Alan Lees

Sir Alan Lees, was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Reserve Command.

RAF career

Educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Lees was commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment in 1914 at the start of the First World War. He became a pilot in 1915 and while serving on the Western Front was wounded and taken prisoner in 1917. After the War he transferred to the new Royal Air Force and in 1928 became Officer Commanding No. 56 Squadron. He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 1 Station in 1932, Station Commander at RAF Driffield in 1938 and then joined the staff at Headquarters RAF Bomber Command in 1939.
He served in the Second World War as Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group from 1941, Air Officer Commanding No. 222 Group from 1942 and Air Officer Administration at Headquarters Air Command South East Asia from 1944. After the War he became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Reserve Command before retiring in 1949. In that role he introduced a tie and trophy for members of the Air Training Corps.