John Hearson
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John Hearson

John Hearson
Born(1883-08-05)5 August 1883
Died9 January 1964(1964-01-09) (aged 80)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army (1901-18)
Royal Air Force (1918-40)
Years of service1901-27
RankAir Commodore
Commands heldNo. 30 (Balloon Barrage) Group (1937-39)
No. 1 Air Defence Group (1927)
Special Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force (1925-27)
15th Wing RFC (1916-17)
No. 5 Squadron RFC (1915-16)
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Order of Saint Anna, 3rd Class with Swords (Russia)

Air Commodore John Glanville Hearson, CB, CBE, DSO (5 August 1883 - 9 January 1964) was a squadron and wing commander and senior staff officer in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, and a senior commander in the fledgling Royal Air Force (RAF) during the 1920s.

Military career

Pearson was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 31 July 1902.[1] He transferred to the Royal Air Force on its formation.

He reached the rank of brigadier general in 1917, and became the RAF's first Director of Training on the service's formation in April 1918. Remaining in the RAF after the war, he was promoted to air commodore on 30 June 1923.[2] In the first half of the 1920s he held senior positions on RAF Iraq Command, the British organisation responsible for maintaining control of Iraq.

Towards the end of 1925 Hearson was appointed Air Officer Commanding the Special Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force which later became the Air Defence Group and then No. 1 (Air Defence) Group. Hearson retired from the RAF in 1927 but returned to service in the build up before the Second World War to establish and command the UK's barrage balloon organisation.


  1. ^ "No. 27467". The London Gazette. 22 August 1902. p. 5465.
  2. ^ "No. 32841". The London Gazette. 3 July 1923. p. 4621.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Guy Livingston
Chief Staff Officer, HQ Training Division RFC
Royal Flying Corps subsumed into RAF
New title
RAF established
Director of Training
Succeeded by
Philip Game
As Director of Training and Organisation
No. 30 Group disbanded from 1919 to 1937
Air Officer Commanding No. 30 (Balloon Barrage) Group
Succeeded by
W J Y Guilfoyle

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