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Air Commodore R H A Leigh (26237)

Rupert Henry Archibald            b: 14 May 1912                    r: 7 Dec 1954                     d: 1 Feb 1991

MiD - 17 Mar 1941, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD - 8 Jun 1944, MiD 1 Jan 1945.

Plt Off: 19 Dec 1931, Fg Off: 19 Jun 1933, Flt Lt: 19 Jun 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Feb 1939, Act Wg Cdr: xx Oct 1940?, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, Act Gp Capt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1944, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1950, Act A/Cdre: 5 Mar 1952?, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx 1930:            Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

19 Dec 1931:           Granted a Permanent Commission.

19 Dec 1931:           Pilot, No 57 Sqn.

 6 May 1933:           Pilot, No 810 Sqn FAA.

27 Apr 1936:           Attended Instructors' Course, Central Flying School (graded A2).

13 Jul 1936:             QFI, No 1 FTS.

16 Aug 1937:           QFI, Central Flying School.

xx Apr 1940:            Officer Commanding, No 66 Sqn. (Spitfire I)

xx Oct 1940:            Wing Commander - Training, HQ No 12 Group.

xx xxx xxxx:             

10 Dec 1941:           Wing Commander - ?, HQ No 12 Group.

18 Aug 1946:           SASO, HQ British Forces, Aden.

15 Dec 1949:           SASO, HQ No 11 (Fighter) Group.

 5 Mar 1952:            Inspector of Defences, HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe.

He represented the RAF College at Rugby, Tennis, Squash, Hockey and attained the rank of Under Officer.  A friend of Douglas Bader, he was given the task of conducting Bader's test flight having been given clearance by the Central Medical Establishment.  Conducting the test in a Harvard, equipped with toe brakes which Bader would be unable to operate with his artificial legs, Leigh operated these for him knowing that on operations Bader would be flying Spitfires or Hurricanes which were fitted with hand operated brakes.

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