Monday, 30 April 2012

A/Cdre Andrew G. Board CMG DSO DL 1878–1973

Air Commodore Andrew George Board (1878–1973) CMG DSO DL was an English soldier and airman, a pioneer aviator first gaining a licence in 1910 who later became an Royal Air Force Air Commodore.

Board was born in Westerham, Kent on 11 May 1878 the third son of Major John Board and his wife Mary, his father was a Magistrate. In 1932 he married Mrs Phyllis Agnew at St James's Picadilly on the 18 August 1932.Following a time in the militia Board was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the South Wales Borderers. In 1910 at his own expense he learned to fly at Hendon. On 29 November 1910 flying a Bleriot monoplane at Hendon he was awarded the Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate No. 36. In the 1911 Census he was listed as a Captain of the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderersat at the Artillery Barracks Pretoria, South Africa.By 1914 he had become a flying instructor at the Central Flying School at Netheravon, Wiltshire. On 28 Sep 1914 he became the officer commanding 7 Squadron RFC at Netheravon before moving to the western front in April 1915 as officer comings 5 Squadron RFC. He later commanded the 10th Wing RFC before taking over the control of a 20th (Reserve) Wing in Egypt.With the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918 Broad was awarded a permanent commission as a Lieutenant Colonel, rising to the rank of Air Commodore before he retired in 1931, In 1939 he re-joined the RAF as a Group Captain before retiring again in 1941. In 1943 he became a Deputy Lieutenant in Caernarvon

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