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Air Marshal Sir Harold Lydford (07216)


H T Lydford - 1918Harold Thomas            b: 7 May 1898                    r: 16 Apr 1956                     d: 20 Sep 1979

KBE - 1 Jan 1954 (CBE - 1 Jan 1945), CB - 1 Jan 1948, AFC - 3 Jun 1919, LoM (Cdr) - 15 Jul 1947.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army):- (P) 2 Lt: 22 Nov 1916, Lt: 1 Sep 1917.

(RAF):- Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Act Capt: 15 Aug 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918] Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1924, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1932, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1940, Gp Capt (WS): 1 Jan 1942, Act A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1941?, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jun 1942, Gp Capt: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Apr 1942], Act AVM: 12 Mar 1945, AVM: 1 Jul 1947, Act AM: 1 Oct 1952, AM: 1 Jan 1953.

22 Nov 1916:         Flying Officer, RFC Special Reserve.

xx xxx xxxx:            Staff, Tadcaster Mobile Disposal Sqn.

24 Oct 1919:           Awarded Short Service Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (Aeroplane). 

17 May 1920:         QFI, No 1 FTS.

17 Dec 1920:         Awarded Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (wef 24 Oct 1919)

20 May 1921:        QFI, No 4 FTS.

26 Sep 1922:          Pilot, No 208 Sqn. (Constantinople)

 1 Apr 1924:            QFI, No 4 FTS.

30 Oct 1925:           QFI, No 2 FTS.

14 May 1928:          Air Staff, HQ Fighting Area.

 8 Jan 1929:             PA to AOC in C, ADGB.

18 Jan 1932:            Attended RAF Staff College.

17 Jan 1933:            Air Staff, HQ British Forces in Iraq.

 7 Apr 1935:            CFI, No 6 FTS.

20 Mar 1936:          Chief Flying Instructor, RAF College.

11 Nov 1937:          Staff, Department of the Inspector-General of the RAF.

6 Sep 1938:             Supernumerary, HQ No 6 (Auxiliary) Group.

19 Oct 1938:           Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of Peace Organisation.

xx xxx 1939:            Staff, Deputy Directorate of Organisation. (changed Dec 39-Apr 40)

xx xxx xxxx:             Deputy Director of Organisation (2) (appointed between Jul 40 and Jul 41)

xx xxx 1941:            Director of Organisation. (moved on before Jul 42)

xx xxx 1942             Member, RAF Delegation - Washington DC.

xx Sep 1944:            AOC, No 28 Group.

12 Mar 1945:           AOC, British Forces - Aden

30 Jun 1948:            Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment.

 1 Nov 1950:           AOC, No 18 Group/Air Officer Scotland

 1 Oct 1952:            AOC in C, Home Command.

He gained RAeC Certificate 7294 on 22 November 1916.

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