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Sir Lawrence Wackett
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Born (1896-01-02)2 January 1896
Townsville, Queensland
Died 18 March 1982(1982-03-18) (aged 86)
St Leonards, New South Wales
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Flying Corps (1915–21)
Royal Australian Air Force (1921–30)
Years of service 1913–1930
Rank Wing Commander
Commands held RAAF Experimental Section (1924–30)
No. 7 Squadron (1919)
Battles/wars World War I
  • Sinai and Palestine Campaign
  • Battle of Hamel
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Relations Air Vice Marshal Ellis Wackett (brother)

Sir Lawrence James Wackett KBE, DFC, AFC (2 January 1896 – 18 March 1982) is widely regarded as "father of the Australian aircraft industry". He has been described as "one of the towering figures in the history of Australian aviation covering, as he did, virtually all aspects of activities: pilot, designer of airframes and engines, entrepreneur and manager". He was knighted for his services to aviation and was a winner of the Oswald Watt Gold Medal. He was also a keen angler and wrote two books on the subject.

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