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Robert Andre b:
15 Apr 1913
d: 15 Jul 1959
– 10 Jun 1954, DSO - 2 Apr 1943.
Off: 1 Jul 1934?
Plt Off: 1
Oct 1935 [1 Jul 1934], Fg Off: 1 Apr
1936 [1 Jan 1936], Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1938
[1 Jan 1938], Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1939,
(T) Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1941, Act Gp Capt:
1 Sep 1943, Wg Cdr (WS): 1 Mar 1944,
1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1
Jan 1951, Act A/Cdre: xx Aug 1956, A/Cdre:
1 Jul 1957, Act AVM: 1 Jan 1959, AVM:
Flight Cadet, Oxford University Air Sqn.
Graduate Entrant, RAF College.
Granted Permanent Commission in the rank of Pilot Officer.
Pilot, No 58 Sqn.
Attached HQ Iraq for language training
Air Liaison Officer, Basrah.
Officer Commanding, No 77 Sqn.
Attended RAF Staff College.
Deputy Director of Organisation (Establishments)
Oct 1944 :
Group Captain - Organisation, HQ Transport Command.
Officer Commanding, Oxford University Air Sqn.
Directing Staff, Joint Services Staff College.
Group Captain - Plans, HQ 2nd TAF.
CFI, RAF Flying College.
Sector Commander, Eastern Sector.
Attended Imperial Defence College.
AOC, No 12 Group.
Entered the RAF from University College, Oxford,
where he had been a member of the University Air Squadron.
Having been awarded the DSO for operations with No 77 Squadron, he was
shot down by a Ju88 night fighter over France on 3 December 1942, whilst flying
with Sqn Ldr J G G Walkington in Halifax W7916 of No 102 Squadron.
Three of the crew were killed , three became POWs and two, including Wg
Cdr Embling, with the help of the French Resistance managed to evade capture and
returned to Britain the following March.
He was killed on 15 July 1959 when the Meteor he was
piloting crashed on the runway at RAF Leconfield in Yorkshire.
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order
"Wing Commander John Robert Andr6 EMBLING (36035), No. 77 Squadron.
In December, 1942, Wing Commander Embling captained an aircraft engaged on an operational mission. In hazardous circumstances his courage, fortitude and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Air Force."
(London Gazette - 2 April 1943)
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