Walter Dawson (RAF officer)

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Sir Walter Lloyd Dawson
Born (1902-05-06)6 May 1902
Died 10 June 1994(1994-06-10) (aged 92)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1919–60
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Air Member for Supply and Organisation (1958–60)
Inspector-General of the RAF (1956–57)
School of Land/Air Warfare (1948–49)
AHQ Levant (1946–48)
RAF St Eval (1942–43)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Air Chief Marshal Sir Walter Lloyd Dawson, KCB, CBE, DSO (6 May 1902 – 10 June 1994) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in the 1950s. He was the last RAF commander in Palestine, before the creation of the State of Israel.

RAF career[edit]

Dawson joined the Royal Air Force as a boy mechanic in 1919.[1] He served in the Second World War on the air staff at RAF Middle East and then in the Directorate of Plans at the Air Ministry.[1] He continued his war service as Station Commander at RAF St Eval from 1942, Director of Operations (Naval Co-operation) from 1943 and Director of Plans from 1944.[1] After the war he was made Air Officer Commanding AHQ Levant at a difficult time when the State of Israel was being established.[1] He was appointed Commandant of the School of Land/Air Warfare in 1948 and then served as Senior RAF Instructor at the Imperial Defence College from 1950 before becoming Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) in 1952.[1] He went on to be Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans & Policy at Headquarters Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in 1953, Inspector-General of the RAF in 1956 and Air Member for Supply and Organisation in 1958 before he retired in 1960.[1]

He died on 10 June 1994.[2] Dawson's Field in Jordan, where the Dawson's Field hijackings took place, is named after him.[1]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Hector McGregor
Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters Levant
1946–1948
Vacant
Title next held by
Clayton Boyce
In 1955, headquartered in Iraq
Preceded by
Sir Leslie Brown
Commandant of the School of Land/Air Warfare
1948–1949
Succeeded by
Lawrence Pendred
Preceded by
Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman
Senior RAF Instructor at the Imperial Defence College
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Claude Pelly
Preceded by
Sir Charles Guest
Inspector-General of the RAF
1956–1957
Succeeded by
Sir Gilbert Nicholetts
Preceded by
Sir Donald Hardman
Air Member for Supply and Organisation
1958–1960
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Merton