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    Good afternoon,

    This abovementioned pilot, was posted to No. 33 Sqn in the ME as OC in mid-May 1942. However, it seems that his command ended early in July, a bit premature. The ORB doesn't give any explaination nor where he was posted to. Does anyone have any information about that?

    I know that he was later promoted Wing Commander in March 44 and given command of 352 (Y) Sqn the following May. What he did between July 42 and May 44 remain a mystery.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Phil

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    Phil, Hi,

    Possibly John Ernest Proctor b. 15 Jul 1913. d. 1988 Alicante, Spain

    THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 JULY, 1940
    Air Ministry,
    30th July, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation:—
    563641 [Aircraft apprentices – Jan 26 onwards] Sgt John Ernest PROCTOR (44131).

    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are granted the war substantive rank of Flying Officer: —
    24th Nov. 1940. John Ernest PROCTOR (44131).

    Air Ministry,
    18th March, 1941. ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant John Ernest PROCTOR
    (44131), No. 32 Squadron. This officer has displayed great skill as a fighter pilot. He has destroyed at least 11 enemy aircraft; 7 of these were shot down while serving with his squadron in France. He has set a splendid example.

    2 Jun 1943. MiD. . Sqn Ldr J. E. PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131) (Acting).

    14 Jan 1944 MiD J. E. PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131) (Acting).

    Air Ministry, 2nd September, 1947.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    As Squadron Leader, extended service (A.M.O. A-775/45 Scheme B)*: —
    John Ernest PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131).1st Jan. 1947 (seniority 1st Sept. 1945) (and transferred
    to the Aircraft Control Branch on appointment).

    AIRCRAFT CONTROL BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Squadron Leader (permanent): —
    John Ernest PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131). 22nd June 1948 (seniority 1st Jan. 1945) and transferred
    to the General Duties Branch on appointment).

    Notification amended.
    2nd Nov. 1948 (p. 5776, col. 1) concerning John Ernest PROCTOR. D.F.C. (44131) for (seniority 1st
    Jan. 1945) read (seniority 1st Sept. 1945).

    Air Ministry, 17th April, 1951.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the 'following award in recognition of distinguished
    service in Korean operations: —
    Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Squadron Leader John Ernest PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131), Royal Air Force

    Squadron Leader to Wing Commander:—
    J. E. PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131). 1st July 1952 (seniority 1st Jan. 1952).

    Retirement.
    Wing Commanders:—
    J. E. PROCTOR, D.F.C. (44131). 15th Oct. 1957.

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    Hello,

    John Ernest Proctor, thrice mentioned. The first, (NYHL): 1/1/1941 -

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../supplement/39 (see also pp.33 & 38).

    Col.
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    Thanks for this.
    It seems that Proctor has been MiD in June 43 and January 44. I might be wrong but what I undestand of this is that he was serving an operational unit at that time. Any clue?
    Thanks
    Phil

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