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Air Commodore D C Saunders (125573)


David Charles            b:   15 Sep 1920                     r:   18 Sep 1976                     d:  25 May 1988

CBE xx xxx xxxx (OBE - 1 Jan 1962), AFC 9 Jun 1955, QCVSA 1 Jan 1965, MBIM.

Plt Off:  20 May 1942, Fg Off (WS):  20 Nov 1942, Flt Lt (WS):  20 May 1944, Flt Lt:  20 Nov 1945, Sqn Ldr:  1 Jan 1951, Wg Cdr:  1 Jul 1957, Act Gp Capt:  7 Apr 1966, Gp Capt:  1 Jul 1966, Act A/Cdre:  24 Apr 1971, A/Cdre:  1 Jul 1971:

xx xxx xxxx:            Pilot, No 619 Sqn.

22 Jun 1944:          POW

xx xxx xxxx:            Pilot, No 7 Sqn.

 

30 Jul 1962:            Officer Commanding, No 203 Sqn.

10 Aug 1964:          Air Staff, HQ Commander Maritime Air, Eastern Atlantic Area.

 7 Apr 1966:           Group Captain - ?, HQ Coastal Command

 9 Jun 1967:            SASO, HQ No 18 Group.

20 Feb 1970:          Officer Commanding, RAF Ballykelly 

24 Apr 1971:          AOC/Commandant, RAF College of Air Warfare.

 1 Feb 1974:           UK National Military Representative, SHAPE.

On 21-22 June 1944, he was flying Lancaster LL977 on an operation against Wesselling, but near Aachen, reaching the target, his aircraft was hit and he was thrown out of the cockpit.  He survived but the rest of his crew were killed in the subsequent crash.

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