A Fleeting Peace

Golden-Age Aviation in the British Empire

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photo: 1931, aged 26

F/O (later Flt-Lt, Sqn Ldr) Edward Cecil Theodore Edwards

Cecil, brother of Hugh. From Kensington, London. Sometimes known as "Sphinx".

M.A.(Oxon); rowing blue in 1925 and 1926 (when he was the "best man in the crew, as always"); the first member of the Oxford Air Squadron to qualify as a pilot.

Flew, with Winifred Spooner, a Desoutter in an attempt to reach Cape Town in 1930, but they had to ditch in the sea off Italy, and swim about a mile to shore.

Killed in WWII: 31st August 1940, when a Wing Commander (pilot) 53 Sqn RAF; buried in Rotterdam, Holland.

 

King's Cup in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938

photo: 1929, aged 23

P/O (later F/O, Flt-Lt) Hugh Robert Arthur Edwards

Jumbo, the famous Oxford rowing coach, younger brother of Cecil

King's Cup in 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937

Sophie Elliott-Lynn

see Lady Heath

 

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