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Inspector General of the RAF 27 Nov 2014 22:18 #1

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According to Wiki: 'The Inspector-General of the RAF was a senior appointment in the Royal Air Force, responsible for the inspection of airfields'. In fact he did a lot more than this, visiting non-airfield sites and also investigating 'other problems'.

I became aware of the position when he was tasked with finding out just what was wrong with the Standard Beam Approach system. Following visits to a number of operational and training airfields he produced his report IG/273 on 27 Jan 1943, followed by a supplement on 1 March 1943 which was probably the first nail in the coffin for SBA. (TNA: AIR2/5500)

Throughout WWII the Inspector General was ACM Sir Edgar Ludlow Hewitt, previously head of Bomber Command. Later a second IG was created, being initially ACMs Sir William Gore Sutherland Mitchell, followed by Sir Arthur Murray Longmore, then Sir Philip Joubert De La Ferte (previously head of Middle East, Training and Coastal Command respectively).

The wartime HQ was at 136, Richmond Hill Richmond Surrey . (House currently with scaffolding)

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