Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
John Francis b: 24 Jun 1925 r: 29 Sep 1979 d: 3 Mar 2016
CBE – 1 Jan 1973, AFC – 1 Jan 1959.
Plt Off (P): 6 Feb 1944, Fg Off (WS): 6 Aug 1944, Flt Lt (WS): 6 Feb 1946, Flt Lt: 6 Aug 1947, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1955, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1959, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1969, Act A/Cdre: 20 Dec 1972, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1973:
28 Sep 1942: Attended Air Crew Reception Centre. (1806216)
xx Nov 1942: Attended No 13 Initial Training Wing.
xx Apr 1943: Attended No 16 EFTS
xx xxx 1943: Attended Aircrew Despatch Centre/Leave/en-route to USA
xx Jul 1943: U/T Pilot, No 17 Course, No 3 British Flying Training School
6 Feb 1944: Appointed to an Emergency Commission in the RAFVR
xx Feb 1944: En-route to UK
xx xxx 1944: Attended No 7 Personnel Reception Centre
xx xxx 1944: Attended Aircrew Officers School
xx Jul 1944: Attached to RAF Church Lawford
xx Oct 1944: Attended RAF Regiment Depot
xx Nov 1944: U/T Glider Pilot, No 1 Glider Training School.
xx Nov 1944: Attended No 1 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit.
xx Dec 1944: Attached to No 9 Personnel Despatch Centre/Leave/en-route to the Far East
xx Dec 1944: Pilot, No 670 Sqn
xx Feb 1945: Attended the School for Jungle Self-Preservation Training.
xx xxx 1945: Attended Indian Army Officers Training School
xx xxx 1945: Adjutant, Air Booking Centre, Bombay
xx Jun 1946: En-route to UK
22 Aug 1946: Appointed to an Extended Service Commission in the RAF (4 years on the Active List)
xx xxx 1946: Attended No 2 Refresher Flying Course, No 1 EFTS
xx xxx 1947: Attended 'Introduction to Jet-Engines' Course
xx xxx 1947: Attended FTC Ground Instructors' Course
xx May 1947: Assistant Adjutant, No 1 Polish Resettlement Unit.
xx Aug 1947: Attended No 2 Pilot Refresher Flying Unit.
xx Sep 1947: Attended No 203 Advanced Flying School
xx Feb 1948: Attended No 226 Operational Conversion Unit.
xx Apr 1948: Pilot, No 33 Sqn (Germany/Malaya)
12 Jul 1949: Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant
xx Aug 1948: Attended Day Fighter Leaders Course, CFE
xx Dec 1948: Acting 'A' Flight Commander, No 33 Sqn.
xx May 1949: 'B' Flight Commander, No 33 Sqn
14 Jun 1949: Air Liaison Officer, Malayan Police Force
26 Oct 1950: En-route to the UK
xx Dec 1950: Attended No 123 Instructors' Course, CFS
xx Apr 1951: QFI, Cambridge University Air Sqn
xx Sep 1953: Training Officer, Singapore Sqn, Malayan Auxiliary Air Force
xx xxx 1956: Attended No 97 All Weather Jet Refresher Course, RAF Flying College.
xx Aug 1956: Attended No 23 Hunter Conversion Course, RAF Chivenor
xx Dec 1956: Supernumerary, No 247 Sqn.
xx Mar 1957: Attended No 38 Day Fighter Leaders Course, CFE
xx Jun 1957: Officer Commanding, No 43 Sqn. (Hunter F6)
xx xxx 1959: Officer Commanding, Cadet Wing, RAF Technical College
xx Dec 1961: Attended RAF Staff College
xx xxx 1962: Attended Jet Refresher (Meteor) Course, RAF Flying College
xx xxx 1962: Attended Vampire Familiarisation Course, No 5 FTS, Oakington
xx xxx 1962: Attended Jet Provost Familiarisation Course, No 3 FTS, Leeming
7 May 1962: CFI, Central Flying School.
27 Jul 1964: Wing Commander (Flying Training), HQ Flying Training Command.
xx Jan 1966: Attended Joint Services Staff College
25 Aug 1966: Operations Requirements Officer, HQ Allied Forces Central Europe.
10 Feb 1969: Directing Staff, Joint Services Staff College.
xx Nov 1969: Attended Jet Provost Refresher Course, RAF Flying College
xx Nov 1969: Attended Gnat Familiarisation Course, CFS
16 Jan 1970: Officer Commanding RAF Valley/No 4 FTS.
13 Dec 1971: Deputy Director of Air Staff Plans.
4 Jan 1973: Senior Officer, Singapore Air Defence Command.
10 May 1975: Director of Training (Flying)
Lying about his date of birth, he joined the RAF in 1942, training as a pilot in the USA but by the time he qualified the RAF had a surplus of pilots. As a result he volunteered to become a glider pilot and was posted to India, where he joined No 670 Squadron, but the war ended before he was deployed in action.
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