ACM Sir Peter Squire, who has died aged 72, commanded the RAF Harrier squadron that fought in the Falkland Islands in 1982. After a succession of senior appointments he became the RAF’s Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) in 2000.
An experienced ground attack pilot, Squire flew 23 bombing, rocketing and reconnaissance operations from HMS Hermes against Argentinian targets during the war to liberate the Falkland Islands. He was awarded the DFC for his ‘outstanding valour’. He later commanded RAF Cottesmore, the home of the Tri-national Tornado Training Establishment. He held senior appointments in the MoD and was later the C-inC Strike Command before becoming CAS. In retirement he was Chairman of the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum and Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The photograph shows him as OC 1 Squadron at the time of the Falkland’s War.
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