David Harcourt-Smith

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Sir David Harcourt-Smith
Born (1931-10-14) 14 October 1931 (age 86)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1952–89
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Support Command
RAF College Cranwell
RAF Bruggen
No. 6 Squadron
No. 54 Squadron
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir David Harcourt-Smith, GBE, KCB, DFC (born 14 October 1931) is a former Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Support Command. He is the author of Wings Over Suez, an account of air operations during the Sinai and Suez wars.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Felsted School and RAF College Cranwell, Harcourt-Smith was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1952.[1] He served in Aden where he won the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty in 1957.[2]

He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 54 Squadron in 1963 and Officer Commanding No. 6 Squadron in 1969 before moving on to be Station Commander at RAF Bruggen in 1972 and Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell in 1978.[1] He went on to be Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1980, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Support Command in 1984 and Controller of Aircraft in 1986.[1] As Controller of Aircraft he oversaw the introduction of the Tucano training aircraft.[3] He retired in 1989.[1]


In 1957 he married Dorothy Mary Entwistle; they had two sons and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ "No. 41243". The London Gazette. 29 November 1957. p. 7047. 
  3. ^ MoD admits Tucano delay Flight International, 1 February 1985
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Beavis
Commander-in-Chief Support Command
Succeeded by
Sir John Sutton