The Cumberbatch trophy was created by Miss Alice Martha Beatrice Cumberbatch in 1931 and has been awarded by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) since 1936. It is considered to be one of the Guild’s most precious possessions.
The Trophy is awarded to an individual, a team, group or organisation for an outstanding contribution to air safety, whether by the development of techniques contributing to safer flight, by improvements in ground equipment and services or by improvements in aircraft and component design.
It was awarded to BLEU in 1963.
I was wrought in utmost faith and hope by command of Alice Beatrice Martha Cumberbatch in the year of Our Lord 1931 for the promotion of reliability in Civil Aviation – to the memory of those who have gone before and encouragement to those to come.