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Air Commodore R J Davenport (199966)

Raymond John                        b: 15 Feb 1925                        r: 2 Apr 1981            d: 27 Jan 2017

CBE 31 Dec 1980, AFC 11 Jun 1960, QCVSA 1 Jan 1963, FBIM.

(RAFVR): Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off: 27 Jul 1945, Fg Off (WS): 27 Jan 1946,

(RAF): Plt Off: 22 Aug 1946, Fg Off: 22 Aug 1946, Flt Lt: 27 Jan 1949, Sqn Ldr: 1 Oct 1955, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1961, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1967, Act A/Cdre: 7 Feb 1977, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1978.

xx xxx xxxx:               U/T Pilot,

xx xxx xxxx:               NCO Pilot

27 Jul 1945:               Appointed to a Commission in the RAFVR

22 Aug 1946:             Appointed to Commission in the rank of Pilot Officer extended service (retaining rank current at the time)

15 Sep 1948:             Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer


xx xxx 195?               Flight Commander, No 617 Sqn. 

15 Aug 1960:             Officer Commanding, No 83 Sqn. (Vulcan B2)

17 Feb 1964:             Directing Staff, RAF Staff College, Bracknell.

28 Feb 1966:             Staff Officer, MoD.

xx xxx xxxx:

16 Dec 1969:           Central Defence Staff.

 3 Sep 1971:            Staff Officer - Plans and Policy Division, SHAPE.

 8 Feb 1974:            Group Captain Contingency Plans, Transport and Air, HQ Strike Command.

 7 Feb 1977:            Air Commodore - Operations, HQ Strike Command.

In April 1959 he was captain of one of the three Vulcans which attended the first World Congress of Flight in Las Vegas.  Whilst commanding No 83, he captained one of three Vulcans which carried out a round-the-world flight covering 30,000 miles in 50 flying hours.  The route started at Scampton and included stops in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, America, the Bahamas and Goose Bay before returning to Scampton.

Following retirement he was appointed Regional Commandant of HQ London and South East Region, ATC.

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