Neville Stack


Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Neville Stack KCB CVO CBE AFC (19 October 1919 – 26 January 1994) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

Sir Thomas Neville Stack
Born(1919-10-19)19 October 1919
Died26 January 1994(1994-01-26) (aged 74)
London, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1935–1978
RankAir Chief Marshal
Commands heldAir Secretary (1976–78)
RAF Training Command (1972–76)
RAF College Cranwell (1967–70)
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath[1]
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order[2]
Commander of the Order of the British Empire[3]
Air Force Cross[4]
Mentioned in Despatches
Knight of the Order of Leopold with Palms (Belgium)[5]
Croix de guerre (Belgium)
Other workGentleman Usher

Early life edit

Stack was born on 19 October 1919, the son of aviation pioneer T. Neville Stack. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1935 as a flight cadet at RAF College Cranwell.[6] He gained a permanent commission on 29 July 1939[7] and passed out of the college with the Sword of Honour. He spent his war service with Coastal Command serving on flying boats until transferring to Transport Command in the late 1950s including a tour as Deputy Captain of the Queen's Flight.[6]

Air Staff officer edit

In 1967 Stack became commandant of the RAF College Cranwell before moving on in 1970 as a representative with CENTO.[6] In December 1972 he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command[8] then moved in the same role at RAF Strike Command.[6] Between 1976 and 1978 he was Air ADC to the Queen.[6] From February 1976[9] he was Air Secretary before he retired at his own request in 1978.[10]

Civil life edit

On retirement from the air force, Stack became a Gentleman Usher to the Queen[11] and from 1989 Extra Gentleman Usher.[12] He also became a Freeman of the City of London. Stack died in London on 26 January 1994, aged 74.

Notes edit

  1. ^ "No. 45554". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1972. p. 3.
  2. ^ "No. 42870". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1963. p. 5.
  3. ^ "No. 43667". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1965. p. 5478.
  4. ^ "No. 40960". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1957. p. 36.
  5. ^ "No. 37998". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 June 1947. p. 2937.
  6. ^ a b c d e Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville Stack
  7. ^ "No. 34700". The London Gazette. 3 October 1939. p. 6657.
  8. ^ "No. 45867". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 January 1973. p. 98.
  9. ^ "No. 46839". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 March 1976. p. 3191.
  10. ^ "No. 47474". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 February 1978. p. 2586.
  11. ^ "No. 47466". The London Gazette. 17 February 1978. p. 2131.
  12. ^ "No. 51910". The London Gazette. 20 October 1989. p. 12079.
Military offices
Preceded by
Ian Lawson
Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander-in-Chief Training Command
Succeeded by
Preceded by Air Secretary
Title next held by
Barry Duxbury