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Hippolyte De La Rue

Aviator

Hippolyte De La Rue Air Commodore Hippolyte Ferdinand (Frank) De La Rue CBE, DFC (13 March 1891 – 18 May 1977) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Joining the Mercantile Marine as a youth, he became a pilot in Britain's Royal Naval Air Service during World War I. In 1918, he was given command of No. 223 Squadron in the newly formed Royal Air Force. De La Rue was a founding member of the RAAF in 1921, specialising in seaplanes. He became commanding officer of No. 1 Flying Training School at Point Cook, Victoria, in 1933 and, following promotion to group captain, of RAAF Station Richmond, New South Wales, in 1938. At the outbreak of World War II, De La Rue was slated to lead an air expeditionary force to Great Britain, but this plan was abandoned after Australia committed itself to the Empire Air Training Scheme. Serving as Air Officer Commanding Western Area between 1941 and 1943, he finished the war as Inspector of Administration at RAAF Headquarters, Melbourne. De La Rue retired from the Air Force in 1946, and died in 1977 at the age of eighty-six. Born in Auburn, a suburb of Sydney, De La Rue was the son of jeweller Edmond Emile De La Rue and his wife Ellen. Following a  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1891-03-13
Place of birth
Auburn
Profession
Aviator

Death

Date of death
1977-05-18
Place of death
Kew Vic

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