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Air Vice-Marshal F R Scarlett


Francis Rowland             b: 18 May 1875                  r: 31 Dec 1931                    d: 15 Apr 1934

CB - 1 Jan 1919, DSO - 1 Oct 1917, MiD - 28 Nov 1917.

(RN): - Midín: xx xxx 1891, Act Sub-Lt: xx xxx xxxx, Sub-Lt: 14 Mar 1895, Lt: 1 Oct 1897, Cdr: 30 Jun 1909, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1914, Act Capt: 14 Jul 1914, Wg Capt: 31 Dec 1915.

(RAF): - (T) Brig-Gen (Col): 1 Apr 1918, Col: 1 Apr 1918, Act Brig-Gen: 1 May 1919, A/Cdre: 1 Aug 1919, AVM: 1 Jan 1924.

xx xxx xxxx:   Attended Britannia Naval College.

xx xxx 1891:   Midshipman, Royal Navy.

xx xxx xxxx:    Lieutenant, HMS King Edward VII (Flag Ship, Channel Fleet - 1908)

xx xxx xxxx:   Attended Army Staff College, Camberley. (Commander)

xx Apr 1913:    Attended Central Flying School.

xx xxx 1913:     Executive Officer, HMS Hermes. (Seaplane Carrier)

23 Dec 1913:    Inspecting Commander of Aircraft.

14 Jul 1914:      Inspecting Captain of Aircraft. (Temporary)

 5 Feb 1915:     Inspecting Captain of Air Stations, Director of the Air Department  

xx Sep 1915:     Inspecting Captain of Air Training.

xx Feb 1916:     Officer Commanding, RNAS Units, Eastern Mediterranean.

xx Dec 1917:    Director of the Air Division, Naval Staff.

 1 Apr 1918:     Director, Air Division, Admiralty.

 1 May 1919:    GOC, No 12 Group

 1 Aug 1919:    Awarded Permanent Commission as a Colonel

 8 Dec 1919:     AOC, RAF Halton.

22 Jan 1920:     Removed from the Navy Lists on being awarded Permanent Commission in RAF

 1 Mar - 1 Sep 1924:    Placed on half pay list.

 1 Sep 1924:     AOC, Coastal Area.

26 May 1928:   AOC in C (Temporary), Air Defence of Great Britain.

 1 Jan 1929:      AOC, Fighting Area.

12 Oct 1929:     AOC, RAF Middle East.

 7 Sep 1931:    Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

He gained RAeC Certificate No 468 on 23 April 1913.  As Inspecting Commander/Captain of Aircraft he was responsible to the C in C for admin and discipline matters and to the Air Department of the Admiralty for air technical matters.  He was awarded his DSO for leading a bombing raid whilst completely unarmed.   He once stepped smartly from the deck of a carrier following a tour of inspection, straight into the sea.  One of his sons also joined the RAF and rose to AVM, being killed in an air crash in 1945.

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