Educated at Harrow
Pre-WWII amateur aviator who had owned:
- a 1930 Comper CLA.7 Swift, G-AAZD;
- a 1931 DH.60G Gipsy Moth, G-ABPT, and
- a 1933 Comper CLA.7 Swift, G-ACML
He also entered (the one and only) Comper Streak, G-ACNC, for the 1935 King's Cup Race, but withdrew before the start.
m. 1939 Ilona de Walyel
A Company Director (Minox Ltd)
Address in 1941: Old Mill Cottage, Wargrave, Berks
"An average pilot, with not too good a sense of discipline"
[* First Officer from 14 Aug-42 but demoted to 2nd Officer 2 weeks later for flying in bad weather, supposedly for a period of 3 months. However, his contract was terminated before this period ended.
The accident which caused him to be demoted was on the 15th August 1942, when he 'abandoned a Spitfire after running out of fuel through flying in bad weather'. The final straw was when, on the 16th November, he forgot to lower the undercarriage of a Hurricane when landing.]
In his defence, he did successfully force-land a Short Scion in September 1942 after engine failure; on the other hand, the Hurricane was the second aeroplane in which his cockpit drill had missed out this rather important item - he had also landed a Blenheim with its wheels up on the 30th August ...
[Contract Terminated by ATA 'due to the number of at-fault accidents' (actually, the Hurricane was his 5th)]
Address in 1967: The Garth, Wellingore, Lincoln and Kafue National Game Park, Zambia"
d. Mar 1985 - Lincoln
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