Harold Spencer Kerby

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Harold Kerby
Air Marshal Kerby WWII IWM CH 11947.jpg
Air Vice Marshal H S Kerby, Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters, East Africa, at the Air Ministry, London
Born14 May 1893
Died8 June 1963
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service1915 - 1946
RankAir Vice-Marshal
Commands heldNo. 4 Fighter School
No. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron
No. 72 Wing
RAF Binbrook
AHQ East Africa
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross
Air Force Cross
 
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Harold Kerby
Air Marshal Kerby WWII IWM CH 11947.jpg
Air Vice Marshal H S Kerby, Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters, East Africa, at the Air Ministry, London
Born14 May 1893
Died8 June 1963
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service1915 - 1946
RankAir Vice-Marshal
Commands heldNo. 4 Fighter School
No. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron
No. 72 Wing
RAF Binbrook
AHQ East Africa
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross
Air Force Cross

Air Vice-Marshal Harold Spencer Kerby CB DSC AFC (14 May 1893 – 8 June 1963) was a senior Royal Air Force officer who commanded British Air Forces in East Africa during the Second World War.

RAF career[edit]

A Canadian by birth[1] educated at the University of Toronto, Kerby was commissioned into the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915 during World War I.[2] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 4 Fighter School at Freiston in 1918.[2] He went on to command No. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron in 1934 and to be Air Attaché in Peking in 1936.[2] He served in World War II as Officer Commanding No. 72 Wing and then as Station Commander at RAF Binbrook before becoming Air Officer Administration at Headquarters RAF in Northern Ireland in 1940.[2] He continued his war service as Air Officer Commanding AHQ East Africa in 1943 and Air Officer Administration at Headquarters RAF Coastal Command in 1944 before retiring in 1946.[2]

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