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 (1920-06-17) 17 June 1920 (age 97)
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 GBE, KCB, DFC & Bar (born 17 June 1920) is a retired senior commander of the Royal Air Force (RAF), who served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 1974 to 1976 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe from 1976 to until his retirement in 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, shortly after the outbreak of war.[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 and to the substantive rank of flight lieutenant on 23 June 1943.[3][4] An acting squadron leader by 1943, he was promoted to squadron leader (war-substantive) on 4 August 1943.[5]

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