AIR COMMODORE DERYCK KINGWELL CBE, DSO, 1st QAM Patron
Deryck Kingwell was born on 15.6.1916 at Yeronga. He joined the RAAF as a cadet in 1936, graduating in 1937 with the Sword of Honour as most proficient pilot in his course. Posted first to Richmond on Hawker Demons he began a navigation course with the RAF at Manston and returned to command the General Reconnaissance School at Laverton. He commanded 23 Squadron at Archerfield and formed 332 Squadron at Port Moresby in 1942 being engaged in action on many occasions. Later converting to Beaforts and Liberators he commanded 82 Heavy Bomber WIng. Later OC RAAF Tocumwal, Air Attache in USA and Canada, OC RAAF Amberley, retiring in 1971 with the rank of Air Commodore, and the honours of CBE and DSO. He became QAM’s first Patron in 1978 holding that position until 1983. He passed away on 31.5.2002.