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Harold Alfred b: 22 Nov 1899 r: 17 Jul 1948 d: 26 Jun 1955
CBE - 2 Jun 1943 (OBE - 11 Jul 1940), DFC - 18 Nov 1919, SA2S - xx xxx 1919, MiD - 1 Jan 1943, MA.
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(RNAS):- PFO: 18 Nov 1917,
(RAF):- (T) 2 Lt : 1 Apr 1918, 2 Lt: 3 May 1918, Plt Off: 1 Aug 1919 [3 May 1918], Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1927, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1939, Act Gp Capt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1941, Act A/Cdre: 14 May 1942, Gp Capt (WS): 14 Nov 1942, Gp Capt: 23 Jan 1945 [1 Jun 1944], A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1946.
xx xxx 1917: Pilot, RNAS.
3 May 1918: Granted a Temporary Commission in the Aeroplane and Seaplane Branch
1919 Serving in Russia?
1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (gazetted 2 Dec 1919)
1920 Staff, RAF Base, Leuchars.
xx xxx 1920: Awaiting disposal, HQ India Group.
9 Apr 1920: Pilot, No 3 Sqn.
1 Apr 1921: Pilot, No 1 Sqn (Snipes - Iraq)
15 Mar 1922: Pilot, No 207 Sqn. (DH9A)
25 Sep 1922: Attended ? Course, RAE.
1 Oct 1923: Attended Long Engineering Course, Cambridge University.
29 Jun 1925: Staff/Instructor?, School of Technical Training (Men).
8 Oct 1928: Attended School of Oriental Studies.
23 Mar 1929: Air Staff - Intelligence, HQ Iraq Command.
14 Apr 1931: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
28 Sep 1931: Flight Commander, No 2 Sqn. (Atlas I)
9 Jan 1933: Staff, School of Army Co-operation.
21 Jan 1936: Attended RAF Staff College.
19 Dec 1936: Supernumerary, HQ No 6 (Auxiliary) Group.
4 Dec 1937: Officer Commanding, No 148 Sqn. (Wellesley I)
14 May 1942: AOC, No 92 Group.
4 Jan 1943: Director of Aircraft Safety
xx xxx xxxx: Director of Flying Control and Rescue.
xx xxx 1945: Commandant, RAF Regiment Depot.
Born in Sidmouth, Devon, he attended the City of London School before gaining a MA at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Joining the RNAS in 1917, he transferred to RAF on it's formation in 1918. Retired on account of medical unfitness for Air Force service.
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross
"During the months of June and July, 1919, this officer performed numerous acts of gallantry in the operations of the "Syren" Force, North Russia. His work as been characterised by care and judgment, coupled with a total disregard of personal danger. He has taken part in numerous actions against the enemy from a very low altitude, and consequently at great risk, which resulted in the infliction of heavy casualties and great damage being done to the enemy's rolling stock, ships and bridges"
(London Gazette 18 November 1919)
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