|Sir William Alec Coryton|
16 February 1895|
|Died||20 October 1981
Langton Matravers, Dorset
Royal Air Force
|Years of service||1914 - 1951|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Third Tactical Air Force
No. 5 Group
No. 16 Squadron RAF
|Battles/wars||First World War
Second World War
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Flying Cross
Originally commissioned as an officer into the British Army's Rifle Brigade (Special Reserve), Coryton transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a Lieutenant in 1918. When the RFC became the Royal Air Force, he resigned his Army commission and became a Royal Air Force officer.
On 25 April 1942 he became AOC, No. 5 Group RAF Bomber Command. It has been claimed[who?] that the then Air Commodore Coryton was sacked by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris for refusing to send a small force of Lancasters from his group on a sneak raid to Berlin in poor weather conditions.
In February 1943 Coryton moved to the Air Staff at the Air Ministry and was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) in 1944.
On 25 August 1944 he became Commander, RAF Third Tactical Air Force.
- 1944 4 December Commander, RAF in Bengal & Burma.
- 1944 14 December – May 1945 Assistant Air Commander, Eastern Air Command.
- 1945 27 February Air Marshal Commanding HQ RAF Burma
Honours and awards
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath - 2 January 1950 (CB - 1 January 1942)
- Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire - 5 July 1945
- Member of the Royal Victorian Order - 8 August 1919
- Distinguished Flying Cross - 21 November 1922
- Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - 1917
- Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) - 15 March 1946
- Air Chief Marshal Coryton at Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
J C Slessor
|Air Officer Commanding No. 5 Group
The Hon. R A Cochrane
J E A Baldwin
|Air Officer Commanding Third Tactical Air Force
Post downgraded to AOC HQ RAF Bengal and Burma on 4 December 1944
Post renamed AOC HQ RAF Burma on 1 June 1945
Probert,Henry, Bomber Harris His Life and Times,Stoddart,2001 p207