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The following information adds to the details given in The National Archives' Catalogue for AIR 30/62

AIR 30/62 (1)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air

That the reward specified within be approved in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with the Royal Air Force in Waziristan.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 3rd March 1925


RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Frederick Wailes Thompson,
No. 31 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

For conspicuous good work in the Waziristan area of operations, especially in co-operation with the Military Forces between 15th April, 1923, and 12th October, 1923. He served as Flight Commander, and, for a period, as Officer Commanding No. 31 Squadron.


AIR 30/62 (2)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air

That the rewards (sic) specified within be granted in recognition of conspicuous devotion to duty in circumstances of exceptional difficulty and danger on board H.M.A. R.33 on the occasion of the breaking away of the airship from the mooring mast at Pulham on April 16th, 1925

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 14th May 1925

RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF A BAR
TO THE AIR FORCE CROSS

Flight Lieutenant Ralph Sleigh Booth, A.F.C.
Royal Air Force

For conspicuous devotion to duty on board H.M.A. R.33.

When the airship broke away, Flight Lieutenant Booth, First Officer of the airship, was the only officer on board. Without hesitation he took the action necessary to bring the damaged airship under control, and to secure Nos. 1 and 2 gasbags which were deflated, in such a way as to prevent further damage.

He then maintained the airship in the air through a violent gale which lasted for nearly 24 hours, and although realising her precarious condition, refused the opportunities of landing offered by the Dutch Authorities, as to have done would have meant the loss of the airship. Finally he brought the airship back to Pulham safe, but seriously damaged, 30 hours after she broke away.

The airship was undoubtedly saved by the coolness of Flight Lieutenant Booth when she broke away, and by his courage and tenacity in keeping the air throughout the storm. His skill and judgment throughout were remarkable, having regard particularly to the fact that he had comparatively little experience of rigid airship, and had never commanded one before.


RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF A BAR TO THE AIR FORCE MEDAL

No. 314869 Flight Sergeant George William Hunt, A.F.M.
Royal Air Force.

For conspicuous devotion to duty on board H.M.A. R.33.

This non-commissioned officer was coxswain on board the airship and ably assisted Flight Lieutenant Booth throughout the flight and displayed great skill and presence of mind. In particular he supervised and assisted in the lashing of the deflated gasbags over the framework, so as to prevent the deflation of No. 3 gasbag – which would have gravely imperilled the safety of the airship.


RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE MEDAL.

Mr George Ernest Long (late Royal Air Force).

For conspicuous devotion to duty on board H.M.A. R.33

Mr Long was 2nd coxswain on the airship and with other members of the crew he assisted in the lashing of the deflated gasbags Nos. 1 and 2 over the framework so as to prevent the deflation of gasbags further aft. He carried out his duties throughout the flight with exemplary coolness and skill.

Mr Long has had nearly 14 ½ years service in the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force.


AIR 30/62 (3)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air


That the undermentioned appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire be made, to be dated the 3rd June, 1925: -

To be a Knight Commander of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order: -

Air Vice-Marshal
John Frederick Andrews Higgins, C.B., D.S.O., A.F.C.,
Royal Air Force

In recognition of distinguished service as Air Officer Commanding, Inland Area, Royal Air Force and as Air Officer Commanding the Royal Air Force in Iraq.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 18th May 1925


AIR 30/62 (4)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air


That the undermentioned appointment to the Most Honourable Order of the Bath be made, to be dated the 3rd June, 1925: -

To be an Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said Most Honourable Order: -

Group Captain
John Adrian Chamier, C.M.G., D.S.O., O.B.E.,
Royal Air Force

In recognition of distinguished service in India as Group Captain, Air Staff.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 18th May 1925


AIR 30/62 (5)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air


THAT the Officers and Warrant Officers of the Royal Air Force, whose names appear on the enclosed lists, be appointed to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in the grades stated, in recognition of distinguished service.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 21st May 1925


RECOMMENDED FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE MILTARY DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Commander

Wing Commander Augustine ap Ellis

For distinguished service on Personnel Staff duties, Iraq Command.

This officer whose work has been invaluable, is tactful and intelligent and has shown untiring zeal. His services in the work of reorganisation have resulted in a real increase in efficiency combined with economy.


Officers

Squadron Leader Norman Channing Spratt.

Squadron Leader Spratt has served for over 3 years in the Directorate of Technical Development, Air Ministry, and during that period he has been responsible for the installation of all new and experimental and service machines. His duties are of an onerous nature calling for sound practical knowledge and attention to detail. He has carried out this work with unfailing energy and devotion to duty and has achieved most satisfactory results.

Flight Lieutenant Albert William Fletcher, D.F.C., A.F.C.

This officer is recommended for exceptional keenness and outstanding ability as a pilot on aircraft carrier work.

He has carried out most of the experiments and trials in connection with the inception and progress of this form of flying since the war, and his work has proved of the greatest value to the service.

Flight Lieutenant Norman Hugh Jenkins, D.F.C., D.S.M.

For consistent and marked devotion to duty. This officer has carried out very valuable work in connection with desert reconnaissance, frequently under most unfavourable weather conditions.

He is keen and untiring in his duties and is always ready to undertake any dangerous or difficult task.


Members

Flying Officer Ernest Stanford Bullen

For valuable services as Stores Officer of the Royal Air Force Unit on board H.M.S. "Argus".

He is hardworking, reliable and efficient and has performed his duties on board this aircraft carrier since 1922 with marked zeal.

Flying Officer Edwin James Newman.

For exceptional devotion to duty. This officer is capable and industrious and has carried out his duties as Stores Officer in a most efficient and praiseworthy manner.


No. 2731 Sergeant Major 1st Class Albert Edward Harbot

Sergeant Major Harbot is an exceptionally hard working, energetic and capable Warrant Officer. He is possessed of considerable zeal, is a good disciplinarian, and his personality is such as to enable him to carry through much difficult work at his unit.

He is regarded very highly, and as a man, his sportsmanlike qualities are greatly respected. His general and professional knowledge is far above the average of his rank.

His work and influence with the personnel of the unit are excellent.


No.224451 Sergeant Major 2nd Class Reuben Charles Pennicott.

This warrant officer has carried out the duties of technical Sergeant Major of No. 31 Squadron, India for 2 ½ years.

He is exceptionally efficient at his work and has kept the engines in his squadron up to a very high standard.


AIR 30/62 (6)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air


That the Rewards specified in the enclosed list be approved, in recognition of distinguished service in the Royal Air Force.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 27th May 1925

RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF THE
AIR FORCE CROSS.

Flight Lieutenant Richard Burnard Munday, D.S.C.

This officer has set a splendid example of sea flying in a ship-plane from a carrier while engaged in continuous reconnaissances under service conditions with the Fleet at sea. These exercises were carried out under conditions that were entirely novel to both pilots and observers and demanded great skill and endurance. Flight Lieutenant Munday’s example has been a great incentive to all pilots and observers, and has stimulated Naval flying.

Flight Lieutenant William Edmund Somervell.

For consistent good work with the Royal Air Force in India from January, 1924 to March, 1925. During this period he has carried out continuous flying over difficult country on the N.W. frontier. He has set a fine example to others by his keenness and devotion to duty and has contributed in a great degree to the improvement in the standard of flying in India.


RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF THE
AIR FORCE MEDAL.

No. 341498 Sergeant (Pilot) Alfred Percy Reeve.

The work of this non-commissioned officer pilot has been of an outstanding nature. He is in the unique position of being the only non-commissioned officer 1st pilot of Vickers Vernon machines in Iraq and commands his own aircraft, thus occupying a position normally held by only the most experienced officers in a Vernon squadron. He has at all times shown the greatest keenness, devotion to duty, tact, resource and initiative.


AIR 30/62 (7)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air


THAT the awards specified within be approved in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with the Royal Air Force in Waziristan.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 7th November 1925

Recommended for appointment as Companion
of the Distinguished Service Order.

Squadron Leader Arthur John Capel D.F.C.

During the operations in Waziristan, which extended from the 9th March 1925 to the 1st May 1925, this officer showed great gifts of air leadership and set a brilliant example to his squadron. He performed over 40 hours war flying which included 30 bomb raids.


Recommended for the Award of the
Distinguished Flying Cross.

Flight Lieutenant John Wakeling Baker, M.C.

This officer showed devotion to duty throughout the operations and set a high example to all ranks. He performed 69 hours war flying as a pilot, which included 35 raids.

Flight Lieutenant William Neville Cumming.

For gallantry whilst flying during the operations. This officer set a splendid example to his squadron, and performed 72 hours war flying, including 41 bomb raids.

Flying Officer Reginald Pyne.

This officer was the first pilot to carry out a night bombing raid over the difficult country of Waziristan and in all carried out 9 night raids. He later commanded the night flying flight and showed real leadership, determination and ability in maintaining its high efficiency.



Recommended for the award of the
Distinguished Flying Medal.


No. 512742? (This is page blurred, bad photo unfortunately will check on next visit to PRO) Sergeant Pilot George Edwin Campbell. No. 64631? Sergeant Pilot Ralph England Hawkins No. 7352? Sergeant Arthur Dixon Rutherford No 56779 Corporal Reginald William Richard Robins. No. 317662 Leading Aircraftman Alfred William Walmsley.


AIR 30/62 (8)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air

THAT the undermentioned promotion in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath be made, to be dated the 1st January, 1926: -

To be an Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Second Class, or Knights Commanders, of the said Most Honourable Order: -

Air Vice-Marshal
Sir William Geoffrey Hanson Salmond,
K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., p.s.c.,
Royal Air Force.

In recognition of distinguished service as Air Officer Commanding, Middle East Command, Royal Air Force, and as Air Member for Supply and Research on the Air Council.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 18th December 1925


AIR 30/62 (9)

Most Humbly submitted to Your Majesty
By
The Secretary of State for Air.


THAT the Rewards specified in the attached list be approved, in recognition of distinguished service in the Royal Air Force.

Signed Samuel Hoare
Dated 22nd December 1925


RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF THE
AIR FORCE CROSS.


Squadron Leader Arthur Coningham, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C.

For consistent meritorious service and devotion to duty. This officer commanded the flight which flew from Cairo to Nigeria and back, in October – November, 1925, a distance of 6,258 miles, mainly over dense bush country not previously traversed by aircraft, and it was due to his exceptional powers of leadership that the flight was brought to a successful conclusion.

Flight Lieutenant Leonard Graeme Maxton.

Flight Lieutenant Maxton has shown the greatest zeal and ability as a pilot in carrying out experiments of an important nature in connection with the marine side of the Royal Air Force. This officer never spares himself and his experimental flying, including launching from the trolley and from greased decks, and landing on the deck with float under-carriage, has been carried out with distinction.

Flying Officer Basil Edward Embry.

For outstanding determination and devotion to duty in flying the Vernon Ambulance in Iraq. This Officer has invariably pushed through to his objective in order to collect urgent cases of sick in spite of every imaginable difficulty and under exceptionally adverse weather conditions, and in doing so has displayed high courage and zeal in addition to the utmost skill in flying, navigation and air pilotage.


RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARD OF THE
AIR FORCE MEDAL.

No. 327067 Leading Aircraftman (Acting Corporal) Frank Stone.

This non-commissioned officer has performed 430 hours’ flying since joining No. 84 (Bombing) Squadron, ‘Iraq, in November, 1922. The irrepressible spirit and keenness invariably displayed by him under the most trying conditions have set a most valuable example to all others.

No. 11838 Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Henry Grant.

Acting Sergeant Grant also took part in the flight from Cairo to Nigeria and back, in October – November, 1925, and it was largely due to his untiring zeal and ability that the whole journey was successfully completed.


No. 87366 Sergeant (Pilot) Thomas William James Nash.

For determination and devotion to duty. Since December, 1923, this Sergeant Pilot has performed 556 hours’ flying in ‘Iraq, mostly over unmapped country and under adverse weather conditions.

His skill as a pilot is well above the average and by his keenness, especially when on detachment in the desert, he has set an excellent example to all ranks.

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