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Air Vice Marshal C B S Spackman (08123)


C B S Spackman - 1930Charles Basil Slater SpackmanCharles Basil Slater               b: 4 Jul 1895                r: 4 Apr 1950                     d: 7 Dec 1971

CB - 2 Jan 1950, CBE - 1 Jan 1945, DFC - 3 Jun 1918, Bar - 10 Oct 1922, MiD - 28 Oct 1921, MM3 - 12 Jul 1920.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army):- L/Cpl: xx xxx 1914, (T) 2 Lt: 3 Apr 1915, Act Capt: xx xxx xxxx - 15 Dec 1915, Lt: 1 Jun 1916.

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Fg Off: 24 Oct 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1922 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 30 Jun 1931, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1940, Act A/Cdre: 13 Jul 1941?, Gp Capt (WS): 13 Jan 1942?, Gp Capt: 14 Apr 1942 [1 Mar 1940], (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Act AVM: 13 Sep 1943, A/Cdre (WS): 13 Sep 1944, (T) AVM: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, AVM: 1 Oct 1946.

Photo (Far left) - taken from his RAeC Certificate

Photo (left) - Charles Basil Slater Spackman

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, November 1943
NPG x169335

National Portrait Gallery, London

xx Aug 1914:          Private, 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.  

xx xxx 1914:          Lance Corporal, 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.

 3 Apr 1915:           Officer, 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.

29 Jul 1915:             Embarked for Middle East on HMT 'Aquitania'

19 Dec 1915:           Arrived at Mudros

26 Jan - 16 Mar 1916:        Admitted to 19th General Hospital

29 Nov 1916:           Transferred to RFC

30 Nov 1916:           Attended No 3 School of Military Aeronautics

xx xxx xxxx:               U/T Pilot, No 22 Reserve Sqn

 9 Feb - 8 Mar 1917:        Admitted to 17 General Hospital, Alexandria

xx xxx xxxx:               U/T Pilot, No 23 Reserve Sqn

xx xxx 1917:             Attended School of Aerial Gunnery

17 Apr 1917:            Appointed Flying Officer, RFC.

17 Apr 1917:            Posted to HQ, 20th Wing

 2 Jul 1917:               Posted to HQ, 16th Wing (Salonika)

 2-6 Jul 1917:            In transit to Salonika on HT 'Menominee'

 6 Jul 1917:               Pilot, No 47 Sqn.

 1 Feb 1918:             Proceeded by train to port of embarkation for UK (Leave)

 7 Feb 1918:             Embarked at Taranto for UK (Leave)

25 Apr 1918:            Arrived at Itea from Taranto

 1 May 1918:            Arrived at Salonika

 1 May 1918:            Pilot, No 150 Sqn.

 8 Oct 1918:             In transit from Salonika to Egypt

xx xxx xxxx:              ?

10 Oct 1919:           Transferred to Unemployed List

24 Oct 1919:           Awarded Short Service Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (Aeroplane).

28 Feb 1920:            Pilot, No 55 Sqn.

18 Mar 1923:           Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

23 Jul 1923:             Flight Commander, No 41 Sqn.

 1 Sep 1927:            Administration Staff, HQ RAF Halton.

17 Aug 1928:           Flight Commander, No 8 Sqn.

11 May 1930:          Flight Commander, No 111 Sqn.

27 Jul 1931:             Officer Commanding, No 1 Sqn. (Siskin IIIA, Fury I)

 1 Dec 1933:            Personnel Staff, HQ Inland Area.

 2 Mar 1935:            Air Staff, HQ RAF Middle East.

16 Jan 1939:            Officer Commanding, RAF Helwan

xx xxx xxxx:             Officer Commanding, No 258 Fighter Wing.

13 Jul 1941:             AOC, No 203 Group

13 Sep 1943:           AOA, HQ Fighter Command.

15 Nov 1943:          AOA, HQ Air Defence of Great Britain.

13 Sep 1944:           AOA, HQ Fighter Command.

24 Sep 1945:           AOC, No 19 Group.

12 Sep 1947:           SASO, HQ British Air Forces of Occupation.

Enlisting in 1914 on the outbreak of war, he moved with his Regiment to Gallipoli in 1915 and later Egypt.  Commissioned in 1915, he was seconded to the RFC in October 1916, transferring in 1917 and following flying training was posted to the Salonika Front where he gained three victories with 47 Squadron.  However, during training, he side-slipped in a turn and crashed, being admitted to hospital as a result.  No 55 Squadron was part of 'Q' Force, Turkey.  No 203 Group was created by downgrading AHQ Sudan.  Retired at his own request.

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