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Air Vice-Marshal C H B Blount


Charles Hubert Boulby            b: 26 Oct 1893                                                   d: 23 Oct 1940

CB - 11 Jul 1940, OBE - 3 Jun 1924, MC - 14 Nov 1916, Cwn, C - xx xxx 1918, SMMV - 2 Nov 1918, MiD - 18 Apr 1918, MiD - 30 May 1918.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army): - 2 Lt: 17 Sep 1913, Lt: 31 Oct 1914, Capt: 17 Mar 1916, (T) Maj: 26 Jun 1917.

(RAF): - (T) Maj [Capt]: 1 Apr 1918, Act Lt Col: 1 May 1919, Sqn Ldr:1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1925, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1932, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1937, AVM: 1 Jul 1939.

xx xxx xxxx:               Attended RMC Sandhurst

17 Sep 1913:               Officer, Royal West Surrey Regiment.

17 Jun 1916:                Flying Officer, RFC 

 7 Nov 1916:               Flight Commander, No 34 Sqn RFC. (BE2c, BE2e Western Front)

27 May 1917:              Acting Officer Commanding, No 34 Sqn RFC.

26 Jun 1917:                Officer Commanding, No 34 Sqn RFC/RAF. (BE2e, RE8 Western Front/Italy)

16 May 1918:               Officer Commanding, Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School

22 Nov 1918:                ?

 1 Aug 1919:           Resigned his commission in the Royal West Surrey Regiment on appointment to a Permanent Commission in the RAF.

 1 Aug 1919:                 Awarded Permanent Commission as a Major

31 Mar 1920:                Officer Commanding, No 4 Sqn. (Bristol F2B - Farnborough)

 4 May 1925:                Attended RAF Staff College.

12 Apr 1926:                Officer Commanding, No 7 Sqn. (Vimy, Virginia Bircham Newton)

30 Apr 1927:                Staff, Directorate of Operations and Intelligence.

10 Oct 1930:                Officer Commanding, No 70 Sqn. (Victoria - Hinaidi)

21 Apr 1932:                Engineering Staff, HQ Iraq Command.

10 Feb 1933:                Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 3 Apr 1933:                Commandant, School of Army Co-operation.

 6 Aug 1936:                SASO, No 2 (Bomber) Group.

xx xxx xxxx:               Temporary AOC, No 2 Group.

 2 Dec 1937:                AOC, No 2 (Bomber) Group.

25 May 1938:              AOC, No 4 (Bomber) Group.

17 Jul 1939:                 AOC, No 22 (Army Co-Operation) Group.

15 Sep 1939:               AOC, Air Component of the BEF.

xx May 1940:               AOC, No 22 (Army Co-Operation) Group.

He took part in the1922 Chanak Crisis,  his squadron flying  its aircraft off HMS Argus.   Having been one of the last to leave France in 1940 he resumed command of No 22 Group and began developing better tactical co-operation techniques with the Army.   However on 23 Oct 1940, having just taken off from Hendon on a scheduled flight to Belfast on route to discuss army co-operation exercises with GOC, Northern Ireland; his aircraft crashed on the edge of the airfield killing all but one on board.  The survivor was not Charles Blount.  

Citation for the award of the Military Cross

"Capt. Charles Hubert Boulby Blount, R. W. Surr. R. and R.F.C.

For conspicuous skill and gallantry. He has organised the contact patrol work of a new squadron, and has carried out valuable work in the air himself. On one occasion he flew for a long time at about 500 feet under heavy fire to locate a battalion which was lost."

(London Gazette - 14 November 1916)

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