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Air Commodore C C McMullen (32118)

Colin Campbell                         b: 22 Aug 1908                                                          d: 17 Feb 1954

CBE – 1 Jan 1946, AFC – 1 Jan 1943, MiD – 11 Jul 1940, MiD – 1 Jan 1945.

Plt Off (P): 17 Nov 1931, Plt Off: 17 Nov 1932, Fg Off: 17 May 1933, Flt Lt: 17 May 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1944, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1954.

17 Nov 1931:         Granted a Short Service Commission.

27 Mar 1932:         Pilot, No 43 Sqn.

 3 Jul 1933:            Attended No 19 Flying Boat Pilots’ Course, RAF Base Gosport

 4 Dec 1933:          Pilot, No 201 Sqn.

11 Jun 1934:           Pilot, No 203 Sqn. (arrived 23 Jun 1934 in Rangoon, K3678)

 2 Mar 1935:           Posted to Home Establishment, pending appointment to a Permanent Commission

29 Apr 1935:          Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

17 Nov 1936:         Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant

29 Apr 1937:          Signals Officer, SHQ RAF Biggin Hill

 2 Nov 1938:          Officer Commanding, No 32 Sqn (Temporary)

 8 Jan 1939:            Supernumerary, No 79 Sqn.

20 Jan 1939:           Officer Commanding, No 79 Sqn.

10 Feb 1940:          Air Staff - Signals (RDF), HQ Fighter Command

xx May 1940:         Test Pilot, Experimental Section, RAE.

xx May 1941:         Member, British Air Mission to Washington.

10 Dec 1941:          Supernumerary, No 109 Sqn. (wef 5 Dec 1941)

15 Dec 1941:          Officer Commanding, No 109 Sqn.

xx Jul  1942:            ?

xx xxx 1943:           Wing Commander - Signals, HQ No 11 Group.

xx xxx xxxx:            Air Staff, HQ No 81 Group

xx xxx xxxx:            Air Staff, HQ No 5 Group

29 Mar 1944:         Officer Commanding, RAF Bardney

 7 Mar 1945:          Officer Commanding?, RAF Woodhall Spa

28 Jun 1945           Officer Commanding, RAF Metheringham

xx Jul 1945:            Officer Commanding, No 552 Wing/RAF Metheringham

28 Aug 1945:         Officer Commanding, RAF Metheringham

29 Oct 1945:          ?

29 Jan 1947:          Air Attaché, Bangkok.

xx xxx xxxx:            Directing Staff, RN Staff College, Greenwich

xx xxx xxxx:            Air Staff, HQ Coastal Command.

xx Jan 1953:           Attended Imperial Defence College.

xx Jan 1954            AOC, No 81 Group

Born in Australia, he attended Sydney University after which he travelled to the UK and joined the RAF on a Shot Service Commission.  On 28 February 1933 he was flying Hawker Fury I, K1933 of No 43 Sqn when he collided with another aircraft, K1936 of the same squadron whilst in the circuit at Tangmere.  He landed safely but the pilot of the other aircraft, Plt Off R V Rolph was killed. 

He died just over two weeks after taking command of No 81 Group, when he collapsed and died in his staff car at Hungerford.

Citation for the award of the Air Force Cross

McMULLEN, Colin Campbell, W/C (32118, Royal Air Force) - No.109 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1943.

"Wing Commander McCullen [sic] has commanded No.109 Squadron since December 1941, and during this period he has undertaken some outstandingly successful development and research flying in connection with wireless intelligence and new navigational aids.  Recently he has been responsible for installing the equipment in Mosquito aircraft in addition to designing much of the detail of its fitting.  Wing Commander McCullen’s [sic] personal leadership, technical ability and outstanding drive and capability as an organizer have been responsible for the good work performed by No.109 Squadron, the nature of the work being such that its success depends almost entirely on the imagination, initiative and hard work of those who direct it."

(Source - Air 2/8871)

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