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Early Aviators - 251 to 300

Holders of RAeC Aviators Certificates 251 through 300

251 Harold Sweetman-Powell
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
252 Lt. Hugh Lambert Reilly IA
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
253 Air Mechanic William Victor Strugnell
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
254 Lt. F. M. Worthington-Wilmer
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
255 Capt. Robert C. W. Alston
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
256 Lt. Claude Albemarle Bettington
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912. Killed on 10 September 1912, as a passenger of Edward Hotchkiss, when their Bristol Monoplane crashed due to the failure of a quick release cable fitment, which caused the fabric of the starboard wing to fail.
     
257 Capt. Charles Darbyshire
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
258 Robert William Rickerby Gill
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
259 Edward Petre
    See Petre
     
260 Lt. Francis FitzGerald Waldron
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912.
     
261 Herbert Rutter Simms
    Gained Certificate on 24 July 1912. Used an Avro Biplane at The Roe School, Brooklands. Killed in action as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service off the Belgian Coast 5 May 1916.
     
262 Pte. John Edmonds RMLI
    Gained Certificate on 30 July 1912.
     
263 Sidney Pickles
    Gained Certificate on 30 July 1912.
     
264 Maj. John Frederick Andrews Higgins RFA
    Gained Certificate on 30 July 1912.
     
265 Eng. Lt. Edward Featherstone Briggs RN
    Gained Certificate on 30 July 1912. Led the bombing raid on the Zeppelin Base at Friedrichshafen on November 21, 1914. Shot down and wounded by anti-aircraft fire and became a POW. Served in the RAF after the war and retired with the rank of Group Captain. Died in 1962.
     
266 Capt. Charles Percy Nicholas IA
    Gained Certificate on 30 July 1912.
     
267 Lt. Kenlis Parcival Atkinson RFA
    Gained Certificate on 30 July 1912.
     
268 Ralph Gerald Holyoake
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912. 
     
269 Air Mechanic William Thomas James McCudden
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912. Used a Bristol Biplane at the Army School, Salisbury Plain. He was the elder brother of James McCudden VC. Died when his Bleriot had engine trouble on 1 May 1915 at Fort Grange.
     
270 Maj. Hugh Montague Trenchard
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912. Later to command the Royal Flying Corps in France and serve as first Chief of the Air Staff
     
271 Lt. Reginald Cholmondeley
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912.
     
272 Capt. John Maitland Salmond
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912. A Captain in the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment he used a Grahame-White Biplane at the Grahame-White School at Hendon. Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Maitland Salmond retired from the Royal Air Force in 1943 and he died in 1968.
     
273 Capt. Alister Maxwell MacDonell
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912.
     
274 William Snowdon Hedley
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912.
     
275 William John Harrison
    Gained Certificate on 13 August 1912.
     
276 Staff-Sergeant William Thomas
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
277 Capt. Robert Harry Lucas Cordner RAMC
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
278 Richard Harold Barnwell
    See Barnwell Biography
     
279 Capt. The Hon. Claude Brabazon
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
280 Lt. Philip Joubert de la Ferté RFA
    Gained Certificate on 3 Sept.1912. Retired in 1945 as Air Chief Marshal RAF
     
281 Maj. Edward Bailey Ashmore MVO, RFA
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
282 Lt. Claude Grenville Shephard Gould RGA
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
283 Lt. Patrick Henry Lyon Playfair RFA
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
284 Lt. F. A. Wanklyn RFA
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
285 Walter Laurence Brock
    Walter Laurence Brock was born on 16 September 1885 in Bloomington, Illinois, USA.
Brock became a skilled master aviation mechanic and master machinist, prior to receiving his pilot’s license, which he earned at Chicago’s Ashburn Airport, presumably before he departed for Europe in 1911. A member of the Illinois Aero Club, it is presumed these skills were the reason that the club asked him to represent them in European air racing events.
Brock was certainly in England in June 1912; he was awarded his Aviators Certificate on 3 September 1912, flying a Deperdussin Monoplane at the Deperdussin School, Hendon, and by October he had become an Instructor at the School. In January 1913 he left British Deperdussin and joined up with the Grahame-White Aviation Co.
Brock flew in the 1913 UK Aerial Derby but was not placed. On the 8 November, flying in the London-Brighton-London Air Race, he flew to a second place finish. The third UK Aerial Derby was held at Hendon Aerodrome on 16 June 1914. Flying Claude Grahame White’s Morane-Saulnier G monoplane, powered by a nine cylinder 80 h.p. Gnome Lamda rotary engine, Brock won the race, and became unbeatable flying in races with this combination of aircraft and engine. On 20 June he won the London-Brighton-London Air Race flying the same machine.
Brock flew in his last European air race on 11 July 1914. This final race known as the “International Correspondence Schools London-Paris-London Air Race,” that would begin at Hendon Aerodrome. From Hendon to Paris BUC Aerodrome each contestant would land and wait for two hours before heading back to Hendon Aerodrome. Brock in his Morane-Saulnier won in a record total finish time of seven hours, three minutes, and six seconds.
Apparently by now Brock had won in excess of $50,000 dollars in prize money. Before Britain had entered the war against Germany, Claude Grahame-White and Walter Laurence Brock had the Morane-Saulnier crated and ready for shipment to the USA. The crates containing the machine were labeled “Brock Airplane”, which has led some historians to believe that Brock had made his own aircraft in Chicago.
Brock arrived back in in the United States on 13 August 1914. He was a member all his life in the Illinois Aero Club, and as an affiliate he established the Illinois Model Aero Club in 1915 to help teach young people about the science of aviation by designing and making aeromodels. He joined Thomas Brothers of Ithaca, N.Y., as a test pilot, but following an accident in which he was badly burnt, he retired from active flying. He then went to work for the Partridge-Keller Aeroplane Company in Chicago as a designer in 1915 There he designed a custom exhibition biplane for stunt pilot and aviatrix Katherine Stinson.
From this point on little is known of Brocks life. He died in December 1964. 
     
286 Engine-room Artificer Thomas O'Connor RN
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
287 Edouard Baumann
    Gained Certificate on 3 September 1912.
     
288 Lt. Philip Shepherd RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
289 I. G. Vaughan-Fowler
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
290 Lt. Gilbert Vernon Wildman-Lushington RMA
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912. Died when the Maurice-Farman aircraft he was flying at Eastchurch side-slipped and crashed on Tuesday, 2 December 1913. His passenger, Capt. Fawcett, RM, survived, suffering a broken collarbone. On the previous Saturday, Wildman-Lushington had taken the then First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, for a series of three flying lessons in a Short Brothers S.38 biplane, during the third of which Churchill took the controls for a time, making him the first serving Cabinet minister to have flown an aeroplane.
     
291 John Laurence Hall
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
292 Samuel Summerfield
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
293 2nd Lt Edward Wallace Cheeseman RFC
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912. A 2nd Lt in the Royal Flying Corps he used a Beatty-Wright biplane at the Beatty School, Cricklewood. Died following a flying accident in South Africa 15 October 1913
     
294 Assistant Paymaster George Stanley Trewin RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
295 Ernest Frank Sutton
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
296 Lt. John Wilfred Seddon RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
297 Harry George Hawker
    Gained Certificate on 17 Sept.1912.
     
298 Lt. A C Holms MacLean
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
299 Capt. Charles L. Price
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.
     
300 Lt. G. B. Stopford RFA
    Gained Certificate on 17 September 1912.

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