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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Gibson, Guy Penrose (1918–1944), air force officer, was born in Simla, India, on 12 August 1918, the second son and youngest of three children of Alexander James Gibson (1876–1968), of the Indian forest service, and his wife, Leonora (Nora) Mary Strike (1894–1939). The marriage was not happy, and in 1924 ...

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Harris, Sir Arthur Travers, first baronet (1892–1984), air force officer, was born on 13 April 1892 in Cheltenham, the second youngest in the family of four sons and two daughters of George Steele Travers Harris (b. 1852), an engineer and architect in the ...

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Lacey, James Harry [Ginger] (1917–1989), air force officer, was born at Fairfield Villas, Wetherby, Yorkshire, on 1 February 1917, the son of Charles Lacey, a cattle dealer, and his wife, Mary Brown Smith. The later nickname Ginger came from his shock of carroty hair. He was educated from 1927 to 1933 at ...

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Norris, Sir Christopher Neil Foxley- (1917–2003), air force officer, was born on 16 March 1917 at 44 Tollemache Road, Claughton, Birkenhead, the son of John Percivall Foxley-Norris, a solicitor then serving as a captain and adjutant in the 3rd battalion of the Cheshire regiment...

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Park, Sir Keith Rodney (1892–1975), air force officer, born in Thames, a small town south-east of Auckland, New Zealand, on 15 June 1892, was the third son and ninth of the ten children of James Livingstone Park (1857–1946), of Aberdeen, who earned in ...

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Peake [née Watts; other married name Hanbury], Dame Felicity Hyde (1913–2002), air force officer, was born at Holly Bank, Swann Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, on 1 May 1913, the younger daughter of Humphrey Watts, a senior partner in S. and J. Watts...

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Portal, Charles Frederick Algernon, Viscount Portal of Hungerford (1893–1971), air force officer, was born on 21 May 1893 at Eddington House, near Hungerford, Berkshire, the first child of Edward Robert Portal (1854–1953), country gentleman and former barrister, and his second wife, Ellinor Kate Hill (...

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Tedder, Arthur William, first Baron Tedder (1890–1967), air force officer, was born at Glenguin (now Glengoyne), a distillery about 20 miles north of Glasgow, on 11 July 1890, the youngest of the three children of Arthur John Tedder (1851–1931), an excise and revenue official, and his wife, ...

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Trenchard, Hugh Montague, first Viscount Trenchard (1873–1956), air force officer, was born at Windsor Lodge, Haines Hill, Taunton, Somerset, on 3 February 1873, the second son and third of six children of Henry Montague Trenchard (1838–1914), solicitor, and his wife, Georgina Louisa Catherine Tower...