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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Collier
COLLIER, AVM Sir (Alfred) Conrad (1895-1986)
Created 1968-1969
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Collier, Sir, (Alfred) Conrad, 1895-1986, Knight, Air Vice Marshal
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1895; educated at Sherborne School; 2nd Lt, 9 King's Own (Royal Lancashire) Regt, 1914; joined Royal Flying Corps, 1915; served in France, 1915; POW, 1915-1918; served in Northern Russia, 1919; served on the Control Commission in Austria and Hungary, 1920-1922; Air Adviser to the Estonian Army, 1928; studied at RAF Staff College, 1931; commanded No 12 (Bomber) Sqn, 1934; Air Attaché, Moscow, 1934-1937; Deputy Director of Plans, Air Ministry, 1938; Senior Air Staff Officer, Advanced Air Striking Force, France, 1940; Director of Allied Air Cooperation, Air Ministry, 1940; Head of Air Section, British Military Mission to Moscow, 1941; Air Officer in charge of Administration, Army HQ, India, 1942-1943; Deputy Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Transport Command, 1943-1945; Air Officer Commanding No 3 Group, Bomber Command, 1946; AVM, 1946; Director General of Technical Services, Ministry of Civil Aviation, 1946-1947; Controller of Technical and Operational Services, Ministry of Civil Aviation, 1947-1948; died in 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Carbon copies presented in the Centre by Collier in 1982 and photocopies made by the Centre in 1982 from originals loaned by Collier.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence relating to Collier's work as Air Attaché in Moscow, 1934-1937, and as Head of the Air Section of the British Military Mission to Moscow, 1941, with particular reference to the role of Brig Gen Philip R Faymonville, United States Army, Military Attaché and later Lend-Lease Administrator in Moscow, 1934-1943, in relations between the USA and the USSR during the period 1918-1943, consisting of photocopies of letters to Collier from Lt Col Thomas A Julian, Associate Professor of History at the USAF Academy and carbon copies of Collier's replies, dated 1968-1969.

System of arrangement

1 file

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
Related units of description

The Public Record Office holds an account of his World War One experiences, 1914-1920, written as a Staff College assignment, 1931 (AIR 1/2392/228/11/181).

Publication note
The Public Record Office holds an account of his World War One experiences, 1914-1920, written as a Staff College assignment, 1931 (AIR 1/2392/228/11/181).



Decorations: KCB, 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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  • Armed forces
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign aid
  • Foreign relations
  • International cooperation
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Military missions
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security

Personal names

  • Collier, Sir, Alfred Conrad, 1895-1986, Knight, Air Vice Marshal
  • Faymonville, Philip R, fl 1918-1943, US Brigadier General, Lend-Lease administrator in Moscow
  • Julian, Thomas A, fl 1968-1969, US Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force
  • US Air Force
  • US Army


  • Moscow, Russian Federation, Eastern Europe
  • Soviet Union
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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