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(George) Augustus Walker 24 August 1912–11 December 1986 (aged 74) Nickname Gus, One-armed bandit Place of birth West Garforth, Leeds, England Place of death King's Lynn, Norfolk, England Allegiance  United Kingdom Service/branch  Royal Air Force Years of service 1931–1970 Rank Air Chief Marshal Unit No. 50 Squadron RAF Battles/wars World War II Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (GCB) Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Distinguished Service Order Distinguished Flying Cross Air Force Cross Croix de Guerre Légion d'honneur. Other work Royal Air Forces Association Rugby Union Sir George Augustus (Gus) Walker GCB CBE DSO DFC AFC MA was a Second World War bomber pilot and jet aircraft pioneer, later Inspector-General of the RAF and RAF Air Chief Marshal. Life Walker was born 24 August 1912 in West Garforth, Leeds and studied at St. Bees School in Cumberland, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[1] He played rugby for England twice in 1939.[1] On 5 September 1942 he married Dorothy Brenda Wilcox (who survived him) and they had a son and daughter.[1] He died 11 December 1986 in King's Lynn, Norfolk.[1] He had one brother called John James Rolph Walker, born in 1909 Career He joined the Air Force on a University Commission in 1931. During the Second World War he was a bomber squadron leader and wing commander, pioneering night operations, and receiving the Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross. While working as base commander at RAF Syerston he rushed in a fire truck from the control tower to a taxiing Lancaster bomber when he saw it was on fire. He then tried to remove incendiary bombs from under the bomb bay in the hope that he could prevent a 4,000Ib bomb from exploding, but it detonated and he lost his right arm as a result.[2] Returning to active service with an artificial arm, he was referred to by personnel as the one-armed bandit.[3] In 1945 he received the Croix de Guerre and Légion d'honneur.[1] His later career included being head of the RAF Flying College, Manby, developing flying techniques for jet aircraft. He received the Air Force Cross for his work in this and the techniques for flights over the North Pole.[3] From 1961 to 1966 he held the post of Inspector-General of the RAF, and in 1962 he was knighted (KCB). He continued his interest in rugby, acting as a referee and being President of the Rugby Union in 1965-6. In 1967 he was appointed Air Chief Marshal and became deputy commander of NATO forces in Europe. Following his retirement in 1970 he carried out various voluntary activities, notably for the Royal Air Forces Association, including the role of President.[3] References ^ a b c d e Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed 27 May 2009 ^ Falconer, Jonathon (1998). The Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945. Stroud: Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0750918195.  ^ a b c Proc. RAF Historical Society August 1987 pages 68-74 Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker Military offices Preceded by Sir Edmund Hudleston Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe 1967–1970 Succeeded by Sir Frederick Rosier Persondata Name Walker, Augustus Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth West Garforth, Leeds, England Date of death Place of death King's Lynn, Norfolk, England