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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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Beamont, Roland Prosper (1920–2001), air force officer and aviator, was born on 10 August 1920 at 8 Private Road, Enfield, Middlesex, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Clement Beamont, a trade officer with the Foreign Office, and his wife, Dorothy Mary, née Haynes. Educated at ...

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

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Beetham, Sir Michael Clarence James (1923–2015), air force officer, was born at 53 Grasmere Road, Muswell Hill, London, on 17 May 1923, the son of Major George Clarence Beetham (1891–1953), a former army officer then working as a company secretary, and his wife, ...

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Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett (1910–1986) by Walter Stoneman, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bennett, Donald Clifford Tyndall (1910–1986), air force officer and politician, was born on 14 September 1910 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, the fourth and youngest son and youngest of the five children of George Thomas Bennett of Brisbane, cattle estate owner, and his wife, ...

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Bernard, Percy Ronald Gardner, fifth earl of Bandon (1904–1979), air force officer, was born some twenty minutes before his twin brother at Gillingham, Kent, on 30 August 1904, the eldest of the three children (the last of whom was a daughter) of Ronald Percy Hamilton Bernard (1875–1921)...

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William Avery Bishop (1894–1956) by William Rider-Rider, 1917 National Archives of Canada / PA-001654

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Bishop, William Avery [Billy] (1894–1956), air force officer and businessman in Canada, was born at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, on 8 February 1894, the third of four children of William Avery Bishop, lawyer, and his wife, Margaret Louise Green (b. c.1855)...

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Sir John Nelson Boothman (1901–1957) by Walter Stoneman, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boothman, Sir John Nelson (1901–1957), air force officer and aviator, was born at Napier Road, Wembley, Middlesex, on 19 February 1901, the son of Thomas John Boothman, a railway clerk, and his wife, Mary, née Burgess. Educated at Harrow county school he was, in January 1918, too young to enlist in the British forces, so he joined the French ...

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Bottomley, Sir Norman Howard (1891–1970), air force officer, was born at Bankfield, Soyland, near Halifax, Yorkshire, on 18 September 1891, the son of Thomas Bottomley, a journeyman cotton spinner, from Ripponden, Yorkshire, and his wife, Ellen, née Whiteley. He was educated at Halifax secondary school...