Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Air Commodore W J Y Guilfoyle
William James Yule b: 17 Oct 1890 r: 21 Sep 1941 d: 24 Apr 1948
OBE - 10 Oct 1919, MC - 3 Mar 1917, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - 10 Oct 1919.
(Army):- (T) 2 Lt: 29 Apr 1915, (T) Lt: 1 Sep 1916, (T) Capt: 27 Oct 1916, (T) Maj: 11 Aug 1917.
(RAF):- Maj?: 1 Apr 1918, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1927, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1933, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: Retained.
(RAFO - Class CC): Wg Cdr: 21 Sep 1941
xx xxx 1914: Trooper, 4th Light Horse.
29 Apr 1915: Officer,
Royal Field Artillery
xx Jul 1915: Seconded to the RFC.
25 Nov 1915: Flying Officer, RFC.
xx xxx 1915: Pilot, No 10 Reserve Aeroplane Sqn, RFC
xx xxx 1916: Pilot, No 19 Sqn RFC
xx xxx 1916: Pilot, No 1 Sqn Australian Flying Corps (No 67 Sqn RFC)
27 Oct 1916: Flight Commander, No 1 Sqn Australian Flying Corps
xx Jan 1917: Flight Commander, No 68 Sqn, RFC (No 2 Sqn AFC)
11 Aug 1917: Officer Commanding, No 53 Training Sqn RFC.
1 Nov 1918: Officer Commanding, No 28 Sqn.
19 Nov 1918: Admitted to hospital
12 Dec 1918: Returned to UK on 'St Andrew'
12 Mar 1919: Officer Commanding, No 208 Sqn. (RE8, Bristol F2B – Ismailia)
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Major
16 Oct 1919: Officer Commanding No 113 Sqn.
1 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, No 208 Sqn.
1 Jul 1922: Officer Commanding, School of Photography.
19 Jan 1925: Officer Commanding, No 9 Sqn.
27 Jul 1926: Staff Officer, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.
4 Oct 1927: Attended RN Staff College, Greenwich.
1 Jan 1929: Superintendent of RAF Reserve.
1 Mar 1933: Supernumerary, RAF Depot
13 Mar 1933: Attended Senior Officers' War Course, Greenwich
1 Oct 1933: SASO, HQ Central Area.
1 May 1936: SASO, HQ No 1 (Bomber) Group.
21 Jul 1938: Commandant, No 2 School of Technical Training (Apprentices), Cosford
1 Nov 1939 Officer Commanding, No 30 (Balloon Barrage) Group.xx xxx 1942: Commandant, ATC Headquarters for the North-West.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, he enlisted in the 4th Light Horse but within six months received a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He obtained RAeC Certificate No 1928 on 14 October 1915. On the night of 31 January/1 February 1916 he was flying BE2c, 1776 when he crashed on take-off at 19:45at Farningham, three miles from his take-off point. He was taken to Dartford Cottage Hospital, suffering from shock, abrasions and a sprained ankle.
In 1946, he returned to his native Australia, on behalf of the Air League of the British Empire to form a youth organisation similar to the ATC. Whilst there he was camping with friends, when a spirit stove exploded, as a result of which, he suffered severe burns, dying from his injuries.
Citation for the award of the Military Cross
"Temp. Capt. William James Yule Guilfoyle, R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried out a daring bombing raid and made a valuable reconnaissance under heavy fire during the same flight. He has at all times set a fine example."
(London Gazette - 3 March 1917)
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