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Air Commodore A D Pryor


Arthur Deen                 b: 29 Apr 1895            r: 27 Nov 1941                    d: 20 Jul 1982

CdeG(F) - 18 Apr 1918.

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(Army): - 2 Lt: 23 Jul 1915, (T) Lt: 21 Jun 1916, (T) Capt: 17 Aug 1917.

(RAF): - (T) Capt: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919?, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1925, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1933, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1938, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Dec 1940, A/Cdre: Retained.

23 Jul 1915:            Officer, 2nd Battalion, The Cambridgeshire Regiment

 1 Mar 1917:           Flying Officer, RFC

xx xxx xxxx:             Pilot, No 57 Sqn RFC (FE2d)

17 Aug 1917:          Flight Commander, No 57 Sqn RFC.

xx xxx xxxx:  

 3 Sep 1919:           Relinquished his Commission in the Army, retaining the rank of Lieutenant.

24 Oct 1919:          Awarded Short Service Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (Aeroplane)

12 Jan 1920:           Flight Commander, No 99 Sqn. (DH9 NWF India) (re-numbered No 27 - 1 Apr 1920)

 1 Apr 1920:           Flight Commander, No 27 Sqn. (DH9A NWF India)

 1 Apr 1921:           Flight Commander, No 207 Sqn. (DH9A Bircham Newton)

21 Nov 1921:         Flight Commander, No 100 Sqn. (Bristol F2B, DH9A Baldonnel/Spittlegate)

21 Jun 1922:           Flight Commander, No 207 Sqn. (DH9A Bircham Newton)

19 Dec 1923:          Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant

Mar/Apr 1925:        Private Secretary to CAS.

14 Jan 1926:           CFI?, No 5 FTS.

17 Dec 1928:          Officer Commanding, Aircraft Park, India. (Lahore)

 8 Jan 1933:            Officer Commanding, No 60 Sqn. (Wapiti NWF India)

 8 May 1934:          Officer Commanding, RAF Upavon.

xx xxx xxxx:            Officer Commanding, RAF Eastleigh.

 8 Jan 1936:            Officer Commanding, No 101 Sqn. (Sidestrand, Overstrand Bicester)

21 Dec 1936:          Officer Commanding, RAF Bicester.

20 Apr 1938:          Officer Commanding, RAF Linton on Ouse.

Probably seconded to No 100 to assist in the conversion of the squadron from fighter to day bomber role.  During WW2 as a station commander, he suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of the losses suffered by his crews, however, he recovered and rose to air rank.

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