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The following is a list of senior Royal Flying Corps generals. While officially general officers are not considered to belong to any regiment or corps (simply being "late" of their erstwhile regiment), in practice almost all the general officers ever to hold a Royal Flying Corps-related appointment gained their promotion to the general officer ranks in a Royal Flying Corps-related appointment and remained in such appointments until the creation of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918. Royal Flying corps generals them became Royal Air Force generals. Two officers took up Royal Flying Corps related appointments while holding general officer rank. They were David Henderson who was already a brigadier-general when the Royal Flying Corps was established and Edward Ellington was was promoted to brigadier-general while serving on the General Staff of the British VIII Corps in France, prior to taking up appointment as Deputy Director-General of Military Aeronautics. Ranks indicated are the highest rank the officer obtained while in the RFC.

Portrait General Highest rank Promoted Brig-Gen Promoted Maj-Gen Promoted Lt-Gen Notes
Lt Gen Sir David Henderson.jpg Sir David Henderson Lieutenant-General 4 April 1908 26 October 1914 24 March 1916 Note promoted to Brig-Gen before creation of Royal Flying Corps. Temporary promotion to Lt-Gen 24 March 1916, substantive promotion 1 January 1917[1]
Trenchard at GHQ.jpg Sir Hugh Trenchard Major-General 25 August 1915 24 March 1916 N/A Temporary promotion to Maj-Gen 24 March 1916, substantive promotion 1 January 1917[2]
William Sefton Brancker.jpg W S Brancker Major-General 18 December 1915 22 June 1917 N/A Temporary promotion to Maj-Gen 22 June 1917, rank made substantive in the RAF on 3 January 1918.[3]
File:Major-General John Maitland Salmond.png J M Salmond Major-General 1 February 1916 22 June 1917 N/A Temporary promotion to Maj-Gen 22 June 1917, rank made substantive in the RAF on 1 April 1918.[4]
File:Splash Ashmore pen and ink.jpg E B Ashmore Major-General 30 January 1916 30 July 1917 N/A Temporary promotion to Maj-Gen 30 July 1917, later regraded to air vice marshal in the RAF before being substantively promoted to major-general in the British Army on 1 January 1924.[5]
C A H Longcroft Major-General 28 August 1916 18 October 1917 N/A Temporary promotion to major-general on 18 October 1917, reverted to temporary brigadier-general on 29 April 1918, substantively promoted to air-vice marshal 1 July 1925[6]
W G H Salmond Major-General 1 July 1916 3 January 1918 N/A Temporary promotion to maj-gen 3 January 1918[7][8]
T I Webb-Bowen Brigadier-General 1 February 1916 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen. Promotion to acting maj-gen in the RAF on 1 February 1919, substantively promoted to air vice-marshal 1 July 1925.[9]
Brigadier-General H R M Brooke-Popham.jpg H R M Brooke-Popham Brigadier-General 12 March 1916 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen. Later promoted to air chief marshal.[10]
D le G Pitcher Brigadier-General 1 April 1916 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen. Permanent promotion to air commodore on 5 August 1919.[11]
J F A Higgins Brigadier-General 25 August 1916 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen followed by temporary promotion to Maj-Gen on 29 April 1918 in the RAF. Permanent promotion to air vice-marshal on 1 August 1919.[12]
P W Game Brigadier-General 16 October 1916 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen followed by temporary promotion to Maj-Gen on 14 October 1918 in the RAF. Permanent promotion to air vice-marshal on 1 January 1922.[13]
J H W Becke Brigadier-General 20 December 1916 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen. Retired on 29 February 1920 with the honorary rank of Brigadier-General in the RAF.[14]
E L Ellington Brigadier-General 14 January 1917 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen on 14 January 1917 but not appointed to Royal Flying Corps duties until 20 November 1917. Temporary promotion to Maj-Gen in the RAF on 10 April 1918. Permanent promotion to air-vice marshal the following year.[15]
G S Shephard Brigadier-General 8 February 1917 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen on 8 February 1917. Killed in a flying accident 19 January 1918.[16]
Brig Gen L E O Charlton.jpg L E O Charlton Brigadier-General 28 February 1917 N/A N/A Temporary promotion to brig-gen on 28 February 1917. Permanent promotion to air commodore on 5 August 1919.[17]
  • Brigadier-General W B Caddell, temporary promotion 4 April 1917[18]
  • Brigadier-General H C T Dowding, temporary promotion 23 June 1917[19]
  • Brigadier-General P L W Herbert, temporary promotion 5 August 1917 [20]
  • Brigadier-General R E T Hogg, temporary promotion 5 August 1917[21]
  • Brigadier-General G Livingstone, temporary promotion 9 August 1917[22]
  • Brigadier-General T C R Higgins, temporary promotion 1 September 1917[23]
  • Brigadier-General E R Ludlow-Hewitt, temporary promotion 17 October 1917[24]
  • Brigadier-General J G Hearson, temporary promotion 28 October 1917[25]
  • Brigadier-General A E Borton, temporary promotion 14 December 1917[26]
  • Brigadier-General A Huggins, temporary promotion 22 December 1917[27]
  • Brigadier-General C L N Newall, temporary promotion 28 December 1917[28]
  • Brigadier-General A C Critchley, temporary promotion 4 March 1918[29]
  • Brigadier-General C F De S Murphy, temporary promotion 6 March 1918[30]

References

  1. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/HendersonD.htm
  2. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Trenchard.htm
  3. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Brancker.htm
  4. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/SalmondJ.htm
  5. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Ashmore.htm
  6. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30375/supplements/11640
  7. Baker, Anne. From Biplane to Spitfire. p. 120
  8. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/SalmondW.htm
  9. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Webb-Bowen.htm
  10. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Brooke-Popham.htm
  11. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Pitcher.htm
  12. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/HigginsJ.htm
  13. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Game.htm
  14. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Becke.htm
  15. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Ellington.htm
  16. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Shephard_GS.htm
  17. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Charlton.htm
  18. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Caddell.htm
  19. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Dowding.htm
  20. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Herbert.htm
  21. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Hogg.htm
  22. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Livingstone.htm
  23. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/HigginsT.htm
  24. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Ludlow-Hewitt.htm
  25. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Hearson.htm
  26. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Borton.htm
  27. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Huggins.htm
  28. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Newall.htm
  29. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Critchley.htm
  30. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Murphy.htm


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