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Thomas Alfred Boyd
b: 15 Jul 1911 r: 6 Jun 1964 d: 28 Aug 1979
CB - 1 Jan 1962, CBE – 8 Jun 1950.
Plt Off: 19 Dec 1931, Fg Off: 19 Jun 1933, Flt Lt: 19 Jun 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Feb 1939, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1946 [1 Jul 1944], Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1949, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1956, AVM: 1 Jul 1958.
Photograph courtesy of RAF College Library.
xx xxx 1930: Flight Cadet, 'B' Sqn, RAF College.
19 Dec 1931: Pilot, No 57 Sqn.
28 Feb 1933: Pilot, No 208 Sqn
25 Nov 1934: Adjutant/Instructor, No 601 (County of London) Sqn AuxAF.
8 May 1936: Special Language Study in Japan.
xx xxx 1940: Served in East Africa.
3 May 1941: Air Staff, HQ RAF in Palestine and Trans-Jordan.
xx Aug 1941:
xx Dec 1942: Officer Commanding, No 207 Sqn. (Lancasters)
26 May 1943:
Prisoner of War. (Stalag Luft III)
(Stalag Luft III)
xx xxx 1946: Attended RAF Staff College.
9 Jan 1948 Officer Commanding, RAF Scampton
xx Oct 1948: Officer Commanding, RAF Hemswell.
xx xxx 1951: Air Staff, Air Ministry.
xx xxx 1954: Officer Commanding, RAAF Staff College, Point Cook .
16 Apr 1956: Commandant, RAF College.
xx xxx 1958: Task Force Commander - 'Operation Grapple'.
8 May 1959: SASO, HQ Bomber Command.
1 Oct 1961: Deputy Air Secretary.He represented the RAF College at Athletics, Rugby, Hockey and Squash and attained the rank of Flight Cadet Sergeant. Flying Lancaster W5001 (EM-J) to Dusseldorf on 25/26 May 1943, he was shot down by a night fighter and captured, having been blown out of the aircraft. One other member member of the crew survived to become a PoW, the remainder being killed. Rhodesian, retired to Spain.
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