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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1940)

The Department of the Director-General of Civil Aviation


Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)


Name Status/Title Role/Duties
F C Shelmerdine   Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
J H Riddock   Private Secretary
J H Barnes   Deputy Director-General of Civil Aviation (DDGCA)

Directorate of Home Civil Aviation

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Vacant   Director of Home Civil Aviation (DHCA)
  1. Administration of ground services and requisitioned civil aerodromes within the UK (excluding Works Services).
  2. Licensing, airworthiness, certification and registration of civil aircraft; licensing of civil aerodromes and of Civil Aviation personnel; light aeroplane club and gliding questions.
  3. National Service and kindred matters in relation to civil air operating companies personnel.
  4. Administration of Civil Aviation Petrol supplies and Civil Aviation cash and stores accounting questions.
A H Wilson   Assistant Director of Home Civil Aviation  (ADHCA)
CH 5
R V Murray Staff Officer Liquidation of CAG and Light Aeroplane clubs.

In charges of sections CH 5 (a), CH 5 (b) and CH 5 (c)

CH 5 (a)
A A Elliott Higher Clerical Officer Screening of aerodrome and operating companies' personnel and questions relating to service with the forces.

Liaison with RAF, War Office, Admiralty, Ministry of Labour and CAG authorities on service questions.

CH 5 (b)
H Ridge Higher Clerical Officer Establishments of bases and recruitment of personnel for bases (in conjunction with S 1 (e))

Administration of Examination Centres.

CH 5 (c)
Mrs O G Chalk Higher Clerical Officer Outstanding questions in connection with Maybury organisation for air traffic control, wireless and meteorological stations at civil aerodromes.

Provision of similar facilities in war.

Authorisations and dispensations.

Investigations of breaches of civil flying regulations.

Examination of private Parliamentary Bills and Orders.

Outstanding questions in connection with Internal Subsidy Scheme.

Check of claims.

CH 8
A G Attribe Senior Staff Officer Head of Branch
CH 8 (a)
J H Bennett

W F Pilbrow

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Provision of petrol  for civil aviation purposes at home stations.

Administration of civil aviation controlled sources of petrol supply.

Licensing of civil aerodromes and ancillary questions.

Examination of claims concerning landing, housing and other charges in respect of aerodromes, etc, not requisitioned.

Administration of cash accounting and stores arrangements at outstations.

Requisitioning of aerodromes and equipment and relinquishment thereof.

Liaison with W 6 on compensation questions.

CH 8 (c)
H F James

A W Lewis

Civil Assistant II

Air Service Clerk I

Cash and stores accounting for Civil Aviation outstations.

Operation of Public Account; payment of wages for outstation personnel.

Provision of stores, etc.

CH 8 (d)
A H Lowe Higher Clerical Officer Certificates of airworthiness.

Registration of civil aircraft.

Sanctions for sale and transfer of civil aircraft.

Arrangements for requisitioning of civil aircraft including maintenance of lists of available machines and their locations.

Liaison with Air Registration Board.

Pilots' navigators' and ground engineers' licenses.

Directorate of Overseas Civil Aviation (DOCA)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
W W Burkett   Director of Overseas Civil Aviation (DOCA)
  1. Policy and development of civil aviation outside the UK.

  2. Agreements within the Empire and with foreign states.  Imperial and international conferences and committes

  3. Air Navigation Acts, Orders and regulations.

  4. Policy and administration of state assisted air transport services.

  5. Air Ministry publications relating to civil aviation.

J J W Herbertson   Assistant Director (Air Civil (Admin) War Group)
H Jones   Assistant Director (ADOCA)
CO 1
F F H Boxall Staff Officer Development of British Civil Aviation services out side the UK.

Administration of agreements for subsidised air services operating overseas.

Questions of policy in connection with Imperial and Colonial civil aviation.

Negotiations with other Departments of State and with foreign and overseas administrations.

War time measures affecting British civil aviation abroad.

Negotiation of agreements with foreign governments.

Operation of foreign civil aircraft to and over the UK and British territories overseas.

I S Rosenberg Higher Clerical Officer  
CO 2 and CAP
L G V Koster Staff Officer  
G A Ayton Higher Clerical Officer  
Miss L P Quelch Higher Clerical Officer  

Directorate of Civil Aviation Finance

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
V H Raby   Assistant Director.

Control of CF 1

CF 1
R C Bloodworth

J McCaig

Staff Officer

Staff Officer

General financial relations with British Overseas Airways Corporation; ascertainment and payment of grant to the Corporation while their undertaking is held at the disposal of the Secretary of State; financial negotiations in connection with subsidy and postal payments by countries participating in the wartime overseas services; miscellaneous postal questions; questions of foreign currency affecting the Corporation; review of confidential estimates and subsidy for Bangkok - Kong Kong, Bermuda - New York and European agreements; trans-Tasman agreement; wartime insurance problems.

Outstanding financial questions in relation to civil research and development; financial aspects of schemes for maintenance of civil aircraft and supply of spares.

Estimates, forecasts and appropriation accounts.

A W Willis

D C Ramage

Higher Executive Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Financial question arising from policy decisions affecting internal operating companies, including subsidy negotiations for wartime internal services.

Also responsible for certain duties under CF 3.

CF 2
F H Denny Senior Staff Officer Had of Branch
CF 2 (a)
W S Trotman

L A F van den Bogaerde

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer


Financial questions arising on ground organisation for all overseas routes (including the home flying boat terminal); outstanding marine equipment questions; transport, including question entitlement, travelling and substance on behalf of F3.

Financial questions arising on Works Services at State requisitioned and other aerodromes used for Civil Aviation purposes (other than Maybury questions).

CF 2 (a)
A Knight

H H Livett

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Policy, works, accommodation and transport questions at requisitioned and other aerodromes not in State ownership but used for civil aviation purposes.

All administrative questions affecting State aerodromes.

CF 3
A J Read Senior Executive Officer Head of branch

Co-ordination of Civil Aviation estimates, etc.

General financial relations with Air Registration Board and Petroleum Board; foreign exchange questions; control of issue of petrol coupons for official journeys.

Liaison with operating companies and local authorities regarding coupons for petrol supplies for companies' motor transport.

G E Surl Staff Officer Co-ordination of expenditure forecast; Appropriation Account etc, for Vote 8.

Financial questions and authorisation of payments relating to the Maybury scheme (including equipment, works services and telephone facilities), civil aerodromes and civil aviation fees.

Liquidation of light aeroplane club scheme.

A W Willis

D C Ramage

Higher Executive Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Financial questions arising from the examination of the statements of claims of all internal companies during the period of operation under the original NAC Scheme.

Also responsible for certain duties under CF 1.

CO 4
CO 5

Directorate of Operational Services and Intelligence (DOSI)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
I H McClure   Director (DOSI)
  1. Operational features of air line and civil aviation projects at home and overseas.

  2. Operational aspects of regulations and agreements affecting civil aviation.

  3. Inspection of civil aerodromes and air routes and of proposed routes and sites.

  4. Technical examination of applicants for pilots' and air navigators' licenses.

  5. The collection and dissemination of operational intelligence.

C B Collins   Deputy Director (DDOSI)
OS Nav
C Clarke   Head of Branch
OS Nav (a)
W E B Griffiths

H P Finch

Examining Officer

Examining Officer

Operational aspects of new or alternative routes.

Navigational and operational legislation; navigating methods and equipment; calibration of DF equipment; operational aspects of National and International regulations.

Operating personnel; pilots' and navigators' qualifications and examinations.

Operating results; analysis of British and foreign scheduled services; provision of data for DCAF and DOCA.

Issue of navigational and aircraft equipment.

OS Nav (b)
G W Stallibrass

J L Deloford

Operations Officer Grade II

Operations Officer Grade III

Operating equipment; questions affecting British Air Line fleets and aircraft equipment requirements; liaison with CRP; questions affecting provision of new aircraft; maintenance of date on civil aircraft, engines and equipment.

Operational procedure; distress and safety organisation; co-ordination of military and civil procedure; permits to fly; demands for civil aircraft by RAF and other authorities; liaison with FO6, Fighter Command and operating companies.

Drafting of and amendments to Instructions for Scheduled Service Operation and Standing Instructions for Civil Aircraft Operation.

Recognition signals; aircraft camouflage policy; distribution of codes.

Aircraft routeing and reporting points.

Operational aspects of scheduled services and special flights.

OS Gen
O Cochran Operations Officer Grade II  
R L Crossman

R D Poland

D F Peel

G F Finn

Operations Officer Grade III

Operations Officer Grade III

Operations Officer Grade III

Higher Clerical Officer

Ground organisation; operational aspects of maintenance of State owned aerodromes and equipment; issue of operational ground equipment.

Operational aspects of works services.

Aerodrome surveys and inspections.

Co-ordination of Service and civil requirements at jointly occupied aerodromes; defence measures at civil aerodromes; co-ordination of control, signals and meteorological requirements and accommodation for control, signals and meteorological staff.

Lighting equipment, co-ordination with BSI.

F H Robinson

L C L Ward

Air Traffic Control Officer Grade I

Higher Clerical Officer

Operational control; standing orders for civil control organisation; inspection of control staff; personnel questions; issue of control furniture and equipment.
T F Bird Operations Officer Grade I Head of Branch.
CA Int (1)
C M Colbeck

C E Gardner

L E Hicks

A Gilbert

Examining Officer

Operations Officer Grade III

Operations Officer Grade III

Higher Clerical Officer

Collection and dissemination of civil air intelligence; liaison with Empire CA authorities, DOT, D of I, and other government departments.

Custody of Empire and foreign notices to airmen.

Security, censorship and press questions.

Supply, correction and issue of published maps for civil purposes.

R J R Pike Staff Officer In charge of CA Int (2), CA Int (3) and CA Int (4)
CA Int (2)
S Braidman Higher Clerical Officer Gazetteer (Aerodromes Section).

Gazetteers of air navigation facilities and restrictions and records of aeronautical regulations throughout the world.

Liaison with Admiralty, War Office and Ordnance Survey on preparation of air maps and charts of all territories and supply of material in connection therewith.

CA Int (3)
F Coltman Higher Clerical Officer Gazetteer (Air Transport Section)..

Gazetteers of civil aviation throughout the world; development, administration, finance, air services and operating companies, personnel and equipment; training of personnel; club and other organisations.

Empire and foreign air traffic statistics.

Registers of aircraft.

CA Int (4)
H J Standerwick Higher Clerical Officer Publications, Regulations and Drawing section.

Preparation of Civil Aviation Intelligence Summary.

Compilation of and amendments to the Air Regulations Handbooks and Notices to Airmen

Record of aeronautical regulations throughout the world.

Drawing work.

Directorate of Civil Research and Production


Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
H L Young Senior Technical Officer Airworthiness approval of large type civil aircraft and civil aircraft owned by the Air Ministry.

Arrangements for supply of spares and material for companies operating approved services.

Supply of special equipment for civil aircraft; progress of new aircraft to be supplied to operating companies and aircraft undergoing major modification.

Liaison with Air Registration Board; liaison with RAF, MAP and other departments in connection with the supply of spares.

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties (Part I) - AIR 20/7513 (1940)


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