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John Kemp Gallie

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John Kemp Gallie (1899-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"Wing Cdr. JOHN KEMP GALLIE, O.B.E., served in the engineering branch of the R.F.C. and R.A.F. throughout his professional career. He was born in 1899 and after receiving his general education at the Invergordon Academy, and undergoing a course of instruction at the No. 2 Flight Training School, Digby, Lines, was employed as a machinist in the Royal Dockyard, Invergordon, from 1916 to 1918.

In the course of the next twenty years he rose by various stages to the rank of warrant officer engineer and in 1938 was posted to the maintenance unit at Abu Sueir, Egypt, where he was responsible for all technical work.

A year later he received a commission as flying officer, engineering branch, and was appointed to the aircraft depot at Aboukir. Later he saw service in South Africa. He returned to Great Britain in 1946, having in the meantime risen to the rank of wing commander. At the time of his death, which occurred on 9th December 1949, he was stationed at the Wyton aerodrome in Huntingdonshire. Wing Commander Gallie had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1939."

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