A high rank of officer in the RAF, above air marshal and below Marshal of the RAF.
- The ranks of air vice-marshal (rear admiral or major general), air marshal (vice admiral or lieutenant general), and air chief marshal (admiral or general) were introduced.
- In January 1944 he became Commander-in-Chief RAF Middle East and the following February took up the post of air Commander-in-Chief for South-East Asia Command with the rank of acting air chief marshal.
- As an air chief marshal - a rank equivalent to a general in the army and an admiral in the navy - he rose right to the top of the RAF command structure, outranked only by his boss, the Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
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