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Bostock, William Dowling (1892-1968)

Bostock was chief of staff of the Allied air forces in the Southwest Pacific under Brett. The command arrangements proved cumbersome and  Kenney tried to improve matters by having Bostock assigned as commander of a newly-created RAAF Command, with operational control of air forces operating in Australia (except Queensland) and the Netherlands East Indies. This arrangement was little better and was marked by poor relations and Bostock and the chief of the Air Staff, Sir George Jones. However, it remained unchanged throughout the war.

Bostock was regarded as a highly intelligent officer, and Kenney said of him that he "looked gruff and tough . . . but he impressed me as being honest and I believed that, if he would work for me at all, he would be loyal to me." Postwar he became a special aviation correspondent to the Melbourne Herald, writing several articles scathing in their criticism of the wartime command arrangement. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1949 and served nine years.

Service record

1892-2-5     

Born at Sydney
1914-11-23     
Private
Enlists in 1 Australian Imperial Force
1916-4
Sergeant     
Anzac Mounted Division
1917-2-18
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned in Royal Flying Corps Special Reserve
1917-8

48 Squadron, France
1919-10-22

Retires
1921-9-14
Flying officer
Recalled to active duty in Royal Australian Air Force and assigned to 1 Flying Training School
1926

Royal Air Force Staff College, Andover, England
1929-12
Squadron leader
Director of training, RAAF
1931-11

Commander, 3 Squadron
1934
Wing commander

1936

Exchanged to England
1938

Director, Operations and Intelligence
1938-9
Group captain

1939-9

Deputy chief of the Air Staff
1940-6
Air commodore

1941-10-1
Air vice marshal

1942-5-2

Chief of staff, Allied Air Forces, Southwest Pacific Area
1942

Commander, RAAF Command
1946-4-19

Retires
1949

Elected a Member of the House of Representatives
1968-4-28

Dies at Benalla

References

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online (accessed 2008-3-17)

Morison (1950)



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