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Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Bennet Joubert de la Ferté KCB, CMG, DSO (21 May 1887 – 21 January 1965) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the 1930s and the Second World War.

Joubert de la Ferté joined the British Army attending the Royal Military Academy Woolwich and gaining his commission in 1907. From 1907 to 1913 he served in the Royal Field Artillery, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1913 he attended the Central Flying School and went on to serve in the Royal Flying Corps. With the outbreak of war in 1914, he joined the British Expeditionary Force flying one of the first two operational sorties of the war. In 1915 Joubert de la Ferté was appointed Officer Commanding, No. 15 Squadron RFC. Later that year he took up command of No. 1 Squadron. As the war progressed, Joubert de la Ferté commanded several different wings and by the end of hostilities in 1918 he had command of the Royal Air Force in Italymarker.

On the 1 April 1918 Joubert de la Ferté transferred to the Royal Air Force in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

During the inter-war years, Joubert de la Ferté occupied several staff and command posts, rising through the ranks. Notably, he served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Coastal Command.

At the start of the Second World War, Joubert de la Ferté was Air Officer Commanding Air Forces in Indiamarker. On his return to Great Britainmarker he occupied a number of senior staff appointments and returned to his former post as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Coastal Command. It was there that he pioneered several innovations. These included Planned Flying and Maintenance and the introduction of a torpedo version of the Beaufighter.

On 23 November 1943, Joubert de la Ferté was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Information and Civil Affairs) at the South East Asia Command. Two years later on 14 November 1945, Joubert de la Ferté retired from the RAF.


The following books by Joubert de la Ferté were published:
  • The Fated Sky: An Autobiography - Hutchinson (1952)
  • The Third Service - Thames and Hudson (1955)
  • Look at Aircraft - H Hamilton (1960)
  • The Forgotten Ones: The Story of the Ground Crews - Hutchinson (1961)
  • Fun and Games - Hutchinson (1964)


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