John D’Albiac

Sir John Henry D’Albiac

John D’Albiac as Commander of the Tactical Air Force during the Second World War

Born
(1894-01-28)28 January 1894

Died
20 August 1963(1963-08-20) (aged 69)
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Allegiance
United Kingdom

Service/branch
Royal Marines (1914–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–47)

Years of service
1914–47

Rank
Air Marshal

Commands held
Second Tactical Air Force (1943–44)
No. 2 Group (1942–43)
No. 222 Group (1942)
British Forces in Iraq (1941–42)
British Forces in Greece (1940–41)
RAF Palestine and Transjordan (1939–40)
RAF Scopwick (1918–19)

Battles/wars
First World War
Second World War

Awards
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece)
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)

Other work
Aerodrome Commandant, London Heathrow Airport

Air Marshal Sir John Henry D’Albiac, KCVO, KBE, CB, DSO (28 January 1894 – 20 August 1963) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Notably he was the British air commander for the Battle of Greece.

Contents

1 Biography
2 Notes
3 References
4 External links

Biography[edit]

Air Commodore D’Albiac, Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Greece, sitting at his desk in his Headquarters at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens.

D’Albiac was educated at the Seabrook Lodge School in Kent, Framlingham College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Marine Artillery in 1914 but seconded to the Royal Naval Air Service during the following year.[1] In 1916, whilst serving in France as an aeroplane observer, D’Albiac was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.[1] After serving as Station Commander at RAF Scopwick he transferred to the RAF on its establishment in 1918 and served on the Staff at Headquarters RAF Trans-Jordania from 1922 and as a Flight Commander in No. 99 Squadron from 1926.[1]
During the Second World War D’Albiac served as Air Officer Commanding RAF Palestine and Transjordan from August 1939, Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Greece from November 1940[2] before returning to be Air Officer Commanding RAF Palestine and Transjordan from May 1941 again.[1] He continued his war service as Air Officer Co