Cecil Bouchier

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Sir Cecil Bouchier
Air Commodore Bouchier.jpg
Cecil Bouchier as an air commodore
Nickname(s) "Boy"
Born 14 October 1895
Fleet, Hampshire
Died 15 June 1979
Worthing Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex
Allegiance Great Britain
Years of service 1915 – 1953
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held RAF Kenley
RAF Hornchurch
No. 54 Squadron
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross
Mention in Despatches (2)

Air Vice Marshal Sir Cecil Arthur Bouchier KBE, CB, DFC (14 October 1895 - 15 June 1979) served with the British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Indian Air Force and Royal Air Force from 1915 to 1953. He was married to Dorothy Britton, who translated a number of Japanese books into English.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Flying Officer Cyril Arthur Bouchier - 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[1]

The citation had the wrong first name and was corrected to Cecil in a later gazette.[2]

  • Squadron Leader Cecil Arthur Bouchier, DFC appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 23 June 1936 [3]
  • Air Commodore Cecil Arthur Bouchier CBE, DFC appointed as a Companion in the Order of the Bath on 14 June 1945[4]
  • 9 March 1948 Air Vice Marshal Cecil Arthur Bouchier, CB, CBE, DFC is allowed to war decoration of Commander of the Legion of Merit conferred by the President of the United States in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war.[5]
  • Air Vice-Marshal Cecil Arthur Bouchier, CB, CBE, DFC appointed as a Knight Commander in the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1953[6]


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Further reading
Military offices
New title
Indian Air Force established
Commanding Officer of the Indian Air Force
1933 – 1936
Succeeded by
K C Hanscock
Preceded by
F J W Mellersh
Air Officer Commanding No. 21 Group
1948 – 1949
Succeeded by
G G Banting