David Evans (RAF officer)

Not to be confused with David Evans (RAAF officer).
Sir David Evans
Nickname(s) Paddy
Born (1924-07-14) 14 July 1924
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1944–83
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (1981–83)
Strike Command (1977–80)
Vice-Chief of the Air Staff (1976–77)
No. 1 Group (1973–75)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

Air Chief Marshal Sir David George Evans, GCB, CBE (born 14 July 1924) is a retired senior commander of the Royal Air Force.

Military career

Educated in Canada, Evans was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as a pilot officer under an emergency commission[1] on 7 April 1944 during the Second World War.[2] He underwent pilot training in Canada and he then completed in operational training in Ismaïlia in Egypt.[3] On 7 October 1944, he was promoted to flying officer (war substantive).[4] He was promoted to flight lieutenant (war substantive) on 7 April 1946.[5] His promotion to flying officer was confirmed on 30 September 1947 with seniority from 7 April 1946.[6]

In 1973 Evans was made Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, in 1976 he was appointed Vice Chief of the Air Staff[7] and he went on to be Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Strike Command the following year.[8] He was Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 1981 to 1983.[3]

Later life

In retirement, Evans became a Non-Executive Director of British Aerospace.[9]

Awards and decorations

On 9 June 1955, Squadron Leader Evans was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.[10]

In 1985 he was made King of Arms of the Order of the Bath.[11]


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36570. p. 2920. 16 June 1944. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36570. p. 2924. 16 June 1944. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  3. 1 2 90/12 The Putnam Aeronautical Review, issue number 6
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36766. pp. 4915–4916. 24 October 1944. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 37553. p. 2129. 30 April 1946. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 38137. p. 5703. 28 November 1947. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  7. Air Council Appointments 2
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47184. p. 4286. 28 March 1977. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  9. British Aerospace Flight International, 1989
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40497. p. 3293. 3 June 1955. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 50025. p. 1565. 4 February 1985. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Herbert
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Maynard
Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command
Succeeded by
Sir Keith Williamson
Preceded by
Sir Ruthven Wade
Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Terry
Preceded by
Peter Horsley
Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
Succeeded by
Philip Lagesen
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Pollock
King of Arms of the Order of the Bath
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Kenny
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