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John Armstrong Drexel

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J. Armstrong Drexel (left) and William D. McArdle (right)
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John Armstrong Drexel (1891-1958), Early aviator

1891 Born in Philadelphia

1910 East Boldre was first used as an aerodrome in May 1910 when William D. McArdle and J. Armstrong Drexel set up the New Forest Aviation School using Bleriot type aircraft.

The school was very busy initially and had a good number of aspiring pilots. By late May 1910 the school had seven aircraft - this figure later rose to ten by September.

1910 June: gained his aviator's certificate at Beaulieu

WWI Served in British and US armed forces; temporary Major; awarded Royal Warrant for Distinguished Service Order[1]

1939 A banker, living in Tenterden[2]


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Sources of Information

  1. US World War I Military Service, 1917-1919
  2. 1939 register