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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[DGM | D of M (A) | D of M (B) | DDM 1 | DDM 2 | DDM 3 | DDM 4 | ADM 1 | AD of M Stats]

Department of the Air Member for Personnel

Directorate-General of Manning (DGM)

  1. Planning policy, including post-war, for the manning of the RAF and WAAF (officers, air crew and maintenance and ancillary trades), including regulars, reserves and auxiliaries.

  2. Representation on manpower committees on RAF personnel questions.

  3. Careers of regular personnel.

  4. Determination of entries of personnel.

  5. Recruiting programme and training requirements.

  6. Recruiting policy (home and overseas) and inter-departmental liaison on recruiting publicity.

  7. Control of Recruiting organisation.

  8. Control of the RAF Record Office.

  9. Application of the National Service (Armed Forces) Act to RAF and WAAF.

  10. Posting and drafting of airmen and airwomen (other than individual cases on personal grounds - dealt with by DPS).

  11. Release and demobilisation of Personnel.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
John W Cordingley AVM Directorate-General of Manning (DGM).

Committees: -

  • Inter-Departmental Committee on Release from the Forces and Civil Defence Services (Demobilisation).
  • Inter-Departmental Committee on Release from the Forces and Civil Defence Services - Services Sub Committee.
  • Inter-Departmental Committee on Release from the Forces and Civil Defence Services - Reconstruction Employment Sub Committee.
  • Inter-Departmental Committee on Post-War Training Schemes.
  • Joint Air Ministry RCAF Demobilisation Committee.
  • Post War Personnel Reserves Committee (Chairman).
  • Post War Manning Committee (Chairman).
  • Committee on the Future of the Technical Branch.
  • Committee on the Future of the RAF Regiment.
  • Redeployment Committee.
  • Demobilisation Committee.
  • National Association for Employment of ex-regular Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen.
  •  RAF Benevolent Fund.
C M Savage Flt Off Personal Assistant
Adolphus D Davies A/Cdre Director of Manning (A)

In charge of DDM 1 and DDM 2.

Committees: -

  • Post War Manning, Trades Sub-Committee (Chairman)
  • Air Crew Allocation Committee.
  • Inter-Departmental Committee on Post War Medical Classification of Services Personnel.
Gerald S Shaw A/Cdre Director of Manning (B)

In charge of DDM 3 and DDM 4

Committees: -

  • Inter-Service Committee on Educational and Vocational Training.
  • Committee on Educational and Vocational Facilities for the RAF during demobilisation.
  • Expansion and Re-equipment Policy Committee.
M 9
 P F Du Sautoy Sqn Ldr Co-ordination within Directorate-General.

Liaison with Record Office on behal of DGM.

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Directorate of Manning (A)

  1. Questions relating to intake and exit of officers, RAF and WAAF (including public school liaison and short university courses)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Adolphus D Davies A/Cdre Director of Manning (A)

In charge of DDM 1 and DDM 2

Deputy Directorate of Manning 1

J Whitehead

Gp Capt Deputy Director of Manning (1) (DD of M (1)

In charge of ADM 1, M 1 (a), M 2 (a), M 3 and M 8.

Planning to meet personnel requirements including redistribution of retraining of: -

  1. RAF Officers (except GD).
  2. WAAF Officers (all branches).
  3. Airmen (all ground trades) and airwomen (all trades).
  4. Air Crew up to and including basic training.
ADM 1
J F Burnet Wg Cdr Director of Manning (1) (ADM 1)

Planning to meet RAF and WAAF Officer requirements and relevant policy questions; progress of plans.

Co-ordination of post war planning matters affecting DG of M

M 1 (a)
V O Heath

T H Wright

Staff Officer (Branch Security Officer)

Higher Clerical Officer

Planning of entries of Technical, Accountant, Equipment and A & SD officers RAF and WAAF officers
M 2 (a)
W F Shanks

T A West

H D Coldrick

T S Hinds

L G Iliffe

A J Street

Staff Officer (Head of Branch)

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Maintenance and ancillary trades, RAF and WAAF.

Planning of recruit programmes; policy questions connected with recruit intakes and provision of personnel generally.

Planning of technical training requirements.

Examinations of proposals affecting manning policy, eg projects for introduction of new trades, questions affecting promotion.

M 3
A K Howard

A G Lawrie

R L Bridger

W G Youngman

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Air crew recruiting programmes.

Entries and postings for air crew training (ground and flying).

Air crew manning policy questions.

Entries and postings for training of serving airmen selected for air crew and of UAS cadets.

Statistics.

Recruiting and deferment pamphlets.

Posting for pre-entry training.

M 8
H J Houghton Sqn Ldr Progress and implementation of manning plans.

Liaison Officer with other departments on manning implementation questions.

Temporary ground employment of air crew.

AD of M Stats
H P Grabaskey   Assistant Director of Manning Statistics (AD of M Stats)

In charge of M 1 (b) and M 2 (b).

General responsibility for the civilian staff of M 1 (a), M 2 (a), M 3 and M 8.

Personnel statistics, RAF and WAAF.

Forecasts for provisioning and financial estimates.

Preparation of reviews for planning.

Manpower surveys.

Statistical examination of careers.

M 1 (b)
W Green Staff Officer Head of Section.

General personnel statistics and estimates for provisioning, financial, manpower, and other purposes.

Statistical examination of careers.

Forecast strength, manpower surveys of officer (RAF and WAAF) and air crew requirements.

I B Bromley Higher Clerical Officer Strength estimates and forecasts for officers (RAF and WAAF) and aircrew.

Casualty statistics.

Requirements and general personnel statistics for all purposes.

D E Wakefield Temporary Higher Clerical Officer Basic statistical records of all officers (RAF and WAAF) and air crew (airmen).
M 2 (b)
D Osborn Staff Officer Personnel statistics and estimates for airmen (other than air crew) and WAAF.

Forecast strengths for all trades.

Manpower survey of tradesmen requirements.

F Murphy Higher Clerical Officer Statistical forecast for wireless and radio trade group, medical and aircraft hand groups (airmen).

Current strength of ground airmen and airwomen.

M S Gray Higher Clerical Officer Statistical forecast for armament, instrument and electrical trade group (airmen)

Recruiting statistics.

E S Hanson Special Appointment Statistical forecast for fitter trade group (airmen).

Collation of statistical data.

Supervision of Chart Room.

Deputy Directorate of Manning 2
A J Mason Gp Capt Deputy Director of Manning (2) (DD of M (2)

In charge of M 4, M 5, M 7 and M 14.

Manpower policy concerning: -

  • recruitment for RAF and WAAF personnel.
  • recruitment for regular service from within the RAF Deferred Service.
  • transfer of RAF personnel to others Services.

Schemes for the provision of technical officers and recruitment of special classes of tradesmen and liaison with the Ministry of Labour and National Service in the connection.

Employment of Italian and German prisoners of war at home and overseas in relation to manpower policy.

Transfers and loan of RAF and WAAF personnel for special duties.

Committees: -

  • Wireless Personnel Committee.
  • Technical Personnel Committee.
  • Schedule of Reserved Occupations Committee.
  • Ministry of Labour and National Service Employment of Prisoners of War Committee (allocation of POW labour).
M 4
J A L Henderson

A G M D Von Dechend

H K Salomon
Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Temporary Higher Clerical Officer

Policy aspects of loan of Service personnel to industry and to other work of national importance.

Investigation into skilled personnel; utilisation of skill and experience.

Liaison with Ministry of Labour and National Service in the connection.

Comb out of personnel for specific duties and with specialist qualifications.

Transfer of airmen to other Services.

Questions concerning remustering of airmen on medical grounds.

Policy in connection with State Bursaries (engineering), Engineering Cadetship, Intensive Engineering Training Scheme.

Employment of enemy prisoners of war at home (policy)

M 5
G G Avis

V A Watkins

N S Fear

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Recruiting policy at home and overseas

Home -

Volunteers recruiting policy - air crew, ground personnel and WAAF excluding officers.

Entry of non-British volunteers and of Allied nationals into Allied sections of RAFVR.

Recruiting co-ordination with other Services.

Control of recruiting organisation.

Liaison with DPR on recruiting publicity.

Overseas -

Recruiting in Overseas Commands, British Colonies and among British communities in foreign countries.

Entry of non-European British subjects into local forces overseas.

Liaison with Foreign, Colonial and India Offices on recruiting policy and machinery and with the Ministry of Labour on overseas manpower scheme.

Liaison with P 3 on individual cases.

M 7
A H Hibbert Senior Staff Officer Head of Branch

In charge of M 7 (a) and M 7 (b).

General responsibility for the civil staff of M 4, M 5, M 6, M 12, M 13, M 15 and M 15.

Committees: -

  • Schedule of Reserved Occupations and Sub-Committee.
  • Ministry of Labour Committee on waiver of the Schedule of Reserved Occupations.
M 7 (a)
A C Skinner

A Harris

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Recruitment procedure under the National Service Acts.

Preparation of special recruiting schemes in collaboration with Ministry of Labour and National Service.

Demands on the Ministry of Labour and National Service for personnel required for RAF and WAAF.

M M Childs Higher Clerical Officer Enlistment of persons of foreign parentage and examinations of applications for reference to Provost Marshal.

Machinery for transfer of airmen to other Services under the National Service Acts.

Consideration of representations by ex-officers and ex-NCOs of the RAF liable to conscription.

M 7 (b)
A E Milne

Mrs P C E Littlehales

Staff Officer

Temporary Assistant

All questions concerning the voluntary enlistment of reserved or deferred men into the RAF for ground duties and all women into the WAAF.

Liaison with other Government Departments on all questions relating to Schedule of Reserved Occupations.

Special procedure for the enlistment of reserved men for air crew duties

Decisions on remustering and discharge of reserved air crew personnel suspended from flying training.

General questions relating to the Schedule of Reserved Occupations and the decisions of the SRO Committee.

M 14
W H Davis

W E Chamberlain

D M Harrison

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Planning, organisation and supervision of recruiting for regular service from within the RAF.

Liaison with DPR provision of information for editorials, advertisements and BBC annoucements.

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Directorate of Manning (B)

  1. Questions relating to intake and exit of officers, RAF and WAAF (including public school liaison and short university courses)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Gerald S Shaw A/Cdre Director of Manning (B)

In charge of DDM 3 and DDM 4

Deputy Directorate of Manning 3
Charlton Hallawell Gp Capt Deputy Director of Manning (3) (DD of M ()

In charge of M 6 and M 15.

Distribution of airmen and airwomen at home and overseas.

Liaison with the Record Office, Command and Group Personnel Staff Officers, and Base Personnel Staff Officers.

M 6 (a) and (b)
R Whitaker

J Beaton

R F F Clarke

E L Deshayes

E Hickman
Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Fg Off

Flt Off
Manning of Home Command, including BAFO and other Units on the Continent of Europe (other than MedME) - airmen and airwomen of maintenance and ancillary trades, including Dominion and Allied personnel.

Provision of personnel for specialist training.

Bulk release to and recall from industry of airmen and airwomen (not individual cases).

Distribution of enemy prisoners of war allocated by DDM2.

M 6 (e)
D E Jones

C D Bentley

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Maintenance of records showing distribution of airmen and airwomen in Groups and Commands at home and overseas.

Statistical reviews as basis for planning future distribution, as between Commands, of airmen of the maintenance and ancillary trades, and also in relation to release.

M 15
W W Watson

J A Carmichael

A J Croft

D Charlton

P Kepple

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Flt Off
Manning of overseas Commands except BAFO and Units on the Continent of Europe.

Drafting overseas of trainees.

Co-ordination of all sea passages of Service personnel to overseas Commands in conjunction with D of Movements.

Inter-Command posting overseas of airmen of the maintenance and ancillary trades.

Relief of tour-expired airmen.

Reception of airmen ex-overseas.

Provision of troopship staffs.

Provision and control of Personnel Despatch Centres and Personnel Reception Centres.

Deputy Directorate of Manning 4
S J Bailey Gp Capt Deputy Director of Manning (4) (DD of M (4)

In charge of M 10, M 11, M 12 and P 13.

Release and demobilisation of personnel

M 10
F H Raffaelli Sqn Ldr Policy questions on Unit procedure for release.

Drafting of amendments to AP3093; maintenance of master copy of AP3093.

Printing and amendment of Service and Release Books.

Interpretation of Release Regulations.

Parliamentary questions and Ministerial enquiries on release.

Drafting of AMOs on release procedure, other than repatriation.

W S Smith Flt Lt Release of personnel locally abroad.

Release abroad under local arrangements.

W B Curry Fg Off Determination of reckonable service for release.

Individual questions in respect of Unit procedure.

M 11
S P A Bousfield Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Determination and promulgation of numbers by categories or trades for demobilisation (release).

Co-ordination of statistical information relating to individual groups and occupation classifications and to demobilisation (release) priorities.

Preparations of statistical appreciations to determine numbers of personnel to be released on long term and short term basis.

J H Lester Fg Off Correspondence with Commands and Record Office concerning release statistics.

Application of Military Necessity Clause.

Comparative record of rate of release - Navy, Army, RAF.

G A Potter

H D Evans

J L Goodall
Sqn Ldr

Fg Off

Fg Off
Release statistics, calculation of Age and Service Groups and promulgation of releases in respect of officers (RAF and WAAF) and airmen air crew.

Liaison with Specialist Branches in the connection.

Statistical record of officers whose application for postponement of release are approved.

A J Winyard

E W Watkins

J Priest

C Molrgan-Griffiths

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Fg Off

Fg Off

Release statistics, calculation of Age and Service Groups and promulgation of releases in respect of airmen and airwomen.

Class B release calculations and statistics: Liaison with other Government Departments in this connection.

M 12
D Weston-Burt Wg Cdr Release under Class B for work of national importance.
M 12 (a)
R C F Carver Sqn Ldr Executive work in connection with nominated Class B block releases for essential services and other industries.
M 12 (b)
G C Trumble

Miss E Connor

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Executive work and implementation of policy in connection with the release of individual specialists required by various Government Departments under Class B Release of RAF personnel for specific periods.
M 13
A N W Johnstone Sqn Ldr Functional control of Personal Dispersal Centres.

Amendments to AP3093.

Instructions to Units on errors in documentation discovered at PDCs.

R J Millington

K G Shilleto

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

RAF Section of Repatriation Office, War Office.

Approval of applications for repatriation and reference to DPS of applications refused.

Executive work in all approved cases of repatriation.

AL42 - Sep 1945

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

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