Peter Le Cheminant

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Sir Peter Le Cheminant
Royal Air Force Operations in the Middle East and North Africa, 1939-1943. CNA804.jpg
Wing Commander Le Cheminant briefs aircrews for a bombing raid on La Fauconnerie South, Tunisia (scene reconstructed after the event).
Born (1920-06-21) 21 June 1920 (age 94)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1939–1979
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Joint Warfare Establishment
No. 223 Squadron
Battles/wars Second World War
Korean War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter de Lacy Le Cheminant GBEKCBDFC & Bar (born 17 June 1920) is a retired RAF air marshal who was Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 1974 to 1976 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe from 1976 to 1979

Military career[edit]

Educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey and the RAF College, Cranwell, Le Cheminant was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as a pilot officer (on probation) on 23 December 1939.[1] He was confirmed in his rank and promoted to flying officer (war-substantive) on 23 December 1940.[2] He was promoted to flight lieutenant (war-substantive) on 23 December 1941.[3] An acting squadron leader by 1943, he was promoted to squadron leader (war-substantive) on 4 August 1943.[4]

Le Cheminant served in the Second World War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1943.[5] In 1946, he was retroactively promoted to the substantive rank of flight lieutenant from 23 June 1943,[6] and was promoted to the permanent rank of squadron leader on 1 August 1947.[7]

He also served in the Korean War and was awarded a Bar to his DFC in 1951.[8] He was promoted to wing commander on 1 July 1951 and to group captain on 1 July 1958.[9][10]

Promoted to air commodore on 1 January 1964, Le Cheminant was appointed Senior Air Staff Officer, Far East Air Force on 16 May 1966 with the acting rank of air vice marshal.[11][12] He was promoted to the permanent rank of air vice marshal on 1 January 1967,[13] and became Commandant of the Joint Warfare Establishment at Old Sarum on 20 November and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) on 1 May 1971.[14][15] Promoted air marshal on 4 July 1972,[16] he then became Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1974[8] He was promoted to air chief marshal on 2 February 1976 and appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe on 5 February.[17][18] He relinquished the command on 1 June 1979 and retired from the RAF on 27 August.[19][20]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1968 Birthday Honours list,[21] and knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1972 Birthday Honours list.[22] He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in the 1978 Birthday Honours list.[23]

Later career[edit]

He served as Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey from 1980 to 1985.[8] He remains a keen Bisley marksman.[24]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Royal Air Force: A Personal Experience by Peter Le Cheminant, Ian Allan Publishing, 2001, ISBN 978-0-7110-2786-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34776. p. 377. 19 January 1940. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35065. p. 692. 4 February 1941. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35467. p. 908. 24 February 1942. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36330. p. 311. 14 January 1944. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36108. p. 3383. 27 July 1943. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37571. p. 2396. 21 May 1946. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38035. p. 3663. 5 August 1947. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Debretts People of Today 1994
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39271. p. 3544. 29 June 1951. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41433. p. 4142. 1 July 1958. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43210. p. 77. 3 January 1964. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43999. p. 6351. 31 May 1966. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44218. p. 79. 3 January 1967. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44718. p. 12406. 19 November 1968. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45359. p. 4534. 4 May 1971. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45718. p. 7981. 4 July 1972. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46814. p. 1676. 3 February 1976. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46819. p. 2057. 9 February 1976. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47864. p. 7401. 12 June 1979. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47972. p. 12648. 9 October 1979. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44600. p. 6301. 8 June 1968. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45678. p. 6257. 3 June 1972. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  23. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47549. p. 6235. 3 June 1978. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  24. ^ Top Marks This is Guernsey

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Gibbon
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
1973–1975
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Leach
Preceded by
Sir Lewis Hodges
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
1976–1979
Succeeded by
Sir John Stacey
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Martin
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
1980–1985
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Boswell