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Air Vice Marshal R Harrison


Richard                        b: 29 Jun 1893                      r: 25 Apr 1946                     d: 18 May 1974

CB - 8 Jun 1944, CBE - 1 Jan 1943, DFC - 8 Feb 1919, AFC - 3 Jun 1935, MiD - 23 Mar 1928, MiD - 15 Mar 1929, MiD - 1 Jan 1941, MiD - 17 Mar 1941, CdG (F) - 21 Sep 1918.

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(Army):- (T) 2 Lt (P): 7 Jul 1916, Lt: xx xxx xxxx.

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 30 Jun 1922, Sqn Ldr: 5 Mar 1930, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1936, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1940, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, (T) A/Cdre: 15 Jul 1941, Gp Capt: 14 Apr 1942 [1 Jan 1940], Act AVM: 27 Feb 1943, (T) AVM: 1 Dec 1943, AVM: Retained.

 7 Jul 1916:              Officer, Hampshire Regiment.

21 Apr 1917:            Transferred to the General List, RFC

21 Apr 1917:            Flying Officer, RFC.

28 Feb 1920:            Pilot, No 14 Sqn. (Bristol F2B)

 7 Apr 1924:             QFI, RAF (Cadet) College, Cranwell.

12 Aug 1924:            QFI, No 2 FTS.

12 Feb 1926:            Flight Commander, No 30 Sqn. (DH9A)

22 Jan 1929:             QFI, CFS

29 Apr 1930:            Officer Commanding, No 17 Sqn. (Bulldog)

14 Nov 1931:           Squadron Commander, Central Flying School.

22 Feb 1935:            Adjutant, RAF Depot, Middle East.

 3 Mar 1937:            Officer Commanding, No 78 Sqn. (Heyford, Whitley)

 7 Dec 1940:            SASO, HQ No 1 (Bomber) Group

15 Jan 1942:            Deputy SASO, HQ Bomber Command.

27 Feb 1943:            AOC, No 3 (Bomber) Group.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

"Lt. (A./'Capt.) Richard Harrison. (FRANCE)

Owing to his skill and initiative this officer has been able to obtain most valuable information which has proved of the greatest assistance to our advance, notably on 29th October, when he carried out a reconnaissance to clear up the situation in a certain area. This information was urgently required.  Flying at an extremely low altitude, Captain Harrison not only succeeded in locating our troops and those of the enemy, but he also obtained an accurate estimate of their respective strength. He further observed and reported the position of six enemy batteries in action, which were in consequence successfully engaged by our artillery."

(London Gazette - 8 February 1919)

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