Aubrey Ellwood

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Sir Aubrey Beauclerk Ellwood
Born (1897-07-03)3 July 1897
Oakham, Rutland
Died 20 December 1992(1992-12-20) (aged 95)
Crewkerne, Somerset
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy (1916–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–52)
Years of service 1916–52
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Transport Command (1950–52)
Bomber Command (1947–50)
No. 18 Group (1943–44)
No. 5 Squadron (1932–34)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Air Marshal Sir Aubrey Beauclerk Ellwood, KCB, DSC, DL (3 July 1897 – 20 December 1992) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Marlborough College, Ellwood joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1916.[1] During his service as a fighter pilot in the First World War, he scored ten victories (all in the Sopwith Camel) to become a double flying ace, being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the process.[2] Having been awarded one of the first permanent commissions in the Royal Air Force in 1919, he was appointed Officer Commanding No. 5 Squadron in India in 1932 before returning to the UK in 1937 to join the Directing Staff at the RAF Staff College.[1]

Ellwood served in the Second World War as Deputy Director of Bomber Operations before becoming Air Officer Commanding No. 18 Group in January 1943 and then Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Coastal Command in March 1944.[1] He completed his was service as Director-General of Personnel.[1]

After the war Ellwood was appointed the Air Officer Commanding in Chief Bomber Command.[1] His next and last tour was as Air Officer Commanding in Chief Transport Command before retiring in January 1952.[1]

In retirement he became Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset.[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Saunders
Commander-in-Chief Bomber Command
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Lloyd
Preceded by
Sir Brian Baker
Commander-in-Chief Transport Command
Succeeded by
Robert Blucke