Leslie William Cannon

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Leslie William Cannon
Born (1904-04-09)9 April 1904
Died 27 January 1986(1986-01-27) (aged 81)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1920–1958
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held Commander-in-Chief Royal Pakistan Air Force
RAF Staff College, Andover
No. 85 Group
No. 2 Group
No. 138 Wing
RAF Watton
No. 5 Squadron
Battles/wars North-West Frontier
Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches (4)
Silver Star (United States)

Air Vice Marshal Leslie William Cannon CB, CBE (9 April 1904 – 27 January 1986) was a senior Royal Air Force officer. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Pakistan Air Force between 1952 and 1955.

Military career[edit]

Cannon enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the second entry of aircraft apprentices in 1922, was commissioned as a pilot.

From 1948 until late 1949, Cannon was Assistant Commandant and then Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Andover.

He served as a Flight Commander in No. 60 Squadron RAF and then Officer Commanding No. 5 Squadron RAF on the North-West Frontier of India in the 1930s. Eventually attaining the rank of air vice marshal (the first apprentice to achieve air rank), he served as Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Pakistan Air Force from 1952 to 1955.


Military offices
Preceded by
P E Maitland
Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group
Succeeded by
A L Paxton
Preceded by
Richard Atcherley
Commander-in-Chief, Royal Pakistan Air Force
Succeeded by
Arthur McDonald