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Air Commodore R P Ross


R P Ross - 1913Robert Peel RossRobert Peel                  b: 29 May 1888                       r: 1 Jan 1934               d: 30 Dec 1963

DSO - 1 Oct 1917, AFC - 3 Jun 1919.

(RN): - Midín: 15 Nov 1904, Act Sub Lt:  15 Jan 1908, Sub Lt:  21 Sep 1908 [15 Jan 1908], Lt: 1 Oct 1910, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1914, Flt Cdr: 26 Sep 1914, Sqn Cdr: 27 May 1915, Wg Cdr: 31 Dec 1916, Lt Cdr: 1 Oct 1918.

(RAF): - (T) Lt Col [Maj]: 1 Apr 1918, Wg Cdr: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1924, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1931.

Photo (Far left) - taken from his RAeC Certificate

Photo (left) - Robert Peel Ross

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 March 1927
NPG x123830

© National Portrait Gallery, London

15 May 1903:       Naval Cadet, HMS Britannia

15 Sept 1904:       Naval Cadet, HMS Formidable

3 Oct 1904:         Midshipman/Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Cornwallis

30 Jun - 21 Sep 1908:        HMS Sentinel for manoeuvres

21 Sep 1908:        Sub Lieutenant, HMS Diamond

30 Mar 1909:       Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Isis

27 Jul 1909:         Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Cambrian

 9 Dec 1911:         HMS Vivid for service in HMS Active

30 Dec 1911:        HMS Active on commissioning

 7 Oct 1912:         HMS Ganges for HMS Ganges II

17 Jan 1913:         HMS President whilst attending Flying course at Central Flying School.

17 Apr 1913:        Flying Officer, Naval Flying School, Eastchurch Air Station.

Caudron Amphibian 28 Jul 1913 Lt Robert Peel Ross on HMS Hermes ex J E Loveluck via E J Dixon

15 Aug 1913:      Flight Commander, Cromarty Air Station.

26 Sep 1914:      Flight Commander, Fort George Air Station.

20 Mar 1915:     Officer Commanding, HMS Engadine

20 Sep 1915:      Officer Commanding, RNAS Westgate.

15 Oct 1917:       Officer Commanding, Houton Bay Air Station, Orkneys

25 Feb 1918:      Officer Commanding, RNAS Units at Taranto.  

 1 Apr 1918:       Officer Commanding, 67th Wing, Adriatic Group. (Taranto)

xx xxx xxxx:         Staff Officer, HQ No 9 (Operations) Group

 1 Apr 1919:        Staff Officer 1st Class, Air Ministry

 1 Aug 1919:        Awarded Permanent Commission as a Lieutenant Colonel

22 Oct 1919:       Transferred from Staff Officer Branch to Flying Branch

 1 Dec 1919:        Officer Commanding, RAF Training Base, Leuchars.

22 Jan 1920:        Removed from the Navy Lists on being awarded Permanent Commission in RAF

16 Mar 1920:       Officer Commanding, RAF Base, Leuchars.

12 Mar 1922:       Staff, RAF Base, Leuchars.  (Air Staff duties with C-in-C, Atlantic Fleet, HMS Queen Elizabeth)

15 Dec 1924:       Commandant, Electrical and Wireless School.

25 Feb 1928:        Deputy Director of Manning.

23 Jan 1931:        SASO, HQ RAF Middle East.

20 Nov 1932:      Supernumerary - non effective (sick), RAF Depot.

 7 Jun 1933:        Placed on half pay list, scale A

 1 Jan 1934:        Retired.

xx xxx 1938 - xx xxx 1944:    Scottish Area Commandant, Observer Corps.

He graduated from the first course held at the CFS in Apr 1913, having gained his RAeC Certificate, No 422 on 18 February 1913.  He was one of the pilots who carried out the Cuxhaven Raid on Christmas Day 1914, flying Short Folder No 119 - See Archives.   Retired at his own request.

This page was last updated on 26/08/19

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