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Air Commodore F Kirk (07196)

Fred(erick)                 b: 20 Dec 1899                     r: 12 Jan 1948                      d: 11 Jul 1980

OBE - 11 May 1937.

(RNAS):- (T) PFO: 4 Nov 1917,

(RAF):- (T) 2 Lt: 14 Jun 1918, Plt Off: 1 Aug 1919, Fg Off: 24 Oct 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1927,  Sqn Ldr: 1 Feb 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1941, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1946, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx xxxx:            U/T Pilot, RNASTE Vendome.

14 Jun 1918:           Flying Officer, Aeroplane and Seaplane Branch.

24 Oct 1919:          Awarded Short Service Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (Aeroplane)

 7 Nov 1919:          Staff, RAF Training Base, Leuchars.

 1 Feb 1920:           Pilot, No 203 Sqn.

 1 Oct 1921:           Pilot, No 205 Sqn.

 3 Mar 1923:          Supernumerary, HQ Coastal Area.

21 Jul 1923:           Air Staff, HQ Coastal Area.


21 Jul 1928:           Air Staff, HQ Coastal Area.

11 May 1932:        Staff, RAF Base, Gosport.

15 May 1933:         Staff, M.A.E.E.

 1 Nov 1934:          Staff Officer, Joint Directorate of Scientific Research and Technical Development.

12 Sep 1939:          Maintenance Staff Officer, HQ Maintenance Command.

12 Aug 1940:          Air Staff, HQ Coastal Command.

On 9 November 1921 he was seriously injured whilst flying Parnall Panther, N7468.  He was about to fly off the turret of HMS Repulse for a fleet reconnaissance and as he was running up the engine but before he was ready to slip, the port wing tilted up and the quick release wire carried away, the machine toppling over the side of the turret, crashing on No 1 electric bollard on the fore-castle deck.

Retired on account of being medically unfit for Air Force Service

This page was last updated on 13/01/23

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