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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[DGPS | DGP (I) | DGP (III) | DPS | Chaplaincy Services | Provost Marshal | DAFW | RAF Comforts | DWAAF | M & R | SD & R | IPF]

Department of the Air Member for Personnel

Directorate-General of Personnel Services (DGPS)

  1. Conditions of service of officers, airmen and airwomen

  2. Dress and Ceremonial.

  3. Honours and Awards.

  4. Records of officer, airmen and airwomen.

  5. Chaplaincy services.

  6. Discipline.

  7. Welfare of officers, airmen and airwomen.

  8. Casualties of officers and disposal of effects.

  9. Women's Auxiliary Air Force

  10. Provost Marshal and Police Service.

  11. Disposal of air crew for unsuitability.

  12. Morale and Rehabilitation.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Douglas Harries AVM Directorate-General of Personal Services (DGPS).

Chairman: -

  • RAF Awards Committee
  • RAF Sports Board
  • RAF Comforts Committee
  • RAF Promotion Boards (Squadron Leader to Group Captain)
  • WAAF Promotion Boards (Squadron Officer to Group Officer)
  • Post-War Planning Committee on Permanent Officers of the GD Branch
  • Committee to review Post-War Emoluments of the RAF

Member: -

  • The Committee on the Grants of Honours, Decorations and Medals in Time of War.
  • Inter-Departmental Rewards Committee.
  • Air Ministry Committee on Morale and Welfare in India and South-East Asia
  • Air Ministry Representative Central Reserve Fund Committee.
  • Air Ministry Representative Battle of Britain Memorial Committee.
Miss E M M Woodhams Staff Officer Personal Assistant

Branch Security Officer

A H W E Wynn Gp Capt (Ret'd) Special Appointment - Honours and Awards questions.
Camp Commandant
W H B Horne Flt Lt Airmen and Airwomen employed in Whitehall Area: -
  • administration and discipline
  • general Service enquires

Liaison with S 2 (d) on accommodation for Service, NAAFI and Air Ministry canteens.

Secretary Air Ministry Canteens - Whitehall and Horesferry Road..

Issue of NAAFI permits for rationed items.

Liaison with LPTB in connection with Rifle Range.

Reception Officers
Thomas E B Howe

F E Bond

A/Cdre (Ret'd)

Gp Capt (Ret'd)

Lectures to RAF and Air Crew cadets before embarkation for training overseas and talks to RAF and Dominion Air Crew Graduates on arrival from training overseas.

Welcoming Dominion, USAAF and other personnel on arrival.

Liaison with DPS, DFT, D of Movements and Dominion Overseas HQs in connection with above duties.

AL35 - Feb 1945

The Directorate-General was split into Directorate-General of Personnel (I) and Directorate-General of Personnel (III) between February and July 1945

Directorate-General of Personnel (I) (DG of P (I))

  1. Conditions of service of officers, airmen and airwomen

  2. Dress and Ceremonial.

  3. Records of officer, airmen and airwomen.

  4. Chaplaincy services.

  5. Discipline.

  6. Welfare of officers, airmen and airwomen.

  7. Casualties of officers and disposal of effects, POW questions.

  8. Women's Auxiliary Air Force

  9. Provost Marshal and Police Services.

  10. Disposal of air crew for unsuitability.

  11. Morale.

  12. Inspector of Physical Fitness

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Douglas Harries AVM Directorate-General of Personnel (I) (DGP (I)).

Chairman: -

  • RAF Sports Board
  • RAF Comforts Committee
  • Post-War Planning Committee on Permanent Officers of the GD Branch.
  • Sub-Committee on War Memorials.
  • Morale (Far Eastern) Inter-Services Committee.

Member: -

  • Air Ministry Committee on Morale and Welfare in India and South-East Asia
  • Air Ministry Representative Central Reserve Fund Committee.
  • Air Ministry Representative Battle of Britain Memorial Committee.
  • Inter-Departmental Committee on Post-War Pay, Allowances and Pensions Sub-Committee.
Miss E M M Woodhams Staff Officer Personal Assistant

Branch Security Officer

Camp Commandant
W H B Horne Flt Lt Airmen and Airwomen employed in Whitehall Area: -
  • administration and discipline
  • general Service enquires

Liaison with S 2 (d) on accommodation for Service, NAAFI and Air Ministry canteens.

Secretary Air Ministry Canteens - Whitehall and Horesferry Road..

Issue of NAAFI permits for rationed items.

Liaison with LPTB in connection with Rifle Range.

Reception Officers
Thomas E B Howe

F E Bond

A/Cdre (Ret'd)

Gp Capt (Ret'd)

Lectures to RAF and Air Crew cadets before embarkation for training overseas and talks to RAF and Dominion Air Crew Graduates on arrival from training overseas.

Welcoming Dominion, USAAF and other personnel on arrival.

Liaison with DPS, DFT, D of Movements and Dominion Overseas HQs in connection with above duties.

Responsible for - Directorate of Personal Services | Directorate of Air Force Welfare | Directorate of WAAF | Chaplaincy Services | Provost Marshal | Special Disposals and Releases |

AL44 - Nov 1945

Chaplaincy Services
Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
J A Jagoe The Rev Chaplain-in-Chief
F E H Trevor The Rev Assistant Chaplain-in-Chief

Appointments, postings, compassionate postings of Church of England Chaplains.

All personal matters affecting Chaplains.

Deputy for Chaplain-in-Chief in his absence and for Assistant Chaplain-in-Chief, No 4 Area, London Area.

Visitation of Stations on behalf of Chaplain-in-Chief.

F W Cocks The Rev Staff Chaplain to Chaplain-in-Chief

Departmental Organisation - Liaison with Royal Navy and Army Chaplains' Departments, C of E Civilian Philanthropic Bodies and Committees.

Matters affecting Chaplains' School and Moral Leadership Courses.

Co-operation with DAFW and DWAAF Departments.

Visitation of Stations under instructions of Chaplain-in-Chief.

A McHardy The Rev Principal Chaplain

Branch Security Officer

Organisation of Chaplains' Branch for Presbyterian Churches and appointment of Chaplains.

Organisation of spiritual welfare for Air Training Corps.

H Beauchamp The Very Rev, Mgr Principal Chaplain

Organisation of Chaplains' Branch for Roman Catholic Church and appointment of Chaplains.

Provision of church accommodation for all denominations.

Provision of church equipment (overseas).

Appointments and administration - Polish and Czech Chaplains.

W R Marsh The Rev Principal Chaplain

Organisation of Chaplains' Branch for United Board Churches (Baptist and Congregational) and appointment of Chaplains.

Chaplaincy requirements at RAF Stations.

Provision of church equipment (home).

S H Keen The Rev Principal Chaplain

Organisation of Chaplains' Branch for Methodist Church.

AL35 -Feb 1945 and AL44 - Nov 1945

Directorate of Personal Services

AL35

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

  2. Selection Board and Committee work.

  3. Personal question affecting officers and airmen (other than postings)

  4. Terms and conditions of service of officers, airmen and airwomen and, in conjunction with DES, aircraft apprentices.

  5. Discipline, dress and ceremonial, including Royal visits.

  6. RAF Bands.

  7. General principles in regard to pay, pensions and allowances, and transfers from other Services.

  8. Casualties.

  9. Disposal of effects of officers and airmen serving in the field who are admitted to hospital, taken prisoner of war or reported missing.

  10. Promotions.

  11. Awards and decorations.

  12. RAF Journal.

  13. Leave policy.

  14. Operational tours of duty.

  15. Overseas tours of duty.

AL44

  1. Questions relating to intake and exit of officers, RAF and WAAF.

  2. Personal question affecting officers and airmen (other than postings)

  3. Terms and conditions of service of officers, airmen and airwomen and, in conjunction with DES, aircraft apprentices.

  4. Discipline, dress and ceremonial, including Royal visits.

  5. RAF Bands.

  6. General principles in regard to pay, pensions and allowances, and transfers from other Services.

  7. Casualties.

  8. Disposal of effects of officers and airmen serving in the field who are admitted to hospital, taken prisoner of war or reported missing.

  9. Futures of ex-prisoners of war.

  10. Promotions.

  11. RAF Journal.

  12. Leave policy.

  13. Operational tours of duty.

  14. Overseas tours of duty.

 

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
George O Venn (AL35)

C McK Grierson (AL44)

A/Cdre Director of Personal Services (DPS)

Chairman: -

  • RAF Officers' Promotion Board - Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader.
  • WAAF Officers' Promotion Board - up to the rank of Flight Officer.
  • RAF Dinner Club.

Member: -

  • RAF Awards Committee.
  • Standing Committee arising out of Lethbridge Mission Report - Clothing.
  • United Services Trust.
  • Lady Grover's Fund.
  • Quarry House.
Deputy Directorate of Personal Services 1

E H Hooper

Gp Capt Deputy Director of Personal Services (1)

In charge of P 2 and P 6 and of certain aspects of the work of P 1.

Member: -

  • War Damage Insurance Claims Commission.
  • RAF Representative on Legal Sub-Committee.
P 1
E L Ardley (AL35)

J Barraclough (AL44)

Gp Capt Head of Branch

Air Ministry Representative on War Office Claims Commission.

Supervision of Standing Courts Martial.

Liaison with Judge Advocate-General.

P 1 (a)
E L Leader

A A Baden-Fuller (AL35)

O M E B Hackforth-Jones (AL35)

R W Y Matthews (AL44)

C Cunningham-Watkinson (AL44)

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Off

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Off

Organisation and policy regarding disciplinary matters, including those affecting Dominion and Allied  Forces and WAAF.

Dress regulations, drill and ceremonial.

Redress of grievances under Section 42, Air Force Act.

Music services; supervision of RAF Central Band.

WAAF questions affecting DPS.

P 1 (b)
G H Gatheral

L G L Pullar

J A Whittaker (AL35)

B E Hogan (AL44)

A J Tucker

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Higher Clerical Officer

Disciplinary questions arising out of adverse reports and Courts of Inquiry and investigations into flying and MT accidents, personal injuries, fires and losses of equipment and cash.

Maintenance and affiliation questions.

Penal deductions under Section 137 (4), Air Force Act, and administrative recoveries under KR7.

General supervision of procedure under Regimental  Debts Act for settlement of estates of deceased personnel.

Supervision of UK Standing Committee of Adjustment.

Complaints regarding debts owing by serving personnel.

Conscientious Objector questions.

P 1 (c)
C R Adlam

H J Trotman

D J Freese

F C Sleigh (AL35)

Staff Officer

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Review of Courts Martial and summary awards under Section 47, Air Force Act, and questions arising therefrom; petitions, quashings and commutations, etc of sentences.

Issue of Courts Martial warrants.

Powers of punishment of Commanding Officers and subordinate commanders.

Maintenance of arrest lists and follow-up action.

P 2
G I C Peacocke

G O Ross (AL44)

G O Ross (AL35)

C J Williams

J M Manson (AL44)

L D Barnes (AL44)

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr
Personal questions affecting officers, other than questions of discipline or postings.
P 6
George H White Gp Capt AM Representative on Inter-Service National Savings Association, Overseas Service Families Committee, Imperial Committee on Prisoners-of-War (Sub-Committee B), and National Savings Movement.

Service financial adviser to AMP, DGPS, DPS and other Directories.

Representative of Service interests (financial) at Air Ministry and inter-departmental conferences.

Liaison with finance branches on general policy conditions of service at home and overseas, pay, allowances, and non-effective benefits (RAF and WAAF).

Non-public funds - policy.

Hon Treasurer, RAF Central Fund.

R G Penny (AL35)

M Gardham (AL44)

H J Tagent
Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt
Officers (RAF, WAAF, Dominion and Allied personnel, PMRAFNS): Pay and allowances - general advice and assistance on rates, entitlement, initial issues, overseas balances, officers proceeding to and returning from overseas, colonial allowances, special and new allowances, retired pay, pensions.

Dependants - general financial advice to dependants of officers, inadequate maintenance cases, temporary allowances, pensions, diversions of officers' emoluments, war service grants.

Prisoners of war, internees and repatriates - issue of pay and allowances by detaining powers and neutral consulates, claims by repatriated and escaped personnel for compensation, reimbursement and adjustment of prisoner-of-war deductions, special leave subsistence allowance.

General financial matters affecting officers, remittances to non-sterling areas, recoveries from pay and allowances, cash losses and appeals against recovery thereof, claims for compensation and separation from kit, financial aspects of rehabilitation, dependants of missing personnel.

G F Caines Sqn Ldr AM Representative on Inter-Departmental Co-ordinating Committee on Dependants' Allowances.

Airmen's (including airwomen) section all financial matters affecting airmen and their families, eg family allowance, dependants' allowance, interviews.

Prisoner of war mess bills.

L S Canham Flt Lt Matters affecting non-public funds and national savings.

Secretarial and accounting matters in connection with RAF Central Fund.

Accounting matters in connection with RAF Non-Public Funds Central Account.

Assistance to Squadron Leader Caines in financial matters affecting airmen and their families.

Deputy Directorate of Personal Services 2
G R Oliver (AL35)

P J A Riddell (AL44)

Gp Capt Deputy Director of Personal Services (2)

In charge of P 4, P 7 and P 9. (AL35)

In charge of P 4, P 8 and P 9. (AL44)

Member: -

  • Prisoner-of-War Repatriation co-ordination.
  • War Office Sub-Committee (A) Prisoner-of-War.
  • War Office Imperial Prisoner-of-War Committee.

Charged with follow-up of all matters effecting ex POWs remaining in the Service. (AL44)

P 4 (Cas)
R Burges Hon Gp Capt (Cdr (Ret'd), RN) Head of Branch.

AL35

Casualty policy.

AM Representative attending Inter-Government Prisoners-of-War Committee.

AL44

Control of Missing Research and Enquiry Service.

Casualty policy.

AM Representative attending Inter-Government Prisoners-of-War Committee.

J H McN Campbell

L G Bristowe (AL35)

A R Ponsford (AL44)

A M Jones (AL35)

A E Lefeber (AL44)

A M Forteath
Sqn Ldr (Ret'd)

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Flt Lt

Flt Lt (Ret'd)
Interview of relatives.

Special Investigations.

A Beckess Senior Staff Officer Deputy Head of Branch

Control of P 4 (Cas) (a), (b), (c) and (d).

Casualty procedure.

P 4 (Cas) (a) Under direct supervision of Senior Staff Officer (AL35)
W A Garner

W Toynton

J Newton
Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Receipt and verification of casualty signals and reports.

Notification of next-of-kin and Dominion authorities.

Dominion and Allied casualty procedure questions.

Casualty enquiries 6 pm to 9 am.

P 4 (Cas) (a) (AL44)
A H Woods

W A Garner

Staff Officer (Head of Branch)

Higher Clerical Officer

Receipt and verification of casualty signals and reports.

Notification of next-of-kin and Dominion authorities.

Dominion and Allied casualty procedure questions.

Casualty enquiries 6 pm to 9 am.

R S Keene Higher Clerical Officer Preparation of letters of condolence, etc.

Danger list progress reports.

Notification to Accounts branches.

RAF Benevolent Fund, etc.

Issue of pensions forms

E A Dean

A W Livinston

F Pakinson

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

General regulational questions.

Service and private funerals and exhumations.

Attendance of relatives at hospitals and funerals; free travelling warrants and concession vouchers.

Disposal of RAF and enemy dead.

W J Pearson Higher Clerical Officer Accident reports.

Courts of Inquiry proceedings.

Commendations arising out of accidents.

Liaison with Ministry of Pensions.

E F Williams Higher Clerical Officer Custody of P files.

Transit and allocation of of incoming papers and files.

Alphabetical index of casualties.

Casualty enquiries 9 am to 6 pm.

R W Maddock Higher Clerical Officer Casualty circulation list and press communiqués.

Statistical summary and chronological index.

P 4 (Cas) (b) (AL35)
A H Woods

R S Keene

Staff Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Preparation of letters of condolence, etc.

Danger list progress reports.

Notification to Accounts branches.

RAF Benevolent Fund, etc.

Issue of pensions forms

J A Sturch Higher Clerical Officer General regulational questions.

Service and private funerals and exhumations.

Attendance of relatives at hospitals and funerals; free travelling warrants and concession vouchers.

Disposal of RAF and enemy dead.

W J Pearson Higher Clerical Officer Accident reports.

Courts of Inquiry proceedings.

Commendations arising out of accidents.

Liaison with Ministry of Pensions.

E A Dean Higher Clerical Officer Custody of P files.

Transit and allocation of of incoming papers and files.

Alphabetical index of casualties.

Casualty enquiries 9 am to 6 pm.

Notification of civilian air raid casualties to relatives in the RAF (officers only).

E F Williams Higher Clerical Officer Casualty circulation list and press communiqués.

Statistical summary and chronological index.

P 4 (Cas) (b) (AL44)
H L Weber

E F Clark

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Prisoner-of-War conditions, camp reports, etc.

Prisoner-of-War index.

Enquiries regarding effects of prisoners of war and internees.

Liaison with British Red Cross, Prisoners of War Department.

Supply of Service clothing to prisoners-of war.

Liaison with War Office (Directorate of Prisoners of War) and Foreign Office (Prisoners of War Department).

Miss W M Shepherd Higher Clerical Officer Presumption of death of missing personnel on lapse of time and on evidence.
M Crabbe Higher Clerical Officer Certified notifications of death.

Questions regarding remission of death duties.

Registration of deaths abroad.

Receipt of burial reports and notification to IWGC.

Issue of Royal Message of Sympathy to next-of-kin.

RAF Regional Cemeteries Scheme.

P 4 (Cas) (c) (AL35)
H L Weber

E F Clark

Staff Officer (Head of Branch)

Higher Clerical Officer

Prisoner-of-War conditions, camp reports, etc.

Prisoner-of-War index.

Enquiries regarding effects of prisoners of war and internees.

Liaison with British Red Cross, Prisoners of War Department.

Supply of Service clothing to prisoners-of war.

Liaison with War Office (Directorate of Prisoners of War) and Foreign Office (Prisoners of War Department).

Miss W M Shepherd

F Parkinson

Higher Clerical Officer Presumption of death of missing personnel on lapse of time.
M Crabbe Higher Clerical Officer Certified notifications of death.

Questions regarding remission of death sentences.

Registration of deaths abroad.

Receipt of burial reports and notification to IWGC.

Issue of Royal Message of Sympathy to next-of-kin.

RAF Regional Cemeteries Scheme.

A W Livingston Higher Clerical Officer Presumption of death of missing personnel on evidence.
P 4 (Cas) (c) (AL44)
E Cowan

I G Shreeve

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

Receipt and notification to relatives of information regarding missing personnel.

Questions affecting Far East Missing personnel.

Register of missing personnel.

Miss D Bent Higher Clerical Officer Circulation of Missing Memoranda.

Correspondence with relatives of missing personnel.

Miss S L Baker Temporary Assistant Effects of missing personnel.

Liaison with Accounts 13.

P 4 (Cas) (d) (AL35)
C C Catley

I G Shreeve

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Receipt and notification to relatives of information regarding missing personnel.

Questions affecting Far East Missing personnel.

Miss D Bent Higher Clerical Officer Circulation of Missing Memoranda.

Correspondence with relatives of missing personnel.

E Cowan Higher Clerical Officer Register of missing personnel.

Official list of dead from enemy governments.

Liaison with British Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Department and with International Red Cross.

Miss S L Baker Temporary Assistant Effects of missing personnel.

Liaison with Accounts 13.

P 4 (Cas) (d) (AL44)
C C Catley

W Toynton

Staff Officer (Head of Section)

Higher Clerical Officer

Preparation of cases for MRES.
B Mapp Higher Clerical Officer Record of investigations by MRES; preparation of casualty enquiries for MRES; subsequent action and correspondence following investigation.
W Sparkes Higher Clerical Officer Custody of enemy records; receipt and classification of miscellaneous effects; receipt of composite burial lists, and general information about identification of graves of missing personnel; correspondence with relatives on above.
Missing Research and Enquiry Service
A P Le M Sinkinson Sqn Ldr Head of Section.

Control of Missing Research and Enquiry Section (AL35)

S H C Hardy

J W E Parsons (AL35)

J C Palmes (AL44)

A M M Leach (AL44)

L B Mapp (AL35)

J Sturch (AL44)

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Higher Clerical Officer

Higher Clerical Officer

AL35

Co-ordination and correlation of all evidence available or obtainable to establish identity of unknown personnel; enquiry into fate of missing personnel.

AL44

Co-ordination and correlation of all evidence available or obtainable to establish identity of unknown personnel; enquiry into fate of missing personnel; responsibility, in conjunction with  P 4 (Cas) (d), for preparation of cases for investigation by MRES.

P 7 (AL35)
M A Hammerton

J Dykes Bower

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Head of Section

Technical administration of Air Ministry Selection Boards and of travelling Aviation Candidates Selection Boards responsible for visiting schools, University Air Squadrons and ATC Units.

Selection of ATC Officers.

Selection of candidates (in conjunction with DGATC) for University Short Course.

A W Hickling Sqn Ldr Review of case papers of accepted and rejected candidates for air crew.

Consideration of appeals from rejected candidates.

Technical administration of Re-interview Boards.

Security, Nationality and Medical queries in conjunction with PM and MA2.

Applications submitted to ACSBs in respect of tour-expired air crew for alternative air crew training.

Applications for ex-RAF candidates with previous air crew service for re-enlistment for air crew.

Decisions regarding acceptance of glider pilots.

J Parsons Sqn Ldr Technical administration of Aviation Candidates Selection Boards, including selection procedure at the Air Crew Receiving Centre and Classification Technical Section.

Postings, attachments, confidential reports and promotion recommendations in respect od Selection Board officers.

Recategorisation of officers of the GD Branch.

J Wishart Flt Lt Technical administration of Air Crew Allocation Centre, Catterick.

Review of recommendations received; liaison with branches thereon.

J W Lewis Flt Lt Branch Security Officer

Technical administration of Combined Re-selection Centre, Eastchurch.

Review of recommendations received from Re-selection Boards at Eastchurch, Middle East and RNZAF HQ and liaison with other branches thereon.

General questions relating to re-selection overseas.

A B Edwards Sqn Off Administration of testing methods.

Technical administration of WAAF Officers, Admin (G) (Personnel Section) and other ranks of the trade of Clerk/Personnel Selection, including postings, attachments, confidential reports and promotion recommendations.

L C Hill Higher Clerical Officer Supervision of clerical staff.
W F Bailey Sqn Ldr RCAF Liaison (DPS)
P 8 (AL44)
J D Bolton

B C Cook

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Flt Lt

Assessment of Morale.

Provision of information to the Service on matters of public and Service interest.

P 9
R B Raymond (AL35)

D Langdon (AL44)

D Langdon (AL35)

G Simpson

K Lewis (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Editing and production of 'Royal Air Force Journal'.

UK Editors of RAF overseas publications; 'Air Force News' (Cairo), 'Journal of the Air Forces' (India), 'Liberator' (Nassau), 'Atlantic Echo' (Azores).

All matters relating to the administration of RAF publications under authority of DPS.

Representative on Inter-Services Newspapers Committee.

DPS representative on Force-Reuter

Deputy Directorate of Personal Services 3
Alban S Ellerton Gp Capt Deputy Director of Personal Services (3)

In charge of P 3, P 10 and P 11.

P 3
J G Links (AL35)

I B Westmacott (AL44)

Wg Cdr Head of Branch

AL44

Post-War Air Force questions.

Tours of duty.

P 3 (a)
G J C Hogan (AL44)

E W Joseph (AL35)

S W Waller (AL44)

G Lamb (AL44)

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

AL35

General questions affecting airmen in ground trades; conditions of service, remustering and reclassification, promotion, documentation, leave, re-enlistment, reduction, assessments, personal occurrence reports, etc.

AL44

Release questions.

Promotion, reduction, remustering and reclassification of ground personnel.

Civilian clothing.

Redress of grievance.

Re-enlistment of ex-officers.

Service documents.

Good Conduct Badges, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.

Progressive pay and war service gratuity, etc.

Restoration of forfeited service.

Miscellaneous conditions of service questions.

Inspector-General etc, enquiries (unless for P 3 (c)).

Discharges.

Transfer to Dominion or allied forces.

Control of P 3 (e).

P 3 (b)
A B Scott

B E Miller (AL35)

I B F Green (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Fg Off

Fg Off

AL35

General questions affecting airmen air crew; conditions of service, remustering, reinstatement, promotion, reduction, award and withdrawal of air crew badges.

AL44

Promotion, reduction, remustering and reclassification of air crew personnel.

Re-instatement in air crew.

Award and withdrawal of air crew badges.

Rank on remustering out of air crew.

Disposal of cases under S 61141.

Liaison with Dominion representatives on air crew personnel.

Conditions of service (air crew), including redundancy.

Leave.

Releases of ex-prisoners of war.

P 3 (c)
W B J Webber

T R Fox (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

AL35

Posting on compassionate grounds, repatriation, fitness for service, general correspondence from members of the public.

Control of P 3 (e)

AL44

Screening from overseas posting.

Repatriation.

Travel of airmen's families.

Medical fitness for service.

Mail questions.

Rehabilitation and light duty.

Earmarking of airmen from overseas for P 1.

Protection certificates, False answers, fraudulent enlistment and illegal absence.

Letters from the public.

Compassionate posting from overseas.

P 3 (d)
R J Holland (AL35)

B Stapleton (AL44)

Sqn Ldr Questions affecting Colonial personnel.

Liaison with Colonial Office.

P 3 (e)
See P 3 (c) (AL35)

Reports to P 3 (a) (AL44)

  Discharge and temporary release of airmen on compassionate grounds; transfer to other Services.
P 10
R Lutyens (AL35)

G C R Ackrill (AL44)

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Sqn Ldr

 
P 10 (a)
G C R Ackrill (AL35)

CS Chapman (AL44)

Flt Lt S of S, US of S and other enquiries in connection with airmen personnel.
P 10 (b)
    Disposal of press enquiries in connection with airmen personnel, and questions arising out of the Daily News Analysis, in liaison with DPR.
P 11
W R Collins (AL35)

A J Nightingale

C V Lock (AL35)

E G Holden

J G McCartney (AL44)

Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Commissioning of airmen and airwomen.

Liaison with RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF on all commissioning matters affecting their personnel.

Liaison with DWAAF on commissioning of airwomen.

Review of pre-commissioning and OCTU failures of RAF and WAAF cadets.

Grant of acting rank to airmen in officer posts.

AL35 -Feb 1945 and AL44 - Nov 1945

Provost Marshal (PM)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Owen W de Putron A/Cdre Provost Marshal and Chief of Air Force Police (PM),
William I G Kerby (AL35) Gp Capt Deputy to Provost Marshal (DPM) (AL35)
C R Richdale (AL44) Gp Capt Deputy to Provost Marshal (1) (DPM (1)) (AL44)

Control of PM Inspectorate of RAF Police and PM 5.

William I G Kerby (AL44) Gp Capt Deputy to Provost Marshal (2) (DPM (2)) (AL44)

Control of PM 1 and PM 2.

PM 1
W R John

W R John

A F Bulkley (AL35)

M B Cole

E M Shippard (AL35)

Vacant (AL44)

J G Elder (AL35)

D Fulton (AL44)

Wg Cdr (Control of PM 1 and PM 6) (AL35)

Wg Cdr (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Sqn Off

Sqn Off.

Flt Off

Flt Lt

AL35

Internal security.

Investigation into subversive activities and disclosure of official information to unauthorised persons.

Vetting of aliens.

Direction to District and Special Investigation Branch on security and sabotage not undertaken by PM 3.

Liaison with AIS (1).

AL44

General implementation of security police.

Investigation into subversive activities and disclosure of official information to unauthorised persons.

Vetting of aliens.

Direction to District and RAF Special Investigation Branch on security matters.

Liaison with AIS (1).

Special censorship.

PM 2
E T Dangerfield

E T Dangerfield

B L Cronin

E Campbell (AL44)

H J Upward (AL44)

M D George (AL44)

E Campbell (AL35)

H W Bassil

J B Boothroyd

H S Hobson (AL44)

E B D'A Moll (AL44)

Wg Cdr (Control of PM 2, PM 3, PM 4 and PM 7)

Wg Cdr (AL44)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Off

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off

AL35

Organisation of Provost Branch in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Discipline outside station bounds.

Training programmes for RAF and Station Police.

Direction of RAF Special Investigation Branch.

Liaison with with civil police and Provost Marshals of all Services (including US Forces) and DAFL on all Provost questions.

Policy relating to discipline, crime and special investigations.

Preparation of Provost publications and statistics.

AL44

Direction of District DPMs and PMs overseas.

Discipline outside station bounds.

Direction of RAF Special Investigation Branch, liaison with with Civil Police and Provost Marshals of all Services (including US Forces) and DAFL on all Provost questions.

Policy relating to discipline, crime and special investigations.

Preparation of Provost statistics.

Investigation into alleged breaches of flying regulations.

Complaints by civilians of damage by gunfire from the air.

WAAF Police training programmes, establishment, strength and records.

Civil or security questions relating to WAAF.

Liaison with Women's Civil Police, ATS Police, DWAAF and DAFW and other welfare organisations.

PM 3 (AL35)
J E Horwell Sqn Ldr Investigations into alleged sabotage, defeatism and breach of security.

Direct communication with civil police regarding specific cases of crime affecting the RAF.

PM 4 (AL35)
M D George

E B D'A Moll

Sqn Off

Flt Off

WAAF Police - training programmes, establishment, strength and records.

Civil or security questions relating to the WAAF.

Liaison with Women's Civil Police, ATS Police, DWAAF and DAFW and other welfare organisations.

PM 5
E S Chapman

E S Chapman

J Hardwick (AL35)

C B Archer (AL44)

Staff Officer (Control of PM 5) (AL35)

Staff Officer (AL44)

Staff Officer

Staff Officer

Control of all RAF pass, permit and identification systems.

Security questions arising therefrom.

General questions relating to entry and visits to RAF Stations and establishments.

Photography.

Adoption of assumed names.

PM 5 (a)
F T Robinson (AL35)

A Boyle (AL44)

Higher Clerical Officer

Temporary Assistant

AL35

Arrangements for visits to RAF Stations and establishments, Aviation Fuel Depots and AME Stations, and for entry to Protected Areas.

Passes for personnel of Works Repair Depots, press, firms' representatives, etc.

Approval of applications for permits authorising any act forbidden by a defence regulation.

Approval for lectures for RAF Stations.

Travel to Northern Ireland by contractors' employees.

Investigation of lost passes, permits and identity cards.

AL44

Records of Protected Places and of roads closed by RAF under Defence Regulations.

Initial action regarding declaration and revocation.

Introduction of Control of Entry Scheme at RAF Stations.

Custody and issue of blank passes.

Irregular use and retention of approved passes, permit and identity cards and use of irregular documents.

Personal card index.

Security investigation of persons applying for facilities at RAF units.

Identification of repatriated Air Force personnel.

Photographs of deceased personnel required by relatives.

PM 5 (b)
 A Elliott (AL35)

W N Shuttleworth (AL44)

Higher Clerical Officer AL35

Questions relating to identify cards for personnel of RAF, WAAF, Dominion and Allied Air Forces (excluding USA) and Civilian Technical Corps.

Long period passes and identity cards for persons (other than AM and MAP staff and Service personnel) requiring access to RAF Protected Places.

PM 5 enquiries.

AL44

Issue of identify cards to Air Force personnel, BOAC, ATA, ATC, CTC etc and officers appointed to honorary and CC commissions.

Central RAF Identification records.

Long period passes, identity cards and certificates of employment for representatives of firms and civilian organisations requiring access to RAF Stations.

Identity document, travel certificates, military permits required by Special Duties personnel.

Identity certificates for officers released from service for a definite period.

PM 5 (c)
W N Shuttleworth (AL35)

E Bosley (AL44)

Higher Clerical Officer

Temporary Assistant

AL35

Long period passes and identity cards for entry into RAF Protected Places by AM and MAP staff and RAF, WAAF and Dominion Air Force personnel.

Questions relating to identity cards for AM and MAP civilian outstation employees, ATC officers, etc.

AL44

Temporary and long period passes and identity cards required by AM and MAP official staff and Air Force personnel for entry to RAF Stations.

Identity system for AM and MAP civilian employees at RAF Stations and custody of central record.

Arrangements for special visits to and photography at RAF Stations and establishments, fuel depots, maintenance units, AME Stations, etc.

Approval of applications for permits, authorising any act forbidden by a Defence Regulation.

Issue of certificates to lecturers and teachers approved by the RAF at home and overseas.

Records and investigation of lost passes, permits and identity cards.

PM 5 (d) (AL35)
C B Archer Higher Clerical Officer Records of Protected Places and of roads closed by RAF under Defence Regulations.

Declaration of RAF Protected Places under Defence Regulations.

Introduction of Control of Entry Scheme at RAF Stations.

Approval of issue of blank passes, etc.

Arrangements for entry into Defence Areas.

PM 5 (e) (AL35)
H Boyle Temporary Assistant Security investigation of persons requiring access to RAF Protected Places, etc.

Identification of repatriated air force personnel returning to the UK.

Irregular use and retention of approved passes, permit and identity cards and use of irregular forms of passes and other documents.

PM 6 (AL35)
W O Carter

R J K Chattey

H L Ellis

D Fulton

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Special duties concerning movements of personnel and materials, experiments and trials and impending special operations.

Operational security investigations and losses of documents prejudicial to security.

Investigations on behalf of D of I (S).

Security policy.

Establishment at secret or experimental stations.

Security of arrival and departure by air of important persons.

PM 7 (AL35)
H J Upward

W Merrick

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Investigation of alleged cases of low flying - aircraft crashes due to alleged negligence.

Complaints by civilians of damage by gunfire from the air.

PM Insp (AL35)
J Orr

J H Dickson

T Macdonald
Gp Capt (Inspector of RAF Police)

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt
Co-ordination and control of policy and operations of District DPMs at home and Provost Marshals overseas as regards the organisation and functions of the RAFP Inspectorate; advice to commands, groups and units on personnel matters affecting RAF Police and their local employment; policy regarding the training and employment of RAF Dog Handlers; advice to AO i/c Records on promotion and posting of RAF Police; advice to DO (Est) on establishments of RAF Police at home and overseas.
PM Inspectorate (AL44)
Vacant

T Macdonald

F G Stupples

J G Elder

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Co-ordination and control of policy and operations of District DPMs at home and Provost Marshals overseas as regard the organisation and functions of the RAFP Inspectorate.

Control of RAF Police global ceiling.

Advice to Commands, Groups and Units on personnel matters affecting RAF Police and their local employment.

Policy regarding the training and employment of RAF Police Dogs and Dog Handlers.

Advice to AO i/c Records on promotion and posting of RAF Police.

Advice to DO (Est) on establishments of RAF Police at home and overseas.

Training policy and programmes for RAF and Station Police.

Assistant Provost Marshals - RCAF and RAAF
J Laurie

W E Sansom

Wg Cdr - RCAF

Sqn Ldr - RAAF

Liaison with RCAF HQ in Great Britain and Overseas HQ, RAAF on provost and security matters affecting RCAF and RAAF personnel, including organisation and establishments of RCAF and RAAF Provost Branch in the UK.

AL35 -Feb 1945 and AL44 - Nov 1945

RAF Comforts

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
J Healy Special Appointment Officer in charge.

General control of Comforts organisation.

Responsible for purchase, receipt, storage and accounting.

Mrs N S Heath Senior Temporary Assistant Receipt and taking on charge of all items.

Applications from units for comforts.

Interviews with unit commanders.

 
F C Halahan AVM Represents Air Ministry, DGPS (AL35), DGP (I) (AL45), etc on these Committees: -
  • RAF Comforts Committee
  • RAF Benevolent Fund
  • Royal Patriotic Fund.
  • Union Jack Club.
  • War Service Grants Advisory Committee.
  • National Rifle Association.
  • Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs.

AL35 -Feb 1945 and AL44 - Nov 1945

Morale and Rehabilitation (M & R)

  1. Study of active list problems, in connection with Second Phase of the war.

  2. Problems mainly connected with the return of personnel to civilian life, including inter alia the repatriation of prisoners of war; publicity of EVT, rehabilitation; resettlement of non-regular personnel; advice on civilian employment for personnel retiring from the Service, and emigration.

  3. Control of P 5 and P 8.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Archibald H Wann A/Cdre M & R

Air Ministry Representative on: -

  • Inter-Service Advisory Committee of Appointments Department of Ministry of Labour and National Service, and emigration
  • Officers' Association
  • National Association for Employment of Regular Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen.
P 5
G Phillippi Wg Cdr Head of Branch
F W C Smith

C B Marshall

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Rehabilitation duties - Correspondence and interviews with RAF personnel and prospective employers.

Staff matters under Head of Branch.

A V Le Maistre Sqn Ldr Rehabilitation co-ordinating and Advisory Officers.
J L Rolston Sqn Ldr Resettlement duties
M Wilson Sqn Off WAAF Resettlement
F E Ford Sqn Ldr Resettlement and Rehabilitation duties - Correspondence and interviews with RAF personnel and prospective employers.

Staff matters under Head of Branch.

I G Scott Sqn Ldr Ex-Regular Officers Resettlement (Seconded to Ministry of Labour and National Service Appointments Office, Sardinia Street, WC2).
P 8
R P McDonall Wg Cdr Head of Branch
E W Sykes

B C Cook

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Special measures to maintain morale in the Interim Period.

Far East war indoctrination.

Publicity for release and EVT

Special Disposals and Releases (SD & R) Reports direct to DGPS
J Lawson Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer - RAF Sports Board.

RAF Representative on Inter-Services Sports Committees.

Co-ordination of all RAF Sports Associations (or the equivalent RAF War Emergency Sports Committees)

Liaison with governing bodies of amateur sports.

R Bickley

J R Davies

Sqn Ldr

Fg Off

Disposal of air crew cases submitted under Air Ministry Memorandum S 61141,S 7 (c) (1) dated 19.9.41

AL35 -Feb 1945 and AL44 - Nov 1945

By AL44, P 5 had been transferred to the control of DGP (III) and P 8 to the control of DDPS 1.

Special Disposals and Releases (SD & R)

 
 Reports direct to DGP (I)
J Lawson Wg Cdr Honorary Secretary and Treasurer - RAF Sports Board.

RAF Representative on: -

  • Inter-Services Sports Committee.
  • Inter-Services Sports Board.

Co-ordination of all RAF Sports Associations (or the equivalent RAF War Emergency Sports Committees)

Liaison with governing bodies of amateur sports.

Disposal of air crew cases submitted under Air Ministry Memorandum S 61141,S 7 (d) dated 1 Mar 1945

AL44 - Nov 1945

Inspector of Physical Fitness (IPF)

 
 Reports direct to DGP (I)
A W Taylor Wg Cdr Advice on policy to be followed in achieving physical fitness throughout the RAF.

Period visits to units to ascertain that the policy is being followed (during such visits will be available to commanding officers for consultation on all matters of Physical Fitness)

Maintains close contact with Physical Fitness Branch in DTT and adequate liaison with the other Services, Ministry of Education and outside organisations dealing with physical fitness.

AL44 - Nov 1945

Directorate of Women's Auxiliary Air Force (DWAAF)

  1. Advice to Members of the Air Council through the WAAF Advisory Council

  2. Advice and liaison with Service Directors on matters affecting the well-being of the WAAF including questions concerning discipline, welfare, posting, manning and progressive training.

  3. Initial posting of all WAAF (G) Officers.  In consultation with DG of P control of posting of WAAF 'G' Officers of Squadron Officer rank and above, and of inter-Command posting of all WAAF 'G' Officers.

  4. Complaints and grievances affecting the WAAF.

  5. Supervision and control of WAAF Selection Boards.

  6. Decision on compassionate posting or discharge (including temporary release) of airwomen whose cases are referred to the Air Ministry.

  7. Administration of any specifically feminine matters concerning the WAAF.

  8. Consultation with and advice to the WAAF 'G' Staff Officers at Command anf Group HQs.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Lady R M E Welsh Air Chf Cmdt Director of WAAF (DWAAF)

Chairman : -

  • WAAF Advisory Council
  • WAAF Standing Committee

Member: -

  • WAAF Substitution Committee
  • Council of the RAF Benevolent Fund
  • Air Council War Memorials Committee
M A R Tempest-Holmes Flt Off Personal Assistant to DWAAF
C Woodhead Gp Off Deputy Director of WAAF (O) (DWAAF (O))

Staff matters.

Liaison on all matters concerning organisation and training of WAAF personnel, demobilisation and resettlement.

Visits to troopships when WAAF drafts are embarking; lectures at PDC and various Groups and Units.

Control of WAAF 2, 2 (a) and 2 (b)

P C Greig Gp Off Deputy Director of WAAF (P) (DWAAF (P))

Personnel matters

Regular lectures at RAF Officers' Advanced Training School and WAAF Officers' School.

Control of WAAF 1 (a) 1 (b), 1 (c) and 1 (d) and WAAF Selection Boards.

WAAF 1 (a)
M C Loftus

J S Crowther

Wg Off

Flt Off

Personnel questions affecting WAAF Officers other than questions of postings.
WAAF 1 (b)
M A Cumella

A E Moore

E L Basham

Wg Off

Flt Off

Flt Off

All questions of a specifically feminine nature (known as subject X) in liaison, as necessary, with DDGMS, D of H, Chaplaincy Services, other Government Departments and outside bodies.

Administration of DWAAF Fund.

Liaison with DAFW on WAAF Welfare.

Liaison in respect of RAF Comforts Fund.

Acknowledgement and distribution of gifts addressed to DWAAF .

Liaison with P 5 on welfare aspects of resettlement and rehabilitation.

Representation of DWAAF at functions or meetings as necessary.

WAAF 1 (c) AL34
M H Perkin

E M Carr

M I Montefiore

Wg Off

Sqn Off

Flt Off

Compassionate discharges, temporary releases for airwomen and Compassionate Posting originating therefrom.

Complaints and investigations.

Interviews with relatives.

WAAF 1 (c) AL44
K B Moir

M I Montefiore

Sqn Off

Flt Off

Liaison with P 1 on disciplinary matters, redress of grievances and discharges on disciplinary grounds.

General complaints, including those by visiting Staff Officers.

Interviews with relatives.

Applications for temporary release on compassionate grounds and indefinite release in Class 'C' under the Release Regulations.

WAAF 1 (d)
Vacant

M G Trevelyn

E Duncan

B P Flower

Miss L M Bench

Wg Off

Sqn Off

Flt Off

SO

Higher Clerical Officer

Initial postings of WAAF 'G' Officers to Training Courses.

Control of postings in consultation with DG of P of WAAF 'G' Officers of Squadron Officer rank and above, and of inter-Command and overseas postings of all WAAF 'G' Officers.

Maintenance of posting records and statistics relating to WAAF 'G' Officers.

Release of WAAF 'G' Officers.

WAAF 2
M Ryley Wg Off Head of Branch

Co-ordination of all aspects of the work of the organisation branch.

Preparation of DWAAF's Quarterly letter to WAAF Officers.

Correspondence with WAAF Sections overseas.

Questions affecting policy and organisation of WAAF personnel serving overseas.

Representation of DWAAF at appropriate outside functions and meetings.

WAAF 2 (a)
P Gavin-Jones

? Newman

Vacant

Sqn Off

Flt Off (Sec'y WAAF Sports Committee)

Flt Off

Secretarial work for informal Inter-Service and Inter-Directorate meetings.

Comments to DWAAF on Policy of AMT department as it affects WAAF Administration, Maintenance of records of intakes, outputs and peak figures on training courses.

Supply of information to civilian organisations and preparation of articles for publication in collaboration with DPR on resettlement.

Lectures and maintenance of up to date information on release and resettlement.

Representation of DWAAF at outside functions and meetings.

Collation and comments to DWAAF on recruiting.

WAAF 2 (b)
M M Mortimer

P W Mortimore

Vacant

Sqn Off

Flt Off

Flt Off

Secretarial work for WAAF Standing Committee and Group Staff Officers' Conference.

Comments on policy to DWAAF on Overseas Substitution, clothing, overseas allowances, messing, equipment, pay and allowances, accommodation and establishments.

Advice on tropical clothing to Officers posted overseas, Liaison with Wing Officer, S & O.

Maintenance of secret publications and operation record book F540.

Upkeep of Overseas records.

Internal organisation of WAAF Directorate and Directorate transit.

AL44 - Nov 1945

Directorate of Air Force Welfare (DAFW)

Welfare policy and organisation for the RAF and WAAF at home and overseas.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
Strang Graham A/Cdre Director of Air Force Welfare (DAFW)

RAF Representative on: -

  • Services Committee for the Welfare of the Forces
  • Services Committee for the Welfare of the Forces/Far East
  • National Service Entertainments Board

Member of; -

  • Air Ministry Committee on Morale and Welfare/South East Asia
  • Council of Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes
  • RAF Comforts Committee
  • Nuffield Trust
  • Council of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association
  • Executive Committee of Incorporated Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Help Society
N W R Mawle Gp Capt Deputy Director of Air Force Welfare (DDAFW)

RAF Representative on: -

  • British Broadcasting Corporation Services Advisory Committee

Member of; -

  • Services Committee for the Welfare of the Forces
  • Services Committee for the Welfare of the Forces/Far East
AFW 1
J G Paterson (AL37)

T Preston (AL45)

Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Welfare organisation and administration.

AL37

Representative on: -

  • Creedy Paper Committee
  • Services Book Committee
  • Services Newspaper Committee
  • Colonial Comforts Committee
  • American Gift Committee
  • Education Co-ordinating Committee

AL44

Representative on: -

  • Colonial Comforts Committee
  • Inter-Service Sports Rationing Committee
AFW 1 (a)
V C Humfrey (AL37)

J T Julian (AL45)

P E V de Carteret (AL45)

J Selby

E H Barton (AL37)

G M Lees (AL45)

A R Bright (AR45)

J J D Gray (AL45)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Off

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off

AL37

Co-ordination of welfare services at home and overseas.

Examination of reports and minutes of meetings.

Liaison with Nuffield Trust, also USA, Dominion and Allied Services, represented in Great Britain.

Administration of leave hospitality schemes.

Arrangements for and supervision of welfare lectures to RAF and WAAF Officers' Schools, other courses, civilians and other Services.

AL44

Co-ordination of welfare services at Home and Overseas.

Examination of reports and minutes of meetings.

Liaison with Nuffield Trust.

Administration of leave hospitality schemes.

Advice on and supervision of welfare lectures to the RAF and WAAF.

Planning and policy for Home and Overseas and the peace time RAF.

Liaison with DO (Est) on welfare establishments.

AFW 1 (b) AL37
J G Parks

B T A Lane

B E Spillane
Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off
Leisure time activities on stations.

Provision of welfare equipment and comforts for station.

Administration of the Nuffield Trust for the WAAF.

AFW 1 (b) AL45
B T A Lane*

W A Roe

B E Spillane
Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

*Representative on: -

  • Creedy Paper Committee
  • Services Book Committee
  • Services Newspaper Committee
Leisure time activities on stations.

Provision of welfare equipment and comforts for station.

Liaison with with other Government Departments and outside organisations on matters concerning supply of welfare materials.

Administration of the Nuffield Trust for the WAAF.

AFW 2
N Edyvean-Walker (AL37)

H M B Collins (AL45)

Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Personal welfare, including hardship cases, hostels, clubs and canteen amenities.

Advice on welfare of repatriated prisoners-of-war.

AFW 2 (a) AL37
R J La Fontaine Sqn Ldr Air Ministry Representative on: -
  • Council of Social Hygiene (VD Sub-Committee)

Representative on: -

  • Prisoners of War Repatriation Convention
  • Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association Council
T W R Osborn Sqn Ldr Representative on: -
  • Incorporated Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Help Society Executive Committee
D V Tandy

A W Rees

R O Doyle
Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off
Personal hardship cases and domestic problems.

Liaison with RAF Benevolent Fund Grants Committee.

Welfare of repatriated families of RAF personnel.

Reception of repatriated and escaped POWs.

Liaison with Red Cross on welfare of POW camps.

Welfare aspect of personal mail and cable services at Home and Overseas.

Gift parcels and duty and coupon free parcels.

Liaison with Officers' Kit Replacement.

Hire of civilian clothing for personnel on leave.

Liaison with Free Legal Aid Scheme and administration thereof within the RAF.

AFW 2 (a) AL45
T W R Osborn Sqn Ldr Representative on: -
  • Prisoners of War Repatriation Convention
  • Incorporated Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Help Society Executive Committee
J N Pyle

C J F Symons

H A E Pyshorn

J L Millett
Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off
Personal hardship cases and problems.

Liaison with RAF Benevolent Fund Grants Committee.

Welfare of repatriated families of RAF personnel.

Reception of repatriated and escaped POWs.

Liaison with Red Cross on welfare of POW camps.

Welfare aspect of personal mail and cable services at Home and Overseas.

Gift parcels and duty and coupon free parcels.

Liaison with Officers' Association.

Hire of civilian clothing for personnel on leave.

Liaison with Free Legal Aid Scheme and administration thereof within the RAF.

AFW 2 (b)
J V Powell Sqn Ldr Representative on: -
  • Council of Voluntary War Work.
W H Williamson (AL37)

W T Stagg (AL45)

G E Conning (AL37)

K Morris (AL45)

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Flt Off

Leave arrangements.

Hostels, clubs and canteens at Home and Overseas.

Liaison with voluntary organisations and NAAFI for off-station amenities for British, Dominion and Colonial personnel.

Supervision of conditions of travel.

Liaison with RTOs.

Rest rooms and kit storage.

AFW 3
H D H Wardrop (AL37)

H J Hickey (AL45)

Wg Cdr Head of Branch.

Entertainment, except cinemas.

Representative on: -

  • British Broadcasting Corporation Services Advisory Committee
  • ENSA Advisory International Council.
  • Overseas Recorded Broadcast Service Management Committee.
AFW 3 (a)
C W Wrightson (AL37)

J W Wright (AL45)

J P White (AL37)

R Cowl (AL45)

V G Potts (AL37)

A E Moore (AL45)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Flt Off
Supplying 'live' entertainment at Home and Overseas, liaison with ENSA. (AL37)

Policy control of 'live' entertainment at Home and Overseas, liaison with ENSA. (AL45)

Advice on adaptation of buildings on stations for staging entertainments.

Policy and routing of gang shows.

Station self-entertainment schemes.

Advice on stage design and all matters connected to thereto.

Provision of play scripts, musical scores for station theatrical undertakings.

Allocation of Service five-piece bands.(AL37)

AFW 3 (b)
D Francis (AL37)

C W Wrightson (AL45)

Vacant (AL37)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

AL37

Broadcasting to RAF at Home and Overseas.

Liaison with BBC on RAF requirements in Service programme.

AL44

Broadcasting to RAF at Home and Overseas.

Liaison with BBC on RAF requirements in Service programme.

Allocation of Service five-piece bands.

Control of Overseas Orchestral Scheme and Play-Reading Circles.

AFW 4 AL37
T Preston Wg Cdr Head of Branch

Policy and planning

E M Carby-Hall Wg Off DGPS Representative on: -
  • WAAF Advisory Council

Chairman - Nuffield Trust for WAAF.

I Power

B R Griffiths

J T Hammond
Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off
Home and Overseas welfare planning and policy, new projects, improvement and extension of existing welfare services, special requirements during the interim period, periods of occupation of enemy territories and for peace-time service.

Special planning for expeditionary forces, specialist and detached units, etc.

Organisation planning with DO (Est), Allies, Dominions, etc.

Advice on WAAF welfare, and liaison with welfare branches of Admiralty (WRNS) and War Office (ATS).

AFW 5
J H Keys Senior Staff Officer Head of Branch
AFW 5 (a)
C H Ward Jackson (AL37)

B R Griffiths (AL45)

E M Potts

A E Moore (AL37)

Vacant (AL45)

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

SO

SO

Preparation, issue and revision of all RAF welfare publications.

Editing of 'RAF Welfare Bulletin'.

Provision of welfare material for station information rooms.

Publicity for welfare services and facilities.

AFW 5 (b)
S Bowers Higher Clerical Officer Integration of the policy of the Directorate within the Department.

Financial problems affecting the allocation of public funds and the grants from non-public funds in conjunction with F7. (AL37)

Financial problems affecting the allocation of public funds and the grants from non-public funds in conjunction with F8. (AL45)

Control of civilian staff in the Directorate.

AL37 - May 1945 and AL45 - Dec 1945

Directorate-General of Personnel (III) (DG of P (III))

  1. Morale and Rehabilitation.

  2. Selection of Promotion Boards (other than the Senior Officers' Promotion Board)

  3. Honours and Awards.

  4. Interview of officers under KR and ACI, para 1055.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties/Notes
John H D'Albiac AVM Directorate-General of Personnel (III) (DGP (III).

Chairman: -

  • Permanent Commissions Selection Board
  • RAF Awards Committee

Member: -

  • The Committee on the Grants of Honours, Decorations and Medals in Time of War.
  • Inter-Departmental Awards Committee.
J Duminy Wg Cdr Special appointment - Honours and Awards questions
Archibald H Wann A/Cdre Director of Personnel (Officers' Friend and Resettlement) (DPFR)
  1. Resettlement and Rehabilitation.

  2. Interview of officers under KR and ACI, para 1055.

  3. Emigration (other than repatriation)

  4. Control of P 5 and P 12.

Air Ministry Representative on: -

  • Inter-Service Advisory Committee of Appointments Department of Ministry of Labour and National Service
  • Officers' Association
  • National Association for Employment of Regular Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen.
  • El Alamein Foundation Committee.
H M Massey A/Cdre
  1. Selection and Promotion Board work (other than the Senior Officers' Promotion Board) as assigned to him by DGP (III)

  2. Permanent Commissions Selection Board.

  3. Control of P 7

Permanent Commissions Selection Board
John H D'Albiac AVM Chairman
H M Massey A/Cdre Deputy Chairman
H M A Day Gp Capt Member
F R Drew Gp Capt Member
E C Kidd Gp Capt Member
P 5
G Phillippi Wg Cdr Head of Branch
F W C Smith

C B Marshall

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Rehabilitation duties - Visiting RAF and EMS hospitals and firms, where necessary, in connection with light recuperative duties for serving RAF personnel.
A V Le Maistre Sqn Ldr Rehabilitation co-ordination - Liaison with RAF Advisory Officers.
W J Ritchie Flt Lt Resettlement duties
M Wilson Sqn Off WAAF Resettlement
F E Ford Sqn Ldr Resettlement and Rehabilitation duties - Correspondence and interviews with RAF personnel and prospective employers.

Staff matters under Head of Branch.

I G Scott

C L Atkinson

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Ex-Regular Officers Resettlement (Seconded to Ministry of Labour and National Service Appointments Office, Sardinia Street, WC2).
P 7
M A Hammerton

J Dykes Bower

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Head of Section

Technical administration of Air Ministry Selection Boards and of travelling Aviation Candidates Selection Boards responsible for visiting schools, University Air Squadrons and ATC Units.

Selection of ATC Officers.

Selection of candidates for University Short Course.

A R Poole Sqn Ldr Technical administration of Aviation Candidates Selection Boards, including selection procedure at the Air Crew Receiving Centre and Classification Technical Section, liaison with other branches thereon.

Review of case papers of accepted and rejected candidates for air crew.

Consideration of appeals from rejected candidates.

Postings, attachments, confidential reports and promotion recommendations in respect of Selection Board officers.

Recategorisation of officers of the GD Branch.

J Wishart

Vacant

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Technical administration of Air Crew Allocation Centre, Catterick; No 106 PDC, Cosford and Personnel Centres (Refresher) for ex POWs.

Review of recommendations received; liaison with branches thereon.

N Piper Flt Lt Branch Security Officer

Technical administration of Combined Re-selection Centre, Eastchurch.

Review of recommendations received from Re-Selection Boards at Eastchurch and RNZAF HQ.

Liaison with other branches thereon.

General questions relating to re-selection overseas.

F N Keen

M A Midgley

Sqn Off

Flt Off

Administration of testing methods.

Technical administration of WAAF Officers, Admin (G) (Personnel Section) and other ranks of the trade of Clerk/Personnel Selection, including postings, attachments, confidential reports and promotion recommendations.

L C Hill Higher Clerical Officer Supervision of clerical staff and assistance to Head of Branch
P 12
P R Beare

Vacant

Gp Capt

Wg Cdr

Officers' Friend.
W F Bailey Sqn Ldr RCAF Liaison (DPS)

AL44 - Nov 1945

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, January 1945 - AIR 20/7518 (AL35 - Feb 1945, AL37 - May 1945, AL38 - Jun 1945, AL44 - Nov 1945  and AL45 - Dec 1945)

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