Bennett & The Pathfinders
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Gp.-Capt. C. D. C. Boyce
(later Air Commodore,C.B.E.)
S.A.S.O., appointed 18. 2.43
Boyce had an illustrious career in the RAF, some details of which are given below.

source: http://www.rafweb.org, Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation

Clayton Descou Clement Boyce
        born: 19 Sep 1907
        retired: 12 Sep 1959
        died: 19 Dec 1987
CB - 1 Jan 1946, CBE - 8 Jun 1944, MiD - 11 Jun 1942, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD - 14 Jan 1944.
Plt Off: 30 Jul 1927, Fg Off: 30 Jan 1929, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1934, Sqn Ldr:: 1 Jun 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1940, Act Gp Capt: 6 Apr 1942, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 6 Oct 1942, Act A/Cdre: 8 Feb 1944, Gp Capt (WS): 8 Aug 1944, Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1944, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1953, Act AVM (pd): 15 Jan 1956, Act AVM (unpd): 7 Aug 1956 - 29 Sep 1956, Act AVM: 17 Dec 1956, AVM: Retained.

xx xxx 1925: Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.
9 Mar 1928: Pilot, No 480 (Flying Boat) Flight/ No 201 Sqn?. (Southampton)
1 Jan 1929: Pilot, Far East Flight.
5 Jan 1929: Pilot, No 205 Sqn. (Southampton)
27 Feb 1932: Pilot, No 210 Sqn. (Southampton)
1 Feb 1934: Flight Commander, No 201 Sqn. (Southampton)
28 Mar 1935: QFI, No 1 FTS.
1 Nov 1936: Flight Commander, No 166 Sqn. (Heyford)
25 Oct 1938: Personnel Staff Officer, HQ British Forces in Iraq.
xx xxx 1940: Senior Personnel Staff Officer, HQ British Forces in Iraq.
xx Aug 1941: Senior Personnel Staff Officer, AHQ Iraq.
31 Aug 1941: Officer Commanding, No 84 Sqn.
6 Apr 1942: Officer Commanding, RAF Binbrook.xx xxx 1942: Air Staff, HQ Bomber Command.
18 Feb 1943: SASO, HQ No 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group.
1945 - 46: OC, various RAF Stations