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Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)


[ACAS (P)D of  Plans | D of Pol (A) | D of Pol (G) | DATPO | DAFL | S 6]

Department of the Chief of the Air Staff

Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) (ACAS (P))

AL36

  1. Responsibility under CAS and VCAS for all question of Air Staff Policy and planning.

  2. Control of D of Plans, DPHP, D of Pol (A), D of Pol (G), DAFL and DATPO*

AL42

  1. Responsibility for the preparation of briefs for meetings of the Chiefs of Staff and associated committees.

  2. Responsibility under CAS and VCAS for all question of Air Staff Policy and planning.

  3. Control of D of Plans, D of Pol (A), D of Pol (G), DAFL and DATPO*

*Reports to ACAS (Ops) on operational matters.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
William F Dickson AVM Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy)
J A McCorquodale Sqn Ldr Staff Officer to ACAS (P)
W D Rusbatch Higher Clerical Officer Personal Assistant
ASP 1
Francis D S Scott-Malden

K Broadley

D E Milson

J F Ginnett

Gp Capt

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Preparation and co-ordination of briefs for the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Circulation of Chiefs of Staff Papers and conclusions within the Air Ministry.

Circulation to Air Staff of War Cabinet and other committee Papers.

Directorate of Plans (D of Plans)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
W L Dawson A/Cdre Director of Plans (D of Plans)
P F Canning Gp Capt Deputy Director of Plans (Joint Planning) (DD Plans (JP))
Representation on Joint Planning Staff

Director of Plans - A/Cdre W L Dawson

Strategic Planning Section (SPS)

  • Gp Capt P F Canning
  • Wg Cdr F E W Birchfield
  • Wg Cdr M H Beytagh
  • Wg Cdr P G St G O'Brien

Future Planning Section (FPS)

Executive Planning Section (EPS)

  • Wg Cdr T A D Hewan
  • Sqn Ldr A N Jacobs

Cabinet War Room (CWR)

  • Wg Cdr J S Heagerty - Duty Officer
  • Wg Cdr E T Rees - Watch-keeper

Directorate of Policy (Air) (D of Pol (A))

  1. Air Staff policy relating to the strategic deployment of aircraft

  2. Strategic priorities for the supply of equipment generally.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Douglas MacFadyen A/Cdre Director of Policy (Air) (D of Pol (A))
E A Jones Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (Air) (DD of Pol (A))

Deputy to D of Pol (A) for special responsibility for the preparation of target forces and for priorities in respect of equipment.

ASP 4
R D Williams Wg Cdr Composition and strategic deployment of Dominion and Allied Forces.

Build up of US Air Forces in all theatres.

Liaison with the Dominions.

Strategic aspect of supplies to Allies.

ASP 6

J Scrimgeour Wg Cdr Strategic deployment of aircraft at home and overseas.

Liaison with AMSO's Department.

In AL45 this this directorate had been merged with Directorate of Policy (General) to form the Directorate of Policy (Air Staff) and the Directorate of Staff Duties.

Directorate of Policy (General) (D of Pol (G))

All matters of Air Staff policy except those relating to the strategic deployment of aircraft of strategic priorities.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Theodore N McEvoy A/Cdre Director of Policy (General) (D of Pol (G))
M R McArthur Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (General) (1) (DD of Pol (G) (1))

Air Staff Regional Policy

ASP 2
J W Stewart

R D Yule

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Air Staff Policy - Europe, USA, Russia, South America, Canada
ASP 3
J C Cunningham

D L Pitt

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Air Staff Policy - Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, Italy, South Africa, Greece, Turkey
ASP 5
Ian G Esplin

J M Foxley-Norris

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Air Staff Policy - Far East, India, Ceylon, Australia, War against Japan.
A Wall Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (General) (2) (DD of Pol (G) (2))

General and Domestic Current and Post War Policy

ASP 7
Christopher J Mount

Vacant

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Long Term General Policy - Stage III

Subjects: -

  • Re-mobilisation
  • Reserves for next war
  • Stage III Target Forces
  • Conscription
  • World Security Organisation
  • Limitations of Armaments
  • Dominion Contribution
  • International Air Forces
  • Airfield Defence
  • Inter-Service air policy
  • Air-mobility of Air Forces
  • Pilotless Air Weapons.
ASP 8
W J M Longmore Wg Cdr Short Term General Policy - Stage II/III

Subjects: -

  • Demobilisation
  • Cease Fire Book
  • Manpower Stage II/III
  • EVT Training
  • Security
  • Air Staff Accommodation
  • Re-deployment in Stage II
  • Transition Stage II/Stage III
  • Destruction of enemy installations
  • Allocation of shipping
Donald M T Macdonald Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (General) (3) (DD of Pol (G) (2))

Policy towards ex-enemy countries

ASP 9
 

J O'Neill

Wg Cdr Control - ex-enemy countries

Subjects: -

  • Armistice and Peace Terms
  • Directives (Air Cs-in-C Occupational Forces)
  • Partition and Dismemberment
  • Zones of Occupation
  • Airfield requirements in ex-enemy countries
  • Composition - Occupational Air Forces
  • Control of Japan
  • Inter-Allied Control Arrangements
ASP 10
G J Spence Wg Cdr Implementation of Disarmament

Subjects: -

  • Organisation of Disarmament
  • Co-ordination of Germany/Austria
  • Disarmament Training
  • Liaison with Air Division
  • Control Missions (Finland, Romania, Bulgaria)
  • Provision of Interpreters
  • Disposal of Enemy Material
  • Defence and escort requirements

In AL45 this this directorate had been merged with Directorate of Policy (Air) to form the Directorate of Policy (Air Staff) and the Directorate of Staff Duties.

Directorate of Policy (Air Staff) (D of Pol (AS))

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Douglas MacFadyen A/Cdre Director of Policy (Air Staff) (D of Pol (AS))
M R McArthur Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (Air Staff) (1) (DD Pol (AS) (1))

Control of  ASP 2, ASP 3 and ASP 4.

Air Staff Regional Policy

B A Casey Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (2) (DD Pol (AS) (2))

Control of  ASP 5 and ASP 6.

Policy for aircraft production and re-equipment.

Strength and disposition of RAF.

Donald M T Macdonald Gp Capt Deputy Director of Policy (Air Staff) (3) (DD Pol (AS) (3))

Control of  ASP 7 and ASP 8.

Policy towards ex-enemy countries

ASP 2
R D Yule Wg Cdr Air Staff Policy - Europe, USA, Russia, South America, Canada
ASP 3
S B Grant Wg Cdr Air Staff Policy - Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, Italy, South Africa, Greece, Turkey
ASP 4
D L Pitt

L Fox

Wg Cdr Air Staff Policy - Far East, India, Ceylon and Australia.
ASP 5
R D Williams Wg Cdr Air Staff Policy - Aircraft equipment and supply
ASP 6
Christopher J Mount

N A Sellars

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Air Staff Policy - Stage III and Post-War Target Forces
ASP 7
J O'Neill Wg Cdr Air Staff Policy - Control and disarmament of ex-enemy countries (eg: Peace terms, disposal of enemy material, partition and disarmament).
ASP 8
G J Spence Wg Cdr Air Staff Policy - Domestic and general, in ex-enemy countries (eg: organisation and composition of occupational forces, zones of occupation, Air Force Missions, civil aviation, partition and disarmament, etc)

Directorate of Staff Duties (DSD)

  1. Questions of Domestic and RAF Policy

  2. Demobilisation and Demobilisation.

  3. Formulation and promulgation of Air Staff Doctrine.

  4. Air Staff aspects of Public Relations.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Theodore N McEvoy A/Cdre Director of Staff Duties (DSD)
G G Barrett Gp Capt Deputy Director of Staff Duties (1) (DDSD (1))

Control of SD 1 and SD 2.

Formulation and promulgation of Air Staff Doctrine.

Air Staff policy - Public Relations.

A Wall Gp Capt Deputy Director of Staff Duties (DDSD (2))

Control of SD 3 and SD 4.

Domestic RAF Policy - current and post-war.

SD 1
D C Smith

R A E Milton

V G Owen-Jones

J S Perry

M B Whitbread
Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Air Staff monographs on operations; preparation of staff manuals.
SD 2
F W L Wild Wg Cdr Staff College policy; promotion and Staff College examinations; air staff aspects of pubic relations; analysis of despatches; Air Force histories.
SD 3
T R Thomas Wg Cdr General questions of Domestic RAF policy (eg, airfields, Airfield defence; Air/Sea Rescue; Flying Control and Aircraft Safety; mobilisation and manpower; Post-War planning - Home Commands.
SD 4
W J M Longmore Wg Cdr General questions of interdepartmental policy (eg, Civil Aviation, general Colonial and Dominions questions; MAP; tactical warfare; use of  RAF aircraft for scientific purposes; United Nations Organisation.

Directorate of Air Transport Policy and Operations (DATPO)

  1. Air Staff policy questions relating to air transport.

  2. Planning of transport aspect of future operations.

  3. Policy in regard to the operational employment of military transport aircraft.

  4. Policy in regard to the development and organisation of air transport routes (in conjunction with GGCA).

  5. Liaison with USAAF and other allied forces on air ttransport policy matters

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
Richard B Jordan A/Cdre Director of Air Transport Policy and Operations (DATPO)
A R M Geddes Gp Capt Deputy Director of Air Transport Policy and Operations  (DDATPO)
ATPO 1
D L R Halliday

S W G Morton

A E B Williams

D K Conner

J W Nelson

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Off

Lt Col (Army Liaison Officer)

Support operations.

Development (use of System Control and technique of Transport Operations).

Operational policy concerning: -

  • air crew (composition, ratio, training)
  • aircraft (characteristics and roles)
  • specialist equipment (scales of provisioning)
  • Navigational and instrument dropping aids
  • current disposition and control of Transport Squadrons
ATPO 2
D R Bagnall

L B Irish

L F Middleton

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Route operations.

Special Flights.

Existing air routes.

Navigational Aids on routes.

Maps.

ATPO 4
D King

H S Burrows

G Drew

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Target forces and priority.

Air route policy.

Relations of Transport Command with Allied and Civil Air Transport formations.

Air Staff planning questions concerning Air Transport.

Directorate of Allied Air Co-operation and Foreign Liaison (DAFL)

  1. Co-ordination of matters affecting Allied Air Personnel and Units, and their co-operation with the RAF.

  2. Foreign Liaison, including liaison with Allied and Neutral representatives concerning the supply of aircraft and material to Allied and Neutral Powers.

  3. Air Attaches.

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
F M F West A/Cdre Director of Allied Air Co-operation and Foreign Liaison (DAFL)
H W Pearson Rogers Gp Capt Deputy Director of Allied Air Co-operation and Foreign Liaison (1) (DDAFL (1))
Viscount Acheson Gp Capt Deputy Director of Allied Air Co-operation and Foreign Liaison (2) (DDAFL (2))
AFL 1
H C Biles

E C L Richardson

F S Lovell

T Gray

J A Palmer

S T Jakimowicz

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Off

Flt Lt

AL42

Liaison on all matters affecting the Polish Air Force and Polish WAAF

AL45

Liaison with Polish Polish Inspectorate-General on all matters affecting the Polish Air Force.

AFL 2
H L Seligman

F H Denton (AL45)

M E L Mallowan

F R Godsmark (AL45)

R V Wells

H M S Stewart

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Co-ordination of questions concerning Czech and Belgian personnel in the RAF.

Policy concerning the employment of Greek, Yugoslav and Italian Air Forces.

AFL 3
A P German-Ribon

W Herrera

R B J S Norman (AL45)

F Pichel-Juan (AL45)

M T S Wilton (AL45)

E D H Renton

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Co-ordination of questions concerning the Free French Air Force in the UK and overseas.
AFL 4
M J B Stoker

L F Brooks

R Bailey (AL45)

A F Walters

M L Douglas

Wg Cdr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Off

SO

Co-ordination of questions concerning Dutch and Danish personnel in the RAF.

Liaison with the Royal Dutch Naval Air Service, the Royal Norwegian Air Forces and the Royal Danish Air Force.

RAF Administration of DAFL personnel.

AFL 5
S A Stevenson Wg Cdr Inspection of and liaison with Allied Air Forces, including questions concerning technical matters.
AFL 6
J E H Park

S Sroka

C Marshall (AL45)

R A Bradford

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Liaison on matters concerning the security aspect of Allied and foreign air personnel.
AFL 6
W E N Growden

T E Pennington

J R Cuthbert (AL45)

E O D Keown

J S Fairfax-Jones

J W B Peel (AL45)

R K Porter (AL45)

J A Whitamore (AL45)

A R Dickinson

A F S Pollock

J Uffen

Hon Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Flt Lt

Fg Off

Plt Off

General liaison with all foreign Air Attaches and foreign liaison with other Government Departments.

Arrangements for Foreign Air Missions visiting the UK.

Control and distribution of documents and information to Foreign Air Attaches.

Arrangements for attachments and visits of foreign Service personnel to RAF establishments.

Policy concerning Portuguese matters generally and the Azores.

AFL 8
R A Green

B S Jones (AL45)

A C W Hardy

D Dakin

A D Andrew (AL45)

E Spowart

S F Robertson

S F Stewart (AL45)

Wg Cdr

Wg Cdr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Sqn Ldr

Flt Lt

Flt Off

Fg Off

Planning and co-ordination of the training of Allied and foreign air personnel.

Secretarial Division allotted to the Department of the CAS (S6)

Name Status/Rank Role/Duties
R C Chilver Assistant Secretary Head of Division
R L Sykes (AL36)

M H Higgins (AL42)

M W Low

R Maudling (AL36)

Vacant (AL42)

Mrs M D Mitchell

Temporary Administrative Officer

Temporary Administrative Officer

Temporary Administrative Officer

Temporary Administrative Officer

Co-ordination and correspondence in the Department of CAS
Miss S G McLaren

Vacant

Senior Temporary Assistant

Higher Clerical Officer

Preparation of Air Council letters, memoranda, etc for the Department of the CAS.

War Cabinet records.

Air Ministry liaison with Inspector-General and Inspector of the WAAF

Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, January 1945 - AIR 20/7518 (AL36 - May 1945, AL42 - Sep 1945 and AL45 - Dec 1945)

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