LOVE, Gp Capt Raymond Charles (1917-1997)

Scope and Content

Copy of typescript account 'Notes on operations in the Aegean September/October 1943', chiefly relating to RAF operations under Love's command on the Greek island of Kos, including evacuation, Oct 1943; typescript copies of citations for DFC, Oct 1941, and DSO, 1943; copies of newspaper cuttings relating to Love's wartime service, 1941-1944, 1957; typescript obituary, 1997.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1917; educated at Ryde School, Isle of Wight; joined the RAF as Acting Pilot Officer, 1935; No 2 Flying Training School, 23 Group, Digby, Lincolnshire, 1935-1936; served with 54 (Fighter) Sqn, 11 (Fighter) Group, Hornchurch, Essex, 1936-[1940]; Flying Officer, 1937; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Sqn Ldr [1940]; Commanding Officer, 222 (Natal) Sqn, Coltishall, Norfolk, 1941; awarded DFC, 1941; acting Wg Cdr (Flying), North Weald, Essex, 1941; served in Middle East, 1942-1945; commanded RAF units on Greek island of Kos, 1943; commanded defence of Antimachia airfield during German invasion of Cos, Oct 1943; awarded DSO, 1943; acting Gp Capt, 1944; commanded 251 Wing, Naples, Italy, 1944-1945; Wg Cdr, 1947; served at Central Fighter Establishment, West Raynham, Norfolk, and US Air Force Proving Ground, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA; Gp Capt, 1954; commanded RAF Manby, Lincolnshire, [1954]-1960; retired 1960; employed with an engineering firm, 1960-1967; Assistant Secretary of the Baltic Exchange, London, 1967-1977; died 1997.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1997.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Location of Originals

The original of 'Notes on operations in the Aegean September/October 1943' is held by the Imperial War Museum, London.

Geographical Names