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Air Commodore E L G Le Dieu (21178)

Ernest Laurence Geoffrey        

b: 24 Mar 1905                                              r: 9 Sep 1962                                              d: 4-7 Apr 1981

CBE 7 Jun 1951 (OBE 1 Jan 1947), MiD 1 Jan 1943, MiD 1 Jan 1946,

(RAF): - Plt Off (P): 3 Dec 1927, Fg Off: 3 Dec 1928, Flt Lt: 3 Dec 1934, Sqn Ldr: 1 Feb 1939, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jun 1941, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1948, Act A/Cdre: 19 Aug 1957, A/Cdre: 1 Sep 1960.

3 Dec 1927:                 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the Accountant Branch

17 Jan 1928:                Accountant Officer, RAF Northolt

26 Aug 1929:              Attached, RAF Duxford

18 Oct 1929:               Accountant Officer, Night Flying Flight.

xx xxx 1930?               Accountant Officer, Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flight

xx xxx xxxx:                 Supernumerary?

 8 Dec 1932:                Accountant Officer, No 8 Sqn (Aden)

xx xxx xxxx:                 Supernumerary

10 Jun 1935:                Accountant Officer, Administrative Wing, RAF Cranwell

14 Oct 1936:                Accountant Officer, RAF Cranwell

20 Jan 1939:                Officer Commanding?, School of Clerks Accounting

xx xxx xxxx:                 Accountant Officer, No 14 SFTS, RAF Kinloss

20 Apr 1940:               Accountant Officer, RAF Kinloss

27 May 1940:              Accountant Officer, No 19 OTU, RAF Kinloss

3 Jun 1940:                  Accountant Officer, HQ Bomber Command.

xx Dec 1944:                Deputy Base Accountant Officer

28 Apr 1945:               Accountant Officer, HQ Mediterranean Allied Air Forces

11 Oct 1945:               Accountant Officer, HQ RAF Mediterranean and Middle East

29 Jul 1947:                Accountant Officer, HQ Fighter Command

26 Jul 1948:                 Senior Officer i/c Administration, HQ No 41 (Maintenance) Group

 8 Feb 1951:                Deputy Director of Personal Services

xx Jul 1951:                 Deputy Director of Personal Services (A)

26 Jan 1954:                Deputy Director Financial Services, HQ Allied Forces Central Europe

19 Aug 1957:               Director of Personal Services (B)

18 Jul 1960:                 Air Commodore - Organisation, HQ Maintenance Command

He was last seen alive on 4 April and he was found dead on 7 April 1981.

Citation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire

"LE DIEU, Ernest Laurence Geoffrey, Wing Commander (21178, Royal Air Force) Mediterranean and Middle East Headquarters

For three years prior to the war, he was in charge of the Accountant Officers Courses, and Lecturer on Accounts at RAF College, Cranwell.  He was later appointed to the staff of the Commander Account Headquarters, Bomber Command.  In December 1944, he was made Deputy Base Accountant Officer at El Cedida and in March 1946 was appointed to the staff of the Command Headquarters.  In all these appointments, he has done excellent work exercising very successfully his powers of organization and control of staff.  He has a great capacity for hard work and takes an active interest in the welfare of all personnel serving with him."

(Source: London Gazette - 1 January 1947)

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