Anthony Heward

Anthony Wilkinson Heward
Born (1918-07-01)1 July 1918
Died 27 October 1995(1995-10-27) (aged 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1936–76
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Air Member for Supply and Organisation (1973–76)
No. 18 (Maritime) Group (1972–73)
RAF Finningley (1959–62)
University of London Air Squadron (c.1952–54)
No. 97 Squadron (1944–45)
No. 50 Squadron (1944)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar
Air Force Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Wilkinson Heward, KCB, OBE, DFC & Bar, AFC (1 July 1918 – 27 October 1995) was a senior Royal Air Force (RAF) commander.

RAF career

Heward joined the Royal Air Force in 1936.[1] He served in the Second World War as Officer Commanding No. 50 Squadron and then as Officer Commanding No. 97 Squadron before being made Personal Staff Officer to the Air Commander-in-Chief, RAF Mediterranean and Middle East in July 1945.[1]

Promoted to group captain, he was appointed to the Air & Special Operations staff at Headquarters Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in 1957 and Station Commander at RAF Finningley in 1959.[1] Then after attending the Imperial Defence College in 1962 he was promoted to air commodore and appointed Director of Operations (Bomber & Reconnaissance) at the Ministry of Defence in 1963.[1] Promoted to air vice marshal, he was appointed Deputy Commander of RAF Germany in 1966, Air Officer for Administration at Headquarters RAF Air Support Command in 1969 and Chief of Staff at RAF Strike Command in 1970.[1] Promoted to air marshal, he went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 18 (Maritime) Group in 1972 and Air Member for Supply and Organisation in 1973.[1] He was promoted to air chief marshal in 1974 and retired in 1976.[1][2]

In retirement he became a County councillor for Wiltshire.[1]


In 1944, he married Clare Myfanwy Wainwright, the daughter of Major-General C B Wainwright CB. They had two children Paul and Petrina. Paul is currently living in Edinburgh with his three children Sam, Rosanna and Julia.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Craven
Air Officer Commanding No. 18 Group
Succeeded by
Sir Douglas Lowe
Preceded by
Sir Neil Wheeler
Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Succeeded by
Sir Alasdair Steedman
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