M.588 First Officer Umberto 'Anthony' Combi - b. 22 Jun 1902, Poona, India 1 Jul 1941 to 30 Nov 1945
Father Italian; [Anthony Combi served in the Italian Army 1890-1898], Mother British
Ed. Cathedral High School, Bombay
m. 1939 Catherine A [Groom]
prev. Technical Adviser, the Combi Electric Co. Ltd, Slough, Bucks
Address in 1941: 4 Hurstfield Drive, Taplow, Bucks
Postings: 1FPP, A.M.F.
"A very willing and hard working pilot. During this winter [1944-5] he has shown good ability and sound judgement. Discipline very good."
Earlier, though, he did have a number of accidents for which he was held responsible:
- 18 Sep 1942, he taxied a Spitfire into a starting trolley;
- 23 Nov 1942, undershot a landing in a Blenheim;
- 8 Jan 1943, piloting an Oxford, he accidentally knocked the main switches to 'on', and a ground crew member was injured when an engine fired when being turned over by hand, and
- 15 Feb 1943, he failed to control the swing during takeoff in a Wellington and the aircraft skidded sideways.
d. 1980, Harrow