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31 People in group: Great War grouping; The Great War: Airforce

During the Great War the airforce were used for both reconnaissance and battle purposes, with Observation balloons becoming an equally valuable target for enemy aircraft. The Great War would see the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1916, and pilots such as Lanoe Hawker and William Avery would become celebrity heroes, after receiving the Victoria Cross for their bravery in battle.

King George VI

1895-1952
Reigned 1936-52
Sitter associated with 463 portraits

Henry William Allingham

1896-2009
Aircraft mechanic and car designer; World War I veteran and centenarian
Sitter in 1 portrait

Edward Bailey Ashmore

1872-1953
Major-General; founder of Royal Observer Corps.
Sitter in 5 portraits

Ralph Kirkby Bagnall Wild

1873-1953
Brigadier-General of the Royal Engineers
Sitter in 5 portraits

Sir John Wakeling Baker

1897-1978
Air Chief-Marshal
Sitter in 15 portraits

Harold Harington Balfour, 1st Baron Balfour of Inchrye

1897-1988
Politician and Great War flying ace
Sitter in 24 portraits

Albert Ball

1896-1917
Fighter-pilot; recipient of the Victoria Cross
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir William Sefton Brancker

1877-1930
Major-General and Air Vice-Marshal
Sitter in 23 portraits

John Denis Breakey

1899-1965
Air Vice-Marshal
Sitter in 3 portraits

Alec Stratford Cunningham-Reid

1895-1977
Politician and Great War flying ace
Sitter in 6 portraits

Frederick Dismore

1893-1940
Imperial Airways pilot and Sergeant major
Sitter in 2 portraits

Cyril Walter Dumpleton

1897-1966
Politician and Mayor of St Albans
Sitter associated with 1 portrait

John Scott, 4th Earl of Eldon

1899-1976
Landowner; Flight Lieutenant; Solider
Sitter in 1 portrait

Evelyn Hugh Boscawen, 8th Viscount Falmouth

1887-1962
RAF Captain
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sir Andrew Grant

1890-1967
Air Marshal; Deputy Director General of Medical Services for the Air Ministry
Sitter in 4 portraits

Percy Robert Clifford Groves

1878-1959
Air force Brigadier general
Sitter in 12 portraits

Basil Hallam

1889-1916
Actor and singer
Sitter in 3 portraits

Claude Harris

1883-1961
Photographer
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 57 portraits

Lanoe (Lance) George Hawker

1890-1916
RFC Major; recipient of the Victoria Cross
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sir David Henderson

1862-1921
Lieutenant-General; first commander of the Royal Flying Corps
Sitter in 6 portraits