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Air Vice Marshal R S Blucke


AVM Robert Stewart Blucke, AOC 1 Group inspecting personnel at a Bomber Command airfield during 1945

AVM Robert Stewart Blucke, AOC 1 Group inspecting personnel at a Bomber Command airfield during 1945

Photo courtesy - Norman Hood

Robert Stewart             b: 22 Jun 1897                        r: 1 Jul 1952                        d: 2 Oct 1988

CB - 1 Jan 1946, CBE - 14 Jun 1945, DSO - xx xxx 1943, AFC - 11 May 1937, Bar - 1 Jul 1941, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD – 1 Jan 1945.  

(Army): - 2 Lt (P): 9 Jan 1915, 2 Lt: 14 Dec 1915, Act Capt: 22 Apr 1917 - 2 May 1917, Lt: 1 Jul 1917,

(RAF): - (H) Lt [2 Lt]: 24 Apr 1918, Plt Off: 9 Dec 1922, Fg Off: 9 Jul 1924, Flt Lt: 10 Oct 1928, Sqn Ldr:: 1 Oct 1936, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1940, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1941, Wg Cdr: 14 Apr 1942 [1 Jan 1940], Act A/Cdre: 24 Dec 1943, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1944, Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1944, Act AVM: 12 Feb 1945, (T) AVM: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre (WS): 12 Feb 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Apr 1946, AVM: 1 Jul 1947. 

xx xxx xxxx:           Officer Cadet, OTC.

 9 Jan 1915:            Officer, 3rd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment.

22 Apr - 2 May 1917:           Acting Company Commander, Dorsetshire Regiment.

24 Apr 1918:           Observer, No 63 Sqn.

 5 Mar 1919:            Transferred to Unemployed List.

19 Dec 1922:           U/T Pilot, No 2 FTS.  

 1 Dec 1923:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 1 Mar 1924:            Staff/QFI, RAF College - Cranwell.

 5 Jan 1925:              Pilot, No 29 Sqn.

10 Jan 1927:             Attended Electrical and Wireless School.

20 Sep 1927:            Signals Officer, No 31 Sqn.

20 Nov 1929:           Signals Officer, Aircraft Depot, India.

16 Dec 1932:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

23 Mar 1933:            Staff, Anti Aircraft Co-operation Flight, Biggin Hill.

6 Jan 1934:                Signals Officer, Experimental Section, RAE.

17 Jan 1938:              Signals Staff, HQ Bomber Command.

23 May 1938:             Supernumerary, HQ No 6 (Auxiliary) Group.

 1 Jan 1939:               Supernumerary, No 6 (Bomber) Group

 3 Apr 1939:               Supernumerary, HQ No 50 (Training) Group.

 3 Sep 1939:              Air Staff, Directorate of Training. (left by Apr 1940)

17 Jun 1940:              Officer Commanding, Blind Approach Training and Development Unit.

xx Sep 1940:              Officer Commanding, Wireless Investigation Development Unit.

11 Nov 1940:             Air Staff, Directorate of Flying Training.

xx xxx 1942:               Officer Commanding, RAF Holme on Spalding Moor

24 Dec 1943:              AOC No 14 Base (Ludford Magna)

12 Feb 1945:              AOC, No 1 (Bomber) Group.

27 Nov 1946:             SASO, AHQ India.

 1 Dec 1947:               AOA, HQ Technical Training Command.

xx May 1949:             AOA, HQ Far East Air Force.

22 Jan 1951:               AOC, AHQ Malaya.

 1 Jan 1952:                AOC in C, Transport Command.

It was Sqn Ldr Blucke who flew the Heyford bomber used in Watson Watt's 'Daventry Experiment' which led to the development of Britain's radar system, which was instrumental in winning the Battle of Britain.  He was a representative of the RAF at the funeral of King George VI.  He retired at his own request.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order

“Group Captain Robert Stewart BLUCKE, A.F.C., Royal Air Force.

One night in September, 1943, Group Captain Blucke was the captain of a Lancaster aircraft detailed to attack a target at Mannheim.  During the outward flight the rear turret became unserviceable and, owing to icing, the elevator trimming gear jammed and rendered the bomber almost uncontrollable.  Assisted by another member of the crew Group Captain Blucke skilfully maintained control and proceeded to the target, which was bombed and photographed.  The aircraft was then flown safely back to base.  Group Captain Blucke has participated in a number of sorties in recent months and ,by his personal example and magnificent leadership, has produced a high standard of efficiency in the personnel at the station he commands.”

(London Gazette – 5 October 1943)

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