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Alfred C H Sharp CBE DSO AFC

Military

RAF: - Plt Off (Probation): 16 Jul 1924, Plt Off: 16 Jan 1924, Fg Off: 18 Jan 1926, Flt Lt: 8 Oct 1930, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1937, (Temp) Wg Cdr: 1 Mar 1940, (Temp) Gp Capt: 1 Mar 1942, Wg Cdr: 20 Nov 1942 [1 Oct 1941], Acting A/Cdre: 1 Feb 1943.
Appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, HQ 8th USAAF. 1-2-43.
Served as waist gunner on B-17 whilst 1st Air Division attacked Villacoublay. 14-7-43.
Served as waist gunner on B-17 whilst 1st Air Division attacked Hannover. 26-7-43.
On his return to RAF posting was gifted a new P-47 as a personal A/C, finding this not to his liking, managed to 'trade' it in for a new P-38 which he kept till 1947.

Awards CBE, DSO, AFC, SS, LoM[Cmdr]

Service

Units served with

  • Headquarters (8th Air Force)

    Headquarters (8th Air Force)


    8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

Aircraft

  • 44-23517

    P-38 Lightning
    RAF Air Commodore Alfred C H Sharp, a former Deputy Chief of Staff HQ 8th AF, was gifted this P-38 Lightning as his personal aircraft when he left to take up a new posting as 54 base commander. Initialy flown soley by Sharp. A 'Droop Snoot*' was lent...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

Associated Place

  • Northolt

    Military site : airfield
    At one stage the base of the 302nd Air Transport Wing.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bengaluru, Karnataka, India 13 November 1904

Born in Bangalore, India 13th Nov 1904.

Post RAF Career Boston, MA, USA 1953 – 1956

Executive Vice-President of Industrial and Management Associates Inc. in Boston, Mass. He later became Director of Sale for the Glenn L Martin Corporation.

Retired 1 February 1953

Retired: 1 Feb 1953

Died Baltimore, MD, USA 1 February 1956

Died: 1 Feb 1956 Baltimore, USA, having suffered a heart attack.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2016 23:16:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Sharp.htm

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