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

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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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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

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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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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...

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Bouchier, Sir Cecil Arthur (1895–1979), air force officer, was born at La Villetta, Fleet, Hampshire, on 14 October 1895, the younger son of the two sons and one daughter of Arthur Couch Bouchier (1857–1906) of Chichester, a hotel manager, and his wife, Florence Wootton...

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Sir Frederick William Bowhill (1880–1960) by Bertram Park, 1940 © Estate of Bertram Park / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Brackley, Herbert George (1894–1948), air force officer and airline executive, was born in Islington, London, on 4 October 1894, the second of the seven children of George Herbert Brackley, a master tailor, and his wife, Lilian Sarah Partridge. The family later moved to ...

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Braham, John Robert Daniel (1920–1974), air force officer, was born at the manse, Holcombe, Somerset, on 6 April 1920, the only son (there was also a daughter) of Ernest Goodall Braham, a Church of England clergyman and himself a Royal Flying Corps pilot in the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Broadhurst, Sir Harry (1905–1995), air force officer, was born on 28 October 1905 at 4 Warrant Officers' Quarters, Blackdown Barracks, Frimley, Surrey, the son of Colour Sergeant Henry Broadhurst, South Lancashire regiment, and his wife, Amelia Louisa, née Patterson.

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Cameron, Neil, Baron Cameron of Balhousie (1920–1985), air force officer, was born in Perth on 8 July 1920, the only son and younger child of Neil Cameron, an inspector of the poor, and his wife, Isabella Stewart. His father died in the year he was born and he and his sister were brought up by his mother and grandfather in ...

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Carr, Sir (Charles) Roderick (1891–1971), air force officer, was born in Fielding, New Zealand, on 31 August 1891, the eldest son in the family of four sons and one daughter of Charles Carr, a landowner, and his wife, Margaret Douglas, née Liddell. Both parents had emigrated from ...

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Chapman, Sir Ronald Ivelaw- (1899–1978), air force officer, was born in Georgetown, British Guiana, on 17 January 1899, the youngest of three children and the only son of Joseph Ivelaw-Chapman, a successful merchant, and his wife, Shirley Farley. In the early 1900s the family returned to ...

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Cheshire, Sir Walter Graemes (1907–1978), air force officer, was born in St Petersburg, Russia, on 21 March 1907, the son of John Frederick Cheshire, a cotton mill owner and later a timber broker, of Beckenham, Kent, and his Russian wife, Lida Wilhelmena Deneko, ...

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Sir Arthur Coningham (1895–1948) by Howard Coster, 1940s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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, ...