Michael Simmons (RAF officer)

Air Marshal Sir Michael George Simmons, KCB, AFC (born 8 May 1937) is a former Royal Air Force officer who became Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

Sir Michael Simmons
Born (1937-05-08) 8 May 1937
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1958–92
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldNo. 1 Group
RAF Cottesmore
No. 15 Squadron
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Air Force Cross

Flying career

Educated at Shrewsbury School, Simmons was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1958.[1] He became Officer Commanding No. 15 Squadron in 1973, Station Commander at RAF Cottesmore in 1980 and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Strike Command in 1980.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in 1985, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in 1987 and Deputy Controller Aircraft in 1989 before retiring in 1992.[1]

He is President of the Tring Branch of the Royal British Legion.[2]


In 1964 he married Jean Aliwell; they have two daughters.[1]


  1. Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-408-11414-8
  2. New era for legion Berkhamsted Today, 10 June 2011
Military offices
Preceded by
Henton Carver
Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
Succeeded by
John Thomson
Preceded by
Anthony Skingsley
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
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