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Air Marshal Sir Leslie Mavor (33196)

Leslie Deane                

b: 18 Jan 1916                     

r: 18 Jan 1973                     

d: 2 Oct 1991

KCB 1 Jan 1970 (CB 13 Jun 1964), AFC - 1 Jan 1942, OStJ - 30 Jan 1966, FRAeS, DL (North Yorkshire) - 24 May 1976.

Plt Off: 31 Jul 1937, Fg Off: 31 Jan 1939, Flt Lt: 3 Sep 1940, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1941, Sqn Ldr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Dec 1941], Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1949, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1958, Act A/Cdre: 6 Oct 1961, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1962, AVM: 1 Jan 1965, Act AM: 1 Apr 1969, AM: 1 Jul 1969.

 5 Sep 1935:            Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.

31 Jul 1937:            Granted a Permanent Commission

 8 Mar 1938:           Pilot, No 31 Sqn. (arrived 29 Mar 1938)


1944:                       Flight Commander, No 109 OTU.

1944:                       Chief Flying Instructor, No 109 OTU.

                                Attended RAF Staff College.

xx xxx 1945:            Staff Officer, Directorate of Organisation (Forecasting and Planning)/Deputy Directorate of Organisation (2)

                                Air Staff, HQ No 38 Group.

                                Staff, HQ Home Command.

                                No 3 Navigation School.

xx Mar 1954:           Staff Officer, Department of the AMP.

                                Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.

xx xxx 1959:            Officer Commanding, RAF Lindholme.

 6 Oct 1961:            Director of Air Staff Briefing.

xx xxx 1964:            Attended Imperial Defence College.

21 Dec 1964:           AOC, No 38 Group.

 1 Mar 1966:           Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy).

 1 Apr 1969:            AOC in C, Training Command.

A Scotsman educated in Aberdeen he eventually settled in North Yorkshire on taking up the post of Principal at the Home Office Defence College, becoming Deputy Lieutenant of the County in 1976.  Retiring as Principal in 1980 he continued as Co-ordinator of Voluntary Effort in Civil Defence until 1984.   Joining the RAF in 1937 he underwent initial training and a course at the School of Army Co-operation, after which he was posted to No 31 Sqn, then based at Lahore in India.  He was awarded the AFC for Army Co-Operation and Transport operations carried out with 31 Sqn in India, the Middle East and Burma.

Citation for the award of the Air Force Cross

MAVOR, Leslie Deane, Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt when recommended) - India - Air Force Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1942.

 "This officer has played an important part in all recent major operations by his squadron.  He has shown unremitting enthusiasm for flying under all conditions, and has flown 215 hours during the last six months, mainly on tasks of operational urgency and importance. He has also acted as Squadron Armament Officer, a position in which he has displayed unflagging enthusiasm in training bomber crews in addition to taking his full share of flying."

(Source - Air 2/6269)

Recommendation for the award of the Air Force Cross

MAVOR, Leslie Dean, Act Wg Cdr, AFC  (33196, Royal Air Force) No.109 (Transport) Operational Training Unit.  This recommendation for an OBE was intended for New Year 1946 Honours List, but the award was not approved and no other decoration found.

"Wing Commander Mavor has served with this Unit since September 1944, i.e. almost from its inception. For most of this period he has been employed as Chief Instructor although for a time he acted as Flight Commander. He successfully organised the work and was responsible for the smooth working of the Unit.  Wing Commander Mavor has always insisted on the maintenance of a very high standard of instruction and flying ability and has himself set a splendid example of persistence, enthusiasm and unusual forcefulness.  His pride in his Unit and his work has imbued all ranks with a fine spirit of cooperation which has been reflected in the results achieved."

(Source - Air 2/9130)

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