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Bradfield, Frances Beatrice (1895–1967), aeronautical engineer, was born at Ashbourne Street, Leicester, on 9 October 1895, the only daughter and youngest of three surviving children of William Bradfield (1860–1923) and his wife Annie Mary, née Lanning (1864–1946). Her father was a Wesleyan minister, the son of a farmer and miller from ...

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Fairweather [née Runciman], Margaret (1901–1944), airwoman, was born at West Denton Hall, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 23 September 1901, the second in a family of two sons and three daughters of Walter Runciman, first Viscount Runciman (1870–1949), and his wife, Hilda Stevenson (1869–1956)...

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Newman, Frederick Edward Fry [Fred] (1916–2012), shipbroker and airline executive, was born on 14 July 1916 at 84 Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone, Essex, the son of Methodist parents, Frank Newman (1872–1953), shipping clerk, later shipbroker, and his wife, Katharine Alice, née Simpson (1884–1964). He was educated at the ...

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Sir Frank Whittle (1907–1996) by Edward Irvine Halliday, 1960 © Charlotte & Stephen Halliday; photograph: © Crown copyright

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Whittle, Sir Frank (1907–1996), aeronautical engineer and inventor of the jet engine, was born on 1 June 1907 at 72 Newcombe Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, the eldest of the three children of Moses Whittle (1882–1965), engineer and inventor, and his wife, Sara Alice, née...