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Air Commodore J L Vachell


John Lyne                     b: xx xxx 1892                           r: 21 May1943                       d: 11 Jul 1947

MC - 18 Jan 1917.

(Army): - 2 Lt: 29 Aug 1914, (T) Lt: 17 Jun 1915, Lt: 1 Jun 1916,  (T) Capt:  5 Jul 1917.

(RAF): - Capt ?: 1 Apr 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1925, Act Wg Cdr (unpd): 30 Jul - 18 Oct 1930, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1933 [1 Jan 1933], Act Gp Capt (unpd): 16 Oct 1937, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1938, Act A/Cdre: 1 Dec 1940, A/Cdre: Retained.

29 Aug 1914:   Officer, 'B' Battery, 2nd Monmouthshire Royal Field Artillery

xx xxx 1916:     U/T Pilot, Egypt.

 1 Jun 1916:      Flying Officer, RFC.

 5 Jul 1917:       Flight Commander, No 15 Sqn RFC.

xx Mar 1919:   Acting Officer Commanding, No 53 Sqn. (RE8 – Western Front)

xx Apr 1919:

 1 Aug 1919:     Awarded Permanent Commission in the RAF in the rank of Captain

 1 Aug 1919:     Relinquishes Commission in 4th Welsh Brigade (retaining rank of Lt.)

12 Jan 1920:     Flight Commander, No 99 Sqn (DH9, DH9A – NWF India) (re-numbered No 27 - 1 Apr 1920)

 1 Apr 1920:     Flight Commander, No 27 Sqn. (DH9, DH9A – NWF India)

20 Feb 1922:    Attended Army Staff College, Quetta.

15 Feb 1923:    Adjutant, HQ No 3 (Indian) Wing.  

26 May 1923:    Supernumerary (non-effective - sick), RAF Depot.

17 Sep 1923:    Attended School of Army Co-operation

23 Jun 1924:    Flight Commander, No 16 Sqn. (Bristol F2B – Old Sarum)

 2 Jan 1925:     Staff, Deputy Directorate of Staff Duties.

19 Sep 1927:   Attended RAF Staff College.

17 Dec 1928:   Supernumerary, RAF Staff College.

26 Jan 1929:    Staff, HQ Aden Command.

14 Nov 1929:   Officer Commanding, No 8 Sqn. (Fairey IIIF – Aden)

13 Dec 1930:   Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.

19 Jan 1933:    Officer Commanding, No 207 Sqn. (Gordon – Bircham Newton)

10 Oct 1933:    Air Staff, HQ Iraq Command.

14 Jan 1936:    Attended Imperial Defence College.

 3 Jan 1937:     Officer Commanding, RAF Leconfield.

 1 Nov 1937:    Air Attaché, Berlin.

15 Sep 1939:    SASO, HQ No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group.

xx xxx 1940:     SASO, Rear HQ Air Component of the BEF (Back Violet).

 1 Aug 1940:    Duty Officer, Air Ministry.

30 Aug 1941:   SASO, HQ Air Forces in India.

xx Apr 1942:    AOC, No 224 Group.

11 Jul 1942:     SASO, HQ Air Forces in India.

He attended School at Repton before going to University College, Cardiff.  He retired on account of ill health.

Citation for the award of the Military Cross

"Lt. (T./Capt.) John Lyne Vachell, R.F.A.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion duty. He did excellent work on many occasions, continually locating and engaging successfully enemy heavy batteries."

(London Gazette - 18 January 1918)

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