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Sir Lawrence Darvall
Born 24 November 1898
Died 17 November 1968
Place of birth Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
Place of death Surrey, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army (1918–21)
Royal Air Force (1921–56)
Years of service 1918–1956
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held RAF Hawkinge
RAF Andover
No. 2 Flying Instructors School
No. 46 Group
No. 216 Group
Air Headquarters Italy
No. 3 Group
No. 23 Group
Joint Services Staff College
NATO Defense College
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross

Air Marshal Sir Lawrence Darvall, KCB MC (24 November 1898 – 17 November 1968) was a senior Royal Air Force officer.

RAF career[edit | edit source]

Darvall was commissioned into the Green Howards on 16 August 1916 during the First World War.[1] After transferring to the RAF as a flying officer in 1919,[2] he became officer commanding, RAF Hawkinge in April 1939.[1] He served in the Second World War as officer commanding, RAF Andover from October 1939, officer commanding, No. 2 Flying Instructors School at RAF Cranwell from September 1940 and as Director of Air Transport Policy and Operations from 1943.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding, No. 46 Group in September 1944 and Air Officer Commanding, No. 216 Group in June 1945.[1]

After the war he became Air Officer Commanding, Air Headquarters Italy in June 1946, Air Officer Commanding, No. 3 Group in March 1947 and Air Officer Commanding, Headquarters, RAF Flying Training Command in January 1949.[1] After that he became Air Officer Commanding, No. 23 Group in February 1950, Commandant of the Joint Services Staff College in 1951 and Commandant of the NATO Defense College in Paris in November 1953 before retiring in April 1956.[1]

He was granted the right to retain his rank of air marshal on his retirement.[3]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Ledger
Air Officer Commanding No. 23 Group
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Allan Hesketh

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