Forbes in the Military

20th and 21st Centuries

Neill C. Ogilvie-Forbes O.B.E

Neill C. Ogilvie-Forbes O.B.E

British Royal Air Force (RAF)

Pilot, Instructor, Squadron Leader, Wing Commander, Air Commodore

Air Vice Marshal

Years of Service:

1922 - 1952

As a pilot, Ogilvie-Forbes and another man flew for the first time between Canada and Mexico, creating a new mail route. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Forbes in 1922 and was later appointed to oversee Canadian test flights in 1929. Ogilvie-Forbes transferred to the 13th Squadron in 1933 and was promoted to Squadron Leader in 1936. Ogilvie-Forbes headed the training of the Iraqi Air Force in 1939 and was promoted to Wing Commander that year. King Faisal II presented him with the Rafidian Order of the Two Rivers, the highest Iraqi commendation. In 1945 he was appointed acting Air Commodore and assumed the position as the Air Attache to Brussels, Belgium. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire, Officer, in 1946 and promoted to Air Commodore in 1947.