WW2 aircraft crash

WW2 aircraft crash

The story of this crash is very well told at Their Last Night.   Here we give a brief summary. The plane was a a Mark 5 Halifax No DK 253 of 427 Squadron based at Leeming, Yorkshire.  It was one o...

Event, Aviation, War Memorial WW2

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Jerry Don Avritt

Jerry Don Avritt

Jerry Don Avritt was born on 30 July 1942 in Marion County, Kentucky, USA. He was one of the three children of Thomas Lee Avritt (1914-1987) and Eva Marie Avritt née Goode (1917-1994). His siblings...

Person, Aviation, Tragedy, Scotland, USA

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Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

As part of WW2 the Germans set out to gain supremacy over the RAF in the British skies. This, the Battle of Britain, was the first time that a major campaign took place in the air. The Luftwaffe at...

Event, Aviation, War Memorial WW2, Tragedy

5 memorials
Noelle Lydie Berti

Noelle Lydie Berti

Noelle Lydie Berti was born on 24 December 1947 in the 9th Arrondissement, Paris, France, the daughter of Jacqueline Campbell. The Clipper Crew website gives many details of her life, including th...

Person, Aviation, Tragedy, France, Scotland, USA

1 memorial
Biggin Hill Royal Air Force Station

Biggin Hill Royal Air Force Station

The airfield was originally opened by the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. At first it was used for wireless experiments, but was then established as part of the London Air Defence Area, resp...

Place, Armed Forces, Aviation

2 memorials
First British airmail post office

First British airmail post office

At this time post offices were 10-a-penny (cheaper than the stamps they sold, ha ha) but airmail post offices were rare as hens' teeth, since airmail did not exist - the only way to send a letter b...

Group, Aviation

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First British public airmail flight

First British public airmail flight

The balloon flight was organised to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII, and was piloted by M. Auguste Eugine Gaudron and Dr Francis Alexander Barton. It ascended from the Croydon Road Recr...

Event, Aviation, France

1 memorial
Brymon Airways

Brymon Airways

Former airline co-founded by journalist Bill Bryce and racing driver Chris Amon. Based in Plymouth, it was the first British airline to use the De Havilland Canada Dash 7 short take-off and landing...

Group, Aviation

1 memorial
Sir George Cayley

Sir George Cayley

Scientist and pioneer of aviation. Born Scarborough.

Person, Aviation, Science

2 memorials
Chisenhale Works

Chisenhale Works

Built by Morris Cohen to produce veneer for the construction of Spitfire cockpits, as well as propellers and plywood for Mosquito aircraft. The plaque on the building says it existed from the 1930s...

Group, Aviation, Engineering

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