Bert Hinkler's Achievements and Awards
|1892||8 December - Herbert John Louis Hinkler born at Bundaberg Qld.|
|1910||Aero Club formed in Brisbane by Lindsay Campbell - Hinkler becomes a member.|
|1911||Attends meeting of the Aerial League in Brisbane - Aero Club discontinued - Bert builds a glider.|
|1911||Christmas - Bert begins reconstruction of the glider.|
|1912||April - flew glider on Mon Repos beach - glider displayed at Bundaberg and Brisbane Shows - linked up with American pilot A.B. Stone on projected tour of Southern States of Australia and New Zealand.|
|1913||August - returned to Bundaberg - later went to Sydney from where he "worked his passage" to England.|
|1914||Easter - arrived in England - obtained work on the bench with Sopwith Company.|
|1914||September - enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service.|
|1917||December - in England after active service as an Observer/Air Gunner in France and Belgium - awarded DSM.|
|1918||Trained as pilot - posted to No. 28 Squadron, Italy, and became involved in the war against Austria.|
|1919||Undertook post-war rehabilitation course at A.V. Roe & Co. Worked "on the bench" but had the right to fly company’s aircraft.|
|1920||May 31 - made meritorious flight: London to Turin non-stop in 35hp Avro Baby - returned to London - awarded his first Britannia Trophy - resolved to ship Avro Baby to Australia.|
|1921||April 11 - Long distance record breaking flight from Sydney to Bundaberg. April 27 - Avro Baby damaged on return flight by strong winds after a beach landing north of Newcastle, N.S.W. May - Hinkler departed Australia - Avro Baby remained.|
|1921-1926||At Hamble Hinkler test pilot for 6 years for A.V. Roe & Co|
|1925||Reserve pilot for British Schneider Trophy team in U.S.A.|
|1927||Tested autogyros for Don Juan la Cierva - major long-distance flight in Avro Avian G-EBOV to Latvia - abortive attempt on England-India record with R.H. McIntosh in single engined Fokker.|
|1928||His most-renowned achievement - pioneering solo flight in Avro Avian G-EBOV from England to Australia - returned to England, left Avro Avian in Australia.|
|1929||Hinkler began construction of his dream machine, the Ibis amphibian in May - offers G-EBOV to Queensland Government as gift.|
|1930||May - Ibis takes to the air at Hamble - Hinkler visits U.S.A.|
|1931||In Canada, acquires a Puss Moth which was built in England. October-December - flight from Canada to England via South Atlantic.|
|1932||Leaves his Puss Moth in Southampton - Hinkler returned by sea to North America. Once again back in England he prepared the Puss Moth, CF-APK, for a flight to Australia.|
|1933||January 7 - departed at 3.10a.m. from London, England, for Australia. April 27 - body and wrecked aircraft found in the Apennines. May 1- State Funeral in Italy. - Mortal remains interred in Florence cemetery.|
(Cups, Medals, Plaques etc.)
|1917|| Awarded D.S.M. for flying performances as aerial gunner in
First World War in France.
|1920|| Britannia Challenge Trophy for flight in Avro Baby G-EACQ -
|1924|| Grosvenor Challenge Cup - Avro 562 Avis - Lympne Light
|1927|| Killjoy Cup - Bournemouth Air Races, April. Also won
& Holiday Handicap.
Utility Cup - Bristol Air Pageant -June.
De Prez Cup- Bristol Air Pageant - June.
Golden Eagle Breast Decoration of the Air Force of Latvia - London/Riga -August 26.
Awarded Oswald Watt Medal 1927.
|1928||Royal Geographical Society of Australia/Asia
Thompson Foundation Gold Medal for services to science of aviation.
Gold Medal presented by the Institute of Surveyors.
Diamond wristwatch for Nance Hinkler from Australian Theatre Business.
AFC (Air Force Cross) - in recognition of distinguished service rendered to aviation by his solo flight in a light aeroplane from England to Australia.
Gold cigarette case presented by Prime Minister Hon. S.M.Bruce, bearing the Australian Coat of Arms.
Platinum and diamond brooch showing a kangaroo leaping across the world from England to Australia - presented to Nance Hinkler by Sir Charles Wakefield at the Savoy Hotel, London.
Britannia Challenge Trophy - for England to Australia flight, Feb 1928.
Oswald Watt Medal 1928.
Federation Aeronautique International Gold Medal - presented in Copenhagen for England/Australian flight of 1928.
|1931||Moroccan Cross presented at Casablanca
Aero Club, by French Commissioner, for South Atlantic crossing - 1931.
Oswald Watt Medal for South Atlantic flight. - 1931.
Royal Aero Club Gold Medal for the South Atlantic flight - 1931.
Britannia Challenge Trophy - for South Atlantic crossing - 1931.
|1932||Segrave Memorial Trophy - for South
Atlantic crossing - 1931.
The Johnston Memorial Silver Plaque - for South Atlantic crossing -1931.
Oswald Watt Medal.