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Sir Thomas Geoffrey Pike
29 June 1906(1906-06-29) – 1 June 1983 (aged 76)
Kammhuber and Pike.jpg
Sir Thomas Pike with the Luftwaffe General Josef Kammhuber (Pike is shown on the right)
Place of birth Lewisham, London, England
Place of death RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1924–1967
Rank Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar
Mention in Despatches

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Thomas Geoffrey Pike GCB CBE DFC & Bar DL RAF (29 June 1906 – 1 June 1983) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force.

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RAF career

Educated at Bedford School he joined the Royal Air Force in 1924.

Notably, he commanded No. 219 Squadron in 1941 and RAF North Weald in 1942. He was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group in 1950, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff in 1953 and Commander-in-Chief RAF Fighter Command in 1956. He was Chief of the Air Staff from 1 January 1960 to 31 August 1963 and then Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe until his retirement in 1967, when he was succeeded by General Sir Robert Bray.

Later life

Following his retirement, Pike was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in 1973. He continued in the post until 1981. He died in 1983 and due to his time spent at North Weald, he was buried in the military section of St. Andrew’s churchyard, North Weald.

Military family

Sir Thomas's brother was Lieutenant-General Sir William Pike KCB CBE DSO and his nephew (Sir William's son) is Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Pike KCB DSO MBE who was appointed to the DSO having served as commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War.

References

Military offices
Preceded by
S F Vincent
Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group
1950–1951
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bandon
Preceded by
Sir Hubert Patch
Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Sir Hector McGregor
Preceded by
Sir Dermot Boyle
Chief of the Air Staff
1960–1963
Succeeded by
The Lord Elworthy
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
1964–1967
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Bray
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Sir Thomas Geoffrey Pike
29 June 1906(1906-06-29) – 1 June 1983 (aged 76)
Place of birth Lewisham, London, England
Place of death RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1924–1967
Rank Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar
Mention in Despatches

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Thomas Geoffrey Pike GCB CBE DFC & Bar DL RAF (29 June 1906 – 1 June 1983) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force.

Contents

RAF career

Educated at Bedford School he joined the Royal Air Force in 1924.

Notably, he commanded No. 219 Squadron in 1941 and RAF North Weald in 1942. He was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group in 1950, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff in 1953 and Commander-in-Chief RAF Fighter Command in 1956. He was Chief of the Air Staff from 1 January 1960 to 31 August 1963 and then Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe until his retirement in 1967, when he was succeeded by General Sir Robert Bray.

Later life

Following his retirement, Pike was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in 1973. He continued in the post until 1981. He died in 1983 and due to his time spent at North Weald, he was buried in the military section of St. Andrew’s churchyard, North Weald.

Military family

Sir Thomas's brother was Lieutenant-General Sir William Pike KCB CBE DSO and his nephew (Sir William's son) is Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Pike KCB DSO MBE who was appointed to the DSO having served as commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War.

References

Military offices
Preceded by
S F Vincent
Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group
1950–1951
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bandon
Preceded by
Sir Hubert Patch
Commander-in-Chief Fighter Command
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Sir Hector McGregor
Preceded by
Sir Dermot Boyle
Chief of the Air Staff
1960–1963
Succeeded by
The Lord Elworthy
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
1964–1967
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Bray

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