Charles William Anderson Scott
Born: Westminster, London 13/2/1903
Charles W. A. Scott made two record breaking solo flights from Lympne in1931 and 1932. He held a commission in the RAF which he joined in 1922 to train as a pilot. His first ever solo flight was made in an Avro 504K on 9TH July 1923. Rising to the rank of Flight Lieutenant, Scott’s career in the RAF also saw him become the RAF boxing heavyweight champion in 1923, going on to box for the RAF against the other services.
Flying would however prove to be his greatest achievement, culminating in winning the Macrobertson England – Australia air race of October 1934 in the scarlet De Havilland 88 Comet Racer Grosvenor House. Flying with Tom Campbell Black, the pair beat a field of sixty entrants. Two other teams, one being Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison in DH88 Black Magic and O. Cathcart Jones and K.F. Waller also flew in Comet Racers. The route departed from Mildenhall and finished at Melbourne and was organised by the Royal Aero Club.
After this peak in his life, twice married Scott never found the same satisfaction and his life spiralled out of control as drink took its hold. During WW2 he drove an ambulance for the ARP and went on to join the RNVR.. Post war he went to Germany to work for a UN agency. He committed suicide on 15th April 1946 in Germany by shooting himself.
Scott’s two solo flights from Lympne were both made in his De Havilland DH60 Gypsy Moth, G-ABHY Kathleen:
April 1st 1931 – Lympne – Darwin 9 days, 4 hours, 11 minutes.
May 26th 1931 left Wyndham for return to Lympne in 10 days 23 hours
April 19th – 1932 – Lympne – Darwin 8 days, 20 hours, 47 minutes
(copyright John Simpson)