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Air Vice-Marshal F H M Maynard

F H M Mynard during WW1Forster Herbert Martin MaynardForster Herbert Martin  

b: 1 May 1893                    r: 12 Nov 1945                    d: 26 Jan 1976

CB - 30 May 1941, AFC - 3 Jun 1919, BSc, MiD - 24 Sep 1941, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD – 1 Jan 1945, MiD – 1 Jan 1946, LoM (Cdr) - 15 Mar 1946

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(RN): - Sap: 28 Sep 1914, (P) Flt Sub-Lt: 2 May 1915, Flt Sub-Lt: 30 Aug 1915 [2 May 1915], Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1916, Act Flt Cdr: 1 Apr 1916, Flt Cdr: 30 Jun 1917.  

(RAF): - (T) Capt [Lt]: 1 Apr 1918, Act Maj: 17 Jun 1918, Flt Lt: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Sqn Ldr: 30 Jun 1923, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1931, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1937, ( T) A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1940, (T) AVM: 1 Jun 1941, AVM: Retained.  

Photo (right) - Forster Herbert Martin Maynard

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942
NPG x181803

© National Portrait Gallery, London

xx xxx xxxx:          Cadet, University of London OTC (University College).

28 Sep 1914:          Sapper, RN Naval Division (Engineers), Deal.

 2 May 1915:          U/T Pilot, RNAS.

 4 May 1915:          Discharged on being commissioned into RNAS

xx xxx 1915:            Instructor, Central Flying School.

xx Jan 1916:            Instructor, Cranwell Central Depot and Training Establishment

xx xxx 1916:            Pilot, Home Defence Units RNAS.

xx Jan 1917:            Pilot, No 1 Sqn RNAS. (Nieuport 17, Sopwith Triplane – Western Front)

xx Sep 1917:           Pilot, Aircraft Depot, Dunkirk.

xx xxx xxxx:             Officer Commanding, ? Training Depot.

28 Oct 1919:   Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (effective from 1 Aug)

23 Dec 1919:           Instructor, Flying Wing,  RAF (Cadet) College.

15 Mar 1921:           Instructor's Course, Central Flying School.

16 Jun 1921:             Instructor, Flying Wing, RAF (Cadet) College

 1 Dec 1921 :           Training Staff, HQ RAF Middle East.

14 Oct 1923:           Squadron Commander, No 4 FTS.

 5 May 1924:           Attended RAF Staff College.

14 Apr 1925:           Air Staff, HQ Inland Area.

 1 Sep 1929:            Supernumerary, No 12 Sqn. (Fox – Andover)

 1 Oct 1929:            Officer Commanding, No 12 Sqn. (Fox – Andover)

 5 Jan 1931:             Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

19 Jan 1931:            Attended Imperial Defence College.

26 Jan 1932:            Senior Personnel Staff Officer, HQ Iraq Command.

11 Aug 1933:           Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

23 Oct 1933:           Air Staff, Deputy Directorate of Staff Duties

 3 Apr 1934:            Air Staff, Directorate of Staff Duties.

 2 Sep 1935:            Officer Commanding/CFI, University of London Air Sqn.

 8 Feb 1937:            SASO, HQ No 23 (Training) Group.

 9 Aug 1938:            Deputy Director of Staff Duties.

20 Jan 1940:            AOC, RAF Mediterranean.

 1 Jul 1941:              AOA, HQ Coastal Command.

 1 Dec 1944:            AOC, No 19 (Reconnaissance) Group.

He gained an Engineering Degree from University College London before WW1 and was awarded RAeC Certificate No 1381 on 1 July 1915.  In January 1916 he was posted as an instructor at the RNAS' Central Training Establishment and flew the first aircraft, a BE2c, to the new station at Cranwell.  Between April and August 1917 he shot down six enemy aircraft raising him to ‘ace’ status, but returning to Britain, he was injured in a flying accident and following recovery was appointed CO of a training depot. 

As AOC  Malta, he had to defend the island against the initial Italian and later German attacks.  Desperately short of air defence assets, he requested permission to assembly three crated Sea Gladiators which had been discovered on the docks.  Granted permission the pilots of these three aircraft carried out a spirited defence against overwhelming odds prior to the arrival of reinforcements.  Christened 'Faith', 'Hope' and 'Charity' this episode in Malta's defence has since become legend.     From 1946 - 1951, he was Manager to the Conservative Central Board of Finance.  His son, Nigel, also joined the RAF and eventually rose to become ACM Sir Nigel Maynard thereby becoming the first and one of the few father/son combinations to achieve air rank.

Citation for the award of the Air Force Cross.

"Capt (Act Maj) Maynard, Forster Herbert Martin, RAF

In recognition of distinguished services rendered during the war"

(London Gazette – 3 June 1919)


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