John Kemball

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Sir John Kemball
Born (1939-01-31) 31 January 1939 (age 78)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1957–93
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held British Forces on the Falkland Islands
Central Flying School
RAF Laarbruch
No. 54 Squadron
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Air Marshal Sir Richard John Kemball, KCB, CBE, DL (born 31 January 1939) is a former Royal Air Force officer who became Deputy Commander of Strike Command.

RAF career[edit]

Kemball was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1957.[1] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 54 Squadron in 1976 and became Station Commander at RAF Laarbruch in 1978.[1] He went on to be Commandant of the RAF Central Flying School in 1983 and Commander of British Forces on the Falkland Islands in 1985 before becoming Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command in 1989.[1] He retired in 1993.[1]

In retirement he became Chief Executive of the Racing Welfare Charity,[2] Chairman of Essex Rivers NHS Healthcare Trust[1] and High Sheriff of Suffolk in 2007.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Hayr
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Johns