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    Default Group Captain Charles Tighe (05111) Middle East & Canada

    I am researching my grandfather. I know he served in the Middle East pre-war flying Hawker Harts and Canada during the war instructing on Dakotas. I am interested in finding the citation for the DFC and OBE he received. So far I have found the following from the London Gazette:
    Commissioned 17 January 1925
    Placed on half pay list as a Pilot Officer 1 May 1932
    Gazetted (in Flight) DFC 31 December 1936
    Promoted to Wing Commander 16 July 1940
    Gazetted OBE (as a Group Captain) 1 January 1946
    A list of any other medals would also be appreciated as I would like to make up a set of his medals.

    Thank you for any assistance you can give.

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    Hello, and Welcome.

    Go to: http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/search-awards/

    Enter 05111 in Search Keyword box

    Click on Search.

    Col.

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    Thank you for that information Col. It was lovely to read such a nice citation. Hopefully I will find out about his DFC. My mother thinks he might of had a bar to it but I haven't found any record of it. Alex

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    Alex,

    A liitle more:

    Commissioned (Permanent) P/O (17/1/1925)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...33015/page/595

    Promoted to F/O (17/7/1925)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3076/page/5499

    Placed on half pay list Scale B (1/12/1927)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3337/page/7983

    Restored to full pay list from half pay (1/12/1928)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3444/page/7983

    Promoted to F/Lt (11/9/1929)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3533/page/5855

    Placed on half-pay list Scale B (1/5/1932)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3822/page/2891

    Restored to full pay from half pay (1/8/1933)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...3969/page/5426

    Promoted to Sqn Ldr (1/12/1936)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4345/page/7741

    DFC (Ops in Palestine) (18/12/1936)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4351/page/8193

    Promoted to Wg Cdr (1/1/1940)
    http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34765/page/24

    Transferred to Technical Branch (24/4/1940)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4898/page/4363

    Mentioned in Despatches (1/1/1941)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../supplement/34

    Transferred (back) to General Duties Branch (GD) (1/6/1941)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5335/page/6374

    Promoted to Grp Cpt (temp.) (1/6/1942)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5618/page/2924

    Transferred to Technical Branch (23/6/1943)
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/4502

    OBE (M) (1/1/1946)
    http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/i...supplement/139

    Retirement (Technical Branch) at own request. (Wg Cdr [temp. Grp Cpt.]) retaining rank of Grp Cpt. (21/3/1946)
    http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/i...upplement/1795

    Col.
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    Col

    Thank you very much for filling a lot of spaces in his career.

    I hope you have a good Remembrance Sunday and are able to raise a glass to someone special.

    BW

    Alex

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    Alec,

    Did you know you can obtain his service record, details at https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-pers...sonnel-records . This will provide a record of the units with which he served, and when. Once you have these their Operations Record Books (ORB - essentially squadron/unit diaries) may add to your knowledge in terms of operations flown. That said the quality of the ORBs (held by the National Archives) is rather variable.

    Brian

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    Alex,

    It is pretty clear your Grandfather served on No.6(B) Squadron in the Middle East. W/C Ian Philpott in his book, "The Royal Air Force:An Encyclopedia of the Inter-War Years Vol.II - Re-Armament 1930 to 1939 (pp.126-34), has a fair selection of entries from the 6 Squadron ORB for those years; a sampling:

    No.6 SQUADRON - "Oculi exercitus" (The Eyes of the Army).

    Aircraft: Bristol F2b, Fairey Gordon, Hawker Hart & Hawker Demon.

    No.6 Squadron's movements during the 1930's:

    Base Station - - - - From - - - - - To - - - - - - - - - Detachments
    Ismailia - - - - - - 28.10.29 - - 29.05.36 - - Semakh, Ramleh, Haifa and Qasaba.
    Ramleh - - - - - - 29.05.36 - - 19.11.36 - - Semakh
    Ismalia - - - - - - 19.11.36 - - 22.11.37 - -
    Ramleh - - - - - - 22.11.37 - - 17.02.41 - - Haifa and Ismailia

    1934.

    December:

    Squadron personnel at the end of the year was as follows:

    04128 Squadron Leader Herbert Martin Massey - Squadron Commander
    05111 Flight Lieutenant Charles Herbert Tighe - 'A' Flight Commander
    Flight Lieutenant Tattersall - 'B' Flight Commander
    Flight Lieutenant McReynolds - 'C' Flight Commander
    Flight Lieutenant Hyden - Medical Officer

    1936.

    September:

    There were thirteen emergency calls received during the month. On the 3rd the squadron sustained casualties when Squadron Leader Massey was shot in the knee and forced to land at Tulkarm. At the end of that day troops reached a crashed aircraft and reported that Pilot Officer Hunter and his air gunner, AC1 Lincoln were dead. Flight Lieutenant Tighe had to assume command of the squadron.

    As I say, just a sampling!

    Col.
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    Thank you Col

    Some fascinating facts. Very Biggles! I know from my mother that they were posted in Ishmalia. The more I find out the more I want to know.

    BW

    Alex

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