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Brand, Sir (Christopher Joseph) Quintin (1893–1968), air force officer, was born in Beaconsfield, near Kimberley in South Africa, on 25 May 1893, the son of Edward Christopher Joseph Brand, an inspector in the Johannesburg criminal investigation department. Educated at the Marist Brothers' College, Johannesburg...

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Lionel Evelyn Oswald Charlton (1879–1958) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Cheshire, (Geoffrey) Leonard, Baron Cheshire (1917–1992), air force officer and charity founder, was born on 7 September 1917 in the Egerton Nursing Home, 65 Hoole Road, Hoole, Chester, the elder of two sons of Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire (1886–1978), an academic lawyer who became Vinerian professor of English law at ...

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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, ...

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Embry, Sir Basil Edward (1902–1977), air force officer, was born in Longford, Gloucestershire, on 28 February 1902, the youngest of the three children and the second son of James Embry, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Florence Ada Troughton. In conversation he always claimed to be Irish, though only his paternal grandfather is traceable to ...

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Mannock, Edward [Mick] (1887–1918), air force officer, was born in Brighton, Sussex, on 24 May 1887, the third of four children of Corporal Edward Mannock, Royal Scots Greys, and of his wife, Julia O'Sullivan of Ballincollig, co. Cork. The elder Edward Mannock, son of a ...

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Edward Mannock (1887–1918) by unknown photographer © reserved / courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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See Petre [née Defries], Kathleen Coad [Kay]