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Air Vice-Marshal  O G W G Lywood


2nd Lieutenant O S W G LywoodOswyn George William Gifford

b: 21 Aug 1895            r: 29 Mar 1946            d:  3 Feb 1957

CB 8 Jun 1944, CBE 9 Jun 1938 (OBE xx xxx xxxx), MiD 17 Jan 1915, LoM (Cdr) 5 Nov 1946.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army): - 2Lt (P): 9 Nov 1912, 2Lt: 6 Jun 1913, (T) Lt: 12 Dec 1914 Lt: 15 Apr 1915, (T) Capt: 12 Aug 1915, (T) Maj: 6 Sep 1917, (T) Capt (Norf Reg): 5 Aug 1918 1 Apr 1920.

(RAF): - (T) Maj [Capt]: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1924, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1932, Gp Capt: 1 Nov 1938, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Dec 1940, A/Cdre: 4 Jun 1942, Act AVM: 24 Oct 1942, (T) AVM: 1 Jun 1943.

 9 Nov 1912:               Officer, The Norfolk Regiment, Special Reserve of Officers, Supplementary List.

 5 Aug 1914:               Officer, The Norfolk Regiment.

 5 Aug 1914:                Flying Officer, RFC

12 Aug 1915:               Flight Commander, No ? Sqn RFC

23 Aug 1917:               Special Appointment (Graded as Equipment Officer 1st Class)

 6 Sep 1917:                Officer Commanding, No 9 Aircraft Acceptance Park

1 Aug 1919:                 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Captain (Technical Branch)

15 Mar 1920:               Technical Staff, HQ No 29 (Fleet) Group.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

15 Apr 1921:               Staff, Aircraft Park, India.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 1 May 1924:               Air Staff (Signals), HQ Inland Area.

26 Feb 1930:               Staff Officer, Signals Branch.

 1 Oct 1934:                 Chief Signals Officer, HQ Coastal Area.

 1 May 1936:               Chief Signals Officer, HQ Coastal Command.

14 May 1937:              Chairman, W/T Board.

26 Nov 1938:               Deputy Director of Signals.

 

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch

15 Sep 1942:               AOC, No 26 (Signals) Group

He was awarded RAeC Certificate 600 on 21 Aug 1913 and later in his career designed an encoding machine for the same function as the German Enigma machine.

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