John Tremayne Babington

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Sir John Tremayne Babington
Air Cdre J T Babington.jpg
Air Commodore Babington
Born (1891-07-20)20 July 1891
Died 20 March 1979(1979-03-20) (aged 87)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy (1908–18)
Royal Air Force (1918–44)
Years of service 1908–44
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Technical Training Command (1941–43)
Far East Command (1938–41)
No. 24 Group (1936–38)
RAF Halton (1934–36)
RAF Gosport (1927–28)
No. 7 Squadron RNAS (1917–19)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de guerre (France)

Air Marshal Sir John Tremayne Babington, KCB, CBE, DSO, DL (20 July 1891 – 20 March 1979) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. In 1944, he retired and the following year changed his name to Tremayne, his mother's maiden name, to avoid confusion with his younger brother, Philip Babington.[1]

He was educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Royal Navy colleges.[2]

RAF career

Babington was commissioned as a Midshipman in the Royal Navy in 1908.[3] During the First World War, Babington was a member of the Royal Naval Air Service. He participated in the air raid on the Friedrichshaven Airship Factory, Germany on 21 November 1914.[3] On 2 January 1920, Babington was removed from the Navy List and awarded a permanent commission in the Royal Air Force.[3] He was appointed Station Commander at RAF Gosport in 1927 and went on to be a Station Commander in Iraq in January 1929 before becoming British Air Representative to the League of Nations in November 1929.[3] He became Station Commander of RAF Halton and Commandant, No. 1 School of Technical Training in 1934, Air Officer Commanding No. 24 Group in 1936 and Air Officer Commanding, RAF Far East Command in 1938.[3]

He served in the Second World War as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Technical Training Command and then Head of RAF Mission in Moscow[4] before retiring in 1944.[3]

In retirement served as High Sheriff of Cornwall.[3]


  1. ^ "Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Marshal Sir John Babington/Tremayne". Retrieved 14 Aug 2017.
  2. ^ Hammerton, Sir John ABC of the RAF London 1941 p.49
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Marshal Sir John Babington". Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  4. ^ Service Aviation Flight International, 24 June 1943

External websites

  • Air Marshal Sir John Tremayne/Babington
Military offices
Preceded by
Norman MacEwen
Commandant No. 1 School of Technical Training
Succeeded by
Ranald Reid
Preceded by
Sir William Welsh
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Technical Training Command
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Barratt

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