John Tremayne Babington

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John Tremayne Babington
Air Cdre J T Babington.jpg
Air Commodore Babington
Born (1891-07-20)20 July 1891
Died 20 March 1979(1979-03-20) (aged 87)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
 Royal Air Force
Years of service 1908–1944
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held

Air Marshal Sir John Tremayne Babington, KCB, CBE, DSO (20 July 1891 – 20 March 1979) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. In 1944, he retired and the following year he renounced his surname for Tremayne, thus becoming Sir John Tremayne Tremayne.

RAF career[edit]

Babington was commissioned as a Midshipman in the Royal Navy in 1908.[1] During World War I, Babington was a member of the Royal Naval Air Service. He participated in the air raid on the Friedrichshaven Airship Factory, Germany on 21 November 1914.[1] On 2 January 1920, Babington was removed from the Navy List and awarded a permanent commission in the Royal Air Force.[1] He was appointed Station Commander at RAF Gosport in 1927 and went on to be a Station Commander in Iraq in January 1929 before becoming British Air Representative to the League of Nations in November 1929.[1] He became Station Commander of RAF Halton and Commandant, No. 1 School of Technical Training in 1934, Air Officer Commanding No. 24 Group in 1936 and Air Officer Commanding, RAF Far East Command in 1938.[1]

He served in World War II as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Technical Training Command and then Head of RAF Mission in Moscow[2] before retiring in 1944.[1]

In retirement served as High Sheriff of Cornwall.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Marshal Sir John Babington". Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  2. ^ Service Aviation Flight International, 24 June 1943

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Military offices
Preceded by
N D K MacEwen
Commandant, No. 1 School of Technical Training RAF
27 December 1934–9 July 1936
Succeeded by
G R M Reid
Preceded by
Sir William Welsh
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Technical Training Command
1941 – 1943
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Barratt