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Air Vice Marshal F L Hopps (07160)


Frank Linden                b: 3 Dec 1894                     r: 24 Mar 1950            d: 10 Oct 1976

CB - 1 Jan 1945, CBE - 1 Jan 1943, AFC - 1 Jan 1919, MiD 1 Jan 1946, OK3 - 11 Apr 1944, CIAgrE.

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(Army):- 2 Lt: 6 Aug 1916, Lt: 6 Feb 1918.

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1924, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1932, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1940, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Gp Capt (WS): 1 May 1943,  Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1943, Act AVM: 28 Jul 1943, A/Cdre (WS): 28 Jul 1944, (T) AVM: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, AVM: 1 Jul 1947.

 6 Aug 1916:            Officer, 5th Battalion Yorkshire Light Infantry.

 7 Jun 1917:              Flying Officer, RFC.

10 Sep 1919:            Pilot, No 274 Sqn.

 2 Jun 1919:              Adjutant, No 58 Sqn (Heliopolis)

 5 Dec 1919:             Awarded Short Service Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (Aeroplane).

 1 Feb 1920:             Pilot, No 207 Sqn.

20 Sep 1920:            Test pilot, Experimental Section, R.A.E.

18 Aug 1921:            QFI, No 1 FTS.

15 Oct 1923:            Attended Pilotage (Navigation) Course, RAF Base, Calshot.

10 Dec 1924:            Staff, RAF Base Calshot.

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21 Jan 1929:             Attended RAF Staff College.

 4 Mar 1930:             Pilotage Officer, No 99 Sqn.

22 Nov 1930:           Navigation Officer, RAF Base, Singapore.

28 Feb 1934:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 5 Jul 1934:               Command Navigation Officer, HQ ADGB.

15 Jun 1937:             Officer Commanding, No 115 Sqn.

 9 Dec 1938:             Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.

25 Jan 1941:             SASO, HQ No 19 (Reconnaissance) Group.

26 May 1941:           Group Captain - Operations?, HQ Coastal Command. 

xx Sep 1942:            Officer Commanding, 'Search & Strike Force', North Russia.

28 Jul 1943:              AOC, No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group.

15 Jul 1945:              AOA, HQ British Air Forces of Occupation.

19 Aug 1947:            AOC, No 19 Group.

He was married to Cecile Cohen at St Saviour's, Alexandria Park on 31 August 1918.  From 1953 to 1968 he was Chief Executive of Agricultural Engineers Association Ltd.

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