Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Laurence Alfred b: 18 Jan 1933 r: 18 Jan 1990 d: 27 Sep 1995
– 13 Jun 1987 (CB – 31 Dec 1983),
AFC – 13 Jun 1970, KStJ
- 1 Jul 1991, FBIM.
Off: 15 Dec
1953, Flt Lt: 15 Jun 1956, Sqn
Ldr: 1 Jul 1961, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul
1967, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1972, A/Cdre:
1 Jan 1977, Act
AVM: 27 Mar 1982, AVM: 1 Jan
1983, AM: 20 Mar 1987.
May 1951: Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
Dec 1953: Granted a Permanent Commission.
Pilot, No 208 Sqn.
Attended/Staff?, Fighter Weapons School, US Navy.
Pilot/Flight Commander, No 74 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 8 Sqn.
22 Jul 1963: Staff Officer, Air Secretary
Aug 1967: Officer Commanding, No 92 Sqn.
Staff Officer, MoD.
Aug 1971: Group Captain - Defence Operations/Operations, HQ RAF Germany.
Mar 1975: Officer Commanding, RAF Wittering
Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.
Dec 1977: Director of Operations (Air Support) (RAF)
Mar 1982: SASO, HQ Strike Command.
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations).
Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes).
Feb 1986: Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.
Mar 1987: Air Member for Personnel.
Laurence Jones left Trinity School and
entered the RAF College, Cranwell in 1951.
Whilst at Cranwell, he represented the College at Rugby and Athletics,
attained the rank of Senior Under Officer and ongraduation he was awarded the
Queen's Medal, 'John Anthony Chance' Memorial Prize, 'Abdy Gerrard Fellows'
Memorial Prize, 'R M Groves' Memorial Prize, the 'Dikson Trophy and Michael
Hill' Memerial Prize as well as receiving the Sword of Honour.
He was posted to No 208 Squadron flying Meteor FR9's
from Abu Sueir in Egypt. However
with the deteriorating political situation between Britain and Egypt, the
squadron left Egypt in 1956 and relocated to Malta where it took on an
interceptor role. With it's
disbandment in December 1957, Flt Lt Jones returned to Britain, where he
attended the Fighter Weapons School prior to joining No 74 Sqn initially flying
Hunters but in 1960 re-equipped with the
RAF's first Supersonic interceptor, the Lightning.
However, his promotion to Sqn Ldr, saw a return to
the Middle East in command of No 8 Squadron flying Hunters in Aden.
On 16 August 1990 he was appointed the Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle of Man until 27 October 1995.
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