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Air Commodore G W Birkinshaw (03143)


Sgt G W Birkinshaw - 1917George William        b: 24 Jun 1896                             r: 22 Dec 1947                                d: 22 Oct 1977

CB 13 Jun 1946,

(Army - RFC): - 2AM: 24 Jan 1915, 1AM:  1 Jun 1915, Cpl: 1 Nov 1916, Act Sgt: 1 Feb 1917, Sgt: 30 Jul 1917,

(RAF): - Sgt Mech: 1 Apr 1918, 2 Lt: 21 Aug 1918, Fg Off: 4 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1926, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1938, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1941, Act A/Cdre: 1 Sep 1943, Gp Capt (WS): 1 Mar 1944, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946 1 Nov 1947, Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1944, A/Cdre: Retained.

24 Jan 1915:                  U/T Air Mechanic

18 Oct 1915:                 Embarked for France

xx Oct 1915:                 Air Mechanic, No 13 Sqn.

14 Aug 1916:                Qualified as Observer

15 Nov 1916:               Returned to Home Establishment

 1 Feb 1917:                 U/T Pilot, Central Flying School

30 Jul 1917:                  Qualified as 1st Class Pilot

29 Apr 1918:                Attended No 1 School of Air Fighting

12 May 1918:               Cadet Distribution Depot, Reserve Depot awaiting posting

16 May 1918:               Attended No 1 Officer Technical Training Wing.

 3 Aug 1918:                 Attended No 5 School of Military Aeronautics

21 Aug 1918:               Appointed to a Commission in the Aeroplane & Seaplane Branch

22 Aug 1918:               HQ No 1 Group, pending posting

23 Aug 1918:               Pilot, No 30 Training Depot Station.

xx Aug 1918:                Pilot, No 40 Sqn

 1 May 1919:               Staff Officer 3rd Class (Technical), Directorate of Equipment

 1 Aug 1919:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Lieutenant (Aeroplane and Seaplane Branch)

xx xxx xxxx:                  Instructor, No 2 School of Technical Training (Boys)

xx xxx xxxx:                  Awaiting disposal, HQ RAF India.

22 Apr 1920:               Pilot, No 1 Sqn (India)

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 1 Apr 1924:                Officer Commanding (Temporary), No 17 Sqn

 4 Apr 1924:                Adjutant (Temporary), No 17 Sqn

23 Apr 1924:               Pilot, No 17 Sqn

15 Sep 1924:               Attended Officers Engineering Course, Inland Area Aircraft Depot.

 6 Oct 1925:                 Attended Cambridge University.

18 Jul 1927:                 Engineering Officer, RAF Cadet College, Cranwell.

19 Jan 1931:                Attended RAF Staff College

19 Dec 1931:               Flight Commander, No 207 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

28 Feb 1933:               Engineering Officer, No 4 Flying Training School.

15 Apr 1934:               Engineering Officer, HQ Palestine and Transjordan.

xx xxx 1935:                 Engineering Officer, HQ British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan.

15 Sep 1936:               Engineering Officer, RAF in Palestine and Transjordan.

11 Apr 1938:               Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

27 Oct 1938:                Staff Officer, Directorate of Repair and Maintenance

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch

 8 Jan 1941:                 Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, HQ No 43 Group

 

21 Oct 1946:                Senior Equipment Staff Officer, AHQ India.

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