Peter Dodworth

Air Vice Marshal Peter Dodworth CB, OBE, AFC (born 12 September 1940) is a former Royal Air Force officer who served as Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1994.

Peter Dodworth
Born (1940-09-12) 12 September 1940
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service1963–1996
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldRAF Wittering
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Air Force Cross

RAF career

Educated at King George V Grammar School and the University of Leeds, Dodworth joined the Royal Air Force in 1963.[1] As a junior officer he was one of the first pilots to be trained on the Harrier.[2] He became officer commanding operations at RAF Wittering in 1976, Air Commander in Belize in 1980 and a member of the directing staff at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1982.[1] He went on to be Station Commander at RAF Wittering in 1983, a staff officer at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe in 1985 and Director of Personnel at the Ministry of Defence in 1988.[1] His last appointments were as Head of the British Defence Staff and Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 1991 and as Senior Member of the Directing Staff (Air) at the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1994 before retiring in 1996.[3]


  1. Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  2. "Axed Harrier jets retire". Daily Mirror. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. "Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-Service Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 7 June 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Edwin Beckett
Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C.
Succeeded by
Anthony Blackburn

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