Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
John Alexander Carlisle
b: 22 Dec 1921
r: 31 Mar 1978
d: 31 May 2005
KCB – 2 Jun 1973, (CB – 10 Jun 1967), Efficiency Medal (Territorial) - 4. Jul 1947 .
(Army) 2 Lt (Reg Army Emer Comm): 2 Nov 1940.
(P) (Emer): 22
Nov 1941, Fg Off (P)
(WS): 1 Oct 1942, Flt Lt (WS): 22 Nov 1943,
Flt Lt: 1 Sep 1945, Sqn Ldr: 1
Jan 1950, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1956,
Act Gp Capt: 29 Aug 1960,
Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1961, Act A/Cdre: 1
Dec 1964, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1965, AVM:
1 Jan 1969, AM: 1 Jul 1973, ACM: 8
2 Nov 1940: Officer, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (156804)
22 Nov 1941: Relinquished his Army commission on appointment to a commission in the R.A.F.V.R.
Pilot, No 611 (West Lancashire) Sqn.
Flight Commander, No 548 Sqn.
Air Staff, HQ Fighter Command.
13 Jun 1947: Granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant with seniority 1 Sep 1945
Attended Central Flying School.
QFI, RAF College - Cranwell.
Officer Commanding, University of Birmingham Air Squadron.
Attended RAF Staff College.
PSO to AOC in C, Fighter Command.
Officer Commanding, No 29 Sqn.
Attended Joint Service Staff College.
Staff Officer - Ops Air, HQ Allied Forces North Europe.
Deputy Director - Intelligence (A).
Officer Commanding, RAF Finningley.
Air Commodore Intelligence.
Attended Imperial Defence College.
Deputy C in C, RAF Germany.
Director-General of RAF Training.
Project Officer, Manpower Economy Exercise.
Commander, British Forces Near East/ AOC in C, Near East Air Force.
Administrator, British Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus.
Air Member for Personnel.
Deputy Director of Service Intelligence (Air)
John Aiken joined the RAF in 1941 and following his pilot training was posted to
fighter squadrons, eventually serving in Europe, and the Far East before the end
of WW2. Returning
to the UK, he was posted to HQ Fighter Command for two years before completing
an Instructor's course at the CFS and becoming a QFI at the RAF College
he was OC, 29 Squadron, he had the honour of receiving the squadron's first
Squadron Standard from Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Dermot Boyle.
No 29 was a night fighter squadron equipped with Meteor NF11's and based
British Forces Near East he was in the forefront of events following the Turkish
invasion of Northern Cyprus requiring a great deal of tact and diplomacy o his
has been President of the RAF Association twice, in 1984-85 and 1987-88 as well
as being Chairman of the Central Council from 1981 to 1984 and a member of the
Chatham House from 1984 to 1990.
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