Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Air Commodore T B de la P Beresford (33156)
Tristram Barnard de la Poer
r: 5 Feb 1962
d: 11 Nov 1985
28 Jul 1942, DFC 13 Sep 1938, Bar 22 May 1942, LoM
(O) 16 Jun 1944.
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Off: 27 Jul 1935, Fg Off: 27 Jan 1937, Act Flt
Lt: 8 Apr 1938, Flt Lt: 27 Jan
1939, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Wg
Cdr: 1 Dec 1941, Sqn Ldr: 14 Apr
1942 [1 Sep 1940], Act Gp Capt: 31
Mar 1945, Wg Cdr: 30 Sep 1946,
Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Gp Capt: 1
Jan 1953, Act A/Cdre: 19 Apr 1958, A/Cdre:
1 Jan 1959.
Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.
Pilot, No 5 Sqn. (Wapiti IIA)
Pilot, No 20 Sqn. (Audax I)
Flight Commander, No 20 Sqn. (Audax I)
Air Staff, HQ No 23 (Training) Group.
31 Mar 1941: Attended Refresher Flying Course, No 58 OTU
17 Apr 1941: Supernumerary Sqn Ldr, No 266 Sqn
xx Jun 1941:
Officer Commanding, No 266 Sqn. (Spitfire II/V)
xx Apr 1942: Officer Commanding, No 233 Wing (Western Desert).
6 Sep 1942: in transit to UK?
5 Nov 1942: Staff, Directorate of Plans.
xx xxx xxxx: ?
xx xxx xxxx: Staff, Empire Central Flying School
xx xxx 1945: Attended No 5 Refresher Flying Unit
xx Mar 1945: Supernumerary, No 324 Wing
Mar 1945: Officer Commanding, No 324 Wing.
xx xxx 1945:
Attended Course No 16, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.
1 Sep 1952: Officer Commanding, No 233 OCU/RAF Pembrey
Air Adviser to UK High Commissioner, India.
Group Captain - Training, HQ Fighter Command.
Air Commodore - Operations, HQ Fighter Command.
SASO, HQ Air Forces Middle East.
He represented the RAF College at Boxing, Hockey,
Rugby and attained the rank of Flight Cadet Sergeant.
Citation for the award of the Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Wing Commander Tristram Barnard de la Poer BERESFORD, D.F.C.(33156).
In April, 1942, this officer led his wing with much success.
In the course of many sorties, 7 enemy aircraft were definitely
destroyed; a further 6 were probably destroyed and others were damaged.
Wing Commander Beresford himself probably destroyed 1 and damaged 2 of
them. This officer has displayed
great skill and masterly leadership which, combined with his gallantry, have set
a splendid example.
(London Gazette 22 May
Wing Commander Tristram Barnard De .La Poer BERESFORD, D.F.C. (33156).
This officer continues to display skill and leadership of a high
standard. He has led' is wing in
numerous sorties many of which have been as escort to our bombers.
One day in June, 1942, he intercepted a formation of enemy bombers and
personally shot down one of them arid shared in the destruction of another.
The masterly leadership and keenness displayed by Wing Commander
Beresford have set an example of the highest order.
(London Gazette 28 July 1942)
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