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Air Commodore D A Arnott (607080)

Donald Aston               b: 18 Mar 1929                       r: 1 Jul 1982                d:  xx xxx xxxx

DFC 19 Jan 1954, AFC 10 Jun 1967, FBIM, QCVSA - 1 Jan 1959.

Plt Off: 26 Jul 1950, Fg Off: 26 Jul 1950, Flt Lt: 19 Nov 1953, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1958, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1964, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1970, Act A/Cdre: 16 Dec 1976, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1977.

xx Jan 1948:     Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

26 Jul 1950:     Granted a Permanent Commission.

1952                Pilot, No 3 Sqn.

xx xxx 1953:      Exchange posting, No 77 Sqn RAAF


15 Jan 1962:    PSO to C in C, Middle East Command.

xx xxx 1965:     Refresher Flying Course, No 232 OCU?.

 1 Jun 1965:     Officer Commanding, No 35 Sqn. (Vulcan B2)

 8 Nov 1967:    Exchange posting, USAF.

 1 Jan 1970:     Group Captain - Trials, Central Tactics and Trials Organisation.

 9 Jun 1972:     Officer Commanding, RAF St Mawgan.

19 Jun 1974:    SASO, HQ Northern Maritime Air Region.

 5 Feb 1977:    SASO, AHQ Cyprus/Member, Advisory Board.

28 Apr 1978:   AOC, AHQ Cyprus/Deputy Commander, British Forces Cyprus

At Cranwell, he represented the College at Boxing and Rugby and attained the rank of Under Officer.  Posted to No 3 Squadron at Wildenrath flying Vampires, he flew in the combined 3/71 Squadron aerobatic display team for the NATO Air Display at Melsbroek in July 1952.  Retired at his own request.

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