King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975

JOHNSTONE, Alexander Vallance Riddell ('Sandy' Johnstone) (b 1916), Air Vice Marshal

Service biography
602 (City of Glasgow) Sqn, Auxiliary Air Force 1934-1941; joined RAF 1935; World War II 1939-1945; Commanding Officer 602 Sqn, Battle of Britain 1940; Officer Commanding RAF Haifa, Syria 1942; Spitfire Wing, Malta, Mediterranean 1942-1943; RAF Staff College, Andover 1943; Officer Commanding Fairwood Common 1943-1944; Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Air Force 1944; Air Attache, Dublin, Ireland 1946-1948; Officer Commanding RAF Ballykelly, Northern Ireland 1951-1952; Officer Commanding Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit 1952-1954; Senior Air Staff Officer, Headquarters 12 Group 1954-1955; Founder and First Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Malayan Air Force 1957; Officer Commanding Middleton St George 1958-1960; Imperial Defence College 1961; Director of Personnel, Air Ministry 1962-1964; Officer Commanding Air Forces, Borneo 1964-1965; Air Officer Commanding 18 Group, Coastal Command and Air Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland 1965-1968; Maritime Air Commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 1965-1968; retired 1968


Television series, One man's war (1964); with Roderick Grant, Where no angels dwell (Jarrolds, London, 1969); Enemy in the sky: my 1940 diary (Kimber, London, 1976); Adventure in the sky (Kimber, London, 1978); Spitfire into war (Kimber, London, 1986); Diary of An aviator: an autobiography (Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1993)

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