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Air Vice-Marshal Sir Edgar Lowe (21134)

Edgar Noel       b: 22 Dec 1905                         r: 29 Aug 1964                                        d: 23 Jan 1992

KBE – 1 Jan 1962 (CBE – 1 Jan 1945), CB – 12 Jun 1947, ADC – 26 Apr 1947, MiD – 1 Jan 1941.

(RAF): - Plt Off (P): 10 Jan 1930, Fg Off: 10 Jan 1931, Flt Lt: 10 Jan 1937, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1939, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jun 1941, Act Gp Capt: 19 Feb 1943, Wg Cdr (WS): 19 Aug 1943, Act A/Cdre: 10 Apr 1945, Gp Capt (WS): 10 Oct 1945, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, Act A/Cdre: 30 Apr 1951, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1956, Act AVM: 24 Feb 1958, AVM: 1 Jul 1958.

10 Jan 1930:                Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the Stores Branch

28 Apr 1930:               U/T Stores Officer, Home Aircraft Depot.

29 May 1931:              Stores Officer, Station Administration, No 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices)

26 Apr 1932:               Stores Officer, No 605 (County of Warwick) Sqn, AAF

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

15 Feb 1934:               Stores Officer, Aircraft Depot, India.

16 Feb 1935:               Stores Officer, No 31 Sqn. (arrived 17 Feb 1935)

26 Apr - 24 Jul 1935:               Attached to the Aircraft Park, Lahore for Stores duties

29 Dec 1936:               Equipment Officer, HQ RAF India.

18 Oct 1938:                Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

23 Jan 1939:                Attended RAF Staff College

18 Dec 1939:               Flight Commander?, No 12 Sqn

27 Aug 1940:               Equipment Staff Officer to AMSO

xx xxx 1942:                 Staff Officer, Deputy Directorate of Organisation (Planning)

19 Feb 1943:               Deputy Director of Organisation (Aircraft)

10 Apr 1945:               Director of Organisation (Forecasting and Planning)

26 Apr 1949 – 6 Feb 1952:     ADC to the King

 1 May 1951:               Director of Organisation

 6 Feb 1952 – 18 Jun 1957:     ADC to the Queen

xx Nov 1953:               Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), SHAPE.

20 Aug 1956:               SASO, HQ No 41 Group.

17 Feb 1958:               AOC, No 40 Group.

xx xxx xxxx:                Director-General of Supply Co-ordination, Central Defence Staff.

Citation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire  (Intended for the Birthday Honours List of 2 June 1943, but not awarded)

"LOWE, Edgar Noel, A/G/C (Royal Air Force)

This officer is Assistant Director of Organisation (Aircraft) and is responsible for the allocations to units of aircraft produced in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.  He has never spared himself in his efforts to ensure that the aircraft needed by the Royal Air Force are provided at the maximum speed possible."

(Source: Air 2/9609 )

Citation for the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Citation intended for 8 June 1944 Birthday Honours List and deferred)

"LOWE, Edgar Noel, A/G/C (Royal Air Force) - Department of Air Staff Organisation, Directorate-General of Organisation

This officer is Deputy Director of Organisation (Aircraft).  His task is a complex one and he has shown an excellent grasp of its intricacies.  Group Captain Lowe has handled a responsible position with tact and ability."

(Source:  Air 2/9003)

Recommendation for the award of Companion of the Order of the Bath (Recommendation intended for 1947 New Year Honours List.)

"LOWE, Edgar Noel, Group Captain, CBE (Royal Air Force) – Directorate General of Organization

Air Commodore Lowe joined the Directorate-General of Organization in 1942 and from April 1945 has filled the post of Director of Organization (Forecasting and Planning).  He has had a heavy responsibility during the redeployment of the R.A.F. from Europe to the Far East and also during the period of post-war contraction.  It is largely due to this officer that the liquidation of terminal charges arising out of the Lease-Land agreement has been so smoothly affected, and the surplus aircraft situation clarified.  Air Commodore Lowe’s energy, zeal and initiative have been outstanding and his judgment unfailingly wise.  His services to his country at a most difficult time are worthy of the highest praise."

(The Times - 24 December 1941)

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