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Air Commodore D D'A A Greig (07114)


David D'Arcy Alexander        b: 1 Feb 1900           r: 23 Nov 1946                    d: xx Jul 1986

DFC - 28 Oct 1921, AFC - 4 Jun 1928.

(RAF):- 2 Lt: 20 Aug 1918, Plt Off: 1 Aug 1919, Fg Off: 12 Sep 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1927, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Nov 1938, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1941, Act A/Cdre: 25 Feb 1943, Gp Capt (WS): 25 Aug 1943, Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1944, A/Cdre:  Retained.

xx xxx 1918:             Flight Cadet, RFC/RAF.

20 Aug 1918:           Appointed A & S Branch, RAF.

xx xxx 1918:            Pilot, No 83 Sqn.

12 Sep 1919:           Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.

13 Feb 1920:           Awaiting disposal, HQ Mesopotamian Wing.

xx xxx 1920:            Pilot, No 6 Sqn.

14 Jan 1923:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 1 Sep 1923:            Pilot, No 24 Sqn.

 9 Jun 1924:             QFI, Central Flying School.

xx xxx 1927:            Member, RAF High Speed Flight.

11 Apr 1927:           Staff, HQ Fighting Area.

 1 May 1928:           Staff, M. A. E. E.

18 Oct 1929:           Pilot, No 9 Sqn.

29 Mar 1930:           Pilot, No 216 Sqn.

18 Jan 1932:            Staff, RAF Depot, Middle East.

 3 Oct 1933:            Adjutant, RAF Amman.

 2 Mar 1936:            Squadron Commander/CFI?, No 9 FTS

4 May 1937:            CFI, Central Flying School.

18 Nov 1938:          Officer Commanding, No 75 Sqn (Honington)

25 Feb 1943:           ? (Act A/Cdre)

On 21 September 1918, he was flying a FE2b, when he was shot down being enemy lines, but managed to evade capture and walked home through the lines, a distance of 13 miles.

Whilst an Instructor at the Central Flying School, he carried out aerobatic displays with John Boothman, where they did a mirrored falling leaf, with Boothman being inverted.  During one of these displays, Greig's aircraft fell apart in the air but fortunately he walked away from the wreckage uninjured.  He also led the CFS aerobatic team of five Genet Moths in 1927.

Selected as a member of the High Speed Flight, he later (1928) raised the World Air Speed Record to 319.57 mph in the Supermarine S5.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

"Flying Officer David D''Arcy Alexander Greig, R.A.F.

For gallantry and devotion to duty. All through the period of hostilities this officer has proved himself to be a very keen and daring pilot, and has on every possible occasion engaged the enemy from very low altitudes with excellent results."

(London Gazette - 28 October 1921)

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