Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Kyle 1975-1980
Wallace Kyle was a Goldfields' boy, born in Kalgoorlie in 1910.
He came to Perth to study at Guildford Grammar School. He attended the RAF College at Cranwell and joined the 17 Squadron RAF in 1930. He was a flying instructor from 1934 to 1939. From 1940 until 1945 he served in the Fleet Air Arm and in Bomber Command. During that time he commanded 139 Squadron in which Hughie Edwards, his predecessor as Governor, also served.
Sir Wallace was awarded the CBE in 1945. Later, he attended Staff College and was appointed Aide de Camp to King George VI in 1949. He also served as Air Officer Commanding in Malaya in 1955 for two years, and as Vice Chief of Air Staff RAF from 1962 until 1965. He was knighted in 1960 and made Air Chief Marshal in 1964. He was promoted to Air Officer Commanding Bomber Command from 1965 to 1968.
He succeeded Sir Hughie Edwards as Governor of WA in 1975.
Sir Wallace retired from his post in 1980 and then became president of the Fairbridge Society here and in the United Kingdom. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Western Australia.
Sir Wallace died in 1988.
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