M.10  Commodore  Sir Gerard John Regis Leo d'Erlanger CBE 
flag england b. 1 Jun 1906, Bexley, Kent  11 Sep 1939 to 31 Dec 1945 

  ata gerard derlanger 1931 1931  ata gerard dErlanger BG Brief Glory    

 

Father: Emile Beaumont d'Erlanger (French, naturalised British in 1890)

Ed. Eton

m. 1928 American pianist Edythe A [Baker],

edythe baker dErlanger 1927

[divorced] ;

m. 1937 Gladys F [Sammut], 3 children

prev. a Banker, Director of British Overseas Airways

prev. exp. 670 hrs

Address in 1939: Lane Farm, Cherry Garden Lane, Nr Maidenhead.

6ft 2in tall, 'scar on left side of neck'

Postings: White Waltham

Although he was the Creator and Commanding Officer of the ATA, d'Erlanger insisted that he (and all his station commanders) flew as often as possible. In fact, he was deemed responsible for one accident:

- 31 Oct 1942: Typhoon Ib R7880 hit a ridge during take-off, he failed to control the resulting bounce and the propeller touched the ground.

He flew 54 different types of aircraft during his time with the ATA; everything from a Horsa glider up to Sunderlands and a Catalina. His instructors reported him a "safe good average pilot", but said his "aerobatics were poor". However, he showed a "real appreciation of the difficulties that can be encountered on flying boats."

 CBE in 1943

Chairman of BEA from 1947; Chairman of BOAC from 1956 - he said his aim was to make it the "most formidable and outstanding airline in the world."

d. 15 Dec 1962 - London


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