Service number 37668.
Born at Prestwich, Lancashire, he learned to fly at 16 and joined the RAF in 1936. He joined No. 32 Squadron flying Gauntlets at Biggin Hill and became a flight commander with the squadron in early 1939. By the outbreak of war the squadron had re-equipped with Hurricanes and he flew these throughout the Battle of Britain, moving to No 257 Squadron in September 1940. Four months later he was rested as a instructor at No 55 OTU at Aston Down but a month later was sent to CFS to undertake a course. In June he was promoted Squadron Leader and appointed to form No 457 Squadron at Baginton. A year later he took command of No 602 Squadron, which at that time was based in Scotland but moved south briefly to take part in the Dieppe landings in August 1942.
In October 1942, he was leading the Tangmere Wing before being rested at No 52 and then No 61 OTU as Chief Flying Instructor. He returned to operations as Wing Leader of the Exeter Wing in April 1944, constisting of six squadrons, scattered over various airfields and difficult to control. Brothers split the Wing into two. But prior to D-Day he took over as Wing Leader of the Culmhead Wing. In October he attended US Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His final score at the end of the war was 16 confirmed destroyed.
After the war he went on to hold a number of senior command posts before he retired in 1973 to set up his own company. He has also been a member/officer of various bodies and appeared in a number of TV documentaries about WW2, the Spitfire and the Battle of Britain.
March 23th, 1936: Acting Pilot Officer (P)
January 27th, 1937: Pilot Officer
October 27th, 1938: Flying Officer
March 2nd, 1939: Acting Flight Lieutenant
September 3th, 1940: Flight Lieutenant (WS)
June, 1941: Acting Squadron Leader (T)
December 1st, 1941: Squadron Leader
October 1942: Act Wg Cdr
January 2nd, 1943: Squadron Leader (WS)
July 1st, 1945: Wing Commander (T)
August 5th, 1946: Squadron Leader
July 1st, 1952: Wing Commander
January 1st, 1959: Group Captain
October 19th, 1965: Acting Air Commodore
July 1st, 1966: Air Commodore
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