Members of the Air Council, 1934–1941
Date of Appointment SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AIR The Most Hon. The Marquess of Londonderry, K.G., P.C., M.V.O. 9th November 1931 The Rt. Hon. Viscount Swinton, P.C., G.B.E., M.C. 7th June 1935 The Rt. Hon. Sir Kingsley Wood, M.P. 16th May 1938 The Rt. Hon. Sir Samuel J. G. Hoare, Bart., G.C.S.I., G.B.E., C.M.G., M.P. 5th April 1940 The Rt. Hon. Sir Archibald Sinclair, Bart., K.T., C.M.G., M.P. 11th May 1940 PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AIR The Rt. Hon. Sir Philip A. G. D. Sassoon, Bart., G.B.E., G.M.G., M.P. 3rd September 1931 Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Muirhead, M.C., M.P. 28th May 1937 Captain The Rt. Hon. H. H. Balfour, M.C., M.P. 16th May 1938 Lord Sherwood (Under-Secretary of State, House of Lords) 22nd July 1941 CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Edward L. Ellington, G.C.B., C.M.G., C.B.E. 22nd May 1933 Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Cyril L. N. Newall, G.C.B., C.M.G, C.B.E., A.M. 1st September 1937 Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles F. A. Portal, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 25th October 1940 AIR MEMBER FOR PERSONNEL Air Marshal Sir Frederick W. Bowhill, K.C.B, C.M.G, D.S.O. 31st July 1933 Air Marshal Sir William G. S. Mitchell, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., A.F.C. 1st July 1937 Air Marshal C. F. A. Portal, C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 1st February 1939 Air Marshal E. L. Gossage, C.B., C.V.O., D.S.O., M.C. 3rd April 1940 Air Marshal P. Babington, C.B., M.C., A.F.C. 1st December 1940 AIR MEMBER FOR SUPPLY AND ORGANIZATION Air Chief Marshal Sir Cyril L. N. Newall, K.C.B., C.M.G., C.B.E., A.M. 14th January 1935 Air Marshal W. L. Walsh, C.B., D.S.C., A.F.C. 1st September 1937 Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher L. Courtney, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. 15th January 1940
Date of Appointment AIR MEMBER FOR TRAINING Air Marshal A. G. R. Garrod, C.B., O.B.E., M.C., D.F.C. 8th July 1940 AIR MEMBER FOR SUPPLY AND RESEARCH1 Air Marshal Sir Hugh C. T. Dowding, K.C.B., C.M.G. 1st September 1930 AIR MEMBER FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Air Marshal Sir Hugh C. T. Dowding, K.C.B., C.M.G. 14th January 1935 Air Marshal Sir Wilfrid R. Freeman, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 1st April 1936 AIR MEMBER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid R. Freeman, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 1st August 1938 SECRETARY OF THE AIR MINISTRY2 Sir Christopher Ll. Bullock, K.C.B., C.B.E. 20th January 1931 Colonel Sir Donald Banks, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 9th August 1936 PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR AIR Colonel Sir Donald Banks, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. March 1938 Sir Arthur W. Street, K.C.B., K.B.E., C.M.G., C.I.E., M.C. 1st June 1939 ADDITIONAL MEMBERS The Rt. Hon. Earl Winterton, M.P. (Deputy to the Secretary of State for Air) 14th March 1938–15th May 1938 E. J. H. Lemon, Esq., O.B.E. M.I.MECH.E. (Director-General of Production) Aug. 1938–April 1940 Sir Arthur W. Street, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., C.I.E., M.C. (Acting Permanent Under-Secretary of State) 19th January–31st May 1939 Sir Harold G. Howitt, D.S.O., M.C., F.C.A. 18th September 1939 onwards Sir Charles Craven, O.B.E. (Civil Member for Development and Production) 1st May–Nov. 1940 Air Marshal Sir Richard E. C. Peirse, K.C.B., D.S.O., A.F.C.
- Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
30th October 1939–21st April 1940
- Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
22nd April 1940–4th October 1940
Date of Appointment Sir Henry Tizard, K.C.B., A.F.C., F.R.S. June 1941 onwards Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid R. Freeman, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C.
- Representing Ministry of Aircraft Production
- Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
Nov. 1940–Oct. 1942 Air Marshal F. J. Linnell, C.B., O.B.E. (Controller of Research and Development, Ministry of Aircraft Production) 5th June 1941 onwards
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1 This appointment became Air Member for Research and Development (14th January 1935) which in turn became Air Member for Development and Production (1st August 1938). The appointment ceased after the formation of the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
2 Designated Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Air, March 1938.