Posted by admin on November 11, 2016


The RAF Association is sad to report the death of Air Vice-Marshal David Whittaker.

AVM Whittaker joined the Royal Air Force as a National Serviceman in 1951 and trained as a pilot. On completion of training he spent the next ten years flying Day Fighter and Fighter/Ground Attack aircraft on squadrons in both the UK and Germany. After service with Headquarters 38 Group he spent two and a half years on the staff of Headquarters 24 Brigade in East Africa and Aden.

After commanding the Metropolitan Communications Squadron and completing the Royal Air Force Staff Course, he served as the Assistant Air Adviser to the British High Commissioner in New Delhi. A graduate of the RAF College of Air Warfare, his staff appointments included serving as the RAF Directing Staff Member at the Royal Naval Staff College, as a member of the personnel briefing staff of the Chief of Defence Staff and as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations and Plans) at Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe.

AVM Whittaker completed the 1980 Course at the Royal College of Defence Studies followed by two years as Senior RAF Officer Northern Ireland and Commanding Officer RAF Aldergrove. From Northern Ireland he went to Ottawa for three years as Air and Defence Adviser to the British High Commissioner and Head of the British Defence Liaison Staff in Canada. AVM Whittaker was awarded the MBE in 1966 and CB in 1988.

His final appointment before retiring in April 1989 was Air Officer Administration and Air Officer Commanding Directly Administered Units at RAF Support Command.

Since retirement AVM Whittaker has devoted much of his time to RAF charities. He became a Life Member of the Larne Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association in January 1983 and has been Branch President from April 1983 to date. He was elected to Council in 1990, has been a member of the Executive Committee from 1992 to date and served as Vice-Chairman from 1993 to 1997. In addition, he served on the Appeals Sub-Committee from 1992 to 1993, the Welfare Advisory Committee from 1993 to 1995 and has been Chairman of the Membership Advisory Committee from 1997 to date. He served as Vice-Chairman of Council from 1999 to 2001 and was elected Chairman of Council in October 2001. He was elected a Vice President of the Association in 2000. AVM Whittaker was President of the Northern Ireland Area from 1987 until 2005, before becoming President of the Scotland and Northern Ireland Area. Apart from his duties with the Association, AVM Whittaker is the Honorary County Representative for Yorkshire for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Our thoughts are with AVM Whittaker’s family and friends.