Air Commodore G T Smeaton (3044746)


Graham Trevor                        b:   30 Oct 1927          r:  7 Jul 1979           d: 15 Nov 2014

OBE – 3 Jun 1972, QCVSA – 28 Oct 1958.

Cdt Plt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt IV: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off:  9 Dec 1948, Fg Off:  9 Dec 1949, Flt Lt:  9 Jun 1952, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1961, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1966, Act Gp Capt: 19 Jun 1972, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1972, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1979.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Cadet Pilot

xx xxx xxxx:                  Airman Pilot

 9 Dec 1948:                Appointed to a Short Service Commission (4 +4)

 2 Dec 1952:                Commission extended to eight years from 9 Dec 1948.

 1 Apr 1953:                Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

1958                            Pilot, No 617 Sqn.

25 Jul 1962:                 Air Staff - Air, HQ Bomber Command.

 

15 Aug 1966:               Air Staff - Operations, HQ No 1 Group.

 

28 Jul 1969:                 Officer Commanding, No 50 Sqn. (Vulcan B2)

29 Dec 1970:               Officer Commanding, No 1 Group Standards

19 Jun 1972:                Group Captain - Training, HQ No 1 Group.

24 Aug 1973:              Group Captain – Flying, AHQ Cyprus/RAF Akrotiri.

19 May 1975:              President – Air Board, OASC.

10 Jan 1977:                Staff Officer to SACEUR’s Senior Representative, JSTPS, Offutt AFB.               

 3 Jun 1978:                 Commandant, Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre, RAF Biggin Hill.

Retired at his own request.

Citation for the award of Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

“Flight Lieutenant Graham Trevor SMEATON (3044746), Royal Air Force, No. 617 Squadron.

For his outstanding devotion to duty, courage and flying skill in successfully landing his Vulcan aircraft after the-entire nose-wheel bogie had become detached from it.”

(London Gazette – 28 October 1958)

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