Paterson Fraser


Air Marshal Sir Henry Paterson Fraser KBE, CB, AFC (15 July 1907 – 4 August 2001) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and in the post-war years.

Sir Paterson Fraser
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Born(1907-07-15)15 July 1907
Died4 August 2001(2001-08-04) (aged 94)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service1927–1964
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldInspector-General of the RAF (1962–64)
No. 12 (Fighter) Group (1956–58)
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (1945–47)
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Air Force Cross

RAF careerEdit

Educated at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, South Africa,[1] and Pembroke College, Cambridge, Fraser joined the Royal Air Force in 1927.[2] He became a test pilot in 1934.[3] He served in the Second World War as Officer Commanding the Experimental Flying Section at RAE Farnborough and then as deputy director of War Organisation at the Air Ministry.[2] In this capacity he prepared the early plans for the Normandy landings.[3] He continued his war service on the staff at Headquarters Second Tactical Air Force and then as Commandant of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment.[2]

After the war he became deputy director of Policy (Air Staff) and then a member of the Defence Research Policy Staff.[2] He was appointed Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Fighter Command in 1952, Chief of Staff at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe in 1954 and Air Officer Commanding No. 12 (Fighter) Group in 1956.[2] He went on to be Director of RAF Exercise Planning in 1959, UK Permanent Military Representative at CENTO later in 1959 and Inspector-General of the RAF in 1962 before retiring in 1964.[2]

In retirement he was ordained as a priest.[3]


In 1933 he married Avis Gertrude Haswell; they had two sons.[3]


  1. ^ Poland 2008, p. 117.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Marshal The Reverend Sir Paterson Fraser
  3. ^ a b c d Obituary: Air Marshal the Reverend Sir Paterson Fraser Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2001
  • Poland, Marguerite (2008). The Boy in You: A Biography of St. Andrew's College, 1855–2005. Fernwood Press. ISBN 978-1-874950-86-8.
Military offices
Preceded by Inspector-General of the RAF
Succeeded by
Preceded by
William Crisham
No. 12 (Fighter) Group
Succeeded by