Cleverden-Skellon was born in Bournemouth on March 13th 1916, he and his family moved to Worthing and at the age of 10 Richards father, who was a schoolmaster, obtained a position inEmsworth and so they moved to a large house at the end of Beach Road. Richard spent some years at prep school in Worthing but was tutored at home by his father for the rest of his education which also included extracurricular activities such as sailing and fishing. He became very proficient at these water borne pursuits and was also taught boat building by a neighbour in exchange for tutorage of the neighbour’s son by his Father.

    In 1934 at the age of 18 he enlisted in the Territorial Army and served for five years in the Hampshire Regiment, during this time he completed officer training at Sandhurst and various courses with the Royal Engineers at Chatham. For reasons not entirely clear he resigned his commission in the army and followed his brother into the RAF where he was commissioned at the beginning of January 1939 aged 23.

    His first RAF posting was to Abu Sueir in Egypt where he undertook flying training but by his own admission he was not a good pilot and was subsequently transferred to No 2 Armoured Car Company stationed in Palestine. The Armoured Car Companies were a section of the RAF which was subsequently to become the RAF regiment. The RAF regiment is to the RAF what the Royal Marines are to the Royal Navy; a ground fighting force of soldiers used to protect airfields and other RAF assets or establishments.
    Richard was involved in the peacekeeping activities in Palestine and what was then known as Trans-Jordan and served as section commander during General Wavells successful campaign there against the Italians. He was also in action against the Vichy French in the Syrian campaign and subsequently in the western desert in the famous campaign against Rommels’ Afrika Corps especially at the ill-fated battle of Gazala near Tobruk. Shortly before the legendary battle of El Alamein he was transferred to Amman in Jordan where he was appointed as an instructor for the RAF Armoured Car Training course where he stayed until the end of the war.Richard stayed in the RAF after the war in several administration and intelligence postings including roles at the Ministry of Defence, the Air Ministry, Liaison officer to the French Air Force in Paris and RAF Headquarters in Germany. When he left the RAF in 1962 he had risen to the rank of Wing Commander.The period he spent in the Western Desert was probably the highlight of his military career and like others with whom he served in the Armoured Car Company was rightly considered extremely brave men. It is this bravery and dedication which has laid the foundations for the heritage that is instilled into the RAF Regiment in modern times.

    The photos should be viewed. Also interesting that he got married in Haifa in 1941. He died in 2012 aged 96

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    d. 30 Nov 2012 (aged 96) Reg Emsworth (childhood home?)
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    Peter Davies
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    Hello Peter and Mike,
    Many thanks for some priceless information. You guys are fantastic.
    Best wishes, Roy

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    F/O Skellon












    Most impressive!

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    Wonderful photographs! However my attention was caught by the second paragraph in Mike's post, where it is stated "For reasons not entirely clear he resigned his commission in the Army ...."

    As this resignation must have taken place in 1939 (it is stated that he was commissioned in 1934 in the TA and served for 5 years in the Hampshire Regiment), and then it is mentioned that he was commissioned in the RAF in January 1939. Almost certainly the reason he resigned from the TA was that he obtained that RAF commission! It was not permitted to be a commissioned officer in two of His Majesty's services simultaneously (for obvious reasons), thus the resignation. No doubt this rule or similar would still be in force in most countries around the World.

    David D

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    Many thanks to David and lancasterim342,
    What a fantastic set of photos. It is wonderful after 70 odd years what this forum turns up.
    Best wishes to all, Roy

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