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Herbert Spreckley

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Air Marshall Sir Herbert Spreckley (c1905-1963)

1963 Obituary [1]

Air Marshal Sir Herbert Spreckley, K.B.E., C.B., R.A.F.ret. (Member), who died recently aged 58, retired in February 1962 as the Controller of Engineering and Equipment at the Air Ministry.

At the time of his death he was military adviser to Smiths Aviation Division.

Sir Herbert entered the Royal Air Force as an apprentice in 1921, won a scholarship to Cranwell, and was commissioned in 1925. His principal interest was in air armaments which he was concerned with in various capacities from 1932 until 1947. He was later Commandant of the R.A.F. Technical College, Henlow, and became Director General of Technical Services in 1954.

A Member of this Institution since 1955, Sir Herbert served on the Membership Committee, where his invaluable advice and friendship were of great benefit to his colleagues.

He was also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Governor of the Royal Aeronautical College, Cranfield.

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