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Air Commodore G F A Skelton (29147)

George Felix Allen                b: 28 Jan 1909                      r: 27 May 1959                    d: 18 Oct 1985

OBE – 1 Jan 1949.

Plt Off (P): 12 Sep 1930, Plt Off: 12 Sep 1930, Fg Off: 12 Apr 1932, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1936, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1944 [1 Dec 1940], Act Wg Cdr: 16 Nov 1944?, Sqn Ldr (WS): 16 May 1945, Sqn Ldr: 23 Apr 1947 [1 Aug 1940], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947 [1 Oct 1946], Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1952, Act A/Cdre: xx Apr 1956?, A/Cdre: Retained.

12 Sep 1930:            Granted a Short Service Commission.

27 Sep 1930:            U/T Pilot, No 5 FTS.

 8 Sep 1931:             Pilot, No 32 Sqn.


28 Feb 1933:            Pilot, No 30 Sqn.


21 Jan 1935:             Staff, A. & A.E.E.

 1 Jun 1937:              Transferred to RAFO, Class C.

xx xxx 1939:              ?

23 Apr 1946 :            Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader (retaining rank current at the time). [wef 1 Sep 1945 antedated to 1 Aug 1940 on 25 Feb 1947]

xx Sep 1946:             Officer Commanding, No 51 Sqn. 

xx xxx xxxx:               Officer Commanding, No 61 Sqn

10 Dec 1948:            Air Attaché, Prague.

xx Apr 1956:             Air Attaché, Bonn.

Citation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire

"SKELTON, George Felix Allin, Wing Commander, OBE (29147) – Royal Air Force – General Duties Branch – Royal Air Force Station, Waterbeach.

Wing Commander Skelton is Squadron Commander, No.61 Squadron.  He took over this appointment 12 months ago and his work in the Squadron and in other activities at the Station during this period has been of the highest order. This officer has proved to be a squadron commander of exceptional ability and, his energy, leadership and untiring devotion to duty since he assumed command has resulted in his Squadron gaining the highest percentages in training and other activities in the Group during the last few months.  This fine record of achievement has been almost entirely due to the outstanding qualities of leadership displayed by Wing Commander Skelton and his highly efficient manner in dealing with the many and varied problems which arise in a long range transport Squadron.  In addition to his excellent capabilities as a Squadron Commander, he is a very experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic pilot.  Wing Commander Skelton has passed on his knowledge to such an extent that the re-categorization of his crews has been greatly assisted by his enthusiastic ambition to get them up to the highest possible levels.  He is a pilot with some 3,000 hours flying experience, over 300 of which have been carried out during the past year while training and checking his crews.  During the absence on duty or leave of the Station Commander, Wing Commander Skelton has taken over that officer’s duties, in addition to his own, with marked ability.  In addition to taking a very active interest in Station welfare, sports and entertainments, this officer has also carried out the duties of P.W.C. for the past nine months.  In this capacity, he has improved the discipline and tone of the mess by his example and diligence.  Wing Commander Skelton, who has been a prisoner-of-war, has proved conclusively that this strain has left no mark whatsoever.  He is a good leader of men and one of the best types of squadron commander, having performed outstanding service to organizing and training his Squadron to an exceptionally high standard."

(Source - Air 2/9816)

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