Field Marshal J. M. Smuts PC, OM, CH, DTD, ED, KS, FRS

As Secretary of State for Air from 1919-1920, it was Churchill who, with Trenchard’s assistance, persuaded the Prime Minister, David Lloyd-George that the Royal Air Force should remain an independent service from the Royal Navy and the British Army.

Longcroft was the first Commandant of the RAF College and was selected by Trenchard to oversee the founding and development of the College.  It was “his” College that formed the basis of the College that we recognise today.

Sir Winston  Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA

Air Vice Marshal Sir Charles Longcroft, KCB, CMG, DSO, AFC

Hugh  Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO

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