August 26, 1942

Dies in Air Crash
LONDON, England—King George VI’s youngest brother, the Duke of Kent and fifth in line for the throne, was killed yesterday while on active duty when his aircraft crashed in northern Scotland. He and others were being transported in a Sunderland flying boat. The duke was being flown to the American garrison in Iceland in his capacity as staff of inspector general of the air force. He took pride in his association with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was always seen wearing his RAF uniform. The duke’s youngest son, born July 4 last, is named Franklin, and President Roosevelt is his godfather. The duke’s death was announced in a statement released by the British Air Ministry. He is the first member of the Royal Family to die in an aircraft accident.

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