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.
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:
Cox/Ass Cox 4
WT Operators 3
Total crew 31
Overall total 44
Officers of the R100
Engineers of the R100
Riggers on the R100
Chief Cox Flt Sgt T Greenstreet
Chief Wireless Operator Spencer Thomas Keeley.
Officials on the flight to Canada.
Also on board:
A Eldridge - Clerk to Reginald Colmore and
Lt Commander Prentice representing the Admiralty.
The Relief Crew for the flight to Canada.
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.