Entry from British & World English dictionary
The highest rank of officer in the RAF.
- 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.
- However, on his resignation from the RAF in 1946 he was promoted Marshal of the Royal Air Force and when Churchill returned to power in 1951 he was offered a peerage.
- He was promoted to air chief marshal in 1942 and became a Marshal of the Royal Air Force in September 1945.
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