Lester Joseph Brain

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Lester Joseph Brain

  • Birth 27 Feb 1903 Forbes, Forbes Shire, New South Wales, Australia
  • Death 30 Jun 1980 Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
  • Memorial ID 79474974

Pioneer Australian aviator & airline executive. Born in New South Wales, he trained with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) before joining Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (Qantas) as a pilot in 1924. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1929, after locating the lost aircraft Kookaburra in northern Australia. Having risen to Chief Pilot at Qantas by 1930, he was appointed Flying Operations Manager in 1938.
Later in life, Brain had declined the offer of a knighthood in the late 1960's, but accepted appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia on January 26, 1979. When asked towards the end of his life why he had achieved so much but was not as well known as other aviation pioneers, he replied "Because I was always very careful and didn't kill myself".
He succumbed to a long battle with cancer.


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  • Created by: JohnRobert Mauney
  • Added: 28 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79474974
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lester Joseph Brain (27 Feb 1903–30 Jun 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79474974, ; Maintained by JohnRobert Mauney (contributor 47310410) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.