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    Default Christopher Chris Blackburn - commercial pilot

    Gents
    There was a well known airline pilot Christopher Blackburn. In AIR 78 find only one CB, 4048739, but not sure if it is the person. I have found no information online nor obituary. Anybody heard of him, please?
    Thanks in advance
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    Default Re: Christopher Chris Blackburn - commercial pilot

    Hello,

    A possibilty:

    1605883 (150793) S/L RAFO* - Captain Maurice Cecil Mitford "Chris" BLACKBURN, flew on Aquila Airways maiden flight in 1949:

    http://www.pooleflyingboats.com/arch...%20Insight.pdf scroll down to pilots.

    * https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/1109 (see also p.1106)

    * https://thegazette.co.uk/London/issu...upplement/5573

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    Maurice Cecil Mitford BLACKBURN lived in Thames Ditton and was an Aguila Airways pilot. He did refer to himself as Christopher BLACKBURN.

    He was posted to 230 Squadron as a Flying Officer G.D. (P) wef 29/06/1945

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    Hello,

    BLACKBURN, Maurice C. M. MMS. MITFORD. Born: 3Q. 1923, Paddington 1a 73, London.
    Attended Cheam School, Surrey. B.Sc (Bachelor of Science),(Engineering). Member of The British Institution of Radio Engineers.
    Director (of) Thames Ditton Island (Maintenance & Services) Ltd., (28/10/1996 - 31/07/2001 [Resigned]).
    Address (2001): Venusta 28 The Island, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0SH.

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    Default Re: Christopher Chris Blackburn - commercial pilot

    His Royal Aero Club cert and photo are on Ancestry.com

    Email me and I'll pop you across a copy.

    Prob a few more bits on there two I'll try check later
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Default Re: Christopher Chris Blackburn - commercial pilot

    The Mitford part of his name caught my eye.

    He was the son of Major Maurice E. Musgrave Blackburn, Indian Army and Gladys Marion Mitford.

    Her father was Robert Osbaldeston-Mitford of Mitford Castle, Northumberland.

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    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Christopher Chris Blackburn - commercial pilot

    Hello,

    The following from, Fabulous Flying Boats, by Leslie Dawson:

    Retired in September 1947, "Golden Hind" (G-AFCI/ex-X8275), was eventually flown away from Poole by Chris Blackburn whom in 1948 had applied to join Fleet Airway, a new company, whose two directors had combined their RAF gratuities to buy the big flying boat. Invited to join the repositioning flight, he had arrived to find the Airwork ferry pilot had not turned up and agreed to take his place, though his total experience was six circuits as co-pilot of an RAF Sunderland. A somewhat 'shaky' take off followed. But a safe landing was made on the winding Medway, and a mooring made in Tower Reach near Rochester Bridge, in sight of the old Shorts factory. And there the giant had remained. The certificate of airworthiness duly expired and in February 1953 Shorts confirmed there were no longer any spares, tools or jigs available. Towed down river to a new mooring near Sheerness Dockyard early in 1954, a wingtip had caught the central span of the bridge causing severe damage to the metal, while at low tide, the stony river bottom began to damage the planing bottom.
    Another mooring was found some 2 miles away at Harty Ferry on the Swale, but a combination of spring tides and strong winds dragged the anchor, allowing the hull to weathercock against a concrete causeway. Pierced by stones and gravel at low tide and ground afresh across the rough concrete at each high tide, mud and slime soon filled the once pristine interior. Reports were made and Kent County Council engineers arrived to inspect the damage, though confining their attention to the concrete! Further storm damage cause irrecoverable damage however and the once proud flying boat was finally broken up for scrap - though a few of the metal tables could be seen at the Ferry Inn where a wooden wall plaque featured a painting of the G-Class flagship powering away from the river.

    Fabulous Flying Boats - A History of the World's Passenger Flying Boats.
    Dawson,Leslie
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2013.
    p.197

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    Default Re: Christopher Chris Blackburn - commercial pilot

    Thanks to all, many thanks, that is definitely the man I am looking for.
    Does anyone know if he is still with us? At 98 it is not impossible.
    Thanks!
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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