Anthony Skingsley

Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Gerald Skingsley, GBE, KCB (19 October 1933 – 15 January 2019) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

Sir Anthony Skingsley
Born(1933-10-19)19 October 1933
Died15 January 2019(2019-01-15) (aged 85)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1955–92
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldRAF Germany (1987–89)
Air Member for Personnel (1986–87)
RAF Staff College, Bracknell (1983–84)
RAF Laarbruch (1974–76)
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

RAF career

Educated at St Bartholomew's School, Newbury, Berkshire[1] and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Skingsley joined the Royal Air Force in 1955.[2] He became Station Commander at RAF Laarbruch in 1974, Assistant Chief of Staff (Offensive Operations) at Headquarters Second Tactical Air Force in 1977 and Director of Air Plans at the Ministry of Defence in 1979.[2]

He went on to be Assistant Chief of Staff (Plans and Policy) at SHAPE in 1980, Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell, in 1983 and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in 1985.[2] He was then Air Member for Personnel from 1986, Commander-in-Chief of RAF Germany and Second Tactical Air Force from 1987 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief AFCENT from 1989 before retiring in 1992.[2]


Skingsley died on 15 January 2019, aged 85.[3]


In 1957 he married Lilwen Dixon; they have two sons and one daughter.[2]


  1. Burke's Peerage
  2. Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. Obituaries, Telegraph (17 January 2019). "Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Skingsley, RAF pilot who became an influential figure in Nato – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
David Parry-Evans
Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell
Succeeded by
Alan White
Preceded by
New post
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Michael Simmons
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Kennedy
Air Member for Personnel
Succeeded by
Sir Laurence Jones
Preceded by
Sir David Parry-Evans
Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force

Succeeded by
Sir Roger Palin
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Gilbert
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Stear
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