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Trafford Leigh-Mallory

Military

Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, KCB, DSO & Bar was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. Leigh-Mallory served as a Royal Flying Corps pilot and squadron commander during the First World War. Remaining in the newly formed RAF after the war, Leigh-Mallory served in a variety of staff and training appointments throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

During the pre-Second World War build-up, he was Air Officer Commanding (AOC) No. 12 (Fighter) Group and shortly after the end of the Battle of Britain, took over command of No. 11 (Fighter) Group, defending the approach to London. In 1942 he became the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of Fighter Command before being selected in 1943 to be the C-in-C of the Allied Expeditionary Air Force, which made him the air commander for the Allied Invasion of Normandy.

In November 1944, en route to Ceylon to take up the post of Air Commander-in-Chief South East Asia Command, his aircraft, Avro York MW126, crashed in the French Alps and Leigh-Mallory, his wife and eight others were killed. He was one of the most senior British officers and the most senior RAF officer to be killed in WWII.

Awards: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order & Bar, Mentioned in Despatches (3), Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland), Order of Kutuzov, 1st Class (USSR), Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit (US).

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Mobberley, UK 11 July 1892

Son of Herbert Leigh Mallory.

Buried Le Rivier d'Allemont, 38114 Allemont, France November 1944

Le Rivier d'Allemont
Allemont, France
Near Grenoble

Died French Alps, 11013 Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy 14 November 1944

En route to Ceylon to take up the post of Air Commander-in-Chief South East Asia Command, his aircraft, Avro York MW126, crashed in the French Alps and Leigh-Mallory, his wife and eight others were killed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 23:03:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events and media associations
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