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Air Vice Marshal Sir Cecil Bouchier (03150)


Photgraph of Cecil BouchierCecil Arthur            b: 14 Oct 1895            r: 26 Jun 1949                         d: 15 Jun 1979

KBE - 1 Jan 1953 (CBE - 1 Jan 1941, OBE - 23 Jun 1936), CB - 14 Jun 1945, DFC - 18 Nov 1919, MiD - 1 Jan 1941, MiD 1 Jan 1945, SA3SB - xx xxx xxxx, LoM (Cdr) - 9 Mar 1948.

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(Army):- (T) 2 Lt: 2 Feb 1918,

(RAF):- 2 Lt (P): 1 Apr 1918, Fg Off: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1926, Act Sqn Ldr:: xx xxx 1932?, Sqn Ldr:: 1 Aug 1935, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1938, (T) Gp Capt:1 Dec 1940, Act A/Cdre: 22 Jan 1943?, 22 Jul 1943, (T) A/Cdre: 1 Dec 1943, Gp Capt: 1 Jun 1944, Act AVM: 21 Apr 1945, A/Cdre (WS): 21 Apr 1946, A/Cdre: 1 Oct 1946, AVM: 25 Jun 1949. 

Photo Crown Copyright

xx xxx 1915:            Trumpeter, 'A' Battery, Honourable Artillery Company. (Palestine)

 2 Feb 1918:             Flying Officer, RFC (Middle East)

1918                        Pilot, No 203 Sqn.

1919                         Pilot, North Russia.

 1 Aug 1919:            Awarded Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer (gazetted 2 Dec 1919)

28 Jan 1920:             Pilot, No 28 Sqn. (Bristol F2B)

13 Nov 1920:           Pilot, No 1 Sqn. (Snipe)

20 Jan 1922:             Test pilot, Experimental Section, RAE.

20 Jan 1926:             Flight Commander, No 41 Sqn. (Siskin III)

16 Apr 1929:            Test Pilot, RAF Depot, Middle East.

20 Jan 1930:             Attended RAF Staff College.

10 Jan 1931:             Personnel Staff, HQ RAF India.

 7 Mar 1933:            Staff, Aircraft Depot, India.

 1 Apr 1933:             Commander (1st), Indian Air Force.

 2 May 1936:            Supernumerary, RAF Depot.

23 Aug 1936:            Officer Commanding, No 54 Sqn. (Gauntlet II/Gladiator I).

28 Mar 1938:            Air Staff, HQ No 11 (Fighter) Group.

xx Dec 1938:            Officer Commanding, RAF Hornchurch.

21 Dec 1940:            Group Captain - ?, HQ No 11 (Fighter) Group.

xx xxx 1941:             Officer Commanding, RAF Kenley.

25 Jan 1942:             Deputy Director of Fighter Operations.

xx xxx 1943:             SASO, HQ No 13 (Fighter) Group.

14 Jun 1943:             SASO, HQ No 11 (Fighter) Group.

15 Jun 1945:            AOC, No 221 Group.

 1 Oct 1945:            AOC, British Commonwealth Air Forces of Occupation, Japan.

xx xxx 1948:            AOC, No 21 (Training) Group.

 1 Aug 1950:           Re-instated to the Active List

 1 Aug 1950:            British Chiefs of Staffs' Representative to Generals MacArthur, Ridgeway & Clark, Korea.

In 1932 he was selected to form and command the embryo Indian Air Force, which initially only consisted of one squadron.  Retiring in 1949 he returned to Japan and on the outbreak of the Korean War was recalled to service.  With his Far Eastern experience he was an ideal candidate to act as British Liaison Officer to the UN Commander in Chief, General Douglas MacArthur.  He served in this capacity throughout the Korean War reverting to the retired list in 1953.

After his first wife died in 1964, he re-married in 1968, moving to Yokohama with his new wife, where she worked as a writer and composer.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

"A very skilful pilot of marked, initiative and courage.  Has been brought to notice on many occasions for the determination shown in his attacks.  His methods are somewhat original.  By flying low, parallel with and behind the enemy's lines, stampeding convoys and destroying wagons, he has caused the greatest confusion amongst the enemy, to the great advantage of our own forces.  Flying Officer Bouchier is a highly competent reconnaissance officer"

(London Gazette 18 November 1919)

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