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James Allan Mollison

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James Allan Mollison (1905-1959), aviator. Married Amy Johnson

Born on 19 April 1905 in Glasgow, Scotland, he was educated at The Glasgow Academy.

Obtained his Royal Air Force (RAF) Short Service Commission at 18, he was the youngest officer in the service, and upon completion of training, was posted to Waziristan.

At the age of 22, Mollison became a flying instructor at Central Flying School, again setting the record for being the youngest in this role. Shortly after, he transferred to the RAF Reserve and devoted his time to civil aviation. In 1928–29, he served as an instructor with the South Australian Aero Club in Adelaide, leaving that position to become a pilot with Eyre Peninsular Airways and Australian National Airways.

1932 March 24-28, 1932. England to South Africa, in a "Puss Moth" Record flight via West Coast route in 4 days, 17 hours and 19 minutes.[1]

1932 August 18-19, 1932. Ireland to U.S.A., in a "Puss Moth". From Portmarnock, Dublin to St. John, New Brunswick, 2,600 miles in 30.25 hours, the first east to west North Atlantic solo flight, and the first North Atlantic flight by a light 'plane in either direction.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1933 Who's Who in British Aviation
  2. 1933 Who's Who in British Aviation