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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Downey
DOWNEY, AVM John Chegwyn Thomas (b 1920)
1983, 2002
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Downey, John Cheywyn Thomas, b 1920, Air Vice Marshal

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1920; educated Whitgift School; entered Royal Air Force 1939; served in Coastal Command, World War Two, 1939-1945; anti U-boat operations, 1945; Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough, 1956-1958; commanded Bomber Command Development Unit, 1959-1960; head of North East Defence Secretariat, Cyprus, 1960-1962; Command, RAF Farnborough, 1962-1964; a Director of Operational Requirements (RAF), Ministry of Defence, 1965-1967; Imperial Defence College, 1968; Commandant, RAF College of Air Warfare, Manby, 1969; Commander, Southern Maritime Air Region, 1969-1971; Air Vice Marshal, 1970; Senior RAF Member, Royal College of Defence Studies, 1972-1974; Deputy Controller of Aircraft (C), Ministry of Defence, 1974-1975; retired 1975.

Publications: Management in the Armed Forces: an anatomy of the military profession (London: McGraw-Hill, 1977).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by AVM Downey, August 2005

Content & structure

Scope and content

Three articles by Air Vice Marshal John Downey: 'The ageing of deterrence', reprinted from The year book of world affairs , 1983; 'The West against terrorism', at, April 2002; 'The Third World versus the West', at, August 2002.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: CB, DFC, AFC

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

July 2007

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  • Crime
  • International relations
  • Terrorism

Personal names

  • Downey, John Cheywyn Thomas, b 1920, Air Vice Marshal
  • Downey, John Cheywyn Thomas, b 1920, Air Vice Marshal

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