Walter Cheshire

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Sir Walter Cheshire
Born (1907-03-21)21 March 1907
Died 10 December 1978(1978-12-10) (aged 71)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1926–1965
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Air Member for Personnel (1961–65)
RAF Malta (1959–61)
No. 13 Group (1955–57)
RAF Staff College, Andover (1952–53)
RAF Gibraltar (1950–52)
AHQ Indo China (1945–49)
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Relations Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire (son)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Walter Graemes Cheshire GBE, KCB (21 March 1907 – 10 December 1978) was a senior Royal Air Force intelligence officer during the Second World War, 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 the Second World War 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 as an air chief marshal in 1965.[1]


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