Father: Emile Beaumont d'Erlanger (French, naturalised British in 1890)
m. 1928 American pianist Edythe A [Baker],
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