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Air Commodore F M Milligan (37453)

Frederick Moir             b: 24 Sep 1915                     r: 4 Apr 1964                     d: 26 Apr 1996

OBE – 1 Jan 1951, AFC – 11 Jun 1942, MiD – 1 Jan 1946.

Act Plt Off (P): 6 Nov 1935, Plt Off: 6 Nov 1936, Fg Off: 6 May 1938, Flt Lt (WS): 6 May 1940, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Sep 1941, Act Wg Cdr: xx xxx xxxx, Sqn Ldr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Jun 1941], (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1943, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1947, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1954, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1959.

 6 Nov 1935:           Initial Officer Training, RAF Depot?

23 Nov 1935:          U/T Pilot, No 4 FTS.

14 Aug 1936:          Pilot, No 216 Sqn.

 1 Dec 1938:           PA to AOC in C, RAF Middle East.


xx xxx xxxx:             Instructor, No 32 SFTS, Moose Jaw.

xx xxx 1941:             Officer Commanding, No 2 Sqn, No 32 SFTS

29 Nov 1943:          Officer Commanding, No 623 Sqn (Stirlings, disbanded 6 Dec 1943)

xx Jan 1944:            Officer Commanding, No 90 Sqn.

15 Jun 1944:            Air Staff, HQ No 3 Group.

 1 Apr 1946:            Administrative Staff, HQ Bomber Command

25 Sep 1948:           Air Staff, HQ Air Command Far East

xx xxx xxxx:

21 Jun 1954:            Officer Commanding, RAF Bassingbourn.

16 Mar 1956:

10 Jan 1959:            Air Attaché, Washington.

xx xxx xxxx:             Chief of Staff, British Defence Staffs/Assistant Air Attaché, Washington.

1 Jun 1961:

 1 Apr 1963:            AOC/Commandant, RAF Central Reconnaissance Establishment.

He attended Sherborne College from 1929 to 1933 before going to King's College, London after which he joined the Austin Motor Company in Birmingham.

Citation  for the award of the Air Force Cross

"MILLIGAN, S/L Frederick Moir (RAF 37435) - Air Force Cross - No.32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

As Officer Commanding his squadron, this officer through his keenness, efficiency and extreme devotion to duty whilst flying has been an inspiration to the flying instructors in his squadron. Through his marked enthusiasm and outstanding flying ability his unit has attained a high standard of efficiency which has contributed largely to the output of qualified pilots."

(Source: AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943) 

Original recommendation for the award of the Air Force Cross

Original recommendation drafted 3 November 1941 by the Chief Instructor of No.32 SFTS, noting that Milligan was Officer Commanding, No.2 Squadron, and reading as follows:

"This officer’s keenness and efficiency have been an inspiration to all who have come in contact with him. Through his outstanding example, the efficiency of the squadron under his command has reached a very high standard."

The same day, the Group Captain commanding Moose Jaw wrote:

" I agree. He has shown great devotion to duty and has been an inspiration to all ranks."

On 29 November 1941, AVM A T Cowley wrote, “I concur”.

The next comment was by Air Marshal Lloyd Breadner (Chief of the Air Staff) on 11 March 1942:

"This officer’s extreme devotion to flying duty has largely contributed to the output of qualified pilots. His keenness and efficiency have been an example to other instructors and to trainees which has resulted in his squadron reaching a very high standard. I strongly recommend him for the Air Force Cross"

(Source: Air 2/4859)

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