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 Frank S. Barnwell

Frank S. Barnwell

Birth
Lewisham, London Borough of Lewisham, Greater London, England
Death 1 Aug 1938 (aged 57–58)
Whitchurch, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Burial Alveston, South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority, Gloucestershire, England
Memorial ID 8436 · View Source
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Aviation Pioneer. Frank Barnwell built his first aeroplane with his brother in Scotland in 1900. It failed to fly. In 1911 they actually flew an aeroplane of their own building and had won a Scottish Aeronautical Society Prize. They then moved South, Frank to Sir George White's British and Colonial Aeroplane Company (later the Bristol Aeroplane Company) and his brother Harold to Vickers, where he was killed flying in 1917. At Bristol, Frank designed the highly successful Bristol Scout (1914), the Bristol Fighter (1916) and led the design team for all subsequent Bristol planes until the WW II Blenheim and Beaufort. He was a passionate but poor pilot and having been banned from flying any of the Bristol Company's machines, built his own personal aeroplane and was tragically killed in August 1938 while testing it at Bristol Civil Airport, Whitchurch. His three sons all died flying in WWII.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8436
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank S. Barnwell (1880–1 Aug 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8436, citing St Helen Churchyard, Alveston, South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority, Gloucestershire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .