Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Innes Cosmo b: 25 Mar 1916
r: 22 Oct 1968
d: 13 Apr 1986
- 1 Jan 1962,
OBE – 10 Jun 1954, MiD - 14 Jan 1944, ADC.
Off: 1 Aug
1936, Fg Off: 1 Feb 1938, Flt Lt: 1 Feb 1940, (T) Sqn
Ldr: 1 Mar 1941, (T) Wg Cdr: 1
Jun 1942, Act Gp Capt: 24 Jan
1944?, Wg Cdr (WS): 24 Jul 1944,
Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Gp Capt: 1
Jan 1955, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1960.
xx xxx 1934: Flight Cadet, ? Sqn, RAF College.
Aug 1936: Appointed
to a Permanent Commission
Pilot, No 5 Sqn. (Wapiti II) (India)
Personnel Staff Officer, AHQ British Forces in Iraq.
Flight Commander, No 9 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 9 Sqn.
Air Staff, HQ Bomber Command
Group Captain - Plans, HQ Bomber Command.
Staff, Directorate-General of Personnel (II).
Member, British Bombing Survey.
Staff, Directorate of Personal Services.
Air Attaché, Teheran.
Senior Personnel Staff Officer, HQ No 23 Group.
Attended/Staff?, RAF Flying College.
Officer Commanding, RAF St Eval.
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), HQ Allied Forces
SOA/AOA, HQ Coastal Command.
AOC, RAF Gibraltar.
Director of Personal Services (Provost Marshal).
Regional Commandant, London and South East Region, ATC. (Ret'd)
He attained the rank of Flight Cadet Cpl at Cranwell and on 21 October he
was forced to abandon Bulldog, K2166 when it entered an uncontrollable spin.
On 29 August 1941 he was flying Wellington IC, R1279 during a raid on Mannheim
which went out of control due to icing but when he eventually recovered the
aircraft he found that the navigator and wireless operator had abandoned the
aircraft. Whilst flying Wellington X3289 on 6 December 1941, the starboard engine
caught fire during a training flight, eventually falling off the wing.
He managed to force land the aircraft near Brandon in Suffolk, the only
injuries being sustained by Sgt D S S Welch who was manning the rear turret.
In 1981 he became President of London Wing ATC.
This page was last updated on 08/08/19
J E Innes-Crump
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