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Early Aviators - 201 to 250

Holders of RAeC Aviators Certificates 201 through 250

201 Lt. Alexander Ernest Burchardt-Ashton, 4th Dragoon Guards
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912. Used a Bristol Biplane at Larkhill, Salisbury Plain. He hit and killed a 15-year-old boy at Larkhill in May 1912 when he landed too fast and ran into the crowd. Because of a lack of brakes at the time it was deemed an accidental death. He resigned his commission in 1915, and was killed in action in France on 11 July 1916 as a Lance Corporal with the Royal Fusiliers.
     
202 Lt. F. A. P. Williams-Freeman RN
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912.
     
203 Com. O. Schwann RN
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912 on a Bristol Biplane at Salisbury. Born 18 November 1878, Oliver Schwann joined the Royal Navy in 1895. In 1909, as a Commander, he was appointed to HMS Hermione at Barrow-in-Furness as Assistant Inspecting Captain of Airships, under Captain Murray Sueter, supervising the construction of H M Airship R1. Later, Schwann bought an Avro Type D landplane (at his own expense and with support from Cmdr Masterman, Lt-Cmdr Boothby, Engineer Lt Randall, Captain Murray Sueter (all from HMS Hermione) and Mrs Sueter) for £700 and fitted floats to it. In November 1912, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Air Department at the Admiralty, deputy to Murray Sueter. Over the next two years Sueter and Schwann worked to establish the Royal Naval Air Service. In 1914, Schwann was promoted to captain and in 1915 was appointed captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Campania. In 1917 Oliver Schwann anglicized the spelling of his name to Swann. With the establishment of the RAF in 1918, Swann was transferred to the new service and served as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff during the last months of the war and into 1919. He held various posts until late he retired from the RAF in 1929. During WWII, he was recalled to service as the Commandant of No. 1 School of Technical Training at RAF Halton. He retired from the RAF for the second time in July 1940 and afterwards worked as the Air Liaison Officer for the North Midland Region. Air Vice Marshal Sir Oliver Swann, KCB, CBE died on 7 March 1948 at his home in Littleton, Guildford.
     
204 Capt. P. W. L. Broke-Smith RE
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912. Awarded Airship Pilot’s Certificate No. 2 on 14 February 1911.
     
205 Lt. L. C. Rogers Harrison
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912. Killed in air crash in a Cody Biplane on 28 April 1913 at Farnborough.
     
206 Sub.-Lt. C. H. K. Edmonds RN
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912. Awarded the DSO for his role in the Cuxhaven Raid in 1914; in 1917 made the first successful aerial torpedo attack i.e. from a Short Seaplane against a Turkish ship. He was an Air Vice Marshal during World War II.
     
207 D. G. Young
    Gained Certificate on 16 April 1912.
     
208 Lucien Alfred Tremlett
    Gained Certificate on 30 April 1912. Born in Paris in 1887 he took his certificate on a Bleriot Monoplane at Hendon.
     
209 Lt. John Dolben Mackworth
    Gained Certificate on 30 April 1912. Born in Wales in 1887 he took his certificate on a Bristol Biplane at Brooklands. Later a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Flying Corps involved with the development of ballons and kite balloons, he died in 1939.
     
210 Lt. E. F. Chinnery
    Gained Certificate on 30 April 1912.
     
211 John Robertson Duigan
    Gained Certificate on 30 April 1912 on an Avro biplane at Brooklands. Born in Terang, Victoria, NSW, on 31 May 1882, Duigan travelled to the U.K. in late 1901 to study electrical engineering at Finsbury Technical College (1902-1904) and Motor Engineering at Battersea Polytechnic (1905). He worked for the Wakefield & District Light Railway Co. until 1907 when he returned to Australia. There, he built a Farman type machine, which first flew on 7 October 1910, the first Australian-made aircraft. In June 1911 Duigan returned to the United Kingdom to gain his aviator's certificate using a tractor biplane built by A.V. Roe and purchased by Duigan in late 1911. In 1916 he joined the Australian Flying Corps and served in France until 1919. For his services he was awarded the Military Cross. After demobilization he was engaged for the rest of his career in the motor industry. Duigan died of cancer on 11 June 1951.
     
212 Lt. H. C. Fielding
    Gained Certificate on 30 April 1912.
     
213 Major Sir Alexander Bannerman, Bart., RE
    Gained Certificate on 30 April 1912.
     
214 Lt. Alan Hartree RFA
    Gained Certificate on 14 May 1912.
     
215 Lt. Gordon Strachey Shephard
    Gained Certificate on 14 May 1912. Rose quickly to the rank of Brigadier-General at age 32. Commanding Officer of 1st Brigade R.F.C, died 19 January 1918 when his Nieuport Scout span into the ground.
     
216 Lt. Donald Swain Lewis RE
    Gained Certificate on 14 May 1912. Died on an inspection flight in France in 1916.
     
217 Capt. Godfrey Paine RN
    Gained Certificate on 14 May 1912. First commandant of the Central Flying School at RAF Upavon; he attained the ranks of Major-General, Rear-Admiral and Air Vice-Marshal, possibly the only person to have held flag, general and air officer ranks in the British armed services; he was also Inspector-General of the RAF and 5th Sea Lord/Director of Naval Aviation
     
218 Henry Charles Baird
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
219 Hugh Percy Nesham
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
220 Charles Lindsay-Campbell
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912. Killed at Brooklands in a Bristol monoplane on 3 August 1912 when the aircraft stalled after engine failure.
     
221 Francis Henry Fowler
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
222 Thomas O'Brien Hubbard
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912. 1882-1962 Served with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force 1914-1921, awarded the Military Cross and Air Force Cross, retired as a Royal Air Force Group Captain.
     
223 Montague Righton Nevill Jennings
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912. 1890-1976 Served with the Royal Flying Corps and was awarded the Military Cross and Air Force Cross in 1918, later served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War.
     
224 Alphonse Potet
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912. A French mechanic used a Bleriot Monoplane at Hendon.
     
225 Richard Thomas Gates
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912. Former Yeomanry officer he used a Howard-Wright Biplane at Hendon. Became general manager of the Grahame-White factory at Hendon, he was given a special duty commission in the Royal Naval Air Service at the start of the first world war. Died of injuries on 14 September 1914 a few days after his Henry Farman biplane crashed at Hendon returning from an anti-Zeppelin patrol.
     
226 Lt. David Percival RGA
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
227 2nd.-Corporal Frank Ridd RE
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912. Using a Bristol Biplane at Salisbury Plain he becomes the first non-commissioned officer to become a pilot.
     
228 Lt. Leonard Dawes
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
229 Lt. J. N. Fletcher RE
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
230 Lt. Baron Trevenen James RE
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
231 Marcus Dyce Manton
    Gained Certificate on 4 June 1912.
     
232 Staff-Sergeant Richard H. V. Wilson RE
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912. Died in a crash on Salisbury Plain 5 July 1912, in a Nieuport piloted by Eustace B. Loraine.
     
233 Lt. Desmond L. Arthur
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912. Died on the morning of 27 May 1913 at Montrose when the upper starboard wing of his aircraft, a B.E. Biplane (No 205), broke, causing both starboard planes to collapse progressively. The Accident Investigation Committee decided that the primary cause of the accident was the failure of a faulty joint in a repair to the rear main spar. The Committee expressed the opinion "that the repair referred to was (...) so badly done that it could not possibly be regarded as the work of a conscientious and competent workman."
     
234 Lt. Ercole Ercole
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912. Italian Army aviator used a Bristol biplane at Larkhill, Salisbury Plain.
     
235 Paul Dubois
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912.
     
236 Capt. John Harold Whitworth Becke
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912. Royal Flying Corps aviator used a Bristol Biplane at Brooklands. Retired from the Royal Air Force as a Brigadier-General in 1920.
     
237 Norman S. Roupell
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912.
     
238 Edward H. Morriss
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912.
     
239 Capt. A. D. Carden
    Gained Certificate on 18 June 1912.
     
240 Capt. Herbert Charles Agnew RE
    Gained Certificate on 2 July 1912.
     
241 Lionel Boyd Moss
    Gained Certificate on 2 July 1912.
     
242 Capt. T. Ince Webb-Bowen
    Gained Certificate on 2 July 1912.
     
243 Vivian Hugh Nicholas Wadham
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.
     
244 P. L. W. Herbert
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.
     
245 A. Christie
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.
     
246 H. I. Bulkely
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.
     
247 E. V. Anderson
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.
     
248 Ronald Hargrave Kershaw
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912. Royal Naval Air Service aviator used a Howard Wright biplane at Hendon, later a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force, died in 1969.
     
249 K. R. Shaw
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.
     
250 R. A. Lister
    Gained Certificate on 16 July 1912.




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Revised at Version 1.3.1
  • Added details against certificates 203 and 211.

V1.4.2 Created by Roger Moss. Last updated December 2019