Nigel Maynard

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Sir Nigel Maynard
Born (1921-08-28)28 August 1921
Died 18 June 1998(1998-06-18) (aged 76)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1940–77
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Strike Command (1976–77)
RAF Germany (1973–76)
Far East Air Force (1970–72)
RAF Staff College, Bracknell (1968–70)
RAF Changi (1960–62)
No. 242 Squadron (1949–50)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Nigel Martin Maynard, KCB, CBE, DFC, AFC (28 August 1921 – 18 June 1998) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

RAF career[edit]

Born the son of Air Vice Marshal Forster Maynard and educated at Aldenham School,[1] Maynard entered the RAF College Cranwell early in 1940 but due to the demands of war his training was cut short and he was posted to No. 210 Squadron flying Sunderlands in June 1940.[2] In 1949 he was appointed Officer Commanding No. 242 Squadron and then, following various staff appointments, he was made Station Commander at RAF Changi in 1960.[2] He went on to be Group Captain, Operations at Headquarters Transport Command in 1962, Director of Defence Plans (Air) at the Ministry of Defence in 1964 and Director of Defence Plans in 1966.[2] He was made Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell, in 1968 before being appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Air Force in 1970.[2] In 1972 he was made Chief of Staff at Strike Command, in 1973 he took up the post of Commander-in-Chief, RAF Germany and in 1976 he became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Strike Command.[2] He retired at his own request on 21 May 1977.[3]


In 1946 he married Daphnie Llewellyn; they had one son and one daughter.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Deryck Stapleton
Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell
Succeeded by
Michael Beetham
Preceded by
Sir Neil Wheeler
Commander-in-Chief Far East Air Force
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
New title
Command established
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Horsley
Preceded by
Sir Harold Martin
Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force

Succeeded by
Sir Michael Beetham
Preceded by
Sir Denis Smallwood
Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Succeeded by
Sir David Evans