1907 – 1990
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (1946 1966)
Director General of Defence Intelligence (1966 – 1968)
Born on 11 December 1907, Earle was commissioned into the RAF in 1925. He served in bomber squadrons in the UK and Iraq before becoming an Instructor at the School of Photography from 1930. In WW2 became Commanding Officer of No 2 School of Photography at Blackpool before joining the Directorate of Photography at the Air Ministry in 1940. He transferred to Directorate of Plans in 1941 and then formed and commanded No 428 Squadron RCAF in 1942. He was made Commander of RAF Ridgewell and RAF West Wickham in 1943 before joining the staff of General Sir Hastings Ismay for the Cairo Conference and then the Yalta Conference.
In 1945 he was made Air Officer Commanding No. 300 (Transport) Group in Australia. After the war he became the Air Officer Commanding No. 232 Group in South east Asia before joining the Directing Staff at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1946. He was made Senior Personnel Staff Officer at HQ Technical Training Command in 1949 and then Commandant of the Royal Australian Air Force Staff College in 1951. He became Director of Policy (Air Staff) in 1954 and Air Chief of Staff (Policy) in 1955. He was Air Officer Commanding No. 13 Group from 1957 and deputy Chief of the Defence Staff from 1960. He was made Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Technical Training Command in 1962 and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 1964.
He was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the order of The British Empire and Companion o f the Order of the Bath.
He retired in 1966 and died on 27th March 1990 (aged 82).