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Louis Frederick Rudston Fell

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Lieut-Colonel Louis Frederick Rudston Fell (1892-1877)

1892 Born in Scarborough[1]

Educated at Tonbridge School

1908 Apprenticed to Clayton and Shuttleworth of Lincoln

1908 Moved to the Great Northern Railway

1914 Engaged in outdoor railway testing work at Doncaster

WWI Joined Royal Navy as leading mechanic. Then moved to RNAS.

1915 Transferred to RFC. Put in charge of the aero-engine repair shops at Pont de l'Arche. Under Fell as Chief Engineer, the workshops innovated as well as repaired engines. Rose to rank of Lieut-Colonel. Awarded DSO.

1919 Awarded OBE.

1919 Appointed chief of aero-engine design and research at the Air Ministry. Developed Type Approval Tests to establish engine reliability. Commissioned work on his idea for a "combined cycle unit" engine at Peter Hooker Ltd

Associate fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society

1920 Married Mary D M H Walker in Knaresborough[2]

1921 Associate of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

1927 Member of I Mech E

1928 Joined Rolls-Royce as technical assistant to the managing director

1934 Appointed chief engineer (aero engines) for Armstrong Siddeley

1939 Returned to Rolls-Royce as Chief Power Plants Engineer

1945 Moved to other positions in the company

1957 Manager of the Railway Traction Department

1960 Consultant on Railway Traction for the company

1961 Joined the Institution of Locomotive Engineers

1962 Retired

1977 of Worlaby, Humberside, died at age of 85

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  • The Times, Dec 06, 1977
  • Mechanical Engineer Records