|Sir Thomas Shirley|
|Born||4 June 1908|
|Died||16 January 1982 73)(aged|
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1928–66|
|Rank||Air Vice Marshal|
|Commands held|| Signals Command (1964–66)|
RAF Technical College (1957–59)
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards|| Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire |
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches
Air Vice Marshal Sir Thomas Ulric Curzon Shirley, KBE, CB, CEng, FRAeS, FIEE (4 June 1908 – 16 January 1982) was a Royal Air Force officer who served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Signals Command from 1964 until 1966.
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Sir Walter Pretty
|Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Signals Command |
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Sir Benjamin Ball
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