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Sir John Grandy
8 February 1913(1913-02-08) – 2 January 2004 (aged 90)
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Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Grandy
Crown Copyright
Place of birth Northwood, London
Place of death Slough, Berkshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1931 – 1971
Rank Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John
Mention in Despatches (2)
Other work Governor of Gibraltar
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Grandy GCB GCVO KBE DSO KStJ RAF (8 February 1913 – 2 January 2004) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He was the only officer who fought and commanded a squadron in the Battle of Britain to become Chief of the Air Staff.

RAF career

Educated at University College School in London he joined the Royal Air Force in 1931.

In the summer of 1940, Grandy commanded 249 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. In the early part of 1942, Grandy took up command of RAF Duxford where he oversaw the establishment of the RAF's first Typhoon Wing.

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief RAF Bomber Command in 1963 and went on to serve as Chief of the Air Staff from 11 April 1967 to 31 March 1971.

Later life

Grandy served as Governor of Gibraltar from 3 October 1973 to 30 May 1978 and then Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. He was also Chairman of the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum.

References

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Cross
Commander-in-Chief Bomber Command
1963–1965
Succeeded by
Sir Wallace Kyle
Preceded by
Sir Varyl Begg
Commander-in-Chief Far East Command
1965–1967
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Carver
Preceded by
The Lord Elworthy
Chief of the Air Staff
1967–1971
Succeeded by
Sir Denis Spotswood
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Varyl Begg
Governor of Gibraltar
1973–1978
Succeeded by
Sir William Jackson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Elworthy
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
1978–1988
Succeeded by
Sir David Hallifax
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