Theodore McEvoy

Air Chief Marshal Sir Theodore Neuman McEvoy, KCB, CBE (21 November 1904 – 19 September 1991) was a senior Royal Air Force officer who held high command in the 1950s and early 1960s. His last appointment was as Air Secretary.

Sir Theodore McEvoy
Born(1904-11-21)21 November 1904
Died19 September 1991(1991-09-19) (aged 86)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1923–1962
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldNo. 61 Group (1949–50)
RAF Northolt (1941)
No. 1 Squadron (1935–37)
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland)
RelationsChristopher McEvoy (brother)

RAF career

McEvoy joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a cadet in 1923.[1] He became Officer Commanding No. 1 Squadron in 1935 and served in the Second World War as Station Commander at RAF Northolt, before moving on to be Group Captain – Operations at Headquarters RAF Fighter Command in December 1941. This was followed by appointments as Senior Air Staff Officer, first at No. 11 Group, then at Desert Air Force, and finally at No. 84 Group.[1] In 1945 he was appointed Director of Staff Duties at the Air Ministry.[1]

After the war McEvoy was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 61 Group in 1949 and then from 1950 he was Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training) at the Air Ministry.[1] He went on to be RAF Instructor at the Imperial Defence College from 1954, Chief of Staff at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe from 1956 and Air Secretary from 1959 before retiring in 1962.[1]

Later life

In retirement McEvoy became Chairman of the Society for Italic Handwriting.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Denis Barnett
Air Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir William MacDonald
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