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Air Commodore H L Maxwell (25046)

Hugh Lockhart             b: 2 Dec 1908                     r: 10 Jun 1956                      d: 4 Jan 1974

CBE - 1 Jan 1945, DSO- 22 Nov 1940, MiD - 1 Jan 1941, MiD - 11 Jun 1942.

(Army):- 2 Lt (Res): 21 Apr 1928, 2 Lt (Reg): 29 Aug 1930, Lt: 29 Aug 1933, Capt: 29 Aug 1938.                                 

(RAF): Fg Off: 16 Sep 1935, Flt Lt: 16 Sep 1938 [16 Sep 1937], (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Mar 1940, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Sep 1941, Act Gp Capt: 21 Jun 1943?, Wg Cdr (WS): 21 Jan 1944, Sqn Ldr: 12 Nov 1946 [1 Jul 1940], Wg Cdr: N/A, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947 [1 Oct 1946], Act A/Cdre: 17 Aug 1952?, A/Cdre: Retained.

xx xxx xxxx:           Cadet, Wellington College Contingent, Junior Division, OTC.

21 Apr 1928:           Officer, Supernumerary Reserve of Officers, Northampton Regiment.

29 Aug 1930:           Officer, The Northamptonshire Regiment

16 Sep 1935:            U/T Pilot?, No ? FTS.

16 Sep 1935:            Appointed to temporary Commission in the RAF in the rank of Flying Officer

27 Apr 1936:            Pilot, No 26 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:              Officer Commanding, No 18 Sqn

18 Sep 1940:            Supernumerary, No 600 (City of London) Sqn.

19 Sep 1940:            Officer Commanding, No 600 (City of London) Sqn.

14 Dec 1940:            Squadron Leader - Night Operations, HQ No 13 (Fighter) Group

xx xxx xxxx:              Controller, HQ No 13 (Fighter) Group.

 9 Feb 1941:             Flight Commander, No 29 Sqn.

27 Jun 1941:             Posted to No 3 SFTS, pending posting to Canada or USA

21 Jun 1943 

xx Nov 1943:            Officer Commanding RAF Biggin Hill

12 Nov 1945:           Officer Commanding, No 135 Wing, RAF Fassberg

11 Mar 1946:           Supernumerary?

9 Apr 1946:              Attended Course No 16, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.

12 Nov 1946:           Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader (retaining rank current at the time)[wef 1 Sep 1945 antedated to 1 Jul 1940 on 25 Feb 1947]

17 Aug 1952:            Staff Officer to Air Deputy, SHAPE.

1955                         Director of Air Policy, SHAPE.

xx xxx xxxx:           Special Appointment, Directorate of Personal Services (A)

Seconded from Royal Northamptonshire Regiment.  He took command of No 600 as they began conversion from Blenhiems to Beaufighters.

Recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order

MAXWELL, Hugh Lockhard, W/C (25046, Royal Air Force) - No.18 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 November 1940.  This recommendation was drafted 28 September 1940 by AVM Robb, AOC, No.2 Group.

"Squadron Leader Maxwell, although junior in rank, took over command of his squadron in France shortly before the German break-through had begun.  He commanded the squadron throughout a period of very active operations, culminating in the successful withdrawal of the squadron to England.  Throughout this difficult period his excellent leadership and constant care of his men did much to preserve the high morale of his squadron.

After the return of the squadron to England, Squadron Leader Maxwell took over command of one of the Flights.  Here his personal leadership in air operations, his determination and fine fighting spirit have been a most inspiring example to the rest of his squadron."

(Source - Air 2/8856)

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