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Early Aviators - 351 to 400

Holders of RAeC Aviators Certificates 351 through 400

351 Capt. Frederick St. George Tucker, The Worcestershire Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 29 October 1912. 
     
352 Capt. Robert Pigot, Rifle Brigade
    Gained Certificate on 29 October 1912. 
     
353 Tom Grave
    Gained Certificate on 29 October 1912. 
     
354 Capt. John Crosby Halahan
    Captain John Crosby “Jack” Halahan was born on 28 February 1878 in Dulwich, Camberwell, Surrey, one of six sons of Surgeon-Colonel Samuel Handy Halahan and Hannah Croucher (née Engeham). He was educated at Dulwich College, and commenced his military career on appointment as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in May 1899. Quickly witnessing active service in South Africa, where he was present in the relief of Ladysmith operations and at Val Krantz, Pieter’s Hill and the Tugela Heights (Medal & 2 clasps), he gained advancement to Lieutenant in February 1900.
Appointed Adjutant of the 4th Battalion in March 1907, Halahan was advanced to Captain in June 1908 and placed on the Reserve of Officers in June 1912, following which he gained attachment to the fledgling Royal Flying Corps and gained his Aviators Certificate on 29 October of the same year on a Grahame White Biplane at the Grahame White School, Hendon. He was appointed a director of British Anzani Engine Company in November 1912 and later appointed Manager of the British Deperdussin Flying School at Hendon in January 1913. At the outbreak of war, Captain Halahan resigned his posts with G.A.C. subsidiaries and returned to active service, going to France as a pilot in No. 4 Squadron in August 1915, flying B.E. 2s in a reconnaissance and bombing role.
Halahan departed No. 4 Squadron at the end of the year, but returned to France as C.O. of No. 12 Squadron at Avesnes-le-Comte in 1916, as part of Twelfth Wing, III Brigade, and subsequently commanded it throughout the Somme operations. In the following year, Halahan served as C.O. of No. 39 and No. 78 Squadrons, while in August 1917 he was appointed Wing Commander of No. 50 Wing and, in March 1918, No. 48 Wing, most of these senior commands being on the Home Establishment. He was awarded the CBE and AFC and attained the rank of Group Captain before being placed on the Retired List in 1942.
Group Captain John Crosby Halahan CBE, AFC, died on 22 February 1967 in Teignmouth, Devon.
     
355 Denys Charles Ware
    Gained Certificate on 29 October 1912. 
     
356 Capt. Oliver de Lancey Williams, 2nd Royal Welch Fusiliers
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
357 Capt. Herbert Musgrave RE
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
358 Lt. Hon. John David Boyle, Rifle Brigade
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
359 Frank William Lerwill
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
360 Lt. John F. A. Trotter RFRA
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
361 Leading Seaman Herbert Rusell RN
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
362 Lt. Reginald M. Rodwell, 1st West Yorkshire Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
363 Capt. Frederick George Kunhardt, 74th Punjabis
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
364 Maj. Arthur Baron Forman RFA
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 1873-1951 Retired as a Brigadier-General.
     
365 Lt. Richard B. Kitson, 58th Rifles FF, IA
    Gained Certificate on 12 November 1912. 
     
366 Lt. Colin George MacArthur RN
    Gained Certificate on 26 November 1912. 
     
367 Prince Serge Cantacuzène
    Gained Certificate on 26 November 1912. 
368 John Alcock
    Gained Certificate on 26 November 1912. 1892-1919 With Arthur Whitten Brown, first to fly across the Atlantic non-stop. Killed in a flying accident in France in 1919.
     
369 Lt. Arthur Henry Leslie Soames, 3rd The King's Own Hussars
    Gained Certificate on 26 November 1912.
     
370 Midshipman Noel F. Wheeler RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
371 Pierre Gratien
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912. French
     
372 Petty Officer Joseph Claude Andrews RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
373 Capt. John Nowell Stanhope Sunt, 5th Dragoon Guards
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
374 Shipwright Robert W. Edwards RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
375 2nd Lt. William C. K. Birch, Yorkshire Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
376 Vincent Patrick Taylor
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912. Born in Sydney, New South Wales in 1874 he took his certificate on a Bristol Biplane at the Bristol School, Salisbury Plain. He later performed balloon and parachute stunts around Australia using the name "Captain Taylor Penfold". He died in 1930.
     
377 Lt. Reginald Mills, Royal Fusiliers
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
378 Lt. Edward R. L. Corballis, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
379 Lt. Robert Valentine Pollok, 15th Hussars
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912. 1884-1979 Retired in 1941 as a Major-General.
     
380 Engine Room Artificer Frank Susans RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
381 Leading Seaman George Prickett RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
382 Sub-Lt. G. W. W. Hooper RN
    Gained Certificate on 17 December 1912.
     
383 Lt. 'Georges Negresco': lt. av. Gheorghe Negrescu
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. (1887-1977) locotenentul aviator. Romanian, Bristol Monoplane at the Bristol School, Salisbury Plain. Qualified as an engineer and retired a General. Romanian Air Force squadron Flotila 70 Aviație is named after the Generalul aviator inginer Gheorghe Negrescu.
     
384 Walter Featherstone
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Bristol Monoplane at the Bristol School, Salisbury Plain.
     
385 Lt. George Eardley Todd, Welsh Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Bristol Biplane at the Bristol School, Brooklands.
     
386 Lt. Gilbert W. Mapplebeck, King's Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Took part in the first RFC reconnaissance flight of World War I from Maubeuge, Belgium on 19 August 1914 with Philip Joubert de la Ferté in a Bleriot of No. 3 Squadron RFC and Lt GW Mapplebeck in a Be.2 of No. 4 Squadron RFC.
     
387 Lt. John (Jack) Empson, 4th Royal Fusiliers
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Bristol Biplane at the Bristol School, Brooklands, died 15 May 1914.
     
388 Arthur Ewing RN
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Bristol Biplane at the Bristol School, Brooklands.
     
389 Capt. David Watson Powell, Northamptonshire Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Bristol Biplane at the Bristol School, Brooklands.
     
390 Gordon Noel Humphreys
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Caudron Biplane at Brooklands, later served with the Royal Flying Corps
     
391 Lt. A. B. Thompson, East Lancashire Regiment
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913.
     
392 Lt. Lionel W. B. Rees RGA
    Gained Certificate on 7 January 1913. Rees was later awarded the Victoria Cross flying the De Havilland DH.2.
     
393 Engine Room Artificer Sidney T. Freeman RN
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913. 
     
394 Leading Seaman Bernard John William Brady RN
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913. 
     
395 Leading Seaman Arthur John Bateman RN
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913. 
     
396 Sub.-Lt. Arthur Wellesley Bigsworth RNR
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913. Awarded the D.S.O. for an attack on a Zeppelin on 17 May 1915 and a bar to his D.S.O. on 19 September 1915 "for his services in destroying singlehandedly a German submarine on the morning of August 26th, 1915, by bombs dropped from an aeroplane." He was also mentioned in despatches. Some claim that Bigsworth inspired W. E. Johns' character 'Bigglesworth' (Biggles).
     
397 Lt. F W Bowhill RN
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913. Later Air Chief Marshal.
     
398 Lt. Alexander Claud Garden Brown RN
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913. 1890-1919 Bristol Biplane at Eastbourne, later Royal Air Force. Died of wounds 6 May 1918 in France while serving with 48 Squadron RAF, had been wounded of a reconnaissance flight on 3 May 1918.
     
399 Lt. Alexander Shekleton, Royal Munster Fusiliers
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913.
     
400 Capt. Gilbert Braithwaite Rickards, late Royal Munster Fusiliers
    Gained Certificate on 21 January 1913.

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