David Evans (RAF officer) is confirmed dead at the age of 95.
David was best known as a British air chief marshal.
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Sir David Evans
Died (aged 95)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1944–83
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldVice-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/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight 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 (died 21 February 2020) was a senior commander of the Royal Air Force.
1 Military career
2 Later life
3 Awards and decorations
4 References
Military career
Educated in Canada, Evans was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as a pilot officer under an emergency commission on 7 April 1944 during the Second World War. He underwent pilot training in Canada and he then completed in operational training in Ismaïlia in Egypt. On 7 October 1944, he was promoted to flying officer (war substantive). He was promoted to flight lieutenant (war substantive) on 7 April 1946. His promotion to flying officer was confirmed on 30 September 1947 with seniority from 7 April 1946. Evans was promoted to the substantive rank of flight lieutenant on 29 October 1948, with promotions to squadron leader on 1 October 1954, to wing commander on 1 July 1959 and to group captain on 1 July 1964.
In 1973 Evans was made Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, in 1976 he was appointed Vice Chief of the Air Staff and he went on to be Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Strike Command the following year. He was Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 1981 to 1983.
Later life
In retirement, Evans became a Non-Executive Director of British Aerospace. He died on 21 February 2020.
Awards and decorations
On 9 June 1955, Squadron Leader Evans was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.
In 1985 he was made King of Arms of the Order of the Bath.
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