Gustav Hamel (1889-1914)

Gustav Hamel was educated at Westminster School and chose to learn to fly at the Blériot school at Pau, France in 1910 at the age of 21. He was the most frequent of the four pilots engaged to operate the world’s first scheduled aerial post service in 1911 between Hendon and Windsor to commemorate the coronation of George V. He became one of the best-known aviators of his time before crashing and drowning in the English Channel in 1914.