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Air Commodore R J P Prichard (36109)


Richard Julian Paget      b: 4 Oct 1915              r: 26 Feb 1966                        d: xx Apr 2001

CB - 1 Jan 1963, CBE – 9 Dec 1958 (OBE - 1 Jan 1945), DFC – 8 Jan 1943, AFC – 30 Sep 1941, LoM (Off) - 9 Oct 1945.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

Plt Off: 25 Oct 1937 [25 Jul 1936], Fg Off: 25 Apr 1938 [25 Jan 1938], Flt Lt (WS): 25 Jan 1940, Act Sqn Ldr: xx Nov 1940?, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Mar 1941, Act Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1942?, Sqn Ldr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Mar 1941], (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jun 1942, Sqn Ldr (WS): 1 Sep 1942, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1954, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1959.

25 Oct 1937:        Appointed to a Permanent Commission.

25 Oct 1937:        U/T Pilot, No 5 FTS.

 4 Jun 1938:         Staff Pilot, No 1 Air Armament School

xx Nov 1940:       Officer Commanding, No 600 (City of London) Sqn. (Blenheim/Beaufighter)

xx Jan 1941:

xx xxx 1942:        Officer Commanding, No 21 Sqn. (Ventura – Bodney/Methwold)

xx xxx xxxx:         

24 Apr 1956:       Officer Commanding, RAF Tengah.

 1 Dec 1958:       

29 Dec 1959:       Director of Air Staff Plans and Programmes.

1960                    Act Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations)

 1 Apr 1963:        AOC, No 13 (Scottish) Sector, Fighter Command.

Awarded DFC for leading 21 Sqn on the Eindhoven raid of 6 December 1942.  Awarded CBE for distinguished service in Malaya.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

“On the 6th December, 1942, a force of bombers was detailed to make an attack in daylight on the Philips Factory at Eindhoven.  The operation, which was executed faultlessly, demanded a high degree of skill and accurate timing.  Bombs were released at varying heights, down to roof top level.  Many hits were obtained, some in the center of the target area.  Two gun posts were silenced.  Intense and heavy opposition was encountered and both of the outward and return flights attacks were made by enemy fighters.  The great success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the following personnel who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crews:—

Wing Commander Richard Julian Paget PRICHARD,. A.F.C. (36109), No.21 .Squadron.

(London Gazette – 8 January 1943)

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