Thomas Warne-Browne

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Sir Thomas Warne-Browne
Born(1898-06-21)21 June 1898
Died 13 October 1962(1962-10-13) (aged 64)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy (1917–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–53)
Years of service 1917–53
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Maintenance Command (1949–52)
No. 43 Group (1946)
No. 22 Squadron (1934–35)
No. 811 Squadron (1933–34)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Air Marshal Sir Thomas Arthur Warne-Browne, KBE, CB, DSC (21 July 1898 – 13 October 1962) was a senior Royal Air Force officer who served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command from 1949 to 1952.

Distinguished Service Cross (United Kingdom) British medal for act of gallantry

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is a third level military decoration awarded to officers, and since 1993 ratings and other ranks, of the British Armed Forces, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and British Merchant Navy, and formerly also to officers of other Commonwealth countries.

Royal Air Force Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.

RAF Maintenance Command

RAF Maintenance Command was the Royal Air Force command which was responsible for controlling maintenance for all the United Kingdom-based units from formation on 1 April 1938 until being renamed RAF Support Command on 31 August 1973.

RAF career

Warne-Browne served with the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force in the First World War being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for a reconnaissance over Bruges and Blankenberge under heavy anti-aircraft fire in March 1918. [1] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 22 Squadron in 1934 and a Squadron Commander at No. 1 Flying Training School in 1936. [1] Later that year he became Senior Engineering Officer at RAF Gosport. [1] He also served in the Second World War as Senior Engineer Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Coastal Command from 1942 until the end of the war. [1] After the War he became Air Officer Commanding No. 43 Group and then joined the Senior Technical Staff Officer at RAF Mediterranean and Middle East in 1947 before becoming Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Maintenance Command in 1949 [2] and retiring in 1953. [3]

Royal Naval Air Service former air arm of the Royal Navy

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Bruges Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country.

Blankenberge Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

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He lived at Chilbolton near Stockbridge in Hampshire. [4]

Chilbolton village in the United Kingdom

Chilbolton is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England, near to Stockbridge. It is situated 18 miles (29 km) north of Southampton and 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Andover. Its most notable feature is the Chilbolton Observatory situated on the disused RAF Chilbolton airfield. The parish church of St Mary the Less dates back to the 12th century, on the site of an earlier wooden church. The River Test runs through Chilbolton Common.

Stockbridge, Hampshire town and civil parish in west Hampshire, England

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Hampshire County of England

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Marshal Sir Thomas Warne-Browne
  2. New A.O.C.-in-C, Maintenance Command Flight International, 20 October 1949
  3. Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. The Peerage.com
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Cyril Cooke
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command
1949–1952
Succeeded by
Sir Leslie Harvey