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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Rooney
ROONEY, Air Cdre William David (1921-1979)
Created 1969-1976
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1921; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; joined RAF as an Aircraftman, Jul 1940; trained as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 1940-1941; commissioned, Nov 1941; served in Anti Submarine Sqn, Coastal Command, and as an Instructor in RAF training units, 1942-1945; Flight Lt, Secretarial Branch, RAF, Sep 1945; RAF Staff College, Andover, Hampshire, 1952; Wg Cdr, 1959; Instructor, RAF Staff College, Andover, Hampshire, 1957-1960; employed in Intelligence, RAF Element, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy, 1960-1961; Wg Cdr, Administration, RAF Watton, Norfolk, 1965; Officer Commanding RAF Brampton, Technical Training Command, Huntingdonshire, 1966-1968; Gp Capt, 1969; Deputy Director, Directorate General of RAF Manning, Air Force Department, Ministry of Defence, London, 1969-1971; Director of Recruiting, RAF, Ministry of Defence, London, 1971-1973; Deputy Air Officer, Administration, Headquarters, Maintenance Command (later renamed Support Command), RAF, Andover, Hampshire, 1973-1975; Air Cdre, 1974; retired, 1976; died 1979.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1979.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript bound report by AVM William Derek Hodgkinson entitled 'The report of the Committee on the Officer structure of the RAF', Ministry of Defence, London, 7 May 1969, with bound 'Annexes to the report of the Committee on the Officer structure of the Royal Air Force', 1969. Typescript official correspondence relating to Rooney's service as Deputy Air Officer, Administration, Headquarters, Maintenance Command (later renamed Support Command), RAF, Andover, Hampshire, mostly concerning RAF pay and conditions of service, Apr 1973-Sep 1976, also letters of congratulation on his retirement from the RAF, 1976.

System of arrangement

Two volumes, two files.

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

Summary guide entry available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: OBE

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
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security

Personal names

  • Hodgkinson, William Derek, b 1917, Air Chief Marshal

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Andover, Hampshire, England
  • London, England

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