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Charles Edward Stuart b: 15 Apr 1910 r: 10 May 1959 d: 20 Aug 1966
CB – 13 Jun 1959, MiD - 31 Jan 1947.
Plt Off (P): 9 Oct 1931, Plt Off: 9 Oct 1932, Fg Off: 9 May 1933, Flt Lt: 9 May 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1946 [1 Mar 1941], (T) Gp Capt: 11 Feb 1947 [1 Jul 1944], Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1955.
29 Oct 1931 U/T Pilot, No 3 FTS.
18 Sep 1932: Pilot, No 2 Sqn.
27 May 1933: Pilot, No 28 Sqn.
24 Mar 1935: Pilot/Flight Commander, No 5 Sqn.
Flight Commander, No 15 Sqn.
7 Dec 1938: Officer Commanding, No 226 Sqn.
xx Mar 1939: Flight Commander, No 226 Sqn (post raised to Wg Cdr status?)
14 May 1940: Prisoner of War. (Stalag XIIA)
25 Jun 1940: Stalag Luft (Oberursel)
6 Apr 1941: Kreigsgefangenenlager Luftwaffe. Gr II
8 Aug 1941: Stalag Luft II – Litzmannstadt. (Lodz) Poland
18 Sep 1941: Stalag Luft II
8 Oct 1941: Oflag 4C - Colditz
xx Dec 1946: Officer Commanding, RAF Abingdon
xx xxx 1948: Officer Commanding, RAF ?. (Transport Command)
xx xxx xxxx: Air Staff, HQ Transport Command.
30 Nov 1949: Air Attaché, Warsaw.
xx xxx 1954: Operational Flying Course, RAF Flying College.
xx Mar 1954: Officer Commanding, Central Gunnery School, RAF Leconfield.
1 Oct 1955: Air Attaché, Paris.
He was on the same course at No 3 FTS as Jeffrey Quill, later to became the Supermarine chief test pilot who flew the prototype Spitfire in 1936. He was shot down during a raid on Sedan flying Battle, P2267 and taken prisoner. Unfortunately, his crew who were both killed, have no known graves. He made a number of escape attempts and at one point made it aboard a Sweden ship but the crew forced the captain to him back to the Germans.Retiring from the RAF he became a ship owner in Jersey, becoming a Lloyd's Agent in 1961 and German Consul for Jersey and Guernsey in 1966. He was killed off Alderney in a flying accident.
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