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Sir Thomas Shirley
Died c. 1982
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Years of service 1928 - 1966
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held Signals Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Air Vice Marshal Sir Thomas Ulric Curzon Shirley KBE CB (died c. 1982) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Signals Command.

RAF careerEdit

Shirley joined the Royal Air Force as a cadet in 1928.[1] He served World War II as a Signals Officer at Headquarters RAF Middle East and then as a Staff Officer in the Directorate of Telecommunications at the Air Ministry.[1] After the War he became Deputy Director of Signals at the Air Ministry and then Chief Signals Officer at Headquarters Transport Command before becoming Director of Radio Engineering at the Air Ministry in 1950.[1] He went on to be Senior Technical Staff Officer at Headquarters Fighter Command in 1959 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Signals Command in 1964 before retiring in 1966.[1]


He married Vera Overton.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Pretty
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Signals Command
1964 – 1966
Succeeded by
Sir Benjamin Ball

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