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    Default What rank did L.J. Christie (258 Sqn IO) hold in April 1942?

    According to "One Foot on the Ground", the memoire of 258 Sqn pilot Doug Nicholls which is accessible via an earlier post on this site, the squadron's intelligence officer at the time of the 5 April 1942 attack on Colombo was L.J. Christie. I'd assume that he was probably a Flying Officer or a Flight Lieutenant, but I'd be grateful if anyone could confirm what his rank was at that time - and what his full name might have been.

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    Default Re: What rank did L.J. Christie (258 Sqn IO) hold in April 1942?

    Leslie Joseph Christy 104748 RAF(VR)

    according to the squadron appendices on Page 11 of 784 here
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C2504174

    According to the Gazette he was granted a commission as A/P/O on 15th August 1941
    A/P/O to P/O on probation wef 15th October 1941

    Air Force List for May 1942 shows him as a Pilot Officer

    Chris

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    Default Re: What rank did L.J. Christie (258 Sqn IO) hold in April 1942?

    In RAF Unit histories
    https://www.unithistories.com/office...icers_C01.html

    I assume that at some stage he had been promoted to Temp/Acting Flt Lt,because of the 'retaining Rank of Flt Lt'.

    L J Christy


    (A) P/O (prob) 15.08.1941 [104748]
    P/O (prob) 15.10.1941
    (WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
    ? - 08.1941 No. 76 Course, Officers' School RAF
    15.08.1941 commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
    Last edited by bvs; 19th April 2021 at 08:15.

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    Default Re: What rank did L.J. Christie (258 Sqn IO) hold in April 1942?

    Chris and bvs, thanks to both of you for the info and for the links.

    Cheers,

    Rob
    Last edited by Rob Stuart; 19th April 2021 at 10:52.

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