Roger Palin

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Sir Roger Palin
Born (1938-07-08) 8 July 1938 (age 78)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army (1958–63)
Royal Air Force (1963–93)
Years of service 1958–93
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held RAF Germany
No. 11 Group
No. 43 Squadron
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

Air Chief Marshal Sir Roger Hewlett Palin, KCB, OBE (born 8 July 1938) is a former senior Royal Air Force commander.

Early life and army career[edit]

Palin was educated at Canford School and St John's College, Cambridge. During his National Service, Palin served in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, being commissioned from cadet to second lieutenant on 10 May 1958.[1] On 6 October 1959 he joined the Territorial Army portion of the Parachute Regiment, as a second lieutenant with seniority from 10 May 1958,[2] and was promoted to lieutenant on 10 January 1960.[3] On 1 February 1961 he was placed on the unattached list.[4] On 1 February 1962 he rejoined The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Green Jackets Brigade, in the Army Emergency Reserve.[5]

RAF career[edit]

On 21 January 1963 Palin joined the Royal Air Force, being granted a permanent commission as a flying officer, with seniority from 1 November 1961.[6] He was promoted to flight lieutenant on 1 May 1964,[7] and to squadron leader on 1 January 1970.[8] He served as Officer Commanding No. 43 Squadron.[9]

On 3 June 1972 he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.[10] On 1 January 1975 he was promoted to wing commander.[11] In the 1979 New Year Honours Palin was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[12] He was promoted to group captain on 1 January 1980.[13] He then served as Aide-de-Camp to The Queen from 11 December 1981[14] until 10 December 1982.[15] He was promoted to air commodore on 1 January 1984,[16] and to air vice marshal on 1 January 1986.[17]

He served as Air Officer Commanding, No. 11 Group from July 1987[18] until March 1989, and was promoted to air marshal on 14 April[19] to serve as Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany and Second Tactical Air Force.[20] In the 1989 Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).[21] Palin then served as Air Member for Personnel from 1991[20] before retiring from the RAF on 1 July 1993.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 41443". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 July 1958. p. 4421. 
  2. ^ "No. 41852". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 October 1959. p. 6777. 
  3. ^ "No. 41925". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 January 1960. p. 331. 
  4. ^ "No. 42293". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 March 1961. p. 1717. 
  5. ^ "No. 42607". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 February 1962. p. 1668. 
  6. ^ "No. 42929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 February 1963. p. 1811. 
  7. ^ "No. 43418". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 August 1964. p. 7257. 
  8. ^ "No. 45013". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 January 1970. p. 222. 
  9. ^ "Tornado pilots remembered as Leuchars squadron disbands". STV. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "No. 45678". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 May 1972. p. 6284. 
  11. ^ "No. 46469". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 January 1975. p. 871. 
  12. ^ "No. 47723". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1978. p. 7. 
  13. ^ "No. 48100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 February 1980. p. 2641. 
  14. ^ "No. 48858". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 January 1982. p. 484. 
  15. ^ "No. 49203". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 December 1982. p. 16693. 
  16. ^ "No. 49611". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 January 1984. p. 343. 
  17. ^ "No. 50398". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 January 1986. p. 562. 
  18. ^ "No. 51001". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 July 1987. p. 9283. 
  19. ^ "No. 51713". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 April 1989. p. 4920. 
  20. ^ a b Mackie, Colin (2015). "Senior Royal Air Force Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "No. 51772". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1989. p. 2. 
  22. ^ "No. 53395". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 August 1993. p. 13286. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Stear
Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Sir William Wratten
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Skingsley
Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force

1989–1991
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Wilson
Preceded by
Sir David Parry-Evans
Air Member for Personnel
1991–1993
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Wilson