THE THIRD SERVICE THE STORY BEHIND THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
Philip Bennet Joubert de la FertéK.C.B., C.M.G, D.S.O. ( born May 21, 1887 in Darjeeling and died January 21, 1965 in Uxbridge ), was a British soldier, et Air marshal in the Royal Air Force (RAF).
SIR PHILIP JOUBERT'S service life has spanned military aviation from its birth to the present day. In 1912, he learned to fly with Turkish and Bulgarian fellow pupils who, a few months later, were fighting each other in the air over the Balkans. In 1913, he joined the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps and with it flew to France in August 1914. He thus saw the development of air warfare from its very early days and later shared in the peacetime activities of the Royal Air Force.
During the inter-war years, Joubert de la Ferté occupied several staff and command posts, rising through the ranks. Notably, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 23 Group in 1929, Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Andover, in 1930 and Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group in July 1936 before becoming Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Coastal Command in September 1936.
During Hitler's war he saw the full growth of Radar and was for two years in command of our air forces over the sea. To their successes against the U-boats he contributed in no small measure.
On 23 November 1943, Joubert de la Ferté was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Information and Civil Affairs) at the South East Asia Command.
Two years later on 14 November 1945, Joubert de la Ferté retired from the RAF.
( Sources : Thames and Hudson , Wikipedia )