Patrick Playfair

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This article is about the RAF officer. For the virologist Patrick Playfair Laidlaw, see Patrick Laidlaw.
Patrick Playfair
Playfair in the RFC.jpg
Patrick Playfair in the Royal Flying Corps during the First world War
Birth name Patrick Henry Lyon Playfair
Nickname(s) Pip
Born 22 November 1889
Died 23 November 1974 (aged 85)
Newmarket, Suffolk, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Air Forces in India
Advanced Air Striking Force
No. 1 Group RAF
No. 3 Group RAF
Central Flying School
No. 8 Squadron RFC
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Military Cross
Mention in Despatches (2)

Air Marshal Sir Patrick Henry Lyon Playfair KBE CB CVO MC RAF (22 November 1889 – 23 November 1974) was a commander in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force until his retirement during the Second World War.


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Military offices
Preceded by
A J L Scott
Commandant of the Central Flying School
Succeeded by
C D Breese
Preceded by
Sir John Higgins
Commander-in-Chief, Air Forces in India
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Peirse