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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[US of S | Additional Members | PUS | PWPE | CSB | AM Pigeons | AIB]

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Air (US of S)

Name Status Role/Duties
E J St-L Strachey Wg Cdr, MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Air
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Air is the Vice President of the Air Council.  He is the representative of the Air Ministry in the House of Commons, and replies to Parliamentary Questions in that house will be referred to him in the first instance.

US of S undertakes such further duties as are allotted to him from time to time by the Secretary of State.  In particular he his available for consultation by Members of Council on the political aspects of personnel administration (including welfare, release and rehabilitation) and training, on publicity questions, and on questions arising in connection with works services, the acquisition and de-requisition of land and buildings, contracts, and with the work of the Meteorological Office.

On behalf of the Secretary of State he has a special responsibility, in conjunction with Members of Council concerned and the Chief Inspector of Accidents, for matters arising in connection with accident investigation and prevention.

The US of S is Chairman of the Standing Committees of the Air Council dealing with the following subjects: -

  • Empire Training Scheme
  • Air Training Corps
  • Educational and Vocational Training
  • Educational Services
  • Morale and Welfare in the Far East
  • RAF War Memorials
  • Films

He is also Chairman of the London Air Transport Priorities Board

With other Members of Council he assists in discharging the quasi-judicial functions of the Air Council, ie consideration of appeals by officers under the Air Force Act and review of certain Courts Martial. Cases arising under Air Ministry Memorandum No S61141/S7 (d) are referred to him as necessary.

Vacant   Private Secretary
Vacant   Parliamentary Private Secretary

AL41 - Aug 1945

Additional Members of the Air Council

Name Status Role/Duties
Sir Harold G Howitt   Advice and assistance on financial questions and allied subjects .

Member of the Air Supply Board

E A Boman   Private Secretary
Sir Ralph S Sorley AM Controller of Research and Development (MAP)

Member of the Air Supply Council.

Miss J F H Orr   Private Secretary
P Heath Gp Capt Staff Officer (Admin)
V C Otter Wg Cdr Staff Officer (Technical)
 

AL41 - Aug 1945

Department of the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air (PUS)

  1. General control and co-ordination of Air Ministry procedure and of the conduct of official business in the Air Ministry.

  2. General conduct of correspondence, and preparation and issue of all official communications on behalf of the Air Council.

  3. Accounting officer for expenditure from Air Votes.

  4. Control of expenditure; major questions of finance and accounts.

  5. Establishments of the Air Ministry, headquarters and outstations, and all questions affecting civil staff (including civilians employed with the RAF).

  6. Parliamentary and legal business.

  7. International Law.

  8. Domestic economy of the Air Ministry.

  9. Duties connected with meetings of the Air Council.

  10. General supervision, through the Deputy Under-Secretaries and the Assistant Under-Secretaries, of Secretarial and Finance Divisions and the Directorates of Contracts, Accounts and Public Relations.*

  11. General administrative direction of the Department of Director-General of Civil Aviation.

  12. Administration of the Meteorological Office.

*The Director of Public Relations has a parallel responsibility, for Air Staff aspects of his work to CAS.

Name Status Role/Duties
Sir James Ross   Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air (PUS)
B Gottlieb Acting Principal Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air
A E Fitness Acting Principal Assistant Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air
H I Tucker Temporary Administrative Assistant Assistant Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air
J H Barnes   Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Air (DUS)

The Deputy Under-Secretary of State will deputise generally for Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air and in particular will supervise AUS (S), AUS (O), PEO and D of C.

Miss D Trewhitt Acting Staff Officer Private Secretary to Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Air
M J Dean Acting Principal Assistant Under-Secretary Principal Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Air (General) (PAUS (G))

In charge of AUS (G), D of A, S6, S4 (b) and S4 (c)

Parliamentary and Air Council business; S4 (Cabinet Section); S4 (e), S4 (f) and S4 (g) - (Committees Civilian Gallantry Awards. Photo reproduction, Telegrams. Miscellaneous duties); D Micro S; CSB; Accidents.

F H Sandford Acting Principal Assistant Under-Secretary Principal Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Air (Personnel) (PAUS (P))

In charge of AUS (P), S8, F2, F3 (a), F3 (b), F3 (c), F3 (d), F3 (j), F3 (m), F7 and F8.

Vacant   Director of Contracts (D of C (AM))

In charge, under DUS, of the Directorate of Contracts.

J G Gibson Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of State Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Air (Supply) (AUS (S))

Principal Priority Officer

In charge, under DUS, of S9 (S), S9 (E), S9 (P) and F6.

V H Raby Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of State Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Air (Organisation) (AUS (O))

In charge, under DUS, of S9 (O), F5, F11, F3 (e), F3 (f) and F3 (g).

W B Foden Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of State Principal Establishment Officer (PEO)

In charge, under DUS, of S1, S2, S3, S5 and S (O & M)

C G Caines Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of State Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Air (General) (AUS (G))

In charge, under PAUS (G), of F1, S4 (a) (Legal), S4 (b) and S4 (c) (on other than Parliamentary and Air Council business), DPR (Administrative responsibility), AHB, Library.

I V H Campbell Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of State Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Air (Personnel) (AUS (P))

In charge, under PAUS (G), of S7, S10, S11, S12 and OAR.

AL38 - Jun 1945

Post War Planning Executive (PWPE)

A standing committee of the Air Council, consisting of AMP, AMSO, AMT, VCAS and PUS has been constituted, to supervise, co-ordinate and direct the post-war planning of the RAF.

The Planning Executive had been appointed to assist this Committee by: -

  1. Surveying problems involved in the organisation and constitution of the Post War RAF

  2. Keeping in touch with and advising upon departmental studies so as to ensure that they advance as required, having regard to approved priorities; that they are consistent with the general plan as it develops; and that rulings are obtained on matters of principle when such are necessary for further progress.

Name Status Role/Duties
Sir John Linnell AM Killed in a road accident 3 Nov 1944
Sir James Ross    
F Wood   Secretary

AL30 - Aug 1944

Central Statistical Branch (CSB)

General co-ordination of Air Ministry statistics .

Statistical liaison with other government Departments and the United States statistical authorities in London and Washington.

Name Status Role/Duties
R F George

B M Bird

Statistical Officer

Deputy Statistical Officer

Head of Branch

 

CSB 1
F W Robbins Staff Officer Personnel statistics.

Number and unit equipment of squadrons.

Imports of aircraft, equipment and material and losses en-route.

Preparation and maintenance of charts and diagrams.

Mrs R Kidson Statistical Assistant Periodical returns of aircraft stocks and movements.

Statements comparing income and expenditure of aircraft.

A W Marsh Higher Clerical Officer General statistics and routine returns relating to aircraft and effort.
CSB 2
H W Hutt

T C G Bowden

Staff Officer (Branch Security Officer) (Also see CSB 3)

Higher Clerical Officer

Summaries of statistical data of strength, effort, wastage and expenditure derived from Operational Records (OR Series) Form 765 etyc.

Statistics relating to Civil Aviation.

     
CSB 3 NB - The Head of TP is responsible for determining the order of priority to be given to the demand on the work of CSB 3
F E Richmond Special Appointment Statistical analysis of aircrew training data.
H W Hutt Staff Officer See also CSB 2
F H Terry Higher Clerical Officer Reception, scrutiny and sorting of aircrew training report forms.
Mrs E F Counchman Higher Clerical Officer Maintenance of individual air crew training records as shown in RAF Form 1499 and 5000 series.
Miss K Teggart Higher Clerical Officer Maintenance of routine statistics relating to aircrew training.

AL36 - Apr 1945

Air Ministry Pigeon Section (AM Pigeons)*

Name Status Role/Duties
W D L Rayner Wg Cdr Head of Section
D J Macarthur Technical Officer Administration and direction of the National Pigeon Service
*Under the control of the Head of S 6

AL36 - Apr 1945

Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Forces (JAG)

Name Status Role/Duties
Sir Henry D F MacGeagh   Judge Advocate-General, of the Forces (JAG)
F G Colbert   Private Secretary
C L Stirling   Deputy Judge Advocate-General of the Forces (DJAG)
C T T R Bouchet   Deputy Judge Advocate-General (Overseas) (DJAG Middle East)
Judicial Department
O C Barnett

W M Andrew

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Assistant Judge Advocate Generals
A H Ormerod

R Lambert

G K Mynett

J L Lloyd

C A Parker

B A C Duncan

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Deputy Judge Advocate Staff
R E Banks Lt Col (Ret) Legal Assistant
T H E Tarrant   Registrar
Air Force Department
J B Walmsley A/Cdre Officer in Charge, Air Force Department/Deputy of the Judge Advocate General
W I Grantham

H M Shulock

W A Prichard

A Sidney-Wilmot

R W Goff

J E Allen-Jones

J T Lowe

R D Gauld

E L Hayes

J Farquharson

R E Beesley

K A W Clarke

E Steele

J T Lester

C J Cunliffe

J G Mitchell

F W Cartwright

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Fg Off

Fg Off

Fg Off

Air Force Assistants
The Judge Advocate of the Forces, who holds his office under Letters Patent from the Crown, superintends the Administration of Air Force Law in the RAF.  He reviews and is the custodian of the proceedings of all Courts-Martial and assists the Secretary of State for Air in the formulation of any advice it may be necessary to give the Sovereign regarding the proceedings of Courts-Martial and is the legal adviser to the Secretary of State for Air on other matters as he may at any time require.

The Judge Advocate General supervises, through his Deputies: -

 (a) the Judicial Department of his office which deals with the review of Courts Martial proceedings, the supply of Judge Advocates at trials and the disposal of general legal questions affecting the Service and

(b) the Air Force Department of his Office which is responsible for the preparation of cases for trial by Court Martial and the provision of prosecutors thereat in appropriate cases

The Judge Advocate General undertakes corresponding duties, with similar departments, in connecxtion with the Army.

AL44 - Nov 1945

Accident Investigation Branch (AIB)

Name Status Role/Duties

Vernon S Brown

P G Tweedie

F E Hellyer

N G Bennett

R C Warren

R Wilson

T J Mammatt

R C Preston

J W Buck

A F Buck

D Astley

E Newton

J A Sadler

N E D Hurst

N D Neave

A E R Broomfield

J Goulding

T A Forster

M F Mason

G D Soltz

D Cameron-Douglas

E M Drummond

B Cornthwaite

F C Spillard

S Jailler

J H Lett

W T Reid

F G Clifton

C T Walkington

G W Acock

Hon A/Cdre/Chief Inspector of  Accidents

Hon Gp Capt/Deputy Chief Inspector

Hon Wg Cdr/Principal Inspector

Hon Wg Cdr/Principal Inspector

Hon Wg Cdr/Principal Inspector

Hon Wg Cdr/Principal Inspector

Hon Sqn Ldr/Senior Inspector

Hon Sqn Ldr/Senior Inspector

Hon Sqn Ldr/Senior Inspector

Hon Sqn Ldr/Senior Inspector

Hon Sqn Ldr/Senior Inspector

Hon Sqn Ldr/Senior Inspector

Gp Capt (Ret)/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Gp Capt (Ret)/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Hon Flt/Inspector

Hon Flt/Inspector

Hon Flt Lt/Inspector

Inspector

Gp Capt (Ret)/Inspector

Special Appointment

Investigation of accidents to RAF and Civil aircraft.

AL45 - Dec 1945

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

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