Patrick Playfair

Air Marshal Sir Patrick Henry Lyon Playfair, KBE, CB, CVO, MC (22 November 1889 – 23 November 1974) was a commander in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force until his retirement during the Second World War.

Sir Patrick Playfair
Patrick Playfair in the Royal Flying Corps during the First world War
Born(1889-11-22)22 November 1889
Died23 November 1974(1974-11-23) (aged 85)
Newmarket, Suffolk, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army (1910–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–42)
Years of service1910–42
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldAir Forces in India (1940–42)
Advanced Air Striking Force (1939–40)
No. 1 Group RAF (1938–39)
No. 3 Group RAF (1936–38)
Western Area (1933–36)
No. 23 Group RAF (1932–33)
RAF Transjordan and Palestine (1928–29)
RAF Leuchars (1922–25)
No. 1 Flying Training School RAF (1919–22)
Central Flying School (1919)
No. 13 Wing RFC (1916–18)
No. 8 Squadron RFC (1916)
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Order of Saint Stanislaus, 3rd Class with Swords (Russia)
Distinguished Service Medal (United States)
Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)

In 1945 he published Warfare Today: How Modern Battles Are Planned and Fought on Land, at Sea, and in the Air,[1] co-written by Major General J. F. C. Fuller and Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon.


Further reading

  • Playfair, Patrick and Jarvis, John (1979). "Pip" Playfair, a founding father of the RAF. Arthur H. Stockwell Ltd. ISBN 0-7223-1323-3.
Military offices
Preceded by
Alan Scott
Commandant of the Central Flying School
Succeeded by
Charles Breese
Preceded by
Sir John Higgins
Commander-in-Chief, Air Forces in India
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Peirse
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