David Case

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David Case
Born c1953
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1972-present
Rank Air Commodore

Air Commodore David Case is the highest ranking black officer in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, and as of 2000, at the age of 47, he became the highest ranking black officer ever to serve in Britain's armed forces.


He was born in Guyana, and immigrated to Britain at the age of 5. He was educated at Beckenham Grammar School and learnt to fly on a Flying Scholarship while still at school. He joined the RAF as a 19-year old cadet to read aeronautical engineering at The Queen's University of Belfast. He received his commission in 1975, and was awarded the distinguished Sword of Honour, which is bestowed upon the top cadet officer of the year.


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Guardian (20 August 2007). "Black army officers recruited to help stop gang violence". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 August 2007.