Air Vice Marshal Francis Hubert (Frank) McNamara, VC, CB, CBE

Date of birth  1894-04-04  Rushworth, VIC. 
Other  1911  Joined the Senior Cadets. 
Other  1912  Transferred to the Brighton Rifles, 46th Infantry Battalion. 
Date commissioned  1913-07  Appointed to 2nd lieutenant. 
Other  1914-12  Attended the fourth course at the Officers Training School at Broadmeadows. 
Other  1915-02 - 1915-05  Instructed at the AIF Training Depot. 
Other  1915-08  Selected to attend the third course in military aeronautics at the Point Cook Flying School. 
Date graduated  1915-10  Graduated as a pilot. 
Other units  1916-01  Posted to No. 1 Squadron Air Flying Corps as Adjutant. 
Other units  1916-05  No. 42 Squadron, RFC. 
Other units  1917  Returned to No. 1 Squadron Air Flying Corps. 
Date of honour or award  1917-03-20  Awarded Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during an aerial bomb attack upon a hostile construction train, when one of our pilots was forced to land behind the enemy's lines. Lieutenant McNamara, observing the pilots predicament and the fact that hostile cavalry were approaching, descended to his rescue. He did this under heavy rifle fire and in spite of the fact that he himself had been severely wounded in the thigh. He landed about 200 yards from the damaged machine, the pilot of which climbed on to Lieutenant McNamara's machine, and an attempt was made to rise. Owing, however, to his disabled leg, Lieutenant McNamara was unable to keep his machine straight, and it turned over. The two officers, having extricated themselves, immediately set fire to the machine and made their way across to the damaged machine, which they succeeded in starting. Finally, Lieutenant McNamara, although weak from loss of blood. flew this machine back to the aerodrome, a distance of seventy miles, and thus completed his comrade's rescue." 
Date promoted  1917-04-10  Appointed captain and flight commander. 
Date returned to Australia  1917-08-23  Invalided but to Australia due to his leg wound. 
Date of discharge  1918-01-31  His appointment with the Australian Flying Corps ended. 
Other  1918-09-09  Reappointed to the Air Flying Corps and became an aviation instructor. 
Other  1921-03  Transferred to RAAF with the rank of flight lieutenant. 
Date promoted  1924-03  Appointed squadron leader. 
Date promoted  1931-10  Appointed wing commander. 
Date promoted  1936  Appointed group captain. 
Date of honour or award  1938-01-01  Created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. 
Date promoted  1939  Appointed air commodore. 
Date promoted  1942  Appointed air vice marshal. 
Date of honour or award  1945  Companion of the Order of the Bath. 
Other  1946  Became Director of Education at the headquarters of the British Occupation Administration in Germany. 
Date of discharge  1946-07-11  Resigned from RAAF. 
Date of death  1961-11-02  London, England.