M.307  Commander Hugh Charles Bergel OBE 

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 b. 19 Nov 1905, London 7 Oct 1940 to 30 Apr 1945 

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Educated at Rugby School

m. Priscilla M Baumer, in 1930; 2 children before joining ATA

A "well known member of the gliding community" with his great friend Philip Wills (q.v.); in 1930 he received the Dent Cup ("in memory of Mr. David Dent, who did such good work for gliding in general"), for the year's outstanding performance, for his cross-country flight to Hornchurch, Essex, made with very little previous soaring experience.

Here he is in 1938 with Capt. Harold Balfour, the Under-Secretary of State for Air, in a Falcon III glider:

ata hugh bergel and harold balfour glider 1938 Flight

prev. an advertising copywriter with WS Crauford Ltd. From 1938, Sales and Advertising Manager for Desoutter.

Address in 1940: Stamford Brook House, London W.6

Postings: 1FPP, 16FPP, 6FPP, 4FPP, 4aFPP, 2FPP, 9FPP

'A keen and competent pilot, and an able and hardworking administrator.'

From 16 Jul 1942, ran No 9 FPP Aston Down 'in an eminently satisfactory manner'.

"He leaves ATA with an excellent record behind him." (Gerard d'Erlanger, O.C. ATA)

Wrote "Fly and Deliver - A Ferry Pilot's Log Book" (AirLife, 1982)

d. Jan 1986, London

[His elder brother Jack also joined the ATA in 1941, but died the same year in a flying accident]

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