Bouchier, Cecil [Air Vice Marshal RAF]


Cecil Bouchier

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Sir Cecil Bouchier
Air Commodore Bouchier.jpg
Cecil Bouchier as an air commodore
Nickname(s) "Boy"
Born 14 October 1895
Fleet, Hampshire
Died 15 June 1979 (aged 83)
Worthing Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex
Allegiance Great Britain
Years of service 19151953
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held No. 21 Group (194849)
British Commonwealth Air Forces of Occupation (194548)
No. 221 Group (1945)
RAF Kenley (194142)
RAF Hornchurch (193840)
No. 54 Squadron (193638)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Order of St. Anna, 2nd Class with Swords and Bow (Russia)
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Air Vice Marshal Sir Cecil Arthur Bouchier KBE, CB, DFC (14 October 1895 15 June 1979) served with the British Army, Royal Flying Corps, Indian Air Force and Royal Air Force from 1915 to 1953. He was Air Officer Commanding British Commonwealth Air Forces as part of the Occupation Force in Japan from 1945 to 1948.

Bouchier was married to Dorothy Britton, who translated a number of Japanese books into English.

Awards and decorations

Flying Officer Cyril Arthur Bouchier A very skilful pilot of marked, initiative and courage. Has been brought to notice on many occasions for the determination shown in his attacks. His methods are somewhat original. By flying low, parallel with and behind the enemy's lines, stampeding convoys and destroying wagons, he has caused the greatest confusion amongst the enemy, to the great advantage of our own forces. Flying Officer Bouchier is a highly competent reconnaissance officer

The citation had the wrong first name and was corrected to Cecil in a later gazette.