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Air Vice-Marshal J F Hobler (34060)


John Forde                   b: 26 Sep 1907                     r: 11 Sep 1963                     d: 13 Jan 1996

CB 1 Jan 1958, CBE - 1 Jan 1945, MiD - 1 Jan 1943, MiD - 2 Jun 1943, MiD - 14 Jan 1944, MiD - 8 Jun 1944, FRGS.

Plt Off: 21 Feb 1933, Fg Off: 21 Sep 1934, Flt Lt: 1 Oct 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1939, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, Act Gp Capt: xx xxx xxxx, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1944, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, Act A/Cdre: 12 Nov 1953?, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1954, Act AVM: 23 Jul 1956, AVM: 1 Jan 1957.

21 Feb 1933:           Appointed to a Short Service Commission. 

18 Apr 1933:           Pilot, No 32 Sqn.

 4 Sep 1933:             Pilot, No 100 Sqn.

29 Nov 1937:           Attended Instructor's Course, Central Flying School.

19 Mar 1938:           QFI, No 9 FTS.

 8 Mar 1939:            Staff, No 2 School of Technical Training (Apprentices)

xx xxx 1939:             Officer Commanding, No 142 Sqn (Battle)

xx xxx xxxx:              

26 May 1941:           Air Staff, HQ No 1 Group.

1942 - 45                 Served in Bomber Command

xx xxx xxxx:              Officer Commanding, RAF Lossiemouth.

9 Aug 1945:             Attended Course No 15, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.

4 Apr 1946:             Directing Staff, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.

xx Oct 1946:

xx xxx 1948:            Deputy Director of Plans.

xx xxx 1950:            Officer Commanding, RAF Habbaniya.

19 May 1952:          Admin Staff - Personnel, HQ Flying Training Command.

12 Nov 1953:          Director of Personal Services.

23 Jul 1956:            AOA, HQ Middle East Air Force.

13 Oct 1958:           AOC, No 25 Group.

 1 May 1961:           AOA, HQ Far East Air Force.

Born in Australia, he was a founder member of the Central Queensland Aero Club in 1929. On 14 May 1940, he was flying Battle I, P2246 against targets around Sedan, when he hit by flak making a forced landing behind enemy lines, however, he and his crew managed to evade capture.   Having been seriously burned during this encounter, he was evacuated back to Britain.

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