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The Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) was a senior appointment in the Royal Air Force. The incumbent was the deputy to the Chief of the Air Staff. The post existed from 1918 to 1969. Today, the Chief of the Air Staff's deputy is titled as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

History[edit]

The post was created on 3 January 1918 as part of the preliminary work before the creation of the RAF and the incumbent sat on the Air Council. However, with the establishment of the RAF on 1 April 1918, the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff was removed from the Air Council. From the mid-1920s to 1938, the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff was double-hatted as the RAF's Director of Operations and Intelligence. In 1930, when Trenchard stepped down as Chief of the Air Staff, the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff was once again appointed to the Air Council.

Deputy Chiefs of the Air Staff[edit]

Holders of the post included:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackie, Colin. "Senior Royal Air Force Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. 
  2. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Air Commodore R M Groves". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 
  3. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Air Chief Marshal Sir John Steel". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 
  4. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Marshal of the RAF The Lord Newall of Clifton upon Dunsmoor". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 
  5. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Burnett". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 
  6. ^ "No. 33913". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 February 1933. p. 1180. 
  7. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Courtney". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 
  8. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Peirse". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. Archived from the original on 2012-11-20. 
  9. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Marshal of the RAF Lord Douglas of Kirtleside". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. Archived from the original on 2009-01-04. 
  10. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Harris". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 
  11. ^ Barrass, M. B. "Air Chief Marshal Sir Norman Bottomley". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. 

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