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Air Commodore J D Ronald (36084)

James Douglas              b: 26 Aug 1911                     r: 27 Sep 1961                     d: 2 Sep 1994

CBE 2 Jun 1962, AFC 1 Jan 1944, BA.

(RAFO): Plt Off : 28 Jul 1931, Fg Off: 28 Jan 1933,

(RAF): Plt Off: 19 Oct 1936 [19 Jul 1935], Fg Off: 19 Apr 1937 [19 Jan 1937], Act Flt Lt: 3 Nov 1938, Flt Lt: 19 Apr 1939 [19 Jan 1939], (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1941, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1952, Act A/Cdre: 1 Feb 1959, A/Cdre: Retained.

28 Jul 1931:            Granted a Commission in the RAFO (Class AA2).

 9 Jun 1936:            Transferred to RAFO (Class C)

19 Oct 1936:          Relinquished his Commission in the RAFO

19 Oct 1936:          Granted a Permanent Commission in the RAF

19 Oct 1936:          U/T Pilot, No 5 FTS.

30 Jun 1937:           Pilot, No 151 Sqn.

 3 Nov 1938:          Flight Commander, No 151 Sqn.

18 Jan 1939:           Armament Officer, No 607 Sqn

23 Feb 1939:           Armament Officer, HQ Advanced Air Striking Force

27 Aug 1939:          Attended No 1 Air Armament School

 1 Dec 1940:           Armament Officer, HQ No 70 Group.

26 May 1941:         Group Armament Officer, HQ No 10 Group

xx xxx xxxx:            Officer Commanding, Armament Testing Sqn, A & AEE.

18 Mar 1945:           Group Armament Officer, HQ No 83 Group

29 Dec 1947:          Staff, Directorate of Weapons.


15 Feb 1954:          SASO, HQ No 22 (Training) Group.

12 Dec 1955:

 1 Feb 1959:           Director of Personnel (Air)/(Assimilation).

Citation for the award of the Air Force Cross

"RONALD, James Douglas, W/C (36084, Royal Air Force) - Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment.

Wing Commander Ronald commands the Armament Testing Squadron and has set a fine example to all his personnel by never allowing them to undertake a trial of a hazardous nature unless he has done a similar trial himself.  He has shown exceptional organizing ability and great devotion to duty.  On one occasion ammunition exploded in the blast tube of a Beaufighter, fracturing the hydraulic pipes and petrol connection to one engine.  Wing Commander Ronald flew the aircraft back to base on one engine, a distance of 75 miles, knowing that details of the causes of failure are always required in experimental trials.  As a result of subsequent investigation large batches of ammunition in general use were found to be faulty and had to be banned from use in certain types of aircraft.  At all times this officer has shown ability and determination, combined with a disregard of risk to an extent which has enabled very important results to be obtained."

(Source - Air 2/8959)

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