Commandant : Air Commodore C. A H Longcroft CMG DSO AFC Graduation Reviewing Officer CM Sir Hugh Trenchard Bart KCB DSO ADC
21-2 Entry February 1921 - December 1922
Apthorp Dudley A Plymouth College
Berridge Thomas B Plymouth College
Carter North A Wellington
Carter Ronald B Dartmouth
Cator Francis A Dartmouth B
Gillmore VyVyan B St Bees
Goldsmid Francis B Imperial Service College
Harris Frederick B King William College, I. of M.
Jordan Richard A Marlborough
Lewes Richard B Rugby
Lywood Ralph A Cheltenham
Newall John B Dartmouth
Nuttall Frank A University S., Hastings
Opie William B Redruth C.G.S.
Randle George A Hull G.S.
(* Graduates in bold)
Died 7 July 1922 Avro 504k F8747 in collision with Avro 504k H2364 piloted by Francis Cator a fellow Flight Cadet who was injured.
The aviation career of Bill Opie was a legend in RAF circles. He joined the RFC on 26th November1917 at the humble rank of "Boy" and soon became Aircraftman 2nd Class (a trainee rigger age 15). During The Great War he went to France at the very earliest opportunity at age 17. He joined the February intake of cadets to the College in 1922.
By the close of his career in 1959 at age 58 he had attained the rank of Air Vice Marshal. That may be a unique attainment from the ranks of the WW1 R.F.C.
AVM Bill Opie CB CBE
During his active flying career he flew Tiger Moths, SE5s, Bristol Fighters, Audax, Wapiti Hart Hector Lysander and Blenheim aircraft.