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Air Chief Marshal Sir David Harcourt-Smith, GBE, KCB, DFC (born 14 October 1931) is a former Royal Air Force officer who served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Support Command from 1984 to 1986. He is the author of Wings Over Suez, an account of air operations during the Sinai and Suez wars.

Sir David Harcourt-Smith
Born (1931-10-14) 14 October 1931 (age 87)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1952–1989
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldSupport Command (1984–86)
Royal Air Force College Cranwell (1978–80)
RAF Bruggen (1972–74)
No. 6 Squadron (1969–70)
No. 54 Squadron (1963–65)
Battles/warsAden Emergency
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross
RelationsAir Vice Marshal Gilbert Harcourt-Smith (father)

RAF careerEdit

Educated at Felsted School and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Harcourt-Smith was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1952.[1] He served in the Aden Emergency, where he won the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty in 1957.[2]

Harcourt-Smith was appointed Officer Commanding No. 54 Squadron in 1963 and Officer Commanding No. 6 Squadron in 1969 before moving on to be Station Commander at RAF Bruggen in 1972 and Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1978.[1] He went on to be Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1980, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Support Command in 1984 and Controller of Aircraft in 1986.[1] As Controller of Aircraft he oversaw the introduction of the Tucano training aircraft.[3] He retired in 1989.[1]


In 1957 Harcourt-Smith married Dorothy Mary Entwistle; they had two sons and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ "No. 41243". The London Gazette. 29 November 1957. p. 7047.
  3. ^ MoD admits Tucano delay Flight International, 1 February 1985
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Beavis
Commander-in-Chief Support Command
Succeeded by
Sir John Sutton