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Alan Edward Marsh was born on 5th May 1912 and commissioned in the Royal Marines in January 1935. He was attached to the Fleet Air Arm in June 1938 and on the 27th he was posted to 6 E&RFTS Sywell, moving on to No. 1 SFTS on 10th September 1938.
In early July 1940 he was serving with 804 Squadron at Hatston, flying Sea Gladiators on dockyard defence.
On 22nd November 1940 he transferred to 802 Squadron aboard HMS Audacity but rejoined 804 on 24th March 1941 as Senior Pilot. The squadron was to supply aircraft and pilots for the new catapult- equipped ships.
Marsh commanded the squadron from 9th February to 30th October 1942, after which he was posted to Combined Operations HQ as FAA Planner.
Marsh held a series of appointments as Lieutenant Commander Flying, on HMS Rajah from 3rd January to 16th December 1944, on HMS Khedive from 31st December 1944 to 11th June 1945 and at RNAS Trincomalee from 12th June to 21st November 1945.
He returned to the Royal Marines in January 1946 and served in 42 Commando in Malta.
Marsh retired on 30th September 1953.
He died on 12th April 2001.
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