NELSON B. DAVID (1906 - 1969)
(CNAC November 1933 - 193?)
(Captain - 1933)

The following article appeared in the July 1940 issue of Canadian Aviation on page 54

Former China Pilot Joins Canadian Colonial Nelson B. David, formerly personal pilot in China for Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, and latterly a C.A.A. [Civil Aeronautics Authority] inspector, has been appointed assistant to F.L. Duncan, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Canadian Colonial Airways.

While serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Mr David was stationed in Hawaii, and in the Philippine Islands. He moved to China after resigning from the active list of the Air Corps in 1933 and became a pilot for the China National Aviation Corporation flying between Shanghai and Peiping. Later he was transferred to the Chengtu-Chungking route. He was then selected as personal pilot for the Generalissimo, a position he held for two years.

And this additional information from The Olympian in Olympia, Washington...

Joan David Hittle

Joan David Hittle died peacefully at home March 15, 2003. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Nelson B. David, Director of Pan Am European Operations, President of Alaska Airlines, and U.S. Representative to I.C.A.O., Montreal, Canada. The Davids had retired in Olympia shortly before Mr. David's death in 1969.

Joan's second marriage was to longtime resident Leroy M. Hittle, Olympia A.P. Bureau Chief and Chairman of the Washington State Liquor Control Board prior to his death in 1993.

Joan is survived by her brother, Howard Byles, Jr.; daughters, Megan Brabant and Marcia David; son, Bradley Hittle; and grandchildren, Todd, Andrea, and Michael Brabant, Ehren and Emily Goldberg, and Laura Hittle.

During her 35 years in Olympia, Joan was a board member of the Olympia chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Olympia Country and Golf Club, and her homeowners' association, in addition to numerous other community activities.

Joan will be missed for her quick mind, terrific sense of humor, ability to bring people together, and her joy of living life to the fullest.

Contributions may be made in Joan's name to the Audubon Society and to the Humane Society. There will be a private burial. A memorial service will be held at the Olympia Country and Golf Club at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th.

Don't know if Mr David, a non-Hump pilot, is of interest to you. At any rate, thank you for providing and maintaining the wonderful CNAC website. A terrific resource!

Patti Gully
Vancouver, Canada

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