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Peggy Salaman Beats Flying Record from London to Cape Town: Niece of Dr. Redcliffe Salaman President

November 6, 1931
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Miss Peggy Salaman, the 19 year old London girl who set out on Friday night to beat the record for the flight from London to Cape Town, has succeeded in arriving in Cape Town at 5.40 a.m. to-day, with Mr. Gordon Store, her co-pilot and navigator, having beaten the previous record set up by the late Commander Glen Kidston, by more than one day.

She, too, is a first-rate pilot, her mother, Mrs. Elkin Salaman, said on hearing the news. Whether she could have broken the record alone I do not know, because I would never allow her to attempt such a terrible venture alone.

On enquiry at the house Mrs. Salaman said that she and her daughter are not Jewish and belong to the Church of England.

Miss Salaman’s father, the late Elkin Salaman, however, was a brother of Dr. Redcliffe N. Salaman, the famous bacteriologist and anthropologist, who is Director of the Potatos Virus Research Station at Cambridge University and is associated with many Jewish activities.

On enquiry at Dr. Salaman’s home, the J.T.A. was told that Miss Peggy Salaman is the daughter of Dr. Redcliffe Salaman’s late brother, but he could not say what her religious beliefs are.

Dr. Salaman is the President of the Jewish Health Organisation of Great Britain, and a Vice-President of the Oze World Federation for Preserving the Health of the Jews. He is a member of the Executive of the Jewish War Memorial and Jews’ College, and a former President of the Jewish Historical Society of England and of the Union of Jewish Literary Societies.

During the war, he served with the Jewish Regiment in Palestine as its Medical Officer. He is the author of “Palestine Reclaimed”, and” Anthropology of the Jews” in the Jewish Historical Society Transactions and in the Statement of the Palestine Exploration Society.

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