Anthony Bagnall

Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony John Crowther "Tony" Bagnall, GBE, KCB, FRAeS (born 8 June 1945) is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer and former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

Sir Anthony Bagnall
Born (1945-06-08) 8 June 1945 (age 76)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1964–2005
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldVice-Chief of the Defence Staff (2001–05)
Strike Command (2000–01)
Air Member for Personnel (1998–00)
No. 11 Group (1994–96)
RAF Leuchars (1988–89)
No. 23 Squadron (1983–85)
No. 43 Squadron (1983)
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Flying careerEdit

Bagnall was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1967.[1] He became a weapons instructor on the Lightning aircraft later that year.[1] Bagnall became Commanding Officer of No. 43 Squadron flying Phantoms, and then No. 23 Squadron in the Falkland Islands in 1983 before becoming Director of Air Staff Briefing and Co-ordination in 1985 and then Station Commander of RAF Leuchars in Fife in 1988.[1] Promoted to air commodore in 1990, he was made Director of Air Force Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence in 1991.[1] Promoted again, this time to air vice marshal, in 1992 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff and then in 1994 went on to become Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group.[1] This was followed by a tour starting in 1996 as Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe in the rank of Air Marshal.[1]

In 1998 he became Air Member for Personnel and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Personnel and Training Command before being appointed Commander-in-Chief Strike Command in 2000.[1] He served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 2001 until his retirement in 2005.[1]

In 2005 he became a member of the Court of the University of St Andrews.[2]


He is married to Pamela; they have three children.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Debretts Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Minutes of the University Court of St Andrews Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Biography of Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall". Bagnall Village. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
Military offices
Preceded by Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Preceded by Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group
Group merged with No. 18 Group
Cliff Spink as AOC No. 11/18 Group
Preceded by Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command
Air Member for Personnel

Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command
Preceded by Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Air Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen
Succeeded by
Sir John Day