- Philip Joubert de la Ferté
Infobox Military Person
name= Philip Joubert de la Ferté
21 May 1887– 21 January 1965
Air Chief Marshal
branch= air force|United Kingdom
No. 11 Group
RAF Staff College
No. 33 Squadron
No. 1 Squadron
World War I World War II
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George Distinguished Service Order Mention in Despatches(5)
Joubert de la Ferté joined the
British Armyattending the Royal Military Academy Woolwichand gaining his commission in 1907. From 1907 to 1913 he served in the Royal Field Artillery, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1913 he attended the Central Flying Schooland went on to serve in the Royal Flying Corps. With the outbreak of war in 1914, he joined the British Expeditionary Forceflying one of the first two operational sorties of the war. In 1915 Joubert de la Ferté was appointed Officer Commanding, No. 15 Squadron RFC. Later that year he took up command of No. 1 Squadron. As the war progressed, Joubert de la Ferté commanded several different wings and by the end of hostilities in 1918 he had command of the Royal Air Force in Italy.
1 April 1918Joubert de la Ferté transferred to the Royal Air Force in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
During the inter-war years, Joubert de la Ferté occupied several staff and command posts, rising through the ranks. Notably, he served as
Air Officer Commanding-in-ChiefCoastal Command.
At the start of the
Second World War, Joubert de la Ferté was Air Officer CommandingAir Forces in India. On his return to Great Britainhe occupied a number of senior staff appointments and returned to his former post as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Coastal Command. It was there that he pioneered several innovations. These included Planned Flying and Maintenance and the introduction of a torpedo version of the Beaufighter.
23 November 1943, Joubert de la Ferté was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Information and Civil Affairs) at the South East Asia Command. Two years later on 14 November 1945, Joubert de la Ferté retired from the RAF.
The following books by Joubert de la Ferté were published:
*"The Fated Sky: An Autobiography" - Hutchinson (1952)
*"Look at Aircraft" - H Hamilton (1960)
*"The Forgotten Ones: The Story of the Ground Crews" - Hutchinson (1961)
*"Fun and Games" - Hutchinson (1964)
* [http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Joubert.htm Air of Authority - Air Chf Mshl Sir Philip Joubert de la Ferté]
NAME=Joubert de la Ferté, Philip
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Joubert de la Ferté, Philip Bennet
SHORT DESCRIPTION=1930s senior commander in the
Royal Air Force
DATE OF BIRTH=
21 May 1887
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=
21 January 1965
PLACE OF DEATH=
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