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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Cadell
CADELL, Air Cdre Colin Simpson (1905-1996)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 item


Name of creator(s)
Cadell, Colin Simpson, 1905-1996, Air Commodore
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1905; educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University, RAF College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire and Ecole Supérieur d'Électricité, Paris, France; commissioned into the RAF, 1926; served with 4 Sqn, RAF Farnborough, 1927-1929; service with 208 Sqn, Heliopolis, Egypt, 1929-1931; attended Ecole Supérieur d'Électricité, Paris, France, 1932-1933; Flight Lt, 1933; served with 2 Sqn, RAF Manston, Kent, 1933-1934; Aide de Camp to Sir Miles Wedderburn Lampson, Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, 1934-1936; service with 45 Sqn, Helwan, Egypt, 1936; Senior Technical Officer, RAF Signals School, Cranwell, Lincolnshire, 1936-1937; Sqn Ldr, 1937; student at RAF Staff College, 1 (Bomber) Group, Andover, Hampshire, 1937-1938; Operations Branch, Air Ministry, 1938-1940; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; employed on the 'Beetle Scheme', the establishment of a nationwide combined services communications network, 1940; Wg Cdr Operations, 80 Wing, RAF Countermeasures Unit, Radlett, Hertfordshire, 1940-1941; Deputy Director of Intelligence 4, Intelligence Department, London, 1941-1943; involved in the development of the intelligence listening station at Chicksands, Bedfordshire, 1941-1943; Chief Signals Officer, Middle East, Cairo, Egypt, 1943; Director of Telecommunications and of Signals, Air Ministry, 1944-1946; awarded CBE, 1944; RAF Turnhouse, Lothian, 1946-1947; retired, 1947; Managing Director, International Aeradio, 1947-1958; Director, Carron Company, 1958-1971; Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, 1963-1969; Deputy Lieutenant, Linlithgowshire, 1963-1972; Chairman, Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee, 1972-1982; Vice Lieutenant for West Lothian, 1972-1988; Member of Queen's Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers); died 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre in 1997.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript memoir by Cadell, edited by his son Ian V Cadell in 1997, relating to his RAF career, 1925-1945, including details of the establishment of 80 Wing, RAF Countermeasures Unit, 1940, the establishment of the intelligence listening station, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, 1941-1943, and Cadell's role in the development of radar, 1939-1940.

System of arrangement

Single item

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: CBE

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Personal names

  • Cadell, Coliln Simpson, 1905-1996, Air Commodore
  • Cadell, Coliln Simpson, 1905-1996, Air Commodore

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Chicksands, Bedfordshire, England
  • London, England

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