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Air Commodore R G Gardner


R G Gardner - 1915Richard Gregory            b: 14 Jan 1897                  r: 1 Feb 1946                        d: 5 Apr 1961

CBE - xx xxx xxxx, DSC - 19 Dec 1917, MiD - 24 Sep 1941.

(RN): - (T) Flt Sub-Lt (P): xx xxx 1915, (T) Flt Sub-Lt: 29 Aug 1915, (T) Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1917, Flt Cdr: 31 Dec 1917.

(RAF):- (T) Capt [Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918]; 20 Jul 1920 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1925, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1933, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1938, Act A/Cdre: 20 Mar 1942?, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1944, A/Cdre: Retained. 

xx xxx 1914:             Fusilier, Royal Fusiliers.

xx Aug 1915:              U/T Pilot, RNAS

xx xxx 1916:               U/T Pilot, RNAS Cranwell.

xx xxx xxxx:                Pilot, No 7? Sqn RNAS. (Handley Page 0/100 - Dunkirk)

 9 Sep 1919:              Transferred  to Unemployed List

20 Jul 1920:               Granted Short Service Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

31 Mar 1921:             U/T (Torpedo Course), No 210 Sqn.

30 Jan 1922:               Pilot/Flight Commander., No 210 Sqn.

 1 Apr 1923:               Officer Commanding, No 461 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA.

 7 Nov 1923:               Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant

 8 Aug 1925:               Personnel Staff, HQ Coastal Area

11 Jun 1928:               RAF Staff, HMS Vindictive.

 1 Apr 1929:               RAF Staff, HMS Courageous.

 6 Jan 1930:                Staff, Deputy Directorate of Personal Services

xx xxx xxxx:                Staff, Directorate of Postings

5 - 13 Jan 1935:          Placed on half pay list, scale A.

16 Jan 1934:               Attended RN Staff College, Greenwich.

18 Mar 1935:              Attended Senior Officer's War Course, Greenwich

xx Aug 1935:               Officer Commanding, RAF Bircham Newton.

 5 Jun 1936:                 SASO (designate), HQ RAF Mediterranean.

28 Jun 1936:                SASO, HQ RAF Mediterranean.

xx xxx 1937                 SOA, HQ RAF Mediterranean.

xx Aug 1941:               ?

20 Mar 1942:              Deputy Director of Postings.

xx xxx 1942:                Principal Deputy Director of Postings.

xx xxx 1945:                Director of Postings (Planning and Policy).

xx xxx 1946:              Special Appointment, Directorate-General of Personnel. (Ret'd)

He attended Whitgift Grammar School, from where he initially joined the Army before transferring to the RNAS.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Service Cross

"Flt. Lieut. Richard Gregory Gardner, R.N.A.S.

In recognition of the great zeal and gallantry displayed by him on the night of the 15th October, 1917, when a bombing raid . was carried out on Bruges Docks and good results obtained in spite of heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire. This officer has taken part in thirty-six bombing raids."

(London Gazette - 19 December 1917)

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