Neville Florian Usborne

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Wing Commander Neville Florian Usborne, (27 February, 1883 – 21 February, 1916) served in the Royal Navy. A very clever man, Usborne managed to be active in submarines, wireless and aviation before being killed in an accident in 1916.

Life & Career

Usborne's skills in French earned him the Ryder Memorial Prize as a Sub-Lieutenant.

Usborne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 March, 1903.

Usborne submitted a report on German use of Wireless Telegraphy, an extract of which appeared in the Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1907.[1]

On 1 October 1913, he was appointed in command of Naval Airship No. 3.

Usborne was promoted to the rank of Commander on 1 January, 1914. On 1 April, 1914 he was appointed in command of Kingsnorth Airship Station.

Usborne was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander on 1 July, 1914.

On 21 October 1914, he was appointed in command of Naval Airship No. 8.

Usborne died alongside De Courcy Wyndor Plunkett Ireland in a wartime experiment to launch a fighter plane from airship AP.1 as a defence against Zeppelin attacks.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
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In Command, Kingsnorth Airship Station
1 Apr, 1914[2] – 13 Aug, 1915
Succeeded by
Harold L. Woodcock

Footnotes

  1. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1907. Wireless Appendix pp. 63-6.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 431d.