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Peter Le Cheminant

Sir Peter Le Cheminant
No. 223 Squadron RAF, briefs aircrews for the final bombing raid of the North African campaign at La Fauconnerie South, Tunisia; (scene reconstructed after the event).
Born (1920-06-21) 21 June 1920 (age 94)
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1939–1979
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Battles/wars World War II
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 and 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

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]

He served in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross 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 Korea 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 CB in the 1968 Birthday Honours list[21] and knighted as a KCB in the 1972 Birthday Honours list.[22] He was appointed a GBE (Military Division) in the 1978 Birthday Honours list.[23]

Later career

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

Further reading

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


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