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Bacon, John Mackenzie (1846–1904), astronomer and aviator, born at Lambourn Woodlands, Berkshire, on 19 June 1846, was the fourth son of John Bacon (1809–1871), vicar of Lambourn Woodlands, a friend and neighbour of Charles Kingsley and Tom Hughes, and his wife, Mary Lousada...

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Albert Ball (1896–1917) by E. N. Birkett, c. 1915–16 The Imperial War Museum, London

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Ball, Albert (1896–1917), airman, was born at 301 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, on 14 August 1896, the elder son and second of three surviving children of Sir Albert Ball (1863–1946), master plumber, land agent, and sometime mayor of Nottingham, and his first wife, Harriet Mary Page (...

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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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Butler [née Reid], Lois (1897–1970), aviator and skier, was born on 3 November 1897 at 275 Drummond Street, Montreal, Canada, the only daughter and second of the five children of Sir William Duff Reid (1866–1924) and his wife, Minnie Cormack (d...

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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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Douglas Graham Gilmour (1885–1912) by unknown photographer Sylvia Adams

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Gilmour, Douglas Graham (1885–1912), engineer and aviator, was born at Dartford, Kent, on 7 March 1885, the elder son of the large family of East India merchant David Gilmour (d. 1907), formerly of Shanghai, and his wife, Margaret Jane Muirhead (d...

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Sir Arthur Gregory George Marshall (1903–2007) by unknown photographer [far right] Marshall of Cambridge

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Marshall, Sir Arthur Gregory George (1903–2007), aviator, pilot instructor, and industrialist, was born at Gregory Villa, De Freville Avenue, Chesterton, Cambridge, on 4 December 1903, the eldest of the eight children of David Gregory Marshall (1873–1942), college servant, later steward of the Pitt Club, Cambridge...

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Patterson [née Burr], Gabrielle Ruth Millicent (1905–1968), aviator, was born on 6 July 1905 at 23 Blomfield Court, Maida Vale, London, the eldest of four daughters of Malcolm Burr and his wife, Clara Millicent Goode. A mining engineer by profession but an entomologist by inclination, her father followed an explorer's life of prospecting and researching. His wife travelled with him, and ...

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Quill, Jeffrey Kindersley (1913–1996), aviator and military aircraft marketing executive, was born on 1 February 1913 at Belle Croft, 72 South Terrace, Littlehampton, Sussex, the third son and fifth of the five children of Arthur Maxwell Quill (1864/5–1925), civil engineer, and his wife, ...

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Charles Stewart Rolls (1877–1910) by unknown photographer, c. 1905 Getty Images

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Rolls, Charles Stewart (1877–1910), motor car promoter and aviator, was born on 27 August 1877 at 35 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, the third son among the four children of John Allan Rolls (1837–1912), of Hendre, Monmouth, who was Conservative MP for Monmouthshire...

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Scott [née Hopkins], Sheila Christine (1922–1988), aviator, was born at 12 Park Avenue, Worcester, on 27 April 1922, the only child of Harold Reginald Hopkins (1896–1978), confectioner, and his wife, Edyth Mary, née Kenward. The parents' marriage, which took place in Birmingham...

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(John) Kenneth Sinclair St Joseph (1912–1994) by unknown artist The Master and Fellows of Selwyn College, Cambridge

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St Joseph, (John) Kenneth Sinclair (1912–1994), geologist, archaeologist, and aerial photographer, was born on 13 November 1912 at Rose Cottage, Cookley, Worcestershire, the only surviving son of John Daniel St Joseph, a forestry officer with the Indian forest service, and his wife, Irma Robertson, ...