Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Commodore H P Connolly
b: 9 Mar 1915
d: 11 Dec 1968
- 1 Jan 1963,
DFC – 8 Dec 1944, Bar – 13 Apr 1945, AFC - 1 Jan 1953, AFM
– 1 Jan 1941, ADC.
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xx xxx xxxx, LAC:
xx xxx xxxx, Cpl:
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Off (P): 23
Sep 1940 [18 Sep 1940], Fg Off (WS):
23 Sep 1941 [18 Sep 1941], Flt Lt (WS): 18 Sep
1942, Act Sqn Ldr: xx xxx xxxx, Act Wg
Cdr: 1 Oct 1944?, Sqn Ldr (WS): 1
Apr 1945, Sqn Ldr: 28 Feb 1946 [1 Sep
1945], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947,
Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1955, Act
A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx,
Photo - Crown Copyright (expired), courtesy C G Jefford
Aircraft Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton (565712).
Rigger/Air Gunner, No ? Sqn. (Wapiti)
Attended Central Flying School.
xx xxx 1940: Instructor, No 14 Service Flying Training School
19 Oct 1940: QFI, No 2 Flying Instructors School
xx xxx 1941: Attended No 52 OTU.
3 Sep 1941: Pilot, No 1 Sqn
9 Dec 1941: Attended No 23 Instructors' Course, No 2 School of Air Navigation
Flight Commander, No 635 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No ? Sqn.
Air Staff, HQ No 8 Group.
Served in Far East Air Force.
28 Feb 1946: Appointed to an Extended Service Commission (scheme B) in the rank of Squadron Leader.
Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader (retaining
rank current at the time).
Attended RAF Staff College.
Air Staff - Plans, HQ Bomber Command.
Attended Joint Services Staff College.
OC Flying, RAF Binbrook.
Air Staff, HQ No 1 (Bomber) Group.
16 May 1955 Officer Commanding, RAF Scampton
Officer Commanding, RAF Waddington.
Attended Imperial Defence College.
Group Captain - Air Plans, HQ
Far East Air Force.
AOC & Commandant, Central Flying School.
Assistant Chief of Staff (Training), HQ CENTO.
Commandant, Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre.
AOC, RAF Halton/Commandant, No 1 School of Technical Training.
Hugh Connolly joined the RAF as a 'Trenchard Brat' at RAF Halton in 1931. Qualifying as a Rigger he was posted to No ? Squadron in India and had soon volunteered for aircrew duties as an air gunner, which at that time was still a 'part-time' post filled by ground crew. However his chance to fly as a pilot soon came and in 1937 he was accepted for training as an NCO pilot. Having been awarded an AFM in 1940 for ?, he was commissioned and sent to the CFS to train as an instructor.
In 1943 he returned to operations when he joined No ?
Squadron of the No 8 Group and by 1945 he was commanding a PFF squadron.
After the war his career followed a fairly routine pattern of operational
tours interspersed with staf posts and attendance at various colleges.
Whilst commanding RAF Waddington, his station was selected as the home
base for the RAF's first Vulcan squadron. In
1961, he returned to the CFS as it's new Commandant and following the selection
of the Folland Gnat T1 as the RAF's new advanced trainer, he displayed an early
production model at the Paris Salon of 1961, before the type's entry to service.
His final posting prior to retirement was another return to old haunts
for him, when he was appointed Commandant of No 1 School of Technical Training
at Halton, where he had begun his RAF career 36 years earlier.
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