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Air Chief Marshal
Sir Wallace Kyle
File:Wallace Kyle.jpg
26th Governor of Western Australia

In office
24 November 1975 – 30 September 1980
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Sir Charles Court
Preceded by Sir Hughie Edwards
Succeeded by Sir Richard Trowbridge
Personal details
Born 22 January 1910
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
Died 31 January 1988(1988-01-31) (aged 78)
Lymington, Hampshire, England
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Years of service 1928–1968
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands No. 139 Squadron
RAF Marham
RAF Downham Market
RAF Technical Training Command
RAF Bomber Command
RAF Strike Command
Battles/wars Second World War
Malayan Emergency
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Hart Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO DFC (22 January 1910 – 31 January 1988) was an Australian officer who served as a senior Royal Air Force (RAF) commander and later as the Governor of Western Australia. Born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Kyle was commissioned into the RAF in 1929, and, having seen service in World War II and the Malayan Emergency, held a number of senior positions, including Vice-Chief of the Air Staff and commander-in-chief of the RAF's Bomber Command and Strike Command. He was made governor of Western Australia in 1975, a position in which he served until 1980, later returning to England, where he died in 1988.


Born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and educated at Guildford Grammar School, Kyle was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1929.[1] He served in World War II and in 1940 was appointed Officer Commanding No. 139 Squadron before becoming Station Commander at RAF Marham in 1942 and Station Commander at RAF Downham Market in 1944 and them transferring to Bomber Command.[1]

After the war he joined the Directing Staff at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell and was then joined the Air Plans team at Headquarters RAF Mediterranean & Middle East.[1] He was appointed Assistant Commandant at the RAF Cranwell in 1951 and Director of Operational Requirements (Air) at the Air Ministry in 1952.[1] He became Air Officer Commanding at Air Headquarters Malaya in 1955 during the Malayan Emergency, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1957 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Technical Training Command in 1959.[1] He became Vice-Chief of the Air Staff in 1962 and Air Officer Commander-in-Chief Bomber Command in 1965.[1] When Bomber Command merged with Fighter Command to form Strike Command, Kyle became Strike Command's first Air Officer Commander-in-Chief in 1968.[1]

He served as Governor of Western Australia from 1975 and briefly caused excitement when he spoke out in favour of developing a uranium processing plant at Kalgoorlie in 1978.[2]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Kyle
  2. Chris, Clark. "Kyle, Sir Wallace Hart (1910–1988)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur McDonald
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Technical Training Command
1959 – 1962
Succeeded by
Sir Alfred Earle
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Hudleston
Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
1962 – 1965
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Burnett
Preceded by
Sir John Grandy
Commander-in-Chief Bomber Command
Succeeded by
Title ceased to exist
Preceded by
New title
Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Succeeded by
Sir Denis Spotswood
Government offices
Preceded by
Air Commodore Sir Hughie Edwards
Governor of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge

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