Category:Graduates of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell
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1. Royal Air Force College Cranwell – The Royal Air Force College is the Royal Air Force training and education academy which provides initial training to all RAF personnel who are preparing to be commissioned officers. The College also provides training to aircrew cadets and is responsible for all RAF recruiting along with officer. Originally established as an aviation training centre during World War I. During World War II, the College was closed and its facilities were used as a training school. Reopening after the War, the College absorbed the Royal Air Force Technical College in 1966, the Royal Air Force College is based at RAF Cranwell near Sleaford in Lincolnshire, and is sometimes titled as the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Cranwell was first established in 1916 as the Royal Navy air training centre, the Royal Navys Central Depot and Training Establishment opened on 1 April 1916 at Cranwell under Paines leadership. In 1917 Paine was succeeded by Commodore Luce and in 1918 following the foundation of the Royal Air Force in April, as a Royal Air Force establishment, Cranwell became the headquarters of No.12 Group for the last few months of the war. In practice this meant that Cranwell cadets could not reach the temptations of London in their free time, the Royal Air Force College was formed on 1 November 1919 as the RAF College under the authority of its first commandant Air Commodore Charles Longcroft. On 5 February 1920 the College was raised to command status and it is the oldest military air academy in the world. On 20 June 1929, an aeroplane piloted by Flight Cadet C J Giles crashed on landing at the College, a fellow flight cadet, William McKechnie pulled Giles, who was incapable of moving himself, from the burning wreckage. McKechnie was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal for his actions, in 1936 the College was reduced from command to group status within Training Command and the commandant ceased to hold the title of Air Officer Commanding RAF Cranwell. Just before the outbreak of World War II, the Air Ministry closed the College as an officer training establishment. With the need to train aircrew in large numbers it was redesignated the RAF College Flying Training School and it was also in 1947 that the Equipment and Secretarial Branch cadets were admitted to the College alongside the traditional flight cadets. The postwar restoration of the College was a period of change, by 1960 they lived and were dressed as officers, served by batmen. In the same period the 1957 Defence White Paper suggested the RAF would replace human pilots by guided missiles and these vicissitudes are documented in Haslams narrative and the personal memoir of a New Zealand cadet 1951-53. In 1952 a College Memorial Chapel was established within College Hall, ten years later it was relocated to the then new College Church, St Michael and All Angels, which is situated nearby to the south-east of College Hall. In 1966 the Royal Air Force Technical College at RAF Henlow, the College functioned 1919-71 as a cadet college graduates receiving permanent RAF commissions after a residential course of two to three years. These trainees now include women, and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell is today the RAFs only initial officer training establishment, prior to the construction of the neo-classical College Hall, training took place in old naval hutsRoyal Air Force College Cranwell – The Lord Trenchard inspecting cadets
2. Percy Bernard, 5th Earl of Bandon – Air Chief Marshal Percy Ronald Gardner Bernard, 5th Earl of Bandon, GBE, CB, CVO, DSO was an Anglo-Irish aristocrat who served as a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in the mid-20th century. He was a squadron, station and group commander during the Second World War, and he was awarded the American Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal in 1946. On his fathers side he was a great-grandson of the Right Reverend Charles Bernard, Bishop of Tuam, younger son of James Bernard, 2nd Earl of Bandon. His family resided in a house on the Theobalds Park estate in Hertfordshire where the horse breeder and owner Lady Meux had loaned his parents a house. In the summer of 1914 he and his brother were sent to St. Having studied for and passing the examination he entered the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell in Lincolnshire in 1922. In 1924, whilst still a cadet in B Squadron at Cranwell, Bernard succeeded his first cousin twice removed, James Bernard, 4th Earl of Bandon and this was an Irish peerage and did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords. The new Earl eventually received £123,000 compensation for the damage to the family seat, the earl built a modern and modestly sized mansion alongside the castle ruins. Although the British Army and the Royal Navy have always had a significant number of peers within their ranks the new Earl of Bandon was almost unique within the RAF. Known to one and all by the name of Paddy Bandon he developed a devilish sense of humour and was involved in many scrapes with superior officers during his career. An immaculately dressed army officer snootily told him, I am Major the Honourable and you and your men are improperly dressed and must leave. The Earl replied, I am Group Captain the Earl of Bandon, now do push off, theres a good chap. The Earl graduated from Cranwell in December 1924 and was posted as a pilot to No 4 Squadron RAF in the rank of pilot officer, two years later he was promoted to flying officer and appointed as a Qualified Flying Instructor at No 5 Flying Training School RAF. In November 1931 he returned to flying duties with No 216 Squadron RAF. Promotion to squadron leader came on 1 December 1936 when the Earl was posted to RAF Ternhill in Shropshire as a commander at No 10 Flying Training School. At the end of 1938 Bandon spent several months as a squadron leader within No 6 Group RAF. On 1 January 1940 he received a promotion to wing commander. Later that year he received his first proper command when appointed Officer Commanding No.82 Squadron RAF, a month later he was additionally designated Station Commander of RAF WattonPercy Bernard, 5th Earl of Bandon – Air Vice-Marshal the Earl of Bandon, Air Officer Commanding No, 224 Group RAF at his Headquarters at Akyab, Burma.
3. George Beamish – Air Marshal Sir George Robert Beamish, KCB, CBE was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force from the Second World War to his retirement in the late 1950s. He was also the chairman of the RAF Rugby Union and an Air Force rugby selector, George Beamish was born in Dunmanway, Ireland on 29 April 1905. From 1923 Beamish attended the RAF College, Cranwell as a cadet and after he was commissioned in late 1924. In 1934 he was made Flight Commander of No.45 Squadron, after attending RAF Staff College in 1937 he was attached to the Air Staff. In 1939 he was made Senior Operations Officer for Palestine and Transjordan, on 17 May 1941 he was appointed senior RAF officer on Crete overseeing the reception of units after their withdrawal from Greece. To aid him in this task he was allocated two RAF squadrons from Egypt,30 and 205 to bolster the fighters already stationed on the island, but following the German Invasion of Crete this action turned into the defence of the island. Unable to convince the Army Commander of the need to defeat the invaders from the air, Beamish remained on Crete to assist General Freyberg, both men escaping the island aboard a Sunderland in late May. 44 Group and then No.45 Group, after the war he became President of the RAF Selection Board and then Director of Weapons at the Air Ministry in 1947. He went on to be Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1949, Air Officer Commanding, Air Headquarters Iraq in 1950 and his last appointments were as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Transport Command in 1954 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Technical Training Command in 1955. In 1955, Beamish was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, in 1962 he was made High Sheriff of County Londonderry. Beamish won his first international cap in 1925, at the age of 19, at the time he was representing Coleraine at club level. Beamish was then selected for the games of the tournament, a home loss to Scotland. During the 1927–28 season, and now playing rugby for Leicester. In 1928, nearly three years after his last international game, Beamish was recalled to the Ireland team, from the first game of the 1928 Five Nations Championship until the end of the 1933 tournament Beamish was rarely out of the squad. In 1930 Beamish was selected for the British Isles team on their tour of Australia and he played in all five Tests and 17 of the regional matches, scoring two tries, one each against Otago and a joint Marlborough/Nelson Bay team. After the British tour Beamish returned to the Ireland squad for the 1931 Championship playing in all four games and he was then selected as Ireland team captain when the team faced the 1931 touring South African team in Dublin. He retained the captaincy for the 1932 Home Nations Championship, the 1933 campaign was Beamishs last for Ireland, playing in all three games and captaining the team in a win over Wales. During his career, Beamish also played rugby for London Irish and was captain of the RAF rugby sideGeorge Beamish – George Beamish
4. Dermot Boyle – Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Dermot Alexander Boyle, GCB, KCVO, KBE, AFC was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He served in the Second World War initially as an officer with the Advanced Air Striking Force in Reims in which capacity he organised the evacuation of the Force through Brest in May 1940. His war service included tours as a squadron commander, as a station commander. Born the son of Alexander Francis and Anna Maria Boyle, Dermot was brought up in Abbeyleix, County Laois and educated at St Columbas College and he joined the Royal Air Force on 14 September 1922 as a flight cadet at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. On successfully passing through the College, he was commissioned as an officer on 31 July 1924. He attended the Flying Instructors Course at the Central Flying School in March 1927, Dermot Boyle and Richard Atcherley together formed the schools display team while they were resident at the Central Flying School at this time. Boyle was made Assistant Adjutant at No.601 Squadron at RAF Hendon on 5 October 1929 and was promoted to lieutenant on 13 October 1929. Boyle became a Qualified Flying Instructor at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in January 1930 and he joined the Personnel Staff at Headquarters RAF India in April 1933 and then attended the RAF Staff College in 1936. Promoted to squadron leader on 1 October 1936, he became Officer Commanding No.83 Squadron at RAF Turnhouse flying Hind bombers in January 1937. He went on to be Chief Flying Instructor at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in July 1937 and was awarded the Air Force Cross on 8 June 1939, in May 1940, when the German Army broke through, he organised the evacuation of the Force through Brest. He went on to be Assistant Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence in February 1941 and was mentioned in despatches on 1 January 1941 and again on 24 September 1941. Promoted to the rank of group captain on 1 December 1941, he became Station Commander at RAF Stradishall in January 1942. He was mentioned in despatches again on 2 June 1943 and promoted to captain on a war substantive basis on 17 November 1943. Boyle was appointed Air Aide-de-Camp to the King on 1 January 1944 and he appointed a Commander of the Order of the Crown with Palms and awarded the Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palms by the Prince Regent of Belgium on 11 July 1947 for his role in liberating Belgium. After the War Boyle stayed in the RAF, being appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1946 New Year Honours and relinquishing his rank of acting air vice marshal on 19 March 1946. He attended Imperial Defence College in 1946 and became Assistant Commandant of the RAF Staff College and he became Director-General of Personnel at the Air Ministry with the acting rank of air vice marshal on 26 July 1948 and Director General of Manning at the Air Ministry in August 1949. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No.1 Group in April 1951 and was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1953 New Year Honours. Boyle became Chief of the Air Staff and was promoted to air marshal on 1 January 1956Dermot Boyle – Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Dermot Boyle
5. Simon Bryant (RAF officer) – He was knighted in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Educated at Stamford School and the University of Nottingham, graduating in 1977 in Geography and he was regraded on graduation, and then promoted to flying officer and to flight lieutenant in 1978. Trained as a fast jet navigator, he completed two tours on the F-4 Phantom in the Air Defence role before a tour with the US Navy. Promoted to squadron leader in 1985, Bryant then flew the Tornado F3 as an executive at RAF Leeming. On return to the UK, a tour as Head of Joint Capability at the Ministry of Defence was followed by his promotion to air vice marshal and he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2011 New Year Honours List. In June 2011, Bryant said, that in the context of operations in Libya, huge demands were being placed on equipment, prime Minister David Cameron responded by telling the defence chiefs to stop criticising Libya mission. His retirement was marked by a dining-out on 30 March 2012, Bryant is married to Helen, and they have a son, Benjamin, and daughter Alexandra. He is a sportsman, particularly enjoying golf, real tennis, skiing, hockey and squashSimon Bryant (RAF officer) – Air Chief Marshal Simon Bryant
6. Charles, Prince of Wales – Charles, Prince of Wales is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Known alternatively in South West England as Duke of Cornwall and in Scotland as Duke of Rothesay, he is the heir apparent in British history. He is also the oldest person to be next in line to the throne since Sophia of Hanover, Charles was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. After earning a bachelor of degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1981, he married Lady Diana Spencer and they had two sons, Prince William later to become Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, in 1996, the couple divorced, following well-publicised extramarital affairs. Diana died in a car crash in Paris the following year, in 2005, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles has sought to raise awareness of the dangers facing the natural environment. As an environmentalist, he has received awards and recognition from environmental groups around the world. His support for alternative medicine, including homeopathy, has been criticised by some in the medical community and he has been outspoken on the role of architecture in society and the conservation of historic buildings. Subsequently, Charles created Poundbury, a new town based on his theories. He has authored a number of books, including A Vision of Britain, A Personal View of Architecture in 1989 and he was baptised in the palaces Music Room by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, on 15 December 1948. When Prince Charles was aged three his mothers accession as Queen Elizabeth II made him her heir apparent. As the monarchs eldest son, he took the titles Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince. Charles attended his mothers coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, seated alongside his grandmother, as was customary for upper-class children at the time, a governess, Catherine Peebles, was appointed and undertook his education between the ages of five and eight. Buckingham Palace announced in 1955 that Charles would attend school rather than have a private tutor, Charles then attended two of his fathers former schools, Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire, England, followed by Gordonstoun in the north-east of Scotland. He reportedly despised the school, which he described as Colditz in kilts. Upon his return to Gordonstoun, Charles emulated his father in becoming Head Boy and he left in 1967, with six GCE O-levels and two A-levels in history and French, at grades B and C, respectively. Tradition was broken again when Charles proceeded straight from school into universityCharles, Prince of Wales – The Prince of Wales in Jersey, July 2012
7. Ron Chippindale – Ronald Ron Chippindale was the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents in charge of the New Zealand Office of Air Accidents Investigations. He was born in Kettering, England, and moved to New Zealand in 1938 and he was educated at Rangiora High School. Chippindale was a pilot for the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1951 to 1974, flying transport and he was a qualified flight instructor and spent over eight years in Defence Flight Safety before retiring after 23 years of service. He was a graduate of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, in 1992, when a Chief Executive was appointed, Chippindale became the Chief Inspector of Accidents with the TAIC, an appointment he retained until his retirement on 31 October 1998. He was involved in several major aircraft accident investigation such as being the chief investigator of the Mount Erebus Disaster, Chippindale has represented New Zealand at Accident Investigation Group meetings of ICAO and drafted the ICAO circular on the provision of Family Assistance after an aircraft accident. He was also the New Zealand Councillor to the International Society of Air Accident Investigators, in March 2007, Chippindale was one of 22 people who received a New Zealand Special Service Medal at a ceremony in Wellington. The medal was awarded for the work in what known as Operation Overdue. Chippindale,74, was struck by a car went out of control in Porirua,20 km north of Wellington, at 7. 25am 12 February 2008. Until his death, he was a lecturer teaching Aircraft Safety Investigations in a 3 paper series extramurally at Massey University School of Aviation. Massey University, Air Safety Investigations Handbook by Mr. R. Chippindale Erebus investigator killed in crashRon Chippindale – Chippindale at Christchurch in 1979, preparing to depart for Antarctica
8. Ian Cross (RAF officer) – Ian Kingston Pembroke Cross, was a British Royal Air Force officer and bomber pilot who was taken prisoner during the Second World War. Notable for his part in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in March 1944 when he was one of the men recaptured, Ian Cross was born in Cosham, Hampshire the son of Jeannie and Pembroke Cross a successful chartered surveyor, estate agent and valuer. His older brother Kenneth later became Air Chief Marshal Sir Kenneth Cross, AOC-in-C Bomber, Ian Cross was a frail child and had a home tutor due to his early poor health. In 1918 the family moved to Hayling Island and there his health began to improve rapidly and he was educated at Churchers School, Petersfield until 1936 where he was recognized as a track athlete and Rugby football player and as a member of the school Officer Training Corps. Ian Cross left school and followed his older brother Kenneth into the Royal Air Force to train as a pilot, Cross joined the Royal Air Force as an officer cadet on 12 October 1936 receiving his initial flight training at a civil flying school at Hanworth. He was commissioned as a pilot officer on 21 December 1936 with service number 39305 joining No. His first operational sortie was on 3 December 1939, a strike on German vessels near Heligoland. Soon afterwards Cross was appointed “first pilot” and he went on to complete 34 operations, posted to No.11 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Bassingbourn he was unhappy as a flying instructor and pressed for a return to operational flying. Amongst the bombers hunting the warships was a Vickers Wellington Mark Ic of No.103 Squadron RAF flown by Squadron Leader Ian Cross, unsuited to daylight operations the RAF were using almost everything they had available to try to sink the warships. Cross took off from RAF Elsham Wolds at 1452 hours on that afternoon, twenty four hours later the four survivors were rescued by German air-sea-rescue. He was one of the prisoners moved by the Germans to the reputedly escape-proof Stalag Luft III where he continued his activities. He was one of the 76 men who escaped the camp on the night of 24–25 March 1944. When the Germans discovered the escape they began extensive well planned manhunts, Ian Cross was one of the prisoners recaptured relatively quickly by local patrols and were initially held locally. Nineteen recaptured officers were loaded into a lorry the following day, here the numbers of recaptured officers grew until thirty-five were held there. The prisoners were threatened with death and interrogated harshly but not physically and he was one of the 50 escapers executed and murdered by the Gestapo. Originally cremated and buried at Sagan, he is now buried in part of the Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, where his parents chose the inscription “Faithful unto death, To his God and Country” for his headstone. It was published in a supplement to the London Gazette on 8 June 1944, see Stalag Luft III murders The Gestapo executed a group of 50 of the recaptured prisoners representing almost all of the nationalities involved in the escape. Post-war investigations saw a number of guilty of the murders tracked downIan Cross (RAF officer) – Memorial to "The Fifty" down the road toward Żagań
9. Stephen Dalton – Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Gary George Dalton, GCB, ADC is a retired Royal Air Force commander and current Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. As commanding officer of XIII Squadron, he deployed on Operation Jural and he then moved on to high command, serving as Head of Air Operations at the Ministry of Defence during the preparations for and conduct of Operation Telic in Iraq. In that capacity he implemented 2,700 redundancies, as determined by the Strategic Defence, Dalton was educated at Clarendon Park Junior School and Lancaster School in Leicester, and then the University of Bath, where he studied Aeronautical Engineering. Dalton was commissioned as a University Cadet on 16 September 1973, Dalton was promoted to flying officer on 15 January 1977, and then flight lieutenant on 15 October 1977. He flew the SEPECAT Jaguar on three tours, operating from the UK and Germany in both attack and tactical reconnaissance roles. Dalton was promoted to squadron leader on 1 July 1984, following the Advanced Staff Course, training to fly the Panavia Tornado, and promotion to wing commander on 1 July 1990, Dalton commanded XIII Squadron. He deployed on Operation Jural, the United Kingdoms contribution to Operation Southern Watch enforcing the No-Fly Zone over Southern Iraq, Dalton was promoted to group captain on 1 July 1994, and in 1997 took command of RAF Coltishall and the RAFs Jaguar force. On promotion to air commodore on 1 January 2000, he was appointed Head of the Eurofighter Typhoon Programme Assurance Group at the Ministry of Defence, following the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2002, Dalton was appointed Head of Air Operations, also at the Ministry of Defence. His tenure in this role was dominated by the preparations for, on promotion to air vice marshal on 14 May 2003, Dalton was appointed Director Information Superiority. He was also appointed Controller Aircraft in 2004, retaining this post upon his appointment as Director Typhoon on 2 May 2006 and he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2006 New Year Honours. On 1 May 2007, Dalton was promoted to air marshal, in the 2009 Birthday Honours he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. He was promoted to air marshal and appointed Chief of the Air Staff. Dalton was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2012 Birthday Honours, in light of the Libyan conflict, Dalton warned that there was a heck of a lot to be doing and that the military was nearing the point of exhaustion. Dalton was appointed as Honorary Air Commodore to the RAF Regiment on 21 September 2013 and he became Vice President of the Yorkshire Air Museum in 2009 before taking up the post of President in 2015. It was announced on 20 December 2016 that Dalton would be appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jersey and he was sworn in to office on 13 March 2017. Dalton is married with two grown-up children and his interests include sports, theatre and history. He was awarded a degree by the University of Leicester in 2011. BBC News – Profile, Air Marshal Stephen DaltonStephen Dalton – Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton in Afghanistan, January 2010
10. John Dewar (RAF officer) – Wing Commander John Scatliff Dewar, DSO, DFC was a World War II Royal Air Force fighter pilot who was killed in action during the Battle of Britain. Dewar was born in Mussoni, Lahore, India, the son of Douglas Dewar who was working for the Indian Civil Service at the time. John was named for his grandfather, John M. E. Scatliff and he was educated at The Kings School, Canterbury where he was a School Monitor and played in the Cricket XI and the Rugby XV. Dewar was a member of the school Officer Training Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant and he was also Editor of the school magazine, The Cantuarian. Dewar attended the Royal Air Force College Cranwell from 1926 and 1927 and his first posting was to No.13 Army Co-operation Squadron at Andover. Dewar was promoted to Flying Officer on 17 June 1929 and he became a Qualified Flying Instructor at the School of Naval Cooperation. In 1933 he was posted to No.822 Fleet Spotter/Reconnaissance and he served as part of the Home Fleet and in the Mediterranean. On one occasion he was washed overboard in the Bay of Biscay but was rescued and he was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant on 1 February 1934 while at sea in the Caribbean. In 1934 he was transferred to No.801 Fleet Fighter Squadron and he was promoted to Squadron Leader on 1 February 1938 and posted to Thorney Island as Senior Operations Officer. On 10 November 1939 he was posted to RAFs No.11 Group pilot pool for reassignment to a fighter squadron and he was by that time one of the most senior active duty pilots in the RAF. On 10 July 1937 he married Kathleen Kay Bowyer, daughter of Southampton politician P. V, on 7 May 1940, returning from a sortie in bad weather and low on fuel, Dewar had to force land his Hurricane at an unserviceable airfield at Villefranche. As he touched down his wheels dug into the mud and the aircraft overturned, in spite of his injury, he refused to ground himself and continued to fly. He claimed a Dornier Do 17 shared and two Junker Ju 87s of I. /StG2 on 11 May, and another JU87 the next day, for this and his leadership of 87 Squadron he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. On 20 May 1940, in the face of the advancing German Army and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross which appeared in the London Gazette of 31 May 1940. The citation reads, Air Ministry,31 May 1940, the KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned awards, in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy, —Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Squadron Leader John Scatliff DEWAR This officer has shot down five aircraft and led many patrols with courage. In the same edition of the Gazette he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order with the following citation, Squadron Leader John Scatliff DEWAR, D. F. C. Before intensive operations started this officer injured his shoulder in a severe flying accidentJohn Dewar (RAF officer) – Exeter Airfield, summer 1940
11. Mukhtar Ahmad Dogar – Air Commodore Mukhtar Ahmad Dogar was the Pakistan Air Force bomber pilot and aerial warfare specialist who was the first military person to receive the Pakistani military award Sitara-e-Jurat. A World War II veteran, he is most known for his participation in Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 when he had interecepted the IAF fighter jets, Dogar gained a commission in Royal Air Force, and was accepted into the Royal Air Force Academy in Cranwell. After he graduate from the Academy, he gained his B. S. in Aerospace studies, after his education, Dogar joined Royal Air Force, and participated in 1945 Burma Campaign as a Flying officer. After the independence of Pakistan, Flying officer Dogar opted Pakistans nationality and he was stationed in Gilgit-Baltistan, and actively participated in Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. Though unarmed and unable to retaliate, the pilot refused to capitulate. The government of Pakistan had given orders to Pakistan Air Force to stay away from the conflict, Pakistan, faced with limited aircraft and the hazardous weather, issued specific orders to PAF to not be involved in the conflict while the ground operations were undertaken by the Army. In the early morning of 4 November 1948, Dogar, along with Flying Officer Jagjivan, while returning to base, the pilots had spotted the IAFs Hawker Tempests, in a covert operation. At first, Dogar believed it was the Pakistani aircraft, Dogar continued flying with the IAF pilots. The order was repeated three times but the PAF pilots did not respond, aggravated, the IAF pilots threatened to shoot down Dogar and Jagjivan if the orders werent followed. The IAF pilots fired a free burst to show that they were armed, Dogar and Jagjivan tried to avoid to respond as they had given orders by the Government of Pakistan. The army personnel on the ground had requested the pilots to ease off, Flying Officer Alfred Jagjivan and Naik Mohammad Din, however, stood watching from the open doorway of the aircraft, blissfully unaware of what was to come to them a minute later. At this time, one of the IAF pilots broke off, gained a little height and he fired a full burst of 20 mm at the PAF pilots, fatally wounding Naik Mohammad Din and knocking Jagjivan unconscious with a profusely bleeding arm. The encounter had lasted twenty to twenty-five minutes, Flying Officer Dogar began to retaliate and wounded PAF pilot Alfred Jagjivan came to his rescue. The PAF pilots had shot down the IAF pilots, killing all the IAF pilots in action, Air Commodore Dogar and Air Commodore Alfred Jagjivan were awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat for his daring handling of the belligerent Indian Air Force fighters on 4 November 1948. His Sitara-e-Jurat is the first for Pakistan Air Force, Dogar, as Air Commodore (Brigadier-General, was serving as Air Commodore-in-Chief in PAF. Dogar had participated in Operation Gibraltar, and was an instrument creating a special unit within the Pakistan Air Force. Dogar was first who established and founded Special Airwarfare Wing, where he had served there as first Air Commodore-in-Chief and he played an important role, and headed the SAW until his retirement in 1968Mukhtar Ahmad Dogar – Recipients of Sitara-e-Jurat
12. Richard Garwood – Air Marshal Sir Richard Frank Garwood, KBE, CB, DFC is a senior Royal Air Force officer, currently serving as Director-General of the Defence Safety Authority. However, following the death of the then Commander-in-Chief Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Moran, Pulford was in turn reassigned and Garwood promoted to air marshal. Garwood was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in the Gulf War and he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours. Garwood graduated from Kings College London with a Master of Arts in Defence Studies, in 1985 Garwood was promoted to flight lieutenant and moved to the Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Brawdy to instruct students on the Hawk aircraft, becoming a Qualified Weapons Instructor. In 1987 Garwood began a tour with the USAF, flying the RF-4C Phantom from Bergstrom Air Force Base in Texas. On his return in 1990 he converted to the Tornado GR1 before being posted as a leader to No. II Squadron at RAF Laarbruch in West Germany, being deployed to Saudi Arabia shortly after his arrival and he flew 19 night low-level reconnaissance sorties during the battle phase of the operation and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1993 Garwood moved to the Ministry of Defence as a officer in Operational Requirements and then, in 1995. In the same year he was promoted to wing commander and returned to II Squadron, now at RAF Marham and his time in command included many detachments to patrol the No-Fly Zones over Iraq. Garwood attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2003 before deploying to Qatar to become the first post-combat phase Air Component Commander for Operation Telic in Iraq. He returned to the UK in late 2003 to become Air Commodore Force Elements at No.1 Group, in that year he returned to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Air Staff, completing the Higher Command and Staff Course as part of his tour. 22 Group in the rank of air vice marshal, in the same month Garwood was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Garwood became Director-General of the Military Aviation Authority on 1 May 2013. As of 2015, Garwood was paid a salary of between £155,000 and £159,999 by the department, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time. Already Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Garwood was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year HonoursRichard Garwood – Air Marshal Richard Garwood
13. Patrick Gibbs – Wing Commander Reginald Patrick Mahoney Gibbs DSO DFC & Bar was a British military pilot and journalist. Gibbs fought in World War II and was noted for his specialised torpedo attacks against shipping, Gibbs was born in Penarth in 1915, the son of shipowner and Wales international rugby player Reggie Gibbs. He was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and was awarded a cadetship to RAF College Cranwell in 1934, at Oundle and Cranwell, Gibbs, like his father, excelled as a sportsman, especially in rugby, tennis and squash. He trained as a pilot and specialised in maritime strike and reconnaissance, on 1 August 1936 he was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as a pilot officer, and was seconded to the Fleet Air Arm for two years. With them he flew Shark and Swordfish planes off aircraft carriers, Gibbs was then posted to the Torpedo Training School at Gosport, where he became an instructor in aerial torpedoing. He then commenced a tour of duty running sorties against enemy shipping off the coasts of Norway. He was promoted to squadron leader on 1 March 1941. By then he was in the midst of another six-month stint training pilots, bored by the training post, Gibbs volunteered for service in the Middle East and was posted to the Cairo headquarters of the Air Staff. He was given an administrative post, which he found extremely frustrating and he managed to persuade his superiors that the Beauforts, which he flew with the 22 Squadron, could have a role in disrupting Rommels oil supplies in the Mediterranean. In 1942 Gibbs was posted to No.39 Squadron at Sidi Barrani and he was given permission, though Gibbs later revealed that the Air Ministry in London believed he was reinforcing India. He was promoted wing commander on 1 June 1942. Gibbs flew four sorties from Malta between 22 July and 4 August, twice turning back the convoys, on the final sortie his Beaufort was badly damaged and he crash landed his plane on Malta for a second time. For his actions from Malta he was awarded a Bar to his DFC on 7 July 1942, the KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy, — Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross. Squadron Leader Reginald Patrick Mahoney GIBBS, D. F. C, early in June 1942, Squadron Leader Gibbs attacked and sank a large enemy merchant vessel. Some time afterwards this officer participated in an attack on an Italian naval force, despite opposition from enemy fighters and in the face of defensive fire from the naval vessels, Squadron Leader Gibbs successfully launched his torpedo at the leading warship. He flew his damaged aircraft safely to base where he executed a skilful landing. This officer has at all times displayed great skill and devotion to duty and he has contributed materially to the operational efficiency of his squadron. He continued leading attacks throughout August, which had a impact on the war in the MediterraneanPatrick Gibbs – Gibbs in RAF uniform
14. Mohammed Hanzab – Mohammed Hanzab is the President of the International Centre for Sport Security in Doha, Qatar. He is the former President of the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies and has a background in defence. Born in Doha, Qatar, Hanzab graduated from the British Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Hanzab also undertook various senior roles for the Qatar Information Agency, including Director of Publications. He serves as President of the ICSS and is a former President of the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies, Mohammed Hanzab became President of The International Centre for Sport Security in March 2011. The International Centre for Sport Security is an international, not-for-profit organisation based in Doha and it was established in 2010 to act as a global hub of expertise in the field of safety, security and integrity for major sporting events. The ICSS’s key activities include advisory, training and research and it works primarily with organising committees, governments, bidding nations, infrastructure owners, sport associations, leagues and clubs. Hanzab was proud to launch the first international sport security journal in December 2012, the ICSS also organises the annual conference, Securing Sport, first held in Doha in 2011, Qatar as well as the ICSS Expert Summit most recently held in Austria. The Vice President of the ICSS is Qatari, Mohammed Hajaj Al Shahwani, hanzabs advisory board members include, Lord John Stevens, Eric Drossart, Khoo Boon Hui, Rick Parry, Dr Peter Ryan, Horst R. Schmidt and tennis star, Monica Seles. QIASS serves multiple market sectors including governmental, commercial, and non-profit, across national, multinational, partners include global education and strategic policy organisations. Hanzab has been called on by a multitude of media on a variety of sport security, safety and integrity issues. Hanzab also launched the Save the Dream programme with football star Alessandro Del Piero, the first international save the dream office was opened at Allesandro Del Pieros new Academy in Turin, Italy in May 2013. Hanzab also headed a meeting in collaboration with UNICRI on sport protection in the Middle EastMohammed Hanzab – Mohammed Hanzab
15. Andrew Humphrey – Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Andrew Henry Humphrey, GCB, OBE, DFC, AFC & Two Bars was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He fought in the Second World War as a pilot taking part in the Battle of Britain. He served as the Chief of the Air Staff advising the new Labour Government on the implementation of their latest Defence Review and he then served as Chief of the Defence Staff but caught pneumonia within three months of taking office and died shortly afterwards. The son of John Humphrey CBE and his wife, Agnes Florence Humphrey, Humphrey was born on 10 January 1921 in Edinburgh and he was educated at Belhaven Hill School in Dunbar and Bradfield College. Humphrey joined the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in January 1939 and was granted a permanent commission as an officer on 30 April 1940. Following flying training he was posted as a pilot to No.266 Squadron at RAF Wittering in September 1940, in March 1941 he was involved in an incident when his engine failed and his spitfire crashed in flames but he survived. He was promoted to the war rank of flying officer on 1 May 1941. On a single night in May 1941 he shot down one bomber, Humphrey transferred to No.452 Squadron flying spitfires from RAF Kenley in July 1941 before becoming an instructor at No.58 Operational Training Unit at RAF Grangemouth in August 1941. Awarded the Air Force Cross on 1 January 1943, he attended the Low Attack Instructors School at RAF Milfield in early 1943. He became a Flight Commander with No.6 Squadron flying Hurricanes in North Africa in July 1943 and was promoted to lieutenant on a permanent basis on 7 September 1943. He became an instructor at No and he was awarded a Bar to the Air Force Cross on 1 January 1945, and promoted to the war substantive rank of squadron leader on 20 February 1945. He was confirmed in the rank of squadron leader on a permanent basis on 1 August 1947. Having been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1951 New Year Honours and promoted to wing commander on 1 July 1951, he became a senior instructor there in February 1953. In December 1953, Humphrey piloted Aries IV, a Canberra B.2, Humphrey attended RAF Staff College in 1955 and was awarded a second Bar to his Air Force Cross in the 1955 Birthday Honours. Humphrey became Officer Commanding RAF Akrotiri in February 1959 and then attended the Imperial Defence College in 1962 before being promoted to air commodore on 1 July 1962. He went on to be Air Member for Personnel with the rank of air marshal on 18 March 1968. Having been promoted to the rank of air marshal on 1 January 1969. He was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1974 New Year Honours, Humphrey was appointed Air Aide-de-Camp to the Queen on 31 March 1974 and Chief of the Air Staff on 1 April 1974Andrew Humphrey – Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Humphrey c.1974
16. Philip Hunter (RAF officer) – He was killed in action leading his squadron during the Battle of Britain. Philip Hunter was born in Frimley, Surrey, the son of Captain Albert and he was educated at Kings School, Canterbury from September 1922 until July 1924, then at Rosslyn House, Felixstowe and Bishop Stortford School. Hunter joined the Royal Air Force, passing out from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell as a pilot officer on 11 September 1931. He completed his training at No.5 Flying Training School. On 29 August 1932 he joined No.25 Squadron RAF based at RAF Hawkinge, on 11 September 1932 he was confirmed in his rank as a pilot officer. On 28 February 1933 he was posted to No.6 Squadron RAF, then based at Ismailia in Egypt and he was promoted to flight lieutenant on 11 April 1936, and returned to England and joined the staff of the Royal Air Force College Cranwellon on 9 November 1936. He was then posted to the Central Flying School at RAF Upavon as a Senior Instructor and he was promoted to squadron leader on 1 December 1938. His biography has recently published in the Fighter Leaders collection volume 2. and his flying logbook. The urgent need for wartime leaders resulted in Hunter being posted to command No.254 Squadron RAF when it formed in October 1939 and he held command until January 1940 when his skills were more urgently required elsewhere. No.303 in Browning machine guns in a rear turret operated by an air gunner, One of his flight commanders was Nicholas Gresham Cooke and his regular air gunner was Aircraftman Frederick Harry King, a regular service RAF air gunner from Leicester. On 12 May 1940, operating over the Dutch coast, they shot down a Junkers Ju 88 bomber. On 27 May 1940 they shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and joined several other Defiants to destroy another over Dunkirk, while on 28 May 1940 they shot down two Bf 109s. The major successes of 264 Squadron came in patrols on 29 May 1940 when they entered combat at about 15,15 hours and this brought their score to 9 victories and 1 shared plus another possibly destroyed. The months after Dunkirk were spent rebuilding the squadron, which had suffered heavy losses, in the five days from 24 to 28 August 1940,264 Squadron was almost wiped out, losing 3 aircraft and crews each day on 24,26 and 28 August. On 24 August, while in action against a formation of Ju 88s which had just bombed RAF Manston, both of its crew were posted missing when they failed to return. Both Hunter and King were killed in action,14 June 1940 – Awarded the Distinguished Service Order. His citation in the London Gazette states,1 January 1941 – Mentioned in Despatches, list of World War II flying aces Sarkar, Dilip. The Few, The story of the Battle of Britain in the words of the pilots, Royal Air Force Fighter Command Losses, Volume 1Philip Hunter (RAF officer) – Phil Hunter DSO 3rd from left standing, with his squadron
17. Richard Johns – Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Edward Johns, GCB, KCVO, CBE is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a pilot in the 1960s, a squadron commander during the 1970s. As Chief of the Air Staff he advised the British Government on the air force aspects of the Strategic Defence Review and on NATOs air campaign in Kosovo. After completing flying training on Piston Provost and Meteor aircraft, Johns spent his career as a fighter pilot serving in the UK, in Cyprus. He was promoted to flying officer on 15 December 1960, flight lieutenant on 15 August 1962, a Qualified Flying Instructor, in 1971 Johns trained the Prince of Wales to wings standard on the Jet Provost. He was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1972 New Year Honours and he attended Staff College in 1972 and then undertook a tour as Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Near East Air Force in Cyprus. Promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1974, he was appointed commanding officer of No.3 Squadron flying Harriers from RAF Wildenrath, Johns was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1978 New Year Honours. He was promoted to captain on 1 July 1979 and became Director of Air Staff Briefing that year. In 1982 Johns became Station Commander and Harrier Force Commander at RAF Gütersloh and was made Aide-de-Camp to the Queen on 10 December 1982 and he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1991 Birthday Honours. It was also in 1991 that Johns served as one of three British directors of operations on the planning staff for Operation Granby. Promoted to air marshal on 24 February 1993, Johnss next appointment was as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command later that year. However, on 10 July 1994, Sir John Thomson who had just been appointed Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces North West Europe died, in this role he acted as a supporting commander for joint operations in the Balkans. He became Honorary Colonel of 73 Engineer Regiment on 29 November 1994, Johns became Chief of the Air Staff in 1997 and was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1997 Birthday Honours. He was also appointed Air Aide-de-Camp to The Queen on 9 April 1997 and he retired from the RAF in 2000. Johns became Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle in 2000, he was advanced to Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on relinquishing that appointment on 17 December 2007 and he also became honorary air commodore of the Royal Air Force Regiment on 22 April 2000. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the RAF Museum from 2000 to 2006 and has been President of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People since 2005, in 1965 he married Elizabeth Naomi Anne Manning, they have one son and two daughters. His interests include history, rugby, cricket and equitationRichard Johns – Sir Richard Johns, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, leading the procession to the Garter service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
18. Richard Jordan (RAF officer) – Educated at Marlborough College Sir Richard was one of the very first cadets at the new RAF College Cranwell in 1921, at the age of 19, where he learned to fly. He represented the college at cricket and rugby having been appointed in the rank of flight cadet sergeant. On graduation he was granted a permanent commission in the rank of officer in 1922. Promoted to flying officer in June 1924 he moved to No.28 Squadron in February 1926, on 12 December 1928, Jordan was promoted to flight lieutenant and the following month he transferred to India as a Headquarters Staff officer at No.2 Station, RAF Risalpur. During his time there, he was promoted to leader in 1936. In January 1938 he temporarily ceased flying duties and took up an appointment as a Staff Officer in the RAF’s Directorate of Peace Organisation, returning to operational flying Jordan was promoted to wing commander and appointed as Officer Commanding No.83 Squadron in August 1939. Posted to RAF Manston briefly as Station Commander he then became Officer Commanding No.214 Squadron, on the night of 2 June 1941 Jordan took off from RAF Stradishall in Vickers Wellington No. W5450 for an operation over Berlin. His squadron successfully attacked the target and turned for home, at 06,00, having crossed the English coast, Jordan’s aircraft stalled and crashed 7 miles south west of Bury St Edmunds. Although it crashed into a copse of trees, there was no fire and most of the crew were unhurt, Jordan was awarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross on 22 August 1941. On 1 February 1949 Jordan took over the appointment as Commandant Royal Observer Corps at RAF Bentley Priory from Air Commodore the Earl of Bandon. Under this change Headquarters Royal Observer Corps continued to operate in its existing form, after lengthy negotiations with Buckingham Palace staff, Jordan formally invited His Majesty King George VI to assume the position of Air Commodore in Chief of the ROC. On 11 April 1950 in recognition of the Corps record of service during the years of its existence. On 20 March 1951 Jordan handed over the Commandant ROC position to Air Commodore Gordon Vasse, Jordan was promoted to air vice marshal and appointed as AOC No.25 Group. In 1953 he became Director General of RAF Organisation, an appointment he held until January 1956 and that month he was promoted to air marshal and took up his final posting as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Maintenance Command. A Companion of the Order of the Bath since 1947 he was honoured by being knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the Queens Birthday Honours of May 1956. In June 1958 his personal De Havilland Devon crashed near Largs in Scotland while apparently en route to his headquarters at RAF Andover to collect passengers, Jordan retired from the RAF on 2 June 1958. He died on 24 April 1994 at the age of 92, Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Marshal Sir Richard JordanRichard Jordan (RAF officer) – Air Commodore Richard Jordan
19. Mohammad Amir Khatami – Mohammad Amir Khatami, CVO, was the commander of the Iranian air force, advisor to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the second husband of Princess Fatimeh Pahlavi, half-sister of the Shah. Khatami was born in Rasht in 1920 and his father was a tea house owner and later dealt with real estate. His mother was a relative of Imam Jomeh, a significant religious figure in Tehran, after graduating from the American High School in Tehran, Khatami then attended the military high school. In 1939, he began to study at the air branch of the military college. Next he went to the United Kingdom and joined pilot training courses and he graduated from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He was also trained at Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany, in the 1950s, in 1946, Khatami was named personal pilot of the Shah. In 1957, Khatami was appointed chief of staff for the air force. He succeeded Hedayat Gilanshah in the post following the death in a plane crash. Khatami served in this post until his death in 1975, in addition, he served as the chairman of the board of the Iranian National Airlines and chief of the council of the Civil Aviation Department. He was also co-owner of a construction company and his first spouse was his cousin with whom he had a daughter. She was killed in an accident in 1954, then Khatami married Princess Fatimeh Pahlavi on 22 November 1959, half-sister of the Shah. The Shah and his then fiancee Farah Diba attended the wedding ceremony and they had two sons, Kambiz and Ramin, and a daughter, Pari. A declassified CIA report argues that Khatami was close to Hossein Fardoust and Taqi Alavikia, the dowreh, along with familial relations, was a significant element in the political functioning of Iran in the Pahlavi era. Until his death, Khatami raised his wealth to nearly $100 million, Khatami died in a kiting accident on 12 September 1975 in Dezful. His death has been considered to be mysterious and the Shah was implicated in his death, commander of the Royal Victorian Order. Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of GermanyMohammad Amir Khatami – Mohammad Amir Khatami
20. Nazir Latif – Air Commodore Nazir Latif SJ and Bar was a one-star general officer in the Pakistan Air Force and a former director-general of the Operations and Plans at the Air Headquarters, Islamabad. Latif was one of the distinguished Christian pilots who participated and fought, for Pakistan side, in 1965 Indo-Pak War, Nazir Latif was born into a highly educated Christian family in 1927. Bill Latif grew up in Lahore, where his father was a professor of psychology and had done his doctorate at Princeton University. His father taught at FC College in Lahore as a full professor, bill Latif had always wanted to be a fighter pilot and joined the Pakistan Air Force soon after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. He was accepted in Pakistan Air Force Academy in 1947 and he did 8th GD pilot’s course but because of his high standard in flying, was upgraded to the 7th GD course and graduated in 1950. Nazir was sent to Great Britain where he attended and graduated from Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1954, in 1958, he was promoted to Wing Commander as Air Marshal Asghar Khan assumed as Chief of Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force. In 1971 he was commander of the Mauripur Base. Defence Journal History of PIA Defence Journal PAF FalconsNazir Latif – Nazir Latif
21. Hugh Malcolm – Malcolm was born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, and educated at Craigflower Preparatory School near Dunfermline and Glenalmond College in Perthshire. He entered the Royal Air Force College Cranwell on 9 January 1936, in January 1938, Malcolm joined 26 squadron at Catterick. In May 1939, he suffered a head injury in a Westland Lysander crash. When the war started, Malcolm was serving with No 17 Training Group, on 4 March 1941, he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and was Air Liaison Officer on General Bernard Montgomerys general staff. By the end of 1941 he had risen to the rank of Squadron Leader and joined No 18 Squadron as a commander, flying the Bristol Blenheim based in Suffolk. During late 1942 in North Africa, Wing Commander Malcolm commanded No 18 Squadron,326 Wing, flying the Bristol Blenheim Mk, throughout his service in that sector, his skill and daring were of the highest order. He led two attacks on Bizerta airfield, pressing his attacks to effective conclusion, on 17 November 1942, the squadron were detailed to carry out an attack on Bizerta, taking advantage of low cloud cover. Twenty miles from the target, the sky cleared, but despite the danger of continuing without a fighter escort, Malcolm was a 25-year-old Wing Commander commanding 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 4 December, he led an attack on an enemy fighter airfield near Chougui. On reaching the target, however, and starting the attack, gruppen JG53, and 11 Staffel, JG2. One by one, all his bombers were shot down, until he himself was shot down in flames, malcolms aircraft crashed in flames some 15 miles west of the target. An infantry officer and two men arrived at the scene of the crash minutes later retrieved the body of navigator Pilot Officer James Robb. Malcolm, with Robb and gunner Pilot Officer James Grant DFC, were buried in the Beja War Cemetery in a collective grave and he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on 27 April 1943. His was the first Royal Air Force Victoria Cross to be won in North Africa and his VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft collection at the Imperial War Museum, LondonHugh Malcolm – Hugh Malcolm VC
22. George Mills (RAF officer) – Air Chief Marshal Sir George Holroyd Mills, GCB, DFC was a senior Royal Air Force commander. After his retirement from the RAF, Mills served as Black Rod in the Houses of Parliament until 1970 and he was also a trustee of the Imperial War Museum. Mills joined the RAF College at Cranwell as a cadet in 1920, after graduating he spent a short time at the RAF Depot. Mills was then posted to Mesopotamia flying DH 9As with No.8 Squadron and he transferred to No.100 Squadron in 1927 flying Hawker Horsley aircraft. He attended the RAF Staff College in 1935 and he served in the Second World War taking up command of No.115 Squadron in late 1939 and then joining the Air Staff at Headquarters Bomber Command before becoming Station Commander at RAF Watton. He was appointed Director of Policy at the Air Ministry in September 1943 and he retired from the Royal Air Force on 18 September 1962. In retirement he served as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the Houses of Parliament and his sons are Derek Mills and Sir Nigel Mills, and daughter Virginie MillsGeorge Mills (RAF officer) – Air Vice-Marshal W Elliot, the former Air Officer Commanding the Balkan Air Force (left), gives the latest information regarding Balkan operations to his successor, Air Vice-Marshal G H Mills (right) at BAF Headquarters, Bari, Italy, 1945
23. Chris Moran – Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Hugh Chris Moran, KCB, OBE, MVO, ADC, FRAeS was a fast jet pilot and later a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. He was Commander-in-Chief of Air Command at the time of his unexpected death, in 1974, whilst studying at university, Moran became a university cadet in the Royal Air Force. He was commissioned a pilot officer on 16 December of that year, together with Stuart Peach. Moran graduated from UMIST in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science and he was regraded as a pilot officer on 15 July 1977, and was successively promoted to flying officer and to flight lieutenant. He was later to earn a Master of Arts from Kings College London, in 1980 he married Elizabeth Jane Goodwin. After completing pilot training, Moran converted onto the Harrier with No.233 Operational Conversion Unit, in 1980 Moran entered productive service, flying Harriers with No. In 1983 he returned to No.233 Operational Conversion Unit, IV Squadron as a Qualified Weapons Instructor. Promoted to squadron leader in 1986, Moran was appointed as a commander on No. IV Squadron, serving in Belize, the Falkland Islands, in 1985, He was also an exchange officer with the United States Marine Corps at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Moran commanded the Harrier squadron in the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Wittering, in the New Year Honours that year he was awarded a Queens Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. After a brief posting to the Ministry of Defence he was appointed Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1994 Moran became the commanding officer of No. IV Squadron which was based in Germany, the same year Moran led his squadron to the Middle East for duties on Operation Warden which involved enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. IV Squadron flew missions against the Bosnian Serbs as part of Operation Deliberate Force, promoted to group captain in 1996, he was appointed Staff Officer HQ1 Group, and in the following year, station commander of RAF Wittering. After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1999 Moran became Divisional Director at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he also completed an Master of Arts. As an air commodore he was then Director of Air Staff until 2002, in the following year he became Air Officer Commanding No.1 Group as an air vice marshal. In 2005 he became Assistant Chief of Air Staff, in 2005, Moran was appointed to the board of the Civil Aviation Authority. He was promoted air marshal and became Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum in May 2007, Air Chief Marshal Moran was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Air Command on 3 April 2009. Moran was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2009 New Year Honours, morans death was announced on the evening of 26 May 2010, he had collapsed following a triathlon at RAF Brize Norton that afternoonChris Moran – Air Chief Marshal Christopher H. Moran
24. Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill – Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill was a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force who died in Iraq, becoming the first British servicewoman to be killed in action for more than 20 years. Born Sarah-Jayne Poole in Canterbury, Kent, she joined the RAF as an airwoman in May 1997, Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill was selected for officer training in October 2001. She graduated from the RAF College Cranwell in April 2002 and was commissioned into the Air Traffic Control Branch and she changed branch in 2003 and after completing Flight Operations Officer Training she was posted to RAF Northolt. In May 2005 she was posted to RAF Benson, Oxfordshire as the Flight Operations Officer with No.28 Squadron, married to another serving member of the RAF, Lee Mulvihill, she was on her second deployment to Iraq. She died with four members of a flight crew when their Lynx helicopter was shot down over Basra in southern Iraq. She was 32 years old at the time of her death, ministry of Defence news story giving further biographical detailsSarah-Jayne Mulvihill – Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill.
25. Prince Faisal bin Hussein – Prince Faisal of Jordan is a son of King Hussein and Princess Muna, and the younger brother of King Abdullah II. From time to time, he has served as Regent during his brothers absences abroad, Faisal was born in Amman, Jordan. After early schooling in Amman, Faisal was sent in 1970 to his mothers native United Kingdom where he attended St. Edmunds School in Hindhead, England. The following year, he moved to the United States where he attended the Bement School in Deerfield and he then moved schools again, this time to Eaglebrook School, also in Deerfield. In 1978, Feisal commenced his high education at St. Albans School in Washington. His university education was at Brown University from where he graduated in 1985 with a ScB degree in electrical engineering, during his university years, Faisal took flying lessons and obtained a private pilots license. Prior to graduating from Brown University, Faisal served in the Royal Jordanian Air Force, in the summer of 1985, he gained his RJAF wings and then underwent officer training with the Royal Air Force at Cranwell. Remaining at Cranwell, he did his RAF Basic Flying Training in 1986 before moving to RAF Valley where he completed Advanced Flying Training on jets, later that year, Feisal completed further flying training at the Tactical Weapons Unit, at Chivenor in Devon. Faisal then went on to serve in positions in the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He was promoted to Major General in 2001, and assumed the senior Air Force post of Chief of Air Staff the following year and he reached the rank of Lieutenant General in 2004. He is currently Deputy Supreme Commander of the Jordanian Armed Forces, from time to time, he has served as Regent while his brother the king was out of the country. Faisal married Miss Alia Tabba in August 1987, Alia is the daughter of Sayyid Tawfik al-Tabbah, founder and president of Royal Jordanian Air Lines and his wife, Lamia Addem. They have four children together, Princess Ayah, Prince Faisal and Princess Alia divorced in April 2008. Prince Faisal got engaged to Miss Sara Bassam Kabbani on 20 March 2010 in Jeddah, the couple married on 24 May 2010. It was announced on the princesss Facebook page that Prince Faisal and Princess Sara divorced on 14 September 2013, Prince Faisal married Jordanian radio presenter Zeina Lubbadeh, daughter of businessman Dr. Fares Lubbadeh, on 4 January 2014. The marriage ceremony was held at her parents home in Amman, in addition to Prince Faisals four children with his first wife, he and Princess Zeina have one child together, Prince Abdullah bin FaisalPrince Faisal bin Hussein – Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein in 2009
26. Arthur Scarf – Scarf attended Kings College School in Wimbledon, and was a RAF Cranwell trained regular. Scarf joined the RAF in 1936, and was accepted for pilot training, on gaining his wings he was posted to No.9 Squadron, operating the Handley Page Heyford. In 1937 he transferred to No.62 Squadron, a bomber unit which received the Bristol Blenheim in February 1938. Just prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939, the Squadron was detached to bases in northern Malaya. From July 1941 No.62 was based at Alor Star near the Thailand border, on 9 December it was withdrawn to RAF Butterworth in order to regroup. Scarf was 28 years old, and a leader in 62 Squadron. On 9 December 1941 in Malaya, near the Siam border, all aircraft had been ordered to make a daylight raid on Singora. Squadron Leader Scarf, as leader of the raid, had just taken off from the base at Butterworth when enemy aircraft swept in destroying or disabling all the rest of the machines, Scarf decided nevertheless to fly alone to Singora. He managed to crash-land the Blenheim at Alor Star, without causing any injury to his crew, Scarfs VC was not gazetted until June 1946. Because of the nature of the Malayan campaign, the facts concerning Scarfs actions were not known until after the war. At the time of his death he was about to become a father for the first time and his pregnant wife was a nurse based at the Alor Star hospital, but had just been evacuated south. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Air Force Museum London, EnglandArthur Scarf – Arthur Stewart King Scarf
27. Peter Squire – Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Ted Squire, GCB, DFC, AFC, DL, FRAeS is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a fast jet pilot in the 1970s, a commander during the Falklands War. Squire was Chief of the Air Staff from 2000 to 2003 during which time both Operation Veritas and Operation Telic were initiated, in retirement he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was promoted to lieutenant on 15 January 1969 and joined No.4 Flying Training School in Anglesey in 1970. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in the 1979 Birthday Honours, promoted to wing commander on 1 July 1980, Squire was appointed Commanding Officer of No.1 Squadron based at RAF Wittering flying Harriers in 1981. In 1982 Squire led members of his squadron in action in the Falklands campaign where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and he flew with his squadron to CFB Goose Bay in Canada on 13 April 1982, on a six-hour flight using air-to-air refuelling, for an exercise. He departed for the Falklands on 3 May with his squadron from RAF St Mawgan to RAF Ascension Island where a few days later boarded the Atlantic Conveyor. Arriving in the South Atlantic, he transferred from the Atlantic Conveyor to HMS Hermes a few days before the Atlantic Conveyor was sunk by two Exocet missiles. During bombing sorties in support of forces, on one occasion a bullet passed through his cockpit. On 9 June, his aircraft suffered engine failure and was damaged during a landing at the forward operating base ashore. Four Harriers from his squadron of ten were lost, three to ground fire and one after an engine led to a heavy landing. His squadron was also the first to operate in a role from a British aircraft carrier since the Second World War. Later in the year he was forced to eject on 6 November near Cape Pembroke in the Falklands due to a Harriers engine failure. Squire became leader of the Command Briefing and Presentation Team and then went on to be Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding RAF Strike Command in 1984. Promoted to group captain on 1 July 1985, Squire took up the appointment of Station Commander of RAF Cottesmore in 1986 and he became Director Air Offensive at the Ministry of Defence in 1989. Squire was appointed Air Officer Commanding No.1 Group in February 1993, Squire served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff from 1994 and, having been promoted to air marshal on 9 February 1996, he became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff in 1996. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1997 Birthday Honours, Squire became Chief of the Air Staff in 2000 and was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2001 New Year Honours. He retired on 5 December 2003, in retirement Squire joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer ReservePeter Squire – Harrier, a type flown by Squire during the Falklands War
28. Jock Stirrup – He is now a Crossbench member of the House of Lords. In April 2013, he was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth II, as a junior RAF officer, Stirrup was a fast jet pilot, seeing action in the Dhofar War. Later in his career, he commanded No.2 Squadron, in 2002, Stirrup was appointed the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff responsible for equipment and capability and was heavily involved in procuring equipment for the invasion of Iraq. Spending a little over a year in that role, he was appointed the Chief of the Air Staff. He became Chief of the Defence Staff in 2006, during his time in office the British Armed Forces faced significant commitments both to Iraq and Afghanistan, Stirrup retired as Chief of the Defence Staff on 29 October 2010, taking a seat in the House of Lords in 2011. Graham Eric Stirrup was born on 4 December 1949, the son of William Hamilton Stirrup and his wife and he was educated at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood, Hertfordshire. Stirrup married Mary Alexandra Elliott in 1976 and they have one son, Stirrup includes golf, music, theatre and history among his interests. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Stirrup started his military career at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire on 1 April 1968 and it was from Cranwell that he received his commission on 31 July 1970. He was promoted to flying officer on 31 July 1971 with seniority backdated to 31 January, from 1973 to 1975, Stirrup was on loan service with the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force. After he returned to Great Britain in 1975, Stirrup was posted to No.41 Squadron where he flew the SEPECAT Jaguar in the reconnaissance role. Stirrup went on to serve in a tour in the United States where he flew the all-weather tactical reconnaissance RF-4C Phantom. Promoted to squadron leader on 1 January 1980, Stirrup was serving as a commander on No. Stirrup was later awarded the Air Force Cross in recognition of his handling of the incident, Stirrup was promoted to wing commander on 1 July 1984. In 1985 Stirrup received an appointment, as the Officer Commanding No. Stirrup gained first hand experience of the workings of the RAF when, in 1987. In 1993 Stirrup attended the Royal College of Defence Studies, Stirrup was promoted to air commodore on 1 January 1994, and appointed Director of Air Force Plans and Programmes that year. His appointment at Strike Command also entailed taking on the roles of being the Commander of NATOs Combined Air Operations Centre 9. From September 2001 to January 2002, Stirrup was UK National Contingent Commander for Operation Veritas in Afghanistan, at MacDill Air Force Base, Stirrup headed the 60 strong British team who were contributing to the US-led operational planningJock Stirrup – Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup c. 2010
29. Glenn Torpy – Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Lester Torpy, GCB, CBE, DSO is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a fast jet pilot in the late 1970s and 1980s, saw service during the Gulf War. He was the air component commander on Operation Telic and served as Chief of the Air Staff, in that role Torpy hosted the RAFs biggest air display in two decades, and argued for consolidation of all British air power in the hands of the RAF. The son of Gordon Torpy and Susan Torpy, Torpy obtained a BSc degree in engineering from Imperial College London. He was promoted to flying officer on 8 March 1975, with seniority backdated to 8 June 1973, flight lieutenant on 8 December 1975, torpys early commands included a tour as a squadron leader in Tornado aircraft before being appointed Officer Commanding No.13 Squadron in 1989. Having been promoted to wing commander on 1 July 1989, Torpy saw active service during the Gulf War with No.13 Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He was made staff officer to the Air Officer Commanding RAF Strike Command in 1992. Promoted to group captain on 1 July 1993, Torpy was appointed commander at RAF Bruggen, Germany. After promotion to air commodore on 1 January 1997, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1997 and he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood in 1998 and director of air operations at the Ministry of Defence in 1999. Torpy was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 New Year Honours, from 2001 to 2003 Torpy was Air Officer Commanding No.1 Group, and also served as the air component commander for Operation Telic. He was awarded the Legion of Merit from the United States in recognition of gallant and he was promoted to air vice marshal on 1 January 2001, and to air marshal on 18 July,2003. From 2003 to 2004 Torpy was deputy commander-in-chief at RAF Strike Command, on 26 July 2004, he was appointed chief of joint operations at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2005 New Year Honours, with promotion to air chief marshal on 13 April 2006, Torpy became Chief of the Air Staff and an air aide-de-camp to Her Majesty the Queen on 13 April 2006. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2008 Birthday Honours, in July 2008, Torpy hosted the RAFs biggest air display in two decades, as a 35-mile long procession of aircraft flew past the queen to commemorate the services 90th anniversary. Controversially, in June 2009, he argued for consolidation of all British air power in the hands of the RAF, Torpy retired from the RAF in July 2009, and became senior military advisor to BAE Systems. He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the RAF Museum, Torpy married Christine Jackson in 1977. His interests include golf, hill walking, military history and cabinet making, debretts – Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn TorpyGlenn Torpy – Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy in September 2007
30. Frank Whittle – Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle OM KBE CB FRS FRAeS was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer. He is credited with inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for an invention, however. Whittles jet engines were developed some years earlier than those of Germanys Hans von Ohain who was the designer of the first operational turbojet engine, from an early age, Whittle demonstrated an aptitude for engineering and an interest in flying. He was taught the theory of aircraft engines and gained experience in the engineering workshops. His academic and practical abilities as an Aircraft Apprentice earned him a place on the training course at Cranwell. He excelled in his studies and became an accomplished pilot, while writing his thesis there he formulated the fundamental concepts that led to the creation of the turbojet engine, taking out a patent on his design in 1930. His performance on an engineering course earned him a place on a further course at Peterhouse. Without Air Ministry support, he and two retired RAF servicemen formed Power Jets Ltd to build his engine with assistance from the firm of British Thomson-Houston, despite limited funding, a prototype was created, which first ran in 1937. In 1944 when Power Jets was nationalised he again suffered a nervous breakdown, in 1948, Whittle retired from the RAF and received a knighthood. He joined BOAC as a technical advisor before working as an engineering specialist with Shell, after emigrating to the U. S. in 1976 he accepted the position of NAVAIR Research Professor at the United States Naval Academy from 1977–1979. In August 1996, Whittle died of cancer at his home in Columbia. In 2002, Whittle was ranked number 42 in the BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Whittle was born in a terraced house in Newcombe Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, England on 1 June 1907, the eldest son of Moses Whittle and Sara Alice Garlick. Whittle developed a rebellious and adventurous streak, together with an early interest in aviation, at the age of 15, determined to be a pilot, Whittle applied to join the RAF. In January 1923, having passed the RAF entrance examination with a high mark and he lasted only two days, just five feet tall and with a small chest measurement, he failed the medical. Undeterred, he applied again under a name and presented himself as a candidate at the No 2 School of Technical Training RAF Cranwell. Whittle hated the strict discipline imposed on apprentices and, convinced there was no hope of becoming a pilot he at one time seriously considered deserting. However, throughout his days as an aircraft apprentice, he maintained his interest in model aircraft and joined the Model Aircraft SocietyFrank Whittle – Sir Frank Whittle OM, KBE, CB, FRS, FRAeS
31. Keith Williamson – Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Keith Alec Williamson, GCB, AFC is a retired senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He served with the Royal Australian Air Force flying Meteors in an attack role during the Korean War. He was a commander and then a station commander during the 1960s. He was Chief of the Air Staff during the early 1980s at the time of the airlift of food. The son of Percy Williamson and his wife Gertrude, Williamson was educated at Bancrofts School, after graduating in 1948, he was selected for a cadetship at RAF College Cranwell and was commissioned on 13 December 1950. Promoted to flying officer on 13 December 1951, Williamson volunteered to join No.77 Squadron RAAF flying Meteors in an attack role in the Korean War in January 1953. After briefly returning to No.112 Squadron in 1956, he joined No.20 Squadron at RAF Oldenburg in Germany as a flight commander flying Hunters. Promoted to squadron leader on 1 July 1958, that year he went to the Central Flying School where he became a Qualified Flying Instructor, Williamson attended the RAF Staff College in 1962 and was then post to the Air Secretarys department at the Air Ministry. He was promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1964 and he was given command of No.23 Squadron flying Lightnings from RAF Leuchars in 1966 and became Station Commander at RAF Gütersloh in 1968. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in the 1968 Birthday Honours, after attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1971, he became Director of Air Staff Plans at the Ministry of Defence in 1972 and was promoted to air commodore on 1 January 1973. Promoted to air marshal on 1 July 1975, he was appointed Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell. Williamson went on to be Assistant Chief of Staff at SHAPE on 10 March 1977 and he was promoted to the substantive rank of air marshal on 1 January 1979. Williamson was made Commander-in-Chief Strike Command with the rank of air chief marshal on 15 September 1980. He was promoted to the rank of air chief marshal on 1 March 1981. He became Chief of the Air Staff on 15 October 1982 and was appointed Air Aide-de-Camp to the Queen on the same day. As Chief of the Air Staff he persuaded the British Government to build a new airfield at Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands in the aftermath of the Falklands War. He was promoted to Marshal of the Royal Air Force on 15 October 1985, in retirement Williamson devoted much of his time to the Presidency of the Royal Air Forces Association. He was also Vice-President of SSAFA, in 1953 he married Patricia Anne Watts, they had two sons and two daughtersKeith Williamson – Gloster Meteor, a type flown by Williamson during the Korean War
32. Bob Yule – Robert Duncan Bob Yule, DSO, DFC, and Bar was a New Zealand born officer and fighter pilot of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain and Second World War. The son of a surgeon, Yule was born on 29 January 1920 in Invercargill. In early 1938, Yule won a scholarship to the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and on 10 March 1938, Yule began the course in April the same year. At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, Yule joined 145 Squadron and he was granted pilot officer on probation status on 23 October 1939. On 18 May 1940, Yule took part in 145’s first action of the war, on patrol over Brussels,12 Heinkel He 111s were intercepted in broken cloud and when the German bombers emerged from cover the Hurricanes attacked, Yule shooting one down. Four days later he destroyed a Junkers Ju 87, Yule was confirmed at the rank of pilot officer on 23 October 1940. Yule rejoined 145 Squadron in February 1941, but shortly afterwards was posted away to be an instructor and he helped instruct American pilots, very much under secrecy because the USA was still neutral. In early November 1941, he returned to operations with 501 Squadron remaining with the unit for seven months, in April 1942, Yule was promoted to Squadron Leader and in June that year he took command of 66 Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His citation read, Flight Lieutenant Yule took part in operations in France in May,1940 and he is a keen and courageous fighter pilot, and he has destroyed at least 5 hostile aircraft and damaged 4 others. Whilst leading a sweep over the Cherbourg area on 15 July 1942. He destroyed one, which exploded and crashed into the sea, in mid November 1942, having completed his first tour, Yule was posted to general office duties and was awarded a Bar to his DFC. He has participated in operational sorties and in the combined operations at Dieppe. He has destroyed several and damaged a number of enemy aircraft. In August 1943, Yule was promoted to Wing Commander of 66 Squadron, after leading the Wing on many operational sorties, he was posted away in early March and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. His citation read, This officer has led large formations of aircraft on many sorties and has displayed skill. He is a leader, whose sterling qualities have impressed all. He has rendered meritorious service. Yule went on to planning duties, involving fighter wings of the 2nd Tactical Air Force in the coming Normandy invasion and he continued with these duties into 1945 and at war’s end was on a RAF Staff College courseBob Yule – Robert Duncan Yule