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CADELL, Air Cdre Colin Simpson (1905-1996)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Cadell
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: CADELL, Air Cdre Colin Simpson (1905-1996)
Date(s): 1997
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Cadell | Coliln Simpson | 1905-1996 | Air Commodore


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1905; educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University, RAF College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire and Ecole Supérieur d'Électricité, Paris, France; commissioned into the RAF, 1926; served with 4 Sqn, RAF Farnborough, 1927-1929; service with 208 Sqn, Heliopolis, Egypt, 1929-1931; attended Ecole Supérieur d'Électricité, Paris, France, 1932-1933; Flight Lt, 1933; served with 2 Sqn, RAF Manston, Kent, 1933-1934; Aide de Camp to Sir Miles Wedderburn Lampson, Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, 1934-1936; service with 45 Sqn, Helwan, Egypt, 1936; Senior Technical Officer, RAF Signals School, Cranwell, Lincolnshire, 1936-1937; Sqn Ldr, 1937; student at RAF Staff College, 1 (Bomber) Group, Andover, Hampshire, 1937-1938; Operations Branch, Air Ministry, 1938-1940; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; employed on the 'Beetle Scheme', the establishment of a nationwide combined services communications network, 1940; Wg Cdr Operations, 80 Wing, RAF Countermeasures Unit, Radlett, Hertfordshire, 1940-1941; Deputy Director of Intelligence 4, Intelligence Department, London, 1941-1943; involved in the development of the intelligence listening station at Chicksands, Bedfordshire, 1941-1943; Chief Signals Officer, Middle East, Cairo, Egypt, 1943; Director of Telecommunications and of Signals, Air Ministry, 1944-1946; awarded CBE, 1944; RAF Turnhouse, Lothian, 1946-1947; retired, 1947; Managing Director, International Aeradio, 1947-1958; Director, Carron Company, 1958-1971; Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, 1963-1969; Deputy Lieutenant, Linlithgowshire, 1963-1972; Chairman, Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee, 1972-1982; Vice Lieutenant for West Lothian, 1972-1988; Member of Queen's Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers); died 1996.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript memoir by Cadell, edited by his son Ian V Cadell in 1997, relating to his RAF career, 1925-1945, including details of the establishment of 80 Wing, RAF Countermeasures Unit, 1940, the establishment of the intelligence listening station, Chicksands, Bedfordshire, 1941-1943, and Cadell's role in the development of radar, 1939-1940.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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.

Finding aids:

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre in 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 1999

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