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Air Commodore D.J.G. Wilby AFC, FRIN, RAF

(1998 - )

Air Commodore David J.G. Wilby was selected for training as a navigator on a Short Service Commission commencing 7 March 1965.

Following flying training and attendance on No 231 Operational Conversion Unit at Bassingbourn, he joined No 16 Squadron at Laarbruch, Germany, flying the Canberra B18 in the Strike/Attack role. On completion of his tour, he was awarded a permanent commission and completed an exchange with the Fleet Air Arm, serving on No 736 and 809 Squadrons, and HMS ARK Royal on Buccaneers

In 1971, he returned to Honington, England, and commenced a period of nearly 8 years which included tours with No 12 Squadron, 4 years as an instructor on the Buccaneer Operational Conversion Unit and finally, on promotion to Squadron Leader in March 1976 as a flight commander on No 208 Squadron. He is a qualified instructor in Combat Survival and Rescue, Electronic Warfare and Weapons.

In 1979, he was posted to the Ministry of Defence and spent 2 years in Operational Requirements dealing with air-to-surface guided weapons - SEA EAGLE, NATO ASSM and PAVEWAY. This was followed by Staff College at Bracknell. Then 4 years in the Tornado Project Office at Headquarters Strike Command. The Air Warfare Course followed and, after converting to Tornado, he returned to Laarbruch for an extended tour as officer Commanding Operations Wing. During this period, he held the post of Deputy Station Commander for over 2 years. Promoted to Group Captain in July 1990, he left Laarbruch to attend the NATO Defence College in Rome before arriving at Cranwell as Director of Initial Officer Training. In August 1993, he was posted to RAF Finningley as Station Commander.

Promoted to Air Commodore, he completed a 7 month tour as Chief NATO Liaison Officer to the UN and IFOR in Zagreb, Croatia. During this tour he was also the locum J3 for IFOR and Commander for Support. He was then appointed Director of Intelligence Commitments MOD London in September 1996. He joined the SHAPE staff in August 1998.

Awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in 1975 for work on No 237 Operational Conversion Unit and the Air Forces Cross in 1980 for services on No 208 Squadron, including projecting the first 2 Royal Air Force participation in Exercise RED FLAG.

Air Commodore Wilby is married and has 3 children. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and his interests include all sports and bumbling around auctions.

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