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Harry Delacombe

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Harry Delacombe (1872-1959)

1959 Obituary [1]

Lt-Col. Harry Delacombe, O.B.E., A.R.Ae.S., who was one of the earliest air correspondents and had until recently been on the Board of Jablo Propellers Ltd., died on January 10 at the age of 86.

Col. Delacombe was aeronautical correspondent of The Times from 1907 to 1910 and author of The Boys' Book of Airships and Other Aerial Craft (1910), and in 1908 became one of the founder-members of the Royal Aero Club.

In 1911 he was adviser to the Bristol Aeroplane Co, subsequently (1912-14) holding a similar position with Armstrong Whitworth.

At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the R.N.A.S., becoming Commandant of the Kite Balloon Headquarters (1915-18); then when the R.A.F. was formed he became Assistant Director of Air Organization at Air Ministry, being appointed O.B.E. for his services.

He was made a director of Jablo Propellers in 1937 and became chairman in 1945.

From 1939 to 1945 he was chairman of the Air League of the British Empire.

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Sources of Information

  1. Flight Magazine of 1959/01/30