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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1944)

[DGT | DOT  | DFT | DTT]

Department of the Air Member for Training (AMT)

Directorate-General of Training (DGT)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Edwin S Goodwin AVM Director-General of Training (DGT)

General responsibility to AMT for:

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, 1945 - AIR 20/7518

Directorate of Operational Training (DTO)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
  1. Operational flying training of RAF units and supervision of OTUs.

  2. Liaison with Admiralty, War Office and Dominions in collaboration with D of Ops (M) and D of Ops (Tac) and DAFL| on training matters.

  3. Special training of RAF personnel for combined operations and operations with the Army in the field.

  4. Operational air training of airborne forces including Army glider pilots and paratroops.

  5. Co-ordination of synthetic training through the Synthetic Training Committee.

  6. Co-ordination of aircraft recognition training.

  7. Arrangements for air training facilities for anti-aircraft and coastal defence artillery at home and overseas.

  8. General questions concerning RAF Staff College and Army Staff College at home and overseas.

Percy E Maitland A/Cdre (DTO) Director

Member: -

  • Inter-Services Combined Operations Committee.
  • Air Ministry representative on Council of RUSI.
Tee Emm
A A Willis Sqn Ldr Editing and production of RAF Training Memorandum (Tee Emm).
Deputy Directorate of Operational Training (DDTO)
R L McK Barbour Gp Capt Deputy Director of Operational Training (DDTO)

Chairman: -

  • Inter-Services Sub-Committee on Recognition Training.
  • Synthetic Training Committee.
  • Visual Aircraft Recognition Training Committee.

Member - Inter-Services Ground/Air Recognition Sub-Committee (War Office)

TO 1
J A Crockett Wg Cdr (Head of Branch) Operational training and exercises of the Bomber forces under the operational control of Bomber Command and overseas Commands.

Preparation of training syllabi and supervision of Medium and Heavy Bomber OTUs and HCUs.

Liaison on Bomber operational training generally.

E M Lewis Sqn Ldr Supervision of operational training in navigation in bomber forces and Bomber training establishments.

Operational training of Air Bombers and Navigators generally.

J S Hobhouse Sqn Ldr Supervision of operational training in wireless and gunnery in bomber forces.

Supervision of fighter affiliation and organisation of Bomber Defence Flights.

Operational training of Flight Engineers, Wireless Operators and Air Gunners generally.

TO 2
J D Irving Wg Cdr (Head of Branch) Operational training and exercises of GR, Leigh Light, Torpedo, Coastal Fighter and Strategical Photographic Reconnaissance Units in the RAF.

Supervision of OTUs producing crews for these roles.

Liaison on GR, Torpedo, Coastal Fighter and PR training.

Syllabi of operational training.

Supervision of GR training.

H V Bunting Sqn Ldr Operational training in Anti-U-boat warfare, GR, Leigh Light and PR roles.

Ship recognition training including provision of material and publications.

Investigation of flying accidents from an operational training aspect.

Supervision of supply and use of ground training facilities in Anti-U-boat warfare, GR, Leigh Light and PR training.

D Passmore Sqn Ldr Operational training in Torpedo and Coastal type fighter roles, including RP.

Investigation of Torpedo losses from a training aspect.

Supervision of target ships and use of ground training facilities for Torpedo and Coastal type fighter roles.

Control of intakes into training units controlled by the Branch.

J H Bramley Special Appointment Preparation of special publications in connection with GR operational training, with particular application to the Torpedo role.
TO 5
G D Middleton Wg Cdr (Head of Branch) Aircrew synthetic training problems in RAF Commands (except radar, armament and weapon training)

Night vision training.

Aircraft recognition training.

Filming of aircraft for recognition training.

Secretary of Synthetic Training Committee.

TO 5 (a)
A H Meaby Staff Officer Scales of issue, priority lists and Unit schedules for aircrew synthetic training equipment (except radar, armament and weapon training).

Administration of the IR bombing scheme.

Assistant Secretary of Synthetic Training Committee.

TO 5 b)
N E Williams Flt Lt Co-ordination of Aircraft recognition training syllabi in the RAF.

Scales of issue of material for aircraft recognition training in RAF Units.

Liaison with MAP concerning production of aircraft recognition material.

Allotment of vacancies on courses at the RAF Central School of Aircraft Recognition.

Secretary of the Visual Aircraft Recognition Training Committee.

Deputy Directorate of Training - Combined Operations (DDTCO)
A O Lewis-Roberts Gp Capt Deputy Director of Training - Combined Operations (DDTCO)

Combined operations training with RAF Commands.

Quarterly Parachute Training Conference (deputises for DTO on all questions of air training of paratroops).

Implementation of training policy for Airborne Forces including RAF crews and Army glider crews.

Liaison with DTF on questions of intakes and training of glider pilots.

TO 3
T J Hanlon Wg Cdr (Head of Branch) Operational training of RAF crews for employment with Airborne Forces and of Army glider pilots and paratroops.

Arrangement of courses in Combined Operations training and special training with the Army in the Field.

Arrangement of courses at RAF School of Army Co-operation in co-operation with D of Ops (Tac).

Liaison on training matters with Combined Operations HQ and the War Office.

W E V Malins Sqn Ldr Operational training Tactical Light Bomber units in the RAF.

Arrangements to meet Admiralty and War Office requirements for AA training at home and overseas.

In conjunction with D of  Ops (Tac), liaison with the War Office on training in AFV recognition.

TO 4
E Holden

C G H Crusoe

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Operational training and exercises of Day and Night Fighters, Fighter and Tactical Photographic Reconnaissance Units of the RAF.

Supervision of the training of and the preparation of Syllabi for OTUs producing crews for these roles.

Liaison with Admiralty, War Office and Allied Commands on Fighter, Light Bomber and Fighter Reconnaissance operational training.

Training of RAF aircrews in aircraft carrier work.

TO 7
R C E Scott Sqn Ldr Operational training and exercises in Transport Command.

Preparation of training syllabi and supervision of Transport OTUs.

Liaison on all training affecting Transport Command.

A G Lawrie Higher Clerical Officer (Branch Security Officer) Organisation and control of DTO Central Office.

Routine matters concerning RAF Staff College.

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, 1945 - AIR 20/7518

Directorate of Flying Training (DTF)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
  1. Flying, Navigation and Armament training - aircrew.

  2. Preparation of training syllabi for aircrew (except, Wireless Operator, Air Gunner and Flight Engineer)

  3. Testing procedures (in conjunction with DPS, DES and TP) for the classification of aircrew personnel.

  4. Techniques of flying, and the preparation of pilots' handling notes.

  5. Liaison duties in connection with overseas schemes and Allied training.

D V Carnegie Director/A/Cdre (DTF)  
C H Bell Wg Cdr Assistant  Director (ADTF): -

Co-ordination of policy action within the Directorate on questions affecting aircrew under training and overseas training policy and report.

Organisation of tours of inspection to training unit for overseas representatives.

Service liaison for Training Research Branch.

Deputy Directorate of Flying Training (Flying) (DDTF)
F Terdrey Gp Capt Deputy Director (DDFT): -
  1. Standard  RAF system of flying
  2. Methods of instruction.
  3. Policy of Empire Central Flying School.
TF 1
R L Burnett

P H R Bristow

R T Boyd

P H Dimmock

J F Wreford

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Basic training of pilots.

Syllabi of training at Elementary, Service, Advanced Flying, Gliding and Flying Instructors' Schools (Air Publications 1388(A), 129 and 1732 (A & B).

Initiating and co-ordinating action for production of special notes, films and synthetic equipment

Arrangement of special ground exercises.

Balance and control of pilot outputs as against quality, which is governed by operational requirements, in all Flying Training and Instructor schools.

Inspection of training methods at training centres.

Correlation of methods of flying training instruction.

Advice on training aircraft requirements as regards flying qualities.

Award of flying badges.

Advice to OAR concerning applications for transfer to the General Duties Branch from within the RAF and from the Army.

TF 2
B S Tomlin

H F Payne

T H Harris

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Issue of aircraft and engine handling information for pilots; production of Pilots' Notes General and Pilots' and Flight Engineers' Notes for individual aircraft in conjunction with MAP (RDT 3) and the Handling Squadron, Empire Central Flying School; issue of Special TF Flying Instructions and advance information on general aircraft handling, aircraft and engine limitations, and other technical information affecting the pilot's handling of aircraft; channel of communication between RAF and MAP on all such matters.
TF 3
C H Walker

D C L Love

F M Hollis

R K L S Mainwaring

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Aircrew Reception Centres, Initial Training Wings, Aircrew Despatch Centre, Personnel Reception Centres (Aircrew), Personnel Selection WAAF Training School.

Training facilities for aircrew personnel in transit.

Aircrew Training Report Forms.

Liaison with: -

  • TR on selection and training of aircrew.
  • DGATC on training of potential aircrew.
  • DES on Preliminary Aircrew Training Scheme.
  • DGPS concerning the Combined Aircrew Selection Centre.
  • DFCR concerning the School of Flying Control and Airfield Controllers' School.

Control of Central Link Trainer School.

Allocation of Link Instrument Flying Trainers and Link Celestial Navigation Trainers and advice to MAP on modifications and development.

Selection of Link Trainer Instructors, Silloth Trainer Operators and Link Celestial Navigation Trainer Operators; advice to DG of P and Record Office on postings.

Liaison with DRM (MAP) on the training of installation and maintenance personnel for the Link Celestial Navigation Trainer.

N Torry

J Knee

M F Eynon

Lt Cdr, RN



Liaison with the Admiralty on flying training matters; syllabus of basic flying training for Naval pilots (Air Publication 1388B and Pilot AFU Syllabus); posting of RN pilots to RAF Schools throughout Basic Flying Training; attachment of RAF personnel to Naval courses; arrangement of any special training required by Naval pilots.
Deputy Directorate of Flying Training (Navigation) (DDT Nav)
K W Niblett Gp Capt Deputy Director (DDT Nav): -
  1. Navigation training policy.
  2. Advice on navigation policy and standards.
  3. Advice on establishments and on qualifications of navigation staff and instructor personnel.
  4. Liaison with OR 3 and MAP (RD Nav) on technical navigation matters
  5. Advice on policy for Central Navigation School.
T Nav 1
A W B Barrett

D W Phillips

Wg Cdr

Flt Lt

Navigational training of aircrew personnel, in liaison with DTO and Commands.

Training syllabi and scales of equipment.

Liaison with DMO on meteorological instruction.

Examination of navigational aspects of proceedings of Courts of Inquiry into flying accidents.

Checking of applications for Air Master Navigator Certificates and Air Navigation Certificates (First Class).

Advice on establishment of 'N' and 'SN' posts.

T Nav 2
R D S Carpendale Flt Lt (Branch Security Officer) Arrangements for training courses and courses.

Liaison with AFL8 on navigational training for Allied Air Forces.

T Nav 3
P Maggs Sqn Ldr Preparation and scales of issue of navigational training publications.

Liaison with DOR, MAP (RD Nav) and operational Commands on navigational developments.

Preparation of articles for publication and broadcasting.

Supervision of production of navigational training films.

Deputy Directorate of Flying Training (Armament) (DDT Arm)
G C Stemp Gp Cap Deputy Director (DDT Arm)
T Arm 1
C H Press

S F Darby

A J V Chadwick

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Armament training of flying personnel in liaison with Commands and DTO; control of Central Gunnery and Air Armament Schools; and Aircrew Armament Note Writing Section; approval of syllabi for special armament courses; B, G and F Notes; preparation of DTF programme for AG training in UK in conjunction with appropriate branches; preparation of AMOs promulgating qualification of SAOs, BLs, GLs and PGIs; allocation of TT aircraft in conjunction with DDTO.

Technical assessment of personnel recommended for specialist armament training or commissions.

Selection, in conjunction with D of O, of air-to-air and air-to-ground firing and bombing ranges in the UK for RAF and USAAF; danger areas for special purposes; allocation of ranges to Commands; liaison with other Services and other Government Departments on range questions.

Investigation of complaints, and advice concerning air firing and bombing accidents.

Siting and mooring of marine targets, in conjunction with MAP; illumination of targets in conjunction with W 7; clearance of projects of Royal Navy, Army and other Government Departments from armament training aspects; design and provision of ground firing ranges (except for RAF Regiment).

T Arm 2
W J Ralphs

J E Lonsdale

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Scales and priority of issue of armament instructional equipment for Commands other than Technical Training Command; liaison with MAP on development and introduction of new armament training equipment.
T Arm 3
H Cockerell Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Preparation and distribution of Armament Training Manual, etc, and distribution of armament technical handbooks and diagrams.

Examination of proceedings of Courts of Inquiry into accidents with firearms and explosives and action therein.

R G Silk Higher Clerical Officer Office organisation within the Directorate, and supervision of clerical staff.

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, 1945 - AIR 20/7518

Directorate of Technical Training (DTT)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
  • Technical, administrative and general; service training

  • Aircrew signals and engineer training

  • Advice on technical aspects of aircrew training

C B Cooke A/Cdre Director (DTT)

Deputy Directorate of Technical Training (DDTT)

H Nelson Gp Capt Deputy Director (DDTT): -
  1. Specialist officer training except Signals and Administrative.
  2. Trade training except Signals and Administrative.
  3. Training films.
  4. Advice to S 5 on Trade Union questions concerning employment of civilian instructors and training of tradesmen in the RAF.

Member: -

  • Advisory Council of the British Film Institute.
  • Inter-Departmental Film Committee.
  • Ministry of Supply 16mm Cine Film Printing Allocation Committee.
T Mech 1
J B Stoneman

R W Holmes

J H C Saffery

D W Simmons

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Technical policy for all mechanical trades.

Technical aspects of aircrew training.

Approval of technical training syllabi.

Specialised mechanical training and advanced training on new equipment at Manufacturers' Works and Schools of Technical Training.

Arrangements for mechanical training of Navy, Army and Allied personnel in RAF establishments.

Liaison with Commands on the mechanical training of Servicing Commandos and Combined Operations ground personnel.

Policy for trade testing and technical control of CTTB.

Training policy for: -

  • Airfield Construction Service personnel,
  • Ground personnel of Colonial Air Forces,
  • RAF and Polish Air Forces Apprentices.
T Mech 2
A G Abel

A G Lankaster

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Advice to OAR as to technical suitability of candidates for commissioning as Engineers, Armament Officers and Electrical Engineers in the Technical Branch, Mechanical Transport Officers, etc in the A & SD Branch.

Training policy in respect of these officers.

Advice on transfer of officers to Technical Branch and on technical standards and suitability of personnel to fill technical posts.

Liaison with Central Allocation Committee, Ministry of Labour; M 4 and Board of Education concerning administration of Intensive Training Scheme (Engineering).

Editing of AP1112 and technical notes for use at Schools of Technical Training.

Policy concerning intelligence testing standards of ground personnel and issue of necessary Directives to Central Trade Test Board.

T Mech 3
A G Breese

A W Stollery

E Easton

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Training policy for ground armament training.

Approval of syllabi of training for armament trades.

Arrangement of armament courses at Manufacturers' Works, special courses in armament maintenance, course for training of armoured car crews and Bomb Disposal courses.

Scales of Equipment for armament training at Schools of Technical Training.

Training of equipment and catering trades.

T Films
J Sutherland Flt Lt (Ret'd) Head of Branch
T Films (a)
T A Tindle

M B Parsons

P M Berrie

H E Manistre

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Flt Off

Temporary Assistant

Policy for provision of films and other types of visual devices for general training purposes.

Film script - preliminary reviewing and estimates of cost.

Production of films.

Screening and security investigation of film trade personnel engaged on productions.

Control of film printing laboratories.

Allocation of film base.

Inspection of new films from security aspect.

Scales of issue and distribution of films

Allocation of cinematograph equipment.

T Films (b)
H J Budd

Flt Lt

Provision of drawing required for film production.

Synchrophone - vetting of scripts and supervision of production of original frames and records; scales of issue .

Amendment of AP1972.

Deputy Directorate of Training (Signals) (DDT Sigs)

C N Ellen Gp Capt Deputy Director (DDT Sigs)

Aircrew and ground personnel signals training.

Advice to S 5concerning civilian instructors in radio schools.

T Sigs 1
D H S Rusher Wg Cdr Head of Branch
T Sigs 1 (a)
B V Grealy

Sqn Ldr

Training of Wireless Operators/Ait Gunners, Navigators (W) and Navigators (B/W) from pre-entry stage at ATC (in liaison with DGATC) up to conclusion of basic signals training, including Initial Training Wing and Air Gunnery School stages.

Signals training of aircrew.

Analysis of syllabi.

Synthetic training equipment, synchrophone frames and films primarily required for aircrew training on signals equipment.

T Sigs 1 (b)
R Wright

Sqn Ldr

Signals training of aircrew after award of brevet as applicable.

Analysis of syllabi.

Synthetic training equipment  synchrophone frames and films primarily required for aircrew training on Radar equipment.

T Sigs 2
J Woods Wg Cdr Head of Branch
T Sigs 2 (a)
E H Webb

Sqn Ldr

Training for Signals Officers, Codes and Cypher personnel, Wireless Mechanics (including pre-entry stage at ATC units in liaison with DGATC), Wireless Operator Mechanics, Wireless Operators, D/F Operators, Teleprinter Operators, Mores Slip Readers, R/T Operators, Telephonists, Ground Observers and Signals personnel of the RAF Regiment; arrangements for Signals training Naval, Army and Allied ground personnel in RAF establishments.

Analysis of syllabi.

Signals trade amendments to AP1112.

Synthetic training equipment  synchrophone frames and films primarily required for training of ground signals personnel on signals equipment.

T Sigs 2 (b)
F J Balcombe

Sqn Ldr

Training of Signals Officers (Radar), Radar Mechanics and Radar Observers.

Ab initio training of Radar/Wireless Mechanics.

Training at radio manufacturers works.

Analysis of syllabi.

Equipment requirements for Radar schools.

Synthetic training equipment  synchrophone frames and films primarily required for training of ground Radar personnel on Radar equipment.

T Sigs 2 (c)
F A Boyce Sqn Ldr Operational training of ground signals and Radar personnel of units formed for special duties.

Deputy Directorate of Ground Training (DDTG)

R T B Houghton Gp Capt Deputy Director (DDTG)

General service, recruit, administrative and accountant training.

Officer and NCO training.

Physical fitness training .

Administrative Training Manuals.

Anti-gas and fire training

T 1
A Dodds

J F Willatt

Lt Col (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

RAF general service training.

RAF recruit training.

Ground defence training of station personnel.

T 2
O A Davies

M J Shemming

Wg Off (Head of Branch)

Flt Off

WAAF Officer and NCO training.

WAAF recruit and general service training.

Advice to branches on the feminine aspect of WAAF training.

T 3
B H Godfrey

F W Papworth

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Anti-gas and fire training.
T Admin
G R C Baker

J Hood

M M Wade

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Officer and NCO training.

Administrative and accountant training.

Up-keep of RAF Manual of Administration (AP837)

Inspectorate of Physical Fitness
A W Taylor

W Winterbottom

K B Eades-Eachus

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch and Inspector of PT, RAF)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Physical fitness training in the RAF and WAAF, except at hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

Training of parachute jumper instructors for airborne forces.

Promotion of organised games at RAF station.

Liaison with other Departments of the Air Ministry, the other Services and Board of Education on physical fitness and related questions.

H F Derbyshire Higher Clerical Officer (Branch Security Officer) Supervision of clerical staff and office organisation within the Directorate.

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, 1945 - AIR 20/7518

Training Literature (T Lit)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes

C A Wood

N S T Benson

J C F Horner

B E G Davies

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Editing and issuing of training publications, including Aircrew Training Bulletins, for AMT's Department.

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, 1945 - AIR 20/7518

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