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The R100 Crew

The R100 crew had the wonderful opportunity to fly across the Atlantic and back in July and August 1930. In all there were 44 men on the trip out with a relief crew of 11 men already in Canada on standby for the return journey if necessary.

The R100 moored at Montreal, Canada.

If we take a close look at the press release for the flight and examine in detail the information supplied it is interesting to note that of the 31 crew 16 had had no prior experience of flying. (Scary!) And only 1 of the 11 relief crew had flown before!


Those on board the flight to Canada:

Officers                                                       6

Officials                                                      7


Engineers                                                  13

Cox/Ass Cox                                               4

Riggers                                                        8

WT Operators                                             3

Stewards/chef                                             3

Total crew                                                 31

Overall total                                              44

Officers of the R100

Major George Herbert Scott

Sqdrn Ldr S Booth

Sq Ldr E L Johnston, Chief Navigator.

Captain George Meager, First Officer and Navigator.

F/O M H Steff, Second Officer

Maurice Giblett, Meteorologist.

Engineers of the R100

William Young Angus. Chief Engineer

Engineer Donald Lelliot

Engineer L Hunt

Chargehand Engineer Norman Mann

Charge Hand Engineer Granville Watts.

Charge Hand Engineer Ted Stupple

Engineer Robert Ball

Engineer J Jowett

Engineer H Millard

Engineer J M Sturgeon

Engineer H Cumley

Engineer F Gaye

Riggers on the R100

Engineer H W Clark

Chief Cox Flt Sgt T Greenstreet

Ass Cox G E Long

Ass Cox T Hobbs

Rigger R L Deverell

Ass Cox Leslie Anderson Moncrieff

Rigger C H Rumsby

Rigger F Williams

Rigger George Ryder Scott

Rigger C Flatters

Rigger C Broughton

Rigger C G Cutts

Wireless Operators

Rigger A F Wiseman

Chief Wireless Operator Spencer Thomas Keeley.

Wireless Op and Electrician Arthur Disley

Wireless Operator George Kimberley Atkins


Chief Steward Albert Savidge

Chef J F Meagan

Ass Steward F Hodnett

Officials on the flight to Canada.

Also on board:

A Eldridge - Clerk to Reginald Colmore and

Lt Commander Prentice representing the Admiralty.

Sir D Burney representing Vickers

Neville Shute Norway representing Vickers. Find more details about him on the Notable People page.

Frederick McWade representing the Royal Airship Works

Archibald Wann representing the RAW. For more details about him go to the Notable People section.

Reginald Colmore representing the D.A.D.

The Relief Crew for the flight to Canada.

The 11 members of the Relief Crew who had sailed to Canada in advance of the airship.

The image left is a wonderful photograph showing the relief R100 crew. It is a little frustrating - names are supplied but it is not clear in which order they are given. Only R J Burgess had previous flying experience on an airship the rest had joined the crew in November 1929 or later in some cases.

D Simmonds in this photo is Donald Simmonds who went on to design speedboats. More about him can be found in the Notable People section.

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