Charles Steele

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Charles Ronald Steele
Born (1897-11-09)9 November 1897
Netheredge, South Yorkshire
Died 14 February 1973(1973-02-14) (aged 75)
Trumpington, Cambridgeshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army (1916–1918)
 Royal Air Force (1918–1952)
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held No. 18 Squadron
No. 9 Group
No. 10 Group
No. 85 Group
AHQ Malta
Coastal Command
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Marshal Sir Charles Ronald Steele KCB DFC (9 November 1897 – 14 February 1973) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Coastal Command.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Oundle School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Steele was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1916.[1] He transferred into the Royal Flying Corps and became a flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[2] He transferred into the Royal Air Force after the First World War and was granted a permanent commission on 1 August 1919.[1] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 18 Squadron in 1936 and served in the Second World War, initially on the Air Staff at Headquarters No. 3 Group, and then at the Rhodesian Air Training Group before being appointed Senior Air Staff Officer and then temporary Air Officer Commanding at No. 9 Group.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 10 Group and then Air Officer Commanding No. 85 Group.[1] He was made Senior Air Staff Officer at the Headquarters of the British Air Forces of Occupation in Germany in July 1945.[1] He became Air Officer Commanding AHQ Malta in 1947 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Coastal Command in 1950 before retiring in 1952.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Baker
Commander-in-Chief Coastal Command
1950 – 1952
Succeeded by
Sir Alick Stevens