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Robert Kronfeld

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1904 Born[1] in Austria

1930 Arrived in Britain

1934 Robert Kronfeld acquired British Aircraft Co, later renamed as Kronfeld Ltd

1939 Managing director of a flying school; lived in Watlington, Oxon; he was given full exemption from internment[2]

1941 Flying Office Robert Kronfeld, of Watlington, was naturalised as a British citizen[3]

Transferred to the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment

1943 Flight Lieutenant Robert KRONFELD (78782), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, was awarded the Air Force Cross[4]

Attained the rank of Squadron Leader

Post-WWII: freelance consultant and test pilot

1948 Robert Kronfeld of 46A, Greencroft Gardens, London, N W 6, Test Pilot, died on 12th February, 1948[5]. He was killed whilst testing the GAL.56 tailless glider on a flight from Lasham; he enabled his observer, Barry McGowan,to escape at low level before the glider crashed[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Internment record
  3. The London Gazette 24 January 1941
  4. London Gazette 28 May 1943
  5. The London Gazette 13 August 1948
  6. Flight Archive 19 Feb 1948