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Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Ted Squire GCB, DFC, AFC, FRAeS, RAF (born 7 October, 1945) was Chief of the Air Staff during the start of both Operation Veritas and Operation Telic.

Early life

He is the son of Wing Commander Frank Squire. He attended the independent King's School, Brutonmarker.

RAF career

Peter Squire was commissioned into the RAF in 1966. Following initial officer training at the RAF College Cranwellmarker and subsequent flying training, Squire flew Hunters and later, Harriers. In 1982 Squire led members of his squadron in action in the Falklands campaign where he was awarded the DFC. He flew with his squadron to CFB Goose Baymarker in Canada on 13 April 1982, on a six-hour flight using air-to-air refueling (AAR), for an exercise. He departed for the Falklands on 3 May with his squadron from RAF St Mawganmarker to RAF Ascension Islandmarker where a few days later they boarded the Atlantic Conveyormarker. On 13 June, he was the first member of the RAF to launch a laser-guided bomb (LGB), with the target being illumnated by Major Mike Howes, in combat on Mount Longdonmarker whilst in a Harrier GR3 with No. 1 Squadron when a Wing Commander. The first Paveway 1000 lb bomb missed, but the second was a direct hit. He had transferred from the Atlantic Conveyor a few days before it was sunk by two Exocet missiles to HMS Hermes. Four Harriers in his squadron of ten Harriers were knocked out of the sky. His squadron was also the first to operate in a combat role from a British aircraft carrier since the Second World War. Later in the year he was forced to eject on 6 November near Cape Pembroke in the Falklands due to a Harrier's engine failure.

In 1986, Squire took up the appointment of Station Commander of RAF Cottesmoremarker, continuing until 1988.

He was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in February 1993 However, after only a few months he was replaced by Air Vice-Marshal John Day. Squire served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff from 1994 and Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command from 1999. He served as Chief of the Air Staff from 2000 to 2003.

Later life

Squire is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museummarker and the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He is also the Senior Warden of Governors at King's School, Brutonmarker and a Deputy Lieutenant of Devonmarker.

Personal life

In 1970 he married Carolyn Joynson. They have three sons.


  1. Imperial War Museum
  2. RAF Station Commanders - Lincolnshire and East Midlands
  3. Group No's 1 - 9
  4. Air Council Appointments 2
  5. Air Council Appointments 1

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