Collection BEARNE - BEARNE, AVM Guy (1908-2005)

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BEARNE, AVM Guy (1908-2005)


  • [1980]-1985 (Creation)

Level of description



2 files

Scope and content

Copy of detailed memoir, 'From air to chair', covering his RAF career, 1929-1961, including sections on his RAF training, bomber squadron service, 1930-1933, armament training and duties, 1933-1944 and service in Iraq, 1937-1939, Bomber Command, 1939-1940, the Air Ministry, 1940, 1947-1949 and 1954-1956, Malaya, 1946, Joint Services Staff College, 1947, Central Gunnery School, 1949-1951, Rhodesian Air Training Group, 1951-1953 and Technical Training Command, 1956-1961, written in 1985. Copy of chapter of personal family history giving an account of his father, Lt Col Lewis Collinwood Bearne, during the period 1878-1918, including his service in the Boer War and World War One, [1980-1985].

System of arrangement

2 files.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1908; commissioned into RAF, 1929; served in various bomber squadrons, 1930-1933; attended specialist armament course, 1933; armament duties, 1934-1944; served in Iraq, 1937-1939; Bomber Command, RAF, 1939-1940 and 1944-1945; Air Ministry, 1940-1942; Flying Training Command, RAF, 1942-1944; Staff Officer in charge of administration, RAF Malaya, 1946; Joint Services Staff College, 1947; Deputy Director of Organisation (Projects), Air Ministry, 1947-1949; Commander, Central Gunnery School, 1949-1951; Senior Air Staff Officer, Rhodesian Air Training Group, 1951-1952; Air Officer Commanding, Rhodesian Air Training Group, 1953; Director of Organisation (Establishments), Air Ministry, 1954-1956; Air Officer in Charge of Administration, Technical Training Command, 1956-1961; retired, 1961; died 2005.

Custodial history

Copies made by the Centre in 1992 from originals loaned by Bearne.

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 from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related descriptions


Decorations: CB

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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