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Tayler, Denis Graham William

Date of birth:
September 19th, 1920 (Lymington/Hampshire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
September 3rd, 2005
Service number:
922229 (NCO)/141476 (Officer)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Dennis Tayler flew with No 139 Squadron (then part of the Pathfinder Force), which was equipped with mosquitoes. He took part in the celebrated 'last raid of the war' on Kiel, 2nd May 1945. Following the war he continued his aviation career as a test pilot, flying in a huge variety of aircraft.

Promotions:
? Warrant Officer
21 September, 1942: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
21 March, 1943: Flying Officer on Probation (war sub)
21 September, 1944: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "FRANCE AND GERMANY" clasp.
Air Crew Europe Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Civilian Test Pilot
Unit:
Royal Aircraft Establishment, Ministry of Supply
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1956
King's/Queen's Commendation for valuable service in the air
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Chief Test Pilot
Unit:
Short Brothers and Harland Ltd., Belfast.
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1968
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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