|RAF Digby famous personalities|
Updated: 26 Jan 12
List of the famous names who have served at RAF Digby in some capacity or other.
Major J H D’Albiac, DSO FRC RNAS - later Air Marshal Sir John Henry D'Albiac KCVO, KBE, CB, DSO (28 January 1894 – 20 August 1963)
D'Albiac attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, commissioned into the Royal Marine Artillery in 1914 but seconded to the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, distinguishing himself in France as an aeroplane observer. On 28 March 1918, a group of officers and men under his command left Portholm Meadows aerodrome in Huntingdonshire and moved to Scopwick - RAF Digby - where he served as the Station Commander. He then transferred served on the Staff at Headquarters RAF Trans-Jordania from 1922 and as a Flight Commander in 99 Sqn from 1926. At the outbreak of World War II he was AOC RAF Palestine and Transjordan from August, then AOC British Forces in Greece from November 1940 before returning RAF Palestine and Transjordan. War service followed as AOC British Forces in Iraq, AOC No 222 Gp, AOC 2 Gp, notably AOC Second Tactical Air Force and Deputy Commander of the Mediterranean Tactical Air Force. Finally he served as Director-General of Personnel in November 1944 before retiring from the RAF in 1947. He was later employed as Aerodrome Commandant at London Heathrow, dying in 20 Aug 1963. See also Wikipedia.
Wg Cdr "Sticks" Gregory of 29 Sqn.
An AI Operator during the war, his nick-name 'Sticks' was because he was a professional drummer prior to joining 29 Sqn. He was mainly responsible for the daily routine of 29 Sqn not leaving the Sgts Mess without Glenn Millers' In the Mood being on the turntable as the transport arrived to take them night flying.
During the early part of the war he was a regular visitor to the Sector Ops Room when 29 Sqn operated from Digby.
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