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Charles Bruce Bairnsfather


Prominent British humorist and cartoonist. Served with Royal Warwickshire Regt being hospitalised with shellshock and hearing damage sustained during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
His best-known cartoon character is Old Bill. Bill and his pals Bert and Alf featured in Bairnsfather's weekly "Fragments from France" cartoons published weekly in "The Bystander" magazine during the First World War. When WWII broke out, the British armed forces having no position for him, he was snapped up by Stars and Stripes magazine and joined American Expeditionary Force in Ulster. Finished two books with the US Army - " Jeep's and Jest's" and the other called "No Kiddin'! ". Also appearing in a film - "A Letter From Ulster."
From Ulster, he was relocated to Chelveston with the 305BG where he applied his 'Old Bill' cartoon both to the mess wall and to the nose of B-17 42-29673.


Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Murree, Pakistan 9 July 1887

Son of Major Thomas Henry and Jane Bairnsfather.

Died Worcester, UK 29 September 1959


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