This was an Irish peerage and did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords.
There was also little money attached to his inheritance and the main element, Castle Bernard outside Bandon and eighteen miles south west of Cork, was derelict after being burned down by the IRA four years earlier in 1920.
Promoted to temporary group captain he became Station Commander of two other RAF stations during the same year, spending only a few months at each.
Firstly he commanded RAF West Raynham (also in Norfolk) before moving to nearby RAF Horsham St Faith.
daughter of Captain Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget, son of Lord Alfred Paget, younger son of Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey.
On his father's side he was a great-grandson of the Right Reverend Charles Bernard, Bishop of Tuam, younger son of James Bernard, 2nd Earl of Bandon.
In the summer of 1914 he and his twin brother were sent to St.
Aubyns Preparatory School at Rottingdean, and four years later both boys entered the Orange dormitory at Wellington College where Percy was continually referred to as Bernard Minor incorrectly throughout his time at Wellington College.
224 Group (1944–45) RAF Horsham St Faith (1942) RAF West Raynham (1941) RAF Watton (1940–41) No.Although the British Army and the Royal Navy have always had a significant number of peers within their ranks the new Earl of Bandon was almost unique within the RAF.Known to one and all by the familial name of "Paddy" Bandon he developed a devilish sense of humour and was involved in many scrapes with superior officers during his career.Having introduced the concept of annual ROC summer training camps in 1948 the Earl had formally opened the first two camps at RAF Thorney Island; in 1953 he returned as Air Vice-Marshal The Earl of Bandon to inspect the sixth annual camp at RAF Waterbeach and address the observers as a visiting VIP guest of honour.In 1953 he was tasked with the formidable duty of planning the flypast for the Coronation Review of the RAF at RAF Odiham which took place on 15 July, this involved scheduling 640 aircraft to pass the reviewing point in 27 minutes.