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1933 Who's Who in British Aviation: Name V

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VACHELL, Squadron Leader John Lyne M.C., Staff, R.A.F. Staff College, since 1930; b. Newport, Mon., 12 June, 1892. Educ.: Repton. Served with the Army in France, 1915; transferred to R.F.C. and served in Egypt and France as pilot, 191619; in Waziristan, 1920. Clubs: R.A.F., R. Porthcawl Golf. Add.: R.A.F. Club; R.A.F., Andover, Hants.

VAN RYNEVELD, Colonel Sir Pierrie K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.; Director of Air Services, South Africa; b. Orange Free State, 2 May, 1891. Educ.: Grey College School, Grey University College, South Africa; Imperial College of Science, London. Commissioned in the Loyal North Lancs. Regt., 1914.; transferred to the R.F.C., 1915; served in Egypt, Salonika and France during the War; with the Army of Occupation in Germany; South African Liaison Officer, Air Ministry; made flight from London to Cape Town via Egypt, 1920; Director of the South African Air Force, 1921. Club: R.A.F. Add.: South African Air Force, Roberts Heights, Pretoria, South Africa.

VAUGHAN-FOWLER, R. Managing Director, Far East Aviation Co., Ltd., Hong Kong; b. Longbridge, Warwickshire, 5 Feb., 1899. Served 1915-18 in R.N.A.S., R.A.F.; pilot with Messrs. Handley Page, Ltd., 1919-20; instructor to Imperial Japanese Air Service, 1921-22; experimental test pilot, 1923-28; flown 170 types of aircraft; over 2,50o hours' flying experience as a pilot; holds Order of the Rising Sun ( Japan). Clubs: R. Aero, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Flying, Hong Kong Sports. Add.: Asiatic Building, Hong Kong; 227, Szecheun Road, Shanghai. T.A.: Airco, Hong Kong; Ariel, Shanghai.

VEAL, Flight Lieut. John Bartholomew R.A.F.O. Instructor to Air Service Training Limited since 1932. b. London, 28 Sept., 1909; Educ.: Christ's Hospital; Served in R.A.F. 192631; instructor at Central Flying School 193032. Add.: c/o Air Service Training Club, Hamble, Southampton, Hants. T.: Hamble 5758.

VERDON-ROE, Sir Alliott Kt., O.B.E., F.R.Ae.S., F.I.Ae.E.; Director Saunders-Roe, Ltd.; b. Patricroft, Manchester, 26 April, 1877. R.A.C. Av. Certif. No. 18. Previous to 1905 was locomotive and marine engineer; made first flight in England, 1908; pioneered tractor type of aircraft; in 1910 formed A. V. Roe and Co. with brother, H. V. Roe; built first seaplane to fly in England; flew Boston, U.S.A., 1910; built first enclosed aeroplane, a monoplane, flown early in 1912; built large numbers of Avros (504 type) during and since War; sold interest in A. V. Roe and Co., Ltd., 1928, and bought interest in S. E. Saunders, Ltd., Cowes, building flying boats, other types of aircraft and speed boats at Cowes. Club: R. Aero. Add.: Hamble House, Hamble, Hants. T.: Hamble 38.

VERNEY, Group Captain Reynell Henry O.B.E., R.A.F.; Commanding Electrical and Wireless School since 1931; b. Warwick, 12 Jan., 1886. Educ.: Imperial Service College. Joined the R.F.C. from the Army Service Corps, 1914; served in France, 191415; permanent commission R.A.F. as Squadron Leader, 1919; promoted to Wing Commander 1922; in India, 192529; promoted present rank, 193o. Add.: Lighthome, Warwick.

VETCH, Major William Hamilton Instructor to the Bombay Flying Club; b. S. France, 25 Sept., 1895. Served during the War in the Army; R.A.F., 1923; in Kurdistan, 1920; Waziristan, 1925; left the R.A.F., 1927; since served as pilot to Bengal Air Transport Co., Ltd., and as instructor to the Bengal Flying Club. Add.: c/o Lloyds Bank, Totnes, South Devon.

VILLIERS, Major Oliver George Graham D.S.O.; Senior Assistant, Directorate of Civil Aviation; b. 1886. Attached to R.N.A.S. and R.A.F. Intelligence during the War, 191418; Directorate of Civil Aviation, 1919. Club: R. Aero. Add.: The Little House, Paynters Green, Knebworth, Herts. T.: Knebworth 66.

VINCENT, Squadron Leader Francis John D.F.C., R.A.F.; Commanding No. 17 (F) Squadron, since 1932. b. Halberton, Devon, 12 May, 1893. Educ.: Cowel's School, Tiverton, Devon. Transferred from R. Marines to R.F.C., 1913; was at Central Flying School, 1914; served with R.N.A.S. on sea operations in home waters, 191417; was posted to Malta, 1918; served at Taranto, Italy, 1918; reposted to Malta 1918, and Vendome 1918; since the War has been on operations in India, 1920; Kurdistan, 192122; Iraq, 191728; made flights from Cairo to the Gold Coast, 1929 and 1931. Clubs: Overseas, Hanworth.

VINCENT Squadron Leader Stanley Flamank A.F.C., R.A.F.; Commanding No. 41 Squadron since 1931; b. Hampstead, 7 Dec., 1897. Educ.: Lancing College. Joined R.F.C. 1915; learnt to fly 1916; France 191617; Chief Instructor of the S. E. Area Instructors School 1918; Instructed H.R.H. the Prince of Wales; Instructor at Netheravon and Cranwell 192o23; Iraq 192325; Transjordan 1927. Add.: Pelham, St. Martin's Approach, Ruislip, Mddsx. T.: Ruilip 618.

VINES, Flight Lieut. Duncan Stratford R.A.F.O.; pilot to the Shell Co. of East Africa, Ltd.; h. Punjab, India. Educ.: St. Lawrence College. Held mediumservice commission, R.A.F., 192531. Clubs: R. Automobile; Muthaiga Country, Nairobi. Add.: P.O. Box 930, Nairobi, Kenya Colony.

VINTCENT, Nevil D.F.C.; Manager of Tata Air Mail Service. b. South Africa, 3 Oct., 1902. Educ.: R.N. Colleges, Osborne and Dartmouth. Entered R.A.F. Cadet College 1920; commissioned 1922; Iraq 192225; with Air Survey Co., Borneo 1926; carried first Air Mails, Kuching to Singapore 1926; Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 1926; Rangoon to Penang 1927; flew London—India 1928; organised Karachi—Madras Air Mail with Tata Sons; Manager Indian State Air Service and Deputy Director of Civil Aviation 1931; flew London—Ceylon 1931; London—Delhi 1932. Clubs: R.A.F. R. Aero, Phyllis Court. Add.: Aviation Department, Tata Sons Ltd., Bombay.

VOLK, Magnus Herman A.F.R.Ae.S.; Director of the Southern Aircraft Ltd., Shoreham Aerodrome; interested in the development of Shoreham as the airport for Brighton; b. Brighton, 1880. Has been connected with aviation since 1912; organised works for the construction of large seaplanes and flying boats during the War period. Club: R. Aero. Add.: Little Grange, Roedean, Sussex. T .: Brighton 1379.

VOLKERT, George Rudolph F.R.Ae.S.; Aeronautical Design Consultant; b. London, 1891; Educ.: Merchant Taylor's School, Northampton Polytechnic Institute. In charge of Design Dept., Messrs. Handley Page, Ltd. 19121921; Member of British Aviation Mission to Japan 192123; Chief Designer, Messrs. Handley Page, Ltd. 192332. Add.: 43, Grove Park Road, Chiswick, W.4. T.: Chiswick 0778.

VYVYAN, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Vyell K.C.B., D.S.O., R.A.F. (ret.); Government Director of Imperial Airways, Ltd. Served with the R. Navy in an expedition against the King of Benin, 1897; on the staff of the R. Naval War College, 191113; assistant to the Chief of War Staff, 1913; served at the Dardanelles, 191415; promoted to present rank in the R.A.F., 1919; retired, 1925; holds the Legion of Honour, the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, and the American D.S.O. Club: Junior United Service. Add.: The Albany, Piccadilly, London, W.I. T .: Regent 5532.

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