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  Air Marshal Sir Francis Linnell


Francis John                 b: 16 Mar 1892                                                         d: 3 Nov 1944

KBE - 2 Jun 1943 (OBE - 2 Jun 1923), CB - 17 Mar 1941, MiD - 3 Jun 1918, MiD - 3 Jun 1919, MiD - 11 Jul 1940, LoM (Cdr) - 30 Jan 1945.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

Winner, 'Dunning' Memorial Cup 1920, 2nd Prize, 'Gordon-Shephard' Competition - 1925

(RN): - (P) Flt Sub-Lt:  12 May 1915, Flt Sub-Lt: 30 Aug 1915 [12 May 1915], Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1916, Flt Cdr: 30 Jun 1917.

(RAF): (T) Capt [Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, (T) Maj: xx xxx 1918, Act Maj: 1 May 1919Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1924, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1931, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1937, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1939, Act AVM: 3 Sep 1939, (T) AVM: 10 Jan 1941, Act AM: 5 Jun 1941, AVM: 14 Apr 1942 [10 Jan 1941].

xx Sep 1914:            Warrant-Telegraphist, RNAS (RNR).  

12 May 1915:          W/T Officer, Wormwood Scrubbs Central Store Depot

xx Mar 1916:           Pilot, HMS Campania & HMS Repulse

 6 Nov 1919:           Air Staff - Communications, HQ Coastal Area. (Staff Officer, 2nd Class) 

  1 Aug 1919:           Awarded Permanent Commission as a Captain

xx Nov/Dec 1920:   RAF Communications Officer, Controllerate of Communications, Department of Civil Aviation

xx Jun/Jul 1920:       Staff Officer, Signals Branch. (Controllerate of Communications transferred to RAF from Dept of Civil Aviation)

xx xxx 1921:            Attached to Controllerate of Communications for RAF Communications, Department of Civil Aviation 

22 Jan 1925:            Supernumerary - Non effective (Sick), RAF Depot.

 9 Nov 1925:           Command Signals Officer, HQ ADGB.

20 Oct 1930:           Flight Commander, No 9 Sqn. (Virginia Boscombe Down)

28 Sep 1931:           Officer Commanding, RAF Base Malta.

21 Sep 1932:           Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 8 - 15 Jan 1933:      Placed on half pay list, scale A

16 Jan 1933:            Attended RN Staff College, Greenwich.

13 Jan 1934:            Officer Commanding, No 99 Sqn.

16 Oct 1934:           Officer Commanding, RAF Mildenhall.

15 Jul 1935:             Deputy Director of Organisation.

17 Jan 1939:            Attended Imperial Defence College.

25 Aug 1939:           AOA, HQ Bomber Command.

 4 Feb 1941:            Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Requirement and Tactics)

 5 Jun 1941:             Controller of Research and Development, MAP.

 6 May 1943:           Deputy AOC in C, RAF Mediterranean and Middle East

xx Jul 1944:             Special Duties, Air Ministry

He gained RAeC Certificate 1338 on 19 June 1915 and was involved in W/T experiments and carried out trials in a specially built BE2c (No 3999).  

He was killed in a road accident.  

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