History of 173

Notable members from history

Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo

Raymond Lygo was a Royal Navy airman who rose up through the ranks to eventually command the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in 1969, and then Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1975.

As part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours, Lygo was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).

After retiring from the Royal Navy in 1978, Lygo joined British Aerospace (Now BAE Systems), and became Chief Executive in 1986.


Lygo attended Ilford County High School and Clarke’s College, Bromley, but having left school at 14, Lygo probably joined 173 squadron in 1940 at the age of 16 and credited he future success with the proficiency test he passed while a member of the squadron.


Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo passed away on Wednesday 7th March 2012, aged 87.


Flight Lieutenant (Retd.) Frederick Richard Stace MBE

Ex Chairman of 173 Squadron, awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1988 New Years Honours.