George Mills (RAF officer)

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Sir George Holroyd Mills
Elliot and Mills in Italy WWII IWM CNA 3470.jpg
Air Vice Marshal Elliot, the former Air Officer Commanding the Balkan Air Force (left), gives the latest information regarding Balkan operations to his successor, Air Vice Marshal Mills at BAF Headquarters, Bari, Italy, 1945
Born (1902-03-26)26 March 1902
Dartford, Kent
Died 14 April 1971(1971-04-14) (aged 69)
Hillingdon, London
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1920–62
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Allied Air Forces Central Europe (1956–59)
Bomber Command (1953–55)
Air Headquarters Malaya (1952–53)
No. 1 Group (1949–50)
Balkan Air Force (1945)
RAF Watton (c.1941–42)
No. 115 Squadron (1939–41)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Other work Black Rod

Air Chief Marshal Sir George Holroyd Mills, GCB, DFC (26 March 1902 – 14 April 1971) was a senior Royal Air Force commander. After his retirement from the RAF, Mills served as Black Rod in the Houses of Parliament until 1970. He was also a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.

RAF career[edit]

Mills joined the RAF College at Cranwell as a cadet in 1920 and became one of the earliest graduates of the newly formed College.[1] After graduating he spent a short time at the RAF Depot.[1] Mills was then posted to Mesopotamia flying DH 9As with No. 8 Squadron.[1] He transferred to No. 100 Squadron in 1927 flying Hawker Horsley aircraft.[2] He attended the RAF Staff College in 1935.[1]

He served in the Second World War taking up command of No. 115 Squadron in late 1939 and then joining the Air Staff at Headquarters Bomber Command before becoming Station Commander at RAF Watton.[1] He was appointed Director of Policy (General) at the Air Ministry in September 1943 and Air Officer Commanding Balkan Air Force in February 1945.[1]

After the War he was appointed Director of Plans at the Air Ministry in 1946, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in 1949 and Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters Malaya in 1952.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commander-in-Chief Bomber Command in April 1953, Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe in January 1956 and Chairman of the British Joint Services Mission to Washington, D.C. and UK Representative on the NATO Standing Group in July 1959.[1]

He retired from the Royal Air Force on 18 September 1962.[3]

In retirement he served as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the Houses of Parliament.[1]

His sons are Derek Mills (RAF officer and Spitfire pilot) and Sir Nigel Mills, and daughter Virginie Mills.

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Chief Marshal Sir George Mills
  2. ^ Spirit of the Air, Volume 3, Nos. 1 & 2, 2008, p. 15
  3. ^ "No. 42820". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 October 1962. p. 8458. 
  4. ^ "No. 34860". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1940. p. 3256. 
  5. ^ "No. 37119". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1945. p. 2936. 
  6. ^ "No. 40053". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1954. p. 3. 
  7. ^ "No. 41589". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1959. p. 3. 
Military offices
Preceded by
William Elliot
Air Officer Commanding the Balkan Air Force
Air force disestablished
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Lloyd
Commander-in-Chief Bomber Command
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Broadhurst
Preceded by
Sir Basil Embry
Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Broadhurst
Preceded by
Sir Michael Denny
Chief of the British Joint Staff Mission to Washington and
UK Military Representative to NATO

Succeeded by
Sir Michael West
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Brian Horrocks
Black Rod
Succeeded by
Sir Frank Twiss