Ernest Henry Attwood

Ernest Henry Attwood


Ernest Henry ‘Tich’ Attwood was born in Birmingham, 6 Mar 1899. He joined the RFC in 1917 and saw active service in Egypt and then became a training instructor at No 5 RAF Flying School in Sealand, Cheshire. He joined Imperial Airways in November 1926.

Captain Attwood flew the 1931 Christmas mail from London to Cape Town via Rhodesia.

He was killed in November 1938, when piloting Empire Flying Boat G-AETW ‘Calpurnia’ which hit bad weather, and crashed and sank in Lake Ramadi, 15 miles short of the Imperial Airways base at Habbaniyah. Four of the crew of six were killed; there were no passengers.