Andrew McKee (RAF officer)

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Sir Andrew McKee
Born 10 January 1902
Oxford, New Zealand
Died 8 December 1988
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1927 – 1959
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held No. 9 Squadron
RAF Marham
No. 205 Group
No. 21 Group
RAF Transport Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross

Air Marshal Sir Andrew McKee KCB CBE DSO DFC AFC (10 January 1902 – 8 December 1988) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Transport Command.

RAF career[edit]

McKee joined the Royal Air Force in 1927.[1] He served in pilot roles in India and the UK before joining the Air Staff at Headquarters No. 3 Group in 1938.[1] He served in World War II as Officer Commanding No. 9 Squadron and then as Station Commander at RAF Marham before becoming Air Officer Commanding No. 205 Group in April 1945.[1]

After the War he was appointed Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Middle East Air Force and was then made Commandant of the Officer Advanced Training School in 1947.[1] He went on to be Commandant of the RAF Flying College in 1949, Air Officer Commanding No. 21 Group in 1951 and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Bomber Command in 1953.[1] His final post was as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Transport Command in 1955 during which period he saw the introduction of the Comet 2[2] before he retired in 1959.[1]

In retirement he was Deputy Chairman of the National Airways Corporation and a Director of Air New Zealand.[3]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir George Beamish
Air Officer Commander-in-Chief Transport Command
1955 – 1959
Succeeded by
Sir Denis Barnett