Background and Early Life
Maz Aitken was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The family leans towards Christianity as their religion. He went to Westminster School and Pembroke College for his education. He also excelled in ports like Soccer and scratch Golf. At the age of 30, he was already knowledgeable in flying. He would fly his aircraft in Europe and U.S.
Personal Life and Family
He was born on February 15th, 1910 to Max Aitken, the First Baron of Beaverbrook. He was married three times. Firstly to Cynthia Monteith in 1939 but became divorced five years later. He remarried in 1946 to Ursula Kenyon-Slaney on 1946. They had two daughters, Kirsty and Lynda. The marriage didnít work well and they divorced after four years of marriage. His final marriage was to Violet de Trafford in 1951. They had a son named Maxwell and a daughter, Laura. His son Maxwell claimed the title Lord Beaverbrook upon his fathers death.
Work and Career
World War II Career
His assignment when he joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force was fly a Bristol Blenheim. After which, he became a Hurricane fighter pilot of No. 601 Squadron. He excelled and won eight air combats which earned him two awards simultaneously. When he was assigned to the Middle East as a Wing Commander, he was able to claim two more victories. Intotal he won fourteen air battles.
After the War
After the war, he joined the newspaper family business and became director of the Express Group. In the general election of 1945, he was elected Member of Parliament for Holborn. After five years, he lost the seat to the Labour Party candidate. After he lost his Parliamentary seat, he entered the Miami Nassau Offshore Powerboat Races with his wife, Lady Violet. He enjoyed the sport so much that he created a similar boat race named the Cowes Torquay Offshore Powerboat Race. With the help of his newspaper business, Aitken also founded the London International Boat Show.
Medals and Awards:
- Distinguished Service Order
- Distinguished Flying Cross
He was given both awards simultaneously in June 1940 for winning eight air combats.