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Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Wing Commander Anderson., 27 Jan 1937 - 07 Jul 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/303

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Includes notes, memoranda and correspondence by and from Wing Commander Charles Anderson [former Director of Training, Air Ministry] and commander of RAF Hucknall [Nottinghamshire], including: Anderson on RAF intake, obsolete armaments and aircraft, poor facilities, the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Sir John Steel, the difficulties arising from expansion of the RAF, a mass flight over London, German war economics, and building up the RAF Reserve; correspondence and notes by Group Captain Lachlan MacLean on the state of the RAF, including aircraft range, navigation, training, maintenance and equipment, the mass flight, German confidence, air defence and attack methods and night bombing (5); Air Vice Marshal Patrick Playfair, Commander No 3 (Bomber) Group, on the shortage of trained pilots; RAF record office memorandum on the effects of the shortage of airmen; Bomber Command analyses of flying accidents, 1936 - 7; memorandum on civilian navigation courses; memorandum on RAF staff organization; report of a visit to Germany by Squadron Leader H V Rowley and Flight Lieutenant Richard Atcherley, on their impression of the German air force and aviation industry; Air Ministry note on training centres; Stanley Goble, Air Officer Commanding No 2 (Bomber) Group; Air Commodore Arthur Tedder, Air Officer Commanding Far East, on combined operations with the Navy.Other correspondents include: Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon]; Sir Thomas Inskip [Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence, later 1st Lord Caldecote], on WSC's information and the speed of RAF development; Rosalind Culhane [Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, later Rosalind, Lady Padmore]; 4th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne] on the difference between WSC's information and that of ministers.Also includes: press cuttings, including a cutting from the Times on new equipment and air observer training, cuttings on Air Chief Marshal Sir John Steel's visit to RAF Hucknall and a cutting from the Evening Standard on the lack of speed of British aircraft; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC].Some papers were found separately and added to the file in December 1987 and January 1996.


  • Creation: 27 Jan 1937 - 07 Jul 1937

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