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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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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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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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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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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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Bowhill, Sir Frederick William (1880–1960), air force officer, was born on 1 September 1880 at Morar, Gwalior, India, the son of James Henry Bowhill (1852–1923), then a captain in the 62nd foot, and his wife, Mary Noël Carter. Educated at Blackheath School and in the training ship ...

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Charlton, Lionel Evelyn Oswald (1879–1958), air force officer and author, was born at 28 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, London, on 7 July 1879, the third of the four sons of William Oswald Charlton (1850–c.1896), a diplomatist from Hesleyside, Northumberland, and his American wife, ...

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Clouston, Arthur Edmond (1908–1984), air force officer, was born in Motueka, New Zealand, on 7 April 1908, the eldest of the four sons and five daughters of Robert Edmond Clouston (1874–1961), a mining engineer, goldmine manager, and forest ranger, and his wife, Ruby Alexander Scott (1886–1943)...

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Collishaw, Raymond (1893–1976), air force officer, was born in Nanaimo on the south-east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, on 22 November 1893, the son of John Edward Collishaw (d. 1923), of Wrexham, Denbighshire, 'a university man with a musical education' (...

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Coningham, Sir Arthur (1895–1948), air force officer, was born in Brisbane, Australia, on 19 January 1895, the eldest of the three children of Arthur Coningham (1863–1939), variously a chemist, tobacconist, bookmaker, and book salesman, who played cricket once for Australia against England, in 1894–5, and his wife, ...

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Cross, Sir Kenneth Brian Boyd (1911–2003), air force officer, was born on 4 October 1911 at The Rest, East Cosham, Fareham, Hampshire, the son of Pembroke Henry Cokayne Cross, an estate agent and surveyor, and his wife, Jeannie, née Boyd. He had three sisters and a younger brother, ...

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Cross, (Philip Louis) Ulric (1917–2013), air force officer, judge, and diplomatist, was born on 1 May 1917 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the son of Reginald Rufus Cross, headteacher, and his wife, Maud. One of nine children, at the age of eleven he qualified for a free secondary education scholarship and attended ...

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Dawson, Grahame George (1895–1944), air force officer, was born in East Finchley, Middlesex, on 18 March 1895, the second of the three children of Albert Dawson (1866–1930), a journalist, editor, and (from 1901 to 1919) principal proprietor of the weekly Christian Commonwealth, and his wife, ...

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Douglas, (William) Sholto, Baron Douglas of Kirtleside (1893–1969), air force officer, was born in Oxford on 23 December 1893, the second of the three sons of the Revd Robert Langton Douglas (1864–1952), secretary of the Church of England Temperance Society, and his first wife, ...

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Dowding, Hugh Caswall Tremenheere, first Baron Dowding (1882–1970), air force officer, was born in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, on 24 April 1882, eldest of the four children of Arthur John Caswall Dowding (1855?–1932), founder and headmaster of St Ninian's preparatory school in Moffat, and his wife, ...

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Duke, Neville Frederick (1922–2007), air force officer and aviator, was born on 11 January 1922 at 82 Hadlow Road, Tonbridge, Kent, the son of Frederick Herbert Duke (1881–1957), managing clerk for a corn merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Tarbit (1888–1971). Educated at ...

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Elmhirst, Sir Thomas Walker (1895–1982), air force officer, was born on 15 December 1895 in Laxton, Yorkshire, the fourth of the eight sons and nine children of the Revd William Heaton Elmhirst and his wife, Mary, the daughter of the Revd William Knight...

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Finlay, Donald Osborne [Don] (1909–1970), athlete and air force officer, was born Donald Finlay Osborne at 84 Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, on 27 May 1909, the son of Keziah Jane Osborne (1873/4–1956), a forewoman at a coach factory. His father, not named on the birth certificate, was ...

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František, Josef (1913–1940), officer in the Polish air force, was born on 7 October 1913, at Otaslavice, near Prostejov in Moravia, a region that became the central province of Czechoslovakia when the nation gained independence in October 1918. The son of Josef František...

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George, Prince, first duke of Kent (1902–1942), naval and air force officer, was born George Edward Alexander Edmund at York Cottage, Sandringham, on 20 December 1902, the fifth child and fourth son of George V (1865–1936) and Queen Mary (1867–1953). After several years (1912–16) at ...