Official: War and Air: Organisation of the Air Force: correspondence and papers.

Reference code: CHAR 16/1

Part of: CHAR 16
Next record: CHAR 16/2

Date: 13 Dec 1918 - 16 Sep 1919


Correspondents include: General Sir William Robertson, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the Forces in Great Britain (2); Sir Arthur Duckham; Brigadier-General William Alexander, Controller of Aircraft Supply and Production; Brigadier-General [John Steel], Director of Air Division, Admiralty; General Sir Henry Wilson, Chief of Imperial General Staff; Major-General Frederick Sykes, Chief of the Air Staff [until February 1919] (2); Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air]; Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard, Chief of the Air Staff [from February 1919] (2); 7th Lord Londonderry [earlier Lord Castlereagh].

Also includes copy letter from WSC to Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty], and War and Air memoranda, notes, and minutes.

Subjects include: air strength; the air defence of Great Britain; the reorganisation of the Air Ministry and the Air Council; aircraft production; the future development of aviation; relations and co-operation between the services; changes to air force ranks; appointments to and the constitution of the Air Council; the role of civil aviation.

Also includes: RAF statistics; conference and commission papers; diagrams of the structure of the Air Ministry.




Other details



Physical: 1 bound file (121 folios)
Publication: Alternative format:
Original Reference: Language:

Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 16/1/45-50 Copy of a letter from WSC to [Walter] Long [later Lord Long, First Lord of the Admiralty] marked "most secret" on subjects including: his intentions toward the Royal Air Force and the Army; the independence of the Air Force and Air Ministry; proposals to enhance the the character of the air force with unique ranks and titles; organisation of the Air Council and proposed appointments. 08 Feb 1919