1918 - 1939

Inter-war Years

Joining the RAF in 1922

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Micky had four uncles who had served in the British Army as well as his own father.  

One of them was Bernard who, by 1918, had won the MC and Bar for gallantry and been commissioned. Later, he would achieve the rank of Colonel in 1934.  

Another was Cecil who won the DCM. Grandpa sought the advice of a RAF colleague at Aldershot who advised that Micky should apply to the RAF. His two brothers decided to go into banking. 

Micky, my father, first joined the RAF in 1922 in the Photographic Branch in Farnborough, serving as an aircraftman. Micky joined the RAF at the same time as AC Ross alias Colonel T E Lawrence.

Micky was posted to India to Drigh Road, Karachi in 1924 and spent time in Sind Province and the Northwest Frontier doing aerial photography for such things as the Sukkur Barrage.    

His parents bought him out for £45 in 1928, supposedly because of ill-health, a recurrence of malaria. He had malaria as a child in India. Malaria was rife at the time at the airfield in Karachi.

The picture was taken at Karachi by my father when Alan Cobham passed through on his flight to Australia in 1926 in his DH50.

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