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Air Vice-Marshal G D Daly (07041)

G D Daly - 1917George Dermot            b: 31 Aug 1898            r: 29 Sep 1949            d: 12 Oct 1974

CB 1 Jan 1945, DFC 19 Dec 1922,

(Army): - (T) 2Lt (P): 27 Feb 1917.

(RAF): - Lt: 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 24 Oct 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1924, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1933, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1937, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1940, Act A/Cdre: 1 Aug 1942, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Gp Capt (WS): 1 Feb 1943, Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1943, Act AVM: 1 Jan 1945 11 Jul 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1947, AVM: Retained.

8 Nov 1916:                 Cadet, RFC

27 Feb 1917:               Appointed to a Commission on the General List (RFC)

27 Feb 1917:               U/T Pilot?

11 May 1917:              Flying Officer, RFC

xx xxx 1917:                 ?

16 Mar 1918:               Attached, No 2 ASD

 8 Apr 1918:                Pilot, No 43 Sqn

12 Jul 1918:                 Admitted to No 7 Casualty Clearing Station (Appendicitis)

28 Jul 1918:                 Returned to UK on 'St Andrew'

30 Jun 1919:                Transferred to the Administrative Branch

24 Oct 1919:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.

 8 Jul 1919:                  Technical Staff, Inland Area Aircraft Depot.

 8 Feb 1921:                Technical Officer, No 56 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 4 Jan 1922:                 Pilot, No 8 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 1 Nov 1924:                Flight Commander, No 100 Sqn.

14 Oct 1925:                Seconded for service with the Inspector-General of the Iraqi Army.

13 Sep 1927:               Ceased to be seconded for service with the Colonial Office.

13 Sep 1927:               Attended Officers Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.

29 Jul 1929:                 Engineering Officer, No 2 Apprentices Wing, No 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices).

25 Jan 1932:                Engineering Staff Officer, HQ Coastal Area.

 8 Oct 1933:                Flight Commander, No 54 Sqn.

 4 Jan 1934:                Officer Commanding, No 54 Sqn.

 1 Oct 1935:                Officer Commanding, No 51 and No 52 Maintenance Units, RAF Bircham Newton

25 Nov 1935:              Officer Commanding, No 4 Air Stores Park, Egypt

 8 Apr 1936:                Engineering Officer, RAF Depot, Middle East.


24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

19 Oct 1940:                SOA, HQ No 41 Group

 1 Aug 1942:                Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, HQ No 41 Group

 1 Jan 1945:                 AOC, No 41 Group

Awarded the DFC for operations in Kurdistan. Retired at his own request.

Announcement and citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

DALY, George Dermot, F/O

"For gallant and distinguished service during active operations in Kurdistan".

(London Gazette - 19 December 1922)

"On the 9th September 1922, he was successful in locating a Royal Air Force Officer who was isolated in a hostile district in Kurdistan.  He succeeded, at great risk, in landing and bringing away the officer concerned, in spite of the difficulties of the ground and the presence of a large and hostile crowd.

While serving with the detachment of the Royal Air Force operating in Kurdistan, Flying Officer Daly has repeatedly carried out bombing raids over extremely dangerous country.  He has throughout set an excellent example of courageous and skilful flying."

(Source - Air 30/49)

The award of Companion, Order of the Bath

DALY, George Dermot, A/A/V/M (Royal Air Force) - No.41 Group Headquarters, Maintenance Command - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945.

Citation drafted for a CBE in June 1944 Birthday Honours List.  Possible connection

 "This officer has rendered outstanding service since the beginning of the Battle of Britain as Senior Administrative Officer, and later as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of the Group.  He has been, to a substantial extent, responsible for the organisation and consequently for the satisfactory state of general efficiency of the Group.  He has taken a leading part in the layout of satellite landings grounds for concealed storage, in organising the testing and ferrying of aircraft and in meeting commitments, all with conspicuous success."

(Source - Air 2/9003)

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