John de Havilland (pilot)

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John de Havilland
John de Havilland 1943 IWM TR 928.jpg
John de Havilland checking the flight log book with two fitters beside a Mosquito after a test flight, 1943
Born (1918-10-17)17 October 1918
Edgware, Middlesex, England
Died 23 August 1943(1943-08-23) (aged 24)
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Test pilot

John de Havilland, (born 17 October 1918, Edgware, Middlesex – died 23 August 1943 near Hatfield, Hertfordshire) was a British test pilot.

John and his brothers, Geoffrey de Havilland Jr. and Peter, were sons of Geoffrey de Havilland, the famous designer and manufacturer. All three brothers were pilots and flew as test pilots for the de Havilland company. John had been a sergeant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) prior to the Second World War. Due to the demands for pilots in the de Havilland company, he was released from service and joined his father's firm.

Mosquito aircraft outside the Hatfield factory

During a test flight of a de Havilland Mosquito Mark VI, flying with flight test observer John H. F. Scrope, he collided in the vicinity of St Albans with another Mosquito Mark VI flown by pilot George Gibbins. Both aircraft were made of wood, and disintegrated in the air, killing all four occupants aboard. G. F. Carter was flying as an observer in Gibbins's aircraft.

The John de Havilland Scholarship Fund was set up by Geoffrey de Havilland after his son's death. The award is associated with the aviation industry and its purpose is to develop the industry by recognising exceptional young people who will enter the profession.

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