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Wallace Hart b: 22 Jan 1910 r: 9 Nov 1968 d: 31 Jan 1988
1 Jan 1966 (KCB - 1 Jan 1960, CB 1 Jan 1953), KCVO
5 Aug 1977 [26 Mar 1977], CBE - 1 Jan 1946, DSO 26 Oct 1945, DFC
2 May 1941, KStJ - 26 Feb
1976, ADC, MiD
- 11 Jun 1942, MiD - 14 Jan 1944, MiD 1 Jan 1945, MiD
4 Jun 1945, Hon DTech (Western Australia Inst of Tech) - 1979, Hon
LL.D (University of Western Australia) - 1980.
Plt Off:12 Dec
1929, Fg Off: 14 Jun 1931, Flt
Lt: 14 Jun 1935, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul
1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1940, (T) Gp Capt:
1 Jul 1943, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct
1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre:
1 Jul 1952, Act AVM: 14 Jan 1955,
AVM: 1 Jul 1955, Act AM: 20 Sep 1959,
AM: 1 Jan 1961, ACM: 1 Jan 1964.
xx xxx 1928: Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.
14 Dec 1929: Appointed to a Permanent Commission
14 Dec 1929: Pilot, No 17 Sqn.
2 Jul 1931: Pilot, No 442 (Fleet Spotter Recce) Flight FAA.
12 Aug 1932: Supernumerary, RAF Depot.
2 May 1933: Pilot, No 820 Sqn FAA
23 Jul - 20 Oct 1934: Attended Flying Instructor's Course, Central Flying School (graded A2)
22 Oct 1934: QFI, RAF College Cranwell
3 Apr 1936: Exchange posting, RAAF
25 Jun 1938: Squadron Commander, No 3 Flying Training School - RAF South Cerney.
17 Jul 1939: Air Staff, HQ Training Command
27 May 1940: Air Staff, HQ Flying Training Command.
xx xxx 1940: Various posts in Bomber Command.
xx xxx 1940?: Officer Commanding, No 139 Sqn.
xx xxx 1942: Officer Commanding, RAF Marham.
7 Mar 1944: Officer Commanding, RAF Downham Market.
9 Oct 1944: Air Staff, HQ Bomber Command.
xx xxx 1945: Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.
16 Oct 1948: Air Staff - Air Plans, HQ RAF Mediterranean & Middle East/MEAF.
Apr 1949: Appointed
ADC to the King.
10 Jun 1952 31 Jul 1956: ADC to The Queen. (effective from 6 Feb 1952)
Assistant Commandant, RAF College - Cranwell.
30 Jun 1952: Director of Operational Requirements (A).
14 Jan 1955: AOC, Air HQ - Malaya.
1 Sep 1957: Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Requirements).
29 Sep 1959: AOC in C, Technical Training Command.
2 Mar 1962: Vice Chief of the Air Staff
19 Feb 1965: AOC in C, Bomber Command
12 Aug 1966 - 9 Nov 1968: Air ADC to The Queen
30 Apr 1968: AOC in C, Strike Command.
Born in Western Australia where he received his early education at Guildford School before entering the RAF College at Cranwell, which he represented at Cricket, Squash and Tennis and where he attained the rank of Flight Cadet Corporal.
From 1975 to 1980 he was the Governor of Western Australia. In 1995, his widow renamed the South Wing of the RAF Benevolent Fund's Princess Marina House in Sussex, the 'Kyle Wing' in Sir Wallace's honour. Sir Wallace had been the first chairman of the home.
Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying
Commander Wallace Hart KYLE (26141), No.139 Squadron.
April, 1941, this officer led an attack against Ijmuiden Iron and Steel Works.
In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and interference from a patrol of
Messerschmitt l09's, he dropped his bombs on the target from a height of 50
feet. The enemy fighters followed
Wing Commander Kyle out to sea, but, by his skilful flying, he forced them to
break off the attack. The operation
was an outstanding success. He has
now completed a number of successful operational missions and his resolute
determination and leadership have been largely responsible for the high standard
of efficiency in his squadron.
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