Noble Frankland

Historian, Author

1922 –


Who is Noble Frankland?

Anthony Noble Frankland CB, CBE, DFC, DPhil, is a British historian and a former Director General of the Imperial War Museum.

Noble Frankland attended Trinity College, Oxford from March 1941 to May 1942, and then from October 1945 to November 1947.

He served in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1945, as a navigator in RAF Bomber Command and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. He left the RAF in 1945 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

From 1948 until 1951 he worked at the Air Historical Branch of the Air Ministry, and received his DPhil from Oxford in April 1951. He was an Official Military Historian to the Cabinet Office between 1951 and 1958. During this time he and his co-author Sir Charles Webster wrote a four volume official history of the RAF's strategic air offensive against Germany. This was part of the official History of the Second World War series. In 1963 he was invited to give the Lees Knowle Lecture and lectured on The Strategic Air Offensive.

From 1960 to 1982 he was Director of the Imperial War Museum and transformed it from a failing institution into one of the world's leading historical centres for the study of the conflicts of the 20th century. During 1971–74 he was historical advisor to the Thames Television series, The World at War, and completed several books on historical subjects.

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Also known as
  • Dr. Anthony Noble Frankland CB, CBE, DFC, DPhil
  • England
  • Trinity College, Oxford

on July 23, 2013


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