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The Papers of Group Captain Hugh Williamson

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WLMN

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises unpublished memoirs, articles and other papers relating to Group Captain Williamson’s service in both World Wars and the inter-war period.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1974

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

Hugh Williamson was born in 1885 the son of Andrew Williamson. He entered the Royal Navy in 1900 and was in the Submarine Service, 1906-12. In 1911 he qualified as a pilot and in 1913 transferred to the Naval Air Service. In 1915 he was Personal Assistant to the Director of Air Services and in 1916 Air Adviser to Admiralty Staff. In 1918 he transferred to the RAF and was appointed to command No. 18 Group RAF In 1919 he was seconded to the Admiralty to write the Manual of Maritime Air Operations. In 1928 Williamson retired from the RAF and rejoined in 1939 when he was in command of RAF Station Calshot and in 1941 of Pembroke Dock Air Station. He went to the Air Ministry in 1943 and reverted to the Retired List the same year. Williamson died in 1979.


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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Group Captain Williamson deposited the first of his papers at Churchill Archives Centre in 1969 and further papers were deposited in 1973.

Related Materials

The papers of Captain Stephen Roskill (ref. GBR/0014/ROSK) are also held at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2005. Information was obtained from the original catalogue of the papers (1982).


Williamson, Hugh Alexander, 1885-1979, Group Captain

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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