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Higher R.A.A.F. appointment

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Statement "by the Acting Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Shane Paltridge

The Acting Minister for Defence, Senator Paltridge,

announced the appointment of Air Vice Marshal I.D. McLACHLAN,

C.B.E. , D.F.C. , as Air Member for Supply and Equipment

with effect from February 29, 1964ยป

Air Vice Marshal McLACHLAN, who is at present serving

as Head of the Australian Joint Service Staff and:Attache

(Defence Adviser) in Washington, will succeed Air Vice

Marshal D.A.J. CREAL, C.B.E., who will then retire after

36 years of distinguished service with the Royal Australian

Air Force.


Air Vice-Marshal I.D. McLachlan joined the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1928 and later transferred to the R.A.A.F. where he graduated as a pilot in 1931. During the 1939-45 War, Air Vice-Marshal McLachlan served in the Middle East, where he commanded No.3 Squadron (1939-1941)

and was the first R.A.A.F. pilot to win the D.F.C. in World War II. His subsequent commands included the R.A.A.F. Stations at Amberley and Laverton and Nos, 78 and 81 (Fighter) Wing Headquarters in New Guinea. At the conclusion

of'the war he served in Japan as Senior Air Staff Officer; Headquarters, British Commonwealth Occupation Force,

Air Vice Marshal McLachlan successfully completed the 1954 Course at the Imperial Defence College and during 1955-1957 served on exchange duties as Director of Flying Training at the Air Ministry. Following his return to Australia he held the appointments of Air Officer Commanding,

Training Command (1957-1959) and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (1959-196i ). He assumed his present appointment as Head of the Australian Joint Services Staff and Attache (Defence Adviser) in Washington in January, 1962.

Air Vice-Marshal McLachlan was awarded the C.B.E. in 1954.


July 29. 1963 - P. M .