King's Cup - 1929

  • -King's Cup - 1929


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    Maurice Jackaman's Moth


    Friday 5/Saturday 6 July, 1929. Heston (in fact, the official opening of Heston Air Park). Handicappers: Dancy and Rowarth

    Weather: a cold, windy and rain-threatened morning.

    Story of the Race:

    "Convincing evidence of the growth of private flying in this country... a very definite blend of the professional pilot and the amateur, and the handicapping system does much to place the two classes on a level"

     Pilot - see 'The Aviators', below Aircraft   Race No


    Flt-Lt Tommy Rose RAF S.E.5a G-EBTO 1 retired Sittingborne (engine trouble)
    Wing-Cmdr Edye R Manning Westland Widgeon IIIA G-EBRN 2 15th
    Mr Carill S Napier Westland Widgeon III G-AADE 3 retired Hamble
    F/O D FW Bonham-Carter * DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAEW 4 16th
    Mr V N Dickinson DH.60X Moth G-EBTH 5 retired at Blackpool
    Hon Lady Mary Bailey DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAEE 6 21st - heavy landing at Mousehold
    Capt W Lawrence Hope DH.60X Moth G-AAPH 7 3rd
    Sqn-Ldr Harold M Probyn ("J Wellworth") Westland Widgeon III G-EBRQ 9 13th
    Capt Robert G Cazalet Westland Widgeon IIIa G-EBRM 10 forced landing after leaving Hamble
    Flt-Lt A M Kimmins DH.60M Moth G-AAHB 11 222nd
    Mr Alexander F Wallace DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAHG 12 18th
    Flt-Lt G R Ashton Halton H.A.C. 2 Minus G-EBOO 13 retired at Hamble
    Lt L G Richardson, RN DH.60 Moth G-EBPQ 15 2nd
    Mr Harold JV Ashworth Avro 594 Avian IIIA G-EBXJ 16 retired Lympne (heavy landing, broke propeller)
    F/O R W Jackson Simmonds Spartan G-AAFP 17  
    Capt Hubert S Broad DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAHR 20 20th - Landed near Chiilingham Castle in a heavy storm
    Mr John WP Chalmers DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AACO 21 17th, with Mrs Chalmers
    Flt Lt Christopher S Staniland *** Simmonds Spartan G-AAGN 26 forced landing near Glasgow
    F/O G Thorne Avro 594 Avian I G-EBQN 27 12th
    Flt-Lt T B Bruce Simmonds Spartan G-AAGY 28 withdrew at Blackpool
    Mr Harrington R Law DH.60X Moth G-EBYJ 29 withdrew at Blackpool
    P/O Haliburton H Leech Avro Baby G-EAUM 30 'engine trouble' - too much headwind!
    F/O Allen H Wheeler RAF S.E.5a G-EBQM 31 withdrew at Blackpool
    Miss Winifred E Spooner DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAAL 32 5th
    Mr Alfred CM Jackaman DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AADX 33 11th, despite a forced landing nrear Norwich
    Mr Alan S Butler DH.60X Moth G-EBQH 34 4th
    Mrs Lois Butler DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AACL 35 14th
    Capt Geoffrey de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAAA 36 9th
    Mr John D Irving DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AADA 37 10th
    F/O P P Grey DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAHO 38 19th
    F/O Richard LR Atcherley Gloster Grebe J7520 39 Winner, with Flt Lt G Stainforth as navigator (both Schneider)
    Flt-Lt Edward H Fielden Gloster Grebe J7519 40

    (with the owner, Capt F E Guest, as passenger)

    7th, despite a broken flying wire

    Colonel the Master of Sempill Blackburn L.1C Bluebird IV G-AACC 41 retired Leeds (engine trouble)
    Mr William R Bailey DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AADC 43 retired Norwich (damaged undercarriage)
    Capt H H Balfour DH.60X Moth G-EBWX 47 retired at Hornchurch
    Flt-Lt Charles F Le Poer Trench Avro 594 Avian IV G-AAAT 48 8th
    Capt T Neville Stack Avro 594 Avian IV G-AAHJ 49 6th - delayed Bicester (low oil pressure)
    F/O Joseph Summers Vickers Type 141 Fleet Fighter G-EBNQ 51 retired Leeds - engine trouble
    Mr M Brunton DH.60X Moth G-EBVK 58 forced landing at Harrow
    Flt-Lt G EF Boyes Simmonds Spartan G-AAMC 59 retired Lydney, Forest of Dean (engine trouble)
    Flt-Lt J GD Armour ** DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAIV 60 retired Hadleigh

    * replacing Derek Schreiber - he couldn't get insurance

    ** replaced Brian Lewis

    *** replaced Lt-Col L A Strange

    Starters: 41 (out of 60 entrants). Finishers: 22

    Did not start:

    Mr B E Lewis DH.60G Moth G-AADP 8
    Flt-Lt G R Ashton/C F le Poer Trench
    H.A.C3 Meteor - 14
    Mr C F Uwins Bristol 105 Bulldog 2 G-AAHH 18
    Flt-Lt S N Webster Avro 616 Avian IVM G-AABT 19
    Mr H A Brown Avro 616 Avian IVM G-AABR 22
    Mr J  Oliver Avro 616 Avian IVM G-AABS 23
    Mr H T Andrews Simmonds Spartan   24
    F/O C S Staniland Simmonds Spartan   25
    Mr L ER Bellairs Southern Martlet G-AAII 42
    F/O J  Clarke Clarke Cheetah   44
    Capt E W Percival Hendy 281 Hobo G-AAIG 45
    Mr A S Butler DH.60X Moth G-EBQH 46
    Capt T N Stack Matinsyde Nimbus G-EBOJ 50
    Flt-Lt D D'Arcy A Greig Bluebird IV   52
    Mr J C Cantrill  Hawker Hawfinch G-AAKH 53
    Capt A M Blake Blackburn F.2 Lincock I G-EBVO 54
    Mr J L Parker Short S.7 Mussel G-AAFZ 55
    Mr E E Arnold Supermarine Sparrow G-EBJP 56
    Mr A CHA Rawson Cierva C.17 Mk II G-AAGJ 57


  • -The Aviators

    The Aviators

  • Andrews, Hugh Thornley

    F/O Hugh Thornley Andrews



    b 28 Jul 1907, Swansea, Glamorgan

    RAF 1925-1930

    He entered for the 1929 King's Cup Race, but withdrew before the start 

    Chief Test Pilot for Spartan Aircraft Co Ltd, Woolston, Southampton, 1 Feb 1930 to 8 Sep 1931

    He made two entries for the 1930 King's Cup Race, in Bluebird G-AATS and Spartan G-AAGO, and eventually flew in the latter but was unplaced.

    He then entered Spartan Arrow, G-AAWZ in the Europa Rundflug 3-week Air Race, 16 Jul-8 Aug 1930

    Test Pilot for Fairey Aviation Co, Hamble, Nov 1931 to Dec 1933

    RAF in WWII, then Sales Manager for Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft Ltd, 1946-52



    Research: thanks to Steve Brew

  • Armour, John George Denholm

     Flt-Lt John George Denholm Armour

      Jack', chief test pilot for for Blackburn, later a Wing Commander. Susan Slade's cousin.

  • Atcherley, Richard Llewellyn Roger

     F/O (later Flt-Lt) (Sir) Richard Llewellyn Roger Atcherley KBE, CB, AFC

      photo: 1929, aged 25

     Batchy', twin brother of David, b. 12 Jan 1904

    1929 Schneider pilot and later Air Marshall in the RAF and Chief of Air Staff for the Pakistan Air Force. Put on a bit of weight later on, and ended up as Sales Director for Folland Aircraft.

    Died 18 Apr 1970.


  • Bailey, Mary

    Hon. Lady Mary Bailey

    Royal Aero Club Certificate No. 8067 (26 Jan 1927)  
     mini_-_lady_bailey.jpg1927, aged 37

    1930, aged 40


      The Hon. Mary Westenra, b. 1 December 1890 in London but brought up mainly in County Monaghan, Ireland.

    Her family's home was Rossmore Castle, which was a grand affair built in the 1820s, with turrets, a vast drawing room and servants' quarters, not to mention about 20 cottages on the estate:

    rossmore castle

    Here she is, with her brother Willie, and parents (Mittie and Derry) on a set of steps by the house, in 1913:

    mary bailey rossmore steps Throttle Full Open

    I visited County Monaghan in 2014 and asked in the local museum if they knew where the house was. 'Oh yes' they said, 'but it was demolished forty years ago'. It seems that it became severely infested with dry rot in the 1940s, was abandoned and, indeed, demolished in 1975.

    Anyway, here's all that's left of it now:

    rossmore steps

    rossmore walls

    Mary married South African mining magnate and white suprematist politician Sir Abe Bailey in September 1911 (so, she was 21, he was nearly 47; his first wife had died in 1902 and he already had two children). They then had five more children - 2 boys and 3 girls.

    She learnt to fly at the London Aeroplane Club in 1926. She was the first woman to fly across the Irish Sea 'by the long route' from Chester to Dublin, the following August.

    The following March (1928) she began a solo tour to Cape Town, via Malta and then Cairo. Here, her plane was locked away by order of the Governor-General of the Sudan to prevent her from continuing alone, so she contacted Dick Bentley (who had flown to the Cape a few weeks before) to escort her in his own aeroplane over the "dangerous area of the southern Sudan". She then crashed in Tanganyika, writing off her aeroplane (she said it was her fault), but Abe made arrangements for a replacement Moth to be delivered from Pretoria and she continued, despite having 'flu. Abe was there to meet her when she arrived at the end of April. 

    The return journey was made via the western 'French' route - the Belgian Congo, Angola and the French Congo. She finally arrived back at Croydon on 16 January, 1929, 10 months after she left. It was "undoubtedly one of the finest performances ever put up by a woman pilot." 

    Lady Bailey was "so modest, so vague and so charming", and was "surprised that anyone should make a fuss about her journey". 

    A Director of National Flying Services in 1929, (with Frederick Guest, Colonel the Master of Sempill, Alan Cobham, etc); she was also awarded the Brittania Trophy by the Royal Aero Club, and then made a Dame of the British Empire in 1930 for "services to aviation".

    Mary Bailey in 1930

    At the Chateau d'Ardennes in 1930



    She was a guest at Amelia Earhart's reception at the Royal Aero Club in May 1932.


    In early 1933 she gave everyone a scare by disappearing for several days on another solo flight to Cape Town; thankfully, she had only got lost, run low on fuel and landed safely in the Sahara. [Bert Hinkler, who disappeared at about the same time, was killed in the Alps]. She then flew back to England and almost immediately went down with a bout of typhoid, but recovered in time to compete in the King's Cup later in the year.

    Mary Bailey3

    After that, she concentrated on looking after their horses, giving and attending loads more balls and receptions, and marrying off their many children.

    When Abe died in 1940, she settled near Cape Town (still keeping a house in Rutland) and died there 29th August 1960 aged 69.


    Lady Mary's aeroplanes were:

    a 1926 DH.60 Moth (G-EBPU),

    a 1927 DH.60X Moth (G-EBSF, the one she crashed in Tanganyika),

    the replacement DH.60X Moth (G-EBTG, which Abe bought in Nairobi);

    a 1928 DH.60G Gipsy Moth (G-AABN);

    a 1929 DH.60G Gipsy Moth (G-AAEE) and

    a 1930 DH.80A Puss Moth, G-AAYA.


    Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII


  • Broad, Hubert Stanford

     Capt Hubert Stanford Broad MBE AFC

      photo: 1930, aged 33

    b. 18 (or 20) May 1897

    shot through the neck in WWI by one of Richtofen's Red Circus pilots; [c.f. Angus Irwin]; second in Schneider 1925, to Jimmy Doolittle.

    In 1928, he spent possibly the most boring 24 hours of his life by beating 'all existing figures' for long endurance flights in light aeroplanes (unfortunately there was no official 'record' to beat as such, the FAI not recognising such things). His log makes, um, rivetting reading:


    5:30pm: Hendon

    7:40pm: Gloucester

    8:30pm: Coffee and sandwiches

    11pm: Over Central London, 3,000ft; watched theatre crowds leaving

    Midnight to dawn: Remained over Edgeware

    2:30am: second meal

    4:10am: First signs of dawn

    5:10am: Biggin Hill. Saw night bomber in air


    Noon: Stamford. Very sleepy

    4:30pm: Ipswich


    Having trimmed the controls, Hubert settled down and read 3 complete novels 'to relieve the boredom'.

    When he finally landed, he he said that he was very stiff with cramp, and promptly went home to sleep. His Moth still had 12 gallons of fuel, so it could have kept going for another 4 1/2 hours...

    He was named as co-respondent in Beryl Markham's divorce in 1939.

    de Havillands test pilot until 1935 (Bob Waight succeeded him) - broke the world's speed and height records for light aircraft in the original monoplane Tiger Moth, then joined RAE Farnborough; Hawker test pilot post-WWII; died 1975

    FLIGHT MARCH 28TH, 1946

     No. 2. CAPT. H. S. BROAD, Senior Production Test Pilot, Hawker Aircraft Co.

     FOR sheer wealth of flying experience it is doubtful whether there is another pilot in the world to equal Hubert Broad. He has flown everything from diminutive single-seaters to multi-engined--bombers, and including a number of out-and-out racing aircraft. His logbooks, of which he has filled some nine or ten, total over7,500 hours' flying time and 182 separate types. These are honest types—not modifications or different mark numbers of the same aircraft. Many of these he has also flown as seaplanes. Broad, at the age of nineteen, learnt to fly at the Hall School of Flying at Hendon in 1915. The aircraft on which he made his first flight (there was no dual, a pupil did straights across the airfield until he felt it was safe to do a circuit)was the single-seater Caudron with35 h.p. Y-type Anzani engine. Believe it or not, with this tiny horsepower the Caudron occasionally was made to stagger into the air with two people on board, but the passenger had to sit on the wing by the side of the nacelle.

     Early Days

     The end of 1915 found Broad in the R.N.A.S. at Eastchurch, and he was on the very first course at Cranwell, which was then a R.N.A.S. establishment rejoicing in the name of H.M.S. Daedalus. His first tour of duty at the front was with No. 3 Squadron at Dunkirk. He was among a number of pilots lent by the R.N.A.S. to the R.F.C. No. 3 Squadron flew Sopwith Pups, and it was while he was on one of these, escorting a bombing raid by 90 h.p. R.A.F.-engined B.E.s, that he was shot through the neck by one of Richtofen's later Goering's—Red Circus pilots.

     On recovery he spent a while as an instructor at Chingford and then went for his second tour of operations with No. 46 Squadron, who flew Sopwith Camels. The end of the 1914-18 war found Broad instructing at the Fighter Pilots' Flying School at Fairlop.

     Peace found him, as it found so many other young fellows ,with the ability to fly aircraft superbly and no other means of making a living. But a good living could be made by joy-riding in the early 1920's. First he joined the Avro Company, who were running joy-riding in a fairly big way, and in 1920 went to the Adiron Lakes in America with two Avro 504 seaplanes. These two aircraft saw their last days in Long Island, where they were completely wrecked by an autumn gale.

     By the next year he was back in England competing in the Aerial Derby air race round London on a Sopwith Camel. He finished 6th.In October, 1921, Broad joined de Havillands. Those who know this great concern now will smile to learn that when it started in those days it consisted entirely of two fabric hangars and a hut at Stag Lane. If memory serves, the capital of the company at that time was £100.

     The D.H. series numbers, which started in the Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd., were carried on in this new firm, and Broad flew every one of the D.H. designs from the D.H.27 to the D.H.90. In the same period he did a lot of test flyingfor other aircraft constructors.

     He did the W.10, Handcross, Hendon, and some others for Handley Pages, the Parnall Pipit and the Saunders A. 10 fighter. On the Gloster Grebe he ran into wing flutter for the first time (this trouble, in those days, was on a par with the compressibility troubles we have now).

     Seaplane testing

     Another big job he did was most of the development work on the Gloster II and III racing seaplanes. Over a period I used to go with him to Felixstowe regularly. As a Press man I was forbidden the precincts of the R.A.F. seaplane station, but there was a perfectly good Great Eastern Railway pier alongside the station. I used to climb over the fence and watch the proceedings from the pier head. Broad nearly lost his life there one day in October,1924. As he was landing the Gloster II a forward strut to the floats collapsed, and the aircraft turned completely over. Mrs. Broad was watching from the shore, and it seemed a very long time before Hubert appeared on the surface.

     In 1925 Hubert Broad flew the Gloster III racing seaplane in the Schneider Trophy contest which was held that year over Chesapeake Bay in America. This was the race in which Henri Biard, flying the SupermarineS.4—the true forerunner of the Spitfire—crashed in the water with wing flutter. Broad finished this race second to Jimmy (now General) Doolittle. That must have been a vintage generation, because many names from that period have found their way into the high-spots of this last war.

    With the advent of the D.H. Moth in all its variants, Broad was to be seen performing aerobatics at most flying club meetings and entering many of the races. These included the King's Cup Race, which he won in 1926. He was flying a delightful Cirrus I Moth, which was a study in ivory and red. His average speed over the whole732 miles was 90.4 m.p.h. His piece de resistance in aerobatics was a perfectly formed big loop, the base of which was only some 150ft from the ground. It was a joy to behold, but very dangerous to perform. Broad had sufficient sense to realise this and sufficient courage to stop doing it.


     It was during an aerobatic show that Hubert had his closest shave in a life packed with incident. And it was so simple. Flying a D.H. Tiger Moth with no one in the front seat, he did a slow roll—a stunt at which he was a master. The safety belt in the empty cockpit was loosely done up. While the Moth was inverted the belt hung down and, as the aircraft turned the right way up again, the belt came back over the joy-stick. The result was that Broad had only about 1 1/2 inches of stick movement; but, nothing daunted, he made a sort of tail-up, seaplane landing. In this connection it is to be remembered that there were no lovely 2,000-yard runways on which to this sort of thing. In those days there was not a single runway available in Britain; not even for the take-off of over-loaded aircraft for long-distance records!

     Another unhappy moment occurred when he found the tail trim (the incidence of the whole tailplane was adjustable)of a D.H.34 had been connected in reverse. By a good deal of jockeying he managed to get into Northolt. On yet another occasion a careless mechanic left a screwdriver jammed in the chain and sprocket of the rudder actuating gear. This necessitated a down-wind, crosswind, finishing up into-wind landing at Hendon airfield, because that was a bit bigger than Stag Lane.

     One of the prettiest little aircraft he ever flew was the original D.H. Tiger Moth monoplane. This was tailored exactly to fit Broad. Physically he is not of big stature and few other pilots could get into the machine. In the front of the cockpit was a bulkhead which had two holes just large, enough for the feet to be threaded through, and these holes had to be padded with sorbo rubber so that Broad's shins did not get barked while landing and taxying. Springing was almost non-existent. Span was22ft 6in and length only 18ft 7m.

     In August, 1927, on this machine he broke the world's record for light aircraft for both speed and height. For the former the figure was 186.47 m.p.h., he having taken19 min 59 sec to cover the 10 km, and for altitude he reached 20,000ft in just 17 min. A year later he took two more world's records on the D.H. Hound.

     In 1935, after 20 wonderful years of service, he left de Havillands and later did some flying for the Air Registration Board. From here he went to the Royal Aircraft Establishment and finally joined Hawkers to be in charge of all their production testing at Langley. He will be 50 in a matter of a few weeks, yet every day sees him at oxygen height testing Tempest IIs. As he says, he has gone from 35 h.p. in the Anzani to over 3,000 h.p. in the Centaurus and Sabre VI, and from 2 ½ lb/sq ft in the Caudron to 40 lb/sq ft in the Tempest II.


  • Bruce, T B


      Flt-Lt T B Bruce

    photo: 1930

  • Brunton, Maurice

     Mr Maurice Brunton


     b. 6 Sep 1906, Preston, Lanc

    RAF 1925-38; 

    Pilot for Imperial Airways, 1939


    d , 21 Nov 1971 - London



    Research: thanks to Steve Brew


  • Butler, Alan Samuel

    Mr Alan Samuel Butler J.P.

    photo: 1921, aged 23

    Chairman of de Havilland; the story goes that in 1921 he asked the one-year old de Havilland Aircraft Company to build a fast two-passenger touring aeroplane to his specification,

    and stumped up £3,000 for them to do it. The money saved the company from extinction and they appointed him to the board of directors forthwith. He held the position until he retired in 1950.

    The aeroplane became the DH37, (which he named, firstly, 'Sylvia' after his sister, then, rather diplomatically, 'Lois', after his wife, q.v.), which he entered in the very first King's Cup Race in 1922 and again in 1924, coming third.

    He and Lois set up a world speed record of 120mph for 1000 km in 1928, and they also flew to Cape Town together .

    Entered the MacRobertson Race in 1934 (assigned No 59) but didn't take part.

    Was still aviating in 1970.

  • Butler, Lois

     Mrs Lois Butler

    Royal Aero Club Certificate 8634 (14 Jun 1929)


    Née Reid

    b. 3 Nov 1897 in Montreal, Canada; the "beautiful" [so said Harald Penrose] wife of Alan Butler.

    (later, the 'Flying Grandmother', oh well...)

    Her first husband having died in 1923, she married Alan Butler in 1925; together they had a daughter and a son.

    15th in the Women’s Combined Alpine Skiing at the 1936 Winter Olympics, skating for her native Canada (although she was a member of the British Team before that).

    KC1933 Lois Butler King's Cup 1933

    Post-WWII, the Butlers moved to Rhodesia and bought a tobacco farm, but eventually moved back to Studham Hall, Bedfordshire.

    She owned a 1930 DH.80A Puss Moth G-ABGX, which was sold in France in December 1934, re-registered as F-AMRX and whose registration was finally cancelled in 1936.


    d. 17 Aug 1970 in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece from a heart attack while on holiday, and is buried in Studham.

    Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII


  • Cazalet, Robert George

     Capt Robert George Cazalet

       photo: 1927, aged 35



  • Chalmers, John William Pender

    Mr John William Pender Chalmers 

    photo: 1928, aged 40

    born in Morro Velho, Brazil
  • de Havilland, Geoffrey

    Capt (later Sir) Geoffrey de Havilland O.M. K.B.E A.F.C Hon.F.R.Ae.S

       1911, aged 29       1936, aged 54

     Geoffrey de Havilland - Wikipedia has his story


  • Dickinson, Vincent Neville

     Mr Vincent Neville Dickinson




     Father: Frank Dickinson, a Merchant, Mother: Sarah Jane [Bayley]

    2nd-Lieut, RFC, RAF in WW1; Pilot Officer from 20 Nov 1923

    He was one of two pilots who inaugurated the Belfast to Liverpool Daily Air Service in April 1924 (the other was Alan Cobham), He started out at 05:30am in his D.H. 50, but the weather was so bad he could get no further than Southport Sands.

    m. 18 Nov 1923 in Richmond-upon-Thames, Marjorie Winifred [Lloyd-Still] (1 daughter, Katheen b. 1926)

    Elected a Member of the Royal Aero Club in June 1925

    Formed Aero Hire Ltd in 1927, based in Birmingham, to "establish, maintain and work lines of aeroplanes, seaplanes and taxi-planes and aerial conveyances, etc. (later co-owned, with L W van Oppen,)

    Competed in the King's Cup in 1929, flying G-EBTH, a DH.60X Moth. He was forced to retire at Blackpool.

    Hon. Secretary and Chief Instructor, Hertfordshire Flying Club, St Albans in 1932


    He owned G-EBZZ, a 1928 DH60 X Moth, which crashed at Stansted Abbots 23 Jun 1934


    One reported accident:

    - 14 Mar 1939, flying G-AEDD, a 1936 Avro 504N belonging to Publicity Planes Ltd; he hit a fence and crashed at Calderfields Farm, Walsall, after engine failure.

    Address in 1939: 'Muree', Queen's Rd, Sandown, Isle of Wight


    Briefly (5 Jun to 5 Jul 1940) a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA)

    Sub-Lieut in the Royal Navy from 15 Jul 1940

    Address in 1962: 10 Oakwood Rd, Rayleigh, Essex

    d. 3 Sep 192 - London


  • Fielden, Edward Hedley

     Flt-Lt (Sir) Edward Hedley Fielden KCVO CB DFC AFC



    'Mouse', b. 1903. Prince of Wales' (i.e. Edward VII's) pilot, later Captain of the King's (and Queen's) Flights until 1962.

    DFC, 1943: "This officer has flown on various operational missions, some of a most hazardous nature. He has displayed a high standard of operational efficiency, setting an example which has contributed materially to the high morale of the air crews under his command. His great organising ability has proved a valuable asset.”

    Edward Fielden (RAF officer) - Wikipedia

    d. 1976


  • Forbes-Sempill, William (Lord Semphill)

    William Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill AFC




    Ah... yes... the aviation pioneer, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society, right-wing sympathiser and occasional spy (for the Japanese), who was motivated by his 'impetuous character, obstinacy, and flawed judgement', rather than money.

    William Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill - Wikipedia



  • Grey, Phillips Patrick

      Mr Phillips Patrick Grey



    b. 1 Jul 1903, Bakewell, Matlock, Derbys,

    RAF 1924-29

    Flying Instructor, de Havilland, Stag Lane, 1929

    RAF, 1940-45

    d. 29 Apr 1989 - Hindhead, Surrey


    Research: thanks to Steve Brew

  • Hope, Walter Laurence

      Capt Walter Laurence 'Wally' Hope

      1917, when a 2nd Lieut in the RFC, aged 20

      1928, aged 31


    Technical director of Air Freight.

    b. 9 Nov 1897 in Walton, Liverpool

    Aged 18, and described as a "trick-cyclist", he was summoned in 1915 for committing a breach of the Realms Act by taking a photograph of one of his Majesty's ships at Barrow; he pleaded not guilty, admitted that he was carrying a camera, and was fined £5.

    A close friend of Bert Hinkler, he made an extensive search over the Alps at his own expense when Bert went missing on his fatal flight in 1934, but then sued the Daily Mirror when they published their hair-raising account of his exploits, "Captain Hope's Ordeal in the Alps". He said there was "not one word of truth in it."

     m. 1920 Marjory [Stone]

    Three-time winner of the King's Cup Race (1927, 1928 and 1932)

    In the 1926 King's Cup race, "he had to descend at Oxford while racing for home in the last lap with a small “airlock" in his petrol pipe, which effectually put his tiny Moth machine out of the running. He landed in a small field - so small that he found it impossible take off again when his minor trouble had been rectified without pushing his  plane through three fields to a broader stretch of country, where he could rise. By this time it was so late that he decided that would abandon the race and go on at his leisure to Hendon.

    Interviewed at his home in Hendon yesterday, Mr. Hope said: “The only thing that I am really disappointed about is that I feel sure that if this trifling mishap had not occurred I should most certainly have won. For three laps I was racing neck and neck with Captain Broad, with an aggregate speed equal to his - between 90 and 91 m.p.h." Daily Herald

    At the end of the 1928 race, "Thinking all was over he proceeded to loop and stunt before landing, and having landed switched on his well known winning smile. Suddenly there was a terrific hooting, and Sir Francis McClean in his white Rolls-Royce came tearing across to tell Hope he had not crossed the finishing line... Within 30 seconds Hope was in the air again, discovered the finishing line, landed, and again switched on the winning smile fortissimo." C G Grey

    Entered for the MacRobertson Race in 1934 (No 24) but didn't take part in the end.

     m. 1954 Hilda L [Stone or Hunt]

    d. Oct 1979 - Isle of Wight


  • Irving, John Duckworth

      Mr John Duckworth Irving

      1926, aged 38



    Born in Xlanga, S Africa but living in Northumberland; 'a shopkeeper'


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