W Timming (1965 - 1966)


The second Commander of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was Colonel W Timming. He took over from Colonel Kahtz on 23 November, 1965. Born on 4 October, 1912, Colonel Timming, like his predecessor, was also a veteran of the Second World War. He came to Nigeria as part of the GAF Assistance Group (GAFAG) and helped to lay the foundation of the NAF under Colonel Kahtz. He continued where Kahtz stopped, until 18 January 1966 when the GAFAG withdrew from Nigeria. Although, he headed the NAF for barely 3 months, as part of the GAFAG, his role in the formation and nurturing of the NAF is indelible.