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David Richard Croft Blackhall


David Richard Croft Blackhall was from Diseworth, Derbyshire, UK and arrived at No 5 British Flying Training School at Clewiston with the RAF students in 1942 to join Course 13. He shared a room with William Cushner at Riddle Field, Clewiston, while completing the course.

He acquired the 5 BFTS First Anniversary book and collected over 60 autographs at the end of his course. The book he owned was donated to IWM Duxford.

David Blackwell died in 1990 at the age of 66 and is buried at St Michael and All Angels at Diseworth. He was a member of the 5 BFTS Association between 1986-1990 and he founded the Diseworth Neighbourhood Watch



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Event Location Date
Based Riddle Field 8 February 1990


Date Contributor Update
14 December 2016 13:42:30 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations


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14 December 2016 13:34:58 Anne Hughes Changes to media associations

5 BFTS Association and archive

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14 December 2016 13:27:43 Anne Hughes Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, role, person associations, unit associations and place associations

5 BFTS Anniversary Book