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Air Vice-Marshal C E H Allen (03117)   

Charles Edward Hamilton

b: 3 Jan 1899              r: 15 Mar 1954                    d: 27 Oct 1975

CB - xx xxx xxxx, DFC – 3 Dec 1918, WL3 – 27 Jun 1947, BA, M I Mech E.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army): - (T) 2Lt (P): 9 Sep 1917, (T) 2 Lt: 25 Jan 1918.

(RAF): - 2 Lt (P): 1 Apr 1918, Lt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Capt: 4 Oct 1918, Fg Off: 4 Aug 1919, Flt Lt: 1 Jul 1925, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1938, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1940, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Nov 1942, Gp Capt: 1 Dec 1943, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1947, Act AVM: 23 Jul 1949, AVM: Retained

xx xxx 1917:                 Cadet, RFC

 9 Sep 1917:                Appointed to a Commission on the General List (RFC)

 9 Sep 1917:                Flying Officer, RFC.

1 Aug 1919:                 Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Lieutenant (Aeroplane Branch)

18 Dec 1919:               Placed on half-pay list.

18 Feb 1920:               Restored to full pay

18 Feb 1920:               Attended Instructors' Course, Central Flying School

28 Jun 1920:                Instructor, No 2 Flying Training School

14 Sep 1923:               Pilot, No 27 Sqn

xx xxx 1926:                Flight Commander, No 27 Sqn.

 5 Sep 1927:               Attended Officers' Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.

 8 Jul 1929:                 Attended Engineering Course, Cambridge University

27 Feb 1933:              Engineer duties, No 2 (Apprentice) Wing, No 1 School of Technical Training.

22 Aug 1934:               Flight Commander, No 142 Sqn

17 Jan 1936:                Squadron Commander, No 11 Flying Training School

 1 Oct 1936:                Engineer Officer, RAF Seletar

20 Mar 1939:               Senior Engineering Officer, AHQ Far East.

24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch.

xx xxx 1940:                Officer Commanding, RAF Henlow

xx xxx 1943:               

23 Jul 1949:                 Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ Middle East Air Force.

28 Feb 1951:               Director-General of Technical Services.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

“Lieut. Charles Edward Hamilton Allen. (FRANCE).

This officer has carried out many long distance photographic flights and reconnaissances.  In these operations he has invariably shown marked determination, and has proved himself a gallant and skilful fighter.  On 8th August he undertook a photographic reconnaissance which was urgently required; several previous attempts had been made to carry it out without success owing to adverse weather conditions. Lieut. Allen, flying through clouds and handicapped by a high, wind, successfully reached the objective and completed the reconnaissance. His return journey was an especially noteworthy flight, owing to the great banks of clouds, in one of which he spun from 18,000 feet to 4,000 feet.”

(London Gazette – 3 December 1918)

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