Glaser, Ernest Derek

    Date of birth:
    April 20th, 1921
    Date of death:
    November 2001
    Service number:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)


    Ernest Derek Glaser, born 20th April 1921, was accepted for flight training in April 1939, following in his fathers footsteps, who had been a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during the first world war. During the Battle of Britain, active in No. 65 Squadron, he was mistakenly shot down by a Royal Navy destroyer over the English Channel near Plymouth. Later he was posted to Australia. After two years he returned home, was granted a permanent commission and posted to Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire.

    In 1949 he was selected to qualify as a test pilot until 1953, when he joined Vickers Armstrong at Hurn, Bournemouth. Becoming chief production test pilot, Glaser was involved with the Varsity. But his chief contribution was his exhaustive production testing of the Valiant, the first of the RAF's four-jet bombers, which preceded the Vulcan and Victor in Britain's V-bomber nuclear force. Glaser was also involved with the BAC 1-11s, one of Britain's best selling airliners.
    Glaser retired in 1983 and worked as an aviation consultant, while deriving much pleasure from sailing.
    Ernest Glaser died aged 80 in November 2001.

    July 13th, 1940: No. 65 Squadron, Hornchurch;
    1941: Instructor, No. 53 Operational Training Unit;
    augustus 1941: Flight Leader, No. 243 Squadron;
    1943: Flight Leader B Flight, No. 549 Squadron, AustraliŽ;
    1945: Commanding Officer No. 548 Squadron, Darwin, AustraliŽ;
    ?: Flight Commander, No. 64 Squadron;
    1949: RAF experimental test pilot, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough;
    1953 - 1983: Chief production test pilot, Vickers Armstrong, Hurn, Bournemouth.

    July 13th, 1940: Pilot Officer on probation (seniority July 11th, 1940);
    July 13th, 1941: Pilot Officer (seniority July 11th, 1941);
    July 13th, 1941: Flying Officer (war subs.);
    ?: Acting Flight Lieutenant;
    ?: Flying Officer;
    July 13th, 1942: Flight Lieutenant (war subs. seniority July 11th, 1942);
    June 4th, 1947: Flight lieutenant (seniority September 1st, 1945).

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    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Acting Flight Lieutenant
    No. 234 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    August 25th, 1942
    "This officer has participated in 51 sorties. His excellent leadership, keenness and determination have set a worthy example."
    LG 35678/3709.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Awarded on:
    June 1st, 1953
    King's/Queen's Commendation for valuable service in the air