Born on 21st of May 1893
Died on 22nd of April 1971
Studying at Christ Church Oxford when WWI began, Charles Portal volunteered for the Royal Engineers, serving briefly as a private soldier and corporal before receiving a commission. In 1915 he transferred to the RFC as an observer, then qualified as a pilot in 1916. He flew light bombers in that conflict, and was much decorated, rising rapidly through the ranks. He remained in the RAF between the wars, and was Chief of the Air Staff in WWII, advocating night-time area bombing of Germany. After the war he was Chairman of British Aluminium and the British Aircraft Corporation.
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