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RIDLEY, Gp Capt Leslie R (1907-1982)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Ridley
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: RIDLEY, Gp Capt Leslie R (1907-1982)
Date(s): Created 1945
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1907; educated at City of Norwich School; joined RAF as a signals apprentice, 1922; served with No 99 Sqn, Brize Norton, 1925; Instructor, Ovetta Signals School, India, 1926; designed and supervised installation of first Indian Intercommmand Wireless Station, Ambala, 1927; member of Air India Signals Staff, Simla and Delhi, 1930; served with No 28 Sqn, 1932, and No 58 Sqn, 1933; in charge of RAF Direction Finding Organisation and Lecturer in Direction Finding for School of Air Navigation, Andover, 1935; joined team of scientists engaged in developing radar, 1936, and specialised in aerial systems and transmitters; appointed to command a new radar station at Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk, 1939; in technical command of radar stations in Biggin Hill area, 1940; Officer Commanding 75 Wing, Keston, Kent, 1941; Wg Cdr Radar (Ground), Air Ministry, 1942; Wing Cdr Radar (Air), Air Ministry, 1943; Senior Staff Officer, 72 Wing HQ, Mons, Belgium, 1945; commanded 72 Wing HQ, Bonn, Germany, 1946; Staff Officer in command of Administration, 90 Group HQ, Medmenham, Berkshire, 1947; Head of Radio 6, Air Ministry, 1948; Command Radio Officer, Middle East Air Force HQ, Abu Swer, Egypt, 1949; Station Commander, RAF Chigwell, 1952; joined Ministry of Supply as Assistant Director of Electronics, 1954; retired, 1957; died in 1982.


Scope and content/abstract:

'The history of 72 Wing', May 1944-Sep 1945, concerning the Wing's role in providing radar navigational and bombing aids for British and American forces during the Allied invasion of North West Europe, written in Oct 1945.

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 entry on-line at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1983.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 1997

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