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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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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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Bulloch, Terence Malcolm [Terry] (1916–2014), air force officer, was born at Montreagh, 1 Belsize Road, Lisburn, co. Antrim, on 19 February 1916, the second son, twinned with a sister, of Samuel Arthur Bulloch, linen merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth (Elsie), née...

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Cunningham, John [Cats-Eyes Cunningham] (1917–2002), aviator and businessman, was born on 27 July 1917 at Canley, 17 Castlemaine Avenue, Croydon, Surrey, the elder son and third of the four children of Arthur Gillespie Cunningham (d. 1930), company secretary of the Dunlop Rubber Company...

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Davies, Richard Bell (1886–1966), pilot and naval officer, was born at 3 Fopstone Road, Brompton, London, on 19 May 1886, the son of William Bell Davies (1845–1891), civil engineer, of Croxley Grove, Rickmansworth, and his wife, Mary Emma, née Beale (1848–1892). Orphaned at the age of five, he was brought up by his uncle, ...

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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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Neville Frederick Duke (1922–2007) by Charles E. Brown Royal Air Force Museum, PC 98/173/6537/5

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Scott, George Herbert (1888–1930), airship commander, was born in Lewisham, London, on 25 May 1888, the eldest son of George Hall Scott, civil engineer, and his wife, Margaret Wilkinson. He was educated at Alton School, Plymouth, at Richmond School, Yorkshire, and at the ...

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Twiss, (Lionel) Peter (1921–2011), naval officer and test pilot, was born at Fardels, Lindfield, Sussex, on 23 July 1921, the son of Captain (later Colonel) Dudley Cyril Twiss (1890–1962), of the first battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, and his wife, Laura Georgina, née Chapman...

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(Lionel) Peter Twiss (1921–2011) by unknown photographer © The Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library) / Mary Evans Picture Library

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Winterbotham, Frederick William (1897–1990), airman and intelligence officer, was born on 16 April 1897 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the younger child and only son of Frederick Winterbotham, solicitor, of Painswick, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Florence Vernon Graham. He was educated at Charterhouse School. On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 he joined the ...