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b: 22 Mar 1919
r: 29 Jul 1975
d: 1 Dec 1996
– 2 Jun 1973, CBE - 1 Jan 1963, DSO – 24 Dec 1943, DFC
– 11 Apr 1941, Bar – 29 Sep 1942, AE.
(RAFVR): Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off (P): 11 Apr 1940, Fg Off: 11 Apr 1941, Flt Lt (WS): 11 Apr 1942, Act Sqn Ldr: xx Sep 1942, Act Wg Cdr: 4 Jun 1943, Sqn Ldr (WS): 4 Dec 1943,
Lt: 28 Feb 1947 [1 Sep 1945]1, Sqn Ldr:
1 Aug 1947, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1954, Gp
Capt: 1 Jul 1959, A/Cdre: 1 Jan
1964, AVM: 1 Jul 1967, AM: 1 Jan 1973.
xx xxx 1937: U/T Pilot, RAFVR
Sergeant Pilot, No 615 (County of Surrey) Sqn Aux AF.
xx Apr 1940: Attended No 5 OTU.
Pilot, No 615 (County of Surrey) Sqn.
Pilot, No 242 Sqn.
Flight Commander, No 610 Sqn.
21 Aug 1941: Evading and Interned in Spain
xx Dec 1941: Returned to UK
Flight Commander, No 610 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 181 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 121 Wing.
xx Oct 1943: Liaison Officer, HQ USAAF.
Staff, Directorate of Operational Requirements.
Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (retaining
rank current at the time).
Officer Commanding, No 6 Sqn. (Tempest/Vampire)
Oct 1950: Personal Staff Officer to AOC in C, Fighter Command.
xxx 1952: Wing Commander - Flying, RAF Odiham.
xxx 1954: Directing Staff, RAF Staff College - Bracknell.
xxx 1957: Attended/Instructor, RAF Flying College - RAF Manby.
Jan 1958: Air Staff - Plans, HQ Fighter Command.
Oct 1959: Group Captain - Operations, Central Fighter Establishment.
Officer Commanding, RAF Leconfield.
AOC, RAF Hong Kong.
Director of Operational Requirements (1).
Nov 1967: Air Attaché, Washington/Commander, RAF Staff - BJSM.
AOC, No 38 Group.
AOC, No 46 Group.
UK Permanent Military Deputy, CENTO.
French, 242 returned to Coltishall and it was here
that it received it's most famous CO, Douglas Bader. Whilst commanding the squadron, Bader usually flew with
'Crow' as his No 2.
However, during his operational career he achieved a score of four confirmed and
two shared destroyed, one probable and one shared, three damaged and one shared.
However, during his operational career he achieved a score of four confirmed and two shared destroyed, one probable and one shared, three damaged and one shared.
Recovered from his eye problems he was awarded a
permanent commission in the rank of Squadron Leader and was given command of No 6 Squadron in Palestine equipped
with Tempest F6's. Two years later
the squadron was re-equipped with Vampires and was selected to carry out trials
into the operations of jets from sand strips.
For these trials, No 6 was detached to RAF Mafraq in Jordan and as a
result it was found that it was possible to operate from this type of strip
providing regular maintenance was carried out to the surface but that permanent
operations of jets from them would not be possible.
Appointed to RAF Odiham as OC Flying, he arrived
during the preparations for the Queen's Coronation Review which was to be held
at the base on 15 July 1953. His
part in the flypast was to lead the Meteor contingent drawn from nine fighter
Wings, he himself leading at the head of the Tangmere Wing.
Retiring at his own request, he took up the post of Controller of
the RAF Benevolent Fund, which he held for six years. From 3 August 1979 he was a Gentleman usher of the Scarlet Rod.
He held this post until 1985 when he became the Registrar and Secretary
of the Order of the Bath until 14 August 1990. In 1992 he was Master
of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators.
In 1992 he was Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators.
Citation for the award of the Distinguished
“Pilot Officer Dennis CROWLEY-MILLING (78274). Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve, No.242 Squadron.
officer has participated in numerous engagements against the enemy over a long
period and has shown a fine spirit throughout. On one occasion he pursued a
Junkers 88 out to sea and, although his aircraft was severely damaged by a
cannon shell early in the pursuit, he continued his attack until the enemy
aircraft was on fire and disappeared into cloud 40 miles out at sea.
He has displayed great courage and initiative, and has destroyed at least
four enemy aircraft.”
(London Gazette – 11 April 1941)
Citation for the award
of the Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross
" Flight Lieutenant Dennis CROWLEY-MILLING D.F.C. (78274), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 610 Squadron.
being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in March, 1941, this officer has
completed many more sorties over enemy, occupied territory and has destroyed at
least 1 hostile aircraft. This officer; whose courage and skill have set a
splendid example, has always displayed outstanding keenness to inflict losses on
(London Gazette - 29
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