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Capt. V.A.F.Bellamy - flew dirigible back from France


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Researching Vivian Arthur Fenton Bellamy (1892-1942) who was on our committee after ww1 in 1920.

He was awarded the Air Force Cross for flying a dirigible back from France with a broken backbone.

Has anybody got the date of this event so I can find any references in the local or national newspapers.

Any further information on this event will be gratefully received.

Kind Regards

Dave Bohl

Historian of Sefton RUFC, Liverpool

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Couple of records in the National Archives for his war service:




These give his service as RNAS, so you may find there are details in the Fleet Air Arm Museum - http://www.fleetairarm.com/naval-aviation-research.aspx

Hold the line while I investigate the Times Digital Archive.



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Can't find anything yet using his first name and surname - may have to re-search using surname only, which will take longer to check.

Will report back later.

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The Scotsman 03 May 1918 page 3. col 6

Lt VAF BELLAMY mentioned in dispatches


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 15 November 1915 PAGE 5, COL 4

AND SAME IN Newcastle Journal 16 November 1915 PAGE 8, COL 3, AND IN Aberdeen Press and Journal 15 November 1915, PAGE 3 COL 3

granted temp commission as lieutenant RNVR and President RNAS

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First name(s) V.A.F
Last name Bellamy
Year 1919
Service number -
Rank Captain
RAF rank Flight Lieutenant
Award Air Force Cross
Gazette 1st January 1919
Medal type -
Record set British Royal Air Force, Gallantry Awards 1914-1919
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory Medal rolls and honours
Collections from Great Britain


The undermentioned are transferred to the unemployed list:-

11th Apr. 1919. . Lt. J. R. Bedford. Capt. V. A. F. Bellamy. 2nd Lt. F. C. E. Burton. 2nd Lt. (acting Lt.) Herbert Chapman. Maj.,G. J. Read (North Staffs. R.).

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Regret can find nothing in the Times although they usually record Gazette entries.


[Later: was he the father of Vivian Hampson Bellamy, 1919-1998, recorded as a midshipman in the 1939 Navy List?]

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That's correct, his son was Vivian Hampson, he also had a brother Revill Fenton who was a R.N flight sub-lt in ww1.

Many thanks to everybody who has contributed to my query, now that I have some actual dates to work on I will go down to Liverpool Central Library and browse the newspapers that are on microfiche. I'm very lucky to have this resource and the Maritime Museum archives on my doorstep.

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