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The Papers of Air Vice-Marshal Sydney Osborne Bufton

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BUFT

Scope and Contents

The papers are almost entirely concerned with his service career, particularly his time as Director of Bomber Operations at the Air Ministry, 1943-45. After the War, Bufton planned a book on the Combined Bomber Offensive, and a draft is preserved at BUFT 5/4. There is also a good deal of reference and research material.


  • Creation: 1922 - 1992

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

12 January 1908 - Born at Llandrindod Wells, son of J O Bufton. Educated at Dean Close School and London University Spell at Vickers as an engineering pupil 1928 - Commissioned into the R.A.F. Learnt to fly at No 4 Flying Training School in Egypt 1929 - Posted to 100 Squadron at Bicester 1939 - Was on staff duties at the Air Ministry, when posted to the R.A.F.'s Advanced Air Striking Component supporting the British Expeditionary Force in France. 17 June 1940 - Returned to Britain July 1940 - Posted to No 10 Squadron at R.A.F. Leeming (Whiteley Bombers) 1940 - Awarded the DFC April 1941 - Posted to No 76 Squadron (Halifax Bombers) June 1941 - Commander of R.A.F. Station Pocklington November 1941 - Deputy Director of Bombing Operation at the Air Ministry March 1943 - Director of Bombing Operations at the Air Ministry 1943 - Married Susan Browne July 1945 - Posted to command the R.A.F. in Egypt 1945 - Appointed CB 1946 - Took the Imperial Defence College course December 1946 - Took charge of the tactics wing of the Central Bomber Establishment November 1948 - Appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations/Plans) Air Forces Western Europe January 1951 - Became Director of weapons at the Air Ministry 1952 - Responsible for administration at Bomber Command 1953 - Appointed to command all British forces in the Aden Protectorate 1955 - Became Senior Air Staff Officer at Bomber Command 1958 - Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) 1961 - Retired from the R.A.F. Became managing director of Radionic Products 1967 - Served as High Sheriff of Radnorshire 1970 - Elected a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society


36 archive box(es)

2 rolled item(s) (2 rolls)

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The papers have been arranged in six series: educational papers, log books, wartime papers, post-war papers, personal correspondence, diaries and memoirs, and photographs.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and paper copies of the catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers of Air Vice-Marshal Sydney Bufton were given to the Churchill Archives Centre by his widow, Mrs Susan Bufton in July 1993.

Related Materials

Bufton also recorded an oral history interview, at GBR/0014/CHOH 3.


This catalogue was compiled by Jonathan Draper, September 1995 and converted by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in October 2002.


Bufton, Sydney Osborne, 1908-1993, Air Vice-Marshal

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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