Air Chief Marshal Sir Douglas Lowe was a wartime bomber pilot who later had a significant influence on RAF operational capabilities and procurement during a series of senior appointments. He flew Stirling bombers and was awarded the DFC before becoming a bombing instructor. He commanded a Valiant squadron, served as an operations officer at the HQ of USAF’s Strategic Air Commend, was SASO in the Near East Air Force and spent two years as AOC No. 18 (Maritime) Group. He completed three tours in the operational requirements directorate in MOD before becoming Controller Aircraft and Chief of Defence Procurement.
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