John Frederick Andrews Higgins

John Frederick Andrews Higgins

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Air Marshal Sir John Frederick Andrews Higgins KCB, KBE, DSO, AFC, RAF (1 September 1875 – 1 June 1948) was a senior officer in the Royal Flying Corps and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in the first half of the 20th century.

RAF career

Higgins became a cadet at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in 1895 before serving in the Second Boer War. He served as Officer Commanding No. 5 Squadron from July 1913 and then at the start of November 1914, Higgins was selected to head up the RFC's training wing which was based at Netheravon.Macmillan, Norman. Sir Sefton Brancker p. 81 He went on to command II Brigade RFC, VI Brigade RFC and then III Brigade RFC during the course of World War I. In the closing stages of the War he was General Officer Commanding No. 3 Area and then General Officer Commanding Midland Area.

After the War he was appointed General Officer Commanding RAF forces of the Rhine and then Air Officer Commanding Northern Area before becoming Director of Personnel at the Air Ministry in 1920. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding Inland Area in 1922, Air Officer Commanding Iraq Command in 1924 and Air Member for Supply and Research in 1926. He retired to India in 1930 but was recalled as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Air Forces in India in October...
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