On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 19, 2014 No Comments by

1896 – Birth of William Otway Boger, Canadian World War I flying ace.

1931 – The first cross-English Channel flight in a glider is made by Canadian opera singer Lissant Beardmore.

1937 – First flight of the Airspeed AS.10 Oxford, a twin-engine aircraft used for training British Commonwealth aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery in World War II.

1944 – U.S. Navy Commander David McCampbell (shown) flew his Grumman F6F Hellcat shot down five Japanese “Judy” dive-bombers, becoming an “ace in a day,” during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, otherwise known as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot.”

1995 – Death of Peter Wooldridge Townsend, Royal Air Force World War II flying ace and author; he also was known for his ill-fated romance with Princess Margaret.

2010 – An Aero Service CASA C-212 Aviocar crashes in the Republic of the Congo killing all 11 people aboard, including Australian mining magnate Ken Talbot.

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