Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Distribution of Duties - Air Ministry (1945)
[ACAS (G) | DDFC | DDASR | DG of GD | AD of CP | D of SD]
Department of the Chief of the Air Staff
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (General) (ACAS (G))
Responsibility under VCAS for the Air Staff aspects of Public Relations. Liaison with DPR on press and publicity matters, including broadcasts and films.
Responsibility for the Air Staff aspects of the Official Histories.
Control of DGGD, DSD and DDCP
|Sir Richard H Peck||AM||Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (General)|
|P C Vane-Tempest||Flt Off||Staff Officer to ACAS (G)|
|M D Thunder||Gp Capt||Deputy Director of Flying Control (DDFC)
Definition of Flying Control policy in relation to technique, operational requirements, standards of training and personnel matters
Study of Flying Control problems in relation to current and projected air operations.
|W H S Mealing||Wg Cdr||Assistant Director of Flying Control (ADFC)
Study of Flying Control policy in the RAF and relevant publicity and security matters.
Supervision of CATCB.
Chairman - Airfield Lighting Committee.
W F Condy
V M Chubb
|Compilation of CD260.
Compilation of, and amendments to Lists 'X' and 'Y'.
Issue of navigational warnings, notification of serviceability of airfield, navigational and Flying Control facilities and action regarding overdue aircraft.
Night Lights Control and allocation of reserve aerial lighthouses, landmark beacons and airfield floodlights.
F R Goodwin
|Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)
|Study of future requirements for Flying Control in
the RAF and of developments in technique and equipment.
Liaison from the Flying Control aspect with DPA regarding accidents.
Compilation of publications and orders relating to Flying Control.
|J MacDonald||Sqn Ldr||Flying Control technique in relation to signals
Technique for approach and landing aircraft.
|C R Roxburgh||Maj||Organisation, provision and allotment of all aircraft safety aids in relation to Searchlights, Granite and Mountain Warning Beacons.|
|A T H Willis||Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)||Airfield and approach lighting and visual aids to
navigation in the RAF.
Liaison with Allied Forces and Civil Aviation on such matters and study of future requirements for aviation lighting.
Secretary - Airfield Lighting Committee.
|FC 4 (a)|
|H C Drake||Flt Lt||Airfield lighting including all forms of special
Air testing and progressing lighting schemes and development.
Emergency runway lighting schemes.
|FC 4 (b)|
|D J Looker||Flt Lt||Visual aids to navigation in all theatres of RAF
operations; obstruction lighting.
Compilation and organisation of SD525.
Landmark beacon scheme in the UK.
Requirements for specialist lighting vehicles for Flying Control and portable and mobile airfield lighting.
|FC 4 (c)|
|W S Steel||Flt Lt||Aerial lighthouse scheme in the UK.
Maintenance of priority list and record of allocations of specialist lighting vehicles in the UK and Branch records.
|J A Crook||Sqn Ldr||Flying Control policy in relation to standards of
Liaison with directorates responsible for establishments, postings and personal services.
|P Ingall||Wg Cdr||Organisation and technical supervision of fog dispersal installations and liaison with Petroleum Warfare Department.|
|D W Burnett-Rae||Wg Cdr||Flying Control policy overseas and co-ordination of requirements.|
|P R Rulf||Higher Clerical Officer||Organisation and supervision of clerical duties.
Assistance to branches as required.
Policy and co-ordination of (i) Measures to attain survival of aircrew and air passengers involved in forced alighting in sea and on all types of terrain and (ii) the rescue services.
Survival and rescue provisions in Plans prepared by the Air Ministry.
Air Ministry representative for co-operation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of War Transport, Admiralty, etc, in planning for survival and rescue in civil aviation.
*Name change appeared in AL43 (Oct 1945)
|G M Bryer||Gp Capt||Deputy Director of Air/Sea Rescue (DDASR)|
|ASR 1/Rescue 1*|
|J D Chapple||Cdr RN||Liaison with the Admiralty and Naval Authorities on
matters affecting the provision and operation of naval craft for
Air/Sea Rescue duties.
Liaison with, RNLI, Trinity House, Merchant and Fishing Fleets, Ministry of War Transport and Coast Guards.
Co-ordination of instructions to marine craft.
|ASR 1 (a)/Rescue 1 (a)*|
W L Thomas
|Rescue marine craft - design, equipment and
Liaison with Commands in all matters affecting the policy and organisation of RAF rescue marine craft and personnel
Rescue statistics affecting marine craft.
|ASR 2/Rescue 2*|
D H Dabbs
K V Garside (AL43)
D F Wilson
J M Slot
|Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)
Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)
|Air/Sea; Desert, Mountain; Jungle Rescue Services
policy, organisation and plans.
Syllabi (in liaison with DGT (Air)) for School of Survival and Rescue and all aircrew training units.
Training of officers for rescue duties.
Scrutiny from policy aspect, of articles and photographs for release to press and for broadcasting, for DPR.
|H T Turnbull||Sqn Ldr||Liaison with Commands with HQs in the UK and NW
Rescue incidents affecting civilian personnel.
|G G Leeder||Sqn Ldr||Liaison with Commands with HQs in the Mediterranean and Middle East|
|D C Kennedy||Sqn Ldr||Liaison with Commands with HQs in India, Ceylon and the Far East|
|A P Field||Capt (USAAF)||Liaison with Commands with US Army Air Forces.
Liaison on Rescue Services, with Commands, Group, etc, and USAAF.
|O G E Roberts||Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)||Policy of survival during and after forced alighting
and preparations for rescue.
Co-ordination of measures for survival in conjunction with MAP, DOR, DPA and DGMS.
|Vacant||Lt Cdr RN||Application of RAF survival measures to the Fleet Air Arm.|
|J W Pontefract||Flt Lt||Survival statistics and anlysis.|
|ASR 3 (a)|
B F Collins
F J Sugg
|Survival in and exit from aircraft forced to alight
on sea or land.
Preparation of Survival Instructions, in conjunction with RTP, for aircrew and passengersin all types of aircraft operated by the RAF.
|ASR 3 (b)|
F J Finch
R G Gill
|Survival after exit from forced landed aircraft until rescued, including co-operation of survivors in search and rescue.|
Directorate-General of Ground Defence (DG of GD)
Policy and plans relating to the active defence on the ground of RAF Stations and Establishments, including RAF Vulnerable Points.
Air Staff policy and plans for the composition, organisation armament and equipment of the RAF Regiment.
Airfield defence questions, including light AA defence.
RAF Regiment training.
|A E Robinson||Maj-Gen||Director-General of Ground Defence (DGGD)
Commandant, RAF Regiment
Reports direct to VCAS.
M H D Cockayne
M Tarbet (AL44)
|Sqn Ldr||Personal Staff Officer
Branch Security Officer
|A P Ledger||A/Cdre||Director of Ground Defence (Planning) (DGD (P))
Chairman - COS (DA) Sub-Committee.
|M D Thunder||Gp Capt||Deputy Director of Ground Defence (DDGD)
Co-ordination and control of GD 2, GD 3, and GD 5.
Planning to meet RAF Regiment operational and training requirements.
A N Dixon
K W J Robertson (AL44)
|Wg Cdr||Assistant Director of Ground Defence (DDGD)
Co-ordination and control of GD 1, and GD 4.
Organisation and deployment of airfield defence garrisons.
Establishments and Manpower questions.
M A V Russell
|Plans for the organisation and disposition of RAF
Regiment units, including deployment and moves of Field and AA
Establishment and Manpower questions affecting RAF Regiment and airfield defence generally.
RAF Regiment Order of Battle, Home and Overseas.
Defence arrangements for Air Ministry Vulnerable Points and liaison with Vulnerable Points Adviser and GHQ Home Forces.
Policy, from the ground defence aspect, of airfield demolition and obstruction, evacuation, road closures and protected places.
H G Excell
H H Farthing (AL44)
T J Norton
G C Wright
|AA training and intelligence.
Preparation and issue of training, tactical and operational directives on light AA defence of airfields and RAF Stations.
Policy for introduction of new AA weapons, equipment and training devices.
Training policy for AA School and Practice Camps.
Arrangements for training for RAF Regiment AA Dome Teacher Instructors and the Dome Teacher aspect of RAF and WAAF AA Dome Projectionists in conjunction with T Mech (DDTT).
Matters relating to preparation and development of training films for AA Dome Teachers in conjunction with RD Arm 3(a) (MAP).
Sighting policy for light AA weapons in conjunction with T Arm 2 (DTF).
Liaison with AA Command.
RAF Regiment signals training and advice on signals equipment for airfield defence, including light AA signals requirements.
M O Taylor
P I Stewart
|Scales of issue of ground defence and AA weapons and
equipment generally, including RAF Regiment requirements.
Policy for the provision of RAF Regiment weapons and equipment, and ground defence weapons and equipment for RAF after consultation with DGE branches concerned.
Liaison with MAP and Ministry of Supply on development and trial of ground defence weapons, vehicles and equipment, and light AA weapons and mountings.
F W Hilton (AL39)
M A V Russell (AL44)
A Farr (AL39)
N M Shawyer (AL44)
|Advice on questions of appointment, posting and
promotion of officers of the RAF Regiment in conjunction with AMP
Liaison with War Office and GHQ Home Forces on the selection and loan of Army personnel for duty with the RAF Regiment, including Local Defence Advisers.
S G Dickson
L E Francis (AL39)
R G Miller (AL4)
T T Coulston (AL39)
R G B Vessey (AL44)
|RAF Regiment training, other than AA.
Preparation of ground defence training directives.
Liaison with AMT branches on individual ground defence training policy and with the War Office and Combined Operations HQ on ground defence training matters.
Policy for the introduction of new ground defence weapons and new training devices connected therewith.
Training records, regulations, instructions and publications.
Training aspect of Courts of Enquiry affecting RAF Regiment personnel.
|Vacant||Higher Clerical Officer||Supervision of Clerical Staff: maintenance of records for Directorate-General.|
Assistant Directorate of Counter-Propaganda (AD of CP)
Study of the Air Staff aspects of propaganda and counter-propaganda.
Co-ordination of propaganda with operational policy.
Propaganda leaflets and organisation of deliveries to stations.
Preparation of air scripts for foreign propaganda broadcasts.
Air Staff representation at Political Warfare Executive meetings and liaison with PWE on the air aspects of foreign propaganda.
Representation of the Air Staff point of view on foreign propaganda the other Government Departments concerned.
|P S S Clark||Wg Cdr||Assistant Director of Counter-Propaganda (ADCP)|
E F Daglish
|Preparation of air scripts for foreign propaganda
broadcasts and leaflets.
Liaison with BBC Overseas Broadcasts Service.
|D Beckett||Flt Off||Study of enemy propaganda and counter-propaganda.|
J M Woodcock
Miss M L Suter
|Control of leaflet distribution and organisation.|
The formulation of Air Staff doctrine for use of Air Forces.
Preparation of Air Staff memoranda.
Preparation of Air Staff manuals and publications.
Preparation of documents for the RAF and other Staff Colleges. Staff College curriculum.
The Air Staff aspect of publicity and public relations.
|Vacant||A/Cdre||Director of Staff Duties (DSD)|
|Gareth G Barrett||Gp Capt||Deputy Director of Staff Duties (DDSD)|
D C Smith
V G Owen Jones
R A E Milton
M B Whitbread
R B Sears
Miss V M Leeming
|Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)
Junior Executive Officer
|Preparation of Air Staff memoranda, manuals and publications.|
|Vacant||Wg Cdr (Head of Branch)||Service writing.
Preparation of papers and assembly of information for the RAF Staff College.
Liaison with Army and Navy Staff Colleges.
Liaison with DPR on Air Staff matters.
Source - List of Staff and Distribution of Duties, January 1945 - AIR 20/7518 (AL36 - Apr 1945, AL37 -May 1945, AL39 - Jul 1945, AL41 - Aug 1945, AL44 - Nov 1945 and AL45 - Dec 1945)
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