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Posted the image for others to see.

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[QUOTE=KK] Rob
Looking at the 31 sqn roster how can Lt Tilley be an adjutant AND a Flt Commander?[/

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Tilley joined the DLI in the 1890s and was in the Boer war with them.Commissioned only in 1914 he seems to be the quartermaster type.
Technically the RFC had Recording Officers rather than Adjutants.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Sep 2015 at 15:11
Originally posted by Ian Burns Ian Burns wrote:

Re; Lieutenant John William Winter

Thanks for the Record of Service Rob.

I see Winter was an observer who served with Aden Flight apparently from November 1917 to the Armistice.
He receives no mention in any of the records I have been able to locate. This is not surprising as there are no surviving operation reports (unless someone knows otherwise) just summaries. Pilots are rarely mentioned, observers even less frequently.   


l recall someone telling me they were after stuff on the RFC in the sideshows and found it buried in AIR 28 or some such high number. Speculation has it that the WW1 stuff got buried with later paperwork which wasn't released until we withdrew from the outposts of Empire.
In other words the material you are after could be in a file dated 1968.Good hunting Ian!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Sep 2015 at 16:17
AIR 28.
Wow! That opens quite a can of worms.

A very quick scan shows nothing easy to find. But the listing for AIR Division 9 provides a very useful summary of various RAF AIR collections.
Much of it outside our period but there is plenty to go at.

Back to AIR 28...
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Were the Aden Flight entitled to the 1918-1962 General Service Medal, or was their service covered by the 1914-18 War medal, or was there no entitlement ?

I ask because, if they were entitled to the General Service Medal, there will be a roll for the appropriate bar which should give you all ranks who served.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2015 at 17:15
An interesting question, that I am totally unqualified to answer.

Any opinions on the matter would be welcome.

Meanwhile. I'll google it...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2015 at 17:34
Hmm, Aden 1918-1919 does not seem to have applied. On the later campaigns in the Radfan and Withdrawal in the 1960 appear to have qualified.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NickForder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 2015 at 09:49
Is there any involvement with Z Force in Somaliland (the other side of the Gulf of Aden) in 1920 ? 

Z Force's DH9s arrived via Ark Royal, and RAF serving there received the 1902 Africa General Service Medal, with Somaliland 1920 clasp
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Z Force had 12 x DH9 (including an aerial ambulance) provided from Egypt. A temporary airfield was set up at Berbera on 1 January 1920.

Ray Beachey's 'The Warrior Mullah: The Horn Aflame 1892-1920' provides good coverage of the conflict.

Frederick Bowhill was the RAF CoS there - the man with the scary eyebrows whose picture was/is in the cafe at Hendon, and there is a Journal article on.
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