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Thomas Higgins (RAF officer)

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Name  Thomas Higgins

Role  RAF officer

Air Commodore Thomas Charles Reginald Higgins, (21 July 1880 – 22 September 1953) was an early British aviator and senior Royal Flying Corps commander during the First World War.

After initially serving in the Royal Navy, in 1900 he joined the The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) and saw active service in the Transvaal, Natal and on the Zululand Frontier during the Boer War. From 1904 to 1909 Higgins overseas service as part of the West African Frontier Force. After his return to Great Britain, Higgins learnt to fly in 1911, gaining Royal Aero Club Certificate No. 88.

After flying duties in the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, Higgins was appointed to increasing senior posts, commanding No. 39 Squadron, the Home Defence Wing and from September 1917 the Home Defence Brigade.

Remaining in the Royal Air Force after the First World War, Higgins served as Director of Training at the Air Ministry, Chief Staff Officer in Iraq and Air Officer Commanding No. 10 Group before retiring towards the end of 1929.

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