Peter Squire

Peter Squire

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Ted Squire GCB, DFC, AFC, FRAeS, RAF (born 7 October 1945) is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a fast jet pilot in the 1970s and a senior officer in the 1980s. He was a squadron commander during the Falklands War and a senior commander in the 1990s. Squire was Chief of the Air Staff from 2000 to 2003 during which time both Operation Veritas and Operation Telic were initiated.

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Born the son of Wing Commander Frank Squire, Peter Squire attended the independent King's School, Bruton in Somerset and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1966. Following initial officer training at the RAF College Cranwell and subsequent flying training, Squire flew Hunters and later, Harriers.

He was appointed Commanding Officer of No. 1 Squadron based at RAF Wittering flying Harriers in 1981. In 1982 Squire led members of his squadron in action in the Falklands campaign where he was awarded the DFC. He flew with his squadron to CFB Goose Bay in Canada on 13 April 1982, on a six-hour flight using air-to-air refuelling (AAR), for an exercise. He departed for the Falklands on 3 May with his squadron from RAF St Mawgan to RAF Ascension Island where a few days later they boarded the Atlantic Conveyor. On 13 June, he was the first member of the RAF to launch a laser-guided bomb (LGB), with the target being...
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