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Group Captain H. EDWARDS, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.
"The highest possible standard of gallantry and determination"


Group Captain H. I. Edwards, V.C., D.S.O., O.B.E. D.F.C., 39005 RAF, 139 Squadron R.A.F.; commanded 105 Squadron R.A.F. 1942-43, R.A.F. Binbrook 1943-44, R.A.F. Station Chittagong 1945. Regular air force officer of Fremantle, Western Australia.  Born Fremantle on 1 August 1914.


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Many Australian airmen served in the R.A.F. units in Britain throughout the war.  On 4 July 1941 Blenheim bombers from No. 105 Squadron R.A.F. were led on a daylight attack on Bremen by the C.O., Wing Commander Hugh I. Edwards, of Fremantle, Western Australia, who three weeks earlier had won the D.F.C.   The attack was made at rooftop level through heavy flak, and every plane was hit, four being destroyed.  The attack was completely successful, and Edwards was awarded the V.C. for displaying "the highest possible standard of gallantry and determination".  This picture shows him leaving Buckingham Palace after the investiture, accompanied by his wife (left) and mother-in-law.

Pictorial History of Australia at War 1939-45 by Charles Meeking, Volum II


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Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, air officer commanding-in-chief, Bomber Command, visiting R.A.F. Station Binbrook, in September 1943.   He is followed by Air Vice-Marshal E. A. B. Rice, commander of No. 1 Group and the commander of Binbrook, Group Captain H. I. Edwards, V.C.


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Australian Prime Minister Mr. Curtin talking to a fellow West Australian, Group Captain H.I. Edwards, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C., at headquarters of No. 460 Squadron, R.A.A.F.

Pictorial History of Australia at War 1939-45 by Charles Meeking, Volum IV


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Group Captain H. I. Edwards V.C.
by Stella Bowen

This distinguished Australian and much decorated airman was appointed Commanding Officer of No. 460 Squadron's base at Binbrook in February 1943.


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Party to farewell G/C Hugh Edwards in the Officer's Mess on 13 December 1944. Left to right:- S/L Foggo (Air Control Officer), G/C Hugh Edwards, G/C K. Parsons

Photo supplied by Vic Grimmett

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G/C Hugh Edwards at his farewell party to in the Officer's Mess on 13 December 1944

Photo supplied by Vic Grimmett


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