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Alan Hunter Cachemaille Boxer

Portrait, Weekly News, awarded the Vertuti Militari, the Polish VC - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News, awarded the Vertuti Militari, the Polish VC - This image may be subject to co …


  • Title
    Sir AWMM
  • Forenames
    Alan Hunter Cachemaille AWMM
  • Surname
    Boxer AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    41545 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 December 1916 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Initial Officer Training, RAF Depot, January 1939 AWMM
    • Course No 15, RAF Staff College, Haifa, August 1945 AWMM
    • Army Staff College, 1948 AWMM
    • Imperial Defence College, January 1962 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    1938 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Educated at Nelson College.

    Boxer's father died when he was nine years old, and although he held a series of jobs to assist his family, he somehow found the time and money to take flying lessons.

    Son of Dr Ernest Augustus Boxer (3/150) and Ruth Ida Dobree Boxer.

    He left for England and joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1938, gained a permanent commission in 1939, and was given the post of Flying Instructor with Training Command. He served as Flying Instructor from 1939 to 1942.

    In 1942, he was transferred to an operational unit, 161 Squadron, RAF as a Flight Commander.

    He then transferred to 138 Squadron as Flight Commander.

    In 1943, he transferred back to 161 Squadron as a Wing Commander and Officer Commanding (OC) of the squadron.

    In September 1943, Boxer was posted to the Directorate of Intelligence (Research).

    In February 1945, he transferred to Headquarters, Bomber Command.

    In March 1946, he transferred to the Directorate of Intelligence, Operations.

    In 1949, he took part in an exchange program with the United States Air Force (USAF), serving with 92 Bombardment Wing, USAF, 1949-50.

    He served in Korea with the USAF.

    In 1952, he served with the Central Fighter Establishment.

    In 1954, he was one of the Directing Staff at the RAF Staff College.

    OC of 7 Squadron, RAF, 1956-58.

    OC of RAF Wittering, 1958-59

    Promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in 1966.

    Served as Defence Services Secretary, Ministry of Defence (MOD), UK, 1967-70.

    Retired in July 1970. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 April 1998 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
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  • He was a fantastic commander of No7 squadron at RAF Honington IN Suffock England. and there was no barrier between him and the ground crew.
    Public - Ian - Comrade - 30 October 2018



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30 October 2018IanCambell River, British Columbia, CanadaComrade

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