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John Dudley North (1893–1968), aircraft designer
Educated at Bedford School
After a brief apprenticeship and a short period as a student with the Aeronautical Syndicate at Hendon.
Joined Grahame-White Aviation Co as chief designer
From 1913 produced a series of original designs including the Popular, the type VI which was designed for fighting (even though, at that time, the expected use of aeroplanes in war was for reconnaissance), and the type XIII of 1914 which was originally conceived as a seaplane but was converted to a landplane. The Charabanc was an early passenger carrying aircraft with capacity for 4 passengers. He also designed a small single-seater aircraft which was the first to do the loop.
1915 Joined Austin's Aircraft Department at Longbridge as superintendent of the department.
1917 Moved to Boulton and Paul as chief aircraft designer
1961 Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
1968 Obituary 
Mr John Dudley North, CBE, (Fellow), Chairman and Managing Director of Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd, for whom as Chief Engineer he designed such well-known RAF aircraft as the Sidestrand, Overstrand and Defiant, died recently at the age of 75.
Marine engineering was the professional starting point for Mr North. He went directly from Bedford School into aviation and, after a brief period as a student with Horatio Barber's Aeronautical Syndicate at Hendon, he became Grahame-White's Chief Engineer.
In 1915 he joined the Austin Co. at Longbridge as Superintendent of the Aviation Department and two years later was appointed Chief Engineer and Director of Boulton and Paul of Norwich.
His work ranged from light aircraft to a highly original series of twin-engined aeroplanes for the RAF.
Mr North, a Member of this Institution since 1944, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in May 1961 and was created a CBE in 1962.
It is with deep regret that the Institution records the death of this highly creative and brilliant aeronautical engineer.