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Air Vice-Marshal H J Roach


H J RoachHarold Jace              b: 8 May 1896                     r: 1 Jan 1951                           d:21 Jun 1977

CB 1 Jan 1946, CBE 8 Jun 1944 (OBE 11 May 1937), AFC 3 Jun 1919, MiD 14 Jan 1944, PR3 12 Jun 1945

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(RNR): -  (T) PFO: 27 Jan 1915, (T) Sub Lt: 16 Dec 1915, (T) Flt Sub Lt: 30 May 1917, (T) Flt Lt: 31 Dec 1917,

(RAF): - Capt: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 22 Sep 1920, Sqn Ldr: 29 May 1929, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1936, Gp Capt: 1 Apr 1939, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Dec 1941, Act AVM: 26 Mar 30 Sep 1945, A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1946, AVM: 1 Jan 1949.

27 Jan 1915:                 Pilot, RNAS

xx xxx 1917:                 Staff Officer, Admiralty/Air Ministry

15 Nov 1919:               Transferred to the Unemployed List

22 Sep 1920:               Appointed to a Short Service Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

22 Sep 1920:               Induction RAF Depot.

20 Mar 1922:               Staff/Instructor, No 1 School of Technical Training (Boys)

19 Sep 1925:               Attended Officers Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 2 Dec 1927:                 Engineering Officer, Armoured Car Wing, Iraq.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

26 Feb 1930:               Staff Officer, HQ No 10 Group.

18 Jan 1932:                Engineering Staff Officer, HQ Coastal Area.

13 Dec 1933:               Engineering Officer, No 3 Flying Training School.

 1 May 1935:               Squadron Commander, School of Naval Co-operation.

 2 Apr 1936:                Engineering Officer, RAF Gosport.

 4 Dec 1937:                Senior Engineering Officer, RAF Seletar.

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

27 Oct 1941:                Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, HQ No 41 Group

 3 Aug 1942:                Command Engineer Officer, HQ Bomber Command

xx xxx 1946:                 AOC, RAF St Athan

xx xxx 1947:                 AOC, No 43 Group.

 1 Nov 1948:                AOC, No 41 Group.

He gained his RAeC Certificate, No 4332 on 15 February 1917.

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