“Above all, a great people person”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire GCB, DFC, AFC, DL, FRAeS, a former vice-president of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, died at his home on Monday 19 February. He was 72.

Sir Peter attended Memorial Day at Capel-le-Ferne in 2001 as Chief of the Air Staff and became the Trust’s first vice-president three years later. He was later made a life vice-president in recognition of his unfailing support for the charity.

Born on 7 October 1945, Sir Peter was a fast jet pilot in the 1970s and won a DFC while leading No 1 Squadron in 1982, during the Falklands War.

He served as Chief of the Air Staff from 2000 to 2003, a period which saw operations launched in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

As well as being a keen supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, in retirement Sir Peter was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum and vice-chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Sir Peter was well known to Group Captain Patrick Tootal, honorary secretary of both the Trust and the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and himself a former Hercules pilot.

“We worked together briefly and he was my last boss in the RAF,” Patrick recalled. “He was a distinguished fighter pilot and a wonderful CAS but above all he was a great people person. He always took the time to speak to everyone.

“The Trust will miss Sir Peter and we send our condolences to his wife Carolyn and his sons Christopher, Richard and Edward.“

A family funeral will be held in Gidleigh, followed by a memorial service in London at a later date.

In 2003 Sir Peter was pictured on the front cover of Issue 3 of the Trust’s 1940 magazine (below), which is available only to members of Friends of the Few.

 

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