Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Robert William George b: 1 Sep 1923 r: 3 Apr 1982 d: 15 Jan 2012
GBE 13 Jun 1981 (CBE 1 Jan 1966), KCB 11 Jun 1977, FRAeS - 1995, FRSA 1988-1994, CCMI (CBIM, FBIM 1977), QCVSA 1 Jan 1955.
Plt Off: 25 Sep 1943, Fg Off (WS): 25 Mar 1944, Flt Lt: 25 Mar 1947, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1954, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1959, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1963, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1968, Act AVM: 27 Apr 1971, AVM: 1 Jul 1971, Act AM: 30 Aug 1975, AM: 1 Jul 1976, ACM: 1 Jan 1980.
xx xxx 1942: U/T Pilot (South Africa)
xx xxx 1944: QFI, South Africa
xx xxx 1947: QFI/Staff, RAF College Cranwell.
15 Jan 1948: Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant
xx xxx 1950: Flight Commander, No 54 Sqn.
xx xxx xxxx: Adjutant?, No 614 Sqn RAuxAF.
xx xxx 1952: Instructor, Central Fighter Establishment.
xx Jan 1955: Officer Commanding, No 92 Sqn
xx xxx 1957: Attended RAF Staff College.
xx xxx 1958: Directing Staff, USAF Academy.
xx xxx 1961: Staff of Chief of the Defence Staff.
6 Aug 1963: Officer Commanding, RAF Seletar.
4 Apr 1966: Deputy Director, Defence Plans
xx xxx 1967: Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.
1 Jan 1968 1 Jul 1971: ADC to The Queen.
22 Apr 1968: Deputy Commandant, RAF Staff College
5 Apr 1971: SASO, HQ Near East Air Force
6 Dec 1972: AOC, No 11 Group
12 Apr 1975: Director-General of Organisation (RAF).
18 Sep 1975: AOC, No 18 Group/Commander, Maritime Air Eastern Atlantic Area & Air Channel Command.
6 Dec 1978: Deputy AOC in C, Strike Command
7 Jan 1980: Commandant, Royal College of Defence Studies
Born in Darjeeling, he was educated at Gosport Grammar School, joining the RAF in 1943?. Trained as a flying instructor, he spent the remainder of WW2 on instructional duties in both South Africa and the UK.
He has held a number of Directorships since retiring including Rediffusion (1982 - 88), British Manufacturing and Research Co. (1984 - 88) and Rediffusion Simulation (1985 - 88). After leaving Rediffusion he joined the board of Pilatus Britten-Norman finally retiring in 1996.
He was an excellent tennis player and acted as president of the RAF Lawn Tennis Association for six years as well as being a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. He was also a keen golfer and served on the Sports Council from 1980 to 1982. He was also a council member of the RAF Benevolent Fund was chairman of the management board of the Funds care home at Princess Marina House, Rustington for three years.
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