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Bentfield Charles Hucks

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Bentfield Charles Hucks (1884-1918), an aviation pioneer

1884 October 25th. Born in Stanstead, Essex, son of William Hucks, a mechanical engineer, and his wife Kate[1]

1910 25 August: Visited Boston, USA, an aeroplane engineer, with other such engineers: Arthur Turner and Reginald Hugh Carr accompanying C. Grahame White "the aviator"[2]

1911 An "Aviator"; living with his mother and his sister in Gloucester Road, Regents Park, London[3]

1911 Gained a Royal Aero Club certificate (number 91) in May flying a Blackburn monoplane.

Flight tested many types of aircraft types

1913 Was the first Briton to perform a loop in an aircraft, (a Blériot), at Hendon airfield in September 1913.

Thought to be responsible for the Hucks starter

WWI Joined the Royal Flying Corps when war broke out - sent to the Western Front. Invalided home after an attack of pleurisy.

Conducted many test flights while working at Hendon for Airco.

1918 Living at 5 Queens Gate Terrace, London [4]

1918 November 7th. Died of pneumonia; buried in Highgate Cemetery


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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. Massachusetts arrival records
  3. 1911 census
  4. London Electoral Register