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Marmaduque Grove

Air Commodore Marmaduque Grove Vallejo was a Chilean Air Force officer, political figure and member of the Government Junta of the Socialist Republic of Chile in 1932.

He was born in Copiapo, Chile, the son of lawyer, Jose Marmaduque Grove Abalos and Ana Vallejo Burgoa. He his first studies were in School N 1 of Copiapo and later at the local Liceum. From a very young age he was interested in the army, and in 1892, was accepted to the Chilean Naval Academy. Very shortly before graduation, he participated in the so-called Stale-bread rebellion, as a result of which he was expelled from the navy. That incident proved to be his turning point and from then on he declared his motto to be an undying love for the underdogs and for true justice.

Once in Argentina, Grove immediately started to conspire again. On September 21, 1930, he flew to Chile in a little red plane and landed in Concepcion. The plan failed and Grove, together with lieutenant Carlos Charlin Ojeda were arrested and deported to Easter Island. He managed to escape from there on board a French corvette bound for Tahiti, and from there he went to Marseilles. Nonetheless he only was able to return to Chile after the fall of Ibanez on July 26, 1931.

Related websites

Official biography by Socialist party


Calais pact and the little red plane

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