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(Air Commodore) B Samson (34249)

Bryan               b:  7 Jul 1912                              r: 4 Jan 1963                                   d: 12 Mar 1995

OBE 2 Jan 1950, MiD 8 Jun 1944

(RAF): - Act Plt Off (P): 14 Sep 1934, Plt Off: 14 Sep 1935, Fg Off: 14 Mar 1937, Flt Lt: 14 Mar 1939, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Sep 1940, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1941, Sqn Ldr: 14 Apr 1942 [1 Sep 1940], Act Gp Capt: xx xxx 1944, Wg Cdr (WS): 24 Jan 1946, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Act Gp Capt: 8 Aug 1955, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1958, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx 1958?.

14 Sep 1934:               Appointed to a Short Service Commission.

29 Sep 1934:               U/T Pilot, No 3 Flying Training School.

 5 Sep 1935:                Pilot No 47 Sqn

 9 Feb 1938:                Pilot, and Personal Assistant to AOC, RAF in Palestine and Transjordan

28 Aug 1938:               Attended RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

14 Sep 1940:               Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Officer Commanding, Maintenance Wing, No 11 OTU

 6 Jun 1942:                  pending posting overseas

27 Jul 1942:                 Command Engineer Officer, AHQ West Africa

xx xxx xxxx:                  Attended RAF Staff College.

xx xxx xxxx:                   ?, Kirton Lindsay

 4-15 Dec 1945            Attended Refresher Flying Course, No 61 OTU?

20 Jan 1947:                Engineer Officer, HQ Flying Training Command.

29 Dec 1947:               Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ No 46 Group

12 Oct 1949:                Wing Commander - Technical Co-ordination, HQ BAFO

xx xxx xxxx:                  Deputy Director of Repair and Maintenance (Aircraft)

 8 Aug 1955:                Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ No 12 Group

18 Aug 1958:               Deputy Director of Aircraft Engineering

 5 May 1961:               Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ NEAF

Retired on account of medical unfitness for air force service as a Group Captain.  Listed as A/Cdre in 1958 entry of AFL for No 12 Group but not in the Retired Lists.

Recommendation for the award of Officer, Order of the British Empire

"SAMSON, Bryan, W/C (34249)

This officer is Deputy Director of Repair and Maintenance (Aircraft).  Repair work which was done during the war by firms within the Civilian Repair Organization had had to be transferred to parent firms in the aircraft industry and Group Captain [sic] Samson has handled this transfer with great tact and diplomacy.  He has shown himself to be a good organizer with excellent technical qualifications which have enabled him to guide his officers most successfully in their duties."

(Awarded - London Gazette, 1 Jan 1950)

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