Catalogue description Ministry of Defence: Papers of R V Jones, Director of Scientific Intelligence

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Reference: DEFE 40
Title: Ministry of Defence: Papers of R V Jones, Director of Scientific Intelligence

During the Second World War R V Jones was Assistant Director of Intelligence (Air) and in 1946 he became director; consequently the papers in this series mainly concern German radio direction finding equipment, long range rockets and pilotless aircraft (Operation CROSSBOW) as well as later technical intelligence, conference, visits and research.The series also includes several files relating to his work on the development of axial flow engines, 1953-1954.

Date: 1939-1954
Related material:

Further Jones' papers may be in AIR 20/1622-1731. Other Director of Scientific Intelligence files can be found in:

AIR 40

Directorate of Scientific Intelligence files in: DEFE 21


Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Reginald Victor Jones, 1911-1997

Physical description: 42 file(s)
Publication note:

For further information read RV Jones, Most Secret War: British Scientific Intelligence 1939-1945 (London, 1978).

Administrative / biographical background:

Reginald Victor Jones CB, CBE, FRS, born 29 Sept 1911, left Oxford after gaining MA DPhil and joined the Air Ministry in 1936 as a Scientific Officer. Between 1938-1939 he was seconded to the Admiralty but returned to the Air Ministry as a member of the Air Staff. he became Assistant director of Intelligence (Air) in 1941 and in 1946 he became Director. Between 1952-1953 he was Director of Scientific Intelligence in the Ministry of Defence. He died on 17 December 1997.

Throughout his career he was a member and chairman of various committees and advisory panels on scientific subjects, defence and safety.

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