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Air Commodore H Eeles  (26177)

Henry                           b: 12 May 1910                    r: 29 Jan 1959                      d: 15 Jul 1992


CB 31 May 1956, CBE 8 Jun 1944, MiD - 1 Jan 1943.

Plt Off: 20 Dec 1930, Fg Off: 20 Jun 1932, Flt Lt: 1 Apr 1936, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1938, Act Wg Cdr: 18 Dec 1940, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1941, Act Gp Capt: 4 Sep 1942,  Wg Cdr (WS): 4 Mar 1943, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1944, Act A/Cdre: 1 Feb 1945, Gp Capt (WS): 1 Aug 1945 1 Nov 1947, Wg Cdr: 1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1949, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1955.

A/Cdre H Eeles 1 A/Cdre H Eeles 2


10 Jan 1929:            Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.

20 Dec 1930:           Appointed to a Permanent Commission.

20 Dec 1930:           Pilot, No 41 Sqn.

24 Sep 1931:           Adjutant, No 41 Sqn

30 Sep 1932:          Supernumerary, RAF Depot

 1 Oct 1932:            PA to AOC, RAF Middle East.

xx xxx 1933:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot

28 Feb 1934:           Attended No 12 Specialist Armament Course, Air Armament School

19 Jan 1935:            Armament Officer, No 5 FTS.

 1 Sep 1937:            PA to Chief of the Air Staff.

24 Jun 1940:            Officer Commanding, No 263 Sqn. (Hurricane I/Whirlwind I)

24 Jun - 6 Jul 1940:           Attended Hurricane Conversion Course, No 6 OTU

21 Dec 1940:           Officer Commanding RAF Drem

xx xxx 1943:            SOA, HQ 'Z' Group

20 Apr 1943:           Head of Organisation Branch, HQ Fighter Command.

15 Nov 1943:          Head of Organisation Branch, HQ ADGB.

15 Jan 1944:            Group Captain - Organisation, HQ No 85 (Base) Group.

 1 Feb 1945:            Deputy SASO, HQ Fighter Command.

 1 Nov 1947:           Directing Staff, School of Air-Land Warfare.

xx Apr 1951:            Assistant to Deputy Supreme Commander (Air).

25 Aug 1952:           AOC & Commandant, RAF College.

 8 Jun 1956:             Director of Admin Plans.

He probably attended Harrow School from 1924 until 1929 when he joined the RAF at Cranwell and represented the RAF College at Fencing and Shooting and attained the rank of Under Officer.

Citation for the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire

"EELES, Henry, A/G/C (Royal Air Force) - Allied Expeditionary Air Force, No 85 Group.

From April 1943 to January 1944 this officer held the post of Group Captain, Organisation in Fighter Command and the Air Defence of Great Britain.  During this period, great reorganisations were made and as head of the Organisation branch he played a very important part.  He worked extremely hard, was invariably unruffled and showed himself to be a Staff Officer of outstanding ability.  He has continued to work with a high standard of efficiency whilst being employed in 85 Group.

(Source - Air 2/9003)

Recommendation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire

"Wing Commander Eeles has served as station and sector commander for over twelve months.  During this period he has displayed outstanding energy and efficiency and, by his devotion to duty, has set an example to all."

(Source - Air 2/8871)

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