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Air Commodore H A Fenton (27127)


Harold Arthur               b: 19 Feb 1909                       r: xx xxx xxxx                       d: 11 Dec 1995

CBE - 1 Jan 1946, DSO – 16 Feb 1943, DFC – 28 Jul 1942, MiD - 11 Jun 1942, MiD – 1 Jan 1945 .

(RAF): Plt Off (P): 14 Sep 1928, Plt Off : 14 Sep 1929, Fg Off : 14 Mar 1930,

(RAFO): Fg Off : 14 Sep 1933, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1937 [1 Apr 1936], (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Jun 1940, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1941, Act Gp Capt: 29 Nov 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 29 Mar 1943, Act A/Cdre:26 Apr 1945, Gp Capt (WS): 26 Oct 1945, A/Cdre:Retained, Sqn Ldr: 8 Jan 1952.

14 Sep 1928:           Appointed to a Short Service Commission

14 Sep 1928:           Initial Officer Training, RAF Depot.

 1 Oct 1928            U/T Pilot, No 5 FTS

 3 Sep 1929:           Pilot, No 4 Sqn

 7 Aug 1930            Pilot, No 5 Sqn

12 Apr 1933:          Supernumerary, RAF Depot (pending transfer to RAFO?)

14 Sep 1933:          Transferred to the RAFO, Class A

xx xxx 1939:           Recalled to service

xx xxx xxxx:            Officer Commanding, No 238 Sqn.

29 Nov 1942:         Officer Commanding, No ? Wing.

xx xxx 1943:           Officer Commanding, RAF Kenley

17 Jun 1943:           Air Staff, HQ 2nd Tactical Air Force

26 Apr 1945           SASO, No 83 (Composite) Group

18 Mar 1946:         Resigned his commission in the RAFO

 8 Jan 1952:            Appointed to a commission in the RAFO (5 years)

 8 Jan 1957:            Relinquished his commission in the RAFO

He was born at Gallegos in Patagonia, Argentine.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

“Wing Commander Harold Arthur FENTON  (27127).

'This officer has led his wing successfully on many sorties. One day in .May, 1942, he encountered 15 enemy bombers escorted by an equal number of fighters.  Wing Commander Fenton, with two other pilots, immediately attacked the bombers and delivered four attacks, before his own aircraft was hit by fire from an enemy fighter.  Wing Commander Fenton's windscreen became covered in oil but he was able to return to base where he made a safe landing.  This officer is a  fine leader who inspires much confidence in others.”

(London Gazette – 28 July 1942)

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