Air Chief Marshall Sir Theodore Neuman McEvoy, KCB, CBE was a senior Royal Air Force officer during World War II who held high command in the 1950s and early 1960s. His last appointment was as Air Secretary.
McEvoy joined the Royal Air Force in 1923. He served in World War II in a number of positions before being appointed Director of Staff Duties at the Air Ministry in 1945 (it is thought that it was McEvoy who persuaded Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding not to release any Spitfire squadrons to France prior to the Battle of Britain).
After the War he was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 61 Group and then from 1950 he was Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training) at the Air Ministry. He went on to be RAF Instructor at the Imperial Defence College from 1954, Chief of Staff at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe from 1956 and Air Secretary from 1959 before retiring in 1962. In spite of his increasing disability, he continued to fly throughout his career, including flying the RAF’s first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor.
In retirement he became Chairman of the The Society for Italic Handwriting.
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