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|Christopher John Henry Riddle|
|Born||24 May 1912
|Died||16 April 2009 (Aged 97)
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1938–1946|
World War II
|Other work||Portrait painting (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)|
Air Force career
Riddle flew with 601 Sqn throughout the Battle of Britain, along with his younger brother "Jack".The squadron returned to Tangmere on 2 September and then moved to Exeter in 10 Group on 7 September 1940.
F/O Jack Riddle scored one kill before and one kill after joining No 601 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, while Hugh Riddle scored a single kill on 11 July 1940 flying with No 601 Squadron.
Both Hugh and Jack Riddle were promoted to Squadron Leader on the same date: 1 December 1941.
In 1937 Riddle married Joan, known as "Tinker". Tinker was the daughter of Claude Johnson, first Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Ltd and first Secretary of the RAC. Riddle and Tinker had three children, all born after the war, Hugh ("Ras"), Victoria ("Wicky") and Arabel. When Riddle retired in 1974, the couple moved to France. Tinker died suddenly in 1994.
After the war, Riddle returned to portrait painting. He became a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and exhibited at the Society's Summer Exhibitions and at some Royal Academy exhibitions. Riddle painted the Queen in 1965 for the RAF Regiment. In 1977 he was commissioned by the Royal Household to paint Prince Edward as a Silver Wedding present for the Queen and Prince Philip.