Sir David Lee
|Born||4 September 1912|
|Died||13 February 2004 (aged 91)|
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1930–71|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Air Member for Personnel (1965–68)|
RAF Staff College, Bracknell (1962–65)
Air Forces Middle East (1959–61)
RAF Scampton (1953–56)
No. 904 Wing (1945–46)
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire|
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Educated at Bedford School, Lee joined the Royal Air Force in 1930. He served in the Second World War as a pilot with No. 61 Squadron and then with No. 106 Squadron before becoming Deputy Director of Plans at the Air Ministry. He completed his war service as Officer Commanding No. 904 Wing in the Dutch East Indies where he was responsible for repatriating prisoners of war.
After the War he joined the Directing Staff at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell, and was then was appointed Deputy Director, Policy at the Air Ministry before becoming Station Commander at RAF Scampton in 1953. He went on to be Secretary of the Chiefs of Staff Committee in 1956, Air Officer Commanding Air Forces Middle East in 1959 and Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1962. He last appointments were as Air Member for Personnel in 1965 and UK Military Representative to NATO in 1968 before retiring in 1971.
In 1938 he married Denise Hartoch; they had a son and a daughter.
Lee wrote three official histories of the RAF overseas:
He also wrote two accounts of his own time in the RAF: