Charles Steele

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Sir Charles Ronald Steele
Born (1897-11-09)9 November 1897
Netheredge, South Yorkshire
Died 14 February 1973(1973-02-14) (aged 75)
Trumpington, Cambridgeshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army (1916–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–52)
Years of service 1916–52
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Coastal Command (1950–52)
AHQ Malta (1947–49)
No. 85 Group (1944–45)
No. 10 Group (1943–44)
No. 9 Group (1942)
No. 18 Squadron (1936–37)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Commander of the Royal Order of George I with Swords (Greece)
Commander of the Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de guerre (France)
Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium)
Croix de guerre (Belgium)

Air Marshal Sir Charles Ronald Steele, KCB, DFC, DL (9 November 1897 – 14 February 1973) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Coastal Command from 1950 to 1952.

RAF career

Educated at Oundle School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Steele was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1916.[1] He transferred into the Royal Flying Corps and became a flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[2] He transferred into the Royal Air Force after the First World War and was granted a permanent commission on 1 August 1919.[1] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 18 Squadron in 1936 and served in the Second World War, initially on the Air Staff at Headquarters No. 3 Group, and then at the Rhodesian Air Training Group before being appointed Senior Air Staff Officer and then temporary Air Officer Commanding at No. 9 Group.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 10 Group and then Air Officer Commanding No. 85 Group.[1] He was made Senior Air Staff Officer at the Headquarters of the British Air Forces of Occupation in Germany in July 1945.[1] He became Air Officer Commanding AHQ Malta in 1947 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Coastal Command in 1950 before retiring in 1952.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Marshal Sir Charles Steele
  2. ^ Charles Steele The Aerodrome
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Baker
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Coastal Command
Succeeded by
Sir Alick Stevens
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