Biography

Birth date: 18 May 1904
Final rank: Group Captain
Service number: 28 - Second World War, 1939-1945

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

077161

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1944-11-21. RAN, AMF AND RAAF OFFICERS HOLDING A CONFERENCE IN THE MESS AT THE 5TH BASE SUB AREA REGARDING THE PROPOSED AIRSTRIP IN THE PALMALMAL PLANTATION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX209 MAJOR J.C. HARDIE, ACTING QUARTERMASTER, 5TH BASE SUB AREA (1); NX12229...

077161

077164

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1944-11-21. SENIOR AUSTRALIAN SERVICE OFFICERS AT A POINT NEAR THE CENTRE OF THE PROPOSED NEW AIRSTRIP NEAR THE PALMALMAL PLANTATION IN THE 5TH BASE SUB AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX12229 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL H.T. ALLAN, OBE, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER, 5TH AUSTRALIAN...

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077165

JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1944-11-21. SENIOR AUSTRALIAN SERVICE OFFICERS CHECKING OVER THE PLANS FOR THE NEW AIRSTRIP NEAR THE PALMALMAL PLANTATION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX171 BRIGADIER A.G. TORR, DSO, CHIEF ENGINEER, 1ST AUSTRALIAN ARMY (1); NX12229 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL H.T. ALLAN, OBE, MC,...

077165

OG2032

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. C. 1944-10. SENIOR OFFICERS AT A FORWARD RAAF BASE IN NEW GUINEA ARE GROUP CAPTAIN (GP CAPT) L. V. LACHAL, MELBOURNE, VIC (RIGHT), AND GP CAPT A. D. CHARLTON, MELBOURNE, VIC.

OG2032

SUK10577

Wales. C. 1939-08. The Commanding Officer of No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF based at an RAF Station, Pembroke Dock, Wing Commander L. V. Lachal, reading an address of welcome to the Australians, some of the airmen to arrive with the first contingent in this country, after their disembarkation.

SUK10577

SUK10056

A large group of RAAF airmen who arrived to form No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF at an RAF station, are inspected by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick W. Bowhill, Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Command, RAF. He was accompanied by Wing Commander L. V. Lachal, Commanding Officer of No. 10 Squadron.

SUK10056

SUK10057

Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick W. Bowhill, Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Command, RAF accompanied by Wing Commander L. V. Lachal, Commanding Officer, No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF at an RAF station, addresses the newly arrived airmen of No. 10 Squadron.

SUK10057

SUK10058

RAF Station, Pembroke Dock, Wales. C. 1939-12. Portrait of Wing Commander L. V. Lachal, Commanding Officer of No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF, taken at his Headquarters.

SUK10058

SUK10059

RAF Station, Pembroke Dock, Wales. C. 1939-12. Portrait of Wing Commander L. V. Lachal, Commanding Officer of No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF, taken at his Headquarters.

SUK10059

SUK10076

Pembroke Dock, Wales. C. 1940-01. Mr Eden, left, and Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner for Australia, are shown inspecting the airmen of No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF in the squadron hangar at an RAF station. They were accompanied by Wing Commander L. V. Lachal, the Commanding Officer of No. 10...

SUK10076

000810

Studio portrait of Wing Commander Leon Victor Lachal (later CBE) RAAF. Wg Cdr Lachal is wearing the ribbon for the King George VI Coronation medal; he attended the coronation as Squadron Leader (RAAF Detachment).

000810

SUK14893

Wales. C. 1939-09. Wing Commander Leon V. Lachal, the Commanding Officer of No. 10 (Sunderland) Squadron RAAF at RAF Station Pembroke Dock, chatting with a group of the pilots, left to right: Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) W. N. (Hoot) Gibson; Flt Lt Charles W. Pearce; Flying Officer Ivan S. Podger;...

SUK14893

UK3073

Wales. C. 1939. The first CO of No. 10 Squadron RAAF, Wing Commander Leon V. Lachal, left, at the RAF Station Pembroke Dock, speaking with four of the original members of the Squadron. Left to right: Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) W "Bill" N. Gibson; Flt Lt Charles W. Pearce; FO Ivan S. Podger; Flt Lt...

UK3073

Timeline

Date of birth 1904-05-18
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1926-04-26 Air cadet.
Date promoted 1926-11-01 Pilot officer.
Date promoted 1927-10-26 Flying officer.
Date promoted 1930-07-01 Flight lieutenant.
Date promoted 1936-07-01 Squadron leader.
Date promoted 1939-07-01 Wing commander.
Other units 1939-07-01 Commanding Officer No 10 Squadron.
Other units 1939-12-27 Commanding Officer 1st Australian Squadron to land in England.
Other units 1940-04-02 Senior Air Staff Officer, Headquarters South Australia.
Other units 1941-04-14 Commanding Officer No 3 Service Flying Training School.
Date promoted 1941-07-01 Group captain.
Other units 1942-05-14 Commanding Officer No 5 Service Flying Training School.
Other units 1942-05-16 Command Station Headquarters, Amberley.
Other units 1942-08-03 Director of Postings - Air Force Headquarters.
Other units 1944-02-10 Senior Air Staff Officer - Headquarters 9 Operations Group.
Other units 1945-01-29 Air Officer Commanding, Eastern Command.
Date promoted 1945-04-02 Air commodore.
Other units 1945-10-01 Air Officer Commanding, Eastern Area.
Other units 1945-12-06 Acting Commander Opertaions, Air Force Headquarters.
Other 1947-07-21 Appointment terminated.