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Air Commodore A D A Honley (57544)

Albert Daniel Arthur   b:  5 Dec 1925                        r:  3 Apr 1982                d: 21 Nov 2019

CBE – 31 Dec 1981, AFC – 11 Jan 1961, FBIM.

AC2: xx xxx 1944, Plt Off (P): 19 Dec 1945, Plt Off:  19 Apr 1946, Fg Off (WS):  19 Apr 1946, Fg Off:  19 Oct 1946, Flt Lt: 15 Dec 1949, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1957, Act Wg Cdr: 5 May 1962, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1962, Act Gp Capt: 8 Jan 1968, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1968, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1979:

xx xxx 1944:   U/T Pilot,

19 Oct 1945:   Appointed to 4 year Short Service Commission.

xx xxx xxxx:   Pilot, No 21 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:   Pilot, No 148 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:   Flight Commander, No 51 Sqn

 5 May 1962:   Staff Officer, HQ RAF Germany.

 1 Nov 1965:   Officer Commanding, No 53 Sqn.

 8 Jan 1968:     Group Captain – Operations, RAF Lyneham.

 3 Oct 1969:    Officer Commanding, RAF Changi.

27 Mar 1972:   SOA, HQ No 38 Group.

15 Jun 1973:    Staff Officer (Bomber and Recce Operations), British Joint Staffs Mission, Washington.

15 Jun 1973:   Air Attaché, Washington.

28 Mar 1977:   Officer Commanding, RAF Hong Kong.

30 Sep 1977 – xx xxx xxxx:   ADC to the Queen.

In 1962, he acted as target judge in the first NATO Tactical Weapons contest held at St. Dizier in France.

In early 1965, he was selected to form the first (and only) Belfast squadron in the RAF.  However, before being able to do so he was appointed to the development flying team at Short's in Belfast on 21 Mar 1965.  In May of that year  he undertook the first overseas flight in a Belfast when he flew one to the Mediterranean.  He formed the RAF's operational unit, No 58 Squadron on 1 November 1965 and extensive work up and training flights followed resulting in the squadron being declared fully operational on 1 December 1966.


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