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Air Commodore J J Williamson

James John                   b: 24 Sep 1895                     r: 29 Mar 1946                     d: 22 Dec 1975

CBE - 1 Jan 1946, AFC - 8 Feb 1919, R, C - 5 Apr 1919.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army):- 1AM: xx xxx xxxx, (T) 2 Lt: 27 Jul 1917.

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Act Capt: 1 May - 31 Jul 1919, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1922, Sqn Ldr: 5 Mar 1930, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1936, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1940, Act A/Cdre: 17 Apr 1944?, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1944, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx 1917:            Air Mechanic, RFC

xx xxx xxxx:             U/T Pilot, No 22 Reserve Sqn RFC

27 Jul 1917:             Appointed to a Temporary Commission in the RFC

24 Aug 1917:           Graduated as Flying Officer

24 Aug 1917:           Pilot, No 195 Sqn RFC

27 Aug 1917:           Attached, No 8 School of Aerial Gunnery

 1 May 1919:           Flight Commander, ?

29 Jul 1919:             Pilot, No 25 Sqn. (also shown as 20 Apr 1920)

  1 Aug 1919:          Awarded Permanent Commission as a Lieutenant

xx xxx xxxx:              Pilot, No 100 Sqn.

13 Mar 1922:           Attended Instructor's Course, Central Flying School.

 1 Jul 1922:              Pilot, No 100 Sqn.

11 Apr 1923:           Pilot, No 70 Sqn.  

14 Sep 1923:           Staff, HQ Basrah Group.

17 Oct 1925:           QFI, No 4 FTS.


xx xxx 1928:            QFI, Oxford University Air Sqn.

 2 Jun 1930:             Squadron Commander, No 5 FTS.

27 Jan 1933:            CFI, No 4 FTS.

11 Dec 1934:           Personnel Staff, HQ Iraq Command.

 2 Sep 1936:            Officer Commanding, No 2 Wing, Home Aircraft Depot.

 9 Oct 1938:            Wing Commander, No 4 School of Technical Training, St Athan.

xx xxx xxxx:             Officer Commanding, No 9 Bombing and Gunnery School

17 Apr 1944:           AOC, No 50 (Training) Group

Recommendation for the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire

The recommendation must have been drafted long before the award, for it reads:

"WILLIAMSON, James John, A/C, AFC (Royal Air Force) - No.9 Air Observer School

This officer commands No. 9 Air Observer School. During last summer his station was attacked by enemy bombers on four different occasions and considerable damage was done. Owing very largely to Group Captain Williamson's personal influence and example, the morale of the personnel remained of the highest order, and there was no loss of training efficiency. In spite of his exacting duties as a commander of a large unit he has found time to maintain himself as an efficient and able pilot and he is an example in this respect to his juniors. During his tour of appointment 2,846 air observer and air gunner trainees have passed through his hands."

(Source - website archive of Dix-Noonan-Webb (medal dealers))

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