Hippolyte De La Rue Military Person

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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.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 13th, 1891
Date of death
May 18th, 1977 at age of 86
Place of death
Kew Vic

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Royal Australian Air Force

Military conflicts participated

World War II


September 1st, 1939


September 2nd, 1945

Wikipedia article

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

World War I


July 28th, 1914


November 11th, 1918

Wikipedia article

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. The war drew in all the world's economic great powers, which were assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies and the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Although Italy had also been a member of the Triple Alliance alongside Germany and Austria-Hungary, it did not join the Central Powers, as Austria-Hungary had taken the offensive against the terms of the alliance. These alliances were reorganised and expanded as more nations entered the war: Italy, Japan and the United States joined the Allies, and the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria the Central Powers.


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