M.748 First Officer   Henry Michael Andrew Armstrong
   b.19 Feb 1906, Lacock, Wilts 10 Jun 1942 to 30 Nov 1945 

  1939

 ATA Henry Armstrong ATA

 ata henry armstrong MAMM MAMM    

 

Father: Henry William Armstrong, (d. 1934), Mother: Agatha Henrietta Sibilla [Henslow]

Ed. "privately in France"

 

prev. Motor Engineer; Electrical Engineer

RAeC Certificate 17637 dated 11 Apr 1939, taken at Exeter Aero Club

prev. exp. 30 hrs on Hornet and Tiger Moth

 

Address in 1939: Down St Mary, Bow, Devon

Address in 1941: 10a Whitchurch Rd, Bristol (later Manor Farm, Corston, Bristol)


Ab initio pilot

Postings: 4FPP, 6FPP, 2FPP

 Off sick from 15 Feb to 3 Mar 1943 with influenza

 

Reprimanded 3 Oct 1944 for loss of Ferry Pilots Notes

 

2 accidents, 1 his fault:

- 28 Dec 1943, the starboard undercarriage leg of his Spitfire collapsed, after a normal landing

- 9 Feb 1945, he was taxying "with insufficient care" in Tempest V NV780 and hit a vehicle, because he had not noticed that it had stopped

Severely Reprimanded for this taxying accident

 

m. 1943 in Wokingham, Berks, Olive Betty(e) May or Whittington also of the ATA (daughter Mary Anne b. 1944, son John William Andrew b. 1949)


 He and Bettye ran the Edgcumbe Hotel in Newquay, also from 1959 the Coniston Hotel in Newquay

 

d. 26 Aug 1984 - Newquay, Cornwall


Postscript:

Bettye m. 6 Sep 1986 in Truro, Thomas Nelson Gray

  

"Oh - Get On! is Bettye Gray's book, [2008] recalling 100 years of Cornwall's holiday scene and how one family (her own) helped to shape it"


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