A former head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, has died at the age of 72. The Falklands veteran, who served as Chief of the Air Staff from 2000-2003, passed away at home in Devon last week.
The son of an RAF wing commander, Squire was born on October 7, 1945, around a month after the end of the Second World War. In 1966 he was commissioned as a 20-year-old into the Air Force, where he would serve for the next 37 years.
By the following year, he had been promoted to flying officer and was sent to fly Hunter jets with No.20 Squadron in Singapore, while he flew Harriers with No.3 Squadron in Germany from 1975. A year after being presented with the Air Force Cross in the 1979 Birthday Honours – one of countless awards he would receive in his long career – Squire was promoted to wing commander, before being appointed Commanding Officer of No.1 (F) Squadron, flying Harriers, in 1981.