Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
b: 26 May 1918
r: 14 Mar 1962
d: 25 Dec 2001
- 11 Jun 1977, CVO - 1 Jan 1961, DFC – 14 Jul 1944, Bar – 2 Oct
1945, AFC – 1 Jan 1944, CdeG – xx xxx 1946
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30 Jul 1938, Fg Off (WS): 27 Feb
1940, Flt Lt (WS): 27 Feb 1941,
(T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Mar 1942, Sqn
20 Nov 1942 [1 Mar 1942], Act
Wg Cdr: xx xxx 19xx,
Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1950, Gp Capt: 1
Jul 1956, (H) A/Cdre: 14 Mar 1962.
Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
U/T, School of Army Co-operation.
28 Dec 1938: Pilot, No 20 Sqn (India)
30 May 1940: Flying Instructor, RAF Risalpur
Pilot, No 146 Squadron (Burma)
Officer Commanding, Test and Dispatch Flight,
No 1 Aircraft Depot.
xx xxx 1943: Attended Mitchell Course, No 13 OTU
4 Feb 1944:
Flight Commander, No 226 Sqn
Officer Commanding, No 226 Sqn. (Mitchells)
Air Staff, HQ No 2 Group? .
xx Feb 1945: Wing Commander Flying, No 139 Wing.
Attended Jet Conversion Course, RAF Flying College, Manby
Officer Commanding, No 226 Sqn. (Meteor)
Member, RAF Delegation, Belgium.
Exchange Posting to USAF.
Staff, Plans and Inspection Division, HQ Allied Air Forces Central
Deputy Captain of the Queen's Flight.
Officer Commanding, RAF Cottesmore.
Jun 1959 – 12 Jun 1962:
ADC to The Queen.
Captain of the Queen's Flight.
20 Nov 1962: Extra Equerry to HM The Queen.
31 Jul 1964: Relinquished his appointment as Captain of the Queen's Flight.
in Northern Ireland, he was educated at the Nautical College, Pangbourne prior
to entering the RAF College at Cranwell. As
CO of the T&D Flight, he was responsible for the test and delivery of
aircraft following assembly or repair by No 320 MU at RAF Drigh Road, Karachi.
Returning to the UK
he was posted as an instructor on the North American Mitchell light bomber,
however, with a lack of training manuals, he was forced to train himself in he
art of flying the new type. He
returned to operations in 1944 having been awarded the AFC for his work as an
instructor and shortly before D-Day he was appointed squadron commander of No
226 Squadron, being awarded a DFC and Bar for his work with the squadron.
Following staff tours at HQ No 2 Group and HQ No 139 Wing, he returned to
command No 226 Squadron, having completed a conversion course onto Meteors in
next posting was as a member of the RAF Delegation in Belgium, tasked with
assisting in the reformation of the Belgian Air Force.
It was here he met and married Comtesse
Mireille Caroline Cornet de Ways Ruart.
During his secondment to the US Air Force at
Langley, Virginia, in 1951 he took part in the Korean conflict, although he led
his wife to believe he was actually in Florida. He returned to the US very quickly after she discovered his
1956 he became Deputy Captain of the Queen’s Flight, a newly created post and
during his time in the post he assisted in the introduction of the De Havilland
Heron to replace the aging Vikings. He
was also responsible for the Flight acquiring and operating its own helicopters.
After a brief spell commanding the bomber station at RAF Cottesmore, he
returned to the Queen’s Flight as the new Captain in 1962.
However, this post was actually one on the staff of the Queen’s
household so he retired from the RAF to take up the post.
But his wife’s wish to return to Belgium, led him to retire from the
post in 1964 and settle in Belgium, where he founded Brussels Airways, Aero
Distributors SA and Aero Systems SA, becoming Managing Director of the later.
From 1959 to 1962 he was an ADC to the Queen and from 1964 to 1994, an
Extra Equerry to the Queen.
for the award of the Distinguished
Wing Commander Arthur Dennis MITCHELL, A.F.C. (33373), R.A.F., 226 Sqn.
Officer Douglas Gerald FARQUHAR (139615), R.A.F.V.R., 226 Sqn.
officers were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack
a target in 'Normandy recently. When
approaching the target, their aircraft was heavily attacked by anti-aircraft
fire but despite this a successful attack was made.
The excellent results achieved were due mainly to the fine leadership of
Wing Commander 'Mitchell and the navigational skill and bombing accuracy of
Flying Officer Farquhar. Their
courage and determination in the face of heavy enemy opposition were most
Gazette – 14 July 1944)
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