List of Royal Air Force members


List of Royal Air Force members

This article lists those members of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom who have become either nationally or internationally famous. This could either be due to commanding squadrons or higher formations in memorable operations, by being awarded high honours or by gaining fame subsequent to their RAF service.

Famous RAF Personnel

* John Baldwin, a British ace of the RAF
* Lord Trenchard - founding father of the RAF
* Lord Tedder - U.S. General Eisenhower's deputy who received Germany's surrender at the end of the war in Europe
* Lord Dowding - Commander in Chief (CINC), Fighter Command during Battle of Britain
* Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris - CINC, Bomber Command during World War II
* Sir Douglas Bader - Amputee and Fighter pilot
* Sir Keith Park - New Zealander - AOC 11 Group during Battle of Britain
* Sir Frank Whittle - Co-inventor of the turbojet
* Guy Gibson - Dambusters raid leader and VC holder
* Andy Green - Land speed record holder after driving Thrust SSC past the sound barrier.
* Leonard Cheshire - Charity founder and VC holder
* Henry Allingham - World War I veteran and last surviving founder member of the RAF
* Winston Churchill - Was created an honorary Air Commodore of a squadron in Scotland during World War II, and wore his RAF uniform on many notable occasions during the war (such as his visit to North Africa and a state visit to meet Joseph Stalin)

Famous people who previously served in the RAF

* Richard Attenborough - Actor and director
* David Bailey (photographer)
* Ralph Barker - Writer
* Alan Bates - Actor
* Raymond Baxter - Television presenter and commentator
* Tony Benn - British politician
* Richard Burton - Actor, served as a navigator
* Arthur C. Clarke - Science fiction author
* Roald Dahl - Author
* Denholm Elliot - Actor
* Tony Hancock - Comic actor (RAF Regiment)
* Rex Harrison - Actor, reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant
* Godfrey Hounsfield - Nobel laureate and co-inventor of Computed tomography.
* T. E. Lawrence - 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Enlisted first as Aircraftman J.H Ross, and later as Aircraftman T.E Shaw
* Christopher Lee - Actor
* Warren Mitchell - Actor
* Bob Monkhouse - Entertainer, comedian, game show host
* Patrick Moore - Astronomer, broadcaster and author
* Frank Muir - Comic writer
* Peter Sellers - Comedian and actor, gained the NCO rank of Corporal
* Ian Smith - Rhodesian Prime Minister
* Norman Tebbit - British politician
* Rory Underwood - England rugby player
* Bill Wyman- Bass player, Rolling Stones


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