AIR CHIEF Marshal Sir Peter Squire, GCB, DFC, AFC, DL, who died suddenly on 19 February, aged 72, was a former Chief of the Air Staff writes Geoff Simpson. As a Wing Commander in 1982 he led the Harriers of 1 Squadron in the Falklands conflict and earned his DFC.
Peter Squire was born on 7 October 1945. His father, Wing Commander Frank Squire, DSO, DFC, had flown in Coastal Command during the Second World War.
Having attended King’s School at Bruton in Somerset, Peter Squire was a cadet at RAF College, Cranwell, between 1963 and 1966. He served on Hawker Hunter day fighters in Singapore with 20 Squadron and then became an instructor at RAF Valley, Anglesey, where he acted as display pilot. He received a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.