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Learning to Fly at Croydon

In the later part of WWI training duties at Croydon were undertaken by No.29 Training Squadron, Royal Air Force.

In 1919, HRH Prince Albert, later King George VI, and HRH Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, both received flying training at Croydon with No.29 Training Squadron.

Posed shot of 13 RAF Officers including Prince Albert

No29 RAF Training Squadron in 1919. Prince Albert (later King George VI) is centre of the middle row.

Winston Churchill, in his book “Thoughts and Adventures”, recalls his flying lessons at Croydon Aerodrome. He gives a particularly vivid account of one of his final flying lessons that ended in a brutal crash. Fortunately for Britain he survived!