Harold Maguire

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Sir Harold Maguire
Born (1912-04-12)12 April 1912
Kilkishen, Ireland
Died 1 February 2001(2001-02-01) (aged 88)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1933–1968
Rank Air marshal
Commands held No. 11 Group (1961–62)
No. 13 Group (1959–60)
RAF Odiham (1950–52)
RAF Linton-on-Ouse (1946–47)
No. 226 Wing (1941–42)
No. 229 Squadron (1939–40)
Battles/wars

Second World War

Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches (3)
Other work Director-General of Intelligence (1968–72)

Air Marshal Sir Harold John Maguire, KCB, DSO, OBE (12 April 1912 – 1 February 2001) was a senior Royal Air Force officer and public servant. He was Director-General of Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence from 1968 to 1972.

RAF career[edit]

Harold Maguire was born in Kilkishen in County Clare, Ireland.[1] Educated at Wesley College, Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, Maguire joined the Royal Air Force in 1933.[2] He served in the Second World War as officer commanding No. 229 Squadron and then as officer commanding No. 226 Wing based in Sumatra.[2] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1946 for the gallant example he had set to his fellow captives while he was a prisoner of war during the Japanese invasions of Sumatra and Java in 1942.[2]

After the war he became station commander at RAF Linton-on-Ouse and then group captain, operations at RAF Fighter Command.[2] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and made station commander at RAF Odiham in 1950, became senior air staff officer at AHQ Malta in 1952 and director of tactical and air transport operations in 1956.[2] Appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1958, he went on to be senior air staff officer at Headquarters No. 11 Group later that year, air officer commanding No. 13 Group in 1959 and air officer commanding No. 11 Group in 1961.[2] After that he was made senior air staff officer at Headquarters Far East Air Force in 1962, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) in 1964 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Intelligence) in 1965 before retiring in 1968.[2] He had been knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1966.[2]

In retirement he was director-general of intelligence at the Ministry of Defence from 1968 to 1972.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1940 he married Mary Elisabeth Wild; they had a son and a daughter.[1]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Norman Denning
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence)
1965–1968
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Fyffe
Preceded by
Alick Foord-Kelcey
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence)
1964–1965
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Alick Foord-Kelcey
Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group
1961–1962
Succeeded by
Gareth Clayton
Preceded by
Alfred Earle
Air Officer Commanding No. 13 Group
1959–1960
Command disbanded
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Alfred Earle
Director-General Intelligence
1968–1972
Succeeded by
Sir Louis Le Bailly