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12 August 1914 Lt Robin Reginald Skene, Royal Flying Corps

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Robert Skene, the son of Felix Skene, the Chief Clerk of the Judicial Office of the House of Lords,  was born in Surrey on 6 August 1891. Known as 'Robin', at the time of the April 1911 Census, the 19 year old was a clerk at the Royal Exchange Insurance Office and living with his parents and 3 siblings and their housemaid, at 47 Addison Gardens, K…


24 December 1914 : Flt Sub-Lieut Bernard Osbourne Ffield

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Bernard was educated at Wimbledon College. An engineering student at the outbreak of war, he was gazetted as a Sub-Lieutenant in the RNAS on 9 September 1914. He received his brevet from the Royal Aero Club on 10 December. Two weeks later, age 21, ad flying out of the RN Air Station at Hendon on Christmas Eve 1914, Bernard was coming in to land …


Second Lieutenant George Orme Smart, No 60 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

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The Red Baron was the most famous pilot of the Great War. On 7 April 1917 he shot down his 37th victim. Second Lieutenant George Orme Smart was born on 17 August 1886, a native of Kersal, Manchester. In 1915 he joined the RFC as a Private, and subsequently learned to fly at his own expense before gaining Royal Aero Club Certificate No 3707. He was…


16 February 1915: Flight Lieut. Edward Gordon Rigall, Royal Naval Air Service

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Educated Humberstone Foundation School, Old Clee 1904-1912. He was captain of his school and passed the senior Cambridge Examination with honours and with matriculation exemption.  Apprenticed Aeronautical Engineer and Aeroplane Manufacturer during which time he gained is Royal Aero Club pilot’s certificate.  After the outbreak of war he was gaz…