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The Airmen's Stories - S/Ldr. A J Biggar


Arthur James Biggar was born on 20th April 1910 in Dalbeattie, Scotland.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in early 1932. On 16th April he was posted to 3 FTS Grantham. He went on a further course at 2 FTS Digby on 21st March 1933, after which he joined 16 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Old Sarum.

Biggar was posted to India, to 20 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Peshawar on 18th October 1933. Back in Britain in 1936, he was appointed to the staff of No. 1 Armament Training Camp at Catfoss on 27th September.



A move to the permanent staff of 604 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force came on 31st July 1937.

He married Eileen Gresham on 12th August 1939 at the Sacred Heart Church, Bingley, Yorkshire.

Biggar was posted from HQ 13 Group to 6 OTU on 18th September 1940 for a refresher course. He took command of 111 Squadron on 3rd October and stayed with it until February 1941.


Above: Biggar (on right) with Sgt. O Hruby.


His subsequent service is currently undocumented though he remained in the RAF after the war, graduating from the Joint Services Staff College and the Army Staff College.

Biggar was Officer Commanding RAF Lübeck in Germany from March 1949 to September 1949.

He was made a CBE (gazetted 2nd January 1956) and retired from the RAF on 1st June 1958 as a Group Captain.

Biggar died in June 1975 in Suffolk.



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