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b: 8 Sep 1908
r: 5 Sep 1964
d: 5 Apr 1989
– 1 Jan 1963 (CBE – 5 Jun 1953, MBE – 11 Jul 1940), CB
– 11 Jun 1960, AFC – xx xxx 1942, Bar – 9 Jun 1949,
ON(O)s - 2 Dec 1947.
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xxx xxxx, Cpl: xx xxx xxxx, Sgt: xx
Flt Sgt: xx
xxx xxxx, Plt Off (P):
24 Feb 1938, Act Fg Off:
6 Feb 1939, Plt Off: 24 Feb 1939, Act
Flt Lt: 11 Feb – 27 Mar 1939;
24 Apr 1939 – 26 Mar 1940, Fg Off:
3 Dec 1939, Flt Lt
3 Dec 1939,
Act Sqn Ldr: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Sqn
Ldr: 26 Aug 1941, Act Wg Cdr: xx
xxx xxxx, Sqn Ldr (WS): 1 Dec 1941,
Sqn Ldr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Dec 1941], (T)
Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1946 [1 Jul 1944], Wg
Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1951, Act
A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: 1
Jul 1957, Act AVM: 1 Dec 1958,
AVM: 1 Jan 1960.
xx xxx xxxx: Aircraft Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton.
xx xxx xxxx: ?
xx xxx xxxx: U/T Pilot, ?, (NCO)
xx xxx 1931: Sergeant Pilot, No 1 Sqn.
Jan 1936: Attended
Instructors' Course, Central Flying School (graded B).
QFI, No 1 FTS
QFI, No 6 FTS.
xx xxx xxxx: QFI, Various FTS'
xx xxx xxxx:
QFI, No 34 FTS. (Canada)
1941: Gazetted for
rendering valuable services in connection with the war
xx Dec 1943:
Officer Commanding, No 166 Sqn. (Lancaster)
15 Jan 1944: Prisoner of War.
14 Jul 1945: Wing Commander – Training, HQ Transport Command.
xx xxx 1946: Officer Commanding?, Transport Command Development Unit.
xx xxx 1950: Deputy Director of Operational Requirements.
xx Jan 1954: Attended Imperial Defence College.
xx xxx 1954:
29 Nov 1955: Director of Operational Requirements (B).
1 Dec 1958: AOC, No 23 (Training) Group.
xx xxx 1960: Deputy Controller Aircraft, Ministry of Aviation.Originally entered the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice in the 10th Entry at Halton, later becoming a NCO Pilot before being commissioned in 1938. In 1932 and 1933 he was a member of the squadron's aerobatic team, consisting of two pilots in 1932 and three in 1933. In 1937 whilst serving at the CFS, he was once again selected to take part in an aerobatic team together with two other officers, also destined to reach air rank, Flt Lt H W Mermagen and Flt Lt G D Stephenson.
On 14 January 1944 he was flying DV404 on a raid against Braunschweig and was shot down by a night fighter in the target area. He was the only survivor of the subsequent crash.
Retired on account of medical unfitness for air force service.
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