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Cyril Percy Downer

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Cyril Percy Downer (1877-1914). Early aviator.

1877 Born in Leeds the son of Arthur C. Downer, a Vicar, and his wife Harriett.

1911 Listed of the Northamptonshire Regiment, age 33 born Leeds.[1]

1914 March 10th. Died at Salisbury Plain while flying a B.E.2 tractor biplane (70 hp Renault engine). He was practising gliding turns and possibly the elevator became jammed down. When the pilot managed to jerked them free after a dive of 1,500 feet the sudden strain caused the wings to break up.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  • The History of British Aviation 1908-14 by R. Dallas Brett. Published c1930.