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  Air Marshal Sir Alan Lees


Alan                             b: 23 May 1895                    r: 26 Nov 1949                    d: 14 Aug 1973

KCB - 1 Jan 1946 (CB - 2 Jun 1943), CBE - 11 Jun 1942, DSO - 21 Dec 1937, AFC - 3 Jun 1930, MiD - 18 Feb 1938, MiD - 14 Jun 1938, MiD - 17 Mar 1941, MiD - 24 Sep 1941, MiD - 1 Jan 1943, ON (GO) - 27 Mar 1945.  

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army): - 2 Lt: 11 Nov 1914, Lt: 26 Mar 1916, ( T) Capt: 1 Jul 1916,

(RAF): - Capt: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1924, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1932, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1937, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1940, Act AVM: 1 Sep 1941, A/Cdre: 1 Mar 1942, (T) AVM: 1 Dec 1942, AVM: 1 Dec 1944, Act AM: 8 Apr 1944, AM: 1 Jul 1947.

xx xxx xxxx:         Attended RMA Sandhurst

11 Nov 1914:         Officer, Royal West Kent Regiment

xx xxx 1915:           Observer, No ? Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:           U/T Pilot, No ? Reserve Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:           Pilot, No ? Sqn

 1 Jul 1916:            'B' Flight Commander, No 54 Sqn RFC. (Pup Western Front)  

4 Mar 1917:           Wounded and taken Prisoner

13 May 1919:        Staff, RAF Depot.

28 Oct 1919:   Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (effective from 1 Aug)

 9 Jan 1922:           Staff, Aeroplane Experimental Establishment.

13 Mar 1922:        Attended Flying Instructors' Course, CFS

 1 Jul 1922:            QFI, No 1 FTS.

14 Sep 1923:         Flight Commander, No 45 Sqn. (Vernon - Hinaidi)

 5 Jan 1927:           Flight Commander, No 9 Sqn. (Virginia Manston)

 7 Feb 1928:          Officer Commanding, No 56 Sqn. (Siskin IIIA North Weald)

 1 Jan 1931:           Staff, RAF Training Base, Leuchars.

10 Dec 1932:         Officer Commanding, No 1 (Indian Wing) Station, Kohat.

31 Jan 1938:          Officer Commanding, RAF Driffield.

30 Sep 1939:         Group Captain - ?, HQ Bomber Command.

 1 Jul 1940:            Air Commodore -?, HQ Bomber Command.

17 Dec 1941:         AOC, No 2 Group.

 1 Dec 1942:          AOC, No 222 (General Reconnaissance) Group.

 8 Apr 1944:          AOA, HQ Air Command South-East Asia.

xx Aug 1945:          Planning the post-war Reserve and Auxiliary Forces

20 May 1946:        AOC in C, Reserve Command.  

He was awarded RAeC Certificate 1314 on 9 June 1915.

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