Hale Supple, Jeffrey, 1903-1934

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Hale Supple, Jeffrey, 1903-1934

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      1903-11-15 - 2012-04-30


      Jeffrey Hale Supple was born 4 June 1903 in Pembroke, Ontario, the first of two sons of Joseph Alfred Supple (1873 - 1949) and Ellen Eliza Hale Supple (1878 - 1965). His younger brother was Alan Hale Supple.

      Jeffrey Hale Supple was a student at Pembroke Public School (1910 - 1916) and at Pembroke High School (1916 - 1919) prior to attending Toronto’s St. Andrew’s College (1919 - 1922). Following a work period with Arnold & Bell Lumber Company at Massey Bay, Ontario, he studied applied science at McGill University (1926 - 1928) where he was known for his involvement in tennis, shooting and boxing, a sport in which he won some recognition. During his final year of studies, he was commissioned (June 4,1928) as a Provisional Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and attended the officers training course at Camp Borden, Ontario. Ultimately, however, he was not accepted into the RCAF because he had not completed, nor did he intend to complete, his university degree.

      In December 1929, Jeffrey Hale Supple travelled to England with the intention of joining the Royal Air Force (RAF). He successfully passed the RAF’s Central Medical Examination Board later that same month. In January 1930 he was accepted as a Pilot Officer on Probation with the General Duties Branch of the RAF on a five-year Short Service Commission. Following a 20-day induction course at the RAF Depot in Uxbridge, West London, he attended the five month long Flying Training Course as a pilot at No. 1 Flying Training School at Netheravon, Wiltshire, where he qualified “with distinction” as a pilot in August 1930 flying the Avro 504N and de Havilland Moth. He was immediately assigned to No. 10, RAF Squadron, located at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire which was a heavy bomber unit using aircraft such as the twin-engine Handley-Page Hyderabad (HP24) and Hinaidi (HP36). While serving with No. 10 Squadron, he advanced from Pilot Officer to Flying Officer and served as an Air Pilotage Instructor, demonstrating “above average ability” in both day and night navigation.

      Following instruction on single-engined bombers, most likely the Armstrong Whitworth Atlas, Jeffrey Hale Supple was transferred in early October 1932 to No. 84, RAF Squadron, in Shaibah, Iraq. At the time, No. 84 Squadron was flying the Westland Wapiti with responsibilities for the aerial photography of southern Iraq for map-making purposes.

      Jeffrey Hale Supple died after a brief bout of malaria on May 28, 1934 in Basra, Iraq while serving with No. 84 Squadron. He was not married. His body was interred at the Basra Military and Air Force Cemetery. An article he wrote, entitled “The Navigator’s Cabin and its Position”, was published posthumously in The Aeroplane (Vol. XLII, No. 1222) on October 24, 1934.


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      Written by D. Dalziel, 2019-06. Slight revisions and draft French translation by A. Torrance, 2019-11. French editing by Céline Mongeau, Larcoque Linguistic Services, 2020-04. Data-entry into Archeion, A. Torrance, 2020-04.




          -CASM Archives, Jeffrey Hale Supple Fonds
          -Supple, Jeffrey Hale. (1934-10-24). “The Navigator’s Cabin and its Position.” The Aeroplane in Canada. Vol. XLII, No. 1222.

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