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Air Vice-Marshal E J Corbally (26102)

Edward John                b: 15 Jan 1909                      r: 29 Apr 1959                     d: 19 Nov 1981

CBE 1 Jan 1951, LoM (Off) - 9 Oct 1945.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

Plt Off: 27 Jul 1929, Fg Off: 27 Jan 1931, Flt Lt: 27 Jan 1935, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1938, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Dec 1940, Act Gp Capt: 18 May 1942, Wg Cdr (WS): 18 Nov 1942, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1943, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1954, Act AVM: 12 Apr 1957, AVM: Retained.

xx xxx 1927:            Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

27 Jul 1929:             Pilot, No 1 Sqn.

 1 Sep - 10 Oct 1930:            Attended No 7 Squadron Armament Course, Armament & Gunnery School (disbanded early)

22 Apr 1931:           Staff/QFI?, RAF College.

xx Jul 1933:             Re-categorised from Instructor A2 to A1

18 Oct 1933:           Supernumerary, HQ Iraq Command - Language Training

xx xxx 1934:            Intelligence duties, HQ Iraq Command.

20 Jun 1938:            Personnel/Administration Staff, HQ No 12 (Fighter) Group.

 2 Sep 1940:            Air Staff, HQ Bomber Command

 1 Jan 1942:             Officer Commanding, No 78 Sqn.

18 May 1942:          Officer Commanding, RAF Pocklington.

22 Mar 1943:          Deputy Director of Bomber Operations

xx xxx xxxx:             Staff Officer, Ministry of Aircraft Production

24 Apr 1946:           Group Captain - ?, HQ Air Command South East Asia.


3 Apr 1951:            Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe.

12 Dec 1952:

21 Jul 1953:            Commandant, ? RAF Hornchurch

12 Apr 1957:           AOC, No 61 (Southern) Group.

On the night of 23/24 October 1942, he flew with Wg Cdr S B Bintley, OC No 102 Squadron, on a raid to Genova in Halifax II, DT512.  On their return they were diverted to Holme-on-Spalding Moor, and having just touched down  were run into by another Halifax of the same unit, W1181.  No-one in the second aircraft was injured but Wg Cdr Bintley and Fg Off A J Graham RCAF were killed in DT512 with two other crew members being injured, although Gp Capt Corbally was not one of them.

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