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Cuthbert MacLean
Born (1886-10-18)October 18, 1886
Died February 25, 1969(1969-02-25) (aged 82)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held British Forces Aden
Middle East Command
No. 2 (Bomber) Group
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Air Vice Marshal Cuthbert Trelawder MacLean CB DSO MC (18 October 1886 – 25 February 1969) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Middle East Command.

RAF career

Educated at Wanganui Collegiate School[1] and Auckland University College in New Zealand,[2] MacLean served in World War I in the 7th Royal Fusiliers[3] and was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915.[4] He was awarded his aviator's certificate in October 1915[3] and successively served as a flight, squadron, wing and brigade commander.[5] He received the DSO for distinguished service in France.[6]

He went on to be Air Officer Commanding British Forces Aden in 1929 and Director of Postings at the Air Ministry in 1931 before becoming Air Officer Commanding Middle East Command in 1934.[4] He was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 2 (Bomber) Group in 1938 and served in that role in the early stages of World War II before retiring in 1940.[4]

He was awarded the rank of Chevalier in the Légion d'honneur.[2]



Military offices
Preceded by
G S Shephard
Brigadier-General Commanding 1st Brigade RFC
Temporary appointment

19 – 21 January 1918
Succeeded by
D le G Pitcher
Preceded by
W G S Mitchell
Commander, Aden Command
1929 – 1931
Succeeded by
O T Boyd
Preceded by
Sir Cyril Newall
Air Officer Commanding Middle East Command
1934 – 1938
Succeeded by
Sir Hazelton Nicholl

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