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Air Commodore R Grice (04033)


Richard                           b: 24 Jan 1899                      r: 23 Jan 1950                      d: 27 Sep 1954

OBE - 1 Jan 1941, DFC - 3 Jun 1919.

(Army):- (T) 2 Lt (P): 21 Jun 1917, (T) 2 Lt: 6 Sep 1917, Lt: xx xxx xxxx.

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, , (G) Capt: 1 May 1919, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1925, Sqn Ldr: 1 Oct 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Nov 1938, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1941, Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1944, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, (T) A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: Retained.

 6 Sep 1917:          Flying Officer, RFC.

1918                      Pilot, No 8 Sqn RFC/RAF

 1 May 1919:         Flight Commander

 1 Aug 1919:          Awarded Permanent Commission as a Lieutenant

 6 Sep 1919:          Pilot, No 12 Sqn.

23 Dec 1920:         Pilot, No 14 Sqn.

22 Mar 1926:         QFI, No 1 FTS.

18 Jun 1929:          Flight Commander, No 26 Sqn.

10 Mar 1931:        Personnel Staff, HQ RAF Middle East.

11 Jul 1932:           Flight Commander, No 208 Sqn.

16 Apr 1936:         Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 7 Jul 1936:            Maintenance Liaison Officer, HQ No 11 (Fighter) Group.

15 Nov 1938:        Officer Commanding, RAF Biggin Hill.

xx Oct 1946:          Officer Commanding, RAF Manston.

24 Feb 1949:          Officer Commanding, RAF Tengah.

15 Nov 1949:          

He was flying with ‘Freddie’ West on 21 April 1918 when they witnessed the shooting down of Manfred von Richthofen.

He commanded the vital Biggin Hill Sector during the Battle of Britain.  On 6 September 1940 a German raid seriously damaged the hangers and considering the remains to be too tempting a target to the Germans whilst still standing, he ordered their destruction with explosives.  For this action he was court martialed but exonerated.

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