Air Force Medal awarded pre-war, Air Force Cross Gazetted 4 June 1940.
Lester Humphrey was born in 1904 and first enrolled with the R.A.F. aged 17 as an Apprentice Carpenter Rigger, qualifying as a Sergeant Pilot and going on to fly sixty four different types of aircraft, starting with biplanes, through to Hurricanes during WWII.
Humphrey was one of three pilots who became the first group to fly from Egypt to West Africa and back, in what became known as the West African Flight of 1929. During this time in the Middle East, he was seconded to the Iraqi and Egyptian Air Forces - the latter for eight years - and flew senior servicemen, ministers and diplomats around the area, instructing Pilot Officer Prince Kairy, the nephew of King Farouk, amongst many others, becoming one of the earliest flying instructors at R.A.F. Cranwell and was on the staff of the Central Flying School for four years, teaching pilots how to become instructors. He completed thirty six years service as the Chief Air Controller at the Air Traffic Control Centre near Gloucester.