Air Commodore J F Davis (78867)

John Frank                  b: 28 Feb 1917                        r: 1 Jan 1965               d: xx Feb 1988

OBE 13 Jun 1957, DFC 16 Mar 1943, AFC 2 Jan 1950.

(RAFVR): Plt Off (P)?: 10 Apr 1940, Plt Off: 27 Apr 1940, Fg Off (WS): 27 Jul 1941, Flt Lt (WS): 27 Jul 1942, Act Sqn Ldr: xx xxx xxxx,

(RAF): Flt Lt (WS): 7 May 1946 [1 Sep 1945], Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1947, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1954, Act Gp Capt: 9 Jun 1958, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1959, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1964.

xx xxx 1940:               U/T Air Observer

xx xxx 1940:               Attended Flying Boat Training Sqn

14 Dec 1940:              Air Observer, No 240 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:                Navigator, No 95 Sqn

18 Oct 1943:              Attended No 2 Specialist Navigation (New Series) Course.

xx xxx xxxx:                Staff, Central Air Navigation School

xx Sep 1944:              Staff, Empire Air Navigation School

10 Jan 1945:               Staff Officer (Nav P2), Directorate of Navigation

7 May 1946:               Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (retaining rank current at the time) [wef 1 Sep 1945]

xx xxx 1946:                Staff Officer, Directorate of Navigation.

13 Oct 1949:              PSO to C in C, British Air Forces of Occupation.

xx Nov 1955:              Staff Officer, Department of the CAS.

 9 Jun 1958:                Assistant Commandant, RAF Flying College.

 4 Jan 1961:                Officer Commanding, RAF Khormaksar.

xx Oct 1962:              

xx Jan 1963:                Attended Imperial Defence College.

19 Feb 1964:              AOA, HQ RAF Germany.

Joining the RAFVR as a Air Gunner, he later remustered as a Pilot.  Whilst serving at the Central Navigation School at Shawbury he was second pilot of Stirling, LK589, which left Shawbury on 2 June 1944 for a 14 day tour of Canada and arrived back at Shawbury on 26 June.  From 21 October 1944 he was also the navigator on the Aries flight polar flight in 1945 and was awarded his AFC for research into blind landings.  Retired at his own request.

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