Mr Bernard 'Barney' Martin

 bernard martin RAeC 1917 1917



b. 1 May 1899, Nottingham

RFC in France and Italy during WWI 

Pilot-Instructor for the Nottingham Aero Club 1924-29

Emigrated to Canada in May 1929. Joined Canadian Airways as a mail pilot in October until the contract was cancelled.

bernard martin 1930 

1930 - Bernard Martin 2nd left at Walker Airport, Ontario (the aircraft is a Pitcairn Mailwing)

He then did 'crazy flying' for a while, as "Doctor Dore", wearing a long beard and carrying a cane.

d. 17 Jun 1933 when Chief Pilot for the Fairchild Aircraft Co., Montreal. His plane burst into flames on landing. 

"Killed in Canada While Testing ’Plane 


Mr. Bernard Martin, one of Canada's best known air pilots, was killed when a new aeroplane, which he was testing for commercial flying, crashed near here, bursting into flames. He was born at Nottingham, England, where his father is said to be still living. In 1917, Martin was the youngest flyer in the R.A.F. unit with which he served on the French front. After the War, he was a flying instructor in England for several years before coming to Canada and joining the Commercial and Air Mail Service."

 Buried in Montreal.


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