M.147 Flight Captain  Desmond Roy Huxley 

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b. 21 Oct 1911, London  26 Jul 1940 to 18 Jan 1944 

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Ed. Bedford College

m. Violet Irene Agnes [Morton]

prev. a wine merchant; pilot for Air Dispatch Ltd.;

Sgt Pilot RAFVR (Nov-36 to Jul-40)

prev. exp. 730 hrs on DH 60, 80, 82, 85 and Stinson

Address in 1940: New House Farm, Balcombe, Sussex

Postings: 3FPP, 6FPP, 4aFPP, 14FPP, 4FPP, 7FPP, 2FPP, 16FPP

4 accidents, 1 his fault (Jul-43, in a Blenheim, when he selected 'undercarriage up' instead of 'flaps up' after landing.)

"His excellent work as an experienced pilot has been of great value to this Pool. Due to lack of discipline in small matters, however, he has failed to become correspondingly useful in his capacity of Flight Captain."

Certificate of Commendation for "displaying exceptional initiative in giving assistance to the survivor of an a/c crashed in mountainous country on 7 Aug 1942."

[Desmond was ferrying a Defiant from Lossiemouth to Edzell when he noticed a pall of smoke which turned out to be a crashed Wellington on fire. He dropped cigarettes, matches and a map to the sole survivor, with a note telling him that he would report the crash, and then flew in the direction of the nearest road to show the way. The survivor stated that it was "mainly through this assistance that he was able to find his way."]

Resigned 8 Nov (effective 19 Oct 1943), giving 3 months notice.

He died 2 months after leaving the ATA;

d. 18 Mar 1944 - Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire

"BALCOMBE. SAD NEWS. We regret to state that news was received Saturday that Desmond Roy Huxley, elder son ol Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Huxley, of Little Strudgates, had been killed. At the outbreak of war he joined the Auxiliary Transport Association, and held the rank of Captain [sic]. Latterly he had been a test pilot for an aviation company. He was educated at Ardingly and Bedford Colleges. Prior to the war he was in business as a wholesale wine merchant in London, and was a Liveryman of the Vintners Company. A married man, he leaves a widow and a five-year-old son." Mid Sussex Times

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