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Air Commodore Dr John Buchan Ross, QHS, CStJ, (3 July 1912 – 24 January 2009) was a senior British Royal Air Force officer who served from 1935 in Iraq, the Far East during World War II and in the Malaya Emergency.[1]


John Buchan Ross was born in Tayport and educated at Strathallan School in Perthshire, Scotland.[1] He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MB ChB and DTM&H.[1]


Ross joined the Royal Air Force in 1935 and was posted to Iraq where he served as squadron medical officer.[1] On 3 January 1938 he was granted a short term commission as a flying officer for three years on the active list having held seniority since 3 January 1937.[2] On 3 January 1939 he was promoted to flight lieutenant having held seniority since 3 January 1938.[3]

Following the outbreak of World War II he was posted to the Far East.[1] He specialised in tropical medicine and the treatment of malaria.[1] In December 1941 he was promoted to squadron leader on a temporary basis, and not permanently until 1 September 1945.[4][5]

On 1 July 1948 Ross was promoted to wing commander,[6] and on 1 October 1957 he was promoted to group captain.[7] He was mentioned in despatches on 10 December 1957 for his distinguished service in Malaya.[8] Ross was appointed a Commander of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem on 14 January 1964.[9]

On 1 July 1964 he was promoted to air commodore,[10] and on 25 August 1969 he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to The Queen, a position he held until his retirement.[11][12] Ross retired from the Royal Air Force at his own request on 16 June 1970.[13]

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