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Feb 13 2017

Gaël Taburet, last surviving Normandie-Niémen pilot, has passed away

Gaël Taburet, the last surviving Normandie-Niémen pilot, passed away on February 10 in Southern France, aged 97. Born in 1919, Taburet enlisted in the French air force in 1938 and received his pilot’s wings in 1939. In January 1944, he volunteered to join the Normandie  fighter regiment (later renamed Normandie-Niémen by Stalin in recognition of …

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Dec 15 2016

“Jock” Moffat †

John “Jock” Moffat, the Swordfish pilot who crippled the German battleship Bismarck on 26 May 1941, has died at the age of 97. On the day of the attack, Moffat and his crew were able to launch a torpedo that struck and jammed Bismarck’s rudder, preventing it from escaping from the Royal Navy task force …

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Dec 08 2016

John Glenn, first American in orbit, has passed away

John Herschel Glenn Jr. passed away today, aged 95. While he is especially famous for being the first American to orbit the Earth, he led a very rich aeronautical career as a fighter and test pilot, and was three times a US senator. Born in 1921, Glenn joined the US Navy after Pearl Harbor and …

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Oct 25 2016

Bob Hoover passes away

Legendary pilot Bob Hoover passed away today aged 94. He is often considered as one of the greatest pilots of all times. Born in 1922, Hoover became a fighter pilot and flew 59 combat missions before being shot down in 1944. He was captured and spent 16 months in German prisons before escaping by stealing …

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Jun 23 2016

Two aviation legends pass away: David Thatcher and “Punchy” Powell

David J. Thatcher, one of the two remaining survivors of the famous Doolittle Raid, passed away on June 22, 2016 in Missoula, Montana. “Dick” Cole, a close friend of Thatcher, is now the sole surviving member of the group of 80 men who attacked Japan on 18 April 1942. Although such honours are rarely accorded …

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Jun 11 2016

Spiros “Steve” Pisanos †

The American ace of Greek origin Spiros Pisanos, known as “Steve” or the “Flying Greek”, passed away on June 6, aged 96. He was credited with 10 confirmed aerial victories during World War II and received 33 decorations and distinctions during his career as a fighter pilot, which lasted until 1974. Born in Greece in …

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Feb 21 2016

Eric “Winkle” Brown †

The famous Eric “Winkle” Brown, one of World War Two’s best-known veteran and test pilot passed away today aged 97. Born in 1919, Captain Eric Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN discovered aviation in 1936 in Germany with Ernst Udet and joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm during the war. His superb pilot …

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Feb 13 2016

Air Commodore John Mitchell †

Air Commodore John Mitchell, who has died aged 97, was the navigator of Winston Churchill’s personal aircraft during the Second World War. A veteran of a bomber tour and a specialist navigator, Mitchell was selected for the crew flying Churchill’s VVIP aircraft in late 1942. Earlier, the prime minister had flown in RAF and civil …

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Jan 31 2016

Flight Lieutenant Eric Garland †

Flight Lieutenant Eric Garland, who has died aged 95, served throughout the Second World War, initially in the Army and then with the RAF; he was decorated three times, including two MCs for gallantry. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Jan 31 2016

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele †

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele, who has died aged 94, was decorated four times as a bomber and a fighter pilot and was one of only four New Zealand-born airmen to earn three DFCs; he also won a DSO. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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Sep 22 2015

G/C Allan Wright, one of the last Battle of Britain aces, passes away

Group Captain Allan Wright, one of the last three aces of the Battle of Britain passed away on 16 September aged 95. After the war, he remained in the Royal Air Force, retiring in 1967. Read his complete biography from The Telegraph

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Aug 05 2015

Last “Dambusters” pilot Les Munro passes away

Squadron Leader John Leslie “Les” Munro, CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP, the last surviving pilot of the “Dambuster raid”, passed away on 4 August 2015 in New Zealand, aged 96. Munro was born in 1919 and joined the RNZAF in 1941. He made a first tour of operations with No 97 Squadron flying the Manchester …

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Apr 02 2015

Lt. Col. Robert Hite ✝

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Hite, one of the last surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, died at his home in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29, aged 95. Hite was the co-pilot on plane #16, dubbed “Bat Out of Hell,” during the April 18, 1942 mission to bomb Japan. Hite was captured by the Japanese in China following …

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Mar 09 2015

Lt Col Dean Hess ✝

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Hess, who died on March 2, 2015 aged 97, was a Disciples of Christ Church minister who enlisted after the Pearl Harbor attack and flew 63 combat missions on the P-47 Thunderbolt during World War II. He was recalled to active duty in 1948 and saw further action during the Korean War. …

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Feb 12 2015

Squadron Leader Harvey Sweetman ✝

Squadron Leader Harvey Sweetman, who has died aged 93, was one of the most successful fighter pilots against the V-1 flying bomb, accounting for 11 of them during the autumn of 1944. Read his obituary on The Telegraph.

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