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Whittle completed the officers' engineering course at Henlow in Bedfordshire, and in 1934 the RAF sent him to Cambridge University to study mechanical sciences.
The Power Jets company was formed in January 1936 and Whittle was permitted to act as honorary chief engineer, although on a part-time basis.
McMillan, of Holytown, Lanarkshire, jumped out and started arguing with Mrs Whittle.
Retired Mr Whittle, 68, tried to help his wife but lorry driver Freeburn, 34, punched him twice in the head.
Mr Whittle said the store had also received about 50 emails from people saying what they would like to see on sale.
Mr Whittle said the suggestions would be among topics for discussions tomorrow when the partners hold their first formal meeting since buying the business last Monday.
She kicked Mrs Whittle in the face three times and witnesses said she was "going berserk".
A post mortem examination showed Mrs Whittle suffered bruising to the brain, a cut from her eye, her cheek and severe bruising between her nose and mouth.
Mr Whittle said: "It has been a rollercoaster ride these past four months.
Mr Whittle said the couple had been joined in the new company by a third partner with vast experience in retailing.