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    Default MI6? Officer on RAF List 1938 - 939

    I offer up what I think is an example of a MI6 Spook on the RAF Lists - Shades of Commander James Bond Royal Navy


    George Stanley REED OBE S/Ldr 01.07.28


    Firstly Squadron Leader George Stanley REED, O.B.E., relinquishes his short service commission on completion of service. 1st Oct. 1933

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    SUPPLEMENTARY LIST. in AFL servicing Palestine Jan 1938 'Liaison Officer'
    Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader.
    George Stanley REED, O.B.E.
    Still Sqn Ldr Serving in Palestine Jan 1938
    Feb 1939 AFL
    Not in March 1939 AFL

    Then later post ww2 To be Ordinary. Commanders of the . Civil Division in awards

    George Stanley REED, Esq., O.B.E., attached to a Department of the Foreign Office - attached to a Department - I would imagine this to be the Secret Intelligence Service

    So I think the SUPPLEMENTARY LIST. in AFL may be a clue to MI6 officers ex RAF - especially in 'active zones' like Palestine in 1938

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    Default Re: MI6? Officer on RAF List 1938 - 939

    George Stanley Reed
    born 1 Sep 1881 in Hackney, London.
    In 1901 he was an Importers Clerk in London (a touch of the "Universal Exports" I wonder)
    In 1911 he appears to have been a missionary home on leave.
    Employed as a paid Interpreter by British Red Cross in Mesopotamia 23 Mar 1916 to 7 Oct 1916
    Then an Army Officer, 2nd Lieut, Infantry, Indian Army Reserve of Officers from 28 Aug 1916 (LG. 19 Dec 1916)
    He was apparently a Special Appointment Political Officer -Adj Gen & QMG Dept with the rank of local Captain.
    married Dorothy Lilian Poland on 18 July 1921 in Basrah, he was a 40 year old Captain, General Staff at GHQ.
    Received a British War Medal and Victory Medal
    Received a GSM clasp Iraq (on Foreign Office list of 3 officers, dated 10 Aug 1925)
    OBE awarded before Dec 1922 when the London Gazette announced Captain GS Reed OBE IARO granted 3 year SSC (Active) as Flight Lieut wef 1 Oct 1922 (seniority 19 Aug 20)
    In 1942 he was an "unemployed" chap living in a hotel in Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
    OBE upgraded to CBE in London Gazette 1 Jan 1949 as noted by Paul below.
    Died 12 Mar 1968 in Canterbury (Retired S/Ldr, RAF)
    cheers PeteS
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    Default Re: MI6? Officer on RAF List 1938 - 939

    In July 1937 he was aboard the "Strathairn" with his wife on the 1st class passenger list, age 56 as an RAF Officer heading for Palestine. There is a line through his name so maybe he didnt sail ?

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    Default Re: MI6? Officer on RAF List 1938 - 939

    Was not the routine Officer's Retirement Age, in 1937, upon reaching age 55? Possible smell of 'rat' upon the air???
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    Default Re: MI6? Officer on RAF List 1938 - 939

    I think Paul is right and the award of a CBE (Civil) in 1948 to such a junior ranking chap is odd especially when in 1942 he was in the USA and officially registered as "unemployed", I also think he was SIS or similar and served in whatever uniform fitted his assignment at the time.
    cheers PeteS

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    Default Re: MI6? Officer on RAF List 1938 - 939

    There appears to have been some confusion immediately post WW1 as he is occasionally shown in Gazettes as having been awarded the MC but the Edinburgh Gazette 5 Aug 1921 (p 1284) set the record straight stating that in the list of appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on 6 June 1919 (p 2079) Lieut (Temp Capt) George Stanley Reed MC IARO should have been listed as Lieut (Temp Capt) George Stanley Reed IARO. The error had been made in both Edinburgh and London Gazettes. I wonder if he'd been recommended for an MC but that was adjusted to an OBE given the "Political" nature of his role ?

    The London Gazette of 3 June 1919 (p 31374) lists his award as an Officer of the Order..... so that is his OBE located, it was a Military award, his CBE later was Civil.
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