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Air Commodore L Fox (36099)

Leslie                           b: 10 Jan 1912                      r: 10 Oct 1961                     d: 26 Feb 1989

DSO – 17 Jul 1945, DFC – 5 Aug 1941, MiD - 24 Sep 1941.

AC1: xx xxx xxxx, LAC: xx xxx xxxx, Cpl: xx xxx xxxx, Sgt: xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off (P): 5 May 1937, Plt Off: 5 May 1938, Fg Off: 5 Nov 1938, Flt Lt: 3 Sep 1940, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1941, Sqn Ldr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Dec 1941], (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1944, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1952, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1958.

xx xxx 1927:           Aircraft Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton (16th Entry).

xx xxx xxxx:            ?

xx xxx xxxx:            U/T Pilot, ?. (NCO)

xx xxx 1935:           Sergeant Pilot, No 209 Sqn. (561546)

 5 May 1937:          Appointed to a Permanent Commission

10 May 1937:         Pilot, No 240 Sqn.

 8 Jun 1938:            Staff, RAF Lee on Solent.

xx xxx xxxx:            Staff, RAF Hawkinge

26 Jun 1940:           Pilot, No 209 Sqn (arrived on 1 Jul 1940)

 4-24 Aug 1940:          Attached, School of Air Navigation for Advance Astronomical Extension Course

xx xxx xxxx:            Air Staff, HQ No 222 Group/AHQ India?

xx Jul 1944:            Officer Commanding, No 203 Sqn.

xx Jun 1945:          

 6 Dec 1945:           Air Staff - ASP 4, Directorate of Policy (Air Staff).


27 Jul 1951:            SASO, HQ No 2 Group.

xx Mar 1954:          Officer Commanding, RAF Colerne. 

30 Nov 1957:         Assistant Chief of Staff - Operations and Training, HQ AAFCE.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

“Flight Lieutenant Leslie Fox (36099), No.209 Squadron

Acting Flight Lieutenant Roger Edward HUNTER (40540), No.240 Squadron.

These captains of aircraft have completed 500 and 850 operational flying hours respectively and have always shown outstanding zeal, cheerfulness and courage in their flying duties.  On two occasions they have carried out important duties involving long distance flights during which the weather conditions were most adverse and navigational aids were almost non-existent.  In  the successful completion of these most responsible tasks they showed fine determination and a-very high standard of airmanship.”

 (London Gazette – 5 Aug 1941)

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order

“Wing Commander Leslie Fox, D.F.C. (36099), R.A.F., No.203 Sqn.

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Wing Commander Fox has participated in a large number of operational missions.  He has consistently shown a high degree of skill and courage, qualities, which have been reflected in the fighting spirit of the squadron he commands.  In March, 1945, Wing Commander Fox led the squadron in an attack against enemy shipping.  A cargo vessel and another ship were hit by bombs and several smaller vessels were effectively machine-gunned.  In April 1945, this officer led his formation in an attack against two enemy vessels one of them being heavily armed.  Despite much opposing fire the attack was pressed home to a successful conclusion.  Wing Commander Fox's skilful leadership contributed materially to the success achieved by anti-aircraft fire.”

(London Gazette – 17 Jul 1945)

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