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Sir Edward Leonard Ellington

(1877—1967) air force officer


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(30 December 1887–13 June 1967) visited Australia in June–July 1938 at the invitation of the Australian government. A series of accidents involving Hawker Demon fighter bombers in late 1937 suggested that flying standards in the RAAF were inadequate, and the government sought outside advice. A former CAS (1933–37), and then Inspector-General of the RAF (1937–40), Ellington concluded that the RAAF had failed to develop plans to reinforce Singapore. This was a direct, if not entirely fair, criticism of the CAS, Air Vice-Marshal Richard Williams, who rightly responded that he had worked within the strategic guidelines for the deployment of the RAAF laid down by the government, guidelines that saw the role of the RAAF in terms of home defence. Much more damaging was Ellington's finding that the Air Board had been negligent in overseeing training standards and flying procedures, which again rebounded on Williams, as he had given himself responsibility for operational training in 1934.

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From The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Military History.


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