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The Papers of Air Commodore Francis Banks

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FROB

Scope and Contents

Papers and photographs mainly relating to Bank's career in aviation.


  • Creation: 1908 - 1988


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 her prior permission and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Francis Rodwell Banks was born 22 March 1898, son of late Bernard Rodwell and Frances Emily Banks. In 1925 he married Christine Constance Grant Langlands, with whom he had two daughters. Banks was educated at Christ’s College.

Banks served in the First and Second World Wars: 1914-1919 in the Navy and 1939-1946 in the RAF. Between the two wars he specialised in the development of aviation engines and their fuels with The Associated Ethyl Company (a company which was responsible for the production, research and development of aero engines, including gas turbines, at Ministry of Aircraft Production, during the Second World War). Banks was Principal Director of Engine Research and Development, Ministry of Supply (1952-1953); Director of the Bristol Aeroplane Company (1954-1959); Director of Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd (1954-59), then worked as an Engineering Consultant. He died in 1985.

Banks wrote various technical papers on aviation engines and their fuels and his memoir "I Kept No Diary" (1978 with a 2nd revised edition in 1983).


7 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The catalogue is available on the Janus website; at the National Register of Archives, London; and at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre between 1983 and 2007.


The collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2002 using information from Who Was Who (A and C Black). The collection was catalogued by Madelin Terrazas, December 2009.


Banks, Francis Rodwell, 1898-1985, Air Commodore

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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