|b: 28 Oct
r: 29 May
d: 31 Dec 1989
Plt Off (P): 10 Jul 1933[9
Apr 1933], Plt Off: 9 Apr 1934?, Fg Off: 9 Oct 1934, Flt
Lt: 10 Jan 1937 [ 9 Oct 1936], Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1939, (T)
Wg Cdr: xx xxx xxxx, Act Gp Capt: 12 May 1942?, Wg Cdr
(WS): 12 Nov 1942, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1944, Wg Cdr: 1
Oct 1946, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1954, AVM:
1 Jul 1956
1922: Aircraft Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training,
RAF Halton. 1925/26 -
Pilot (Airman), No 19 Sqn. (362757)
Pilot, No 19 Sqn.
Granted a Permanent Commission
Pilot, No 41 Sqn.
Supernumerary - Language Training, HQ British Forces in
Intelligence Staff, HQ Iraq Command.
Flight Commander, No 41 Sqn.
Pilot, No 1 AA Co-operation Unit.
Air Staff, HQ Fighter Command.
Officer Commanding, No 43 Sqn.
Hospitalisation and recuperation.
Air Staff, HQ No 13 (Fighter) Group.
12 May 1942:
Commanding, RAF Hornchurch.
Officer Commanding, No 81 Group
Captain - Training, HQ No 9 (Fighter) Group.
RAF Delegation to Washington.
Attended RAF Flying College, RAF Manby.
Staff - Operations, HQ Fighter Command.
Commander, Caledonian Sector
of Air Defence, SHAPE.
School of Land/Air Warfare.
Taking over command of No 43
Squadron, flying Spitfire I's in late 1939, he was
wounded during the early stages of the Battle of
Britain, losing his right eye, thereby missing the main
portion of the Battle. Recovered he joined the HQ
staff of No 13 Group. In the USA he was
responsible for overseeing the training of RAF pilots in
the country. Retired
as Air Vice Marshal 1959
Total: 2 Destroyed - 3 Shared - 1
Citation for the award of
the Distinguished Service Order:
“Squadron Leader Charles
George Lott, D.F.C. (05239)
Since 1st June,1940, this
officer has led his squadron on operational patrols over
Dunkirk, Amiens and Abbeville, and other parts of enemy
occupied territory. In July,1940, as leader of a
section of Hurricanes, he pressed home an attack in
adverse weather conditions against six Messerschmitt
110's. During the combat Squadron Leader Lott's aircraft
was badly hit but, displaying great skill, despite an
injury which eventually. necessitated the removal of an
eye, he brought his aircraft to within 3 miles of the
base before he was compelled to abandon it. He has
personally destroyed two enemy aircraft and possibly
another. This officer has displayed outstanding
leadership and an intense desire to engage the
enemy. He has set a magnificent example to all
pilots in his squadron.”
(London Gazette – 6 August