With a time of 40 min. 44 sec. Squadron Leader Charles Maughan took 57 seconds?
SV. S/LDR. Maughan waiting on motor cycle at Marble Arch.
SV. Maughan with card in time clock - waits - punches card and fast away.
SLV. Helicopter stands by off Thames embankment.
SLV. Maughan down 'list', runs to helicopter and airborne.
SV. Duval crashes while arriving Marble arch - rushes to clock and punches card.
CV. Duval drinks, smiles, chats.
LV. Maughan's helicopter lands by Thames embankment - Maughan races to 'lift', up, and quickly away on motor cycle.
SV. Maughan arrives Marble Arch - clocks in.
CV. Maughan drinks - receives congratulations.
LV. Applauding public.
CV. Maughan and Duval.
SPORT: AIR RACING
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Background: With a time of 40 min. 44 sec. Squadron Leader Charles Maughan took 57 seconds off the record in the "Daily Mail" London-Paris air race on July 22, the last day but one of the event. The previous record was set up by a civilian, Mr. Eric Rylands, who made use of a fast British jet fighter for his record-breaking run. Mr. Rylands was to make a further attempt on the last day of the race.
Squadron Leader Maughan made two attempts during the day. His record was set up on his return from Paris to London. Crossing the Channel in a "Hunter" he went by helicopter from Biggin Hill to the Chelsea Embankment, and from the Embankment to Marble Arch by motor cycle.
Colette Duval, the French woman parachutist and model, arrived at Marble Arch shortly before Squadron Leader Maughan. Her time was 43 min. 51 sec. On her attempt the day before her French Air Force "Vautour" jet fighter-bomber crash landed at Kenley airfield, and even today she was unfortunate - she had to run the last few yards into the check point after her motor cycle skidded, throwing her to the ground.