Charles Sydney Kearey ( 1916 ) was born in Durban ( present day KwaZulu - Natal, South Africa ). Moving to the United Kingdom, he served in the Royal Air Force ( R.A.F. ) as a pilot in No. 211 Squadron ( June 30th, 1937 - April 1938 ). Then, he travelled to Egypt and was posted to No. 14 Squadron at Amman ( Trans - Jordan ).
Resigning on June 25th, 1939, he was seconded to the South African Air Force ( S.A.A.F. ). In January 1945, Major Charles S. Kearey was awarded the Air Force Cross.
When peace came, he led an equally adventurous life, operating Halifaxes between Rome and Palestine for the Jewish forces and later flew aircraft for ex - president Moïse Kapenda Tshombe in the Congo Civil War. He was also an Imperial Airways captain and later pilot for the South African airline Comair.
Charles S. Kearey has published a handful of books, such as : Overload ( with Charles S. Kearey, 1970 ), Last Plane from Uli ( 1972 ).
( sources : The Black Box, thebagleybrief.com )