Leslie William Cannon

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Leslie William Cannon
Nickname(s) "Bull"
Born (1904-04-09)9 April 1904
Died 27 January 1986(1986-01-27) (aged 81)
Princess Mary Hospital, RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire
Buried at Penn, Buckinghamshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1920–58
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held Commander-in-Chief Royal Pakistan Air Force (1951–55)
RAF Staff College, Andover (1948–49)
No. 85 Group (1946–47)
No. 2 Group (1946)
No. 138 Wing (1943)
RAF Watton (1942–43)
No. 5 Squadron (1937–38)
Battles/wars North-West Frontier
Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches (4)
Silver Star (United States)
Spouse(s) Beryl Heyworth

Air Vice Marshal Leslie William Cannon, CB, CBE (9 April 1904 – 27 January 1986) was a senior Royal Air Force officer. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Pakistan Air Force from 1952 to 1955.

Military career[edit]

Cannon enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the second entry of aircraft apprentices in 1920, and was commissioned as a pilot in 1925.

From 1948 until late 1949, Cannon was Assistant Commandant and then Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Andover.

He served as a Flight Commander in No. 60 Squadron RAF and then Officer Commanding No. 5 Squadron RAF on the North-West Frontier of India in the 1930s. Eventually attaining the rank of air vice marshal (the first apprentice to achieve air rank), he served as Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Pakistan Air Force from 7 May 1951 to 19 June 1955.


Military offices
Preceded by
Percy Maitland
Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group
Succeeded by
Anthony Paxton
Preceded by
Richard Atcherley
Commander-in-Chief, Royal Pakistan Air Force
Succeeded by
Arthur McDonald