Alan Christopher AWMM
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12 December 1917 AWMM AWMM
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Mr T.J. Deere, New Zealand AWMM
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- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
Wounded 5 times AWMM
- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
Admitted to Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, after baling out of his Spitfire and fracturing his wrist. AWMM
- Married Joan Fenton on 18 September 1945. She had served during the war as a driver with the American Ambulance Unit and they had been introduced by a mutual friend at Catterick in March 1941.
Acting Flight Lieutenant, 26 May 1940.
On the 10 May 1941, he was scrambled to investigate a Bf 110 flying westwards into British air space. He did not sight the enemy aircraft but after landing was told it had crashed near Glasgow. The pilot, on this ill-fated mission to the British Government, was Rudolf Hess.
Squadron Leader, 1 August 1941.
Wing Commander, 1943.
Wing Leader at Biggin Hill, 1943.
Wing Commander, 84 Group, RAF, 1944 - 1945.
Permanent commission with RAF, August 1945. Commanded Polish Mustang Wing.
Commanded RAF Station Luxford, 1945 - 1946.
Instructor at RAF College, Bracknell, UK, 1957.
Group Director of RAF College, Bracknell, October 1957.
Received the George Cross on 1 January 1958.
Director of Postings, Air Ministry, October 1959.
Aide-de-camp (ADC) to the Queen, 1962.
Assistant Commandant, Cranwell, UK, January 1963.
Air Commodore and Commander of East Anglia Fighter Section, October - November 1963.
Led the funeral cortege for Winston Churchill, 30 January 1965.
Commandant at RAF Halton, UK, November 1965 - October 1967.
Officially retired, October 1967.
Director of Sport for RAF (a civilian position) to December 1977.
During his World War II Flying career he had 22 confirmed victories, 10 probables, and a further 18 enemy aircraft damaged.
Received Order of British Empire (O.B.E) 1 June 1945
Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
- When Alan Christopher Deere first applied for the army, due to having over 9 siblings, he could not afford to get in. One of his close friends Ivan Thomas Ernest Maney had also applied for the airforce at the same time. Due to poor eyesight he was rejected. Ivan and wife, Margret paid the fees for Alan to be accepted into the War.
During the war, Alan got shot out of one of his spitfires 8 times over germany, but lived. Public - Allie - Other relative - 8 August 2017 - Great Grandfather, Ivan Manley, was close friends with Alan and has told the story to my grandmother who had passed it onto me.
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Public - Nathan John - 17 August 2017
Alan Deere;markings"kiwi" battles with Britain,gallant a flair!
Spitfires his favour,downing weary 109s speared
Eighteen his puncture,tally gunnery "flared."
Climbing diving,barrel roll sphere
Strongly "Al" determined he Dares!
Taking the challenge,above the channel their fire
Folding the prop,rudder fin stonewalled I retire.
Manston my landing,of softly clover flyer
A cat of "nine" lives staying I aspire.
Bailing out a low chute glide
Binding those 109s,closely England I side
My awards of merit,for country I abide!
Of time now ended,Wendover I stay
Sprinkles of ashes;for the "Thames" memorial day!
Copyright:N.J.Deller 12/12/16 (77yrs) "Above the clouds you will find I peer
Alan Christopher highly Deere."
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
- Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
- Wynn, K. (1989). Men of the Battle of Britain. Norwich, England: Gliddon Books. AWMM
- Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
Vol. 3 p. 588 ref 3 AWMM
- Deere, Alan. Papers, 1937 - 1996. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2007-64. AWMM
- Deere, A.C. (1959). Nine lives. London, England: Quality Book Club. AWMM
|17 August 2017||Nathan John||Hettstedt Germany||Other||
|08 August 2017||Allie||Aucklalnd, New Zealand||Other relative||
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