Bernard Chacksfield

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Sir Bernard Chacksfield
Sir Bernard Chacksfield.jpg
Nickname(s) Chacks
Born 13 April 1913
Ilford, Essex, England
Died 27 December 1999 (aged 86)
Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1927–1968
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held No. 910 Wing RAF
No. 22 Group RAF
RAF Regiment
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Cloud and Banner Decoration with Special Rosette

Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bernard Albert Chacksfield KBE CB RAF (13 April 1913 – 27 December 1999) was a senior Royal Air Force officer in the 1950s and 1960s and later a chief commissioner of the The Scout Association and chairman of the Burma Star Association.

Chacksfield joined the Royal Air Force in 1927 as an apprentice aircraft engineer at RAF Halton and later at RAF Cranwell. He was selected for flying training and gaining a commission as a Pilot Officer in 1933. He served on the North West Frontier in 1933 as a Westland Wapiti pilot. By 1944 Chacksfield was in command of No. 910 Wing in Burma operating the Republic Thunderbolt fighter-bomber. By the end of the war he had been mentioned in dispatches four times. From 1945 he became an air officer and served in the Air Ministry and later with NATO. He served in a number of senior positions until finally becoming Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment in 1963. Chacksfield retired in 1968 as an Air Vice-Marshal.

With a longtime interest in the Scout movement he was appointed in 1970 as chief commissioner for the Scout Association later being awarded the movements highest award, the Silver Wolf in 1975. In retirement he became chairman on the Burma Star Association until his death from cancer in 1999.

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Military offices
Preceded by
R Faville
Air Officer Commanding No. 22 Group
1960 – 1962
Succeeded by
A A Case
Preceded by
E M F Grundy
Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment
1963 – 1968
Succeeded by
B P Young