Flt Lt George Reginald Ashton

  photo: 1913, when Leading Seaman Ashton, aged 25

  photo: 1929

 b. 14 April 1888, in Ryde, I.O.W. Began his career as a boy in the Royal Navy at the age of 15, and was transferred to the RAF via the naval wing of the RFC.

Promoted to Flt Lt and posted to Iraq in 1924; in May 1928, posted to No. 1 School of Technical Training (Apprentices), Halton (hence his flying the H.A.C. II 'Minus' which, due to its tiny engine, got the most generous handicap of all the entrants in 1929)

Got repeatedly transferred from place to place in the RAF (Armament and Gunnery School, Eastchurch in 1931; School of Photography in 1932; School of Naval Cooperation, Lee-on-Solent in 1934; 149 Sqn, Mildenhall in 1937).

Sqn Ldr from April 1937, 2CFS at Brize Norton in 1938; awarded AFC in 1939.


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