List of Royal Air Force air chief marshals

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The following is a list of Royal Air Force air chief marshals. The rank of air chief marshal is a four-star officer rank and currently the highest rank to which RAF officers may be promoted to in a professional capacity. Throughout the history of the RAF there have been 140 RAF officers promoted to air chief marshal and at present two RAF officers hold the rank in an active capacity, namely the Chief of the Air Staff (the only dedicated RAF 4-star post) and the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (the only tri-service 4-star post currently occupied by an air chief marshal).

The rank was first used in 1922 when Sir Hugh Trenchard the then Chief of the Air Staff was promoted. Up until the mid-1930s there was usually only one RAF officer in the rank of air chief marshal. During World War II, with the great expansion of the RAF, the number of air chief marshals active at any one time rose to six by the end of the War. This number of air chief marshals was to remain approximately constant throughout the Cold War but after the British defence cuts of the mid-1990s there were only two dedicated 4-star RAF posts, namely the AOC-in-C, Strike Command and the Chief of the Air Staff. In 2007 with the reduction to a single command (Air Command) the RAF initially retained two air chief marshal posts (the AOC-in-C, Air Command and the Chief of the Air Staff) but in 2012 the post of AOC-in-C, Air Command was subsumed within the responsibilities of the Chief of the Air Staff leaving only a single dedicated RAF air chief marshal post.

List of air chief marshals[edit]

Name Date rank first held Time in rank Date rank last held Posts held in rank Notes
Sir John Aiken 8 July 1976   1 year, 266 days   31 March 1978   Air Member for Personnel promoted 8 July 1976,[1] retired 31 March 1978[2]
Sir Michael Alcock 1993   Approx. 3 years   25 June 1996   AOC-in-C Logistics Command promoted 1993,[3] retired 25 June 1996[4]
Sir John Allison 8 March 1996   3 years, 182 days   6 September 1999   AOC-in-C Logistics Command
AOC-in-C, Strike Command
promoted 8 March 1996,[5] retired at own request 6 September 1999[6]
Sir Michael Armitage 1 July 1986   3 years, 278 days   5 April 1990   Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies
promoted 1 July 1986,[7] retired 5 April 1990[8]
Sir Anthony Bagnall 6 April 2000   5 years, 208 days   31 October 2005   AOC-in-C Strike Command
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
promoted 11 April 2000,[9] retired 31 October 2005[10]
Sir John Baker 2 January 1952   4 years, 350 days   17 December 1956   Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
Controller of Aircraft
promoted 2 January 1952,[11] retired 17 December 1956[12]
The Earl of Bandon 1 July 1959   4 years, 153 days   1 December 1963   C-in-C Far East Air Force
Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe
promoted 1 July 1959,[13] retired 1 December 1963[14]
Sir Denis Barnett 1 July 1962   2 years, 149 days   27 November 1964   AOC-in-C Near East Air Force
Commander British Forces Cyprus
Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas[15]
promoted 1 July 1962,[16] retired 27 November 1964[17]
Sir John Barraclough 3 September 1973   2 years, 213 days   3 April 1976   Air Secretary
Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies
promoted 3 September 1973,[18] retired 3 April 1976[19]
Sir Arthur Barratt 1 January 1946   1 year, 85 days   27 March 1947   Inspector-General of the RAF promoted 1 January 1946,[20] retired 27 March 1947[21]
Sir Michael Beavis 14 March 1984   2 years, 295 days   3 January 1987   DC-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe acting promotion 14 March 1984,[22] substantive promotion 1 July 1984,[23] retired 3 January 1987[24]
Sir Michael Beetham 21 May 1977   5 years, 147 days   15 October 1982   C-in-C RAF Germany
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 21 May 1977,[25] promoted marshal of the RAF 15 October 1982[26]
Sir John Boothman 1 October 1954   1 year, 215 days   3 May 1956   AOC-in-C Coastal Command promoted 1 October 1954,[27] retired 3 May 1956[28]
Sir Norman Bottomley 23 March 1947   0 years, 284 days   1 January 1948   Inspector-General of the RAF promoted 23 March 1947,[29] retired 1 January 1948[30]
Sir Frederick Bowhill 1 November 1939   5 years, 148 days   29 March 1945   AOC-in-C Coastal Command
Commander of the RAF's Ferry Organisation
AOC Ferry Command
AOC-in-C Transport Command
temporary promotion 1 November 1939, acting promotion 1 July 1942, retained the rank on retirement 29 March 1945[31][32]
Sir Dermot Boyle 1 January 1956   2 years, 0 days   1 January 1958   Chief of the Air Staff promoted 1 January 1956, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 January 1958[33]
Sir Harry Broadhurst 14 February 1957   4 years, 15 days   1 March 1961   AOC-in-C Bomber Command
Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe
promoted 14 February 1957,[34] retired 1 March 1961[35]
Sir Robert Brooke-Popham 1 January 1935   Approx. 4 years, 10 months   May 1942   AOC-in-C, Air Defence of Great Britain
Inspector-General of the RAF
AOC-in-C RAF Middle East
Head of the RAF Training Mission in Canada
Head of the RAF Training Mission in South Africa
C-in-C Far East Command
promoted 1 January 1935,[36] retired 6 March 1937,[37] restored to active service in 1939, final retirement May 1942
Sir Simon Bryant 18 June 2010   2 years, 6 days   24 June 2012   C-in-C Air Command promoted 18 June 2010[38] retired 24 June 2012[39]
Sir Brian Burnett 7 October 1967   4 years, 156 days   11 March 1972   Air Secretary
C-in-C Far East Command
promoted 7 October 1967,[40] retired 11 March 1972[41]
Sir Charles Burnett 1 January 1940   Approx. 2 years, 5 months   June 1942   Chief of the Australian Air Staff acting promotion 1 January 1940,[42] retired June 1942[43]
Sir Brian Burridge 31 July 2003   2 years, 171 days   18 January 2006   AOC-in-C Strike Command promoted 31 July 2003,[44] retired 18 January 2006[45]
Sir Neil Cameron 1 November 1975   1 year, 272 days   31 July 1977   Air Member for Personnel
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 November 1975,[46] promoted marshal of the RAF 31 July 1977[47][48]
Sir John Cheshire 11 March 1997   Approx. 3 years   2000   C-in-C Allied Forces North West Europe promoted 11 March 1997,[49] retired 2000
Sir Walter Cheshire 19 November 1962   2 years, 138 days   6 April 1965   Air Member for Personnel promoted 19 November 1962,[50][51] retired 6 April 1965[52]
The Honourable Sir Ralph Cochrane 1 March 1949   3 years, 273 days   29 November 1952   AOC-in-C Flying Training Command
Vice Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 March 1949,[53] retired 29 November 1952[54]
Sir Hugh Constantine 12 September 1961   2 years, 261 days   30 May 1964   Commandant of the Imperial Defence College promoted 12 September 1961,[55] retired 30 May 1964[56]
Sir Alec Coryton 15 May 1950   1 year, 0 days   15 May 1951   Chief Executive Guided Weapons at the Ministry of Supply promoted 15 May 1950,[57] retired 15 May 1951[58][59]
Sir Christopher Courtney 1 January 1942   3 years, 312 days   9 November 1945   Air Member for Supply and Organisation temporary promotion 1 January 1942,[60] permanent promotion 1 June 1943,[61] retired 9 November 1945[62]
Sir David Cousins 1 August 1997   1 year, 102 days   11 November 1998   AOC-in-C Personnel and Training Command promoted 1 August 1997,[63] retired 11 November 1998[64]
Sir David Craig 20 September 1982   6 years, 55 days   14 November 1988   AOC-in-C Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
acting promotion 20 September 1982,[65] substantive promotion 1 July 1983,[66] promoted marshal of the RAF 14 November 1988[67]
Sir Kenneth Cross 1 October 1965   1 year, 146 days   24 February 1967   AOC-in-C Transport Command promoted 1 October 1965,[68] retired 24 February 1967[69]
Sir Stephen Dalton 31 July 2009   4 years, 168 days   15 January 2014   Chief of the Air Staff promoted 31 July 2009,[70] retired 15 January 2014[71]
Sir John Davis 1 January 1967   2 years, 171 days   21 June 1969   AOC-in-C Flying Training Command
AOC-in-C Training Command
promoted 1 January 1967,[72] retired 21 June 1969[73]
Sir Walter Dawson 1 June 1956   3 years, 340 days   6 May 1960   Inspector-General of the RAF
Air Member for Supply and Organisation
promoted 1 June 1956,[74] retired 6 May 1960[75][76]
Sir John Day 10 April 2001   2 years, 144 days   1 September 2003   AOC-in-C Strike Command promoted 10 April 2001,[77] retired 1 September 2003[78]
Sir William Dickson 8 January 1951   3 years, 144 days   1 June 1954   Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 18 January 1951, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 June 1954[79]
Sir Sholto Douglas 6 June 1945   0 years, 209 days   1 January 1946   C-in-C British Forces of Occupation, Germany promoted 6 June 1945, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 January 1946[80]
Sir Hugh Dowding 1 January 1937   5 years, 195 days   15 July 1942   AOC-in-C, Fighter Command
Head of British Air Commission, Washington
promoted 1 January 1937,[81] last day of paid service 14 July 1942,[82] retired 15 July 1942[83]
Sir Alfred Earle 1 April 1964   2 years, 66 days   6 June 1966   Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff promoted 1 April 1964, retired 6 June 1966[84][85]
Sir Edward Ellington 1 January 1933   4 years, 0 days   1 January 1937   Air Member for Personnel
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 January 1933, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 January 1937[86]
Sir William Elliot 1 April 1951   3 years, 17 days   18 April 1954   Chairman of the British Joint Services Mission in Washington promoted 1 April 1951,[87] retired 18 April 1954[88]
Sir Charles Elworthy 1 September 1962   4 years, 212 days   1 April 1967   C-in-C Middle East Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 September 1962, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 April 1967[89]
Sir Basil Embry 16 July 1953   2 years, 225 days   26 February 1956   C-in-C Allied Air Forces Central Europe acting promotion 16 July 1953,[90] substantive promotion 1 December 1953,[91] retired 26 February 1956[92]
Sir David Evans 26 March 1977   6 years, 136 days   9 August 1983   AOC-in-C, Strike Command
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
acting promotion 26 March 1977,[93] substantive promotion 31 March 1978,[94] retired 9 August 1983[95]
Sir Donald Evans 1 March 1967   2 years, 364 days   28 February 1970   Air Secretary
Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies
promoted 1 March 1967,[96] retired 28 February 1970[97]
Sir Douglas Evill 1 January 1946   1 year, 14 days   15 January 1947   Vice-Chief of the Air Staff promoted 1 January 1946,[20] retired 15 January 1947[98]
Sir Peter Fletcher 1 May 1971   2 years, 90 days   30 July 1973   Controller of Aircraft promoted 1 May 1971,[99] retired 30 July 1973[100]
Sir Francis Fogarty 1 November 1953   3 years, 89 days   29 January 1957   Air Member for Personnel promoted 1 November 1953,[101] retired 29 January 1957[102]
Sir Robert Foster 28 January 1953   1 year, 4 days   1 February 1954   C-in-C Second Tactical Air Force promoted 28 January 1953,[103] retired 1 February 1954[104]
Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris 1 December 1970   3 years, 142 days   22 April 1974   C-in-C Second Tactical Air Force
Chief of Personnel and Logistics
promoted 1 December 1970,[105] retired 22 April 1974[106]
Sir Wilfrid Freeman 27 May 1940   2 years, 145 days   19 October 1942   Air Member for Development and Production
Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
temporary promotion 27 May 1940,[107] substantive promotion 14 April 1942 (with seniority backdated to 27 May 1940),[108] retired 19 October 1942[109][110]
Sir Robert Freer 1 January 1980   2 years, 92 days   3 April 1982   Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies promoted 1 January 1980,[111] retired 3 April 1982[112]
Sir Joe French 13 January 2006   Approx. 1 year   2007   AOC-in-C Strike Command promoted 13 January 2006,[113] retired 2007
Sir Guy Garrod 1 January 1946   2 years, 282 days   9 October 1948   Permanent RAF Representative on the UN Military Staff Committee
Head of the RAF Delegation, Washington
promoted 1 January 1946,[20] retired 9 October 1948[114]
Sir Joseph Gilbert 1 January 1987   2 years, 220 days   9 August 1989   Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe promoted 1 January 1987,[115] retired 9 August 1989[116]
Sir John Gingell 7 April 1981   3 years, 76 days   22 June 1984   Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe acting promotion 7 April 1981,[117] substantive promotion 1 January 1982[118] retired 22 June 1984[119]
Sir John Grandy 1 April 1965   6 years, 0 days   1 April 1971   C-in-C Far East Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 April 1965,[52] promoted marshal of the RAF 1 April 1971[120]
Sir Michael Graydon 31 May 1990   7 years, 70 days   9 August 1997   AOC-in-C, RAF Support Command
AOC-in-C, Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 31 May 1990,[121] retired 9 August 1997[122][123]
Sir David Harcourt-Smith 1 January 1987   2 years, 139 days   20 May 1989   promoted 1 January 1987,[115] retired 20 May 1989[124]
Sir Peter Harding 1 January 1985   7 years, 310 days   6 November 1992   AOC-in-C Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
Chief of the Defence Staff
promoted 1 January 1985,[125] promoted marshal of the RAF 6 November 1992[126]
Sir Donald Hardman 1 April 1955   2 years, 303 days   29 January 1958   Air Member for Supply and Organisation promoted 1 April 1955,[127] retired 29 January 1958[128]
Sir Arthur Harris 18 March 1943   2 years, 289 days   1 January 1946   AOC-in-C Bomber Command acting promotion 18 March 1943, temporary promotion 16 August 1944, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 January 1946[129]
Sir Anthony Heward 29 April 1974   2 years, 62 days   30 June 1976   promoted 29 April 1974,[130] retired 30 June 1976[131]
Sir Roderic Hill 16 January 1947   1 year, 167 days   1 July 1948   promoted 16 January 1947,[29] retired 1 July 1948[132]
Sir Patrick Hine 1 July 1985   6 years, 62 days   1 September 1991   Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Air Member for Supply and Organisation
AOC-in-C Strike Command
promoted 1 July 1985,[133] retired 1 September 1991[134]
Sir Lewis Hodges 1 May 1971   5 years, 1 day   2 May 1976   Air Member for Personnel
Deputy C-in-C HQ Allied Forces Central Europe
promoted 1 May 1971,[99] retired 2 May 1976[135]
Sir Derek Hodgkinson 22 April 1974   2 years, 16 days   8 May 1976   Air Secretary promoted 22 April 1974,[136] retired 8 May 1976[137]
Sir Leslie Hollinghurst 15 May 1950   2 years, 226 days   27 December 1952   promoted 15 May 1950,[57] retired 27 December 1952[138]
Sir Edmund Hudleston 1 March 1961   6 years, 96 days   5 June 1967   AOC-in-C Transport Command
Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe
Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe
promoted 1 March 1961,[139] retired 5 June 1967[140]
Sir Andrew Humphrey 1 December 1970   5 years, 249 days   6 August 1976   AOC-in-C Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 December 1970, promoted marshal of the RAF 6 August 1976[141]
Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman 1 November 1953   3 years, 362 days   29 October 1957   promoted 1 November 1953,[101] retired 29 October 1957[142]
Sir Brendan Jackson 1 January 1990   3 years, 308 days   5 November 1993   promoted 1 January 1990,[143] retired 5 November 1993[144]
Sir Richard Johns 30 June 1994   Approx. 5 years, 10 months   April 2000   C-in-C Allied Forces North West Europe
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 30 June 1994,[145] retired April 2000[146]
Sir Philip Joubert de la Ferté 1 July 1941   2 years, 145 days   23 November 1943   temporary promotion 1 July 1941,[147] substantive promotion 14 April 1942 (with seniority backdated to 1 July 1941),[108] rank relinquished 23 November 1943, rank retained on retirement 14 November 1945[148][149]
Sir Thomas Kennedy 1 July 1983   2 years, 313 days   10 May 1986   promoted 1 July 1983,[66] retired 10 May 1986[150]
Sir Michael Knight 1 July 1986   3 years, 140 days   18 November 1989   promoted 1 July 1986,[7] retired 18 November 1989[151]
Sir Wallace Kyle 1 January 1964   4 years, 313 days   9 November 1968   Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
AOC-in-C Bomber Command
AOC-in-C Strike Command
promoted 1 January 1964,[152] retired 9 November 1968[153]
Sir Peter Le Cheminant 2 February 1976   3 years, 206 days   27 August 1979   promoted 2 February 1976,[154] retired 27 August 1979[155]
Sir David Lee 7 October 1967   3 years, 163 days   19 March 1971   promoted 7 October 1967,[40] retired 19 March 1971[156]
Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory 15 December 1943   0 years, 335 days   14 November 1944   C-in-C Allied Expeditionary Air Force acting promotion 15 December 1943,[157] substantive temporary promotion 16 August 1944,[158] died on active service 14 November 1944
Sir Hugh Lloyd 15 May 1951   2 years, 20 days   4 June 1953   AOC-in-C Bomber Command promoted 15 May 1951 (seniority dated from 1 April 1951),[159] retired 4 June 1953[160]
Sir Clive Loader 30 March 2007   2 years, 124 days   1 August 2009   C-in-C Air Command promoted 30 March 2007,[161] retired 1 August 2009[162]
Sir Arthur Longmore 1 November 1939   2 years, 120 days   1 March 1942   temporary promotion 1 November 1939, rank retained on retirement 1 March 1942,[163] recalled to active service in the rank of air vice-marshal on 1 August 1943,[164] resumed the rank of air chief marshal on final retirement 1 June 1944[165][166]
Sir Douglas Lowe 3 November 1975   7 years, 292 days   22 August 1983   Controller of Aircraft
Chief of Defence Procurement
promoted 3 November 1975,[46] retired 22 August 1983[167]
Sir Edgar Ludlow-Hewitt 1 July 1937   8 years, 141 days   19 November 1945   AOC-in-C Bomber Command
Inspector-General of the RAF
promoted 1 July 1937,[168] retired 19 November 1945[169]
Sir William MacDonald 1 September 1963   2 years, 344 days   11 August 1966   promoted 1 September 1963,[170] retired 11 August 1966[171]
Sir Nigel Maynard 8 May 1976   1 year, 13 days   21 May 1977   promoted 8 May 1976,[172] retired at own request 21 May 1977[173]
Sir Theodore McEvoy 1 November 1958   4 years, 18 days   19 November 1962   promoted 1 November 1958,[174] retired 19 November 1962[175]
Sir Charles Medhurst 1 May 1948   1 year, 353 days   19 April 1950   promoted 1 May 1948,[176] retired 19 April 1950[177]
Sir Walter Merton 1 June 1961   2 years, 89 days   29 August 1963   promoted 1 June 1961,[178] retired 29 August 1963[179][180]
Sir George Mills 1 January 1956   6 years, 260 days   18 September 1962   Commander of Allied Air Forces Central Europe
Chairman of the NATO Standing Group
acting promotion 1 January 1956,[181] substantive promotion 1 June 1956,[74] retired 18 September 1962[182]
Sir William Mitchell 9 September 1939   0 years, 247 days   13 May 1940   AOC-in-C RAF Middle East
Inspector-General of the RAF
acting promotion 9 September 1939, rank relinquished 13 May 1940, retained the rank on retirement 1 October 1941[183][184]
Sir Chris Moran 3 April 2009   1 year, 53 days   26 May 2010   C-in-C Air Command promoted 3 April 2009,[70] died suddenly while serving 26 May 2010[185]
Sir Cyril Newall 1 April 1937   3 years, 186 days   4 October 1940   Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 April 1937,[186] promoted marshal of the RAF 4 October 1940[187]
Sir Roger Palin 22 April 1991   2 years, 70 days   1 July 1993   promoted 22 April 1991,[188] retired 1 July 1993[189]
Sir Keith Park 1 August 1945   1 year, 141 days   20 December 1946   acting promotion 1 August 1945,[190] rank retained on retirement 20 December 1946[191]
Sir David Parry-Evans 1 July 1989   2 years, 243 days   29 February 1992   promoted 1 July 1989,[192] retired 29 February 1992[193]
Sir Hubert Patch 1 April 1959   2 years, 58 days   29 May 1961   promoted 1 April 1959,[194] retired 29 May 1961[195]
Sir Stuart Peach 1 December 2011   2 years, 233 days   active in rank   Commander of Joint Forces Command
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
promoted 1 December 2011[196]
Sir Richard Peirse 1 July 1942   2 years, 309 days   6 May 1945   temporary promotion 1 July 1942, retained the rank on retirement 6 May 1945[148][197]
Sir Claude Pelly 14 February 1957   2 years, 272 days   13 November 1959   promoted 14 February 1957,[34] retired 13 November 1959[198]
Sir Thomas Pike 1 November 1957   4 years, 156 days   6 April 1962   promoted 1 November 1957, promoted marshal of the RAF 6 April 1962[199]
Sir George Pirie 1 March 1949   2 years, 228 days   15 October 1951   promoted 1 March 1949, retired 15 October 1951[200][201]
Sir Malcolm Pledger 2 September 2002   2 years, 228 days   18 April 2005   Chief of Defence Logistics promoted 2 September 2002,[202] retired 18 April 2005[203]
Sir Charles Portal 14 April 1942   2 years, 48 days   1 June 1944   promoted 14 April 1942, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 June 1944[204]
Sir Thomas Prickett 1 May 1969   1 year, 153 days   1 October 1970   promoted 1 May 1969,[205] retired at own request 1 October 1970[206]
Sir Andrew Pulford 22 July 2013   1 year, 0 days   active in rank   promoted 22 July 2013[207]
Sir James Robb 1 October 1948   3 years, 56 days   26 November 1951   promoted 1 October 1948,[208] medically retired 26 November 1951[209]
Sir Rex Roe 1 December 1978   2 years, 243 days   1 August 1981   promoted 1 December 1978,[210] retired at own request 1 August 1981[211][212]
Sir John Rogers 1 January 1984   2 years, 89 days   31 March 1986   promoted 1 January 1984,[213] retired 31 March 1986[214]
Sir Frederick Rosier 1 March 1970   3 years, 186 days   3 September 1973   Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe promoted 1 March 1970,[215] retired 3 September 1973[216]
Sir Geoffrey Salmond 1 January 1933   0 years, 116 days   27 April 1933   AOC-in-C, Air Defence of Great Britain
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 January 1933,[217] died of natural causes while serving 27 April 1933[218]
Sir John Salmond 1 January 1929   4 years, 0 days   1 January 1933   Air Member for Personnel
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 January 1929, promoted marshal of the RAF 1 January 1933[219][220]
Sir Arthur Sanders 16 October 1951   4 years, 105 days   29 January 1956   promoted 16 October 1951,[221] retired 29 January 1956[222]
Sir Hugh Saunders 15 May 1950   3 years, 130 days   22 September 1953   promoted 15 May 1950,[57] retired 22 September 1953[223]
Sir Anthony Skingsley 1 May 1989   3 years, 244 days   31 December 1992   promoted 1 May 1989,[224] retired 31 December 1992[225]
Sir John Slessor 1 January 1946   4 years, 158 days   8 June 1950   promoted 1 January 1946,[20] promoted marshal of the RAF 8 June 1950[226]
Sir Denis Smallwood 30 July 1973   2 years, 336 days   30 June 1976   promoted 30 July 1973,[227] retired 30 June 1976[228]
Sir Denis Spotswood 1 November 1968   5 years, 150 days   31 March 1974   AOC-in-C, Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 November 1968, promoted marshal of the RAF 31 March 1974[229]
Sir Peter Squire 29 March 1999   4 years, 251 days   5 December 2003   AOC-in-C Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 29 March 1999,[230] retired 5 December 2003[231]
Sir John Stacey 1 June 1979   1 year, 214 days   1 January 1981   Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe promoted 1 June 1979,[232] died suddenly while serving 1 January 1981[233]
Sir Neville Stack 2 May 1976   1 year, 285 days   11 February 1978   promoted 2 May 1976,[234] retired at own request 11 February 1978[235]
Sir Michael Stear 27 August 1992   4 years, 45 days   11 October 1996   promoted 27 August 1992,[236] retired 11 October 1996[237]
Sir Alasdair Steedman 26 October 1977   3 years, 90 days   24 January 1981   promoted 26 October 1977,[238] retired 24 January 1981[239]
Sir John Steel 1 July 1936   1 year, 73 days   12 September 1937   AOC-in-C, Air Defence of Great Britain
AOC-in-C, Bomber Command
promoted 1 July 1936,[240] retired 12 September 1937, recalled to active service in the rank of air vice-marshal for periods 28 August 1939 to 27 May 1940 and 15 April 1941 to 26 September 1945, resumed the rank of air chief marshal on final retirement (with seniority backdated to 1 July 1936) 26 September 1945[148][241]
Sir Jock Stirrup 1 August 2003   7 years, 246 days   4 April 2011   Chief of the Air Staff
Chief of the Defence Staff
promoted 1 August 2003,[44] retired 4 April 2011[242]
Sir Arthur Tedder 1 July 1942   3 years, 73 days   12 September 1945   temporary promotion 1 July 1942, substantive promotion 6 June 1945, promoted marshal of the RAF 12 September 1945[243]
Sir Peter Terry 1 March 1981   3 years, 231 days   18 October 1984   Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
promoted 1 March 1981,[244] retired 18 October 1984[245]
Sir John Thomson 4 November 1992   1 year, 248 days   10 July 1994   promoted 4 November 1992,[246] died of natural causes while serving 10 July 1994[247]
Sir Glenn Torpy 13 April 2006   3 years, 109 days   31 July 2009   Chief of the Air Staff promoted 13 April 2006,[248] retired 31 July 2009[249]
Sir Hugh Trenchard 1 April 1922   4 years, 275 days   1 January 1927   Chief of the Air Staff promoted 1 April 1922,[250] promoted marshal of the RAF 1 January 1927[251][252]
Sir Ruthven Wade 31 March 1976   2 years, 0 days   31 March 1978   promoted 31 March 1976,[253] retired at own request 31 March 1978[254]
Sir Augustus Walker 1 March 1967   3 years, 128 days   7 July 1970   Deputy C-in-C Allied Forces Central Europe promoted 1 March 1967,[96] retired 7 July 1970[255]
Sir Neil Wheeler 11 March 1972   3 years, 298 days   3 January 1976   Controller Aircraft promoted 11 March 1972,[256] retired 3 January 1976[257]
Sir John Whitworth-Jones 28 January 1953   1 year, 121 days   29 May 1954   Air Member for Supply and Organisation promoted 28 January 1953,[258] retired 29 May 1954[259]
Sir Keith Williamson 1 March 1981   4 years, 228 days   15 October 1985   AOC-in-C Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff
promoted 1 March 1981,[244] promoted marshal of the RAF 15 October 1985[260]
Sir John Willis 4 April 1995   2 years, 281 days   10 January 1998   Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff promoted 4 April 1995,[261] retired 10 January 1998[262]
Sir Andrew Wilson 16 April 1993   2 years, 132 days   26 August 1995   Air Member for Personnel
AOC-in-C Personnel and Training Command
promoted 16 April 1993,[263] retired prematurely 26 August 1995[264]
Sir Bill Wratten 1 September 1994   3 years, 65 days   5 November 1997   AOC-in-C, Strike Command promoted 1 September 1994,[145] retired 5 November 1997[265]

Honorary air chief marshals[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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