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Gareth Clayton (RAF officer)

Sir Gareth Clayton
Born 1914
Died 1992
Allegiance 23x15px United Kingdom
Service/branch 22x20px Royal Air Force
Years of service 1936 - 1972
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held No. 576 Squadron
RAF Cottesmore
RAF Honington
No. 11 Group
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar

Air Chief Marshal Sir Gareth Thomas Butler Clayton KCB DFC & bar (13 November 1914 - 5 February 1992) was a senior Royal Air Force officer who became Air Secretary.

RAF career

Clayton joined the Royal Air Force in 1936.[1] He served in World War II as a Flight Commander with No. 25 Squadron and then with No. 100 Squadron before being appointed Officer Commanding No. 576 Squadron in 1943 and then Deputy Station Commander at RAF Faldingworth in 1944.[1] He then served on the Air Staff at No. 1 Group and as a Staff Officer on the Future Operational Plans Staff at the Air Ministry.[1]

After the War he became Air Attaché in Lisbon and then Station Commander first at RAF Cottesmore and then at RAF Honington.[1] He was appointed Director of Operations - Air Transport & Overseas Theatres in 1959, Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group in 1962 and Chief of Staff for the Second Tactical Air Force in 1963.[1] He went on to be Director-General of RAF Personnel Services in 1966, Chief of Staff at Headquarters RAF Strike Command in 1969[2] and Air Secretary in 1970 before retiring in 1972.[1]

Further reading

  • And Then There Was One! by Air Chief Marshal Sir Gareth Clayton, Published by the author 1992


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Brian Burnett
Air Secretary
1970 – 1972
Succeeded by
Sir John Barraclough