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Doyle, Dame Jean Lena Annette Conan [married name Dame Jean Lena Annette Bromet] (1912–1997), director of the Women's Royal Air Force, was born Lina Jean at Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, on 21 December 1912, the only daughter and second of three children of ...

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Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis Forbes (1899–1971) by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale, 1941 © reserved; photograph courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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Forbes, Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis [married name Dame (Katherine) Jane Watson-Watt] (1899–1971), businesswoman and director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 21 March 1899 in the Chilean desert, the youngest of three children, and the second daughter, of Edmund Batten Forbes (1847–1924)...

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Janoušek, Karel (1893–1971), officer in the Czech air force, was born in Přerov, Moravia, on 30 October 1893, the son of Karel Janoušek and his wife, Adelheid. During his national service with the Austrian army he fought in Italy in the First World War, but then joined the renegade Czech Legion, fighting alongside the Russians and against the Austrians, on the eastern front. When ...

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Karel Janoušek (1893–1971) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lewes, John Steel [Jock] (1913–1941), a founder of the Special Air Service (SAS), was born on 21 December 1913 in Calcutta, India, the first son and second of the three children of Arthur Harold Lewes (1869?–1962?), accountant, and his wife, Elsie Steel. He grew up in ...

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Sir (Archibald) David Stirling (1915–1990) by Captain Keating, 1943 The Imperial War Museum, London

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Stirling, Sir (Archibald) David (1915–1990), army officer and founder of the Special Air Service (SAS) regiment, was born on 15 November 1915 at Keir, Stirlingshire, the third son and fourth child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Brigadier-General Archibald Stirling...

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Welsh [née Dalzell], Dame (Ruth) Mary Eldridge (1896–1986), director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 2 August 1896 at 22 Slatey Road, Claughton, Birkenhead, one of two children of William Robert Dalzell, a medical practitioner, and his wife, Ruth Mary Frances Annie Elizabeth Goldsworth Kirkpatrick (...