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Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage (583943)


Michael John               b: 25 Aug 1930                       r: 5 Apr 1990                d: 25 Dec 2022

KCB 11 Jun 1983, CBE 1 Jan 1975, 1st Prize - 'Gordon Shephard' Memorial Comp. - 1975

Plt Off: 14 Apr 1953, Fg Off: 14 Apr 1954 [14 Apr 1953], Flt Lt: 14 Oct 1955, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1961, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1966, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1972, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1976, AVM: 1 Jan 1978, Act AM: 7 Jan 1983, AM: 1 Jan 1984, ACM: 1 Jul 1986.

xx xxx 1947:       Apprentice, No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton.

xx Sep 1950:       Flight Cadet, 'C' Sqn, RAF College.

14 Apr 1953:       Appointed to Permanent Commission.

xx xxx 1953:        Attended jet conversion course

xx xxx 1953:       Pilot, No 28 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:   Attended Central Flying School.

xx xxx xxxx:   QFI, No 4 Flying Training School.

12 Sep 1960:   Air Staff, HQ Air Cadets.

xx xxx 1963:   QFI, No 1 Flying Training School.

xx xxx 1965:   Attended RAF Staff College.

xx xxx 1966:   Personal Staff Officer to Commander, 2nd ATAF.

xx xxx 1967:   Officer Commanding, No 17 Sqn

18 May 1970:  Directing Staff, Joint Services Staff College/National Defence College

 3 Nov 1972:   Officer Commanding, RAF Luqa

xx xxx 1975:   Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.

 8 Nov 1975:   Director of Forward Planning

 1 Apr 1978:    Deputy C in C, RAF Germany

12 Jan 1980:    Senior Air Force Member, Directing Staff, Royal College of Defence Studies

 9 Jan 1982:     Director of Service Intelligence, Defence Staff

 7 Jan 1983:     Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence).

xx xxx 1984:   Chief of Defence Intelligence.

 7 Feb 1986:    Air Member for Supply and Organisation

 4 Jan 1988:     Commandant, Royal College of Defence Studies 

Michael Armitage was one of 'Trenchard's Brats' who entered the RAF as an apprentice at RAF Halton.  He started at Halton straight after schooling at Newport Grammar School on the Isle of Wight.  However, he was one of those apprentices who won scholarships to the RAF College at Cranwell on completion of their apprenticeship.  At Cranwell, he attained the rank of Senior Flight Cadet.  On graduation, he was posted to No 28 Sqn in Hong Kong.

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