Biography

Birth date: 22 November 1896
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Rushworth
Death date: 24 August 1992
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Final rank: Air Marshal
Conflict: 1074 - First World War, 1914-1918
Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Australian Flying Corps
  • No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

George Jones rose from being a private in the First World War to Chief of the Air Staff in the Second World War. He was born in Rushworth, Victoria, on 22 November 1896 to a farming family. Having left school at 14, Jones became a motor mechanic. He enlisted in the AIF in 1914, sailed for Egypt in July 1915 with the 9th Light Horse Regiment, and reached Gallipoli in September.

After Gallipoli, Jones joined the Imperial Camel Corps but transferred to the Australian Flying Corps in October 1916. He arrived in France in December 1916 and applied to become a pilot, graduating on 22 November 1917. He was badly wounded in March 1918 but by the end of the war had shot down seven German aircraft, reached the rank of captain, and been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a period in occupied Germany with No. 4 Squadron, Jones returned to Australia in June 1919.

Jones worked as a mechanic and a pilot before receiving a short service commission in the Royal Australian Air Force. For much of the next five years he was in charge of the Point Cook workshops and was responsible for air testing newly repaired aircraft. On 1 July 1923 he was promoted to flight lieutenant and was made a squadron leader. In 1926 he transferred to the Flying Training School where he was an instructor and in charge of stores. Two years later he sailed for England to attend the Royal Air Force Staff College. Jones then attended - and graduated at the top of - the flying instructor's course at the Central Flying School in Yorkshire.

He returned to Australia in October 1930 and was given command of the Flying Training Squadron at Point Cook, a job that also carried the position of Chief Flying Instructor. After two years in this position, Jones was promoted to the position of Director of Training at RAAF Headquarters. On 1 January 1936 he was promoted to wing commander and appointed Director of Personnel Services. When the Second World War began, Jones was Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. He was involved in the establishment of the Empire Air Training Scheme before gaining further promotion, to group captain. Along with this promotion came his appointment as Director of Training.

In May 1942, Jones was appointed Chief of the Air Staff and promoted to air vice marshal. At the end of the war he represented the RAAF at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. He continued to oversee RAAF operations during the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, and in Malaya.

Jones retired from the RAAF in 1952 and was knighted in March 1954. Upon retiring he took up the position of Director of Coordination with the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. He retired, aged 60, in 1957 but continued to serve on the board of Ansett Transport Industries, a position he held for almost twenty years from 1951. He died in Melbourne in August 1992.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 August 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Photograph

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Australian delegates at the Japanese surrender ceremony on board USS Missouri. Left to right: (back row) Captain J. Balfour; Lieutenant Colonel D. H. Dwyer; Air Vice Marshal G. Jones; Lieutenant General F. H. Berryman; Commodore J. A. Collins. Front row: Rear Admiral G. Moore; General Sir Thomas...

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1942-10-08. IN THIS GROUP "SOMEWHERE IN NEW GUINEA" ARE (LEFT TO RIGHT) GENERAL BLAMEY: AN AUSTRALIAN GENERAL: MR DRAKEFORD AND AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1942-10-08. IN THIS GROUP "SOMEWHERE IN NEW GUINEA", ARE LEFT TO RIGHT GENERAL BLAMEY; AN AUSTRALIAN GENERAL MR DRAKEFORD AND AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1942-10-08. ON THE LEFT OF THIS PICTURE IS MR A.B. CORBETT, DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR CIVIL AVIATION. NEXT TO HIM IS MR A.S. DRAKEFORD, MINISTER FOR AIR, AND ON THE EXTREME RIGHT (FACING CAMERA), AIR VICE MARSHAL GEORGE JONES, CHIEF OF AIR STAFF. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1942-10-08. AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES; MR DRAKEFORD (MINISTER FOR AIR), AND MR COLES, M.H.R., WITH A GROUP OF PAPUAN NATIVES. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1942-10-08. AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES; AIR MINISTER MR DRAKEFORD, AND MR COLES, M.H.R. ARE INTERESTED IN NATIVE WALKING STOCKS. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1942-10-08. PART OF THE VISITING CONVOY ON THE TOUR, IN THE LEADING CAR IS AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1942-05-12. AIR VICE-MARSHAL G. JONES, D.F.C. NEW CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN AIR STAFF (LEFT) WITH AIR VICE-MARSHAL W.D. BOSTOCK RAAF, CHIEF OF STAFF TO LIEUT.-GENERAL GEORGE H. BRETT (CENTRE) AND AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR CHARLES BURNETT (RIGHT) FORMER CHIEF OF AUSTRALIAN AIR STAFF.

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1942-05-12. AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES, D.F.C., NEW CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE.

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1942-05-12. AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES, D.F.C., NEW CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE (LEFT) BRING CONGRATULATED BY AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR CHARLES BURNETT, FORMER CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE.

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LAVERTON, VICTORIA, 1950. GENERAL KENNY USAF (1) AND AIR MARSHAL JONES (2) DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE RAAF STATION AT LAVERTON.

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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-27. AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES, CB, CBE, DFC, RAAF, TAKING THE SALUTE DURING THE SECOND VICTORY LOAN MARCH.

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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-27. A FLIGHT OF ROYAL AIR FORCE PERSONNEL PARTICIPATING IN THE SECOND VICTORY LOAN MARCH THROUGH THE CITY. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES, CB, CBE, DFC, RAAF.

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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-27. RAAF GROUND STAFF PARTICIPATING IN THE SECOND VICTORY LOAN MARCH THROUGH THE CITY. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES, CB, CBE, DFC, RAAF.

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SYDNEY, NSW. 1945-01-29. THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, (6), SHAKES HANDS WITH GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (4), AND MEETS SENIOR OFFICIALS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MR C W FROST, MP, (1); SENATOR D CAMERON, (2); DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER, (5);...

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SYDNEY, NSW. 1945-01-29. THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, (5) ACCOMPANIED BY THE DUCHESS, (6), RECEIVES GREETINGS FROM SENIOR OFFICIALS DURING THEIR VISIT. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SENATOR D CAMERON (1); GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (2), MR F M...

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Portrait of Air Marshal George Jones, RAAF.

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LAVERTON, VIC. 1945-11-25. LEFT TO RIGHT: ADMIRAL SIR LOUIS HAMILTON RN, CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN NAVAL STAFF; AIR MARSHALL SIR GEORGE JONES RAAF, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF; LIEUTENANT GENERAL VERNON A. H. STURDEE, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING (GOC) FIRST AUSTRALIAN ARMY; AND MAJOR GENERAL J. NORTHCOTT,...

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Laverton, Victoria. 1945-11-25. A group of senior officers awaiting the arrival at RAAF Base, Laverton, of Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff. From the left are, Admiral Sir Louis Hamilton, RN, Chief of the Australian Naval Staff; Air Marshal Sir George Jones, Chief...

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LAVERTON, VIC. 1945-11-25. FIELD MARSHAL LORD ALANBROOKE, CHIEF OF THE IMPERIAL GENERAL STAFF (LEFT) AND AIR MARSHALL SIR GEORGE JONES RAAF, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF. THE FIELD MARSHAL HAD JUST ARRIVED AT THE RAAF BASE. (PHOTOGRAPHER CPL N. B. STUCKEY)

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LEFT TO RIGHT: COMMODORE J. A. COLLINS, RAN (PARTLY OBSCURED); AIR VICE MARSHALL W. D. BOSTOCK, RAAF; GENERAL SIR T. A. BLAMEY; AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES, RAAF AND LIEUTENANT GENERAL G. H. BERRYMAN ABOARD USS MISSOURI PRIOR TO THE SURRENDER CEREMONY. (PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTAIN J. C. GOODCHILD)

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The Australian delegation after the surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan. Left to right: Air Vice Marshal W. D. Bostock; Commodore J. A. Collins; Rear Admiral G. Moore; General Sir T. A. Blamey; Air Vice Marshal G. Jones; Lieutenant General F. H. Berryman; Captain J....

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POINT COOK, VIC. 1942-06-24. AIR VICE MARSHAL GEORGE JONES CB CBE DFC, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, RAAF, PRESENTING "WINGS" TO LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN T. J. HOGAN, A GRADUATE OF NO. 1 FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL, RAAF.

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. BUILDINGS IN YOKOHAMA DESTROYED BY AMERICAN BOMBS. PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY WING COMMANDER ROBIN LAURIE OF ADELAIDE, SA, WHO WENT TO JAPAN FOR THE SIGNING OF THE SURRENDER AS STAFF OFFICER TO THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES.

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. FIVE JAPANESE POLICEMEN, PHOTOGRAPHED BY WING COMMANDER ROBIN LAURIE OF ADELAIDE, SA. HE ACCOMPANIED THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES TO TOKYO FOR THE SIGNING OF THE JAPANESE SURRENDER.

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY WING COMMANDER ROBIN LAURIE OF ADELAIDE, SA, WHO ACCOMPANIED THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES TO TOKYO FOR THE SIGNING OF THE JAPANESE SURRENDER DOCUMENTS, SHOWS A JAPANESE TUG WHICH LED THE WARSHIP, GENERAL STURGIS,...

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. A GROUP PORTRAIT TAKEN A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL (AVM) GEORGE JONES HAD SET FOOT ON JAPANESE SOIL AT YOKOHAMA, WITH THE USS WARSHIP GENERAL STURGIS IN THE BACKGROUND. AVM JONES IS SECOND FROM THE RIGHT, WHILE SECOND FROM THE...

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. THE RUINS OF JAPANESE BUILDINGS DESTROYED BY INCENDIARY BOMBS FROM ALLIED BOMBING. THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN BY WING COMMANDER ROBIN LAURIE OF ADELAIDE, SA, DURING HIS VISIT TO JAPAN AS STAFF OFFICER TO THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES...

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. THE RUINS OF JAPANESE BUILDINGS DESTROYED BY INCENDIARY BOMBS FROM ALLIED BOMBING. THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN BY WING COMMANDER R. LAURIE OF ADELAIDE, SA, DURING HIS VISIT TO JAPAN AS STAFF OFFICER TO THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL GEORGE JONES FOR...

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. WRECKED JAPANESE AIRCRAFT ON ATSUGI AIRFIELD GREETED MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL ALLIED PARTY WHEN THEY LANDED THERE FOR THE SIGNING OF THE JAPANESE SURRENDER. THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN BY WING COMMANDER R. LAURIE OF ADELAIDE, SA, WHO ACCOMPANIED THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR...

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EN ROUTE TO YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. A GROUP OF ALLIED OFFICIALS ABOARD THE WARSHIP USS GENERAL STURGIS ON THEIR WAY TO JAPAN TO TAKE PART IN THE OFFICIAL SURRENDER ABOARD USS MISSOURI. THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES, IS SEATED ON THE EXTREME LEFT, WITH...

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EN ROUTE TO YOKOHAMA, JAPAN. C. 1945-09. A GROUP OF ALLIED OFFICIALS ABOARD THE WARSHIP USS GENERAL STURGIS ON THEIR WAY TO JAPAN TO TAKE PART IN THE OFFICIAL SURRENDER ABOARD USS MISSOURI. THE RAAF'S CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GEORGE JONES, IS SEATED ON THE EXTREME LEFT, WITH...

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE-MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC (RIGHT) INSPECTING A BEAUFREIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF NO. 10 COMMUNICATION UNIT RAAF AT PIVA AIRFIELD WITH 260772 SQUADRON LEADER PHIL ASHTON, JUNEE, NSW. THE BEAUFREIGHTER IS A BEAUFORT BOMBER...

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE-MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC (RIGHT) QUESTIONS RAAF FITTER 22111 CORPORAL R. H. BALL OF BRISBANE, QLD, WHILE HE WORKS ON AN AUSTRALIAN BOOMERANG AIRCRAFT OF NO. 5 (TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE) SQUADRON RAAF AT PIVA...

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE-MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC (CENTRE) INSPECTS PILOTS OF NO. 5 (TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE) SQUADRON RAAF. 469 SQUADRON LEADER BEAU PALMER, BRISBANE, QLD, AND 53 GROUP CAPTAIN W. L. HELY, MELBOURNE, VIC (EXTREME LEFT),...

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE-MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC (CENTRE) TALKS WITH BOOMERANG PILOT 406960 FLIGHT LIEUTENANT HARRY GRIFFITHS OF MOSMAN, NSW (LEFT), WHO HAS PILOTED AIRCRAFT AT MALAYA AND SINGAPORE. ALSO SHOWN ARE GROUP CAPTAIN W. L....

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE-MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC DRIVING A JEEP DURING HIS TOUR OF INSPECTION OF RAAF UNITS AT TOROKINA. WITH HIM IS GROUP CAPTAIN W. L. HELY OF MELBOURNE, VIC, THE OFFICER COMMANDING NO. 84 (ARMY CO-OPERATION) WING...

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. WALKING ALONG THE TAXIWAY OF PIVA AIRFIELD TO INSPECT BEAUFORT AIRCRAFT AND ANSON AIRCRAFT OF NO. 10 COMMUNICATION UNIT RAAF. LEFT TO RIGHT: CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE-MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC; 53 GROUP CAPTAIN W. L. HELY, MELBOURNE, VIC;...

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McDonald, NT. 1943. Chief of Air Staff RAAF, Air Vice Marshal George Jones (facing camera) being greeted by a RAAF officer on his arrival at the RAAF base when he visited the composite RAAF/Dutch No. 18 (Netherlands East Indies) Squadron.

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NOEMFOOR, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (EXTREME LEFT), INSPECTING A BEAUFIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF NO. 30 SQUADRON RAAF. ON HIS LEFT IS AIR-COMMODORE A. H. COBBY DSO OBE DFC AND TWO BARS GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE RAAF'S MOST ADVANCED...

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NOEMFOOR, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. A GROUND CREW ENGINEER IS EXPLAINING TO THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (SECOND FROM RIGHT), THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO THE MAINPLANE OF A BEAUFIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF NO. 30 SQUADRON RAAF BY ENEMY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM BABO AERODROME,...

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KAMIRI STRIP, NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), BEING GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL AT AN ADVANCED RAAF OPERATIONAL AREA BY THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY DSO OBE DFC AND 2...

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KAMIRI STRIP, NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. PORTRAIT OF THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC, ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE CORAL AIRSTRIP OF AN ADVANCED RAAF BASE, DUTCH NEW GUINEA, FOR A VISIT TO 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE.

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KAMIRI STRIP, NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), BEING GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL AT AN ADVANCED RAAF OPERATIONAL AREA IN DUTCH NEW GUINEA BY THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY...

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MALAYA? 1950? AIR MARSHAL SIR GEORGE JONES, CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, INSPECTING A PARADE OF NO. 1 SQUADRON RAAF AND TALKING WITH SERGEANT BROOKS. (DONOR W. RAIT)

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WILLIAMTOWN, NSW. 1947. THE CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, RAAF, AIR MARSHAL SIR GEORGE JONES CB CBE DFC, INSPECTS THE GUARD OF HONOUR DURING HIS VISIT TO RAAF WILLIAMTOWN. AT LEFT IS THE OFFICER COMMANDING RAAF WILLIAMTOWN, WING COMMANDER R C CRESSWELL. (DONOR: R.C. CRESSWELL)

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WILLIAMTOWN, NSW. 1947. THE CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, RAAF, AIR MARSHAL SIR GEORGE JONES CB CBE DFC, INSPECTS THE GUARD OF HONOUR DURING HIS VISIT TO RAAF WILLIAMTOWN. LEFT OF CENTRE IS THE OFFICER COMMANDING RAAF WILLIAMTOWN, WING COMMANDER R C CRESSWELL. (DONOR: R.C. CRESSWELL)

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WILLIAMTOWN, NSW. 1947. THE CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, RAAF, AIR MARSHAL SIR GEORGE JONES CB CBE DFC, INSPECTS AIRMEN ON PARADE DURING HIS VISIT TO RAAF WILLIAMTOWN. HE IS ACCOMPANIED BY (LEFT TO RIGHT) GROUP CAPTAIN I D MCLACHLAN DFC, SQUADRON LEADER R ELLERTON, WING COMMANDER R C CRESSWELL, THE...

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Group portrait of officers of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Identified in the second row are: 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) Edward Barlow (second from left), 2Lt Henry Cobby (second from right) and Captain George Jones, commanding officer of 4 Squadron AFC (far right). Cobby was officially...

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Melbourne, Vic. 1944-10-23. On stage, Air Vice-Marshal George Jones (left), the Chief of Air Staff, RAAF, welcomes singer Miss Marjorie Lawrence at the RAAF concert held in the Melbourne Town Hall, in which she performed. In the background is the WAAAF choir which also performed in the concert.

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The photographic copy of the card issued to Air Vice Marshal George Jones CB CBE DFC, the Chief of Air Staff, RAAF, for his attendance at the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces to the Allied Powers aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

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MOROTAI ISLAND. AIR MARSHAL G. JONES GREETING AIR COMMODORE A.H. COBBY ON HIS ARRIVAL.

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MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-02-19. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (RIGHT), DISCUSSES THE PLANS FOR HIS VISIT TO THE RAAF'S MOST FORWARD OPERATIONAL AREAS WITH THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AIR COMMODORE A. H....

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MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-02-19. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), DISCUSSES THE PLANS FOR HIS VISIT TO THE RAAF'S MOST FORWARD OPERATIONAL AREAS WITH THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AIR COMMODORE A. H....

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1942-05-12. AIR VICE-MARSHAL G. JONES, D.F.C. NEW CHIEF OF THE AUSTRALIAN AIR STAFF, WITH RAAF MEMBERS OF C-IN-C ALLIED AIR FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC, LT. GENERAL BRETT'S STAFF. LEFT TO RIGHT: GROUP CAPTAIN C.S. WIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS; GROUP CAPTAIN A.L. WALTERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF...

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AUSTRALIA. 1942-05-07. AIR VICE MARSHAL GEORGE JONES, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (SEATED), WITH SENIOR RAAF OFFICERS AFTER HIS APPOINTMENT ON 1942-05-02. LEFT TO RIGHT ARE: GROUP CAPTAIN C. S. WIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS; A. L. WALTERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS; V. E. HANCOCK, ASSISTANT...

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KAMIRI STRIP, NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. GROUP PORTRAIT OF THE PARTY WHO ACCOMPANIED THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF (CAS) AND THE CREW OF THE AIRCRAFT AT AN ADVANCED RAAF BASE ON A VISIT BY THE CAS TO 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE IN DUTCH NEW GUINEA. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAS AIR VICE MARSHAL G....

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TOROKINA, BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS. 1945-02-18. CHIEF OF AIR STAFF (CAS), AIR VICE MARSHAL JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), CHATTING WITH GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, LIEUTENANT GENERAL S. G. SAVIGE, AT TOROKINA. THE CAS IS MAKING A VISIT TO ALL FORWARD OPERATIONAL AREAS.

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Private Record

Film

Interview with Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB CBE DFC ("By the Seats of Their Pants")

Interview with Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB CBE DFC conducted for documentary "By the seats of their pants".

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Dilli evacuees and Drakeford

Mr Arthur S Drakeford the Minister for Air and Civil Aviation visits air force stations in the Northern area and meets Squadron Leader Bluey Truscott and Squadron Leader Dick Creswell. Also four shots of evacuees from Dilli: Adimarr Rodsiques Der Snatos, Ida Laura Pati D'Almaida Santos, Josi...

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Tokyo surrender

On 2 September 1945 the instrument of surrender was signed by the Japanese foreign minister, Mamoru Shigemitsu, at a ceremony held on board the upper deck of the USS Missouri. Four minutes after Shigemitsu signed, General Douglas MacArthur signed, followed by the representatives of Allied countries...

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Governor General visits Point Cook air station

Newsreel item on the Governor-General, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester's visit to RAAF Central Flying School, Point Cook, Vic. The Duke, accompanied by the Duchess, was welcomed on arrival by Air Vice Marshal G Jones. The Duke inspected an RAAF guard of honour then at a parade presented a...

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RAAF march Melbourne

City march by 3,500 RAAF and WAAAF personnel staged to publisize the 2nd Victory Loan. Air Vice Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC Chief of Air Staff took the salute. The march featured airfield construction units including bulldozers and graders and a contingent of RAF led by Air Commodore Lewis.

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A Christmas message from the CAS Air Vice Marshal George Jones

Christmas greetings to RAAF units serving in forward areas in the South Weat Pacific Area by the Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal George Jones KBE, CB, CBE, DFC.

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Arrival of Air Marshal G Jones CB, CBE, DFC in Japan

On 22 July 1948 Air Marshal George Jones, Chief of Air Staff, RAAF, arrived at Iwakuni by RAAF Lincoln bomber aircraft. This particular Lincoln was all Australian-made, including the engines. This was also the first time a Lincoln bomber had landed in Japan. On his arrival A/M Jones inspected a...

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RAAF in the Philippines (South West Pacific Series No. 3)

Chief of Air Staff (CAS) O31 Air Vice Marshal (AVM) George Jones CB, CBE, DFC visits Leyte and Mindoro, Philippines. Aerial shots of islands and convoys. On arrival the CAS is met by O34 Air Commodore Ulex Edward Ewart. Scenes of RAAF personnel playing Volley Ball, old Spanish fort in the...

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Manuscript

Jones, George, Sir (Air Marshal, KBE, DFC, CB)

Autobiographical memoir covering early life, experience with Light Horse and Flying Corps during WW1, subsequent career with RAAF between WW1 and WW2, role during WW2 and conflicts in Korea and Malaya, the Berlin Airlift, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. For a later version see Mss1027.

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Sound

(O31; 10) Jones, George (Air Marshal)

Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC (Rtd) as Director of Training, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), 1940-1942 and Chief of the Air Staff Royal Australian Air Force, 1942-1952, interviewed by Joyce Thomson

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Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC discusses his service in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Australian Flying Corp (AFC) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1915-1952, in an interview with Frank Marshall

Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC discusses his service in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), Australian Flying Corp (AFC) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1915-1952, in an interview with Frank Marshall. A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1896-11-22 Rushworth, VIC.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1914 Enlisted with the AIF.
Date of embarkation 1915-07 Sailed for Eygpt with the 9th Light Horse Regiment.
Date of embarkation 1915-08-20
Other 1915-09 Arrived at Gallipoli.
Other 1916-10 Transferred to Australian Flying Corps.
Other 1916-12 Arrived in France and applied to become a pilot.
Other 1917-11-22 Graduated as a pilot.
Date wounded 1918-03 Wounded.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919
Date of honour or award 1919-04-05 Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1921-08-24 Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Date promoted 1923-07 Promoted to flight lieutenant and and was made a squadron leader.
Other 1926 Transferred to the Flying Training School where he was in charge of stores and an instructor.
Other 1928 Sailed for England to attend the Royal Air Force Staff College.
Date returned to Australia 1930 Appointed in command of the Flying Training Squadron at Point Cook and given the position of Chief Flying Instructor.
Other 1932 Appointed Director of Training at RAAF Headquarters.
Date promoted 1936-01-01 Promoted to wing commander and appointed Director of Personnel Services.
Date of honour or award 1942-01-01 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Date promoted 1942-05 Appointed Chief of Air Staff and promoted to air vice marshal, later air marshal.
Date of honour or award 1943-06-02 Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).
Other 1952 Appointed as Director of Coordination with the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.
Other 1952 Retired from the RAAF.
Date of honour or award 1953-01-01 Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).
Other 1957 Retired as Director of Coordination with the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.
Date of death 1992-08-24 Melbourne, VIC.