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Air Vice Marshal John Jasper Bouche

Service No & Branch 2938 F(P)
Date of Birth: 07 Mar 1921 Commissioned: 27 Jun 1943 Course: 17 Course
Service End: Retired on 09 Nov 1976 / Died on 15 Apr 2013 Nick Name : Pop
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 27 Jun 1944Flt Lt : 15 Aug 1948Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1953Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1961
Acting Gp Capt : 29 Aug 1963Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1965Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1968Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1969
AVM : 01 Oct 1974
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Aug 1945 - 26 Jul 1946Fg OffrNo.8 Squadron, RIAFMingaladon To UK
01 Aug 1951 - 30 Nov 1952Sqn LdrArmament Training WingJamnagar Chief Instructor
30 Dec 1953 - 15 Apr 1955Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Jun 1961 - 01 Jan 1964Wg CdrAircraft and Armament Testing UnitKanpur Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
01 Jan 1963 - 01 Dec 1966Gp Capt11 WingTezpur Station Commander
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Maintenance Plans
01 Dec 1969 - 21 Nov 1970Air CmdeAFS ChakeriKanpur Air Officer Commanding
- 09 Nov 1976AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtJohn Jasper Bouche2938 GD(P)Award Date Announced 13 Jan 1951
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : AFS Ambala
Reference : Gazette of India , 17th February 1951 - No.2 - Pres dated 13th February 1951
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeJohn Jasper Bouche2938 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Group Captain John Jasper Bouche (2938) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in June, 1943, in the General Duties (Pilot) Branch. During the Second World War, he served in a fighter Squadron, trained as a Pilot Attack Instructor, completed a full tenure at the Armament Training Wing, Air Force, as its Chief Instructor and was responsible for the operational training, standardization and enhancement of combat efficiency of all operational squadrons of the Air Force during that period.

Although an officer of the General Duties Branch, he was specially selected to undergo a full term Technical Course at the Air Force Technical College, on completion of which he took over Command of the Aircraft and Armament Testing Unit. In this capacity Group Captain Bouche was personally responsible for the development of the Gnat aircraft which was adopted by the Air Force as its main interceptor element. Once he was faced with a grave emergency when the Gnat aircraft that he was flying had a hydraulic failure and went out of control. Having no other alternative the officer had to reluctantly eject. However, the aircraft's seat did not detach itself from his body and after a prolonged and dreadful free fall without an opened parachute, he managed to extricate himself from the seat and just managed to open his parachute in time before he landed on the ground.

Group Captain John Jasper Bouche has been in command of an operational wing in the eastern sector which was used as the base for both fighters as well as logistic air support squadrons. Through his personal supervision, zeal and excellent operational knowledge he brought up the operational efficiency of the squadron under his control.

On relinquishing his command of the operational wing in the eastern sector he was posted as an Air Staff Officer in Headquarters Eastern Air Command. During this tenure, the Mizo Hill operations started. Although posted as a staff officer in Command Headquarters, this officer personally took control of the operations and remained at the base from where both offensive and transport support operations were being conducted. He set up a new Air Force Station for better coƂĀ­ordination and operational performance of the Air Force elements deployed against the Mizo hostiles. The results obtained were highly satisfactory.

Group Captain John Jasper Bouche has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19720126

Accidents and Incidents: 3

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
10 Jun 1945Spitfire VIIIcJG171Plt Offr John Jasper Bouche
8Overshot landing wit
24 Apr 1952Tempest IISqn Ldr John Jasper Bouche
Pilot OK
18 May 1963GnatIE-1108Sqn Ldr John Jasper Bouche
Pilot Ejected ac cr
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