William Panahioty Air

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Signalman William Panahioty “Bill” Air
Life dates
04 Jun 1915 - 12 Feb 1991
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Bill Air made good use of his time posted to Bachelor’s Hall as he met his wife there. On 5 Aug 1944, shortly after the Stand Down of Special Duties was announced, he married Margaret Joan Percival from Helions Bumpstead, near Haverhill, Suffolk in St Andrews Church in that village.

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Royal Signals Support Royal Signals Support Unknown 08 Sep 1944
Bachelor's Hall Instation Royal Signals Support May 1941 April 1942
Omagh, Area 15 Royal Signals Support May 1942 Unknown
Osterley, Area 16 Royal Signals Support May 1942 Unknown
Byfield, Area 15A Royal Signals Support May 1942 Unknown
National ID
FFMT 58/3
The Royal Signals

Solicitor's clerk


Alf Ellis's diary records Bill Air was working in his Area in May 1942.

A note in the December 1942 Edition of the RSGB Bulletin records that by this date Bill Air, with the rank of Corporal, was the Clerk in charge of the Orderly Room at Coleshill, and as a result was known as "Bumph" to his colleagues,

Oswald House Cottages, Durham
Other information

Wireless amateur callsign G2FWX. The 1939 register records him being on the National Wireless Register.
He was awarded an MBE in 1976 as Secretary and Chief Executive of Leicester and District Hosiery Manufacturers Association Ltd, for services to export.


Royal Signals Stand Down Photo caption
RSGB Bulletin June 1941
Alf Elllis Diary
Newcastle Journal, 14 Aug 1944
RSGB Bulletin Dec 1942