Philip Babington

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Sir Philip Babington
Smuts with Air Council WWII IWM CH 7798.jpg
Air Marshal Babington, standing seventh from left, as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Flying Training Command, with the Air Council, Second World War
Born (1894-02-25)25 February 1894
Marylebone, London, England
Died 25 February 1965(1965-02-25) (aged 71)
Tonbridge, Kent, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army (1914–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–45)
Years of service 1914–45
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Flying Training Command (1942–45)
Air Member for Personnel (1940–42)
RAF Sealand (1925–28)
No. 19 Squadron (1924–25)
No. 56 Squadron (1920–21)
No. 39 Squadron (1919)
No. 37 Squadron (1919)
50th Wing (1918–19)
No. 141 Squadron (1918)
No. 46 Squadron (1916–17)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross
Air Force Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland)

Air Marshal Sir Philip Babington, KCB, MC, AFC (25 February 1894 – 25 February 1965) was a Royal Air Force officer who served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Flying Training Command from 1942 to 1945 during the Second World War.

RAF career[edit]

Babington was commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment in 1914 at the start of the First World War and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.[1] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 46 Squadron on the Western Front in 1916 and Officer Commanding No. 141 Squadron at Biggin Hill in January 1918 before taking command of the 50th Wing later that year.[1]

After the War he served as Officer Commanding No. 37 Squadron (later renumbered No. 39 Squadron), Officer Commanding No. 56 Squadron and Officer Commanding No. 19 Squadron.[1] He was made Station Commander at RAF Sealand in 1925, Senior Personnel Staff Officer at Headquarters Inland Area in 1928 and Assistant Commandant at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1931 before becoming Director of Postings at the Air Ministry in 1936.[1]

He served in the Second World War as Air Member for Personnel from 1940 and as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Flying Training Command from 1942 before retiring in 1944.[1]

In retirement he joined a committee to consider the future of the Court-martial system.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Leslie Gossage
Air Member for Personnel
Succeeded by
Sir Bertine Sutton
Preceded by
Sir William Welsh
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Flying Training Command
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Coningham