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Air Commodore R C Wansbrough (15100)


Robert Cecil                 b: 9 Mar 1896                         r: 29 Jul 1949                              d: 5 Jun 1975

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(Army): - (T) 2Lt: 2 Dec 1914, (T) Capt*: 18 Aug 1917,

*with pay and allowances of Lieutenant.

(RAF): - (T) Capt [Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, Plt Off (P): 7 Jul 1921, Fg Off:4 Jan 1923, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1928, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1941, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1947.

 2 Dec 1914:                Appointed to a Commission in the South Staffordshire Regiment.

18 Aug 1917:               Adjutant, RFC

10 Jan 1919:                Transferred to the Unemployed List.

 4 Jul 1921:                  U/T Pilot, No 5 FTS.

 7 Jul 1921:                  Appointed to a Short Service Commission.

15 Apr 1923:               Supernumerary (non-effective sick), RAF Depot.

1 Jul 1923:                   Instructor/Staff, No 1 School of Technical Training (Boys).

27 Sep 1926:               Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

27 Oct 1927:                Signals Officer, No 4 Sqn.

 1 Jan 1929:                 Supernumerary, Cambridge University Air Sqn.

 1 Jan 1929:                 Attended Cambridge University.

21 Jul 1930:                 Employed on Special Duty at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

 5 Sep 1933:                Staff Officer, Joint Directorate of Scientific Research and Technical Development.

29 May 1935:              Signals Officer, Experimental Section, RAE.

12Apr 1937:                Squadron Commander, No 1 (General Engineering) Wing, Home Aircraft Depot.

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

18 Apr 1946:               Chief Signals Officer, HQ RAF Mediterranean and Middle East.

 2 Feb 1948:                Director of Radio.

He lost his only son on 26 April 1945, whilst operating with No 69 Squadron.

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