Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
b: 3 Aug 1926
r: 17 Apr 1984
d: 24 Oct 2017
24 Oct 2017
– 13 Jun 1981 (CBE - 2 Jun 1973), CB – 31 Dec 1979, AFC - 1
Jan 1957, CBIM, QCVSA - 1 Jan
1955, QCVSA - 11 Jun 1960.
(RN): ?: xx xxx 1944,
xx xxx xxxx,
Off (P): 10 May
1946, Fg Off
(WS): 10 Nov 1946, Plt
Off: 17 Jul
1947 [10 May
1946], Fg Off: 1 Nov 1947, Flt
Lt: 1 Aug 1953, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1958, Wg Cdr:
1 Jan 1962, Act Gp Capt:
9 Dec 1968,
Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1969,
A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1973, Act AVM: 16
Apr 1977, AVM: 1 Jul 1977, Act AM:
1 Feb 1981 AM: 1 Jul 1981.
U/T Pilot, Fleet Air Arm.
xx xxx xxxx: U/T Gunner, RAF Regiment (2275954)
10 May 1946: Appointed to an Emergency Commission in the RAF Regiment
17 Jul 1947: Appointed to an Extended Service Commission (four years on active list) in the RAF Regiment (Retaining rank of Fg Off (WS))
28 Jun 1949: Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the RAF Regiment in the rank of Flying Officer
12 Dec 1951: Transferred to General Duties Branch (Seniority 1 Feb 1951)
Attended Central Flying School.
Pilot, No ? Sqn.
Flight Commander, No 43 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 66 Sqn.
Attended RAF Staff College.
May 1963: Officer
i/c Flying, RAF Nicosia.
Air Staff, Directorate of Operational Requirements (1).
Attended Joint Services Staff College.
Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.
Director of Plans, RAF Staff College.
Officer Commanding, RAF Honington.
Director of Operational Requirements (3).
SASO, HQ Training Command/AOC Training Units.
Commander, HQ Northern Maritime Air Region/AOC Scotland & N. Ireland.
Deputy C in C, Strike Command.
Peter Bairsto was one of the few who could claim to
be experienced in all three areas of warfare, namely land, sea and air.
He initially joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1944 as a pilot.
Demobilised in 1946, he wished to continue a service career and so joined
the RAF Regiment taking part in operations in Palestine and Aden.
Remustering as a pilot in 19?, he undertook the CFS course thereby
qualifying as a flying instructor.
In 1956 he was the leader of 43 Sqn's aerobatic
display team, "The Fighting Cocks".
Whilst at Honington, he devised the idea of what became the Qualified
On retirement from the RAF he joined Ferranti Defence
Systems Ltd in Edinburgh as Military Aviation Adviser.
He also a number of offices in a variety of organisations.
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