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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[DoC | C8C10C12C16C17C19C22C24C25C27 | C29C33C44C45]

Department of the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air

Directorate of Contracts (D of C (AM))

Name Status/Title Role/Duties
Vacant Director (D of C (AM))  
L J Banford Deputy Director (DDC (AM)) C 25 reports directly to DDC (AM)
E Backhouse Assistant Director of Contracts (S) (ADC (S)) In charge of C 12, C19, C 27, C 29 and C 44,
F R Barnicoat Assistant Director of Contracts (Fuel) (ADA (Fuel)) In charge of of C 10 and C 24.
H H Byfield Assistant Director of Contracts (W) (ADA (W)) In charge of of C 8, C 16, C 17 and C 45.
H J N Mattock Assistant Director of Contracts (C) (ADA (C)) In charge of C 22 and C 33.
 
C 8
G F W Adams Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C8 (a)
S M Thomas

Vacant

Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Claims work allocated from C 16.
C 8 (b)
N A Pearson

Miss J T Eastaway

Mrs R P Knight

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Contract Officer (Temporary)

Contracts for steel framed buildings.

General structural steelwork questions.

Contracts for Blister Hangers.

Post-contractual work in connection with Colonel Turner's Department.

C 8 (c)
F C A Rixson

Vacant

Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Claims work allocated from C 16.

Contract for works services in West Africa and contract for camp at Filey.

C 10
G D O'Hanlon Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 10 (a)
R V Coster

W R Robinson

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for:-
  • magneto test benches and rigs
  • sewing machines
  • serrating machines
  • screw cutting tools, including taps and dies, die nuts and heads, tap wrenches, hand chasers and tool maker's buttons.
  • screw extractors
  • gauges (depth, height, cylinder, etc)
  • measuring instruments, including tachometers, test dial indicators
  • grinding wheels
  • grindstones (bare and mounted)
  • abrasive discs
  • exhibition equipment for RAF Educational Vocational Training Scheme
  • hire of coaches for USAAF
  • preservation and packing of DGW equipment for overseas
C 10 (b)
C F Barber

E J Taylor

F J L  Robertson

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for :-
  • camouflage paints and powder
  • storage tanks (petrol, oil and water)
  • supply of boilers, steam condensers, air receivers and cisterns
  • meters (petrol and oil)
  • valves, tubing and fittings for petrol installations (supply only)
  • catapult and arrester gear (supply only)
  • asbestos and insulating sheeting (including asbestos wood shelving)
  • H and V plant materials (excluding installation)
  • radio masts (timber construction) and spares (supply only)
  • hacksaw blades
  • angle plates, lathes centres and carriers.
  • polishing mops and bobs
  • machine and carbon brushes
  • saws (wood)
  • tool holders and but welded tools
  • slide rest tools (including chasers)
  • boring bars
  • Wimet type tools
  • centre keys
  • airfield surfacing equipment (including rollers, rotary hoes, mowing machines, harrows, motor scythes
  • non-electrical heating and cooking apparatus
  • precast concrete products (including drain pipes)
  • tower ladders, builders' trucks wheel barrows, etc
  • portable oil purification plant
  • building materials (excluding timber)
  • tubes and fittings (including plumbing and drainage fittings, sanitary ware)
  • foamed slag
  • railings, fencing and gates, wire ropes, netting, etc, belting
  • refuse destructors
  • steel bars, plates, etc.
  • steel fabric reinforcement
  • twist drills, milling cutters
  • slitting saws and reamers
  • inspection and repair of civil engineering plant
C 12
H C Vogt Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch

D of C representative on the Inter-departmental Committee on Internal Combustion Engines.

C 12 (a)
F C Cooke

Miss B J Barnes

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for :-
  • Mechanical testing apparatus
  • cranes (excluding DGE mobile)
  • winches (power, excluding kite balloon
  • locomotives, railway material and rolling stock
  • wind tunnel apparatus
  • pulley blocks
  • travelling trolleys
  • conveyors
  • instrument testing trolleys
  • refrigerating plant
  • weighbridges
  • vehicle lifts
  • capstans and hoists
  • test plant for RAE (carburettor texting, oil cooling, high altitude, etc)
Miss G Harvey

Mrs K Warburton

Assistant Contract Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Contracts for Machine Tools for DGE, including accessories, chucks, vices, mandrels, collets and arbors therefore.

Questions arising on price fixing for all Machine Tools

R V Green Temporary Contract Assistant Contracts for Machine Tools for DGW, DAI, DCD, Reseach Establishments, etc  including accessories, chucks, vices, mandrels, collets and arbors therefore.

Repair contracts for Machine Tools

C 12 (b)
J J Sloane

D S Foster

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for :-
  • Hydrogen compressors and accessories
  • diesel generating sets (DGE and DGW)
  • diesel engines
  • gas engines
W G Glasspool

Miss V M Harrington

Higher Clerical Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for :-
  • Disinfectors, lifts (excluding vehicle lifts)
  • forges, hearths and furnaces
  • sandblasting plant
  • impregnating and vulcanising plant
  • laundry, kitchen and bakery plant
  • road-making plant
  • welding plant
  • anodising, blueing and browning plant
  • plating, chemical degreasing, filtration and purification plant
C 12 (c)
A C Vincent

Miss J G Gaylor

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Liaison with Production Executive and PPO

Contracts for :-

  • Electrical power plant, including switchgear and ring main units
  • transformers
  • voltage regulators and rectifiers (mercury arc)
J A Doyle Assistant Contract Officer Contracts for :-
  • Motors, motor generators and alternators
  • control gear
  • air compressor plant and portable compressors
  • pumping machinery, petrol engines
  • paint spraying plant and pistols
C 12 (d)
H Young

Miss E E Daly

B A Bennett

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Price fixing negotiations arising from C 12 contracts (excluding machine tools), including contractual and ex-gratia claims and claims under Price Variation Clauses; price and profit arrangements; records of costing reports; profit rates, sub-contractors, etc.
C 16
H Humphrey Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 16 (a)
D Spence

J W H Bickell

L E Slater

J G Joyce

Contract Officer

Contract Officer

Contract Officer

Staff Officer

Contractual, compensatory and ex-gratia claims and final bill queries on lump sum and schedule contracts for works services (excluding maintenance contracts)
C 17
W Brierley Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 17 (a)
T Perress

E H Mackenny

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Letting of and extensions to building and civil engineering contracts
J A Graham Higher Clerical Officer Questions relating to liquidated damages, excesses over deviation limit and technical audit queries on contracts placed by C 17 (a)
C 17 (b)
L E A Sleap

G E Bennett

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Post contractual questions on contracts let by C 17 (a) (other than target cost contracts) excluding questions relating to liquidated damages, final bill queries and excesses over deviation limit
Miss R M Holgate Higher Clerical Officer Contracts for :-
  • Radio masts, towers and gantries, fixed and transportable (in timber construction)
  • construction of AME Stations under agency agreements
  • well boring
  • compressed air mains
  • installations of aircraft catapult and arrestor gear
  • erection of petrol storage tanks, installation of decontamination plant
  • inspection and guarantee of boilers, air receivers and steam pressure vessels
  • structural camouflage erection
  • camouflage painting
  • roof texturing
  • surfacing of runways
  • AA (dome) trainers
  • marine and jetty work
  • defence posts
  • heating and ventilation installations
C 17 (c)
R H Orchard

C H Brand

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Artificers works contracts for Works Areas Nos 1 to 6, 15 to 17 and 20, including claims arising thereon.

Issue of War Department Schedule of Prices

Contracts for fixed bombing targets

H Collings-Young Higher Clerical Officer Artificers works contracts for Works Areas Nos 7 to 14, 18 and 19, including claims arising thereon.

Contracts for aerodrome surfacing maintenance (including soil stabilisation, grasscutting and grass spraying)

Agency purchasing agreements in connection with USAAF airfields

C 19
R J Butt Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 19 (a)
R W Ley

F C House

Miss V E Burge

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Works services contracts for electrical wiring, cabling and broadcasting installations.

Contracts for the supply of paper insulated electric cable.

C 19 (b)
L J E Chapman

J R North

S G Bryant

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Maintenance and circulation of Works Trades List; issue of Trades Lists for supplies purchased by London branches; returns of contracts placed; issue of Works Contracts forms; record of tendering and contracts placed; queries regarding Ministry of Works Register of Contractors; Parliamentary questions; 'Fair wages' complaints affecting Works Services Contractors; requests for information regarding 'sets-off'

Scheduling of contractors under the Essential Work (General Provisions) Order; liaison with banks regarding financing Air Ministry contractors; Tender Board and issue and scheduling of tenders for Works Services contracts; issue of Notices to Contractors; application from contractors for: -

  • telephone priority facilities
  • payment of claims under the War Damage (Business) Scheme
  • increases in capital and licences to build
  • permission to advertise

Liaison with other Government departments regarding 'rings' and associations and sub-contractors' profits, etc.

C 22
F J West Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
F C W Norman Staff Officer Head of Section
C 22 (a)
E F Tassell Higher Clerical Officer General Section Duties, Maintenance of Trades Lists and records relative to contracts other than 'WORKS'; Tender Board, issue and scheduling tenders for C 22 and C 33.

Review of contracts other than 'WORKS'.

Contracts for: -

  • Washing and Laundering
  • Dry-Cleaning
  • Footwear repairs
  • Interments (Regional Cemeteries)
C 22 (b)
W J Smith Higher Clerical Officer Contracts for: -
  • timber and plywood
  • poles
  • wooden packing cases
  • wooden wool
C 22 (c)
C R Stuart

H H Jay

Contract Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Contracts for: -
  • maintenance of RAF mooring and marine equipment and for sea salvage services
  • agency contracts a ports
  • mooring equipment
  • floating targets
  • buoys
  • salvage equipment (except inflatable)
  • non-general purpose filament lamps
  • magnifying lenses and microscopes
  • plotting room and observer post equipment
  • musical instruments
  • educational equipment
Miss A E Saunders Assistant Contract Officer Contracts for: -
  • steel and wooden racking (all types) and storage bins.
  • tanks, baths and refuelling troughs, trucks and trolleys (non-mechanical)
  • greasing, lubricating and general service equipment (manual)
  • benches and tables (metal)
  • pumps - semi-rotary, tyre inflating, bilge and pressure test
  • pigeon lofts and ancillary equipment
  • ladders
  • oxygen cylinder charging regulators and gauges
  • oxy-acetylene welding and general workshop equipment
  • stackers
  • drums, metal containers and carboys
  • torches and batteries
  • drawing and surveying instruments
  • miscellaneous non-textile stores
  • miscellaneous general ground equipment
  • sparking plug servicing equipment
C 24
J F May Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 24 (a)
Vacant

V A Dawes

Miss G L Harrison

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for aviation fuels, including benzol for aviation fuel components and TEL at home and overseas but excluding de-icing fuel and cold starting aviation fuel.
C 24 (b)
A F Rogers

H F Smith

Miss F H Knight

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Contractual arrangements for the reception, storage and distribution of aviation fuel and oil at home and overseas, including erection and operation of depots and tinning factories under agency agreements.

Contracts for: -

  • aircraft lubricating oils, including dopes for such oils
  • miscellaneous oils, greases and other lubricants, petroleum jelly
  • bitumen (overseas requirements only)
  • hydraulic fluids
  • cold starting aviation fuel
  • paraffin
  • diesel and other fuels
  • treatment of used or contaminated aircraft lubricating oils and greases
C 25
F E Halliwell Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 25 (a)
F M Taylor

Miss J P Appleton

Mrs V L Hawker

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Higher Clerical Officer (Temporary)

Negotiation, amendment and administration of agreements with civil companies for the operation of Elementary Flying Training Schools and other schools on a fixed-price basis.

Contracts for the maintenance of Communication Flight and other RAF aircraft based on airfields from which the above Schools area operated.

Contracts with Educational Authorities for the training of RAF Radar Mechanics.

C 25 (b)
V C V Williams

Miss E R Page

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Negotiation, amendment and administration of agreements with civil companies for the operation of Elementary Flying Training Schools and other establishments, including Prestwick, on management terms

Contracts for the services of civil companies and Educational Authorities for the training of RAF personnel (other than Radar Mechanics) at manufacturers'' works and educational establishments.

C 27
G A L Jaques Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 27 (a)
H J Shuker

L S Mainwaring

Miss G Jones

Miss K A Butler

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Water agreements and sewage disposal agreements for RAF Stations.
C 27 (b)
C H Leedham

J R Scott

D N Dawes-Smith

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Temporary Contract Assistant

Temporary Contract Assistant

Gas and Electricity agreements for RAF Stations.
C 27 (d)
R B Giles Senior Temporary Assistant (Head of Section) Adviser on Electricity supplies for MAP factories.
N E Jones Higher Clerical Officer Electricity, gas and water agreements for MAP projects.
C 29
J W Walker Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch

D of C representative on the Common Form Sub-Committee of the Contracts Co-ordinating Committee.

Liaison with S 1and S 2 on staff and accommodation, etc questions for the Directorate.

C 29 (a)
C W Horn

Mrs D E Pollard

Miss M D Yeates

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer (Temporary)

Higher Clerical Officer

Questions on general contract policy and procedure and record of decisions relating thereto; preparation of and amendments to general instructions on contract procedure etc; PAC and Estimates Committee briefs; Committee work (Contracts Co-ordinating Committee, Main Committee, Works Sub-Committee, General Purposes Sub-Committee and Treasury Inter-Services Committee, etc); consideration of general and special contract conditions, revision and reprinting of contract forms; delegation of and questions relating to local and casual purchase powers; security questions relating to contracts; staff records for  the Directorate.

Allegations of malpractices and irregularities in Air Ministry contracts

C 33
W Sellars Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 33 (a)
E F Le Moignan Contract Officer Head of Section
J Tipping Assistant Contract Officer Contracts for solid fuel supplies, RAF Stations L - Z
H L Pearson Temporary Contract Assistant Contracts for solid fuel supplies, RAF Stations A - K
C 33 (b)
G Carstairs

Vacant

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

 Contract Assistant

Contracts for: -
  • Blister Hanger curtains
  • Canvas parts for Bessoneau hangers
  • side tents for Bedford lorries
  • canvas, hessian
  • canvas water tanks
  • covers for hydrogen compressors
  • camouflage of tentage
  • wind indicators
  • American cloth
  • ground signalling strips
  • adhesive tapes
  • rubber hose and compression tubing
  • test outfits for engine coolant and gas identification
  • rabbit snares
  • special type netting
  • special flying rations
  • electric food conveyors
  • wheeled stretchers and chairs
  • syncrophone (audio-visual lecturing apparatus)
  • cushioning material for AM and MAP joint requirements (cellulose wadding, felt, rubberised hair and felt, sponge and expanded rubber, coir fibre)
J G Pullan Temporary Contract Assistant Contracts for: -
  • Meteorological Officer instruments and balloons
  • repair of barrack stores, ground equipment and small tools.
C 44
C F Mayo Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 44 (a) (Sales)
G M Manby

H P Jackson

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Contracts for the sale of stores and plant (other than DGE equipment) surplus to requirements of DGW, DCG, Met Office and Colonel Turner's Department.

Review of documents relating to local sales by AMWD.

Advice on prices of stores issued out of the service on repayment.

Amendment to regulations relating to sale of surplus stores.

C 44 (b)
R C James

Miss J K Brett-Clarke

Miss J M Locke

Miss E G Deadman

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Contracts for: -
  • construction, management and maintenance of hydrogen producing stations
  • purchase of hydrogen and hydrogen plant, including spares and ancillaries

Contracts for electrical equipment (other than power plant), including: -

  • electrical cable, other than paper insulated
  • electric cable accessories
  • overhead line transmission equipment
  • distribution boards
  • switches and cut-outs
  • wiring sundries including conduits
  • lighting fittings (excluding lamps)
  • Storage batteries for works services
  • meter and indicating equipment
  • fans sirens
  • alarm equipment
  • heating apparatus
C 45
E J Rennie Senior Contract Officer Head of Branch
C 45 (a)
F J Hill

F J Chandler

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Proposals referring to and review of local contracts for works services and stores.

Agreement of costings for sub-contracts for commodities and services in all works contracts let by C 17 or locally.

C 45 (b)
M Hodges

L P Darsley

A J De Boos

Contract Officer (Head of Section)

Assistant Contract Officer

Assistant Contract Officer

Administration and settlement of target cost contracts (HQ and local) and claims arising thereon

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, January 1945 - AIR 20/7518 (AL42 - Sep 1945)

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