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Air Commodore L de V Chisman (03181)

Air Commodore Leonard ChismanLeonard de Ville          

b: 2 Jun 1899                     

r: 29 Jul 1952                             

d: 20 Jan 1974

CBE 8 Jun 1950, DFC 21 Dec 1937, MiD 1 Jan 1919, CdeG (I) - 5 Apr 1919, LM 15 Jul 1919

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(RNAS): - PFO: xx xxx 1917, (T) Flt Sub-Lt: 31 Oct 1917.

(RAF): - Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1927, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1941, Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1949.

Photos courtesy Wendy Keal (A/Cdre Chisman's daughter)

xx xxx 1917:                  U/T Pilot, Crystal Palace Air Station

31 Oct 1917:                Appointed to a commission in the RNAS

xx xxx xxxx:                  Pilot, Seaplane Station, Malta

1 Aug 1919:                 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Lieutenant (Aeroplane Branch)

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff, School of Naval Co-operation and Aerial Navigation.

18 Feb 1922:                Attended Armament & Gunnery School

 4 Apr 1923:                 Staff Officer, HQ No 7 Group

27 Feb 1925:                Pilot, No 28 Sqn.

No 28 Squadron Leonard Chisman

26 Mar 1928:               Armament Officer, RAF Upper Heyford

 1 May 1930:               Flight Commander, No 13 Sqn.

 5 Feb 1933:                Departed No 13 Sqn.

 1 Mar 1933:               Armament Officer, No 1 Armament Training Camp.

26 Oct 1933:               Armament Officer/Instructor, Air Armament School.

28 Feb 1935:               Flight Commander, No 31 Sqn.

14 Apr 1936:               Officer Commanding, No 20 Sqn. 

13 Oct 1937:                Armament Officer, HQ RAF India

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch

 1 Jan 1945:                 Senior Armament Staff Officer, HQ Coastal Command.

19 Dec 1947:               Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ Coastal Command.

 4 Apr 1949:                Director of Technical Training

Announcement (1) and recommendation (2) for the award of the Air Force Cross: -

CHISMAN, Leonard de Ville, S/L (03181) - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1937.

(1) "For gallant and distinguished services rendered in connection with the operations in Waziristan during the period 17th January to 15th September 1937".

(2)"The excellent work of No.20 (Army Cooperation) Squadron is due to the example set by the Squadron Commander - Squadron Leader L. de V. Chisman. 

He has taken his turn with his pilots on all flying duties and has shown a complete disregard for his personal safety when the occasion demanded.  The encouragement given by him to his officers and men resulted in his squadron compiling a total of 919 flying hours during May 1937.

 His cheerfulness and happy manner have infected the whole squadron with the result that he gets the very best from all serving under him at all times.

 His work in the operations has thoroughly merited the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross."

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