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Ambler, Geoffrey Hill (1904–1978), inventor and air force officer, was born at 10 Kirklands Avenue, Baildon, near Bradford, Yorkshire, on 23 June 1904, the eldest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Frederick Ambler (1873–1932), a worsted spinner and manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Atcherley, Sir Richard Llewellyn Roger (1904–1970), air force officer, was born at 1 Mount Vale, York, on 12 January 1904, one of twin sons of Major (later Major-General Sir) Llewellyn William Atcherley (1871–1954) and his wife, Eleanor Frances, the younger daughter of Richard Micklethwait...

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Bader, Sir Douglas Robert Steuart (1910–1982), air force officer, was born at St John's Wood, London, on 21 February 1910, the younger child and younger son of Frederick Roberts Bader, a civil engineer working in India, and his wife, Jessie McKenzie. He was educated at ...

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Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (1910–1982) by Paul Laib © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ball, Sir Alfred Henry Wynne [Freddie] (1921–2012), air force officer, was born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, India, on 18 January 1921, the only child of Captain James Arthur Ernest Ball (1882–1957), chief engineer of the Bengal Nagpur Railway, and his wife, Josephine Hilde Wynne, ...

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Barnett, Sir Denis Hensley Fulton (1906–1992), air force officer, was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 11 February 1906, son of Sir Louis Edward Barnett CMG (d. 1946), a surgeon, and his wife, Mabel Violet, née Fulton. He was educated at Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand...

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Barnett, Dame (Mary) Henrietta (1905–1985), air force officer, was born at Glasnevin, Barnes Close, in Winchester on 16 February 1905, the youngest child and second daughter of Colonel George Henry Barnett CMG DSO, and gentleman-at-arms, of the 60th rifles, and his wife, Mary Dorothea, ...

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Barraclough, Sir John (1918–2008), air force officer, was born on 2 May 1918 at 394 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, the son of Horatio Leonard Barraclough (1874/5–1956), construction engineer, and his wife, Marguerite Maude (1882–1965), daughter of Conrad Bührer. He was educated at Cranbrook School...

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Barry, Robert Raymond Smith- (1886–1949), air force officer, was born on 4 April 1886 at 2 Chapel Street, Mayfair, London, the only son of James Hugh Smith-Barry (1845–1927), of Foaty Island, Queenstown, co. Cork, and Stowell Park, Wiltshire, a JP for Wiltshire and formerly high sheriff for ...

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Roland Prosper Beamont (1920–2001) by William Vanderson, 1958 [with the English Electric P1B Lightning at Farnborough] Getty Images