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Air Commodore S J Marchbank (33007)

Stanley Jackson                        b: 15 Jul 1910                       r: 7 Nov 1959                    d: 26 Nov 1988

OBE 9 Jun 1949, DFC 6 Jun 1944.

Plt Off: 23 Jul 1932, Fg Off: 23 Jan 1934, Flt Lt: 1 Oct 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1939, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jun 1941, Act Gp Capt: 14 Jul 1944?, Wg Cdr (WS): 14 Jan 1945, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 May 1951, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx 1926:            Aircraft Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton.

 4 Sep 1930:            Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.

23 Jul 1932:             Granted a Permanent Commission

23 Jul 1932:             Pilot, No 7 Sqn.

10 Apr 1935:           Pilot, No 502 (Ulster) Sqn AuxAF.

20 Sep 1936:           Attended RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering.

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

22 Oct 1938:           Air Staff, HQ RAF Far East.

11 Oct 1941:           Attached, HQ No 221 Group (to initiate an Intelligence organisation)

xx xxx xxxx:            Attended No 3 (P) AFU

13 Apr 1943:          Attended No 13 OTU

20 Apr 1943:           Attended No 12 OTU

21 Sep 1943:           Officer Commanding, No 102 Sqn. (Halifax)

15 Jul 1944:             ?

 4 Mar 1946:            SASO, No 91 Group.

xx xxx 1947:            Staff, Deputy Directorate of Organisation (Projects).

 7 Jul 1951:              Deputy Chief of Staff (Air and Intelligence), HQ Allied Forces Northern Europe.

xx Apr 1954:           Officer Commanding, RAF Thorney Island.

He represented the RAF College at Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Soccer and attained the rank of Flight Cadet Sergeant.

Taking off for Berlin on 23 August 1943 in Halifax, JD127 (DY-U), the aircraft swung and headed towards the control tower.  Wing Commander Marchbank retracted the undercarriage, which brought the aircraft to a halt, after which a fire broke out.  Wing Commander Marchbank was slightly injured in the incident.

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