Sydney Osborne's biographical history is set out in the following curriculum vitae:
12 January 1908 - Born at Llandrindod Wells, son of J O Bufton.
Educated at Dean Close School and London University
Spell at Vickers as an engineering pupil
1928 - Commissioned into the R.A.F.
Learnt to fly at No 4 Flying Training School in Egypt
1929 - Posted to 100 Squadron at Bicester
1939 - Was on staff duties at the Air Ministry, when posted to the R.A.F.'s Advanced Air Striking Component supporting the British Expeditionary Force in France.
17 June 1940 - Returned to Britain
July 1940 - Posted to No 10 Squadron at R.A.F. Leeming (Whiteley Bombers)
1940 - Awarded the DFC
April 1941 - Posted to No 76 Squadron (Halifax Bombers)
June 1941 - Commander of R.A.F. Station Pocklington
November 1941 - Deputy Director of Bombing Operation at the Air Ministry
March 1943 - Director of Bombing Operations at the Air Ministry
1943 - Married Susan Browne
July 1945 - Posted to command the R.A.F. in Egypt
1945 - Appointed CB
1946 - Took the Imperial Defence College course
December 1946 - Took charge of the tactics wing of the Central Bomber Establishment
November 1948 - Appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations/Plans) Air Forces Western Europe
January 1951 - Became Director of weapons at the Air Ministry
1952 - Responsible for administration at Bomber Command
1953 - Appointed to command all British forces in the Aden Protectorate
1955 - Became Senior Air Staff Officer at Bomber Command
1958 - Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence)
1961 - Retired from the R.A.F. Became managing director of Radionic Products
1967 - Served as High Sheriff of Radnorshire
1970 - Elected a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
The papers are almost entirely concerned with his service career, particularly his time as Director of Bomber Operations at the Air Ministry, 1943-45. After the War, Bufton planned a book on the Combined Bomber Offensive, and a draft is preserved at BUFT 5/4. There is also a good deal of reference and research material.
The Papers of Air Vice-Marshal Sydney Bufton were given to the Churchill Archives Centre by his widow, Mrs Susan Bufton in July 1993.
The papers have been arranged in six series: educational papers; log books; wartime papers; post-war papers; personal correspondence, diaries and memoirs, and photographs.
The collection is owned by Churchill College.