Portrait of David Llewellyn and his former pupil and passenger Mrs. R.D.G. (Jill) Wyndham during their inspection of the Bristol plane at Yate, Bristol.


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London, Topical Press, 1935. Original photograph, silver print, 16,5 x 21,5 cm. David LIewellyn ( -1938). It is with great regret that Flight records the death of Flying Officer David LIewellyn, R.A.F.O., in an accident at Lympne Aerodrome on September 21. The cause of the fatality is a mystery, and no light could be shed upon it at the inquest. F/O. Llewellyn, who was Chief Instructor at the Cinque Ports Club, was giving instruction in one of the club Swallows to Lieut. J. B. Kitson, Royal Horse Guards. According to eye-witnesses, the machine was making a circuit of the aerodrome at i50-2ooft. when it suddenly dived into the ground. Both occupants were i n s t a n - taneousjy killed. F.O. Llewellyn, who was the only son of Sir William Llewellyn, President of the Royal Academy, was a pilot well known to the general public by reason of a number of long-distance record attempts which he had made. ln 1935. flying in a Hendy Heck with Miss Jill Wyndham, he broke Miss Amy Johnson's Cape-England record by 18 hr. 48 min., lowering the time to 6} days. In 1936 he flew from England to Johannesburg, by comparatively easy stages, in a 40 h.p. Aeronca, with the object 01 demonstrating how cheaply such a flight might be made. Llewellyn, acknowledged as a pilot of sound judgment not given to taking unjustifiable risks, was the victim of a quite undeserved amount of bad luck. Machine trouble and bad weather robbed him of success in attempts on both the outward and homeward Cape record last year, and in the Johannesburg Race he was forced by weather to put down his Vega Gull on the shores of Lake Tanganyika when he looked a likely winner. Before almost every one of his long-distance flights he was dogged by weather conditions that compelled him to postpone his start day after day. Ater leaving the Service he became an instructor at Hanworth and a director of the London Air Park Flying Club. About a year ago he took up his post as Chief Instructor at Lympne. Lately he felt that record-flying had lost much of its value, commercially and otherwise, but a year or so before he had planned a flight to Mauritius with a woman co-pilot. Miss Planel, and this project was shortly to have been put into effect. To his widow and eight-year-old son Flight extends its sincerest sympathy. KEYWORDS:Parnall/photo. Bookseller Inventory # 41400

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