Brigadier General Dick Lord, the Fleet Air Arm pilot who has died aged 75, was instrumental in the development of America’s Top Gun fighter pilot academy, made famous by the film of the same name. Read his obituary on the Telegraph.
Nov 07 2011
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Aug 15 2011
The legendary aerial gunner Thomas Joseph McLean died on July 20, aged 89. He is arguably the highest-scoring gunner, his DFC citation crediting him with seven confirmed kills as well as two probables. Postwar research indicated the two probables were actually destroyed, giving him a total of nine aerial kills, but McLean always limited his …
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Aug 02 2011
Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Osborn, who has died aged 89, was twice forced to crash-land his bomber, on both occasions rescuing members of his crew from the burning wreckage despite being injured; for his acts of gallantry he was awarded the George Medal. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.
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Jul 15 2011
Group Captain Gerry Blacklock, who has died aged 96, joined the RAF just 13 years after its formation and enjoyed a distinguished career as a founder member of the RAF’s first squadron of four-engine heavy bombers. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.
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Jun 23 2011
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Jun 15 2011
Major General John Alison, who has died aged 98, was an American fighter “ace” and one of his country’s most decorated pilots; he later fought behind enemy lines with the Chindits and is recognised as the father of US Air Force special operations. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.
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May 26 2011
Group Captain John Gard’ner passed away on May 6, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. With his death, only three of the 95 New Zealand pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain are still alive. Gard’ner also fought during the Korean War, during which he was attached to a US Marine Corps squadron.
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