Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief, 1936–1941
Date of Appointment
BOMBER COMMAND Air Chief Marshal Sir John M. Steel, G.C.B., K.B.E., C.M.G. 14th July 1936 Air Chief Marshal Sir Edgar R. Ludlow-Hewitt, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., M.C. 12th September 1937 Air Marshal Sir Charles F. A. Portal, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 3rd April 1940 Air Marshal Sir Richard E. C. Peirse, K.C.B., D.S.O., A.F.C. 5th October 1940 FIGHTER COMMAND Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh C. T. Dowding, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., C.M.G., A.D.C. 14th July 1936 Air Marshal Sir W. Sholto Douglas, K.C.B., M.C., D.F.C. 25th November 1940 COASTAL COMMAND Air Marshal Sir Arthur M. Longmore, K.C.B., D.S.O. 14th July 1936 Air Marshal P. B. Joubert de la Ferté, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. 1st September 1940 Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick W. Bowhill, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. 18th August 1937 Air Chief Marshal P. B. Joubert de la Ferté, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. 14th June 1941 BRITISH AIR FORCES IN FRANCE1 Air Marshal A. S. Barratt, C.B., C.M.G., M.C. 15th January 1940 ARMY COOPERATION COMMAND Air Marshal Sir Arthur S. Barratt, K.C.B., C.M.G., M.C. 20th November 1940 TRAINING COMMAND2 Air Marshal Sir Charles S. Burnett, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. 1st May 1936
Date of Appointment Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur M. Longmore, K.C.B., D.S.O. 1st July 1939 FLYING TRAINING COMMAND Air Marshal L. A. Pattinson, C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 27th May 1940 Air Marshal Sir William L. Welsh, K.C.B., D.S.C., A.F.C. 7th July 1941 MAINTENANCE COMMAND Air Marshal J. S. T. Bradley, C.B.E. 31st March 1938 TECHNICAL TRAINING COMMAND Air Marshal Sir William L. Welsh, K.C.B., D.S.C., A.F.C. 27th May 1940 Air Marshal J. T. Babington, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. 7th July 1941
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, FAR EAST3 Air Chief Marshal Sir H. Robert M. Brooke-Popham, G.C.V.O., K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., M.C., A.F.C. 18th November 1940 ROYAL AIR FORCE, MIDDLE EAST Air Chief Marshal Sir William G. S. Mitchell, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., A.F.C. 1st April 1939 Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur M. Longmore, G.C.B, D.S.O. 13th May 1940 Air Marshal A. W. Tedder, C.B. 1st June 1941 AIR FORCES IN INDIA Air Marshal Sir John F. A. Higgins, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., A.F.C. 6th October 1939 Air Marshal Sir Patrick H. L. Playfair, K.B.E., C.B., C.V.O., M.C. 26th September 1940 R.A.F. FERRY COMMAND Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick W. Bowhill, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. 18th July 1941
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1 The Advanced Air Striking Force and the Air Component, which were brought under Air Vice-Marshal Baratt's Command on this date, were commanded by Air Vice-Marshal P. H. L. Playfair, C.B., C.V.O., M.C. and Air Vice-marshal C. H. B. Blount, O.B.E., M.C., respectively.
2 Disbnaded on formation of Flying Training and Technical Training Commands—27th May 1940.
3 Royal Air Forces Far East was not at this date under the command of an Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. R.A.F. units in the Force were,ho wever, under the command of Air Vice-Marshal J. T. Babington, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., from September 1938 to April 1941, and Air Vice-Marshal C. W. H. Pulford, C.B., O.B.E., D.S.O. from April 1941 to February 1942. From 18th November 1940 to 27th December 1941, however, Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham was Commander-in-Chief, Far East, with supreme control over and air, but not naval, forces.