Sir John Davis

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Air Chief Marshal Sir John Gilbert Davis (1911–1989) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Training Command, and later Lieut-Governor of Jersey. He was the first Air Force officer to hold that position.


He joined the Royal Air Force in 1933 and became a pilot and then attended specialist training in navigation before being appointed a Navigation Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Training Command in 1939. He served in World War II initially on secondment to the Turkish Air Force and then as Officer Commanding 269 Squadron.

After the War he attended RAF Staff College and then joined the directing staff there. He was appointed Group Captain, Air Plans at Headquarters Middle East Air Force in 1951, Station Commander at RAF Topcliffe in 1953 and Director of Plans at the Air Ministry in 1955. He went on to be Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Bomber Command in 1958, Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group in 1959 and Air Officer Commanding RAF Malta in 1961.

His last appointments were as Air Member for Supply and Organisation in 1963, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Flying Training Command in 1966 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Training Command in 1968 before retiring in 1969.

In retirement he became Lieut-Governor of Jersey.

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