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Air Vice-Marshal H G White (05017)


AVM White whilst AOC, No 41 Group.Hugh Grenville             b: 1 Mar 1898                     r: 1 Mar 1955                      d: 23 Sep 1983

CB 1 Jan 1952, CBE 8 Jun 1944,

(Army): - 2 Lt: xx xxx 1916, Lt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Capt: 11 Apr 1917,

(RAF): - Capt: xx xxx xxxx, Act Maj: 1 May 1919, Fg Off: xx xxx xxxx, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1921, Sqn Ldr: 23 Apr 1930, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1936, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1940, Gp Capt: 14 Apr 1942 [1 Jan 1940], (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, Act AVM: 1 Nov 1948, AVM: 1 Jul 1949.

AVM H G White whilst AOC, No 41 Group, RAF Andover.

Photo courtesy Gerald Rickwood

xx xxx 1915:               Cadet, RMC Sandhurst.

xx xxx 1916:               Officer, East Kent Regiment.

xx xxx 1916:                 U/T Pilot, RFC.

xx Jul 1916:                  Pilot No 20 Sqn.

11 Apr 1917:               Flight Commander, No 20 Sqn

xx xxx 1917:                 Instructor,

xx Feb 1918:                Flight Commander, No 29 Sqn

22 May 1918:              Posted to Home Establishment

 1 May 1919?:              Officer Commanding, No 64 Sqn.

xx xxx 1919:                 Officer Commanding, No 29 Sqn.

 1 Aug 1919:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Lieutenant.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff Officer, HQ No 3 Group

 1 Apr 1920:                Staff/Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

 1 Oct 1920:                Instructor, No 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices)

17 May 1922:              Staff/Instructor, School of Army Co-operation.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

23 Nov 1923:               Flight Commander, No 28 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 8 Aug 1928:                Attended Officers Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.

 1 Jul 1930:                  Engineering Officer, RAF College, Cranwell.

23 Jun 1933:                Engineering Staff Officer, HQ Air Defence of Great Britain.

 9 Jan 1935:                 Officer Commanding, No 503 (County of Lincoln) Sqn.

16 May 1936:              Senior Engineering Officer, HQ RAF Far East.

16 Oct 1939:                Air Staff, HQ No 24 (Training) Group

xx xxx 1940:                 SASO, HQ No 24 (Training) Group

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

xx xxx 1942:                 AOC, RAF Halton.

11 Mar 1946:               Command Engineer Officer, HQ British Air Forces of Occupation.

 1 Nov 1948:                AOC, No 43 Group.

 6 Nov 1950:                AOC, No 41 Group.

AVM White's De Havilland Devon

Photo courtesy Gerald Rickwood

 5 Feb 1953:                AOA, HQ Maintenance Command

Born in Maidstone Kent, he had originally planned to join the Royal Navy but instead he entered Sandhurst at 17.  On 19 May he was involved in a fierce combat in which a Pfalz collided with him, yet he managed to keep his aircraft in the air, shoot down the offending Pfalz and return to his own side of the lines, although he eventually crashed on landing.  He was recommended for a decoration for this action, but it was never awarded.

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