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Air Commodore A A F Hickman (36073)

Albert Arthur Frederick  b:    5 Apr 1908                      r:   21 Mar 1962            d: 28 Jan 1982

OBE - 1 Jan 1944, AFRAeS.

A/A:  xx xxx xxxx, AC1:  xx xxx xxxx, LAC:  xx xxx xxxx, Cpl:  xx xxx xxxx, Sgt:  xx xxx xxxx, Plt Off (P): 21 May 1936, Plt Off: 8 Jun 1937, Fg Off:  8 Dec 1937 [21 Nov 1937], Flt Lt: 8 Dec 1939 [21 Nov 1939], (T) Sqn Ldr:  1 Dec 1940, (T) Wg Cdr:  1 Mar 1942, Sqn Ldr:  20 Nov 1942 [1 Dec 1940], Act Gp Capt:  7 Aug 1945?, Wg Cdr (WS):  7 Feb 1946, Wg Cdr:  1 Oct 1946, Gp Capt:  1 Jan 1952, Act A/Cdre: 19 Jan 1959, A/Cdre: Retained

xx Sep 1923:             Aircraft Apprentice, No 8 Entry, No 1 School of Technical Training

xx xxxx xxxx:              Airman/NCO (363966)

xx xxx xxxx:                U/T Pilot, No ? Flying Training School

xx xxx xxxx:                NCO Pilot, No ? Sqn.

21 May 1936:            Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the General Duties Branch

 9 Jun 1936:               Instructor, No 7 Flying Training School

28 Aug 1938:             Attended RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering.

xx xxx xxxx:                Engineer Officer, RAF Upper Heyford

 7 Feb 1940:              Engineer Officer, RAF Bassingbourn

24 Apr 1940:             Transferred to the Technical Branch

 5 Dec 1940:              Engineer Officer, No 31 SFTS, Kingston, Ontario (arrived 7 Dec 1940)

 1 Jun 1941:               Transferred to the General Duties Branch

25 Aug 1943:             Transferred to the Technical Branch

25 Dec 1944:             Engineer Officer, HQ Flying Training Command

xx Jul 1945:                ?

11 May 1951:            Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ Rhodesian Air Training Group

xx xxx 1952:              Officer Commanding, RAF Henlow/Group Captain Executive, RAF Technical College

xx xxx 1954:              ?

19 Jan 1959:              Senior Technical Staff Officer, HQ Middle East Air Force

 1 Aug 1960:              Director of Technical Training

He appears to have died in the USA.

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

"HICKMAN, Albert Arthur Frederick, W/C (36073, Royal Air Force) - No.36 Service Flying Training School, Penhold, Alberta. 

This officer, serving as a Chief Engineer, has displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty.  His capacity for solving the many problems that arise has been responsible for the confidence of the flying personnel of the unit and the interest he has always taken in the care and welfare of the airmen under his command has resulted in an exceptionally high standard of morale at this station."

(Source - AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944)

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