Monday, April 28, 2008

Leo Charles Evan DeVigne DSO DFC 19xx-1979

S/Ldr Leo DeVigne served in the RAF from 1940-1953. He won the DSO and DFC whilst serving with No627 Squadrom Pathfinder Force. He was a test pilot from 1945-46 with No41 Group Maintenance Command. He took No6 ETPS course,and was a Service and Civilian test pilot at RAE Farnborough,being awarded the AFC.

He joined Armstrong Siddeley Motors and was Chief Test Pilot 1952-1953,carrying out the initial test flights of the deflected jet Meteor (nene). He joined Westland as a test pilot, and was involved with the Whirlwind.