John Lawrence Portrait 4 copyAVM Lawrence was one of the last senior RAF commanders to see service throughout the Second World War.  He specialised in maritime operations and flew Blenheims on patrol over the North Sea, Catalinas and Sunderlands from Gibraltar, when he supported Operation ‘Torch’.  Towards the end of the war he commanded a Liberator squadron flying from Scotland.  He attacked and sank a U-boat 150 NW of Cape Wrath.  His post war career included command of a Venom squadron in Germany, in charge of flying operations at the Royal Radar Establishment and  co-ordinating air plans in Aden.  After command of Wittering and its Victor squadrons, he was AOC Scotland and Northern Ireland.  He was appointed CB, CBE and awarded the AFC.

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