Air Commodore Ian Malcolm Bonham Carter, CB OBE RAF

Air Commodore Ian Malcolm Bonham Carter, CB OBE RAF

Male 1882 - 1953  (71 years)

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  • Name Ian Malcolm Bonham Carter 
    Prefix Air Commodore 
    Suffix CB OBE RAF 
    Born 31 Jul 1882  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Career The son of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Coldstream Guards, he was educated at Haileybury and commissioned into the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1900. He served in the 5th Battalion and then the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers in the South African War during 1899 to 1900 in Cape Colony and the Orange River Colony before being appointed adjutant in 1909. In May 1914 he attended No 6 Course at the Central Flying School, receiving his Aviator's Certificate no. 794 on 25 May 1914. After completing his flying training, he served in the Royal Flying Corps until he transferred to the RAF on its creation in 1918.
    Whilst serving with No 4 Squadron in France, he visited his old regiment in the front line and was severely wounded, losing his leg. This gave him considerable pain throughout his career and eventually led to him being placed on the retired list on account of ill-health. However, whilst AOC, No 23 Group, he had an Avro 504 specially fitted to allow him to continue flying. In 1925, Bonham-Carter was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 3 Group and in 1926 he took up command of No. 23 Group. He was then posted in 1928 as Commandant of No. 1 School of Technical Training. During World War II, Bonham-Carter served as Duty Air Commodore in the Operations Room of Headquarters RAF Fighter Command.

    (Army): - 2 Lt: 22 Oct 1900, Lt: 5 Jun 1901, Capt: 16 Sep 1914, (T) Lt Col: 28 Sep 1916, Maj: 10 Sep 1917, (T) Col: 10 Sep 1917.
    (RAF): - (T) Col [Lt Col]?: 1 Apr 1918, Act Col: xx Oct 1918?, Wg Cdr: 1 Aug 1919, Act Gp Capt: 1Aug 1919?, Gp Capt: 5 Aug 1919, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1925.

    22 Oct 1900: Officer, 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
    1901: Officer, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
    1 Oct 1909: , Northumberland Fusiliers
    3 May 1914: Pilot, No 4 Sqn RFC. (Various types ? Netheravon/Western Front)
    May 1914: Attended No 6 Course, Central Flying School.
    30 Jun 1914: Appointed Flying Officer, RFC.
    2 Nov 1914: Flight Commander, No ? Sqn RFC.
    22 Apr 1916: Staff Captain, RFC.
    28 Sep 1916: Commandant, No 1 School of Military Aeronautics (graded as Staff Officer Class 1)
    6 Jul 1917: Commandant, No 1 School of Military Aeronautics (graded as Wing Commander)
    10 Sep 1917: Commandant, School of Technical Training (Men) (graded as a Depot Commander)
    1 Apr 1918: Staff Officer 1st Class, HQ No 1 Area.
    8 May 1918: Staff Officer 1st Class, HQ South-Eastern Area.
    8 Jun 1919: Deputy Director of Organisation.
    1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Lieutenant Colonel.
    1 Aug 1919: Appointed Deputy Director, 2nd Class
    5 Aug 1919: Appointed Deputy Director, 1st Class
    1 Nov 1919: Reverted to Deputy Director , 2nd Class
    9 Feb 1920: Officer Commanding, No 11 (Irish) Group.
    26 Apr 1920: Officer Commanding, No 11 (Irish) Wing.
    17 Feb 1922: Officer Commanding, RAF Ireland.
    1 Aug 1922: Commandant, RAF Depot.
    1 Oct 1925: AOC, No 3 Group.
    12 Apr 1926: AOC, No 23 Group
    1 Apr 1928: AOC, RAF Halton/Commandant, No 1 SoTT (Apprentices).
    7 Mar 1939: Duty Air Commodore, Operations Room, HQ Fighter Command 
    Died 31 Dec 1953  Princess Mary's RAF Hospital, Halton, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 16 Feb 1954  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    BONHAM-CARTER Ian Malcolm C.B. O.B.E. of Winton House Priory-road Sunningdale Berkshire died 31 December 1953 at Princess Marys R.A.F. Hospital Halton Wendover Buckinghamshire Probate London 16 February to Griffith Rigby Kewley retired major H.M. army. Effects £10750 15s.8d. 
    Person ID I14016  Simpson & Elder
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2022 

    Father Hugh Bonham Carter,   b. 1832,   d. 14 Dec 1896  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Jane Margaret Macdonald 
    Married 25 Jun 1878  St Peter, Notting Hill Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F935  Group Sheet

    Family Ward 
    Children 
     1. Major Andrew Malcolm Bonham Carter,   d. 11 or 23 Sep 1944
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F943  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Air Commodore Ian Bonham Carter, CB OBE RAF
    Air Commodore Ian Bonham Carter, CB OBE RAF
    Ian Malcolm Bonham Carter
    Ian Malcolm Bonham Carter
    From Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950.
    Certificate taken on a Maurice Farman biplane at Central Flying School, Upavon, Wiltshire, on 25 May 1914.


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