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Air Commodore T G Skeats

Thomas George            b: 26 Oct 1889                                                           d: 1 Dec 1944

CBE - 8 Jun 1944,

(Army): - (H) Lt: 15 Nov xxxx, 2 Lt: 15 Aug 1914, Lt: 2 Feb 1915,

(RAF): - (T) Capt: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 4 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1924, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1933, Gp Capt: 1 Nov 1938, Act A/Cdre: xx Sep 1944, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1944.

xx xxx 1909:              Soldier, Territorial Army

15 Nov xxxx:              Quarter-master, War Office

15 Aug 1914:              Officer, 5th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers Special Reserve

15 Aug 1914:              Attached, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

xx xxx 1915:               Seconded to Royal Ordnance Corps

 1 Jan 1917:                 Equipment Officer 3rd Class, RFC.

 8 Mar 1917:                Equipment Officer 2nd Class, Technical Department, Air Board.

xx xxx 1918:                 Sub-Section Director, Air Arm (P), Controller of Technical Development.

xx xxx 1919:                 Staff Officer 3rd Class, Air Ministry.

 1 Aug 1919:                Staff Officer 2nd Class, Head of E.2C, Directorate of Equipment.

17 Jun 1920:                Relinquished his commission in the Royal Fusiliers.

17 Jun 1920:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the RAF

13 Oct 1921:                Supernumerary, RAF Depot

19 Jan 1922:                Stores Officer (Technical), HQ RAF Iraq/Iraq Command

26 Nov 1923:              Stores Officer, Stores Depot - Egypt

31 Dec 1925:               Supernumerary, RAF Depot

 1  Jun 1926:                Technical Stores Officer, HQ Air Defences of Great Britain

xx xxx xxxx:                 Supernumerary?

14 Oct 1930:               Senior Stores Officer, RAF Base Singapore 

19 Nov 1932:              Supernumerary, RAF Depot

19 Feb 1933:               Stores Officer, No 3 Stores Depot.

xx xxx xxxx:                 Officer Commanding, No 3 Stores Depot.

24 Oct 1936:               Senior Equipment Officer, HQ British Forces in Iraq

 2 Feb 1939:                Supernumerary, No 1 RAF Depot

xx Mar 1939:               SOA, HQ No 40 Group

27 Jul 1942:                 Head of Organisation Branch, HQ Maintenance Command

xx Sep 1944:                AOC, No 56 (Maintenance) Wing.

He died in the RAF Hospital at Northallerton following an operation.

Citation for the award of Companion of the  Order of the Bath

"SKEATS, Thomas George, G/C (Royal Air Force) - Headquarters, Maintenance Command.

This officer is employed on Equipment duties on which he has had very wide experience.  He is extremely loyal and painstaking and readily accepts responsibility.  He has carried out the duties of head of the new Technical Organisation Branch with marked success."

(Source - Air 2/9003)

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