Walter Cheshire

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Sir Walter Cheshire
Born 21 March 1907
Died 10 December 1978
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1926–1965
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held AHQ Indo China
RAF Gibraltar
RAF Staff College, Andover
No. 13 Group
RAF Malta
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Air Chief Marshal Sir Walter Graemes Cheshire GBE KCB RAF (21 March 1907 – 10 December 1978) was a senior Royal Air Force intelligence officer during World War II and a senior commander in the 1950s and early 1960s.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Cheshire joined the Royal Air Force in 1926.[1] He served in World War II as Chief Intelligence Officer at Headquarters RAF Bomber Command, as Air Attache in Moscow and as Chief Air Intelligence Officer at Headquarters Air Command South East Asia before becoming Air Officer Commanding AHQ Indo China in October 1945.[1]

After the War he was made Air Officer Commanding RAF Gibraltar and then Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Andover.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Administration at Headquarters Second Tactical Air Force in 1953, Air Officer Commanding No. 13 Group in 1955 and RAF Instructor at the Imperial Defence College in 1957.[1] Promoted to air marshal,[2] his last roles were as Air Officer Commanding RAF Malta in 1959 and Air Member for Personnel in 1961 before retiring in 1965.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur McDonald
Air Member for Personnel
1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Sir David Lee