RAF Medical Services

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Royal Air Force Medical Services

1 April 1918 - Present

(following amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS))
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allegiance HM The Queen
Branch  Royal Air Force
Role Medicine
Part of Royal Air Force - Headquarters Air Command (RAF)
Head of Royal Air Force Medical Services Air Commodore S C Kilbey
RAF Ensign Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Red Cross Emblem Flag of the Red Cross.svg

The Royal Air Force Medical Services is the branch of the Royal Air Force that provides health care at home and on deployed operations to RAF service personnel. Medical officers are the doctors of the RAF and have specialist expertise in aviation medicine to support aircrew and their protective equipment. Medical officers also carry out Aeromedical evacuations, providing vital assistance on search-and-rescue missions or emergency relief flights worldwide.

List of Director-Generals

The head of the medical branch is titled Head of the Royal Air Force Medical Services (2013-). The appointment was previously known as Directors of Medical Services (1918-1938) and Director-General Medical of Services (RAF)(1938-2013).

Directors of Medical Services

  • Major-General M H G Fell (1918-1921) (Later Lieutenant-General Sir M H G Fell)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir D Munro (1921-1930)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir J McIntyre (1930-1935)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir A W Iredell (1935-1938)

Directors-General of Medical Services (RAF)

  • Air Marshal Sir A V J Richardson (1938-1941)
  • Air Marshal Sir H E Whittingham (1941-1946)
  • Air Marshal Sir A Grant (1946-1948)
  • Air Marshal Sir P C Livingston (1948-1951)
  • Air Marshal Sir J Mac.Kilpatrick (1951-1957)
  • Air Marshal Sir P B L Potter (1957-1962)
  • Air Marshal Sir R Nelson (1962-1967)
  • Air Marshal Sir G R Gunn (1967-1971)
  • Air Marshal Sir E Sidey (1971-1974)
  • Air Marshal Sir G Dhenin (1974-1978)
  • Air Marshal Sir C Soutar (1978-1981)
  • Air Marshal Sir D Atkinson (1981-1984)
  • Air Marshal Sir J Donald (1984-1986)
  • Air Vice-Marshal F C Hurrell (1986-1988)
  • Air Vice-Marshal N H Mills (1987-1990) (Later Air Marshal Sir N H Mills and Surgeon General)
  • Air Vice-Marshal J M Brook (1991-1994)
  • Air Vice-Marshal J A Baird (1994-1997) (Later Air Marshal Sir J A Baird and Surgeon General)
  • Air Vice-Marshal C J Sharples (1997-2002)
  • Air Vice-Marshal W J Pike (2002-2004)
  • Air Vice-Marshal S R C Dougherty (2004-2008)
  • Air Vice-Marshal C P A Evans (2008-2009) (Later Air Marshal C P A Evans and Surgeon General)
  • Air Vice-Marshal C B Morris (2009-2011)
  • Air Vice-Marshal A K Mozumder (2011-2013)

Head of Royal Air Force Medical Services

  • Air Commodore A C Wilcock (2013-2014)
  • Air Commodore S C Kilbey (2014-)


External links

  • RAF Medical Services - RAF Website
  • Defence Medical Services
  • RAF Careers - Medical and medical support
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