Christopher Coville

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Christopher Coville
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Liverpool, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1964–2003
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Personnel and Training Command
Training Units
RAF Coningsby
No. 111 (Fighter) Squadron
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Air Marshal Sir Christopher Charles Cotton Coville, KCB (born 1945) is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander.

RAF career[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Coville joined the Royal Air Force in 1964, at the height of the Cold War.[1] Early in his career he flew Lightnings and F4 Phantoms.[1] He assumed command of No. 111 (Fighter) Squadron in 1983,[2] and then became Group Captain Air at Headquarters No. 11 Group.[1] In 1986 he became Station Commander at RAF Coningsby,[3] where he flew Tornado F3 and displayed Hurricanes and Spitfires on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.[1] Promoted to air vice marshal, he became Air Officer Commanding Training Units in 1992, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Operational Requirements (Air Systems) in 1994 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe in 1998.[1] In 2000 his NATO command was absorbed into the Regional Headquarters Allied Forces North Europe of which Coville became the Deputy Commander-in-Chief.[4] In March 2001 he became the Air Member for Personnel and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command.[1] He retired in 2003.[1]

Coville was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2000 New Year Honours.[1]

In retirement he was appointed Chairman of Westland Helicopters.[1]


He is married to Irene and they have one son and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Speakers Archived 11 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Bridge Cruises
  2. ^ About the Author: "Coville, C. (2007) Target – The Queen, Canada: Trafford Publishing
  3. ^ Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – RAF Station Commanders – Lincolnshire and East Midlands
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
Military offices
Preceded by
M B Elsam
Station Commander RAF Coningsby
1986 – c. 1988
Succeeded by
Martin Widdowson
Preceded by
Sir Michael Stear
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
(Command absorbed into
Regional HQ Allied Forces North Europe)
Preceded by
Sir John Day
Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command
Air Member for Personnel

Succeeded by
Sir Joe French