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Air Commodore E B Grenfell


Eric Blake                    b: 21 Oct 1891                 r: 22 Oct 1944                     d: xx Sep 1972

AFC - 4 Jun 1921.

(Army):- 2 Lt: 29 Aug 1914, (T) Lt: 27 Sep 1914, Lt: 19 Dec 1914, Capt: 27 Jan 1917.

(RAF):- Capt: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919, Sqn Ldr: 13 Nov 1929, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1936, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1939, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: Retained.

29 Aug 1914:           Officer, 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

15 Aug 1916:            Pilot, RFC.

11 Apr 1917:            Flight Commander, No ? Sqn. RFC.

 1 Aug 1919:            Awarded Permanent Commission as a Captain  

25 Mar 1920:            Staff, Air Pilotage School.

16 Dec 1920:            Flight Commander, No 47 Sqn.

24 Apr 1922:            Officer, No 2 Armoured Car Companies.

30 Sep 1924:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

30 Mar 1925:            Flight Commander, No 9 Sqn.

24 Aug 1925:            Attended Armament and Gunnery School.

6 Apr 1926:              Staff, Directorate of Training.

20 Oct 1928:            Flight Commander, No 100 Sqn.

12 Sep 1929:            Flight Commander, No 99 Sqn.

30 Aug 1931:            Armament Officer, HQ No 10 Group.

 1 Feb 1932:             Armament Officer, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.

 1 Mar 1933:             Flight Commander, No 9 Sqn.

28 Sep 1934:            Staff, RAF Calafrana.

 1 May 1936:            Armament Officer, HQ RAF Mediterranean.

 1 Mar 1939:            Supernumerary, No 1 RAF Depot

 1 May 1939:            Officer Commanding, RAF Cottesmore.

 8 Apr 1940:             Officer Commanding, RAF Cottesmore/No 14 OTU

12 Jul 1941:              Officer Commanding, RAF Newton.

xx Aug 1944:

He was awarded his RAeC Certificate, No 4199, on 15 August 1916.  On 15 April 1921, he suffered slight burns when a smoke bomb ignited in flight whilst he was flying DH9A, E8598.

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